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Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together this short Q&A section to help answer some of the questions.

We try to keep this list as relevant and up to date as possible, however if you have a questions not answered or feel something is no longer relevant please e-mail me.

When does the next course start?

Our Beginners Salsa and Bachata courses repeat every 8 weeks with new Improver and Intermediate level courses running every 4 weeks.

Please refer to the Time Table to find the times and start dates of the courses you're interested in joining.

I've missed the first week! Can I still join this time round?

The good news is we still accept new dancers up until week 2 (week 3 at a stretch) of our 8 week Beginner courses! Although you may wish to attend a catch up session if they're available where you are.

Our higher ability 4 week courses up to week 2 depending on whether you have some prior experience.

If you have any doubt please contact me and I'll let you know what I recommend.

What style of Salsa do you teach?

Primarily Latin and South American styles of Cuban Salsa and Dominican Bachata with an emphasis on freestyle techniques and social dancing - we always teach the purest form of each dance.

Can I try a class before deciding whether to do the course?

Yes, absolutely.

Just turn up to the first class of a new course and try things out - you need only pay for the first class and then you can still decide whether or not you want to complete the whole course.

We now also run Monday evening drop-in classes for beginners in Nottingham so you can still dance if your schedule doesn't allow you to commit to doing the course.

Do I need to bring a partner?

There's no requirement to have or bring a partner to take part in our classes. Classes have been designed assuming everyone comes solo.

We frequently change and rotate dance partners within the group ensuring every male (leader) will dance with every female (follower) many times throughout the course of the class.

You're still of course welcome to bring your partner or any number of friends, however we politely ask that you respect how the classes work and rotate dance partners with us.

We love to encourage you to meet new people and make friends. Sometimes it's easier when you come on your own, so be brave we're a friendly bunch!

What if there are odd numbers?

We frequently switch partners during class so that everybody will dance with everybody else. i.e. Every male 'Leader' will dance with every female 'Follower' and we will always do our best to ensure courses are subscribed with a balanced number of men to women.

What clothes should I wear?

You would benefit from wearing comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely and easily without being restricted as you may develop a warm glow!

Read Amanda's short Guide on How to Dress for Salsa and you'll fit right in.

What shoes should I wear?

Smooth soled shoes that won't slip off. Ladies, please don't wear stilettos or incredibly high heels as you may injure someone with them.

If you wear sports trainers with too much grip your movements will be unnecessarily broken.

Any advice?

Some people like to bring a towel or handkerchief to wipe down any perspiration.

Is there parking?

Ropewalk Nottingham: Parking in the city centre is fairly limited, to pay & display car parks, however there are some on-street spaces available on nearby College Street. City transport links are very close by with frequent NET trams and NCT buses.

Do I have to purchase a full course?

No, this isn't essential, however booking the whole course does offer you better value than paying per each class.

Please be aware that if continuing to attend classes from one of our closed courses you will be expected to complete the whole course. If you're unable to attend the majority of classes of the course for whatever reason then please alternatively consider attending one of our drop-in style classes that require less continuity.

How do your courses work?

Our short-courses are structured into blocks of 4 or 8 classes taken in succession from beginning to end depending on the course and ability level.

Our 8-week Beginners course will always follow the same format to allow anybody with no prior experience to quickly learn the basics in order to progress to Improver level.

Our shorter 4-week Improver, Intermediate and Advanced level courses are constantly kept varied and different to ensure you're frequently learning new moves and fun techniques.

Students are very sociable and usually meet up early and stay after class for a impromptu drink, practice & chat...

How much do classes cost?

Please refer to the prices page for full information.

Can I pay on the night?

Yes, we accept cash payment on the night for either a full course or an individual class.

Existing students that have danced for 12 or more consecutive weeks may take advantage of Todo Credits for better value.

What if I miss or cannot attend a lesson?

We encourage you to make up missed classes by attending one of our other classes of the same level and ability. This does not cost any extra if you have already paid.

If you feel you'll be too far behind, you may also like to consider having a private lesson to make up any missed ground.

Can I bring my own drink to class?

Most of our classes are held at licensed venues with fully stocked bars that serve water and soft drinks. We encourage you to support our venue by purchasing a drink so we can continue to provide you with classes.

Please bring a drink when attending any classes held at a dance studios or local community space.

How will I know if a class is canceled?

If a scheduled class is ever canceled I will provide notice in advance via the website or Facebook Group.

If in doubt, please contact us in advance or ring the venue.