Do I need a dance partner to
No, the majority of students who take classes come alone.
Also, the best way to learn is to have different dance partners,
so partners are rotated frequently during every class.
What's the cost for a class?
Classes range from $7 to $12. Always check our calendar to see
information. See our Fees page for
more details. Classes at our dance
parties are free.
Can I get private lessons? And
if so, how much do they cost?
Yes, private lessons are available and need to be scheduled in
advance. Private lessons cost $75 for the hour up to 5 people
per private lesson. Please note, private lesson costs for groups
of six or more differ from above.
What do I wear?
SALSA: Something casual and comfortable
are your best bets. Please wear shoes that you will most likely
be dancing in. Avoid wearing sneakers and work boots. These may
add stress to your joints and are cumbersome.
ZUMBA & KICKBOXING: Anything
comfortable that you would like to sweat in.Gym wear, Sweat pants,
sneakers, and/or a T-shirt etc.
Bellydance top/pants or yoga pants with a tank top or sprots bra. Hipscarfs are recommened to wear, we have some avaialble.
How long will it take to learn?
Like any physical activity, much depends on natural ability
and the desire to pursue it.
Where can I go dancing?
Some of the South Jersey
area's favorites are the Atrium's
Saturday Latin night, the Stardust
and others. For ballroom, many attend our Sunday
Ballroom Mix party.
There are many dances and venues to
visit throught the week. Please see our new dance venues page for
more information about where to dance in the South Jersey Area. See a complete list of dance parties at the Atrium.
What is Casino
Casino Rueda is the most exhilarating style of Salsa dancing, sometimes referred to as "Casino" or "Cuban Square Dancing".
In the 1950's, in a Havana social club called El Casino Deportivo,
Casino was born. Many great dancers gathered there for friendly
competitions. They would practice all week to invent new moves
and go to the club to show them off. Soon they began to dance
the moves together. In order to keep a distinction between
one move and another, they began naming them—creating what
is known today as Casino Rueda. Rueda is the Spanish word for
wheel. Two or more couples get together and form a circle or
a Rueda. The leader of the Rueda calls out the commands and
the couples respond by performing the moves simultaneously
exchanging partners in response to the callers instruction,
much like what is done in Square Dancing. Many of the moves
also have hand signals as well as names, in order to be able
to dance in a loud club setting.
The Rueda can be as
small as two couples, or—as large as a space can hold—hundreds of couples. As a result of the Castro regime and
the arrival of Cuban exiles, Casino Rueda began to slowly
make it's way into the Miami salsa community and in the
late 1980's and early 1990's it experienced an enormous
explosion of popularity. The emergence of Rueda outside
of Cuba began in Miami but has now spread to many salsa
communities all over the U.S.
In Miami, Casino has been
so embraced that one is hard pressed to find a nightclub
in which Casino or Rueda is not danced. Casino has grown
not just in size, but also in complexity and style. As
the time progressed some additional influences (such as
Disco and Mambo) have affected the dance, however today's
Ruedas are quite similar to those of 50 years ago. Dancing Salsa is a way of connecting with someone physically and
mentally. When you dance with a partner you both have to
be in sync with one another and this creates a bond. In
Rueda the energy extends to the entire group.
ATRIUM DANCE STUDIO
4721 N. Crescent Blvd. (Route 130)
Pennsauken, NJ 08110