Equipment needed to start salsa dancing

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If you’re thinking about taking up salsa classes, you’ll probably be wondering what, if any, equipment you will need to get started. Thankfully, you can start salsa dancing with very minimal output. Here are some of the things you may need, most of which, you probably already own:

What to wear

You don’t need any special clothing to attend salsa classes. All you will need is to wear something loose and comfortable that won’t restrict your movement in any way. Ladies might consider leggings, a flowing skirt or dress, yoga leggings or joggers. Men can wear comfortable trousers, joggers and even jeans (if they aren’t too tight!)

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What not to wear

Try to avoid clothing that is excessively baggy or anything with long, baggy sleeves that could catch on your partner’s clothing, for example. The same can be said for overly baggy trousers or jewellery that hangs too freely. These could become a hazard if they catch on something.


You don’t need to invest in dance shoes, although it is recommended for the best and most comfortable experience. Consider a shoe with plenty of group for spins and turns, as well as a medium sized heel. A heel is considered the best option for this type of dancing although it can be done in trainers if necessary. For more details on Salsa Classes London, go to

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Salsa is pretty fast paced and high impact, so chances are you’re going to work up a sweat! Pack a towel so you can mop up after your class. That way, you won’t feel such a hot mess on your way home. Packing a deodorant might be a good idea too!


Keeping hydrated is important when you’re doing exercise and working up a sweat. For this reason, remember to take a bottle of water with you so you can stay topped up during the class. You might also want to take a light snack to keep your energy levels up.

A smile

Salsa is all about having fun, so be sure to bring your smile and confidence so you can put your best foot forward. If it’s your first lesson, try to attend with an open mind and don’t worry if it all seems confusing to begin with. You’ll soon get into the swing of things. A positive attitude and a willingness to participate and learn is all you really need to get started in salsa!

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