FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What should I wear

Whatever you are comfortable in.  Sweats, Slacks, Jeans, Sneakers or Heels.

The only 2 things not to wear are shoes that fall off your feet and skirts without covering underwear. 

PLEASE NOTE: DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS IT CAN GET HOT.  DRESS ACCORDINGLY. 

 

WHAT TO BRING

Three simple things:

  • YOURSELF

  • PAYMENT FORM

  • BOTTLE OF WATER 

 

PARKING

 
  • PARKING LOTS:  There are a few random parking lots and garages around the studio.  They range from $10-20, just make sure to ask when they close.

  • STREET PARKING:  Can be difficult.  It is there and it is free, but you should come 15-20 minutes early just to look for parking. 

 

EXPIENCE needed

No experience is needed for Beginners. 

 

For less than a year experience or completely NEW make sure you only attend the Beginners Salsa classes, Bachata classes or book Private Lessons. 

Intermediate, Int/Adv & the Workshops REQUIRE EXPERIENCE. 

 

partners

No partner needed.  
 
GROUP CLASSES: Danella keeps every class on a rotation system.  Even if you come with a specific partner, Danella suggest you rotate with everyone to speed up your learning process. 
PRIVATE LESSONS:  Danella can lead and follow, do not feel obligated to bring someone. 
 

Forms of payment

  • CASH

  • CREDIT CARD via SQUARE

  • VENMO*

*VENMO DOES NOT  COUNT AS A FORM OF CASH. 

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO LEARN

This is a trick question.  How long did it take you to ride a bike and learn to walk? Everyone's answer is different. Danella cannot put a timeline on learning to dance. Your process will depend on past experiences, how quick you learn and how much you practice.  
 
Danella will be there every step of the way pushing you to become independent of her guidance and help you set goals along the way.
TO LEARN THE FASTEST:  ONE MUST TAKE PRIVATES, GROUP CLASSES, GO OUT AND PRACTICE AND PRACTICE IN BETWEEN LESSONS. 
 

STOP READING AND GO OUT NOW!

Hopefully not long, no matter what level you are at, Danella encourages her students to go out and dance as soon as possible.  Danella will give you tools you need to go out dancing from day on. 

How long before I should go out

 

WHO DO I PAY

DANELLA DUTTON HERSELF. 
ONLINE STORE: CLICK HERE
 

There are two things to take into factor:

  1. TIME

  2. MONEY

Just like most other things in life the more you do it the easier it becomes and the faster you learn.

Everyone should do it a little bit each day.  This does not always mean private lessons.  You should cross train your learning as well.  

SUGGESTIONS:  

  • 1 to 2 private lessons a week 

  • 2 group classes a week on different days

  • Go out and dance once a week

  • Practice 10 to 15 mins daily

  • Learn more than one dance at a time

I ALREADY DANCE AND WANT TO TRAIN:   MONTHLY TRAINING PROGRAMS 

How many lessons should i take

 

good 

workout

 Yes!  
 
Dance is an excellent way to exercise. You are using your whole body and engaging your core the whole time.
 
Sweat while doing something fun!
 

Nope.  

Private Lessons are Private.  Danella will be the only persona watching you learn.  

In group classes there may be between 15-40 people, but everyone is focused on learning and paying attentions to what they need to do to accomplish class.  Danella encourages a positive learning environment.  

DO NOT LET THIS HOLD YOU BACK FROM ATTENDING GROUP CLASSES

Will I be Watched

 
 

CAN WE DROP BY

Nope.
Danella teaches independently of the locations   She does not work for them so she is not their during business hours. 
PLEASE EMAIL TO SET UP A PHONE CALL OR AN IN PERSON CONSULT.  $25 FOR A 30 MIN IN PERSON CONSULT.  (THIS TAKES AWAY FROM TEACHING TIME SO SHE MUST CHARGE).  BEST WAY IS TO BOOK THE INTRO SPECIAL TO CHAT, DANCE AND SEE HER TEACHING STYLE.  
TO BOOK CLICK HERE

Classes are full of all types and ages.  Danella does not discriminate to any.  The average age of her students are about 38, with the range being from 18-65.

 

Children under the age of 18 are allowed to attend class with parents permission/attendance.  Parents, Danella does ask that your children are really there to learn and will not be a distraction. Also note they will be dancing with the adults in class & Danella is not always PG-13 with her vocab.

AVG AGE

 

Video taping

GROUP CLASSES:  Social Media Only. Danella post videos for you online. Please feel free to video yourself doing it, as long as it is not a distraction to class.
PRIVATE LESSONS:  YES please do for learning purposes.  Please do not post these online.  We can do a social media post separate if that is how you want to spend your time. 
 

Of course she can.  Just ask her students. 

 

Danella can lead better than most men on the dance floor.  So if you would like a woman's perspective on learning to lead, she's your girl.  

 

This also means, ladies, she can teach you in classes by leading as well.  

Can you lead

 

styles

SALSA CLUBS

Salsa (Caribbean/On-1/On-2)

Merengue

Bachata

Cha-Cha 

40's CLUB/HIP HOP CLUB/CARIBBEAN

No specific style

Body Mechanics

Grooves

Basic Partnering -Merengue Influences 

AMERICAN BALLROOM/SOCIAL DANCING

Cha-Cha

Mambo 

Rumba 

East Coast Swing

Bolero

Waltz

Foxtrot

Tango

V.  Waltz

Samba (International Ballroom)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM/COMPETITIVE

Cha-Cha

Rumba

Jive

Samba

Paso Doble

Waltz

Foxtrot

Quick Step

Tango

V. Waltz 

SWING SOCIAL 

West Coast Swing (Beg to Int Levels)

Single time swing (Shag/Jitterbug)

Hustle

COUNTRY 

2-Step

Waltz

Swing

Bolero 

 

Connection

con·nec·tion noun \kə-ˈnek-shən\

 

: Something that joins or connects two or more things

: The act of connecting two or more things or the state of being connected

: A situation in which two or more things have the same cause, origin, goal, etc.

 

Take it literally, connection with partner dancing can make or break a dance.  So many forget to teach how to connect with the person or music, yet it is the most important element.  Your goal is to be able to feel every move the other person is making.  Danella wants to ingrain this idea into your head so you will actually dance one day and not just do steps or a pattern on the floor next to someone.  This is one of the elements which sets Danella's teaching apart from others.  

 
It all just depends after a series of extensive questions, a relationships has been formed and this will all be up to the discretion of Danella.
TRAVEL FEE:  $1.40/min equating for time of day traffic. 
PRIVATE LESSONS
Not on the first private lesson
Your location will always be shared with a friend of hers 
PRIVATE EVENT GROUPS
Your locations will always be shared with a friend of hers
This is for her safety. 
CELEBRITY CLIENTS -  MUST HAVE PROOF IT'S YOU .  YOUR LOCATION WILL NOT BE SHARED, SHE WILL NOT POST SHE IS TEACHING YOU OR GIVE OUT THIS INFORMATION AND SHE WILL COME OUT ON THE FIRST LESSON. 

HOUSE CALLS

 

There are many different styles of dancing Salsa.  If you hear someone saying On-1 or On-2 this is a question as to what beat of music you dance on.  

 

In private lessons Danella can cover either.  Neither style is right or wrong it is just a preference.  On-1 has one dancing to the downbeat or the bass and On-2 has one dancing to the clave.

 

In her group lessons, she teaches On-1.  However she is trained On-2 and takes a lot of their principles and her Caribbean influence is mixed into her On-1 teaching style. 

 

Danella can also teach you how to dance more traditional in the event you are visiting the Caribbean in private sessions. 

ON-1 vs.

on-2

 

NEXT LEVEL

If you are in the beginners level classes Danella recommends a good 3 months of lessons before moving to intermediate level classes.  You must know comfortably:

All 3 Basics

Right and Left Turns

Cross Body Lead

Inside Turn

Outside Turn

Spot Turn

Copa

Rev Cross Body Lead

If you are in the intermediate level class Danella recommends an additional 3 to 9 months before moving to int/adv.  You should comfortably be able to:

ALL THE BEGINNER ELEMENTS PLUS:

Stay on beat

Lead/Follow

Remember the whole pattern and execute it

Lead and Follow Double Turns and Spins

Do a Basic in place with a partner and have all the elements

Rev Cross Body Lead Inside and Outside Turns

OF COURSE THESE ARE ONLY SUGGESTIONS YOU CAN ALWAYS PAY AND TAKE MULTIPLE LEVELS IN ONE NIGHT.

 
 

Cover in privates

This really depends on your goals and where you are at in your dancing. 

Usually advancing ones level comes down to advancing your basics.  As much as complicated moves seem like something new they are just a variation of some basic movement.  So no matter what style of dancing you are learning in your private coaching sessions Danella will teach you the following:

Basic body movements and drills to practice

Music

Patterns

Whats needed to really lead and follow

Danella will do this through repetition, patterns and dancing.  She will also cover the techniques needed to do all of this.  

Danella will also work with you until she finds a way you comprehend what she is trying to get across to you.  

 

when do i start groups

All of the group classes are drop-in classes.  Meaning you can start at any time.  

However, the safest bet, is to start the first week of any month. Danella builds her classes each month weekly.  So to not feel lost or behind start then.

Always check the calendar for holidays as well. 

CLICK HERE 

 

How to set up a private

There are 2 ways to do this.  

Pre-Purachse:  

  1. Buy your package HERE

  2. EMAIL DANELLA -  Letting her know if days, nights, weekends or, week days are best. 

  3. She will respond with a few options which fit into that weeks schedule. 

  4. Once confirmed with IDA she will send you a confirmation email you must respond to. 

Paying Cash: 

  1. EMAIL DANELLA -Let he know you are interested in private lessons and want to pay cash.

  2. You guys will chat on the phone find two time options to check with at the studio and she will take a CC to hold on file (see 24 Cancellation Policy).

  3. Once confirmed with IDA she will send you a confirmation email you must respond to. 

YOU ARE ALL SET

 

where to practice

Everywhere!  

 

At home, in the bathroom at work, in class, with a partner or alone, or out on a dance floor.  Some practice is better than none. Even if you are alone. Dance is muscle memory, like sports.  The more you do it, the easier it becomes.  

 

Now I know you probably meant, where do I go out dancing?

SEE PLACES TO DANCE

 
 

SAME SEX FRIENDLY

ABSOLUTLY!!! 

No matter you sexual preference Danella encourages students to learn the opposite half to better your learning.  You will often walk into a class with guys following and ladies leading.

Also some of her more advanced students will help balance the numbers by doing so.  Also it's kinda fun.

 

am i int.

Oh please don't.  LOL!

Danella's Beginners Classes are set up to get you ready for HER Int. Level.  Teachers around the world have different structured group classes.  For your own learning and advancement, Danella suggest taking HER beginners level to start.

Another way to check what Danella considers basic/beginners:  

  1. Mambo Basic (On-1 or LA style)

  2. Cuban Basic

  3. Mans and Woman's Right Turn

  4. Hesitation Left Turn

  5. Cross Body Lead

  6. Rev Cross Body Lead

  7. Inside Turn

  8. Outside Turn

  9. Spot Turn

  10. Copa

If 1 of these basics sound like a foreign language HER beginners level is where you should start.

If 9 of the 10 you know, HER int is where you should begin. 

 

Cancellation

policy 

STRICK 24 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY.  

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

As long as you give Danella a 24 hour notice it does not matter.  This allows Danella time to try to fill the slot you were in.  Remember you may have booked a prime time slot and someone else was told it was already taken.  

 

Cancelling within 24 hours cost Danella double the money & she still has to pay the studio space (IDA has a 24 hour policy as well).  Doing so will result in:

  • A lesson lost on your pre-paid package or her charging your card on file.  

You agreed to this in your first confirmation email with all of the details.  

GROUP CLASSES - NO Cancellation Policy.  

However, if you loose your class cards you must pay for a new one, if you forget your class card, you must pay for class that night & if you card expires it expires.  Danella gives plenty of time to take 10 classes in 12 weeks.

PRIVATE GROUPS or EVENTS

Cancelling within the 72 hour period will result in the loss of your deposit and up to 50% charge of the total cost.  This again causes Danella to loose money. 

 

SALSA

CLUBS

Forever changing but here are some basic places to try out:

MONDAY:

  • EL Floriditas1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 -  $10 Cover

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY: 

THURSDAY:

  • Ma'kai: 101 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 

  • Rain Bar & Lounge: 12215 Ventura Blvd #211, Studio City, CA 91604 

  • Tree House - DTLA

FRIDAY:

  • The Warehouse: 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 - Cover

  • EL Floriditas: 1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 - $10 Cover
     

SATURDAY:

  • Salsa Fuego at Los Globos:  Random dates announced - $5, Free for first 50 to RSVP at Salsa.Fuego.LA@gmail.com (Danella's Event) 

  • The Granada LA:  17 S 1st St, Alhambra, CA 91801 -  $15 to $20 Cover

  • EL Floriditas: 1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 - $10 Cover

  • Mambo Outlet:  12613 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 - $10 Cover, Dance Shoes Only. 

SUNDAY:

  • The Promenade: 3rd St Promenade & Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90407 - FREE

IF DANELLA FORGOT AN EVENT EMAIL HER!

 

LOYALTY CLASS CARD POLICIES 

These are Loyalty Discounts.  For the students who are ready to commit to their training.  All packages still expire 90 days from purchase.  So make sure you purchase the one that fits your schedule. Once you arrive Danella will have your Loyalty Cards Prepared for you.  TREAT THESE CARDS LIKE CASH.  This will be how we keep up with your discounted classes.  These are also NON-TRANSFERRABLE.  

Monday Schedule - Dance Arts Academy 731 S. La Brea 

 

7:00PM - Beginners Salsa 

8:00PM - Intermediate Salsa

9:00PM - Bachata (Open Level)

 

Friday Schedule - HOLLYWOOD Dance Center 817 N. Highland Ave. 

 

7:30PM - Beginners Salsa 

8:30PM - Intermediate Salsa

9:30PM - Int/Adv Salsa

 

Arrive 10 to 15 Minute early to sign-in in the room.  Feel free to walk in even when a group class is going on, if it is within 10 mins of the next class.  

 

All classes are drop-in class so feel free to show up whenever.  However, Danella recommends starting the first Monday or Friday of the month.  

 

 

CLASS POLICIES:

 

-  EXPIRATION DATES* ARE 90 DAYS FROM PURCHASE 

-  NO REFUNDS -  All Sales are Final

-  NON TRANSFERRABLE 

-  RATES ARE FOR INDIVIDUALS.  NO COUPLE’S DISCOUNTS.  

 

EXPIRATION DATES* -  ALL group classes expire 90 DAYS from purchase.  If an emergency comes up PLEASE email me right away and we will talk about extending your pass.  

 

By Purchasing this you are agreeing to the policies above and thank you in advance for understanding these policies.

 

LOCATIONS 

Hollywood Dance Center     (Groups Classes, Privates & Workshops)

817 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hollywood Gym & Fitness    (Privates, Workshops  & Performance Teams)

1551 N. La Brea Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028

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