Salsa Beginners and Improvers

When and Where

Dates
21 Apr 2020 - 30 Jun 2020 (12.5 hours, 10 weeks)
Days and times
Tuesday 18:30 - 19:45
Location
Morley College London Waterloo Centre

Cost

Full fee
£100
Concession fee
£80
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Availability
Yes
Tutor
Beverley Daniel-Blugh
Course code
DSL008B

What you will learn

Have you always wanted to try Salsa but haven’t yet put on your dance shoes and stepped out on the dance floor? Well let your journey start here! Our salsa courses are the perfect place to start. Across term-length courses you will learn the essential steps and fun moves. In the autumn term you will have an introduction to the different musical rhythms that make up salsa to get the full flavour of salsa dancing independently and with a partner. There is no need to be nervous. By the end of this introductory course (either Tuesdays or Saturdays) you will definitely get the salsa bug and be ready to join the spring and then summer terms (either Tuesdays or Saturdays) run at beginner level and later our Improvers/Intermediate 1 course. You do not need to bring a partner, but do feel free to join the study with your friends or family. You will meet plenty of new people along your salsa journey. Please wear comfortable dance shoes and clothing.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Learn the essential foundation steps: ie mambo, travelling steps, link steps and turns with fluidity and confidence
  • Have an understanding of how to lead and follow duiring partner dancing
  • Understand and move with the musical counts and rhythms of salsa
  • Have an understanding of Cuban motion and the body movements and exercises necessary to move up to the next level.
  • Keep a dance journey journal to support your progress
  • Set your own personal goals

Class format and activities

At your first class it is important that a learner induction takes place. The purpose of this induction is to give you information about your course and for you to complete and receive any resources you need for your study. It will also help you to understand what you are doing and what is expected of you whilst you learn. During the duration of your class time, the foundation steps will be broken down for you to learn independently before any partner dancing. At different stages during the class you will need to listen to the teacher and follow instructions to enable you to gain a good understanding of the music, rhythm, following and leading actions used in salsa.
In addition to your dance practice, study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This course does not require any dance or salsa experience. However, it is a requirement that you are prepared to work with different partners, and enjoy your class with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

What you need to know before you enrol

You should be fit and willing to work with other partners. The course involves lots of body movements and moderate levels of spin and turns.

Photography and film recording of class activities will be used in order to aid and evaluate learning. For marketing purposes you will be notified of any filming or images before hand. These images may be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed for any publicity.

What you will need for your class

Please wear clean comfortable shoes. For health and safety avoid wearing trainers as they will restrict your spins and turns. It is also important that you understand dance equiette and guidance will be given on this aspect.

What you can do next

At the end of your course of study, together with your tutor, you will assess your ability to move onto the next level of study: beginners/improvers/intermediate - as appropriate. However, basic steps are recapped at the start of each new term of study, whatever the level you are at. Please note that courses are designed so that your tutor can support you and monitor your progress in order for you to meet your personal goals and that of those of the course. It is advisable that you are confident with the basic steps and dance them with fluidity and with a partner before moving on to the next level.

NB: All intermediate & advance level study strictly requires tutor approval. Please contact dance@morleycollege.ac.uk, for more information.