Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about Dance Culture, its classes and how it all works:

Our popular 4-week Introduction to Latin Dancing course is perfect for you. We start with walking! We also usually have a handful of volunteers in the room who can give you some help if you get stuck.

Dance Culture is the first to bring the Black Belt Salsa(tm) syllabus to Australia. Authored by world-famous Edie the Salsa FREAK, the Black Belt Salsa(tm) system of instruction is based on Edie’s 20+ years in the Latin dancing industry and the 60 instructional DVDs to her name.

Dance Culture’s founder, James Quinn-Hawtin, is the author of the Black Belt Zouk(tm) syllabus, which is based on the Salsa structure. This syllabus guides students through the fundamentals of Brazilian Zouk, all the way to advanced moves and concepts.

This is a difficult question to answer. We generally recommend all students start with Introduction to Latin Dancing where they will learn proper technique as well as our vocabulary and our school culture.

For those who just need to brush up on technique, we are usually happy for you to attend both Introduction to Latin Dancing and White Belt level classes.

Entry into Orange Belt or higher requires explicit permission as every student in those classes has earned their way by satisfactorily completing the respective syllabi. A private lesson may be booked to accelerate your entry into the higher levels.

Sorry, the timetable lists all our classes. However, private lessons may be booked at a time and day that suits you for only $80/hour.

Yes! Depending on availability, you can book a private lesson with one instructor for only $80/hour at our studio in Woolloongabba. Please contact us to enquire.

All Dance Culture students are members. Membership enrolment is online via this website. You can pause or cancel any time. There are no lock-in contracts nor setup fees. To enrol please visit the enrolment page.

Our partnered Salsa, Bachata and Zouk weekly classes are covered by membership. Fixed-length short courses (e.g. the ladies-only courses) are not covered by membership. Our 4-week Introduction to Latin Dancing is the starting point for the vast majority of our students and you can re-do this course for free.

You are welcome to come casually (membership entitles you to this) but we do not accept casual payments. All Dance Culture students are members and pay their membership fees via this website. You can pause or cancel any time. There are no lock-in contracts nor setup fees. To enrol please visit the enrolment page.

Absolutely. Please contact us with your request and we will process it within 3 business days.

Yes, you can. If you are going away for an extended period (e.g. holiday) and want to pause your membership, you can contact us with your request. Before you do, please remember that your very low membership fee has been calculated over a 52-week year with occasional breaks already considered and that, if you are attending only two classes per week, you are effectively paying half price. Most of our students therefore choose to allow their membership to run without any pauses, even if they go away. This financial stability is appreciated and means that the Dance Culture membership can remain very affordable.

Yes, you can. But why would you want to leave us? We’re so lovely.

To cancel your membership please contact us. Requests are usually processed within 1-3 business days. We’ll be sad to see you go.

When booking a course, for example our Introduction to Latin Dancing course, you can cancel and receive a full refund until 24 hours before the course commences.

We also offer a satisfaction guarantee: If you attend and are not happy with your first class, please let your instructor know within 24 hours and a full refund will be issued.

If you have any other situation not addressed above, please contact us.

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