What is it?
Want to add some flair to your fitness routine? Swap your sneakers for dance shoes and give salsa dancing a whirl. This Latin dance for two is fun, cheeky and sexy. Got a case of two left feet? Not to worry. “If you can count to eight, we can teach you rhythm,” says Michael Miziner, director of Sydney’s Dance Planet and three-time Australian Dance Champion. At Dance Planet, classes are divided into three levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced – so you learn and practise with people of the same ability.
Why we love it
Salsa is a good workout and also offers a range of benefits beyond helping you on your weight-loss journey. “Salsa is great for improving memory and your coordination,” says Miziner. It’s super-social, too. While you and your partner will laugh as you fumble through the steps, the satisfaction of mastering a sequence and sweeping across the floor makes you come back for more. It’s a great way to boost your confidence, and it’s so much fun you’ll forget you’re exercising!
What you need
If you’re a beginner, Miziner suggests wearing something you can move freely in – whether it’s pants, a comfy skirt or your gym gear. Wear flats until you’re ready to graduate to heels – just make sure the soles aren’t made of plastic to avoid slipping on the shiny dance floor.
Google ‘salsa classes’ in your state to find a studio. We tried Dance Planet in Sydney, where group classes start at $20.
One on one
Fast-track your learning by signing up for a private lesson. Your teacher can customise a lesson for you and you’ll be able to take things at your own pace.