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What did the pirate say when he turned 80?
"Aye Matey"


(say it out loud.)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

all classes

Which class should I sign up for?

It depends on what you’re looking for! Do you want to learn a partner dance or a solo one? Are you looking for a workout or a lower-impact class? Are you drawn to Latin rhythms, Street beats or African grooves?

Our class descriptions give you a taste of what each class is like. If you’re not sure what a dance is like, YouTube is a great source – just search for videos of the styles you’re considering and see what you like!

How do I know which level of class to take?

All our class descriptions tell you what level the class caters to, as well as what you’ll learn in each class.

If you are not sure which class is for you, drop by and ask one of our teachers for an assessment!

What should I wear/bring?

For all classes, we recommend comfortable clothing that lets you move (and sweat) freely.

Please bring a pair of shoes with clean soles. The class description page includes shoe recommendations for each class, ranging from suede-soled dance shoes to athletic shoes, so be sure to check that out!

You may also want to bring a bottle of water.

Am I too young/old for your classes?

If you can read this, then probably not! We currently teach adults (ages 16 and up), and our students come from all walks of life. Our students range from 16 to 74 years old, and we believe there’s no “wrong” age to start learning how to dance socially.

Can I watch a class?

Of course you can! Just show up and find a comfy spot!

partner dance classes

Do I need to bring a partner?

No! We do our best to ensure even numbers of leads and follows in each class, and supplement with volunteers when needed. We also rotate partners regularly throughout each class, so you learn to dance with a variety of leads/follows, so even if there are more leads or more follows, you won’t be without a partner for long!

I want to take classes with my partner – do we still have to switch partners throughout the class?

We highly recommend it, though can make exceptions if absolutely necessary. Switching partners allows you to get used to different styles of leading/following and teaches you to adapt to different partners. If you’re planning to go out social dancing, these are invaluable skills that will make you easy and comfortable to dance with. Dancing with only one partner, you’re more likely to adapt to and reinforce each other’s mistakes and bad habits.

If you’re only planning on dancing together, or are training for a specific goal (such as a wedding dance or performance or competition), we usually recommend private lessons – you will progress faster and won’t have to worry about partner-switching.

registration, payment, refunds

How do I sign up for a class?

Check out our store to register for a class online. You can also buy class cards and gift cards from there, too!

If online shopping isn’t your preference, email us at info@azucarottawa.com, let us know what class you would like to sign up for, and we will save you a spot in that class. We can then process payment when you come in for your first class. Your spot will only be saved until the first day of class.

What forms of payment do you accept?

In person, we accept cash and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB).

For online registrations, we accept credit cards only (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB).

What if I need to cancel my registration? Can I get a refund?

Should you need to withdraw from a class, we offer 3 options:

1. Transfer to a different class or session of the same value;

2. Receive an Azucar gift certificate for the unused portion of your fee;

3. Receive a refund equal to the remaining, unused value of the class. We do not offer refunds for missed classes.

Contact us at info@azucarottawa.com for more details.

directions, parking, hours

Where are you located?

Our address is 176 Rideau Street, Suite 201. The closest intersection is Rideau and Dalhousie.

Click here for directions to our studio.

Where do I park?

Our studio does not have dedicated parking, but City parking is free after 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, as well as on Sundays. There are also several parking lots nearby. Check out Parkopedia for more details!

When are you open?

Our studio is only staffed when we have classes scheduled. To see our complete class schedule, click here.

To make an appointment with us outside of those hours, email us at info@azucarottawa.com.

You can also reach us by phone at 613-890-8917, most days from 9am to 9pm.