La Candela Salsa Program / “Which level am I?”

La Candela teaches a course system with a program of over 20 years of experience and adaptations. If you join us you will quickly be able to start dancing in Social dance clubs. If you follow with the program and practice regularly you are likely to eventually become some of the best dancers on the dancefloor.

The program gives what you need to dance well within 6 courses, each course consists of 8 or 9 classes of 90 minutes. Each level takes it into account that you know the material of the previous level.

The courses are done in a closed format that doesn’t normally allow drop-ins. This ensures that we can advance together as a group, and allows us to ensure a good ration between leaders and followers.

We do not recommend skipping levels and encourage you to self-assess yourself honestly. If in doubt you can contact us and we would gladly try to help. We are highly technical and coming without the expected knowledge is likely to make it a difficult class.

Beginners

 Transform you from a human to a dancer in eight classes. deals with the basic steps, rhythm catching, and small combinations.

Example elements: Guapea, Dile Que No, Enchufala Doble, Kentucky

Improvers

 Deals with the core elements of Cuban Salsa. This course will give you the best foundation from which you can grow as a dancer. Probably the most important course.

Example elements: Vacilala, Coca-Cola, Exhibela

Intermediate I + II

Building upon the core elements to practice Common repeating elements, adding a few more core elements. Also Introducing to Cuban Salsa concepts, styling, and fusion dances.

The level consists of two courses that can be taken in any order.

Example elements: Sombrero, Setenta, Prima con la Hermana

Advanced I + II

Deals with longer combinations, adding small quirks that make the combination unique and beautiful. Further, more detailed work will be done on styling and fusion dances. Finishing this level, you know
 all that you need to be a salsa dancer. It doesn’t mean you can’t get better and better.  

The level consists of two courses that can be taken in any order.

Example elements: Paseala
 Complicado, Dedo Complicado, Setenta Nuevo)

Master

The highest level of combinations, dealing with a high level of styling, musicality, fusion dances. Anything can happen in a Master class
, and you can never finish this level. Each class will be challenging and will improve your dance in different aspects.

I am dancing for a long time but I never took classes, which level should I go to?

This is very individual,  But in our experience, dancers that “go with the flow”  often overestimate their level. A good foundation is a must in order to perform complicated combinations. Unfortunately “going with the flow” more often than not creates many bad habits.

While the Improvers level might feel easy as a whole, it might become clear soon enough that many steps & techniques need to be corrected, and it’s a challenging task to stop bad habits. If you have the patience to improve, even the beginner-level might give you many points to improve and will ease you up towards the Improver level.

Should I repeat a course?

This is highly individual. If you practice at parties the material you learn regularly, you probably won’t need to repeat a course – Practice is key!

BUT! By all means – YES! The best dancers always go back to basics to see what they can improve, even we do. By repeating a course, you will be able to notice better all the small details. We give a big discount to whoever chooses to repeat a course – because we want you to be a better dancer!