Here is helpful information for your first visit.


You can pay for classes in person or online. The very first time you take a class, we will also ask you to fill out a registration form and a waiver.  The waiver informs you of possible health risks associated with any type of physical activity, and asks you to use your judgment in deciding whether you are healthy enough to participate in a dance class (after you’ve filled it out, you’re ready to enjoy your first class!).

You can save time by filling out these two forms and bringing them to your first class. Click here to download and print them. These forms must be signed by all students.

You can also save time by buying classes and workshops online:

• Click on Drop-In Classes, Adult Workshops or Child and Teen Classes – either the buttons on the upper left of the home page, or the menu tabs.

• Find the class you’d like to purchase and click the “Sign Up” button.

• You will be asked to create a personal account (if this is your first time) or log in if you already have an account. Rest assured that your information will remain private – we will not share it with any other organization.

• Follow the online instructions to purchase your class! We accept both Mastercard and Visa.


Come early before your first class to do the above (if you haven’t already). You can also shower or change leisurely in our comfortable locker rooms, which are equipped with small lockers for your use during class. If you plan to use a locker, bring your own lock, and please make sure to remove it when you leave so other students can use it afterwards.


Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in freely. You may work up a sweat in class, so light materials and wicking fabrics (workout clothes are usually made of this) are perfect. You might also want to bring an extra shirt to change into afterwards. Our men’s and women’s locker rooms have showers, so you can freshen up after class.

In some African dance classes, students like to wear wrap skirts (lapas). Similarly, some students in Afro-Cuban classes like to wear long, full skirts. These are voluntary – if you are new to these dance styles, we suggest coming to your first class in comfortable clothes and then deciding how you’d like to dress in the future.


In an effort to keep our new floors clean, we do not allow street shoes to be worn in class.

• For hip hop, zumba, tango, & salsa classes: bring a pair of shoes used just for dancing.

• Most classes are danced barefoot.


Most of our classes are “Open” level, which means they are suitable for students at all levels of experience: they are easy enough for beginners, but challenging enough for more advanced students. “Advanced Beginner” classes require some experience, and “Intermediate” classes require more.


If it says “Live Drumming” in the class description, you are in for a treat! You will enjoy dancing to real, live percussion by experienced musicians who regularly perform in the New York area. Many of our classes have live drumming, and we are happy to say that they don’t cost more.


We are happy to offer discounts to seniors (60+) and families enrolling 2 or more children in a class. Friends who enroll in workshops together can also get a discount. We also offer value-priced 5-and 10-class cards. When you register online, you will see the discount options upon checkout. Don’t forget to bring your ID to your first class! You can bring one of the following: driver’s license, state ID card, student ID card, passport, or Social Security card.


We are located on the second floor and do not have an elevator or chairlift at this time, unfortunately. Strollers can be brought up our stairs – our front desk staff will let you know where you can store them.


Sit down and relax after class in our lounge, which also has a water fountain. It is located between our two dance studios, in the perfect location to take a peek at other classes you may want to take in the future.

If you have any other questions about how to get ready for your first class at Cumbe, don’t hesitate to e-mail us at: or call us at: (718) 935-9700.




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