FAQ's

Below are questions commonly asked by new students. If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact us!

1. Do I need a partner?

2. What should I wear?

3. What type of shoes should I wear?

4. Where can I purchase dance shoes?

5. Do I need to book ahead?

6. I have never danced before. Do I need to have experience to attend?

7. I have taken some Salsa lessons before, what level should I start with?

8. What are the age groups of the people who attend?

9. How much do the classes cost and can I pay as I go?

10. How long will it take me to become a good dancer?

11. Do you offer private lessons?


1. Do I need a partner?

Absolutely not! Everybody is welcome, whether you come along on your own, with a bunch of friends, or a partner. In fact, our classes are taught through a rotation system which means that every couple of minutes everybody has to rotate and dance with a different partner. This gives you the opportunity to meets lots of great people! However, if you attend with a friend/partner, you are more than welcome to remain with your partner for the duration of the class.

2. What should I wear?

There are no specific clothing requirements for our classes except for comfort! As a general rule of thumb, it is best to wear clothing that allows you to move around with ease and makes you feel comfortable. Many people pop in to our classes straight after work and feel that their work attire is just fine. Others wear jeans or athletic clothing. It is really up to you! As you progress through the classes you will realise what works best for you. 

If you are attending our Brazilian Samba and
Zumba® Fitness classes, then comfortable, athletic clothing and footwear is required. You will get quite a workout so a towel and possibly a spare shirt if you tend to sweat a lot may be a good idea.

3. What type of shoes should I wear?

 Once again, the most important factor is comfort. However, we do not recommend that you wear thongs or sandal type shoes that do not support your feet. A smooth sole will facilitate your spins and turns and a supportive back for the ladies is a must. At a Beginner level, you shouldn’t worry too much about your footwear but once you start getting into your spins and dips at an Intermediate and Advanced level, a proper dance shoe will make all of the difference!

4. Where can I purchase dance shoes?

 There are several dance stores in Adelaide where you can purchase proper dancing shoes, clothing and accessories:

Adelaide Dancers Boutique
Shop 2/ 282 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8231 6229
www.adelaidedancers.com.au 


Dance FX Windsor Gardens
502 North East Road, Windsor Gardens SA 5087
Phone: (08) 8266 0666
www.dancefx.com.au


Dance FX Unley
152 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061
Phone: (08) 8272 2668
www.dancefx.com.au 

Tutu & Twirl
313 Goodwood Road, King's Park SA 5034
(08) 8299 9246
www.tutuandtwirl.com.au

You can also purchase dance shoes online:

www.danceshoescompany.com

www.jqdance.com.au

www.dancingshoes.com.au

www.vivazdance.com.au

All websites above are based in Sydney, Australia.

5. Do I need to book ahead?

 At Latino Grooves, we offer both casual classes and 8 week courses. Our courses are all taught at the Latino Grooves Dance Studio and do require you to book ahead. Our bookings system allows us to achieve an even ratio of men to women, which is extremely important in a partner dance such as Salsa. Our classes at the Arkaba Hotel are casual which means that you don’t have to book ahead – simply turn up!

6. I have never danced before. Do I need to have experience to attend?

 Absolutely not! Our Beginner classes are designed to introduce you to Latin dance right from the very basics! We do not expect you to have any prior dance experience. We guarantee to have you dancing in no time at all, no matter whether you think you have two left feet. Just come along and give it a go!

7. I have taken some Salsa lessons before, what level should I start with?

 If you are unsure about what level is right for you, give us a call and we will do our best to allocate you in the right class.

8. What are the age groups of the people who attend?

 Our classes attract a lot of people from all walks of life and all different ages. You can expect to see people from the ages of 18 right up to 60 dancing up a storm!
 

9. How much do the classes cost and can I pay as I go?

Yes, you can pay as you go, even at our 8 week courses. The cost of a casual class is $15 or $12 concession, per lesson. If you are attending an 8 week course, you have the option of paying for the 8 weeks upfront at $99 (if paid before course commences) or $110 (if paid on the first night of class). This upfront payment saves you $21 and $10 respectively as well as time and effort as you don’t need to bring your money each and every week.

You are also able to purchase the classes in blocks of 10 or 20 through our Dance Class Passes. A block of 10 classes costs $120 or $100 concession and a block of 20 costs $220 (concession not available). These passes can be used at any of our three locations and do not have an expiry date. You simply hold on to them until you are ready to use them!

10. How long will it take me to become a good dancer?

Everybody learns at a different rate but as the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect!” This is especially true in the case of dancing. The more effort you put into your classes, the more effortless your dancing will feel.

Many of our students have achieved optimal results through attending at least 2 classes per week and practicing their moves out socially at our parties and events at least twice a month. Many students have also reaped many benefits from private lessons with their instructor.

You will also find that there are many special workshops and boot camps held throughout the year which are taught by special guest instructors from interstate or overseas. These are also an excellent opportunity to improve and learn new skills.

We also offer our students the opportunity to perform at events locally, nationally and internationally such as our annual School Concert, the Adelaide Salsa Festival and the Sydney Salsa Congress to name a few. We find that performances bring out the best in our students. At the end of a performance course, students always feel much more confident and polished. Performances are a great goal to set for yourself! 

11. Do you offer private lessons?

Yes! If you prefer to learn in a one-on-one environment or need a little bit of extra help, enquire about private lessons! There is no better or faster way to improve your dancing skills. Your instructor will provide you with one-on-one attention which will allow you to learn at your own pace.