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10 Week Adult Tap Dancing Class Series Starts Saturday July 18


Ready To Put Some Rhythm Into Your Life? Level 1 & 2 Tap Dancing Classes Start July 18!

Tap dancing is a highly rhythmic dance and is recommended for all dancers who wish to improve their rhythm and footwork ability. Tap dancing is also one of the most enjoyable ways to burn calories and stay fit while having fun! Join us for some Tap on Saturday July 18th.

Adult Tap Level 1

This beginner class focuses on Level 1 footwork and learning a choreographed routine.

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
  • Dates: Saturdays 11:30 – 12:15 pm
  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • No prior dance experience necessary

Adult Tap Level 2

This intermediate class focuses on Level 2 footwork and learning a choreographed routine.

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
  • Dates: Saturdays 12:30 – 1:00 pm
  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • Prior tap dancing experience required

Tap dancing is a great way to get in shape, feel the rhythm of the music and add flair to your dancing. Tap dancing is recommended for all dancers no matter your style or ability.

We pride ourselves on having the best comprehensive and progressive set of tap dancing classes in Los Angeles. If you are a little nervous about learning tap dancing you may take the first tap class at our single lesson rate of $15 to try it out.  If you decide to continue with the course, you can simply pay the difference for the full 10 week series.

Call 310-391-0400 to reserve your spot! These classes fill up fast.

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Bolero and Rhumba

Tap Into The Sensual Side of Ballroom Dancing With Bolero and Rumba Classes on Wednesdays

Rumba Classes in Los AngelesIn American Ballroom there are two categories of Ballroom dancing; Smooth dances such as Waltz and Foxtrot and the Rhythm dances which are the Latin dances and East Coast Swing. The Bolero is a unique Latin Rhythm ballroom dance that requires cuban motion but also rises and falls such as the Waltz. Rhumba is the slowest and most sensual of the Latin dances and is danced in a box step with a slow-quick-slow pattern similar to the Cha Cha.

  • Level 1 Bolero Wednesdays 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • The Bolero class is for all levels
  • Level 3 Rumba Wednesdays 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Ballroom Level 1 or Level 2 is required for Rumba Level 3
  • Cost: $15 per class
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Ballroom Classes

Ready To Turn Pro? It’s Ballroom Mania in June on Sundays and Tuesdays!

Ballroom Dance Lessons in LAThis month we are offering lots of great ballroom dance classes. In the Ballroom class we rotate between Foxtrot, Tango and Waltz. In the Rhythm class we rotate between Cha Cha, Rumba and Swing. Level 1 is for all dancers. Level 3 is for advanced social dancers (Bronze 3 & 4) and Level 4 is for the competitive ballroom dancer (Silver 1 & 2).

We make champion ballroom dancers and there’s never been a better time than now to enter the sexy and glamorous world of competitive ballroom dancing!

Except for Level 1, pre-approval by an instructor is a must for these classes.

  • Level 1 Ballroom Sundays – 11:30 – 12:15 pm
  • Level 3 Ballroom Styling Sundays – 1:00 – 1:45 pm
  • Level 4 Ballroom Patterns Sundays – 1:45 – 2:30 pm
  • Level 3 Rhythm Technique Tuesdays – 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 4 Rhythm Patterns Tuesdays – 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Cost: $15 per class
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Argentine Tango Lessons

argentine-tango-deborah-and-jordiThere is probably no other dance that has the romantic and sensual expression of the Argentine Tango.

The Argentine tango is often described as the most romantic of all the dances. Now you can experience the beauty, passion and romance of the Argentine Tango with our new series of beginner and intermediate Argentine tango lessons.


  • Level 1: Saturdays – 4:45 – 5:30 pm
  • Level 1.5: Saturdays – 5:30 – 6:15 pm
  • Level 2: Saturdays – 6:15 – 7:30 pm

Argentine Tango

Our Argentine Tango lessons will help develop a more comprehensive understanding of how to “connect the dots”. A strong focus will be placed on Argentine Tango dance improvisation, navigation and timing as well as an introduction to the two main systems: Parallel and Cross System. In addition, students will learn how to combine the core elements and implement new figures essential to Argentine Tango. Lastly, students will be introduced to the social dance etiquette preparing them for the tango socials (Milongas/Practicas).

For more information on our Tango lessons call 310-391-0400

Here are a couple of videos of our fantastic Argentine Tango dance instructor Jordi Caballero. In 2007, Jordi was an associate producer and co-star of Valentina’s Tango, opposite celebrated tango master Guillermina Quiroga.

Tammy Gibson and Jordi Caballero perform during “Tango Nuevo Cabaret” at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood, California

Monica Orozco & Jordi Caballero perform in “Tango Evolution” at the Downey Theatre in California

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Bachata Dance Classes

Learn To Dance The Sexy Bachata on Thursday’s @ 7:00 pm Followed by Two Hot Salsa Classes!

bachata-dance-classesLearn the sexy latin dance – the Bachata on Thursdays with an all levels Bachata class followed by a Level 2 and Level 3 Salsa class.

The Bachata is a very popular Latin dance that is fun and easy to learn! The Bachata is from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean islands. Both the music and the dance are influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue (also of Dominican Republic origin), Salsa and Cumbia. Come learn to dance the Bachata and add a some sizzle and style to your Latin dancing repertoire.

  • Bachata (All Levels): Thursdays 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • Salsa Level 2: Thursdays 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Salsa Level 3: Thursdays 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Level: All levels. No experience or partner required.
  • Cost: $15 per class or 10 class punch card for $130

We look forward to seeing you.

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Salsa Classes

Burn Up The Floor With Sexy Salsa Lessons on Mondays and Thursdays Starting @ 7:45 pm

Get ready for summer with some hot and sexy Salsa classes! Our Salsa classes are very friendly and social, and we have classes for every level of experience. Also, Salsa dancing has proven to be a great physical workout and much more fun than going to the gym!

  • Level 1 Mondays – 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 2 Mondays – 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Level 3 Mondays – 9:15 – 10:00 pm
  • Level 2 Thursdays – 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 3 Thursdays – 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Cost: $15 per class
  • No partner or prior dance experience is necessary
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Swing Dance Classes

Get Swingin’ With Our East or West Coast Swing Dance Classes

west-coast-swing-classesEast and West Coast Swing dancing is easy and fun to learn and are absolutely the most popular swing dances. What’s the difference between the two?

East Coast Swing or the “jitterbug” is said to have evolved from Lindy Hop during the 1940s. It is typically energetic and danced in a circular pattern.

West Coast Swing is generally a slower, more formal swing style and West Coast Swing dancers often stay within a specific rectangular slot on the dance floor. Where East Coast is spirited and wild, West Coast Swing is more sensual and elegant.

  • East Coast Swing Level 2 Wednesdays – 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • West Coast Swing Level 2 Sundays – 12:15 – 1:00 pm
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By Your Side Dance Studio Voted Best Dance Studio In Los Angeles

Best Dance Studio In Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA – By Your Side Dance Studio, a ballroom dance studio that makes learning to dance easy and fun for people of all ages and abilities, announced today that they have received the Top Choice Award for Best Dance Studio in Los Angeles by Top Choice Awards. Top Choice Awards is an organization that identifies businesses that have risen above their competition and have earned the people’s vote in top cities around the world.

“The public has been voting for the past three months and the results were clear! By Your Side Dance Studio has demonstrated top quality, service, value and professionalism in providing the best ballroom dance lessons and adult dance classes to the people of Los Angeles,” said Francesca Filippelli of Top Choice Awards.

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Tap Dancing Classes

10 Week Tap Class Series Starts Saturday July 18

Tap Classes Los AngelesDiscover one of the best ways to stay fit while having fun – Tap Dancing! Tap is a great way to put some rhythm and flair into your dancing, and is recommended for all dancers. Plus, it’s just plain FUN!

Adult Tap Level 1

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
  • Dates: Saturdays 11:30 – 12:15 pm
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • No prior dance experience necessary

Adult Tap Level 2

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
  • Dates: Saturdays 12:30 – 1:00 pm
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • Prior tap dancing experience required

Call 310-391-0400 to reserve your spot today!

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You are invited to come to our quarterly in-house showcase at By Your Side Dance Studio on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7pm.  Admission is $10.  There will be performances by many of our students, a little social dancing, light food, and a cha cha dance challenge between the men and women.  Come join the fun!!

Time: 7pm-9:00pm
Admission: $10
Food: Yes (i.e. pizza, cheese/crackers)
Performances: Approximately 15 performances


Julie Billig w/ Rene Perez – Quickstep
Terrie Dunn w/Guillermo Ceballos – WC Swing
William Emmons w/Deborah Perez – Salsa
Suryany Misrayim w/Rene Perez – Foxtrot
Juanita Fisher w/Guillermo Ceballos – EC Swing

Break – Social Dancing

Tatjana Leuthi w/Shay Dixon – Cha Cha
Vania Rangel w/Guillermo Ceballos – Salsa
Michael Nguyen w/Deborah Perez – Waltz
Narmar Hanna w/Craig Morris – Rumba
Marissa Eaton w/Guillermo Ceballos – Cha Cha

Break – Social Dancing

Yukiko Fukashima – Salsa Solo
Marilyn Tucker w/Guillermo Ceballos – Bolero
Karen Graham w/Rene Perez – Waltz
Nicole Kanter w/Guillermo Ceballos – Rumba
Narmar Hanna w/Craig Morris – Mambo

Awards for Medal Exams

Dance Battle: Cha Cha Girls vs. Cha Cha Guys
Hope to see you all here! Be ready to have some fun!!

Admission is for performers and guests is $10
Entry Fee for Performers additional $10
(Cha Cha teams: your entry fee was included in the package of lessons, admission fee still required)


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Congratulations To Our Emerald Ball Ballroom Dancing Champions!

I would like to congratulate all our ballroom dancing students on a job well done at this years Emerald Ball, the largest ballroom dance competition in Southern California. You made us proud! By Your Side Dance Studio had 75 ballroom dance entries overall.

The highlights of the competition were as follows:

Michael Nguyen started the competition off for us on Tuesday in Bronze Rhythm coming in 2nd in his Pre-Bronze rhythm ballroom dances and 1st in Pre-Bronze Hustle. Next up was Rene Perez with Monica Angelats winning 1st in Open Bronze Salsa, Swing and Cha Cha dances.

On Wednesday it was American Smooth day with Michael and Rene both ballroom dancing with Deborah. Rene walked away with a 1st place in Open Bronze Tango, a 1st in Open Bronze Waltz and a 2nd in Open Bronze Foxtrot. Michael walked away with a 2nd place in the Closed Rhythm Scholarship and a 4th in the Closed Bronze Championship.

Thursday was our busiest day with Jerry Hernandez coming in 2nd in Open Sr. Gold Waltz and 3rd in Open Sr. Gold Tango. Rene Perez came in 4ths in Open Silver Foxtrot, Waltz and Tango and 3rds in Open Gold Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot. Michael Nguyen danced in the Smooth Bronze/Silver Championship, Jane Glaser and Rene won the Senior Open Amateur Rhythm. Deborah and Guillermo danced the best they had ever danced due in part to all of you that came out to show your support!

We came back on Saturday morning with Charles Ramsey and his teacher, Rebeca Ovadia, dancing in the Bronze International Latin. Charles had many entries and went back and forth between 4th and 5th places in his ballroom dances. Suryany Misrayim moving up a level to the Silver International Latin placing between 4th and 6th in her many ballroom dances.

The main goal for our competitive ballroom dancing students is self improvement, and all of you exceeded our expectations! Congratulations!

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Come Cheer Us On At The Emerald Ball Ballroom Dance Competition April 28th – May 3rd

The most popular ballroom dance competition in Southern California, The Emerald Ball, is being held April 28th – May 3rd at the LAX Hilton.

This year we will have many By Your Side ballroom dancers competing in the ballroom dance competition in various categories and we would love to see you come out and cheer them on!

If you have never been to a ballroom dance competition, there is really nothing like the Emerald Ball. The Emerald Ball is one of the three largest competitions in the United States and is the largest pro/am ballroom dance competition in the world! But don’t let the glitz and glamour scare you, the Emerald Ball is a great way for amateur ballroom dancers to get their feet wet. The Emerald ball is also a great way to see fantastic ballroom dancing performances by professional ballroom dancers and get inspired by some of the top ballroom dancing competitors in the world.

If you want to see some great ballroom dancing, this event attracts the best of the best from the US and abroad!

Visit their website for tickets and information.

The Emerald Ball
April 28th – May 3rd, 2015
Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel
5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles California, USA, 90045-5631

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Tricks For Remembering Your Ballroom Dance Steps

How to remember ballroom dance stepsHave you ever arrived at a ballroom dance event, excited to try out your new ballroom dance moves and once you get on the dance floor – Doh! – your mind blanks out and you can’t remember those fancy dance steps? Well don’t worry, it happens to everyone. But are there any secrets or tricks to remembering your ballroom dance steps? Yes there are. Let me share a few with you.

Trick #1 – Take Notes or a Video

It’s often helpful to have a small notepad with you so that after your ballroom dance class you can jot down some notes about the dance steps you just learned. What is dance step pattern? What are the lead and follow techniques? What is the count for each dance pattern? By writing down some notes, your mind creates a stronger memory for that dance pattern. If your cell phone takes video then do that. A quick video of the dance move is a great way to help you with your dance practice.

Trick #2 – Practice New Dance Steps Immediately

Chances are that if you do not review your ballroom dance steps immediately after a lesson or at least on the same day, you will most likely forget it. So once you get home, put on some music and dance around the house! It doesn’t matter if you have a partner or not, by simply dancing the steps you will be on your way to building the muscle memory that is necessary for elegant and relaxed ballroom dancing.

Trick #3 – Use Visualization

Many Olympic athletes routinely use visualization to perfect their sports performance and you can do the same for your ballroom dancing. Simply relax, play some music and start to visualize in detail how you are going to dance to the music. Think about those cool ballroom dance moves that you just learned and visualize yourself performing those dance steps to the music. Visualization is an extremely powerful technique that allows you to rehearse your ballroom moves in your head before you ever step out on the dance floor.

Trick #4 – Teach Someone Else

Teaching someone else or practicing with a partner is a great way to remember ballroom dance steps. When you are teaching, you are forced to think back and remember all of those lead and follow techniques that you were taught in class. By verbally teaching a dance move, your mind quickly transitions from the mindset of “I can’t remember the dance move” to “I remember the dance move and can teach it to someone else”. This is a powerful shift in thinking.

Trick #5 – Refer To The DVIDA Syllabus

The DVIDA Syllabus was developed by some of the top ballroom dance teachers in the world and is a list of ballroom dance steps that are to be learned for all of the levels (Bronze to Gold) for both the American and International ballroom dances. Refer to the list and highlight all of the ballroom dance steps that you know. Use visualization and dance practice so that you don’t forget those moves and keep track of your progress! Keeping track of all of the dance steps you have learned will give you a great feeling of accomplishment. The DanceVision website has a convenient list of the names of each dance step for every level of dance style available at:

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