What is the male and female responsible for within the dance?
At SFU, we refer to the roles in partner dancing as leads and follows. Although males commonly opt for the lead role and females the follow, any one is free to choose what role they'd like to fill and learn! Leads dictate the flow and organization of the dance as they give specific gestures that indicates to the follow regarding specific moves. The follows' responsibility is to pick up on these cues to execute the move the lead wants.
Will I have to remember choreography?
One of the wonderful things about salsa and bachata dancing is that they do not require choreography. Salsa and bachata can be danced socially, where leads indicate to the follows what move to execute. Thus, leads pull from their "bank" of moves which they can string together, creating a cohesive dance with their partner! Social dancing works like this where dancing with everyone is an option!
What type of clothes do I wear?
Anything you feel comfortable in. You will be walking, turning, and spinning! It'll be your judgement call to decide what you feel comfortable in.
What shoes are appropriate?
Typically, shoes with a lot of friction, along side very high heeled shoes, are not suitable for dancing unless at an advanced level. Wear shoes that will let you travel with ease. Especially since turning and pivoting on your feet will be an integral part of the course!
Do I need a partner?
No! Partners are not necessary with our course. We try the best we can to have an even ratio to optimize the learning process. However, constant rotation of partners is also utilized to "subsidize" the uneven ratio.
Where is the Forum Chambers and James Dougles Study Zone?
The Forum Chambers is located directly across from the library, to the left of the Highland Pub/Spirit Bear Coffee Company. You should be able to look down into the room through the windows. A piano can be found in this room, as well.
The James Douglas Study Zone (JD) is the study area infront of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. Many students eat their lunch in this area. From the library or MBC, walk towards the AQ. You can enter JD on either side through the sliding doors.
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