Lessons and Classes

Group Dance Classes

      Available on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Put your best foot forward with professional instruction by SalsaNow instructors Niss Albaig and Amir Soleimani. With a focus on fundamental technique and leadable moves, this dynamic duo will have you dancing with style and confidence. Always making learning fun and entertaining. Their expertise combined with sincere desire for their students to attain high proficiency in dancing will enhance the learning experience.
 
Walk In and Dance Out!  Classes feature LA Style Salsa and Cuban Salsa and Rueda de Casino.  Additionally, Niss and Amir teach other Latin dances encountered at the Latin club and found in social settings - Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Hustle.
 

Beginner, Level I - Learn basic footwork and timing. Focus on foundation technique.  Basic partnering steps.

Advanced Beginner, Level II/III -  Begin the fundamentals of leading and following. Master basic patterns and combinations.

Intermediate, Level IV - Learn how to lead or follow interesting and fun combinations.

Salsa Technique or Social & Club Dance - Specially scheduled classes will focus on salsa technique or introduce other popular club dances such as Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, Hustle or Cha Cha Cha. 

No partner necessary.  Walk-Ins welcome. Classes are held in studio as scheduled. Cost $10 each lesson.


TUESDAY - Studio Drop-In Group Lessons with Niss Albaig

Admiral Fitt Studio, 10210 South Dolfield Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Salsa Beginner I
Learn important foundational salsa elements and steps for a solid start to dancing. Each week the basics will be reinforced with new basic elements added for progression. Intended for beginners of all levels. Practice makes perfect. Don't be afraid to take this class over and over again until you are comfortable and you can then move into the 7 pm Advanced Beginner II-III lesson.

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Salsa Advanced Beginner II-III

Further your basic elements of dance with emphasis on technique and introduction to more advanced concepts, lead & follow, combinations and steps that will prepare you for the Intermediate level. Learn the core patterns and techniques that will take you dancing on the dance floor with ease all night long.  Intended for beginners already familiar and comfortable with the basics. 

 

8:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Intermediate/Advanced Salsa Combinations

Add fun and sizzle to your dancing with new combinations and variations. Flashy steps and leadable patterns are taught every week with emphasis on technique, footwork and styling. This class will focus on combinations, how to lead and follow them, executing them on different dancers throughout the class. If we do not have enough men to women ratio, we do a class that focuses on spinning, balance, footwork and arm techniques. Intended for dancers ready for a new level of complexity.

 

Dance Dance Dance - One little salsa step at a time. 


LESSONS AND DANCING - Group lessons followed by an evening of dancing.

SUNDAY

Sunday Salsa Latin Night at Cancun Cantina

Address: 7501 Old Telegraph Road, Hanover, MD 21076

Lessons:   7:00 PM Beginner Basics

                 7:45 PM Partnering Patterns

Dancing: 8:30 PM to 1:30 AM

Cover of $10 includes club admission, lessons, dancing, and late night buffet from 10 PM to Midnight.

WEDNESDAY

Salsa Bachata Wednesdays at Club Anastasia

Address: 1636 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD

Lessons:   8:00 PM Beginner Basics

                 8:45 PM Partnering Patterns

Dancing: 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM

Cover of $10/$5 with Student ID includes club admission, lessons, and dancing

FRIDAY

Salsa Fridays at Havana Club

Address: 600 Water Street, Above Ruth's Chris Steak House, 3rd level, Baltimore, MD 21202

Lessons:  8 PM Beginner Salsa Basics

                8 PM Salsa Cubana w/Rueda de Casino

                8:45 PM Partnering Salsa Patterns

                8:45 PM Bachata

Cost: $10 or FREE with paid dinner

Dancing: 9:30 PM to 1:30 AM

Cover: FREE Admission before 10 PM/$10 after

WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENTS, PROGRESSIVE LESSONS, BOOTCAMP, AND WORKSHOPS

Please check the SalsaNow website often for schedule, full details and current classes being offered.


Sunday 5-week Progressive Multi-Level Salsa, Cuban Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Bachata, & Club Cha cha cha Session starts on October 19th, 2014
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/progressive-latin-dance-lessons-multi-level-salsa-for-beginner-advanced-beginner-intermediate-salsa-tickets-13346546881
Please pre-register for these classes as space is limited. You can complete the entire registration and payment through Eventbrite or Pre-Register in person with check or cash. Space is limited. Don't delay - register early. Dates: Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 16, 23 (No class on Nov. 9)
 
10 AM - 11 AM Beginner Salsa w/Niss
10 AM - 11 AM Cuban Salsa Level I w/Amir
11 AM - 12 PM Advanced Beginner Salsa w/Niss
11 AM - 12 PM Cuban Salsa Level II w/Amir
12 PM - 1 PM   Intermediate Salsa w/Niss
12 PM - 1 PM   Rueda de Casino w/Amir
1 PM - 2 PM     Bachata w/Niss
2 PM - 3 PM     Club Cha cha cha w/Niss
 
Cost: $60 per person or $100 per couple.
 
Location: Studio DNA in Canton, 3500 Boston Street, Suite 228, Baltimore, MD 21224
 
StudioDNA is across the street from Canton Crossing (a new shopping center).  We are practically across the street for the Merritt Athletic Club and close to the First Mariner.  Our address is 3500 Boston Street.  StudioDNA is on the second level inside the Harbor Enterprise Center (the former Broom Factory) a huge 4 story brick building, at the corner of Boston and Baylis Streets.You may park on Boston Street lot or Baylis Street. Walk to the security entrance door at either Boston or Street Baylis Street and enter the numbers  2 8  at the touch pad and we'll buzz you in!  Come on up to the 2nd floor suite #228.
You can complete the entire registration and payment through Eventbrite, or pre-register in person at the studio using check or cash.

Beginner Salsa On1, Level I

The 5-Week Progressive session is designed to help you master the most critical fundamental basics of salsa. Among these fundaments include: how to listen to music, how to find “the one” beat, and most importantly how to dance with timing. This progressive will provide the right foundation for you to build on and advance to the Advanced Beginner classes and eventually the Intermediate classes. These basics are presented in an easy-to-learn format that will allow you to enter the social dance scene with ease and confidence. The following will be covered:

  • Partnering skills with proper leader & follower techniques
  • Body movement
  • Dancing with proper timing
  • Music & rhythm
  • Basic steps
  • Lead's & follow's right & left turns
  • Cross body Lead
  • Cross body Lead with inside & outside turn

Advanced Beginner Salsa On1, Level II

These 5-Week Progressive classes will take the skills acquired in a beginner level class and allow you to grow and advance as a dancer. You will learn the basic turns, variations of cross body leads, hammerlocks, and a variety of patterns. Some of the skills that you will acquire include how to:

  • Listen to and feel the music
  • Keep dancing to proper timing
  • Stay on “the one” beat while executing moves
  • Initiate more complex multi-count patterns
  • Perform footwork and turn patterns
This class is for the advanced beginner dancer. Each class will focus on a specific element in leading several simpler turn pattern combinations. This is a great course for those interested in initiating more complex turn patterns and moving on to the Intermediate level class.

Intermediate Salsa On1, Level III

These 5-Week Progressive classes will take the skills acquired in previous level classes and allow you to advance as a social dancer. You will learn a variety of cohesive fun patterns with smooth transitions.

This class is for the intermediate level dancer. Each class will focus on a specific turn pattern combination. This is a great course for those interested in executing more complex turn patterns and moving on to the higher level class and proficiency in social dancing.
 
Latin Hustle
 
* Not offered this session
This 6-Week Progressive Latin Hustle session will take you through the most popular steps and patterns danced in Hustle. Hustle dance originated in the Hispanic communities in New York and Florida. They are based on older dances like the mambo and have some steps from famous dancing styles like the swing dance and salsa. Still evolving and much used and enjoyed in larger dance scenes, hustle can be danced to any even beat music in dance clubs and studios. Each class builds on previous classes and attendance every week is highly encouraged.
 
Club Cha Cha Cha
 
This 5-Week Progressive Club Cha-Cha-Cha session is specifically designed for the Salsa dancers who want to join in the fun whenever the DJ spins a fabulous Cha-Cha. During this course you will be taught timing and footwork, essential fundamentals, and will quickly progress into Cha-Cha patterns and conversion of common Salsa patterns into Cha-Cha. Whether you're a salsa dancer or not you will find this course essential for social and club dancing.
 
Bachata
 
This 5-Week Progressive Bachata session will take you through the most popular steps and patterns danced in Bachata.  Fast gaining popularity in US Salsa club scene, Bachata is a slower latin dance, originating in the Dominican Republic. Within a few easy lessons you'll be able to express your "Bachata soul" with feeling and zest. Each class builds on previous classes and attendance every week is highly encouraged.

Cuban Salsa and Rueda de Casino with Amir Soleimani 

This 5-week progressive session will provide a great platform for those who are just starting to dance and for those have been dancing to jump to the next level of their dancing skills, build up their confidence, add-on styling and enjoy the Rueda de Casino which is a great way of socializing wherever you go!

Beginners after 5-week progressive session should be able to use the Cuban steps and fundamental steps they have learned in practice including partner work and Rueda De Casino and therefore be ready for advancing into level II Salsa Cubana and Rueda De Casino. Beginners should be able to dance upon completion of this session with full confidence.

People with experience in Salsa and Rueda De Casino should have learned more new steps and exciting figures as well as styling in both partner work and Rueda after the progressive Salsa Cubana level 2 and Rueda De Casino and therefore should have built skill in Salsa Cubana and enjoy Rueda in a more stylish way than before with confidence and ease.

Salsa Cubana Level I

This level is for those people who are starting fresh from scratch, we will be focusing on music, fundamental steps and body movement, partner work as well as introduction to Rueda de Casino throughout the session.

Salsa Cubana and Rueda De Casino Level II

These classes are designed for those who have been dancing salsa before and have a reasonable understanding about salsa and know their basic steps well, therefore we will be focusing on cool figures, partner work, styling and Rueda de Casino in these classes.


NEW SALSA, SALSA CUBANA, AND RUEDA DE CASINO DANCE BOOTCAMP - 3 HOUR INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS - next one TBA

Start dan
cing and speed up your progress with our intense 3 hour weekend dance session. You will learn important foundational elements and steps for a solid start to dancing. Each hour the basics will be reinforced with another element added for progression. Intended for beginners of all levels. You can walk in and be ready for dancing by the time you walk out. These classes are
fun and healthy as well as being a great social activity for you alone or with friends. Practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to take these classes over again until you are comfortable and you can then move into the higher level session. Registration is required. Living Social certificate holders are welcome to take Salsa Level 1 and Salsa Level 2. You can register by going to Eventbrite for Salsa Level 1 or Salsa Cubana or Salsa Level 2 or Rueda De Casino. 
 
Cost: $62 per person or $104 per couple (lead and follow)
Location: Studio DNA in Canton, 3500 Boston Street, Suite 228, Baltimore, MD 21224

Salsa Level 1 for Beginners - 10 AM w/Niss


Salsa Level 2 for Adv. Beg. - 1 PM w/Niss

Salsa Cubana - 10 AM w/Amir

Rueda de Casino - 1 PM w/Amir

StudioDNA is across the street from Canton Crossing (a new shopping center). We are practically across the street for the Merritt Athletic Club and close to the First Mariner. Our address is 3500 Boston Street. StudioDNA is on the second level inside the Harbor Enterprise Center (the former Broom Factory) a huge 4 story brick building, at the corner of Boston and Baylis Streets.You may park on Boston Street lot or Baylis Street. Walk to the security entrance door at either Boston or Street Baylis Street and enter the numbers 2 2 8 at the touch pad and we'll buzz you in! Come on up to the 2nd floor suite #228.


Private Lessons
By appointment only.  Available for private or group instruction and entertainment at your location or ours.
Please check the Services page for more details and rates.