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Beginner Salsa
This is an introductory class for adults who will learn basic salsa steps, turns, and cross-body leads. This is a great step-up program to learning the fundamentals of salsa. No prior experience or partner necessary! See below for detailed course information.

Beginniner Bachata
This is an introductory class for adults who will learn basic bachata steps, turns, and social skills. This is a great step-up program to learning the fundamentals of bachata. No prior experience or partner necessary! See below for detailed course information.


About the Instructors
Yolanda Bustillo and Jeremy Diaz dance on the Vida de Intensa Pasión (VIP), one of the newest Latin dance teams at Boston College.

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Registration
To register online, click the link above or contact Member Services at campusrec@bc.edu or 617-552-0797 for additional information.

    - Basic Step
    - Side Step
    - Cumbia Step
    - Right Turn
    - LA Walk
    - Hesitation Left
    - Cross-Body Lead
    - Introduction to salsa rhythms/beats
    - Basics of Leading and Following

Groups generally range from 4 to 20 dancers with 2 instructors. In this beginner workshop, you can expect a brief introduction to salsa social dancing including salsa beats, basic steps, and turns. Classes will often begin with solo work to develop a proper understanding of salsa steps until dancers understand techniques. Dancers will also be introduced to leading and following, and will eventually integrate the various skills to develop good partner work and an approach to social dancing. The class will be centered around instructor-led choreography with partner work to hopefully further the dancer’s skills and interest for social dancing.

Week 1:

    - Introduction to salsa counts
    - Basic Step
    - Side Step
    - Cumbia Step
    - Introduction to solo work and partner work

Week 2:

    - Right Turns
    - Introduction to leading and following
    - Checking a right turn

Week 3:

    - LA Walk
    - Cross-Body Lead
    - Hesitation Left

Week 4:

    - Left turns with partners
    - Spotting
    - Cross-body lead with turn

Week 5:

    - Introduction to social dancing without counts
    - Integration of solo work and partner work

Week 6:

    - Salsa social to integrate skills with various partners

    - Basic Step
    - Forward and Backwards Steps
    - Left Turn
    - Right Turn
    - Open hold position
    - Closed hold position
    - Left turn for leaders and followers
    - Right turn for leaders and followers
    - Introduction to bachata rhythms/beats
    - Basics of Leading and Following

Groups generally range from 4 to 20 dancers with 2 instructors. In this beginner workshop, you can expect a brief introduction to bachata social dancing including bachata beats, basic steps, and turns. Classes will often begin with solo work to develop a proper understanding of bachata steps until dancers understand techniques. Dancers will also be introduced to leading and following, and will eventually integrate the various skills to develop good partner work and an approach to social dancing. The class will be centered around instructor-led choreography with partner work to hopefully further the dancer’s skills and interest for social dancing. 

Week 1:

    - Introduction to bachata counts
    - Basic Step
    - Forward Step
    - Backward Step
    - Introduction to solo work and partner work

Week 2:

    - Right Turns for leaders and followers
    - Introduction to leading and following
    - Checking a right turn

Week 3:

    - Open to closed position transitions and vice versa
    - Left turns for leaders and followers
    - Checking a left turn
    - Spotting 

Week 4:

    - Hammerlock turns
    - Wraps
    - Partner walks 

Week 5:

    - Introduction to social dancing without counts
    - Integration of solo work and partner work 

Week 6:

    - Bachata social to integrate skills with various partners