is a compilation of the most frequent questions we are constantly
Do I need to bring a partner to the classes?
A. - No, some
people come with their partners but most don't and we switch often
partners so that everyone gets to dance with everyone.
Are the number of woman and men even?
A. - The number
in our classes luckily is pretty even, but obviously we can't guarantee
that it will always be like that and exactly even. We do change
partners very often, so that every one gets to practice all the
steps, and we count with the collaboration of the students to make
sure no one is left out.
What shoes do I wear?
A. - Shoes that
you feel comfortable in, preferably shoes that you can spin in them
and also for Monday class: shoes that do not leave black marks.
If you want to buy dance shoes: For practicing
and the classes dance sneakers are great. For night club dancing
and when you were skirts or dresses, ballroom shoes are the best.
Where can I buy dance shoes?
Locally:you can find dance
shoes in the following stores:
Address: 548 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear
Address: 185 Cambridge St., Burlington
Driving from Cambridge: Rte. 2 to I-95 (128) North to exit #33B;
take Route 3A North (it becomes Cambridge St.); go 1.7 miles from
Phone: 1-781-273-3089 or 1-800-554-2340.
Great source of dance shoes
On the internet:
unlesss you have used the shoe before, you should not buy directly
from internet without trying the shoes first, or unless they have
an easy return policy or really custom made shoes.
Jennifer Jonay suggested this website: Glide Shoes
(www.glideshoes.com) and highly recommend them. Once you know what
you want, you should call to place your order, as there are many
ways to customize your shoes that are not posted on the website.
For example, you can tell them you want the front of one pair of
shoes, and the back of a different pair of shoes, get a special
snap closure for the straps to make putting them on and taking them
off easy. And the "pro soles" are super comfy!
www.championshoes.com is also a nice website with
very good service.
What clothes do I wear?
A. - Comfortable
clothes that you can sweat in, since we promise you will sweat.
Do I start with private lessons or with regular lessons?
A. - It depends
on your budget and time. Private's are more expensive but you get
more direct help to your specific needs. Usually it is better (and
more economic) to join regular beginner class from its start and
then use privates for specific needs.
Where are there music stores that have a good selection of Latino
A. - Here
are some stores:
In Jamaica Plain:
FRANKLIN'S CDS, 314 CENTRE STREET, JAMAICA PLAIN. Open Monday
through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Call (617) 868-8895.
Call to check the times.
In Somerville there is a little store that has
a good selection and the owner is very knowledgeable. Can ask him
for any song!
HISPANOAMERICANA RECORD SHOP. 97 Broadway St, Somerville.
(617) 776-1200. Tell them you are a Hips On Fire Student, and that
you were sent by Seemore and Cristina.
Another great place is:
El Palacio de la Musica
Around 22-24 Chelsea St, in East Boston.
They have a great selection of music!
Tower Record and HVM also has a pretty decent latino
collection, but more on the very commercial side.