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If you would like to take 1, 2, 3 or 4 private lessons please contact me as soon as possible because these classes go fast. You can take private lessons for salsa or bachata or both and divide the hour.



Please call  (727) 254-6563
or email me at salsarivera22@yahoo.com to book your class or classes today. Classes must be taken within 90 days of purchase otherwise you risk the chance of losing them.

This offer can’t get any better than these private lessons for only $35.00 per hour. Call today and don’t delay this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for. Offer is good for all new and current clients. 


Salsa Rivera Studio is also available for demos, parties and private events. If you are having a Latin theme party and want to have some fun call me and I will get your crowd moving with a few line dances and a salsa demonstration. Call for pricing and more info.
 (727) 254-6563

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1.      GO TO CLASS: Duh!!!!! This one is a no brainer but way too many people stop taking classes on a regular basis for various reasons and still ask why they aren’t advancing. Do you remember when you learned how to walk? Of course you don’t but trust me it took several months of practice before you even crawled let alone walked. At the minimum you should be taking class 2 times per week so you can build a strong foundation and keep current with the latest dance moves. If you are not secure with your footwork and have no clue where your feet are suppose to go other than you basic steps then your foundation is weak and needs to be addressed before it becomes a very bad habit. Tip. Are you having money issues?  Take a free class. Check your local paper, Internet or community center. 

2.       GO OUT DANCING:  DANCE DANCE DANCE….at least once a week. Unless you have a serious knee problem or back problem go to a club, salsa social or practice party and put the moves you learned to the test. Dance with beginners, intermediates and advance dancers. Being a great salsa dancer isn’t about looking good with the GREAT DANCERS, it’s about creating a dance journey in the moment. Keep your journey simple and when you are ready….step it up. Tip: Are you shy? Have a glass of wine.

 3.       WATCH PEOPLE DANCE: Some people are born with a natural talent. Remember Ruth Jordan, Baryshnikov, Ali Jackson? Everyone else has to work at it. So, while you are taking a 5 minute break to catch a breath from all the dancing you just did, watch people dance. Being a spectator allows you to form an opinion on what you like and what you don’t like as you develop yourself as a dancer. Use what you see to help guide the direction you want you’re dancing to go in. Tip.  If you see something you don’t like while observing, keep your opinion to yourself.  Trust me, someone has a strong opinion about your dancing as well.  

 4.       GET A DANCE PARTNER: Having a dance partner is a great way to practice regularly with very little extra expense. Most people who are interested in being great salsa dancers eventually want to have a partner to practice with. Ask around but make sure you keep your intentions on the dance. Crossing boundaries can make it extremely awkward when attending class or social events. TRUST ME!  

5.       TAKE PRIVATE LESSON: Private lessons? I can’t afford private lessons. Well it actually works out to be cheaper in many ways in the long run. Private lessons can save you time, money and a whole lot of headache. What you can learn in just a few private lessons might take you months or even years to learn in class or in a club. Think if it this way….20 people in a class are 20 reasons why you won’t get full un-divided teaching attention specific to your needs. Tip: Record yourself in a private lesson. A camera never lies. If the instructor doesn’t allow it then write everything down or fins an instructor that will.

6.       DO YOUR BASICS: When I was coming up the ranks of the salsa world I found myself doing my basic moves wherever I found a moment. Too many people say they don’t have any free time but if we really look we will find plenty of free time to put a basic in. try doing the basic while taking a shower, brushing your teeth, preparing your breakfast or while you are waiting for the elevator. Guess what???? It’s not even 9 am yet. Tip: Get off FACEBOOK & TWITTER and do your basics.

7.       ROLE-PLAY: Role-play is fun.  It helps to lighten the mood and puts you in direct experience of what your partner is feeling or not feeling.  It will help you strengthen your skills and give you a more empathetic technical approach to your personal role in the dance.  Following and leading both have their challenges but if you don’t know what the other person is going through, then you will spend less time dancing and more time discussing, arguing, and eventually fighting about it. Tip.  Switch dance roles 1 song each time you practice with your partner.

 8.       WALK THE COUNT. Walking!!!! NOT STEPPING.  Almost everybody does it.  A great way to master the count with the step is to walk to the beat of the music.  Listen to salsa music while walking to and from work and step your salsa basic all the way to your destination.  Each stride you take, count to yourself 1 2 3 5 6 7 and repeat until you get to where you are going.  Counting to yourself will engrain the counts of the steps and the music in you.  Eventually you will think less about your footwork while you are dancing on the dance floor.  Tip.  Are you having trouble finding the beat? Purchase a CD that breaks down the beats for you. 

9.       SHADOW DANCE: You have to learn to use your imagination in this one.  I used to dance with someone who HATED to rehearse so I learned how to shadow dance.  Shadow dancing is just dancing the moves you want to practice with your invisible partner.  A great thing about shadow dancing is that you will reinforce the moves without any lip from anyone.  You can even go a bit further.  I used to hear a standing ovation after every shadow dance I ever did.  Hey it’s my imagination.  Tip.  Don’t shadow dance in public places.    

10.     TEACH  PEOPLE: Teach your mom, dad, brother, sister, dog, cat, or even goldfish how to salsa dance.  This technique gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the technical part of the dance in a more thought provoking way.  By listening to yourself speak you will reinforce what you have truly learned in class as well as figure out those little things that you might not have remembered.  Questions you don't know the answers to, should be written down and discussed in a follow up private class.  Tip.  Teaching people what you have learned doesn’t mean open up a salsa school.  

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