Frequently Asked Questions
Copyright 2003 by Barbara Bernstein


  THE INSTITUTE FOR
     TEAM-BUILDING, LEADERSHIP,
    AND COOPERATION
   THROUGH LATIN DANCE
Q: "What if my team members can't dance or don't "have rhythm?"
A:  That is no problem.  They aren't expected to have any background  in dancing, so we start from the very basics assuming no prior knowledge.  Basically, if you can walk, you can dance.


Q:  What if my group is mostly male or mostly female?
A:  There are many ways to dance. Dancing can be done in partnership or not.  Think of tap dancing-that's basically solo dancing.  So there depending on the group, the structure can include partnership Latin dancing or solo dancing.  (Salsa dancing done in a solo style is called "shines" and refers to footwork.  It's a lot of fun, and you can line up lots of people to do the shines in synchrony which is quite a thrill!)

Q: Is dance the only option for the activities in your team building program?
A:  We have dance activitiess and also activities that deal with recognizing patterns in Latin music.  The latter involves identifying Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa music, etc.  Certain features characterize each type of music and that is explained with examples. Then groups work together to identify additional pieces of music. 

Q:  Will what I learn in the team building program enable me to go out dancing at a club?
A:  The emphasis in the team building program is on working cooperatively with others, not on learning dance steps.  Music and dance are just the medium through which the team building is accomplished.  So you cannot count on what you learn to make you a hot shot on the dance floor; on the other hand, it certainly won't hurt!   If you would like to continue with some dance instruction, information on where that is available near you can be provided!

Q: Is the program appropriate for children as well as adults?
A:  Team building programs have been run successfully with school children as well as adults.  If there is a need to bond and work together, the program is beneficial regardless of age or background. 

Q:  How do you measure success with this or any team building program?
A:  That is an excellent question, and as is the case with many good questions, there isn't a single answer.  But overall, if everyone comes out of a team building program feeling good and with a smile on their face, having worked together at a task, that "spells" success.  The reason is that this tends to translate into doing well on other tasks the group tackles that require cooperative effort (i.e. there is improved productivity).