Welcome to Azucar!



group classes

Which dance should I learn first?

It depends on what you’re into! Salsa is more dynamic and focuses on turn patterns and footwork. Bachata is a bit slower and has more focus on closer holds and musicality.

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?

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, contact us (phone or email) or drop by and ask one of our teachers for an assessment!

How long before I can move up a level?

Each person’s dance progress is different, which is why we don’t have set timelines for how long dancers should spend at any one level.

Your instructors will let you know when it is time for you to train at a higher level. If you ever have questions or would like an assessment, don’t hesitate to ask!

What should I wear/bring?

Wear comfortable clothing that lets you move freely and please bring a pair of shoes to change into. These can be dance shoes or street shoes with clean soles. We recommend avoiding open-backed shoes that can be easily kicked off (flip-flops, slides, mules), as well as shoes with rubber soles that grip the floor (running shoes, anti-slip shoes etc).

You may also want to bring a bottle of water.

Am I too young/old for your classes?

We teach anyone over the age of 16. 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!

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 we 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 dancers. If you’re planning to go out social dancing, these are invaluable skills that will make it easy and comfortable to dance with a variety of partners. 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, are training for a specific goal (such as a wedding dance, performance or competition), or have challenges such as severe social anxiety, we usually recommend private lessons – you will progress faster and won’t have to worry about partner-switching.

private classes

How do I arrange a private class?

Check out our private classes page and contact the instructor you would like to work with. Each of our instructors has their areas of expertise listed below their name, so use this as a guide to get what you need out of the class.

What are the costs / locations / times available for private classes?

Each instructor has their own availability, preferred class location, rates and preferred payment methods, so please contact them directly for these details.

When should I take a private class?

We recommend taking private classes if you want to:

    • review or perfect what you learned in group classes
    • work on a specific topic/element not covered in group class
    • get personalized feedback and instruction tailored to you and your specific dance goals
    • work on choreography, performance or competition skills

Private classes can also be a great way to learn if you are uncomfortable in a group class setting, struggle with social anxiety or similar concerns, respond better to a slower (or faster) pace of learning than that offered in our group classes, or just prefer a one-on-one class setting.

Do I need a partner for private classes?

If you are working on partnering concepts/moves, bringing a partner is often recommended, as that will allow the instructor to better see what you are doing and therefore give you better tips.

If you would like to work on your solo technique (footwork, body isolations, styling etc) then there is no need to come with a partner.

Please check with your instructor before bringing additional people to your private class. The instructor can also advise you whether you would be best served by bringing a partner or taking the private class on your own.

Do you do private lessons for a group?

If you would like to book us to teach a class at an event (birthday party, wedding, office party, team-building event etc.), please contact us at info@azucarottawa.com. We will happily work with you to create the package that best suits your group and your event.

membership, payment, refunds

How do I sign up for a class?

For group classes, check out our store to purchase your membership online, or come to the first class and register in person.

For private classes, check out our private classes page and contact the instructor of your choice.

What forms of payment do you accept?

For group classes, we accept cash, credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB) and contactless debit.

For private classes, each instructor sets their own rates and payment methods, so please check with them when scheduling your class.

Can I transfer my membership to someone else?

Absolutely! You are welcome to transfer your membership at any time. However only one transfer will be allowed per month.

Can I upgrade or downgrade my membership?

If you chose a 1 Day/Week membership and would like to upgrade to the Unlimited membership tier, you can do so at any time by paying the price difference! However, please note that any drop-in fees you may have paid before the membership upgrade are not refundable.

If you chose the Unlimited membership and would like to downgrade to a 1 Day/Week membership tier, you can do so only prior to the first class of the month.

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

Monthly memberships can be deferred or cancelled only prior to the first class of the month. In this case, we can offer you a full refund, an Azucar gift certificate, or to defer your membership to the following month (we only allow one deferral).

After the first class of the month, we do not offer any refund, credit or deferral options. However you are welcome to transfer your membership for the remainder of the month to a friend or family member who does not already have a membership for that month.

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

directions, hours

Where are you located?

We hold group classes at Second Studio – 738A Bank Street – in the Glebe.

Each instructor has their preferred location(s) for private classes, so check the location with them when scheduling your class.

When are you open?

We are only on site 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.