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Salsa Dance Classes Christchurch

Learn to Dance Salsa from New Zealand Salsa Champions in Christchurch New Zealand

Salsa dancing is a modern, social street style dance and is completely a freestyle, meaning its not choreographed. Its the most popular partner dance world wide, it can be danced with a partner or as a solo dance. You can go anywhere in the world and dance with anyone. We believe anyone can learn to dance Salsa! Salsa is also great way to Have Fun, keep fit and meet lots of new people!

Salsa Class Level Progression
N.B. You won't be able to join in the middle off a 'Salsa course'  unless you've  above beginners, this is why we have a Free 1st Salsa class only on the start date, last chance to join a new beginner course is on week#2. So for New Salsa course start dates coming soon & Salsa Level information see below. For levels above beginners 101 you will need to grade and gain a certificate to join higher levels, read more about this below.


Salsa Beginners 101 Courses


Salsa  Beginner Course Start Dates:

  Thurs 7:30pm -12 May 2022

  Tues 6:15pm - 07 June 2022

- Partner-work & Footwork / Shines 

- No Partner required (partner rotation)

When to Join?

It's best to join when the course starts (week#1) but can join any time up to week#2 at the latest. tip: Check the timetable for week numbers. Be sure to Enrol online & you will get a Free 1st class and bonus reward will be emailed to you to improve your dancing.


Salsa Class / Course Level: 

• Duration: 1 hour, once a week every week for 8 weeks

• Free 1st Class: Only on Week#1 of the course is Free.

• No Partner Required & Everyone welcome
• Learn: Partner-work x8 Fundamentals 'Layer 1' & x12 Footwork/Shines


In this Salsa class the basics of Latin dancing is covered with Salsa. This is ideal for absolute beginners or if you have done a little Salsa before it's the best place to start as our Salsa courses are progressive. You will learn your Salsa basics & beginner fundamentals. After you finish Beginners Salsa you can then you progress through all the levels from Salsa Improvers to Salsa Intermediate & above. Salsa is a Authentic Street style Latin dancing and is a great way to have fun, keep fit and meet lots of new people!


- Tuesdays - Reuben & Robyn,

- Thursdays - Reuben & Marcela

Done Salsa Before?

If you have done some Salsa before, we highly recommend you do this level regardless, teaching styles & information vary between dance schools. This is the most important of all the levels to master, worth repeating at least a few times. If you are a confident dancer and know all the basics you'll need to get a grading to join higher levels regardless of your actual level. Please contact us if you wish to arrange a private grading here >


Progressing & Grading

Progressing to the next level in Salsa you will need to pass a grading on the last week of the 101 course to join a higher level. You won’t be able to join higher levels than 101 without grading from 2021. On week#8 of the 101 level there will be a grading/revision class, this is a fairly easy & fun class, focusing on revision of moves done at this level. If you miss a grading you can always book a 15min Private grading. Grading is  a chance for Salsa Latina Teachers to give you direct feedback on your dancing.

....Read more about Gradings & when they are here >

Course Update 2022

We often tweak our courses to improve our beginners and give them the best knowledge and skills. So they can have more fun Salsa dancing and enjoy the next level. We have updated the shines"footwork" a little from Feb 2022 and partnerwork since the Jan 2022. It's a good reminder for those above beginners to learn this most essential level to improve fundamental skills.  We like to think of beginners as 'essential skills'.

Beginners Course Deal

A Special Course Deal will be available close to the start date and up until 24hrs after the start date. So snap these up because they are at a great price and are only available in beginner courses! Concession cards are the next best option, these are like bus tickets and can be used for any Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba class at any level. This give better flexibility while saving a reasonable amount.  See Pricing here >

Salsa Improvers 201-208 Courses

Salsa Improver Course Start Dates:

  Tuesdays 7:30pm -10 May 2022- Course# 208 (NEW)

  Thursdays 6:15pm  - 12 May 2022 - Course# 205

  Tuesdays 7:30pm -07 June 2022- Course# 201

  Thursdays 6:15pm  - 09 June 2022 - Course# 206

Joining & Grading:

You will need to complete & get a grading from the beginner 101 course before you can join this level (see above beginners about the grading & progression or click here for full info on grading options) . Once you pass the grading you can join any of the 201, 202, 203, 204, 205 or 206 courses. These 6 courses can be done in any order. You can choose to do 1 or 2 courses at a time  on Tuesday or Thursday or both! You can choose to do 1 course per week or 2 courses per week and learn twice as fast and get through the level quicker. You'll need to do all of the courses from 201 through to 206 to get to the next level, so we recommend taking notes of which courses you have done.  All courses are very different and offer different Shines, fundamentals & variations. See the diagram below to understand the system better. You can see the timetable to see what courses are on right now. 

Course Update 2022

We have added new sections from 19 Feb 2022 (207 & 208 Section) to Salsa Improvers, it's very likely that we won't be adding more  sections to this level in the foreseeable future. All course content has been be shuffled around a little including new shines and new partnerwork, some new fundamentals & turn patterns have been added into other sections, for those repeating this level you will notice new content more >>>  See the course content & types below...


Salsa Class / Course Level: 

• 1 hour, once a week for 4 weeks x (8 Courses) = 32 Weeks of this level
• Learn: Partner-work x10 Fundamentals 'Layer 2' 

• Learn x21 Footwork/Shines
• Learn x5 Spinning & Turning Techniques
• Learn x3 Body Movement Exercises

Course Content & Types:

• Salsa Improvers 201 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Right Turns + New York Shines #1)

• Salsa Improvers 202 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Left Turns + Essential Shines #1)

• Salsa Improvers 203 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Right Turns + Spining & Turns)

• Salsa Improvers 204 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Left Turns + New York Shines #2)

• Salsa Improvers 205 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Right Turns + Pachanga Shines)

• Salsa Improvers 206 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Left Turns + Cuban Shines)

• Salsa Improvers 207 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Right Turns + Colombian Shines)

• Salsa Improvers 208 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Left Turns + Essential Shines #2)

- Partner-work & Footwork / Shines 

- No Partner required (includes partner swapping)

Improver Salsa classes are based on, On1 NY linear partner-work 'fundamentals', Fundamentals are a foundation to all Salsa moves & combos done at higher levels. These fundamentals are very easily transferable to On2 Salsa AKA Mambo because of the style we teach. You will also learn Salsa turn patterns & spinning, musicality & body-movement. These classes are aim for those just finishing Beginners. As the name suggests "Improvers" is the place to improve your dancing a fundamental level and is considered the most important level to learn & master after Salsa beginners. Material is in each 4 week course is progressive from Beginners, so please don't miss beginners level - all Salsa beginner & improver levels are worth repeating over & over, even for advanced dancers wanting to improve.


- Tuesdays - Reuben & Robyn

- Thursdays - Reuben & Marcela


Progressing & Grading for 201-208 to Int/Adv

Once you have completed all 8 of the courses in improvers you can then go for a private grading or join us on week#1 of Salsa Int/Adv Level at 8:30pm, you may be invited to join Salsa Intermediate is another way to get into Salsa Intermediate level on Tuesday.  Week#1 of Salsa Intermediate is a Salsa On2 / Mambo Intro Class designed for dancers who are wanting to learn to dance Salsa On2 and for those considering joining Salsa Intermediate. Once you have been invited or passed a grading for this level you can continue to  week#2 to week#8 of Salsa Intermediate. We recommend asking a teacher if you are not sure... read more about gradings and how to book a private grading here >

Salsa On2  Mambo & Cha Conversion

Mambo & Cha Cha Conversion Class for Salsa Dancers
Improvers & Intermediate+ level
Conversion Class Dates

  Tuesdays 8:30pm - 07 June 2022  - One-off Class

Salsa On2 Mambo & Cha Cha Intro

Week#1 This one off class will focus on an introduction for dancing Salsa on2 aka Mambo & Cha Cha aka Tripple Mambo & the tools required to convert your on1 dancing to on2. Its highly recommend for any improver or Intermediate dancer even if you are not looking at joining a higher level any time soon. You'll learn about Salsa Music in a new way that helps your timing. Learn to dance to the On2 sections in Salsa Intermediate which covers dancing on1 and on2. Any Improver or Intermediate and above can join this class. This class is also a chance to potentially join Salsa Intermediate from the week after, if you get invited or graded. See the start dates above, these are the chances to join this level and do the Mambo Intro class. it is a requirement to have done at lease 1 of these Mambo classes before considering Salsa Intermediate. Chat to a teacher if you are considering joining Salsa Intermediate which will start the week after this class... read more >

What is Mambo & Cha?

Mambo is Salsa danced on the 2nd count aka ‘Salsa On2’, this style originated from New York. & Cha Cha aka triple Mambo is a syncopated version which is similar. The main thing to remember its still “Salsa” and It’s a very popular style around the world to dance. It happens to be the same style we teach in our regular Salsa classes as above ‘Salsa On1’, just danced on the first count. The current system taught at Salsa Latina is mainly New York style flavoured and all the shines system is the same too, so it’s just a matter of learning more about the music and how to step in a different way. Once you know how it easy with a bit of practice... read more >


Is a Grading Required?

• Week#1: Mambo Conversion Class - Any Salsa Improvers & Intermediate can join this class no grading required from improvers, but you must have done the beginners grading or already be in improvers or intermediate to join.


- Reuben & Milena

Salsa On1/On2 - Intermediate+

Salsa On1 & Salsa On2 (aka Mambo)
Salsa Intermediate Advanced Course Start Dates

  Tuesdays 8:30pm - 14 June - Course# 327

Salsa Class Level:

• Week#1 = Salsa Improver & Intermediate Salsa On2 / Mambo Conversion - as above
• Weeks#2-#8 = Salsa Intermediate & Advanced On1 & On2
• Duration: 1 hour, once a week for 8 weeks x (45 Courses) = 360 Weeks
• Salsa Linear On1/On2 Turn Patterns
• Salsa Shine Series

- Partner-work & Footwork / Shines 

- No Partner required (partner rotation)

Is a Grading Required?

• Week#2-8:  Salsa Intermediate Course - There is 3 ways you can enter Salsa Intermediate:
#1 Get a Private Improver Grading for Intermediate.  
#2 You could be invited by a teacher to join Intermediate once you're in the Mambo Intro as above
#3 You were already doing Salsa Intermediate prior to 2021
- Talk to a teacher if you are unsure about your level....more about Gradings here >

Salsa Int/Adv Content


This New level is now running in 8 week blocks. The very first week is a Salsa On2 conversion or intro class for improvers or Intermediate. From week #2 onward we focus Salsa Intermediate & Advanced with Salsa On1 and Salsa On2 "Mambo". The Salsa Intermediate Adv has 45 Courses, labelled 301, 302..303.... 345. You can join and complete any or all of these courses in any order. All covering different aspects in each section a total of 7+ Years of content to learn and updating as this dance style evolves world wide.

In this Salsa dance level we place more emphasis on timing, leading skills, styling, variations of the fundamentals, positioning, body isolation with complex moves & combinations. This is where you get to learn how to play with the structure & fundamentals taught in beginners & improvers Salsa. The Salsa Shine series is also introduced at this level, for example a basic shine called "Suzy Q" has many other "Suzy Q" shines that are all based on the same style. This is a New York Style Salsa System and can be danced on1 or on2. There's over 400 shines to learn in our syllabus. In 2021 we have redefined this level pushing the level higher which is now catering for Intermediate through to Advanced levels. Also conversion of moves from Salsa On1 to Mambo, this gives you the ability to dance with any style Salsa On1 or Mambo aka Salsa On2 or Puerto Rican On2. We start with On1 Salsa and convert to On2 at the end. After Class you can practice doing these moves in Salsa On1 or Salsa On2, which ever you prefer. This level is our highest level, you wont run out of things to learn. Once you have reached our highest levels, normally a true advanced level dancer would go back and learn and perfect fundamentals rather than trying harder combinations, this is where dancers really start to grow. 


- Reuben & Robyn

Salsa Performance

A great way to take your dancing too new heights is to join one of our performance teams, these start in October for Intermediate team and at the beginning of the year in March for Advanced teams, so keep taking regular classes till these start up. You'll need to be at least up to improvers level and above. - See the performance couples page here >

Salsa Practice Times

This is a chance to practice all those moves you've been learning in class. You can turn up to either of the practice times, and its FREE for current Salsa Latina Salsa students. Usually these are between classes or at the end of a class or the end of the night which is a longer practica time slot.
★ Tuesdays 5:50pm (25mins)

★ Tuesdays 7:15pm (15mins)
★ Tuesdays 9:30pm (30mins)
★ Thursdays 7:15pm (15mins)

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Frequently Asked Questions

- Can I bring a friend? more >

- Do I need to bring a partner? more >

- If I'm bringing a partner do I have to swap? more >

- I have done some classes, do I still join beginners? more >

- What Level am I? ..where should I start? more >

- Classes to Easy or to Hard? more >

- What should I wear? more >

- Do I need special footwear?. more >

- What are Shines? more >

- Do I need to bring anything? more >

- How long will it take me to learn to dance well? more >

- Do I need to Practice? more >

- Should I use Youtube to help learning? more >

- Do I need private lessons? more >

- Latin Dancing & International Latin, what's the difference?. more >

- Should I Learn Salsa first? more >

- Am I too young, old, small or big? more >

- What are the Benefits of Salsa & Latin Dancing? more >

Salsa History

Salsa is a popular form of social dance had origins in Cuba. But it wasn't called Salsa until it hit New York. The Salsa we hear now is said to be born in New York to a mixture of Afro Cuban folk dances with Jazz. The movements of Salsa are a combination of the Afro-Cuban dances Son, cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba, and the Danzón. The dance, along with salsa music, saw major development in the mid-1970s in New York. Different regions of Latin America and the United States have distinct salsa styles of their own, such as Cuban, Puerto Rican, Cali Colombia, L.A. and New York styles. Salsa dance socials are commonly held in night clubs, bars, ballrooms, restaurants, and outside, especially when part of an outdoor festival. Salsa, like most music genres and dance styles, has gone through a lot of variation through the years and incorporated elements of other Afro-Caribbean dances such as Pachanga.. the full article here >

Salsa Dance Teachers

Find out more about our teachers, see their profiles

Salsa Dance Class Syllabus & Style:

Our System is based on the modern linear Salsa Fundamentals, known as the 'Salsa Latina Foundation System', which is unique in New Zealand. It's based on and very carefully constructed & refined from some of the best Salsa dancers in the world, the structure is based on New York Salsa Fundamentals with New York, LA, Puerto Rican, Spanish style with Cuban & Afro influences. Mainly taught On1 Salsa , but we do On2 Salsa (aka Mambo) as well and the style is the same. We specialise in Modern Improvised Freestyle Street Styled Salsa, good leading & following is the key. Many Latin dance schools do not know the difference on what is leadable & what isn't, if it can't be lead or followed, we don't teach it.


The 'Salsa Latina' Salsa Foundation

At the start of our Salsa classes we start with a Salsa Footwork aka 'Shines' which also acts as a warmup to learn the essentials in mastering the feet, then we partner ladies & guys up aka 'Partnerwork'.

#1 Salsa Partnerwork:

Learn from the ground up, a foundation that will build on itself, Think of it like a House foundation. Master these core moves known as Fundamentals and you will progress very quickly. You'll discover that all Salsa 'combinations & turn patterns' are simply 'variations' of 'fundmentals'. We don't teach a random move of the week, rather it is taught to you in a way that is specifically designed to be progressive which build on previously taught elements giving the best results.

#2 Salsa Footwork / Shines:

You will also Learn Shines (footwork solo dancing) with its New Syllabus of 'New York Shines', which was developed by some of the top New York & Puerto Rican Salsa dancers. Salsa Shines are essential for any balanced Salsa dancer to find their own balance 'literally' as well as flavour, skills & technique. There's hundreds to learn, there's no other Salsa school in NZ that has the same extensive system.


You will Learn

- 18 Salsa Fundamentals, 9 in Beginners & 9 in Improvers
- x400 Shines 'Salsa footwork'

- x700+ Turn patterns, moves & combos

- Basic Timing & Counts for Salsa

- Latin Dance Partnering Technique & hand holds

- Body Isolations & movement

- Spinning techniques

- Partnering & Lead & Follow Technique

- Extra tricks

- Styling & Expression

- How to dance the dance!

- Timing & understanding music & musicality

- Salsa On1 & On2 (Mambo) Demo recordings of content welcomed at the end of class for Intermediate levels.

- 8 Years of content to learn in total as of 2019. Note even after 8 years there will be new and updated content as we progress, Salsa is an ever evolving dance style.

Salsa Latina Class Prices:

• FREE 1st class; only applies the 1st week of Beginners Course Only.

• No Contracts or joining fees
• No Obligation
• Pay as you go system

• We accept Cash or Paypal & major bank cards (not EFTPOS)

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Salsa Online Classes

★ Free Beginners Salsa Basics Video
★ Bachata Beginners & Intermediate Video Courses

★ Instructors: Reuben, Milena

★ Learn 24/7 in your own time & enhance your training

★ Content lines up with our regular classes at Salsa Latina
★ No Partner required, these are mainly solo training videos
★ Partnerwork Videos in some sections

★ Technique , Shines/ Footwork & Arms & Body Movement

★ Practice Footwork & Shines to Music
★ Extra Resourses

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