Latin Dance FAQs

Do I need a partner to sign up?

No partner is required to attend our Latin classes. Taking a Latin class is a great way to meet new people! You'll get paired up with other classmates and frequent partner rotations will help you develop your skills and experience dancing with different partners. If you and your partner want to sign up for a class together, that works too. 

How large are the classes and what is the general age range?

At City Dance Corps, quality surpasses quantity. Class sizes vary on the dance style and studio space and we limit spaces to offer comfortable and personable teaching/learning environments.  

We welcome students of all ages however, our Latin classes are for students ages 18 and over. 

What is the male to female ratio?

We do our best to make sure that there’s an even amount of leaders and followers upon enrollment, but in the case that our numbers are not even, we ask our more advanced students to join class to even out the ratio. 

What shoes do I need?

Proper footwear is key to any dance style to prevent injury and to aid you in dancing at your best, especially when you’re working with a partner, spinning, and doing a lot of footwork. 

For ladies, acceptable footwear is:

  • a Latin Heel,

  • a dress shoe with a low heel and strap around the ankle and flexible sole,

  • a Jazz shoe. 

Don't wear:

  • a running shoe or shoes with a grip – it will not help you pull off your smooth moves and turns

  • flip flops

  • sling back sandals or mules

  • platform shoes

  • wedges

For men, acceptable footwear is:

  • a dress shoe with a smooth bottom

  • Jazz shoes

  • A Latin shoe

Don't wear:

  • a running shoe or shoes with a grip – it will not help you pull off your smooth moves and turns

  • flip flops

  • boots

Please note: We enforce a strict No Outdoor Shoes policy to keep our dance floors clean and safe.

What do I wear to class?

Dress casual and comfortable.  You may want to bring an extra t-shirt, or a change of clothes after you sweat. 

Latin dance is about connecting and getting close so it's important to respect personal space and maintain your personal hygiene both for you and your partner. Our suggestions: Bring some mints, wear deodorant, avoid strong perfumes or colognes for those sensitive to smells.  

What if I miss a class?

If you are enrolled in an Intro to Salsa or Intro to Bachata course, you are entitled to one make up class. Our front desk staff can assist you in booking your make up class.  If you are enrolled in our ongoing classes, we recommend consistency as much as possible, as that's the best way to excel and perfect your moves. If you miss more than 2 consecutive classes, your instructor may suggest you take a private lesson to catch up, or they may suggest you repeat class lessons.  

What if I want to compete one day?

We offer Pro Am and Am Am packages where you can partner with one of our Latin choreographers and compete at a Latin Dance convention at the appropriate level. More info here.

What are the different types of Salsa and what style do you teach?

Styles of Salsa range from Cuban style, LA style, NY style, Casino, Colombian, Cumbia and Mambo on '2'.  Our syllabus teaches a mix of Cuban, LA and NY styles all on '1'.  Once you reach Intermediate levels, we introduce Mambo on '2' and expand on the NY style. 

What is Bachata?

Bachata is a dance that originates from the Dominican Republic and is a sensual dance style, often referred to as the “slow dance” of Latin Dances. A popular style, Bachata is a great dance to learn that you can take to a club or Latin social where Bachata music is often played. To get a feel for Bachata music and the style, check out our Bachata video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h_R0cLfY5o

To see all our Bachata classes, head here. (linked)

Which Latin dance should I learn first?


Its up to you! There are benefits to each style of Latin dance.

Tango helps you focus and connect with your partner. A very technical and controlled style, the things you will learn in this class will help you with partner work, on and off the dance floor.

Bachata is an easy dance to learn for those with no experience and is much slower than Salsa.

Salsa is a fun and fast paced dance style that has been quite popular over the years.

We encourage dancers interested in Latin dance to try all three styles and decide which they prefer.

Which Latin dance is the easiest to learn?

Popular opinion would suggest that Bachata is the easiest to learn with fewer steps to the basics and slower pace of music.  Bachata can become more complex if you incorporate advanced body movements and isolations. 

Where can I buy shoes?

Right at the studio! We sell woman's Latin heels and Jazz shoes for men and women. Check out the CDC Shop.

Where can I find music that I can practice to?

There are some great Salsa, Bachata and Tango playlists on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music. Another great resource are your instructors – see what songs they recommend if you’re looking for a specific tempo or style!

What level is appropriate for me?

We can assess your level for FREE during our Wednesday Salsa Practice or Friday Tango Practica.  Fill out this form here to book your assessment. 

I'm come from a Latin background or have social danced Salsa for a really long time - can I go to advanced right away? 


For your best learning experience, we require all students who have previous experience, to get an assessment before you are placed in the appropriate level.  Because of the wide range of styles and techniques, an assessment is the only way we can properly assess where your knowledge base falls in our teaching style and syllabus. 

How do private lessons work?

Private lessons are 55 minutes long and can be taken in any style of dance with your instructor of choice. Fill out the private lesson request form or email us at info@citydancecorps.com to set up one-on-one sessions. We do our best to accommodate your schedule.

What if I'm late to class?

We do not allow students into class 15 min after the start time of the class. This is to ensure you attend proper warm up to avoid injury, and to not disrupt the other students in class. We ask all students to arrive 15 - 20 min before classes start to give yourself enough time to prepare for class.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Email us your question here: info@citydancecorps.com