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6 Things you need for your first Salsa Class

So you signed up for Salsa Class

You did it! You finally did it. You mustered up the courage to sign up for the salsa class that you have been yearning to take. Maybe your friend or spouse dragged you along for the experience and you're only attending for moral support. What ever the case may be, entering the studio the very first time for some can be a very intimidating experience. Questions and thoughts race through your mind as you try to picture what your first experience will be like. What do I need to bring with me? What kind of shoes do I need? Will I be able to keep up? Will I be horrible? Everyone will be watching me. What if my BO acts up? Will there be enough people to partner with? The list can go on and on and the worst thing you can do for your self is build up unnecessary anxiety. So I've compiled a list in no particular order of things you will need for your salsa classes. Some things you will need right away, and some things you can get as the need arises.



Salsa shoes are the preferred type of shoe for men and ladies. They are made specifically for the this type of dancing and are light weight, flexible, with suede bottoms to effortlessly pivot and turn on the dance floor. I like for the ladies to use a 3 inch heel, but its up to your discretion and what you will feel most comfortable with. Some like to start with a 2 inch heel and work their way up, which is also very effective. Sometimes dancing in salsa shoes takes some getting used to . Depending, your feet may get tired, achy, and burn in the beginning. When this happens its great to have a backup pair of jazz flats to give your feet a rest while allowing you to continue to participate in class. Salsa Shoes and Jazz Flats can be easily bought at your local dance shop or on-line. If you are unsure of what to purchase, do not hesitate to ask your instructor. They have years of experience and will be able to guide you through the selection process.



So you're going to move. Actually, you're going to move alot. Think of your salsa class like you would any other fitness or dare I say it, Zumba class. You will be in constant motion for the full hour or two hours that you signed up for. It's very important that you are comfortable and that you don't wear clothing that is restrictive to your movement. Along those lines keep in mind that you will sweat. So wear fabrics that are light and breathable.



Let's face it, we are all human and we all have normal human bodily functions. You sweat, and with that comes body odors. Some of you will be arriving to class after a long day of work. You will be dancing, moving, shaking and raising that heart rate. Then let's not forget you will be partner dancing. Please do not knock your partner out with your body odor. Be nice and use deodorant, or what ever it is that you use to mange your self care. Your partner will love you for it.



Do you tend to run cold? Layer your self up so that you can layer yourself down. Sometimes the studio can be cold but I assure you that once you get moving the temperature will soon begin to rise especially when you have ten plus people dancing in a confined space. Eventually you will need to layer down. Tend to run on the sweaty side? You will definitely need to bring an extra shirt or sometimes two to class. Iv'e seen guys (sorry for throwing you under the bus) sweat right through their shirts in class. Salsa is a contact sport and partnering someone who's all wet and yucky is no bueno. Be considerate of your classmates, excuse yourself and go change your darn shirt. Everyone will appreciate you for doing this.