Frequently Asked Questions

Administration & Our School

Our COVID Protocol

Safe Physical Distancing

To meet safe physical distancing requirements, we are limiting the number of people in the studio at any given time and clearly marking safe distance zones on our floor. The classes will have a maximum of 4 couples, and we will maintain 2 meters of distance between yourself and all other couples, at all times. Please be proactive and remind others if they are getting too close.

Before Class

Pre-registration through our website will be mandatory for everyone, there will be no last minute registration or drop-in available. No payments are to be made in person. Staff will be present to check you in. Please arrive NO EARLIER than 5 min before the start of your class to facilitate a smooth exit of students leaving the previous class. When you arrive for your class, please wait outside in the designated area along the staircase and maintain a distance of 2 metres apart, until it is time for you to enter the studio.

In Class

Once inside the studio please wash or sanitize your hands, and wait to be led to the designated dance area that will be yours for the hour.

The dance floor has been marked into safe distance zones which are at least 2 metres apart. Only one couple is permitted per marker, so please be mindful and stay in your assigned area.

After Class

After your class has finished, please wash or sanitize your hands again, collect your belongings, and leave the studio as quickly as possible. This will help us to facilitate sanitization the studio and be ready for the next class.

Sanitizing

Frequent hand-washing and good hygiene practices are essential to reduce the spread of the virus. Please wash your hands or sanitize them both before and after your class. Use the sinks in the washrooms (one couple at a time) or the hand sanitizer available at the front desk.

Class Registration

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for all classes in order to reduce touch-points in the studio as well as to prevent/reduce congestion at the front desk. No drop-ins are permitted. Only registered students are permitted in the studio, no spectators.

Masks

The most recent recommendation from Canada’s public health officer is that wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is recommended as an added layer of protection, especially when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

We recommend you wear a mask while attending a class if you are comfortable doing so, but it’s not mandatory and will not be provided by the studio.

Class Times

We are staggering our class start times with a break between classes to allow for cleaning and sanitation, as well as to prevent large groups from congregating in the studio during class cross over.

Limited Contact

Staff and students are asked to please refrain from high fives and hugs for the time being. We will not be switching partners during the class.

Our Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

We have implemented enhanced antibacterial and antiviral cleaning and sanitizing protocols for common areas and surfaces, including washrooms, light switches, door handles, etc. We will be cleaning these surfaces both before and after each class.

Partner Classes

We are starting up our lesson program as safely and cautiously as we can. For the time being, and for the well-being of students, we will only be allowing 4 couples for partnered classes. A couple will be persons that live together or have entered into an agreement to be their designated partner for the time being that you have chosen on your own accord prior to coming to classes. You must arrive and leave together. There will not be any switching of partners.

Health

If you are experiencing any flu like symptoms such as fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, etc, or if you are in proximity with someone who is ill, please stay home and do not attend classes.

If you have travelled internationally recently, please follow protocols and stay home, self isolate, and refrain from attending classes.

Socializing

Coming back to classes means that there will be people you will be excited to connect with again!. We encourage the conversations, but please be mindful to keep socializing to the outside areas of the studio either before or after class so that we can keep the common areas and studio open for the exchange of students coming and going from classes. We recommend you continue socializing by visiting Olympic Village or a walk on the seawall to enjoy our lovely surrounding areas.

Cancellation Policy

Demand to return to classes may be more than we can meet at this time considering the limited number of spaces available, so we recommend you reserve your lessons a couple days in advance. We require 24 hours notice to cancel your reservation without being charged for the class. This will also allow us to provide a spot for a couple that may be on the waiting list.

How do I redeem my GROUPON?

Go to our Groupon page, read the instructions and complete your registration.

Where is the studio located?

We teach classes at 2 different locations. See our schedule to identify which studio a your class will be held.  You can also go to the About Us page to access maps of our locations.

Location 1: 1000 Rivers Studio, 54 E 4th Avenue

Location 2: Private Lessons. Given after booking completed via email.

What kind of people come to these salsa classes?

The great thing about our classes is that we attract people from all background and ages…We’ve had students from 7 to 82 years old! What you will notice is that everyone is in it to learn and have fun!

How do I register?


If you would like to come to a class, go to the schedule​​​, then find the class you would like to attend and click on the button. If this your very first class with us, you will need to create a profile for yourself. Otherwise, you simply need to use your email address and password to sign in. The next step is to and pay for a class and reserve your spot. This guarantees your spot in the class.

Please note that if you reserve a spot and fail to show up (or cancel your reservation within 24 hours prior), you will be charged for that class.

How do I access my student account information?

At some point you may wish to access your student account to add or edit your personal information, or to check the status of your payment options. Any time you book a class, you can also view your account information. However if you want to simply view your account information, you can either click on the My Account or the Student Account Login link on the FAQ page as you see highlighted in the image below.

What are the terms of your Liability Waiver?

As we all know, dancing is a physical activity and so we need to have a common understanding about the agreements we are making when you come to learn with us. Below iare the terms of the the agreement

I hereby agree to the following:

  1. That I am participating in a dance/fitness class at Baila Vancouver Dance & Dance Today. I recognize that dance and fitness classes require physical exertion, which may be strenuous and could cause physical injury. I am fully aware of the risk and hazard involved.
  2. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult a physician prior to and regarding my participation in the class. I represent that I am physically fit and have no psychological, medical or emotional condition which would prevent my full participation.
  3. I agree to take full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages known or unknown which might incur as a result of participating in the class(es).
  4. I knowingly and voluntarily waive any claim I may have against Baila Vancouver Dance and Dance Today, or any faculty members or assistants for injury, loss and/or damage that I may sustain as a result of participating in class(es).
  5. I give Baila Vancouver Dance and Dance Today express permission to take and use photos and videos of my likeness in all/any of their promotional material without royalties or any other consideration in perpetuity.
  6. Memberships and class cards are non-refundable and valid for 6 months from the date of purchase unless otherwise specified with promotion. i.e. Groupon: 2 months expiry. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

I have read the above release and waiver of liability and fully understand its contents. I voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions stated above.

About You

Do I need a partner?

No you do not. Contrary to popular belief, this dance is not a "one partner" dance. It is a social dance scene where you will likely dance with new people the entire night. In our classes, most of our students come by themselves, either because they don't have a partner to dance with, or because they are interested in meeting new people. Our classes are designed to teach you leading and following techniques which are smooth and clear, enabling you to dance with anyone, not only a partner (if you have one) or people in your classes.

What if I don't have any dance experience?

Our beginner courses aim to teach you all you need to know to start dancing Salsa and the other Latin Dances. It is very common for people to feel "funny" or awkward in the beginning, but stick with it and push through those feelings. You will soon reap the benefits of increased confidence and can relax and have fun. We strongly believe in foundation and communication through your lead and follow that are universal to Salsa (and the other partner dances). With a little time and persistence, you will be able to lead or follow almost anyone, even people you have never danced with before or people from other countries.

What kinds of people come to these classes?

The great thing about our classes is that we attract people from all background and ages…We’ve had students from 7 to 82 years old! What you will notice is that everyone is in it to learn and have fun!

What if I have no rhythm and two left feet?

You are not alone. Many people feel that way, but we have great teaching techniques, extensive experience and knowledge that we will pass on to you which will enable you to "grow a right foot" :-).

In fact, our number one goal is to create great dancers who have fun no matter how much experience they have had in the past!

Where do I fit into your class structure if I have some experience or have taken lessons somewhere else?


Please set up a time with us so we can dance with you to see what level your are at then we will let you know what the best course is for you. You can also simply show up at the beginning or end of any of our classes, and we can assess you then.

What should I wear?


You may start off feeling cold, but by the end of the first 10 minutes you'll be sweating! Make sure it isn't too long so that you don't trip. Yoga pants, khakis, shorts, t-shirts and tank tops are ideal.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

For ladies, the best choice, if you are willing to invest some money, would be professional dance shoes, but they are not necessary to start a beginner class. Any flat shoe, or heeled shoe with a smooth sole that will stay on your foot will work. No sandals or heavy clunky shoes is preferable. For men, any shoe that has a thin profile bottom is better than a clunky rubber-soled shoe. You can also just wear your socks if you have nothing else that works :-)

Where can I buy dance shoes?

There are many stores in Vancouver. Here are some names and googling is the best way to find their current hours, discounts and location: Avalon Dance Shop, Broadway The Dance Shop, Parker Place Mall has many ballroom shoe stores.

What Music CDs or Artists do you recommend?

Salsa: Africando, Celia Cruz, Mark Anthony, Ray Barretto, Hector Lavoie, Tito Puente, Fruko y Sus Tesos, La Sonora Carrouseles,DLG, Eddie Palmieri, El Gran Combo, Willie Colon, Carlos Vives, Adolescentes, Oscar de Leon, Grupo Niche, Victor Manuelle, Jose Alberto El Canario, Thalia, La India, Brenda Star
Cumbia:Rafaga
Bachata Musicians : Monchy y Alexandra, Aventura,
Merengue: Alex Bueno, Elvis Crespo
Tango: Forever Tango Compilation, Color Tango, Osvaldo Pugliese, Astor Piazzolla
Tango Nuevo: Bajo Fondo, Gotan Project
Cha Cha: Buena Vista Social Club

Our Classes

In Person Lesson Details

In person lessons need to be booked in advanced. Cancellation has to be 24hrs ahead for no charges to apply.

A couple is persons who decide to come and stay together during the whole class. 2 single people who have met in our classes can choose to partner up, this decision has to be made prior registering for classes and DT does not partake in the coordination or liability of your arrangement.

Expiry dates of current packs bought in late 2019 and in 2020 have all been extended to have an expiry date of Dec 31 2020

Virtual Lesson Details

Virtual lessons need to be booked a minimum of 4 hrs ahead of time. You may cancel with no charge 2 hrs ahead of time.

Virtual lessons do not require that your video be turned on for the instructor to see, this is optional. You may also choose your own background so your video doesn’t show your space just you, and your dancing feet.

Virtual packs are charged in 30 min increments. 30 min class = 1 visit ; 1 hr classes = 2 visits

What is your approach to teaching?

All Baila DanceToday Classes are set up as individual stand alone modules. Think of it as a Yoga Class you start when you start. Our syllabus is broken down into modules. The modules can be learned in any order as the structure of the module itself is self supporting so you will not need to know what came previously to accomplish or learn the module of the day. You can start your learning with any module but need to complete all modules to move on to the next level. The modules keep cycling through so if you start in the middle of a cycle just keep attending to class and you will get all the modules completed.

How are classes structured?

We always teach you the basics that you need to know for that module and since progressing in dance is based on repetition you will soon see how quickly you progress no matter when in the cycle you started. 

We cover how to do a dance step and how to lead and follow in every class as these are two factors that need to be mastered. 

Patterns can come and go but the language of dancing (leading/following) and look of dancing (how to do the steps) are key to getting the most fun out of dance. You will soon notice you will create your own repertoire as you keep attending classes; of course we help you all along the journey and give you set patterns to make the learning easier as well.

What Salsa classes do you teach?

Learn more about our classes by visiting our Salsa Classes page.

What Tango classes do you teach?

Learn more about our classes by visiting our Tango Classes page.

What Bachata classes do you teach?

Learn more about our classes by visiting our Bachata Classes page.