There is no other activity quite like Latin Dancing - combining fitness, mind and social skill development, while having fun to awesome music! Latin dancing is a family, a global club that you become a part of. Anywhere in the world you can be sure to find a Latin Dance club or social event! It is a global phenomenon that just keeps on growing, bringing more people together than ever. Reward yourself for a lifetime and join the worldwide revolution!
It builds confidence, by teaching you a skill that others would be envious of! Break personal barriers, by learning how to approach and connect with another human being. Confidence of being able to move to music is uplifting and exhilirating!
It super-charges your social life, and opens doors wide to meeting new and exciting people all over the world! Only in dance can you connect with a total stranger, be comfortable with the experience, and quickly make new friends!
Most of all, it is simply fun! Anyone who immersed themselves into the addictive world of Latin Dance was hooked for a lifetime! No matter what is happening in your life, going out to a social dance night is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
This is accessible to anyone, regardless of your background. Having "two left feet" is an age-old excuse for not challenging yourself or trying new things. We all have "two left feet" when we start something new - think to any experience in your life where you tried to do something for the first time. But the good news, it is totally learnable!
The way we teach latin dance here at Latin Dance Hub is unlike anything you've tried before. Masha has a real talent for teaching dance and breaking down every movement. And she has a wealth of experience behind her teaching dance for over two decades.
Yes, it will feel a little weird at the start, and that's normal - just like with any skill. But stick with it, and this is a skill that will keep on giving for a lifetime!
This is just a special case of the question above. The answer is a resounding yes! You're never too old, as we have and had students of a wide range of ages. Dance is an activity that tends to erase age gaps, and any other forms of cultural division. Dance welcomes all!
It is a well known fact that dancing prevents ageing. So not only is it possible, it is recommended to have dancing in your life as you evolve through your life. It has positive effects on memory and clearness of the mind, as well as being a moderate fitness activity to help stay healthier for longer!
Both Salsa and Bachata are highly popular latin dance styles, danced at latin clubs and events all around the world. The two are very different dances, but most latin dancers would know how to dance both, as you would often hear both music styles at any latin music or dance event. We have classes for both Salsa and Bachata here at Latin Dance Hub.
Check out info on the pages we created for both Salsa and Bachata , and see some videos that provide an idea of what they look like. (Note: videos are of professionals dancing, so don't feel too overwhelmed - basics are much simpler!)
That's a difficult question, and would probably revert to an individual choice. In the end, you're likely to be dancing both, so it doesn't really matter which one you start with.
Bachata tends to be easier to learn at first, and the pace of the dance is moderate. Salsa, on the other hand, feels a lot faster, and takes a bit longer to be comfortable with. You would notice Salsa courses are 8-week, while Bachata is run in 4-week blocks.
However, Salsa gives you more of the necessary skills of lead/follow and body connection. After Salsa, Bachata feels like a simple dance to pick up, while the reverse may not be the case. Salsa is also the more well-known of the two, so you may already feel like you've got your mind made up.
Whichever way you go, as we said, in the end you'd be dancing both eventually. Check out pages for both Salsa and Bachata, and checkout some videos, and see which one feels right for you!
Latin dance community is global, and anywhere in the world you can find a latin dance club or a social event where you can take your newly learnt dance skills, and have some serious fun!
Here at Latin Dance Hub we run a bi-weekly social night on a Friday (9.30pm @ Lone Star), which is a great way to socialise and practice what we learn in class. It gives you an opportunity to actually use your dancing skills, outside the pressures of the classroom. It's great fun, and we encourage all of our students to come and have a night out!
Firstly, you have to recognise this feeling as your perception only. We generally tend to think that about many aspects of our lives - other have better jobs, better houses, better lives, etc. It's normal and human to feel that way, but you'll want to recognise where it is coming from.
In fact, it tends to be that the people who have the abilities tend to underestimate themselves more, than those with lesser abilities. In other words, we tend to put ourselves down more, because we set higher expectations for ourselves.
Setting higher goals for ourselves is a good thing! We just have to not let it discourage us from trying new things, and reaching those goals. Naturally, there would be dancers with more experience, who have been doing it for a longer period of time, and that's fine. We can actually use it to our advantage, and learn where we'd like to see ourselves in the future! It's the same with any activity - sports, life goals, family, etc.
Let this feeling be a force of good, and let it push you further to better your skill, and feel like you've achieved something! You'll be improving after each class, every dance, every interaction. Before you know it, you'll be looking at yourself and thinking - hey, I can do this!
It's perfectly normal to feel intimidated, especially when you are in a new environment, and are still learning the basics. You'll feel like everyone is better (see question above), and that you shouldn't be there. We want you to acknowledge these feelings, but not let them take over!
One of the benefits of being in the dance scene, is that you get to work through these issues, and become a better human being in the process. Yes, dance is not only about the technique on the dance floor - it is about so much more! Dance can teach us a lot about life in general, and make us better individuals!
Through social dancing we learn how to approach and connect with other human beings, even if they are a stranger at first. It's about respect and mutual understanding. Dance helps us break the usual personal space barriers, and really connect with the other person. It's an experience that we personally feel is lacking in today's world! How lucky are you to be able to experience this with us!?
Finally, remember that our latin dancing scene here in NZ (and anywhere in the world) is very friendly and welcoming. We know from personal experience, that we've made more friends through dancing than through any other activity in our lives!
Yes, it is normal. It's mostly because you've never been in a similar situation in your life until now. Of course, any new experience feels uncomfortable at first - it is through uncomfort that we grow as individuals! See the other two questions above about common feelings that can arise.
As we grow and learn to connect with another human being through dance, reinforced through positive experiences, this feeling goes away. It becomes the new norm, and we wonder why did we feel apprehensive before.
When we don't get support of our family or friends, it becomes harder to move forward. We are communal creatures, and opinion of others seems to matter to us. It doesn't apply to just only dance, and can be said about any activity or endeavor we embark on in our lives. Hey, we've been through it ourselves, and we know plenty of others who have too.
Noone really knows what's best for you, other than you. It's important to remember that! Most people unloading their opinions on you are only really thinking in terms of their own experiences and context, and not about you. If you recognize that, it becomes easier to deal with.
Great thing is that dance community in itself is like a big family, and you'll get a lot of support and positive reinforcement here. Joining the dance world is one of the best steps you can make in your life, so don't let other's opinions interfere with that. Most often it happens that later on, when they see a more smiling radiant you, they wonder what happened, and actually wish they could do what you do. Just know that others will be held back by their own insecurities and beliefs, and that shouldn't stop you on your own journey of self transformation!
Dance has so many amazing benefits, that we're surprised it's not prescribed as an official medicine! Imagine what a world could be like, if everyone could dance!
We teach linear Salsa on-1 style, and modern/sensual Bachata. Checkout pages for both Salsa and Bachata to learn more about the two.
Check out the "What's On" section on the main page to see what classes are on and when. If you're on Facebook, make sure to Like our Page, and get notifications when we post new events.
We've made it really simple - vist our Registration page, pick out the class you want to join, fill out your details, and complete the payment. You're all set!
If you've done Beginner level elsewhere, you may still want to check it out (especially if it was a long time ago) - chances are you've never been taught quite the same way as we do it here at Latin Dance Hub. We set up a good foundation of basics that will serve you well as you progress to higher levels, and more complicated moves and turn patterns.
You can always get in touch with us, and we will help you figure out where to start.
First we usually do a quick warm up, and get everyone moving to the music. Then we do a quick revision of what happened in the last class, so that everyone's mind if refreshed. Finally we continue with what we plan to teach next.
During the class we arrange everyone in pairs, in a circle around us. Often numbers are not even, so someone may be without a partner for a moment - that's fine. Periodically we will call out "rotate!", and ladies move clock-wise to the next partner in the circle. That way everyone gets to dance with everyone, and you get the benefit of learning how to dance with a wide variety of people from the start.
Questions during the class are encouraged, as they are our only feedback into what makes sense and what doesn't, from what we've explained.
You can wear anything you'd be comfortable in to spend the hour in class. We only dress up for the social parties. One item deserving attention is footwear - you may want to wear something that is secure on your foot (i.e. not flip-flops), and doesn't have a grippy sole (i.e. to make turning easier).
Also, since we teach partner dancing, and you will spend most of the lesson dancing with others, it is a good idea to change into fresh clothes, or use a deodorant! ;)
No partner required. You can and should attend on your own. We rotate in class frequently, so everyone gets to dance with everyone. Even if you don't know anyone at the start, you'll get to know everyone by the end of the first class!
At the moment we only the classes on the days/times you see on the main page "What's On" section. We'd love to run more classes during the week, but often the limiting factor is the available hall space. We know we can't fit everyone's schedule, but we hope that most people find the time slots suitable, or make an effort to make it work.
Alternatively, if you really can't make and would love to have a chance to get into it somehow, we do offer private lessons at mutually convenient arranged time. It's a more costly option, but you get the full benefit of individual attention and approach, plus an extremely flexible time schedule. Get in touch with us to arrange.
Masha's credentials speak for themselves - there's probably noone better you could learn latin dance from. She has been highly successful in the dance scene, not only with her own awards and world championship titles, but also in teaching others how to dance for over two decades, producing countless students (some of whom have now become professionals on their own).
We use a proven structured method of teaching, and break down every movement. There is a lot of focus on connection and good lead/follow techniques, so that you can be confident on the dance floor, even if dancing with someone you've never danced before. It's all about learning the language of communication in dance, and how to connect with another person!
Anyone who attended our classes has walked out a better dancer than they were before!
We can't really speak for everyone, but what we do know is that you're getting a real value with what we provide. You only just need to check Masha's experience and credentials to know that you won't be getting better instruction anywhere else in the country. Hardly anyone else can match that! Our casual class rate is $20 per class, and is further reduced with prepayment discounts. Same classes used to cost $25 in Auckland, where she was running her successful school there some years ago. So you're getting a bargain!
Every class is packed with useful material designed to make you a better dancers. We have a lot of focus on connection and lead/follow technique, which is what makes the dance flow and be enjoyable! This is a detail that not many can teach well. Everyone who have taken our classes felt they got great value out of them!
Classes have all the potential of making you a good dancer (see above as to why you would choose our classes!). But ultimately it comes down to you, and willingness to put in the work. We can provide the right environment and the right instruction to lead you on that path - the decision to follow is always yours.
In any case, you will pick up great tips and technique from our classes, and be a better dancer than when you started.
Of course, this is highly individual - some people progress faster, some take a little more time. That's ok, we don't all learn the same way. There is no need to feel that one way of learning is better than the other. Some may have high expectations of themselves (which is a good thing!), and that may in turn make them feel like they are progressing slowly (when in fact it's just slower than they would have liked!).
We generally suggest that newcomers complete at least two 8-week courses, before moving onto the next level. However, it all depends on your comfort level. We don't push anyone to progress faster than they are comfortable with. It is ok to repeat the Beginner course as often as you need, until you feel you're ready. (If we think you're ready, we may even give you a little nudge, so you can feel reassured)
That probably means we haven't met! 😂 Do let us know after the classes if you're not feeling challenged enough - most of the feedback we had so far was that the challenge is pretty good already!
There are always multiple levels to work on even within the same course. For example, in the Beginner course, the first time around you're just learning the steps and the timing. But the second time around, already knowing the steps, you could be focusing on smoother execution, body movement, sabor, posture, better connection with partner, styling, etc. It's like an onion - there are a lot of layers! 😉 Level of a dancer is measured not by how many moves they know, but how well they can execute the basic steps!
There will always be something new to work on, and to challenge yourself. Just talk to us, and we can set you on the right direction. In addition, there are always Private Lessons (see in a section below), if you wanted to explore something that we don't cover in classes.
As much as you can make it possible for yourself. Classes in a course run once a week, for an hour, and it is challenging to retain everything in your memory after a whole week passes. Life, work, kids, and before you know it, it's next week and you can hardly remember what we did last time. Practicing between classes is what makes a difference!
Find just a tiny amount of time, in between your usual daily tasks, and go over the steps. If you can get together with someone else from the class, that's even better. Exchange details with fellow students, and try to make practice sessions happen sometime. You'll definitely be happy with the result!
It is best not to miss classes, as we pack a lot of material into each one. But if you did miss a class, there are several ways you could try to catch up. It is best to keep in contact with other students in your class, so that you can communicate and find out what we've done.
For Beginners Course, if you purchased the companion online videos, this is the best way to learn what we covered in class. You can get in touch with us and find out which of the basics we covered, and then reference the appropriate video, and practice at home before the next class.
For other classes, it may be best to get together with someone who has been to the class, and try and pick up the new moves. Of course, it may be difficult without proper instruction, which is why encourage attending all the classes, but sometimes it may not be possible, and we understand. We usually revise material from the previous week at the start of the class, so you can use that time to quickly get up to speed.
You may have learned Salsa and/or Bachata elsewhere, at a different time, and feel fairly content with your dancing. That's great - you can enjoy the fruits of your past labor, and attend our social events. Question is - do you need to do more? That depends on you.
There will always be more things to learn, and more ways to improve yourself. In fact, a lot of people stop too early in the development of their dancing, where there is a much larger potential had they continued on their journey. With a wealth of experience and instruction that we can offer you here, it's an amazing opportunity to use it to enhance your dancing experience. You'll be happy you did, and guaranteed to walk out a much better dancer!
You'd find it is the same issue with any new skill you want to pick up - finding enough time to practice, when you've got your life still happening at full speed. We understand, it can be tricky!
You don't need a lot of time, you just need a bit of time each day to go over the moves, so that your memory retains the information, and your muscles start to remember. You can do it in the kitchen while making breakfast, you can do it at work during a quick break (you need to stretch anyway!), you can do it on the beach while walking your dog, etc.
We also encourage everyone to attend our Friday social nights - it's a great way to get out of the pressure of the classroom, and try your newly learned moves to some great music! It could be overwhelming though if you haven't practiced the moves at all, so you do want to find some time in your day to go over what we've learned.
The trick with partner dancing is that you want to dance it with a partner! In class we bring everyone together, and rotate, so everyone gets a chance to dance with everyone else. But on your time, we understand, it can be tricky to practice on your own.
We recommend exchanging details with other students from your class, and forming a communication channel, so that you can message each other and get together outside of the class to practice. Luckily in our sunny Nelson you might not even need a space, as you can meet outside in one of our many lovely parks or beaches. You might even get a few others interested in coming to classes!
Yes, we highly encourage registration and pre-payment for the entire course. It helps us to know the numbers of people committed for the entire course, and makes it easier to know the male/female split, so that we can adjust. Registration is important, because this is how we judge whether we have the minimum required to run the course (as we book halls in advance). It would be highly disappointing if you were planning to show up on the day, only to learn that it was cancelled.
We're also making it beneficial for you, with early bird pre-payment pricing, where you save by registering early. We do still accept casual entries (cash only) on the day, but we cannot count these towards the minimum numbers required. With everyone registered we also spend less time at the start of each class dealing with payments, and can jump into teaching straight away!
We've made it possible to pay through several convenient options. You can pay with your credit card (through PayPal checkout, with 3% service fee), you can use POLi which makes a secure bank transfer for you (with 1% service fee), or you can manually do a bank transfer. All these options are available through our Registration page.
Note that Bank Transfer option results in a Pending Registration, until we've cleared your payment (usually next day), and can send out a successful confirmation. With Credit Card (PayPal) and POLi, confirmation is instant!
While it is a convenience to offer Credit Card (PayPal) and POLi payment methods, these cost us money in the fees these companies charge. We already offer exceptional value with our course fees, together with early bird discounts, and we simply wouldn't be able to afford taking a further cut on these. In return for convenience, we charge a small service fee on top to help cover these costs.
To encourage early registration, we have introduced the early bird pricing on our courses. Early bird discounts are available until about 4-5 days before the course starts. You can identify Early Bird pricing via a small badge you'll see on the course selection on the Registration page.
Register early to get these great savings!
We still accept casual entries on the day of each class, at $20 per person per class. Obviously we cannot count these when we tally up registrations, and so these don't count towards the minimum required to run the classes.
It is possible to pay for the entire course in cash, on the day, but you wouldn't be able to take advantage of the early bird pricing. There is still a discount for prepaying for the entire course. Again, these cash registrations on the day wouldn't be able to be counted towards the minimum required, so we encourage to make registration and payments online.
Our general refund policy is this: 5 days before course start date - 100% refund. Less than 5 days before course start date, or after the course started, we are not able to process refunds. If we are not able to run the course for any reason, we'll process 100% refunds immediately. More info can be found on the refund policy page.
Yes, we still accept the casual entries, at $20 per person per class. But these cannot be counted towards the minimum required to run the class. We encourage registering online and prepaying for the whole course, while taking advantage of the discount for the prepayment.
We've made it possible to purchase the online videos when registering for the Salsa Beginners course. These are tutorial videos, from Masha's Salsa Beginners DVD, that we've made available in an online format. These cover all the 7 basics we teach in Salsa Beginners course, plus some additional turn patterns and variations.
It is a great companion to the course, as you can reference back to each move when practicing on your own between the classes. It is especially useful if you happen to miss any of the classes, and can use the online videos to catchup.
Normally at $40, purchasing these together with your Salsa Beginners course registration, offers a 50% saving.
Social Night is a great way to come out and use the moves you've learned in class in a social setting. Super friendly atmosphere, cozy setting, and great modern latin music!
Find out more on a page we created for the Social Night.
We run the social night on a Friday every 2 weeks, from 9.30pm at Lone Star Nelson. Check the "What's On" section on the page to see the next date/time it is on. Occasionally we have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, so do check the next date here, or on our Facebook event.
The cost is $5 per person, cash only. See more info on Nelson Salsa Nights page.
While we'd all like things in life to be free, that often doesn't work. There are costs to everything - including the time we spend to put together the music playlist for the dance night, our commitment to running these events and the time we invest into the evening. Without an entry fee, we'd be saying that these efforts are not worth anything.
At $5 per person, this is probably the lowest entry fee to any latin dance night that we know of around the world. So you are getting a bargain really! Cover helps us maintain the quality of the event, and put on a night with awesome latin music, and a great crowd that really wants to dance!
You don't need to know anyone to attend - just show up. We're sure you'd know plenty of people by the evening's end! It'd be the same anywhere in the world, where you can just show up at a Latin Dance club or event, not knowing anyone, and be able to connect and have dances with total strangers. After a few dances, no one feels like a stranger anymore!
Step number one - show up! 😁 Grab a drink at the bar, although it's not a requirement. Make sure you give the $5 entry fee to either Lev or Masha (or sometimes one of our helpers on the night). Now you're free to enjoy!
We put on the music, which is a mix of Salsa and Bachata - all nice modern latin hits! If you're male/leader, generally you'd be asking any of the ladies for a dance. General etiquette is to come up to anyone waiting, smile, and ask if they would like a dance! 😊 You don't have to dance every song, feel free to take breaks, and just enjoy the atmosphere.
If you're female/follower, position yourself in such a way that it is clear to the leaders that you're ready for a dance. Besides (see questions below) you don't have to wait to be asked, and you're free to do the same thing as male/leaders, and ask them for a dance! 😉
Most importantly enjoy - atmosphere, drinks and the music - and have an awesome night! 🎶🍸🎉
Think about it - every (supposedly) better dancer out there was once where you are now. Everyone had to learn at some point, right? Everyone went through the same thing. Most of them know that, and they would actually want to help you progress - we all want more dancers in our community!
Dancing with someone, who you perceive is better, is actually recommended - it is a pathway of getting better yourself! Isn't it best to practice the moves you've learned with someone who can probably do it well?
Do ask them to dance with you, don't wait to be asked. And, if you're feeling a little unsure, just tell your partner that you're just learning. It's about communication, and ensures both parties end up having a good time, and feel good about the experience! You can, and should get out there - it's the only way to truly learn.
It's ok if don't know many moves right now, you're just learning. Or you may be having a memory whiteout, and can't remember a thing - hey, that's normal!
The key to having a good time with dancing is remembering the point of it - to move to the music, and enjoy yourself! It's about connecting with your partner, and having a nice experience together, moving to the rhythm. Look at your partner, smile, and enjoy the moment you're creating! It's not so much about the complicated moves, but about dancing with each other.
It's ok if you have to repeat moves, but do so with joy, and try to get lost in the music. Remember that you're here to have fun, and so is the person dancing next to you!
Not everyone has to say yes, and we have to be ok with this. It most likely has nothing to do with us personally, and has to do with how the other person is feeling. They may be tired, they may not be in the mood, they may just want to sit and relax. Whatever it is, it's ok. It's just an invitation, and they have every right to accept or decline.
Make sure you stay gracious, and acknowledge them, saying that it's not a problem. Then simply move on, and ask the next person to dance - there's simply nothing to it!
No, it is not rude to decline! Although you don't want to be rude while declining, if that makes sense. You don't need to do anything you don't want to do, and sometimes you may feel tired from the dances you just had, you may not like a particular song that's playing, you may not like the person who is asking (hey, that's ok!), or your mood might have just suddenly change (it happens!). Whatever the reason, make sure you don't leave the person who is asking with a sour taste in their mouth. If you have to decline, make sure to do so graciously.
You could probably guess the answer to that - no! While the usual etiquette is for the male/leader to ask for a dance, it is by no means a set rule (not in this day and age). Yes, it can feel nice to be "asked", but if you want to dance, it's perfectly alright to go and ask one of the male/leaders for a dance.
If we're being honest, the usual etiquette is for male/leader to ask for a dance. This is generally expected. But it doesn't have to be the rule! Importantly, don't feel pressured to ask for a dance for each single song - you can decide when and how much you're wanting to dance. It's your night out, so you should feel nice and relaxed about it!
And it's perfectly fine for ladies/followers to ask for a dance (see above), so it's ok to chill out for a few songs, and wait to be asked. In fact, you may learn some appreciation for it's like to be a follower, waiting to be asked to dance.
Just remember that every better dancer out there was once where you are now. Everyone had to learn, and everyone had to go through the same process. Most dancers know that, and they actually do want to help others progress, just like they did back in their day.
Dancing with better dancers is actually recommended, as it is a sure way of getting better yourself! Isn't it best to practice a move with someone who can probably do it well?
Watch out for a few things, though. Firstly, don't try to perform a tricky move or a pattern on the dance floor, with a more advanced dancer, if you haven't practiced it well before. There is a real risk of the injury here, especially if they are trusting you to executing the move well. If you did want to try something, at first, it may be best to agree on it, and try it slowly a few times, to gain some confidence.
Secondly, watch out for feedback - not all feedback is equal. While a more advanced dancer could feel like they're doing you a favor by providing feedback, it may hurt you more than help. Most dancers are not instructors, and don't have the necessary training to provide constructive feedback. If in doubt, you can always ask us (your humble instructors) and we will get you the best advice we think will help.
You probably already know the answer to this one! To be honest, it depends. It depends on how much alcohol your body is used to, and how it handles it - everyone is different. Most notable effect of alcohol is loss of body coordination, which is paramount in a the lead/follow style dances. Moderate amount of alcohol is ok, and if you're attending our social night, you may want to grab a drink or two at the bar, and make a great night out of it. 🍹
Do practice moderation though, as nobody wants to dance with someone who is clearly not in control of their own body. 😉
Private lessons provide an undivided individualised attention and personalised approach. It is the number one way of getting to the next level with your dancing. Private lessons are usually scheduled in 1 hour blocks. They can either be done at one of the halls around Nelson (that we book), or can even be done at your home if you have enough space (there could be an additional travel charge outside of Nelson).
During our group classes we follow a set syllabus and a preset plan, and set a pace that we believe would suit the majority. In a private lesson, our attention is fully focused on you, and the pace of learning is the one you set. While private lessons are significantly more expensive than the classes, you also get significantly more returns on your investment.
Private lessons are perfect if you wanted to focus on a particular concept, to learn something that we don't cover in classes, or wanting some individual attention that cannot be afforded in a group setting.
Get in touch with us to discuss your needs and ideas, and we can suggest the best course of action. If we believe you'll benefit from a private lesson, we can schedule a time that is mutually convenient.
It is perfectly possible to do a private lesson on your own - one of us will serve as your partner while practicing the moves. If you are a couple, it can be a cost effective way to do it together, since the cost of the private lesson is the same, whether it's for one or a couple.
We couldn't possibly list all of the ideas here, since private lessons can be as individual as you'd want them to be. Some ideas could include: working through one of the concepts from the class, if it didn't quite make sense at the time; or, simply learning at a pace you're comfortable at. You may want to explore some more advance concepts - learning male/female styling, understanding why certain moves work or don't work (hint: it's the connection!), learning more advanced moves/styling that we don't cover in group classes.
You may be wanting to showcase your dancing, perhaps do a wedding a dance - we can discuss an appropriate plan, and even help you with the choreography. Whatever it is you have in mind, we are sure we can help.