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Lessons: Salsa
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Teacher Training
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Materials: Lesson, Workshop, Seminar and Masterclass
Workshop: Teacher Training Course

Designed with a uniquely scientific approach to dance instruction, the course features two distinct parts: physical education, and dance theory & practice.

Physical education skills are derived directly from the sports sciences and are, as a result, transferable across a broad range of disciplines. Our trainees have found their enhanced ability to communicate information in clear, simple and practical terms especially useful. Dance theory and practice is interpreted definitively, primarily through the use of biomechanics, and is explained completely in layperson's terms.

A minimum of 17 course hours divided between: 6-9 hours physical education, 9 hours personal dance skills, and two hours live classroom experience.

None (no prior dance experience)

Learning Material
"Teaching & Salsa" by Loo Yeo

Teachers' Course Booklet 2nd Edition in PDF.
(Adobe Acrobat Reader required, 210kb, 46 pages.)

You may print one copy of the manual (above), in its entirety and without alteration for your personal use. Loo Yeo asserts his moral right to be identified as author of this document ©1996,1998.

Physical Education
Upon completion of the course, you can expect to:

  1. Understand the principles of teaching:
    • Observation skills: physical attributes, mental state of students;
    • Comprehension: hierarchies of development and correction;
    • Communication: delivery of information, visual, verbal, tactile, reinforcement;
    • Motivation: setting meaningful goals, feedback types;
    • Teaching skills: lesson structure, resource allocation, optimisation individualisation.
  2. Understand principles of learning:
    • Safe learning environments: establishing, managing, best chance of success;
    • Successive approximations, whole part whole;
    • How communications can break down;
    • State of independence;
    • Learning components and synthesis;
    • Phases in acquisition of skill

Dance Theory & Practice
You will also develop an appreciation of the following aspects and their roles in dance:

  • Human Body
    Control points of the body, maximum passive step size, tension and relaxation in action.
  • Vocabulary Development
    Vocabulary elements, synthesis - combination building, linear and circular patterns, case studies.
  • Motion
    Graduated pivots, properties of step directions, achieving committed weight transfer, relative speeds of body part movement.
  • Energy Control
    Supply and dissipation, judging amounts, traction and friction, effect of partnership, stability.
  • Music
    Simple structure, used and unused beats, adornments.

  • Partnership
    The "marcas" frame, supplying and utilising lead force, the state of readiness (waiting), using the tactile sense, equilibrium, interpreting marcas.

Six-session Course Schedule (Physical Education)

Session One
Stressing the difference between dancing for recreation and for instruction. Content topics: observation, spatial register, timing (temporal register), level one content.

Session Two
Focuses on aspects of verbal communication in remedial teaching. Content topics: communication, motivation, teaching points, applying the "Nutshell", lead and follow, level two content (Rueda).

Session Three
The role of manual communication and tactile feedback in the learning / teaching process. Content topics: solving common problems, completing level two content (halo turns, types of hold), leading level one content

Session Four
All material covered in the past three sessions is applied in a series of simulations. Experienced teachers pose as novice dancers with at least one fault, which the trainee must detect and correct. Lovingly known as the "student from hell" session and acknowledged as the most beneficial exercise of the course.

Session Five
Skills for group teaching, communication, organisation and classroom control. Content topics: cueing, level three content (British).

Session Six
The theme is the organic nature of dance, illustrating the limitations of a highly structured learning format and how it can be overcome. Content topics: breaking the basics, variation practice, music structure, level three content (North American).

There is no formal schedule for Dance Theory and Practice.


Kia Ora from New Zealand,

I have just today discovered your online tutorials and spent several hours going over their content. Doing so has cemented all the knowledge I need to commence teaching my own classes to my students. I am really excited about this.

I am writing to ask if you would mind if I developed my programme of teaching my students from the contents of your tutorials ...the students I am teaching would not normally be exposed to the wonderful dance of salsa and meringue.

Thank you once again.




1999 Salsa & Merengue Society