Schedule & Description

CLASS SCHEDULE


Thursday

  • 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm / Intro-Beginner, Beginner & Advanced Beginner Salsa On 1

  • 10:00 pm to 10:45 pm / Advanced On2 Salsa

  • 10:45 pm to 11:45 pm / Amateur Performance Team Rehearsal

Saturday

  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm / Intro-Beginner, Beginner & Adv. Beginner Salsa On1

  • 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm / Introduction to Dominican Bachata (All Levels)

  • 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm / Advanced Salsa On1 & Intermediate-Advanced Bachata Fusion (alternating weekly)

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Salsa Level 1 (Intro-Beginner / On1) - The Ten Key Steps

On-Going / Start Anytime!

This level is designed for those with little or no Salsa experience (around 2 – 5 lessons). The students are introduced to most fundamental footwork and basic lead and follow technique.  Students will also be introduced to some of the key steps in Salsa dancing and are required to attain a functional level in timing, choreography and technique in order to advance to the next level.

Salsa Level 2 (Beginner / On1) - The Ten Key Steps

On-Going / Start Anytime!

This level uses more of the 10 major Salsa key steps and its variations, which are comprised of short movements in order for the student to retain and fine-tune the choreography. Variations of the 10 Salsa key steps may also be incorporated into the syllabus to give students some sense of variety yet familiarity. Furthermore, these 10 key steps (and generic variations) are rotated randomly on a weekly basis so students can start them at any time, and an even stronger emphasis is placed on functional technique and developing solid timing. Students are able to advance to the next level once they can demonstrate a functional level of the choreography, technique, styling and timing they have learned.

Salsa Level 3 (Intermediate / On2 & On1) - The Ten Key Steps – Modified

Ongoing – Start Anytime!

This level uses the 10 major Salsa key steps and their variations to create constantly changing choreography on a weekly basis while technique and timing in all areas of movements are stressed at a much higher level. Solo and partner-work styling (arm work and body isolations) and shines (fancy footwork) are also covered in this class to give students a multifaceted approach to dancing Salsa.

Dancing On2 is also introduced in this level intermittently, using existing figures that the students already know to make transitioning easier. The choreography may also be done On 1 or On 2 at the end of the class in order to stress the rhythmic differences and pacing of dancing On2, although the technique used in any choreography is exactly the same thing (only with a different timing).

Salsa Level 4 (Intermediate-Advanced / On2) - The Ten Key Steps - Advanced Interpretations / On-Going / Start Anytime!

Taught directly by Teddy Olaso, this class literally has everything under one roof—turn patterns, body isolations, shines, etc. It was designed to be a multi-level class for students who have had some Salsa dancing experience On1 but would like to immediately start to learn dancing On2 (more advanced students are given a greater challenge accordingly). 

It is recommended that students commit to a minimum of 20 lessons at ($350) to fully benefit from the class. No drops-in is allowed in this class on a regular basis, but you may try the class once if you are not fully familiar with UnitedSalseros’ training standards. 

Bachata (All Levels & Intermediate-Advanced)

Ongoing / Start Anytime!

Bachata is Dominican!  It is not a style that was created from another Bachata style.  All other styles are derived from Dominican Bachata!  Many modern or fusion Bachata styles retain some or many elements of the classical style (technique, music, timing, etc.) but there are just many elements that are also unfortunately lost or misinterpreted.  While dance genres change in time (that is great thing), it is equally important that one must understand the structure, history, timing, etc. of the dance in order to innovate and be creative without losing the essence of the dance.  UnitedSalseros could have just simply taken Bachata workshops in congresses or watched them in YouTube clips and infused them with Salsa movements to make them look fancier, but as with our commitment to quality, we went the opposite way.  We sought out an expert in Dominican Bachata (as danced in the Dominican Republic) who is familiar with the local and regional differences of the styles and the ways the locals do it (Rodney Aquino). Hence, the birth of "Bacha-TO" is a style of Bachata that retains all the elements of traditional Bachata and all its complexities on its own but also do not limit ourselves from outside influences (modern or fusion Bachata) because as innovators, we are also aware of the unique benefits it brings on the social dance floor and on the stage.  

Total BS (Bachata/Salsa – Intermediate/Advanced)

On-Going / Start Anytime!

This class focuses on incorporating all the elements of classical Bachata (as outlined above) and fusing it with modern partner-work or “sensual” elements.  Not only will you learn figures you can pretty much for both Salsa and Bachata, but also specialized choreography that often make the dance as people refer it to “sensual.”  However, the sensual movements we teach are done with class and style, and sensuality is stressed in a non-vulgar and playful manner.  Salsa is also alternated with Bachata on an on-going basis, and the structure is similar the advanced On2 Salsa class except that the figures are executed on1 (except for the Advanced On2 Class, all our classes are done On1.

 

What are the 10 Key Salsa Steps?

The 10 Key Instrumental Salsa Steps. Execution and styling, comprising of fancy handwork, footwork and body isolations that are consistently taught and refined using most of UnitedSalseros’ technique in order to fully transcend to a higher level of dancing.   With qualitative practice, students will be able to remember, retain and randomly alternate the 10 Key Steps once they have learned them because the students’ focus will be directed towards executing proper technique in basic timing, partner-work, body isolation, footwork, spinning, and hand/arm styling – rather than trying to always constantly worry about a new set of choreography each week. The class is particularly helpful for beginner dancers who are having a hard time internalizing the fundamental technique required for “real life” dancing in the clubs, as well as those who are more advanced but have specific problems in their dance which they need more attention and practice time to refine them progressively. 

Every instructor in the class will be well-versed in executing the 10 Key Instrumental Salsa Steps, Execution & Styling (as a leader and a follower) and will be able to guide you (or remind you) of the elements you need to remember whenever going through your steps.  In every class, one and/or a few key steps are covered along with its applicable styling technique, and then the entire class is drilled and constantly reminded of what they need to remember, execution wise. In addition, each student will receive a printed outline of what they are supposed to remember so they can focus on the most important things.   Although it may seem “boring” executing the same movements again and again, students will soon have their hands full when they realize that executing all the fundamentals required – even in a simple move – is exceptionally challenging.   Once students are able to randomly alternate the 10 Key Steps to UnitedSalseros’ standards, their learning will take a significant leap, and picking up more advanced choreography in the future will be less difficult. They can even take a greater challenge by executing movements with greater artistic depth once the fundamentals are all there because greater options come with greater control of one’s movements. To say the very least and even with a limited repertoire of choreography, students will be able to dance in the clubs effectively, look good, feel good, and be on consistent timing.  Based on our standards, anyone who can successfully execute the 10 Key Steps could be considered advanced (with some musicality) as opposed to someone who knows hundreds of moves but have no proper technique, musicality or floor craft (and all over the place).

Last but not the least, don’t let the term On1 and On2 confuse you.  They are merely different ways of expressing the SAME salsa movements on a different timing, pacing, and breaking.  Most of our classes are taught On1, with the highest level being taught On2.  The On2 class is the highest Salsa class level we have (that does not mean the rest are not challenging – quite the contrary) only because the level is higher.  As always it is mainly the dancer, not the dance itself – that brings progression and innovation to the movements.

 

REGISTRATION

Please contact Teddy@unitedsalseros.com or call 647-575-4129 anytime!






Packages and Registration

CLASS PRICE (TAXES INCLUDED)

5 Classes = $115

10 Classes = $200

20 Classes = $350

Drop-In Class = $25 for 1st Trial Class / $30 After For Continued Drop-In Classes


Register After Your First Class And Save $25!

Since UnitedSalseros classes are very comprehensive even for the first class, we normally do not have a free trial class, and the Drop-In rate of $25 applies.  However, should you decide to immediately register after your first class at our studio location, the Drop-In fee for attending your first trial class is waived. Your class package then starts on the second class that you attend.                       


On-Going Class Format

Our classes are always generally on-going, and students can start at any point in time.  You do not have worry about being lost or having to keep up with the rest of the class.  Everyone takes what they can absorb in each class and progresses at their own comfortable learning pace (though we push you, nicely!) In our experience, even classes that start exactly at the same time almost always never end up the same level for everyone anyway even after the first week passes since people have different time commitments to practice and social dance, as well varying learning aptitudes.  We often have at least two instructors and some student apprentice volunteers to normally accommodate incoming students, and our classes are never mass produced to the point that you can’t move!  Should we encounter a sudden stream of mass students in the future, we will most likely put a cap on the no. of students attending for the reason alone that we won’t fit in the studio, and/or bring more instructors in to accommodate the demand.  Our main instructors also know how to properly divide a multi-level class and give students varying challenges accordingly.


Your 1st Drop-In Trial Class

Please contact us before dropping in for a trial class, or if you have recommended someone to us. We want to make sure there is adequate staff to address potential new clients coming in and not comprise the quality of instruction for the current students due to staffing shortage.


Cancellation Policy

Once you have registered for classes, there are no refunds as the classes are considered sold.  However, you may delay your start date provided you give us at least a week’s notice after you have registered, or you may transfer your classes to another person provided you give us prior notice before you discontinue your classes.

Please see our FAQ for other burning questions you may have and then be on your way in becoming a Latin dance superstar!

 

REGISTRATION

Please contact Teddy@unitedsalseros.com or text me at 647-575-4129 anytime!