Toronto Dance Salsa Dance Lessons
Salsa Class Announcements
Our NEW FALL 2014 Dance Class Schedule!
* Salsa Nightclub Level 1 and 2 starting in November!
* BASo On2 Fundamentals - Prerequisite
* Bachata (Modern Style) Levels 1, 2 and 3
* Kizomba Level 1
* Argentine Tango Level 2
* Zumba Fitness
5095 Yonge St North of Sheppard, 2nd floor at Empress Walk Mall. Bachata basics at 8:45, perfect for complete beginners and an all levels Bachata lesson from 9-10pm, social dancing with DJ Bryan from 10pm onwards. Cover is $10 with water. Everyone welcome. About 100ppl expected! Click here for more info. Map.
2464 Yonge Street, 2nd floor, a few blocks north of Eglinton . We will be teaching a Beginner and Intermediate Salsa lesson from 9-10pm. Social dancing with DJ Evan and DJ El Romantico from 10pm onwards, $10 cover at the door includes lessons. Event is open to the public, everyone is welcome! About 200 ppl expected. Click here for more info. Map.
Don't forget to arrive early, our helpers will be available every Sunday from 6-7pm to dance with students and answer any questions about class material.
5095 Yonge St North of Sheppard, 2nd floor at Empress Walk Mall. Cover is $5 and free for helpers. Everyone welcome. About 100ppl expected! 10pm - 12am. Map.
Save the date for our annual HOLIDAY BASH on Saturday December 6th at Empress Walk!! Look forward to a night filled with great social dancing, performances, games and of course TDS shenanigans! There will be an Intermediate Salsa lesson from 8:30-9:15pm and Beginner Salsa lesson from 9:15-10pm. Social dancing with DJ Evan to your favourite Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba tunes from 10pm onwards. All outings and socials are open to the public! Cover at Outings and Parties is $10 and includes a club style lesson. About 100ppl expected! Click here for more info. Map.
Welcome to Toronto Dance Salsa, Canada's largest salsa dance school with over 5000 students every year! We specialize in turning absolute "Two-left feet" beginners into seasoned Salseros/Salseras. So get ready to get fit, meet new friends and have a blast learning Salsa with our fun salsa lessons!
What is salsa? Simply put, it is the most popular Latin street dance. With Cuban and Puerto Rican roots, salsa evolved in New York in the 1960s and has grown into one of the most popular forms of social dancing today.
Any evening of the week you will find thousands of Torontonians attending salsa lessons and dancing the night away in one of the many amazing salsa venues in the Greater Toronto Area.
Whatever your skill and fitness level, whether you are bringing a partner or signing up individually, our Toronto salsa lessons are for you. Our salsa instructors live and love salsa and have a true passion for sharing this love with their students.
Our lessons are all about easy to understand and execute instruction in a fun, comfortable and social environment. We put special emphasis on ensuring our male/female ratios are even so you get the most out of your class learning time. We have a large group of over 75 Assistant Instructors and Toronto Dance Salsa Volunteers who take the time to ensure you reach your full potential.
In addition to the effective quality instruction you will receive during your lessons with us, you will gain invaluable dance experience and have a blast meeting hundreds of Toronto Dance Salsa students at our outings. We hold outings bi-weekly at salsa clubs around Toronto such as Peridot Lounge, Uptown Loft, El Rancho and Babalu'u. Our attendance ranges from 150-300 students per outing which provides everyone an opportunity to meet and dance with students from other classes in a variety of levels and skill-sets.
To begin your salsa dance journey, we recommend Salsa-Nightclub level 1 as your first lesson. This class is a 9 week course with one hour of instruction per week, we also offer occasional condensed class options. The first lesson will cover Merengue, a two-beat Dominican Republic dance which is easy to learn and fun to execute. This will assist students in basic musicality, body movement and leading and following skills. The second lesson will cover Bachata, a four-beat dance that requires additional body movement skills and coordination. The final 7 lessons will cover the fundamentals of Salsa including the four basic foot-patterns, basic right and reverse turn combinations and cross body lead variations. In the level 1 lessons as in all our levels and classes, we focus on leading and following skills, musicality, body movement and styling.
For students who have prior salsa dance experience, we offer complimentary assessments to determine the appropriate level and lesson plan for you. Please see our "Salsa Classes Descriptions" to ensure you are comfortable with the turn patterns covered in the prior levels. Remember that every dance school and/or salsa instructor will cover different material so it may be a better option to begin with level 1 lessons. However we have many different class options for all types of seasoned salsa dancers, so let us know if you need an assessment!
We encourage you to browse through our website, visit and ask questions on our salsa discussion forums, view our library of photos and videos and read some testimonials. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about our salsa classes and lessons. See you on the dance floor!
" Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor." - H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Your first adventure to a salsa club may be a surprise. Familiar faces seem to be the theme of the evening. Is that your accountant, your dry cleaner, your next door neighbor? It could very well be as salsa has become a universal past time without the barriers of age, race, gender, and size. With the abundant benefits to salsa dancing, it is not surprising to find out that millions of people around the world have come to enjoy this exciting and passionate hobby.
If you are unsure about whether or not salsa lessons are for you, here are some benefits to attending salsa classes and social dancing:
Physical Health Benefits
Salsa is a wonderful form of cardiovascular exercise. It has been estimated that a half hour of salsa dancing will burn as much as 200-400 calories, an equivalent amount to such exercises as cycling, swimming or power walking. Salsa will increase your heart rate, help you burn more calories, tone your muscles, and may even help you lose weight. Because of the unique movements of salsa, you will be strengthening your body and toning areas such as abs, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves, and arms. Salsa classes and social dancing will make you sweat and you will enjoy every minute of it. Salsa also promotes other healthy habits. Salsa dancers tend to drink and smoke less. Salsa dancers eat healthier food and keep their weight at a healthy level.
Mental Health Benefits
Salsa dancing is an amazing way to relieve stress. When you begin your salsa lessons, the world and all the issues you face daily will fade away and allow for complete fun and relaxation. Once you have invested some time in learning to dance through salsa lessons and practice sessions, your self confidence will increase on and off the dance floor. Dancers have a great sense of self awareness and confidence and are in tune with their own bodies. They are more comfortable interacting with others in social situations. Also, students taking salsa lessons get to rotate and meet many new people and learn to feel good about themselves in a learning environment, which can be difficult to accomplish. A sense of camaraderie and a feeling of belonging to a team are created in salsa classes and this can also assist with inner confidence and self-awareness.
Let's admit it - most of us can use a boost in the social life department. Whether that means creating a new friendship, a new social group or building a new relationship, salsa lessons and salsa dancing will create an arena for social networking. Salsa classes will introduce you to up to 40 new faces every semester. Add that to the hundreds of students that are found practicing their moves at bi-weekly outings and the thousands of Toronto salsa addicts that can be found dancing the night away at local Toronto salsa clubs, and a new social world is created. Salsa gives people an excuse to interact. From the beginning of a conversation a common ground has been established so conversation is easier. Once you dance with someone a bond has already begun to form. You can laugh at your mistakes, enjoy the feel of the music and rhythm together and very soon communication is easy and free-flowing. You do not need a partner to attend salsa lessons, take salsa club classes or social dance at an outing or club. It is very common for people to go to salsa classes or clubs on their own because it forces them to be social and meet new people.
In addition to wonderful and lasting friendships, salsa is an amazing and natural avenue for single people to meet other single people and potentially create a romance. Salsa dancing is very romantic and sensual so it is a great venue to find a compatible romantic partner. Students that attend salsa lessons tend to get together in small groups and go salsa dancing so not only are you meeting the students from your class but also their network of friends, family and acquaintances. Forget the uncomfortable internet dating scene, speed dating or singles events: try a salsa class! We have classes specifically for singles looking to meet new friends and spice up their social lives. Every salsa lesson will have a rotation so everyone who wants to rotate will get a chance to change partners every few minutes and get to know a variety of salsa students.
Creativity Benefits & the Fun Factor
Salsa dancing is an extremely personal, creative and inspiring passion. For anyone looking for an expressive, creative outlet, salsa will satisfy your need for self expression. Turn patterns, body movement, styling and the way one interprets the rhythm of the music is reflective of one's self and is always a unique experience.
Most importantly, salsa is fun. Not the nice-dinner-and-movie type fun. Salsa can be the head-rush, heart-can't-slow-down, euphoric excitement type of fun. With the fast paced, high energy, hot Latin rhythms it is no wonder there are so many salsa addicts worldwide!
So let's review:
Anyone who has fallen in love with salsa dancing will tell you it is a life-changing experience. It changes the way you view the world, the people around you, and even yourself. So put aside your schedule concerns and your personal reservations and try something that will give you more back then you ever expected!