Frequently Asked Questions

What dance style should I try?

If you are new to dancing all the options can be quite confusing. Generally you will know what you want to get out of a dance class: do you want to improve your fitness? meet new people? learn some cool moves? improve your confidence? Try something new? We have classes that offer something for all of these goals.
Just give us a call, send us an email or come in to the studio to discuss your requirements and we will help you chose the right option for you.

We recommend giving a class a go to find out if it suits you. You can try most of our classes for a casual rate.

How long are the classes?

Unless otherwise specified in the class details all of our classes are 1 hour long.

Do I need to bring a partner?

You don’t have to bring a partner as everyone is moved around during the class. This means everyone will get to dance with a partner at some point.

I am coming with a partner / friend. Can we dance together?

We recommend that you swap partners as this helps with the learning process and makes the class more social. However if you want to stay together, just inform the instructor at the beginning of the class.

What do I wear?

For Salsa and other partner dance styles: Comfortable shoes and dress is recommended, whatever you can move freely in. Avoid backless sandals or jandals as they tend to slip off as you dance. It’s also recommended that you avoid wearing trainers or boots with grip, as you’ll stick to the floor, shoes with a smooth sole are best.

For Fitness classes and Solo dance styles: gym gear or stretchy clothes that won’t restrict your movement is best.

For Pole: Shorts and a singlet

Viva Dance has a range of affordable Latin dance shoes  in our dancewear shop.

When can I start?

You can join open level and casual classes at any time. 8 and 4 week progressive courses of any level can be joined up to week 2. If you are unsure about joining a course, please contact us and we will advise you of the options available. See our calendar for class timetables.

How much does it cost?

See our class prices page for information on class prices and payment details.

What level should I try?

  • Beginner – Try this level if you have had little or no dance experience. Our beginner classes are for total beginners, no experience necessary!
  • Open level – Slightly above beginner level, the instructor will adapt what is taught to the average level in the class, anyone can join.
  • Improver – This level may suit you if you have been to a few beginners classes ad fell you are ready for something more challenging.
  • Intermediate – At this level you will learn more complex moves and combinations.
  • Advanced – For the experienced dancer.

If you are unsure of the level you are at, you can try different classes on a casual basis and decide which level suits you best. Also you are welcome to consult our instructors as to what level is suitable for you.

How do I register for a course?

Give us a call, send us an email or register and pay online.

I missed the first week. Can I still join in Week 2?

You can join any progressive course in week 2 of the course. We recap the last week’s moves in each class so you will catch up if you miss the first week. There is no discount for joining a course in week 2.

You can join casual classes at any time.

I will miss a class during the course. Can I make it up?

When you sign up for a course running in consecutive weeks, it is your responsibility to come to all of the classes. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to make up for any classes you miss. However, we do recap the last week’s moves at the beginning of each class in our progressive courses. If you feel you need extra help to catch up, you can book a private lesson which will get you back up to speed quickly.

We do not give refunds once a course has started, but if you miss two or more classes due to illness or injury we can credit you the classes you missed towards another course. Any credit given is valid for 3 months.

How many people are there in the class?

The number of people in the classes varies depending on the day and the dance style. The minimum number for a course to proceed is 8, but we can take  up to 40 people in a class depending on the dance style and allocated studio. An average number is 8-15 students.

What is the average age in the classes?

Our evening classes are for adults and we have people of all ages in our classes, from 15 to 70 – dancing is not an age-specific activity! On average our students are between 20 and 40 years old.

Can I pay as I go or pay for one class to see if I like it?

Yes you can do this, however it is cheaper to pay for any course upfront, especially if you book and pay online.

If you are unsure about committing to a full course, you are welcome to try out the first class for the casual fee and if you decide to continue, we deduct the paid amount of the full fee, so you don’t lose out.

Can I come and watch a class?

You can come and watch a few minutes of a class, but we recommend that you actually try a class, as participating is much more fun and will really give you an idea about whether the class suits you.

Where is Viva Dance?

10 Newton Rd, Newton, Auckland, New Zealand See Map

Where can I park?

There is plenty of parking in the surrounding streets and a paid car lot on the corners of Gundry street and Karangahape road, just 2 minutes walk from the Studios.