The question of learning to dance Salsa and where should I go to learn, comes up a lot. So I thought I would address this. Certainly, beginners need to learn the basics. They need to learn the basics from an International Governing Body that has a uniform syllabus. The IGB should be recognized by other National and World bodies. Why is this important? The beginner will know that not only will the patterns be done all over the world but there will be some proven method of lead, follow, breakdown of steps, etc. that will give the beginner a chance to be able to dance with any partner and be able to lead or follow the basics. With so many unqualified so-called instructors out there, it is also important that the beginner seek out teachers who have been certified by some recognizable governing body in order to know that the teacher had to study and pass some sort of examination to be called a professional. Although this alone does not make the teacher competent, it does show that there was some minimum requirement met just like most other occupations are required to do. Just because you pass the Bar Examination, it does not make you a "good" lawyer. Once the student has spend time perfecting the basic standardized skills then choosing different styles and steps other than a standardization can be introduced as a supplement to their basic foundation.