Salsa and Bachata 

The New Britain YMCA is offering Salsa and Bachata Lessons for anyone ages 18 and over. Dance is great to work on flexibility, posture and coordination. It is also a fun and exciting way to keep in shape!

Masks and temperature checks are required. Our instructor will connect with the group prior to the start of the classes to go over class expectations.

  • Dates: June 14 - July 19, 2021
  • No beginners for this session.
  • Current Members Monday 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Intermediate Level Monday 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Individual Member $35
  • Individual Non-Member $45
  • Member Couple $70
  • Non-Member Couple $80
  • Questions: Contact Ashley Jordan at 860.229.3787 or
  • Register: At the New Britain YMCA, 50 High Street, New Britain. 

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Meet our Salsa and Bachata Dance Instructor Edward Trueheart

My name is Edward Trueheart and I've been a YMCA member for nearly thirteen years. About eleven years ago I took my first salsa dance lesson. I've been dancing ever since.

The technical and timing components of dancing became challenging to me. Throughout the years I have had the pleasure of being professionally trained by various instructors from CT to NY. I'm currently working on my fifth style called "kizomba".

About five years ago I decided to share my passion and dancing experiences with others. I began teaching basic concepts of salsa on 1, salsa on 2, infused bachata (modern + Dominican) merengue/cha-cha styles. 

Bachata, a dance originating in the Dominican Republic, is one of the hottest dances around and has become increasingly popular worldwide. I will be teaching an infusion of traditional, modern and sensual styles of bachata. You will learn various components of this dance which includes partner work, turn patterns and fancy footwork called shines. This class will be designed for all levels of dance.  Whether you're a beginner or seasoned dancer this class will be fun as well as challenging.  So come join us with or without a partner. 

Dancing is such a great physical, social, emotional activity that can relieve a ton of stress. I promise this journey will be very fun and challenging. I'll be there to help guide you every dance step along the way so let's dance!

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