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:
BOTTLE OF WATER
Till the end of 2021: A FACE MASK
Depends on the Location:
Hollywood Dance Center: STREET PARKING. It is there and it is free, but you should come 10-15 minutes early just to look for parking.
Hollywood Gym Location: Parking Lot, but sometimes is full. Street Parking available
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.
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
CREDIT CARD via SQUARE
*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.
There are two things to take into factor:
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.
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
How many lessons should i take
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!
Maybe, but not really.
Private Lessons are Private. Danella will be the only persona watching you learn. However, sometimes other teachers and their students are learning at the same time in the ballroom. Booking out the whole room is an additional cost.
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. I will also be recording the Zoom lesson for live online students, so just step out of frame if this seems intimidating.
DO NOT LET THIS HOLD YOU BACK FROM ATTENDING GROUP CLASSES
Will I be Watched
CAN WE DROP BY
Danella teaches independently. She does not work for the studios so she is not there during business hours.
PLEASE EMAIL TO SET UP A PHONE CALL OR AN IN PERSON CONSULT. $45 FOR A 30 MIN IN PERSON CONSULT. (THIS TAKES AWAY FROM TEACHING TIME SO SHE MUST CHARGE).
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.
GROUP CLASSES: GO FOR IT! Social Media Only. Just make sure to tag me and give me credit. @DanellaDuttonDance
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
No specific style
Basic Partnering - Merengue and Swing Influences
Basic music timing (Basic Top 40's Club Movements)
AMERICAN BALLROOM/SOCIAL DANCING/COMPETITIVE
East Coast Swing
West Coast Swing (Beg to Int Levels)
Single time swing (Shag/Jitterbug)
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: $15 within a 10 minute drive from the studio (Hollywood Dance Center). Additional $1.40/minute of travel time beyond that.
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.
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 Melody or downbeat and On-2 has one dancing to the Instruments, Timing (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 (traditional or circular) influence is mixed into her teaching style.
Danella can also teach you how to dance more traditional in the event you are visiting the Caribbean or just want the movement and knowledge.
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
Staying on beat (lead and follow)
Right and Left Turns
Cross Body Lead
Rev Cross Body Lead
If you are in the intermediate level class Danella recommends an additional 6 month to a year before moving to int/adv. You should comfortably be able to:
ALL THE BEGINNER ELEMENTS PLUS:
Leading/Following should be very proficient in a Social Dance setting
Remember the whole pattern and executing it
Lead and Follow Double Turns and Spins
Do a Basic in place with a partner and have all the elements of Salsa
Rev Cross Body Lead Inside and Outside Turns
Transitions between movement should be smooth
Preps should make sense
Frame should be worked out
OF COURSE THESE ARE ONLY SUGGESTIONS YOU CAN ALWAYS PAY AND TAKE MULTIPLE LEVELS.
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
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.
How to set up a private
There are 2 ways to do this.
Buy your package HERE
EMAIL DANELLA - Letting her know if days, nights, weekends or, week days are best.
She will respond with a few options which fit into that weeks schedule.
Once confirmed with a studio she will send you a confirmation email.
EMAIL DANELLA - Let he know you are interested in private lessons and want to pay cash.
She will respond with a few options which fit into that weeks schedule and she will send a CC Authorization Form to you to hold the lesson. This is for her strict 24 hour cancellation policy.
Once confirmed with a studio and CC Authorization Form is filled out, she will send you a confirmation email.
YOU ARE ALL SET
where to practice
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?
SAME SEX FRIENDLY
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. Levels. 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:
Mambo Basic (On-1 or LA style)
Mans and Woman's Right Turn
Hesitation Left Turn
Cross Body Lead
Rev Cross Body Lead
If 1 of these basics sound like a foreign language HER beginners level is where you should start. Most importantly: timing and preps should be making scene before you try to add complicated moves to the mix. Perfecting your basics is the key to becoming advanced.
If 9 of the 10 you know, HER int is where you should begin.
STRICK 24 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY.
As long as you give Danella a 24 hour notice it does not matter. This allows Danella time to try to book 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 rental space. Doing so will result in:
A lesson lost on your pre-paid package or her charging your card on file. The full rate.
You agreed to this in your first confirmation email with all of the details.
GROUP CLASSES - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
24 hour policy as well.
All Pre-registration classes will be holding a slot of the limited capacity class, this means if you don't show up you will still be charged for the whole month. Danella will gladly email you the videos for the classes though.
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.
Forever changing but here are some basic places to try out:
THE PROMENADE: 3rd St Promenade & Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90407 - FREE (Great for Beginners)
EL FLORIDITAS: 1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 - $10 Cover
LA DESCARGA - 1159 N. Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Great for Beginners)
RAIN BAR & LOUNGE: 12215 Ventura Blvd #211, Studio City, CA 91604 (Great for Beginners)
BABULÚ NIGHTS: Queensberry 819 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles CA 90017 (Great for Beginners)
THE WAREHOUSE: 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 - Cover
EL FLORIDITAS: 1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 - $10 Cover (Great for Beginners)
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 (Great for Beginners)
SALSA FUEGO: Coming soon.
BLEN BLEN: 2nd Saturday -- SoHo Dance 1618 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles CA 90025
MAMBO OUTLET: 3rd Saturday -- By Your Side Dance Studio -- 12613 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 - $10 Cover, Dance Shoes Only. Specific Weekends ONLY
UNIFIED ON2: 4th Saturday --
IF DANELLA FORGOT AN EVENT EMAIL HER!
LOYALTY CLASS CARD POLICIES
These are not for sale for the rest of 2021 due to Covid and limitations on class sizes.
If you have remaining class cards these can be redeemed for the Pre-Registration group classes. All old class cards will expire on Dec 31st, 2021.