Salsa Dance Classes Christchurch

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

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. We dont recommend jumping in the middle of a 'Salsa course'  unless you've had Salsa experience. So for New Salsa course start dates coming soon & Salsa Level information see below.

Salsa Class level Progression

Salsa Beginners 101 Courses


8 Week Salsa  Beginner Course Start Dates:

★  Thursdays 7:30pm .............. 29th October .......(101 Course)

★  Tuesdays 6:15pm ................. 24th November  ...(101 Course)

★  Thursdays 7:30pm .............. 7th January 2021.......(101 Course)

- 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 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 x9 Fundamentals 'Layer 1' & x13 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


Progress to the Next Level

After completion of beginners Salsa you will then progress to Salsa Improvers, join any of the Salsa Improvers courses, see details below.


A Special Course Deal will be available close to the start date and up until midnight of the course start date in our online store. So snap these up because they are at a great price and are only available in beginner courses! You can choose other options such as concession cards, 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. 3rd option you can pay as you go, but is the most expensive. See the bottom of the page or here for more details on price >

Salsa Improvers 201-206 Courses


4 Week Salsa Improver Course Start Dates:

★  Tuesdays 7:30pm ............... 27th October ........(202 Course) NEW

★  Thursdays 6:15pm ............. 29th October ........(205 Course) NEW *** Thurs 6:15 Moves to 8:30pm on week#2, see news update>

★  Tuesdays 7:30pm ............... 24th November ........(203 Course) NEW

★  Thursdays 8:30pm ............. 26th November ........(206 Course) 

★  Tuesdays 7:30pm ............... 5th January 2021 ........(204 Course) 

★  Thursdays 8:30pm ............. 7th January 2021 ........(201 Course) 

When to Join, which one do I join?

Join this level at the start of any 201, 202, 203, 204, 205 or 206 course, but only after completing any Salsa Latina Beginner levels. 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. 

All Salsa Improvers courses have been updated with New Partnerwork & New Shine since July 2020, so if you haven't been to this level in a while we recommend joining in. Some content will be the same, but no course is the same as there is a different structure. Each courses focuses on one direction of turning using the same kinds of partnerwork fundamentals for that course... read more >>> 
See the course content & types below...


Salsa Class Level: 

• 1 hour, once a week for 4 weeks x (6 Courses) = 24 Weeks of this level
• Learn: Partner-work x9 Fundamentals 'Layer 2' 

• Learn x20 Footwork/Shines

Course Content & Types:

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

• Salsa Improvers 202 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Left Turns & Colombian & Traditional Shines)

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

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

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

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

- 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. 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 &  Milena 


Progress to the Next Level, Intermediate Salsa

When you have completed all 6 sections of Salsa Improver courses, a total of 24 weeks (24 Improver Salsa classes) you can then you can consider progressing to the Intermediate Level, see below.

Salsa Intermediate 301-380 Courses

4 Week Salsa Intermediate Course Start Dates

★  Tuesdays 8:30pm ....... 27th October .........(334 Course)

★  Tuesdays 8:30pm ....... 24th November.........(334 Course)

★  Tuesdays 8:30pm ....... 5th January 2021.........(335 Course)


When to Join?

Join in any of the courses from 301-380 but 'only' when you have completed the Salsa Latina, Beginners & Improvers 201, 202, 203, 204, 20 & 206 courses ...or had private lessons! Remember you can always repeat improvers & beginners as well as this class to progress as a Salsa dancer. When any Improvers level finishes there is a new Salsa Intermediate starting the following week. Remember if you find our intermediate a struggle repeat improver level classes as well. If you're not sure which level you should be in, please ask your teacher or book a private lesson to be sure.


Salsa Class Level:

• Duration: 1 hour, once a week for 4 weeks x (80 Courses) = 320 Weeks
• Salsa Linear On1/On2 Turn Patterns & Salsa Shine Series

- Partner-work & Footwork / Shines 

- No Partner required (partner rotation)


- Reuben & Robyn


Salsa Intermediate has 80 Courses, labelled 301, 302..303.... 380. These courses are 4 weeks each. You can join and complete any or all of these courses in any order. All covering different aspects in each section a total of 6.2 Years of content to learn and updating as this dance style evolves world wide.


In this Intermediate 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 are New York Style Salsa System and can be danced on1 or on2. There's over 400 shines to learn in our syllabus.

Salsa Advanced

In Intermediate we cover more advanced levels too. Talk to a teacher if you want to try take it further with Advanced Salsa variations. We also cover these shines and patterns and can be converted to Salsa On2 (Mambo) very easily, you will see this at the end of class when we allow recordings. Salsa Performance and competing would be another possible option, but Salsa Intermediate with Advanced patterns 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.


Salsa Performance

A great way to take your dancing too new heights is to join one of our performance teams, these start at the beginning of the year in February, so keep taking regular classes till these start up. You'll need to be at least up to improvers level and above.

FREE 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.
★ Tuesdays 6:00pm (15mins)

★ Tuesdays 7:15pm (15mins)
★ Tuesdays 9:30pm (40mins)
★ Thursdays 7:15pm (15mins)

★ Thursdays 9:30pm (40mins)

Frequently Asked Questions

- Can I bring a friend?

- Do I need to bring a partner?

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

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

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

- Classes to Easy or to Hard?

- What should I wear?

- Do I need special footwear?.

- What are Shines?

- Do I need to bring anything?

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

- Do I need to Practice?

- Should I use Youtube to help learning?

- Do I need private lessons?

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

- Should I Learn Salsa first?

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

- What are the Benefits of Salsa & Latin Dancing?

....see all your questions answer here >

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.

- 7 Years of content to learn in total as of 2019. Note even after 7 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)


• Beginner Course Rate ..........................$70 per course ($10 per class)

 This is $70 for the Whole beginners 8 week course. x1 Free class and x7 remaining classes. This Special Course Deal for Beginners will be on offer close to the start date up until the 2nd week of a beginner course. For more details please see the pricing page> 


• Blue x5 class Concession card ........... $65 ($13 per class)

• Red x7 class Concession card .............$85 ($12.14 per class)

• Gold x9 class Concession card ...........$105 ($11.66 per class)


• Casual Rate ...........................................$15 per class

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