Learn to Dance Salsa Together!

No dance experience needed.

This is an absolute beginner course. We start from the ground up and teach you the rhythm, steps, partnering connection and most common moves that make up the basics of salsa, as well as lots of fun partnering patterns to get you started. We designed this course to be taken as a dance pair, but you don't need to be a couple to dance together! Whether you're romantic partners, friends, family or roommates, you can learn to dance salsa. We promise no awkward moments if you're dancing with your mom!

Lead & Follow

Dance roles, not gender roles.

Partner dancing requires a Lead and a Follow, and both roles can be done by any gender. We encourage you to hold off on choosing your role until after you try the connection exercises in Chapter 2, or even do the course twice if you each want to learn both roles.

Communication is Key

Get feedback, find community.

Each lesson in this course is accompanied by a Discussion section where you can chat with fellow students, get your dance questions answered by Ana and Talek, and even get feedback! We also have a thriving online community of dancers you can join on social media to stay motivated and make friends.

Course Curriculum

Here's a preview of all the fun moves, techniques and combinations you could learn!

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

    CHAPTER 2 - Partnering Connection

  • 4

    CHAPTER 3 - Travelling Moves

    • Moving around the dance floor!

    • Footwork for Travelling Moves

    • Partnering Technique for Travelling Moves

    • Cross-Body Lead

    • New York Walk

    • Partnering Pattern 2

  • 5

    CHAPTER 4 - Turns

    • Let's add some turns!

    • Right Turn

    • Left Turn

    • Leads' Turns

    • Partnering Technique for Follows' Turns

    • Follows' Turns

    • Partnering Pattern 3

  • 6

    CHAPTER 5 - Travelling Turns

    • Combining travelling and turns!

    • Inside Travelling Turn Footwork

    • Outside Travelling Turn Footwork

    • Inside Travelling Turn Partnering

    • Outside Travelling Turn Partnering

    • Partnering Pattern 4

  • 7

    CHAPTER 6 - Shines

    • Freestyle time!

    • Starting & Ending Shines

    • Crossovers

    • Suzy-Q

    • Partnering Pattern 5

  • 8

    CHAPTER 7 - Social dancing

    • Salsa socials & how to find them

    • Social dancing etiquette

    • Tips for your first social

  • 9

    Course Wrap-Up

    • YOU DID IT!

    • How did we do?


Ana Gherasim


Ana is the owner and founder of Azucar, as well as our definitive proof that anyone can learn to dance. Discouraged from pursuing dance from a young age, she grew up convinced that she had two left feet. She (slowly) took up salsa in 2008, fell in love with social dancing, and never looked back. She loves deepening her salsa and bachata skills in equal measure, as well as exploring new dance styles. A lifelong learner and educator, Ana is passionate about the pedagogy of dance and is always looking for ways to tweak and improve her own teaching as well as Azucar’s teaching style and philosophy.

Talek Cameron


Talek began dancing in his early 20’s; he took lessons from anywhere he could and the more he learned, the more he discovered his new passion in life. Having no prior dance experience proved challenging. It wasn’t until he moved to Ottawa that he overcame that challenge by exposing himself to a new level of dancing. Today, Talek can be found performing on stage, social dancing (his favorite thing to do) and continuing to try and best himself. Talek is thrilled to now be able to share his passion in the classroom and help give back to the Latin dance scene.

What are you waiting for?

Start dancing Salsa today!