Other FAQs

Can you teach us at our place?

posted Sep 8, 2012, 3:14 AM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 4:55 PM ]

Yes we certainly can! If you can set up a group of friends that like to learn, we can go to your home and conduct the class there - either as a one time event or a set of weekly lessons. The event can be scheduled at your convenience. Rates vary according to the size of the group and also the frequency of the lessons. A small travel fee may apply to locations beyond 5 miles from our studio. This includes areas in Houston, Katy, Sugarland, Clear Lake, Alvin, Pasadena, Friendswood, and others. 

We know that you like to learn and sometimes you have to face obstacles like finding a baby sitter, or being new in town, or simply you just want to provide some entertainment to your group of friends at the comfort of your own place. So don't be shy, just ask us. We are here to help!

How much time should I spend practicing?

posted Apr 23, 2012, 9:45 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 5:02 PM ]

Dance time (and a commitment) to practice: The work in learning to dance gets more complex with each dance class and it is important to be able to practice until you can make each move natural, easy and your own. You're going for "muscle memory". This is a total sensory experience: You have to feel the rhythm, the count, the patterns, the connections, the music and of course, your partner. You will want to "own" each move and constant practice and repetition is the only way.

A "CAN DO" attitude is a must-have! SALSA is FUN! It shouldn't be stressful or competitive. Practice at your own pace... Take as much time as you need for each hour, but enjoy yourself! Feel the magic of the movement and the music! If you give it time, learning to dance can really change your life!

Can I dance only with the partner I signed up with?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:49 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 5:14 PM ]

Based on experience, in a group dance class it is best to rotate partners. You and your partner will get helpful input from dancing with other people which you can then bring back to your practice sessions with each other. Again this is not mandatory for husbands and wives wanting to just dance with each other. In private lessons, we will often switch partners with the instructors/assistants so we can offer you feedback on leading and following.

What should I bring to my first Salsa dance class?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:46 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 5:15 PM ]

If this is your first time at the Latin Dance Factory, please print driving directions to find the location of our dance studio. Please note that we teach in three different locations each of which is just 5 minutes from each other. We are located in Pearland, TX. 

It is recommended you bring a water bottle since you will be getting thirsty from all that dancing. Some students bring hand towels to manage perspiration. You can also bring a notepad if you like to take notes right after your dance class. 

For private dance lessons only - you can bring a video camera to record the summary dance lesson of the private. In any scenario, do not forget to bring your smiles! 

What should I expect on my first Salsa dance class?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:44 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 5:15 PM ]

Everybody's experience is different. In general, as with any form of learning, you will feel excited about meeting new people, feel eager to start dancing and at the same you will feel challenged and overwhelmed trying to understand the mechanics of the moves, proposing leads and following them. That is normal and part of the "overloading phase of Salsa or any other Latin dance". No matter what, you will have tons fun, you will feel good every time you master a dance step or move, and you will connect better with your dance partner by laughing and moving around the dance floor. 

How big are the group dance classes?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:43 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 5:03 PM ]

Simple answer: Anywhere between 16 to 40 students =)

Complex answer: When we started teaching at our own place, we removed the living room furniture to make space for up to 20 students per class. Well overtime the interest and word of mouth has increased so much that we can no longer remove furniture or tear down walls =) So we have moved 2 main beginner / improver classes: Salsa and Bachata to a couple of new and bigger locations here in Shadow Creek - Body Evolution Fitness Gym and Emerald Bay Club House. Both are just minutes away from Latin Dance Factory

At these location we can take up to 50 students per group class or bootcamp. All other private dance lessons and date night dancing will still take place at 13009 Crystal Reef Pl. It is always recommended that you pre-register to save a spot in the class.  

Will I be the only one who never danced before?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:42 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 5:28 PM ]

If you've never danced before, you will be in good company! Most people, especially in Beginner levels dance classes have never danced Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Cumbia, or Merengue before and/or have limited or no dance background. Our classes are fun and stress free. Do not let your lack of experience stop you from trying our lessons. We also have several improver and intermediate dancers and come to our beginner classes to help out the beginners with positive feedback and criticism. Everyone is nice and helps each other!

Do only couples sign up?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:41 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 5:17 PM ]

No. A combination of couples and single people (male and female) sign up for our Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, Kizomba, or Merengue group dance lessons. You do not need to have a partner to start having fun. And if you have one, then you are lucky as you can maximize your practice time outside of class.

What are the Levels of Dancing?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:37 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 5:54 PM ]

Please keep in mind that the material covered in "level" vary from instructor to instructor or dance school to dance school. Having said that, the main levels of Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, Kizomba dancing can range from:

Level 101 - Two Left Feet. Absolute / Total Beginner. Brand new student with no or very little knowledge about dancing. If you usually sit and watch at the clubs, wish you could at least the basic step and turn, then this level 101 will be the best for you to get started.

Level 102 - Beginner / Improver. These classes are for students that have at least done at least 1 Level 101 Bootcamp or a series of private lessons. Students that join need to have some understanding (not extensive) in the Basic Step, Basic turn, Basic connections, and Basic Figures of the dance of interest. If you got a taste of dancing and want more, if you wish you would know a few more turns, if you are currently taking group dance lessons then this level is right for you to continue expanding your skills.

Level 201 - Intermediate / Advanced. These classes are for students that have done at least one Level 101 Bootcamps plus a few 102 group classes and or a series of private dance lessons. Students that join need to have a vast knowledge of foundation steps, turns, and variations of the roots of the dance of interest. If you have taken several group dance lessons for a few months, if you have confidence dancing on the dance floor, and if you want to keep on adding new challenges in your dancing, then this level 201 is right for you to continue challenging your skills.

Can I skip the beginner level and join the more advanced classes?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:32 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 4:56 PM ]

This is a tricky situation. For people with very little experience, it is not recommended to jump straight to an intermediate/advanced level if you do not have the proper foundation on techniques and knowledge. As mentioned before our dance classes focus on both the social fun aspect of dancing as well as the technique involved. Understanding technique and developing strong foundation is key to surviving the material taught in the more advanced levels. Don't worry, you will get there!

For students with more dancing experience that was gained from prior dancing experience or other dance schools, let us see how you move on the dance floor to recommend a class that will continue to challenge you. Please keep in mind that instructors have different approaches to teaching and that levels at one school may not be the same as the level in another school. 

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