salsa and ballroom dance classes at HPAC

Ballroom & Salsa Classes

The Ballroom & Salsa Dance Programs at HPAC are not only about learning dance steps, but also about fostering social connections, promoting healthier lifestyles, and strengthening community involvement. It’s an exciting opportunity for individuals of all ages to discover the joy and benefits of dance.

Participants learn the fundamentals and principles of social dancing. The program is designed to have seasonal presentations.

One of the key goals of the program is to help individuals develop a positive body image by learning to activate and integrate their entire body. By doing so, they will be able to express themselves more creatively and develop discipline.

In addition, participants will learn how to work as a team and develop trust, as well as cultivate self-respect and respect for others.

Dance has a unique ability to help individuals channel their energy productively, build self-confidence, and adopt a healthier lifestyle. It allows for the connection of the body’s intellect and emotions, promoting overall well-being.

Dress Code for Dance Classes: Wear neat, casual attire that is comfortable for movement and shoes with suede soles and heel protectors, such as dress shoes or ballroom dance shoes. Please do not wear jeans, sweatpants, shorts, sneakers, or street shoes.

All beginner and intermediate classes take place in the Ballroom at HPAC on Monday and Friday evenings. Classes are $20.

Private lessons are also available. For information, call Edgar Osorio: 914-841-7934


Salsa is a sexy energetic social dance that brings people together. It is a popular form of social dance originating from Cuban folk dances. The movements of Salsa are a combination of the Afro-Cuban dances Son, cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba, and the Danzón.

Beginner Salsa | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Learn the basics of Salsa including steps, counting, hand hold, directions, actions, and positions. No prior dance experience or partner is necessary.

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Intermediate Salsa | 8:30 – 9:30 pm
Tighten your turns, begin to make your dance elegant and your partner connection smooth.

Ballroom Dance

Ballroom Dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Learn how to Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quick Step and more.

Beginner Ballroom | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
An introduction to the foundations of Ballroom. No prior experience or partner necessary.

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Intermediate Ballroom | 9:30 – 10:30 pm
Enhance your technique, increase your confidence, and develop a smooth connection with your partner.

Edgar Osorio and dancing partner

About Your Instructor

Edgar Osorio is a professional, world-class Ballroom, Latin, American Smooth, and American Rhythm dancer, teacher, choreographer, actor, and dance performer.

Since 1988, his outstanding performances have earned him titles in the most prestigious regional, national, and international competitions, including: US Mambo Championship, Rising Star Champion, and Open American Rhythm Champions Finalist. He has won World Salsa Championships held in Miami, Puerto Rico, and Canada.