Learning a new hobby is fun but can get expensive if you already have a few other hobbies. I recommend dancing as an option that does not hurt your wallet.
Some partner dancing requires lessons that are $15 per one-hour class or $10 for a beginner thirty-minute lesson with a dance social afterward. One type of partner dancing, salsa, is a relatively inexpensive hobby because of its popularity.
Benefits of Learning Salsa
- Improved Confidence
- Improved Cognitive Function by Learning a New Skill
- Improved Dancing at Weddings
- Develop More Rhythm
- Lose Weight & Promotes an Active Lifestyle
- Improve Your Dating Life
- Make New Friends
- Community Involvement
- Better Weekend Plans
- Better Sex
Tips for Learning Salsa
Find Free Classes
The best and most affordable way to learn salsa is researching free classes near you.
Are you a College Student?
Visit your student activities center to see if they offer salsa (or any other type of dance) classes. Having a background in another type of dancing is useful for salsa, too!
Graduated from College?
- Ask your circle of friends, dance community or general dance Facebook group for free classes around the area.
- Use the search box in Eventbrite or Facebook Events to find free classes. Most cities have free social dancing outdoors during the warmer months that include a free lesson before to promote dancing in the community as well as the instructors’ weekly classes.
Pretend you’re a student and attend these local college dance classes: they won’t know the difference.
Invest $60-100 in a month-long beginner class (around $12-15 per class). This creates accountability and helps you develop a good habit of telling your friends “Sorry, I can’t hang out after work, I have salsa class on Tuesday.” This is relatively inexpensive compared to $15-20 for yoga drop-in classes.
Your friends will understand and hopefully be intrigued to learn a new skill themselves!
YouTube is an excellent resource to learn new techniques and partner dancing moves to use at social dances. However, in-person lessons are more practical to learn the fundamentals and build confidence.
My Favorite Salsa Lesson Video: Salsa Dancing Walk-Through – 36 Movements
Dance With Friends
Whenever Louis Fonsi’s song “Despecito” comes on at the bar, grab a friend and practice what you learned in class or on YouTube.
Hope you got a lot out of this article! Start learning salsa and share this page with your friends to get them inspired, too!
Read my other post, How to Survive a Dance Social, for more advice about partner dancing!