I have two left feet! Can I still learn to dance?

Of course! Latinesque teachers have been professionally trained to teach students with no dance history of any kind. Our beginner level is dubbed the “fresh-off-the-couch” level!

Do I need a partner?

No! We constantly change partners during the class so you will have a chance to dance with everyone at some point. Great way to meet people!

I have a partner, do we have to switch?

Yes please. We understand the shyness you may have about dancing with someone else however changing partners is an incredible asset when learning to dance. Many times couples will end up doing the same old steps all the time because she knows what he will do or worse, she ends up doing all the leading! We tend to try harder when dancing with someone else, in addition you get a chance to feel how they lead or follow and this helps to refine your own dancing!

How can I prepare for my first class?

Dancing is a fabulous hobby a great way to meet people and get some exercise! However, since it is a social activity and involves other people, we have some “common sense” guidelines that we would ask all students to abide by so that everyone can enjoy their group/private lessons and have a wonderful studio experience! 

What should I wear?

Dancing is great exercise so dress on the lighter side or in layers so you can remove something if you become too warm. You can never look too good! Feel free to dress up as much as you like. Remember you will be meeting new people and many first impressions!

What kind of shoes do I need?

You must bring a separate pair of clean, unmarking shoes with you to change into in order to step on the specialized dance floor.We recommend you try not to wear shoes with a rubber sole as these tend to stick to the floor. Something with a leather or smooth sole is best. There are of course special dance shoes for Latin/Ballroom dancing. Many mistakenly believe it is only necessary to have these shoes once you become more advanced. This is not the case! Think of other forms of dancing/recreation: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Bowling, Golf! You could not take even a beginner class without having the proper shoes. Latin dance shoes are designed specifically for the type of dancing you are doing; they support you in the right areas and help balance you properly. Who needs this more then a beginner dancer!

Where can I buy these shoes?

The place we recommend is: DANCE ESSENTIALS, #8-1960 Springfield Rd., Kelowna, #868-1417, www.dance-essentials.com

How many people are in a class?

There may be anywhere from 5 to 30 people in a class depending on the level and time of year.

Are the classes quite serious?

Hardly! We understand that most people want to learn for fun and just want to be able to feel comfortable socially so the class atmosphere is light-hearted and easy going.

How long is a session?

All sessions are on a 6 week rotation showcasing 2 different dances each session. See calendar for more details.

How long will it take me to learn?

Although the sessions are 6 weeks in length this does not mean you will be Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers after 1 session! This is completely dependant on your time availability and practice. It’s like any sport or physical hobby. The more you do it the faster you will learn! To give you an idea, it will usually take between 6-8 months to learn 4 different dances at a beginner level. This can be achieved sooner with private lessons!

What is involved in a private lesson?

A private lesson gives you the chance to have a Latinesque dance instructor all to yourself! The class is 45min and gives you an opportunity to have the teacher's full attention to work on your individual areas of concern as well as refine the techniques and stylings of the various dances. This will help you to look more smooth and graceful and have more confidence with your dancing.

What is the best way to learn?

By far the best and quickest way to learn is by having at least one group lesson, one private lesson, and one practice session per week.

Where can I go to dance what I have learned?

There is at least one dance put on per week at different locations in the Okanagan. Look on the Upcoming Events page for more info.

Where can I find music to practice to?

It is very difficult to find the right kind of music for all the different dances so we have put together practice CD’s for you! They each have different songs with thought put into the variety of styles and tempos. Just ask!

What can I expect from my first lesson?

Expect to be nervous! Expect to sweat! Expect to have FUN!

How much does it cost?


  Marlene   Samantha
Group Classes
6 week session
  $60.00   $62 - 72

Private Lessons
45 minutes: 1-2 people

  $60.00   $65.00
Drop in   $12.00   $15.00

Custom Packages – a combination of group classes and private lessons to suit your needs are available and are based on a 6 week session.  Please contact an instructor for details and prices.

Marlene Woodroff
  Samantha Sambrielaz

How can I pay?

You can pay with cash or cheque.

Do I need to sign up in advance?

Definitely! We require all students to call ahead as early as possible and to pay in advance to guarantee a spot in the class. This allows us to make sure that we have a good ratio of leads to follows in any given class and also monitor the class size!

I need more info!

If you have more questions or need clarification on anything, please call or E-mail us anytime!


Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! ~Constanze

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