Frequently Asked Questions
What is Latin Dance?
Latin dance is the group of social dances that have roots in Latin American culture. These dances include salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha, rumba, samba, cumbia, Argentine tango.
How do I join?
Anyone can join just by coming to the club. We meet Thursday evenings from 9-11 in the Cowling Dance Studio. Lessons are from 9-10 and open dancing is from 10-11. People are welcome to come to any or all of it. You can also join our mailing list for regular updates and special event notices by contacting any of the listed contacts.
Is any prior experience necessary?
No. We welcome beginners and have lessons at the beginning of every club session. Individual club members are also willing to help newcomers learn the dances that are not covered in the lesson.
Do I need a partner?
No. Since Latin dancing is social dancing, it is expected that each person will dance with multiple people, and if there is not an even male to female ratio, people may sit out occasional songs or some women may choose to lead or men choose to follow.
What kind of shoes should I wear?
In order to keep the dance floor clean and in good condition, street shoes are not allowed. By “street shoes” we mean anything that is not designed for a dance floor or similar surface. This is a studio rule, not a club rule. Many people find that they can dance just fine in socks or even in bare feet (socks are recommended), but we do encourage wearing dance shoes. There are many options for dance shoes as well as the option to resole old shoes with suede. Check out our links page for places to buy shoes, or contact one of the officers of the club to find out more.
What kind of clothes should I wear?
Since you’ll be dancing, you want to be wearing comfortable clothes in which you can move freely. Be careful to avoid wearing anything that you might trip on or that might fall off.
What is your relationship with other dance groups on campus?
We share a lot of our members with two other dance groups on campus: The Social Dance Club and the Carleton Competitive Ballroom and Latin Dance Club. The former focuses on the three types of social dancing: Ballroom, Latin, and Swing. They typically dance Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, and Hustle. The Competitive Ballroom and Latin Dance Team focuses on the technique and style behind the ballroom and Latin dances with the goal of competing at regional competitions.
Where can I go dancing inside/outside of Carleton?
Carleton offers many dance opportunities on campus through various organizations. Social Dance Club, Rugcutters, and the Competitive Ballroom and Latin Dance Team in particular offer opportunities similar to Salsa and Latin Dance Club. There are also some other occasional dances on campus, such as Midwinter Ball and Spring Swing, which will be announced around campus trough mailing lists and the NNB. You can also check our events page to find out about upcoming opportunities on or around campus.
There are also many dance opportunities in the area that are not on campus:
- Babalu Salsa Dancing
- Blue Moon Ballroom
- Champion Ballroom
- Cinema Ballroom
- Classic Ballroom
- ERV Dance Studio
- LifeTime Fitness
- On Your Toes School of Dance
- Tango Society of Minnesota