Melbourne Latin Dance

Dance Styles & Levels

Salsa

The most popular and well known of the Latin dances! Salsa is a super fun and energetic partnered dance EVERYONE should learn!

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Advanced Salsa Showcase Performance

Beginners Salsa

In the Beginners Salsa Course students can expect to learn the basic timing, footwork and turnpatterns (partnered moves) of LA style salsa.  Ladies and men learn their footwork individually for the first 15 or so minutes of the class then partner and put it all together in the turnpattern. 
At MLD we place a very strong emphasis on teaching correct technique thoroughly. It is at the Beginners Level where we lay the foundations of the fundamentals and technique of LA style salsa. This class prepares the student for the more complex turn patterns and shines of the Intermediate class.

At the Beginners Level there are 3 different Beginners Salsa Syllabus Courses which students should complete before advancing to Intermediate.  Each of these 3 Beginners Syllabus Courses are the same level of difficulty, however each contains different course content so that students are learning new steps in each course while improving on their fundamentals such as timing and leading and following techniques. Having said that, the 3 Beginners Courses are designed with some element of repetition and over lap between the courses with some of the crucial steps, so as they become second nature and ingrained in the students “muscle memory” 

The way it works is that students choose the Beginners Course which best suits them from the timetable and then they are able to complete all 3 Beginners Syllabus Courses in that timeslot as all 3 Beginners Courses rotate at the end of each Term in the same timeslot.  This means that Beginners may stay with the class time and day that suits them over the 3 Terms.  Again, because each of the Courses are the same level of difficulty but with different Course content, it doesn’t matter which of the 3 Beginners Courses students commence with.  

Another benefit of this structure is that because the same course is run on the Tuesday night as is run on the Thursday night at any given time, if for example a student enrolled into the Tuesday beginners course is unable to attend the Course on a particular Tuesday due to prior commitments, they may attend the Thursday Course that week instead so long as they inform the school prior to the absence and catch up class they intend to take.

Intermediate Salsa

At the Intermediate Level there are 6 courses for the students to complete prior to moving on to Advanced.  

This is the level at which students should spend most of their time. It is at this level where students become quite fluid within the turnpatterns and leading/following more advanced moves become second nature.  Social dancing should be a breeze at this level!

Shines (also known as solo footwork) are also taught at this level.  Shines take students to the next level in their Salsa as they improve timing, co-ordination, speed agility and balance.  There is also a much greater emphasis on spins in Intermediate.  More advanced spins are taught and included within both shines and turnpatterns.

Advanced Salsa

The Advanced Salsa Syllabus Courses are unlimited and constantly changing in order to keep up with current international trends in Salsa development.

The turn patterns you learn here demand exceptional technique and balance. Students entering this level should be able to execute everything in intermediate without a hitch. The pace of the course/level is high!

Your 1st Term

Beginners Salsa

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Optional:

Beginners Salsa twice a week*

* 8 Week Courses include one class per week. Doing the same course on another night will fast-track your learning, by giving you more repetition and increasing your retention – especially when you’re just starting out 😉

Your 2nd Term

Beginners Salsa

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Salsa Movement & Technique

Your 3rd Term

Beginners Salsa

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6 – 12 Terms

Intermediate Salsa

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After 1-2 Years

Advanced Salsa

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MLD Showcase

Perform Salsa at our annual end of year Showcase

Bachata

Bachata is a beautiful, romantic and downright sexy partnered dance which is also relatively easy to learn. Bachata music is quite simply captivating!

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Beginners Bachata Showcase Performance

Your 1st Term

Beginners Bachata

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Your 2nd Term

Beginners Bachata

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Your 3rd Term

Beginners Bachata

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After 3 Terms

Intermediate Salsa

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MLD Showcase

Perform Bachata at our annual end of year Showcase

Samba

Samba - gorgeous, fun and super energetic dance from Brazil just for the ladies! Get ready to move your hips, sweat and have a bunch of fun!

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Intermediate Bachata Showcase Performance

Your 1st Term*

Beginners samba

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Samba Basic Workshop

* Samba Basic Workshop is a pre-requisite to Samba and will be mandatory during your 1st Term.

Your 2nd – 6th Term

Beginners Samba

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After 6 Terms

Intermediate Samba

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Invitation Only

Samba Squad

Intermediate Samba

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MLD Showcase

Perform Samba at our annual end of year Showcase

Salsa Shines

Salsa Shines are fun, high energy & the best way for you to improve your musicality, dancing speed and movement repertoire!

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Intermediate Bachata Showcase Performance

Your 1st Term

Beginners Bachata

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Your 2nd Term

Beginners Bachata

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Your 3rd Term

Beginners Bachata

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After 3 Terms

Intermediate Salsa

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MLD Showcase

Perform Bachata at our annual end of year Showcase

"It's not Practice that makes perfect.
Perfect Practice makes perfect!"

- Liz Conrado

Sunday Workshops

Sunday workshops run once a Term for 1.5 hours each and are designed to give you a once a term Sunday training session, that will lead to long-term improvement of your dance technique.

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Learn the Fundamentals

Samba Basic & Fundamentals

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Mastery Through Practice

Salsa Movement & Technique Drills

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END OF TERM PARTY

When Dancing Becomes Social!

At the end of each 8 Week Term, everyone who has been part of the school that term is invited to come celebrate at our End of Term Party. It’s an awesome night full of dancing, a chance to catch up with friends and other shenanigans and all in all a super fun way to end each term!

We usually start the night off with a Free Beginners Salsa & Bachata Revision class so that our Beginners Salsa students get a chance to revise what they learnt that term.

We run syllabus courses at MLD so by the end of the 8 Week Term everyone in the various courses has a fairly substantial routine down. The End of Term Party is an opportunity for students to perform what they learnt during the term.  It’s a really casual, relaxed and fun night.  The “performance” as such is a really relaxed deal – no costumes, no fuss just a bit of fun for everyone and great preparation for getting on stage at our end of year MLD Showcase.

Entry costs all of $5 for MLD students.

We are so pleased that our students have found this to be extremely beneficial especially if they have to miss class on a given week or just as an invaluable reference for practice and revision at home each week in between classes.

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