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Salsa Dance Classes Christchurch

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

Salsa dancing is a modern, social street style dance and is completely a freestyle, meaning it's not choreographed. It's 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!

101 Start Dates:

  Salsa 101 Beginners: Tuesdays 6:15pm - Starting: 07 February 2023 - ENROL NOW >

  Salsa 101 Beginners: Thursday 6:15pm - Starting: 09 March 2023  - ENROL NOW >

201+ Start Dates:

  Salsa 201 Imp/Int: Tuesdays 7:30pm - Starting 07 February 2023

  Salsa 206 Imp/Int: Thursdays 7:30pm  - Starting 09 February 2023

  Salsa 202 Imp/Int: Tuesdays 7:30pm - Starting 07 March 2023

  Salsa 207 Imp/Int: Thursdays 7:30pm  - Starting 09 March 2023

On2 Conversion Dates:

  Mambo Shines & Conversion Int: Tuesday 8:30pm - 07 February 2023
  Mambo Cha Cha & Conversion Int: Tuesday 8:30pm - Date Coming

301+ Start Dates:

  Salsa 330 Int/Adv : Tuesday 8:35pm - 17 January 2023 (Restarts)
  Salsa 331 Int/Adv : Tuesday 8:35pm - 14 February 2023

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. For levels above beginners 101 you will need to pass an assessment or a grading to join higher levels, read more about this below.


Salsa 101 Beginner Courses

- Free 1st Class on Week#1 Only

- Teachers Tuesdays: Reuben & Miléna / Robyn

- Teachers Thursdays: Reuben & Marcela

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

- No Partner Required
- Everyone welcome

- Start Dates above

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: 

Learn Partner-work x8 Fundamentals 'Layer 1' & x11 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 Improver & 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!

Done Salsa Before?

If you have done some Salsa before, we highly recommend you do this level regardless, teaching styles & information vary massively between dance schools and we progress students very fast. Plus dance styles vary so much in Salsa We mainly teach a mix of Cuban, New York & Portorican Styles aka Salsa Porto. 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. Another possibility is we may pop you in a suitable class based on observations  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 >

Beginners Course Discount Limited Deal

A Special Course Deal will be available close to the start date and up until midnight of the start date. So snap these up because they are at a great price and are only available in beginner courses!   See Pricing here >

Salsa 201-208 Imp/Int

Improvers - Intermediate Level

- Partner-work & Footwork / Shines 

- No Partner required (partner rotation)
- Beginner Grading Required to Join

- Teachers Tuesdays: Reuben &  Robyn

- Teachers Thursdays: Reuben & Marcela

- Duration: 1 hour, 1-2 times a week for 4 weeks x8 Courses (32 Classes Total)

- Start Dates above

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, 207, 207 or 208 courses 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. All courses are very different and offer different Shines, fundamentals & variations. You can see the timetable to see what courses are on right now. 

Course Updates

- Update July 2022 

New Body Movement Warmup & 3 News Shines have been included at his new level which has been renamed "Improvers & Intermediate" This better reflects the actual level.


Salsa Class / Course Level: 

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

• Learn x22 Footwork/Shines
• Learn x6 Spinning & Turning Techniques
• Learn Body Movement


This Salsa level is based on, On1 NY linear partner-work 'fundamentals', Fundamentals are a foundation to all Salsa moves & combos done at higher levels. The  fundamentals in our system are very easily transferable to On2 Salsa AKA Mambo because of the style and system we teach by. You will also learn Salsa turn patterns & spinning, musicality & body-movement. These classes are aim for those just finishing Beginners up to an Intermediate level. As the name suggests Improvers & Intermediate is the place to improve your dancing a fundamental level and is considered the most important level to learn & master after Salsa beginners. The Material is in each 4 week course is progressive from Beginners, so please don't miss the start of this level if you are just progressing from beginners.
Your actual level will depend on the comfort & ability to recall the main fundamentals at this level, but generally if you have completed beginners and done at least 8 classes at this level and feeling confident with the material taught then you would move from an Improver to an Intermediate dancer. The first 2 weeks (week#1 & Week#2) of any 4 week section / course will generally be improver or fundamental based with Intermediate content, while the last 2 weeks (week#3 & Week#4) will be Intermediate based on the previous 2 weeks of Salsa fundamentals.

Course Content & Types:

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

• Salsa 202 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Left Turns + New York Shines #2)

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

• Salsa 204 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Left Turns + New York / Porto Shines #3)

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

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

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

• Salsa 208 = 4 Weeks  (Partner-work Left Turns + New York / Porto Shines #4)


Progressing & Grading

Once you have completed all 8 of the courses from 201-208 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 Advanced. Once you have been invited or passed a grading for this level you can continue to  week#2 to week#8 of Salsa Intermediate Advanced. We recommend asking a teacher if you are not sure... read more about gradings and how to book a private grading here >

Mambo & Cha Conversion

Intermediate Level

- Salsa On2 aka Mambo & Cha Cha Conversion Class for Salsa Dancers

- Intermediate+ level
- Beginner Grading Required to Join

- One-off Classes & Gateway to Int/Adv Level

- Dates Above

- Teachers: Reuben & Miléna / Robyn

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 & Intermediate and above can join this class, but the content is Intermediate focused. This class is also a chance to potentially join Salsa Int/Adv 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.

Salsa 301-345 Int/Adv Courses

Upper Intermediate & Advanced  Level

- Salsa On1 (Salsa Porto) & Salsa On2 (NY Mambo)
- Teachers: Reuben & Miléna / Robyn

- No Partner Required

- Duration: 1 hour, once a week with endless content

- Start Dates above

Salsa Class Level:

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

- Partner-work & Footwork / Shines 

Is a Grading Required?

• Week#2-8:  Salsa Int/Adv Course - There is 3 ways you can enter this level:
#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. Finally Ask a teacher for advice.
#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 Course Syllabus


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. 

Salsa Performance

A great way to take your dancing too new heights is to join one of our performance teams, if there are no teams & courses to join 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 >

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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 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 aka 'Salsa Porto Style'. 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.

Free Salsa Practice Times 2023+

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 5:55pm (20mins)

Tuesdays 7:15pm (15mins)

Thursday 5:55pm (15mins)

Thurdays 7:15pm (15mins)


You will Learn

- 18 Salsa Fundamentals, 9 in Beginners & 9 in Imp/Int
- 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.
Beginner Concession Card Deal available until midnight of the start date

• No Contracts or joining fees & No Obligation

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