FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Bachata level should I choose?


Our beginners' level is meant to teach the basics to absolute beginners. We focus mainly on Bachata Moderna (basic steps, turns & figures). If you are not quite a beginner but you've never had classes before, we recommend you take the last 5 classes of a beginners' series. After this series of 10 classes you will have a nice repertoire of moves to dance an entire song.

Level 2 continues to work on Bachata moderna, expanding your dancing with more dificult moves, turns and styling. It also introduces the basic steps & figures of Bachata Dominicana and Sensual (e.g. body roll, wave, dominican basic, ...) You should've had at least 10 classes to start in this level.

Level 3 & 4 is a mix of all bachata styles (including bachatango and bachata urbana) that combine into more complicated figures and focuses even more on styling and tricks.

We recommend to repeat (part of) a level to master both footwork and technique before moving on to the next level. Many of our students choose to attend several classes per week, including lower levels than their own to polish their technique and consolidate what they've already learned.

During summer classes, bootcamps or workshops there is oftentimes an 'open level'. This means this class is accessible for anyone who knows at least the basics of bachata, but our teachers try to make them also interesting for more experienced dancers.

When in doubt, just check with the teachers and they will happily help you find the right level.




I have experience with Salsa/Bachata. Can I skip the Bachata/Salsa beginners series?


We do not recommend you to skip the beginners series, because it is the foundation of good technique and becoming a better dancer later. (It's easier to prevent bad habbits than to correct them afterwards). If you really don't feel like starting from scratch, we recommend you at least take the last 5 classes of a beginners series.




What should I wear to class?


Wear clothes you feel comfortable in, preferably with tight fitting shoes, that allow you to spin on the floor (comfortable heels or dancing shoes can be helpful if you have them, but no need to go buy some if you don't!)




I can't find your dancehall/I got lost in the building, can you give me some more specific directions?


Follow these steps to get to the dance hall of Sport & Squash Club 'De Vaart' (Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, Wilsele), where all our classes take place:

1. Find Kolonel Begaultlaan 15. It’s a big building with the Basic Fit, Red Cross, Sport & Squash club 'De Vaart' …
2. You can park on the side of the road for 2 hours with a parking disc (blue zone), or enter the parking garage inside the building from the side (Marguerite Lefèvrelaan). There is also a bike stand right in front of the Sport and Squash club inside the garage.
3. If you enter through the front door: cross the hall and go up 2 flights of stairs. If you enter through the parking garage you are already on the right floor (2nd floor).
4. Once inside the building, follow our “Bachata con Emocion” arrows, or any directions to the basic fit club or the Sport & Squah club. They will lead you to the entrance of the Squash club.
5. Don’t go up the wooden stairs to basic fit, but enter Sport & Squash Club. Walk all the way through the bar area and turn left at the end, passing the pool tables, you will see/hear the dancehall. Or ask the bartender. He/she will gladly point you in the right direction.

... or watch this video to find your way inside the building.




How much do you charge for classes, workshops, shows, ...?


As of 2020 prices for our weekly classes per person are:

€ 140 for 2 series of 10 classes (in the same 10 week period)

€ 80 for a series of 10 classes

€ 50 for half a series (5 subsequent classes, it is not possible to use this formula for 5 random classes)

€ 12 per class

If you are new to the school and you are uncertain of your level or you want to see whether salsa/bachata is something you might enjoy, you can take the first class as a free try-out, no strings attached.

This means that if you decide you don't like the class/the level is not suitable for you, you walk away with no cost to you. If you decide you do want to join us for the series, this first class is included in the whole series price (80€/10 or 50€/5).

You can pay in cash the first class (or second class if you are new to the school). Please come earlier if you need to complete a payment. We currently don't accept cards or apps.

If you are looking for private classes, workshops, shows, etc. please contact us to discuss your project! Costs will vary (depending on location, time investment ...)




I missed a class (due to illness, travel, work). Can I recuperate it?


You can recuperate a missed class during the same 10 week period in a level that is suitable for you (equal or lower to your own). Please let us know beforehand, so we can check the leader/follower balance.

Be aware that this will not always be possible! So check your schedule before deciding to pay for the whole series (e.g. if you are certain you are going to miss more than 3 classes out of 10 because of a planned holiday, you are better off paying per class).

Your classes can only be taken by you, and you cannot carry over any ‘leftover’ classes to the next series, nor can they be refunded.




Do I have to enroll with a partner?


You are welcome with or without a partner. The number of leaders and followers generally balances out after 2 or 3 weeks. We ask participants to change partners frequently, so you will never be without a partner for long.




Why should I switch partners? I want to stay with my own partner.


It's no problem if you want to stay with your own partner. But you will both learn faster and more if you change partners.
Because each partner is different, you will improve your leading/following significantly by learning to adjust to these differences. While staying together, couples tend to compensate for each others' mistakes.




When/where can I practise?


  • We organize 'Bailemos juntos' Salsa-Bachata-Kizomba parties every last Saturday of the month in Zaal 'Ons Huis' (Goudsbloemstraat 28, Leuven). We start at 20:00 with a workshop. Everyone is welcome. Presale tickets: 3€, at the entrance: 5€. Check our 'Events' page for the details on our next edition!

  • Het Narrenschip (Kolonel Begaultlaan 9B, Wilsele, right next door to our venue) has 'Fiesta Latina' with Salsa-Bachata-Kizomba Socials every Thursday evening.

  • 'Vintage Corner -Tropical Party' at Het Narrenschip, every first Saturday of the Month, starting with a workshop at 21h. Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba & More (Entrance: €5)

  • Café Manger (Oude markt, Leuven) has free Salsa Bachata Kizomba Social dancing every Monday and Wednesday.




Why do you ask for my e-mail & phone number?


So we can contact you in case of last minute schedule changes or cancellations (e.g. due to illness). Please add larubiayelmorenobachata@gmail.com to your contacts so our emails don't end up in your ‘Spam’ folder.

We will not bother you with promotions or news via email or phone. If you are interested in what's going on with the school, why not follow Bachata con Emocion & La Rubia y el Moreno on social media (Facebook or Instagram). We will certainly not share, sell or otherwise disclose your data to third parties.




What do other people think of Bachata con Emoción?


Carl S.
- you explain very well. 🤓
- you teach both leading and following. 💃🕺
- you don't limit yourselves to a single Bachata style but have elements of all of them. 🤯
- you create a great atmosphere. You guys always smile. You make classes fun! 😊
- you dance Bachata con Emoción 😻
- you often stay for a drink afterwards, socialising with your students/friends 🍺👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🍷
- you are the best in Leuven! 😎
(Mic drop)

Naomi J.

Ik sta er keer op keer weer van versteld...In MAART 2018 begon ik als complete leek bij Bachata con Emoción te dansen. In die 8 maanden had ik nooit gedacht zoveel te kunnen leren, shout out to the best teachers Oscar en Liesje ❤️ voor het geduld, het goede voorbeeld en natuurlijk de top momenten 🤩
💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃

Yael T.

I wanted to learn more about bachata and heard good things about you. So I went to the classes. I really enjoyed the classes. Beside the good technical part are it also the atmosphere and friendly people that make the dance classes great 😊

Iryna B.

I used to take classes with you before I moved to Brussels and really enjoyed it! The atmosphere is super nice, music, methodology 😊

Mira L.

You explain well how to do the moves, even if we are not able to at first to move in a specific way. Often it is also leading - following. Plus the chemistry is good, both of you teach and make comments, classes are fun. 😊 You were my first teachers a few years ago and I have moved a lot since.... But no course was as good as yours. 😊




What Salsa level should I choose?


Our beginners' level is meant to teach the basics to absolute beginners. We focus on good leading and following and the basic figures of salsa cubana (e.g. vuelta, dile que no, enchufla, vacilala, exhibela). If you are not quite a beginner but you've never had classes before, we recommend you take the last 5 classes of a beginners' series. After this series of 10 classes you will have nice repertoire of moves to dance an entire song.

In level 2 (intermediate) we combine the basic figures into combinations and add styling for both men and women.

Level 3 will focus on bodymovement and styling, adding elements of rumba, afro and son.

During summer classes, bootcamps or workshops there is oftentimes an 'open level'. This means this class is accessible for anyone who knows at least the basics of salsa cubana, but our teachers try to make them also interesting for more experienced dancers.

When in doubt, just check with the teachers and they will happily help you find the right level.




When do you teach classes/bootcamps?


Check out our weekly classes, for an updated overview of our current classes and opening hours. Every so often we organize bootcamps (usually on Saturday or Sunday afternoon). These are intensive 3-hour workshops focusing on one particular topic or style. These bootcamps will be announced on our events page and social media.




In which language do you teach?


Our weekly classes are in Dutch, unless not everyone understands Dutch. In that case we switch to English (this happens quite often, since Leuven is a very international community). We can also help you individually in Spanish.




How can I pay?


You can pay in cash or with one of our gift vouchers the first class (or second class if you are new to the school). Please come earlier if you need to complete a payment.

We currently don't accept credit/debet cards or apps.

If you would like to gift your loved ones with a dance class, we also offer Bachata con Emoción gift vouchers for any amount you choose, valid for 1 year, to use in any of our classes.




Do you have Bachata con Emoción gift certificates?


Yes we do! Our gift vouchers, for the amount you choose, are valid for one year in all bachata or salsa classes and bootcamps in our school. They come in a nice envelope, ready to go. If you're interested, get in touch.




Can I take a free try-out class to see whether I like it/decide my level?


Yes, of course!
If you are new to the school and you are uncertain of your level or you want to see whether salsa/bachata is something you might enjoy, you can take the first class as a free try-out, no strings attached.
This means that if you decide you don't like the class/the level is not suitable for you, you walk away with no cost to you. If you decide you do want to join us for the series, this first class is included in the whole series price (80€/10 or 50€/5).




How does Bachata con Emoción deal with Covid-19/Corona?


Sports are allowed in bubbles of 50, within this bubble you do not need to keep a distance. We further limit the amount of students in our classes, so that every person has 10m² space in our dance hall. That is why it is absolutely mandatory to enroll beforehand! When you enroll we ask for your phonenumer and email. We will only use your information for contact tracing or to keep you up to date about any changes to your class. Couple dances are allowed, your dance partner does not need to belong to your personal bubble of 5. You don't have to enroll with a partner (but you can of course). We keep an eye on the leader-follower balance and make sure that it is exceptable. We switch partners during our classes, because we believe it improves your dancing both as leaders and followers! Of course (as always) you are welcome to stay with a fixed partner if you don't feel comfortable changing. We do ask that you comply by the rules set by the government, and don't come to class when you are feeling unwell. We also ask to wear a face mask during the partnerwork classes. A summary of the measures/guidelines:

  • wash hands before coming to class.
  • wear a face mask (put it on before entering the Squash Club).
  • keep to the exact times of the classes. They last one hour with 15 minutes break in between to aerate. If necessary wait outside the dancehall in the bar if the previous class is still ongoing (be respectful of the 1.5m social distance).
  • Bachata con Emoción will provide alcogel for those who need it.
If you have any futher questions or concerns regarding these safety measures, don't hesitate to contact us!




What is a 'leader'/'follower'? What does it mean?


Couple dances, like salsa and bachata, are usually not choreographed, but an improvisation of the moment: the leader decides on what moves/combinations the couple will dance. He leads them, giving indications so the follower can follow and complete the move on time (according to the rythm). This split-second decision making is one of the ways dancing keeps both your body and mind healthy.It's also what makes dancing with different partners, say at a social party, possible and interesting. Traditionally in Latin dances. guys lead and ladies follow. But you can choose whatever role you like. We just ask, to make sure we have an acceptable leader/follower ratio in our classes.





If you couldn't find the answer to your question here, please feel free to contact us!

Laatst geüpdatet 19 september 2020

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