Did you like all that great dancing in the movie “Saturday Night Fever?” If so, then you won’t want to miss our Hustle class on Tuesdays starting at 8:30 pm. What is the Hustle? In the early 1970’s a new partner dance called the “Hustle” became popular on the crowded dance floors of New York. The Hustle is a fun couples dance with smooth spins, turns and wraps along with elaborate arm styling. It’s smooth, it’s elegant and it’s A LOT OF FUN!
If you haven’t danced the Hustle why not try a class? This is an all levels class with no partner required. I hope to see you there!
This month we are offering lots of great ballroom dance classes. In the Rhythm classes we rotate between Cha Cha, Rumba and Swing. In the Ballroom classes we rotate between Foxtrot, Tango and Waltz.
Level 1 & 2 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 fun, sexy and glamorous world of competitive ballroom dancing!
Except for Level 1, pre-approval by an instructor is a must for these classes.
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.
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).
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
Join us for a fun Salsa class. Our Salsa classes are very friendly and social, and we have classes for every level of experience. Salsa dancing has also proven to be a great physical workout and is much more fun than going to the gym!
Los 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 Best Choice Award for Best Dance Studio in Los Angeles by Best Choice Awards. Best 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 Best Choice Awards.
We were so happy to have four time undefeated US and World American Smooth Champions Slawek Sochacki and Marzena Stachura perform in our professional show at our Ten Year Anniversary Gala. We were very honored to have this amazing couple perform and their beautiful dancing was an incredible highlight to our professional dance show.
For three consecutive years Slawek Sochacki and Marzena Stachura were the European Champions in the 10-Dance Division, as well as 2005 Standard Champions. After moved to the US in 2009 they began dancing and competing in the American Smooth division. They were both US American Smooth Champions, World American Smooth Champions for four consecutive years in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and now teach the top ballroom dancing couples in the US.
They have been featured choreographers for the TV show Dancing with the Stars and are incredible ballroom dance instructors who believe strongly in bringing quality instruction, passion and beauty to the ballroom dance floor.
Let’s face it, for every person who is gliding and swaying in perfect time on the ballroom dance floor, there are many of us who are just “rhythmically challenged.” If you have tried to learn to ballroom dance and find it awkward to move your body to the beat of the music, you are not alone.
But guess what? The good news is that you can learn to dance and improve your rhythm by simply listening to your favorite music and practicing shifting your weight from one foot to another.
So, how do we begin to become more rhythmic? We begin by understanding the song structure. Most standard ballroom dance music, except for the waltz and cha cha which have triplets, is a series of 8 beat patterns. And, if you can count the sets of 8 beats in time to the music, then you have found the beat. The easiest way to learn this is to put on some music and immediately begin counting sets of 8 in time to the music. Make sure to listen to the drums as they will always be on the beat. If you are still having trouble hearing the beat, try either clapping or tapping your foot to the rhythm of the music while you count.
Counting beats to the music can also help you identify the song structure so that you will be able to dance in patterns that will naturally flow with the music. For example, you could plan a dramatic dance pose that is timed to a “break” or peak point of excitement in a musical number.
You will often find that the music structure changes throughout a song as one set of 8’s ends and another begins. If the song changes as the music transitions then you have found the beat. If you feel you are a little bit off in your counting during these transitions then you may be off the beat just a little bit. Always be sure that you are counting “1” at the beginning of each song section or transition.
If you truly want to learn to ballroom dance, its important to understand that ballroom dancing is all about weight shifts. In fact, the most important thing to keep in mind when learning to dance is to always know where your weight is. To practice this, start by simply swaying side to side with the music. Each side to side movement should be 2 beats so you would sway to the left on 1 & 2 and then to the right on 3 & 4. You can tap your hands on the side of your hips as you sway to the music to help you keep the beat. Notice that when you are swaying side to side you are shifting your body weight from one foot to another foot. Once you have practiced your swaying enough, believe it or not you now have the feeling of rhythm!
The next step is to expand your swaying into a simple rock step. Start with one foot forward and the other foot back. Now, instead of swaying back and forth, completely shift your weight to one foot so that the other foot has no weight on it. The count for this is a complete weight shift forward on 1 & 2 and a complete weight shift back on 3 & 4. Rocking back and forth is a great way to practice complete weight shifts while maintaining balance.
Finally, you can continue to expanding your weight shifts into simple dance steps and dance patterns. An example of a single rhythm dance step with one weight change in two beats of music would be something like “step touch, step hold”. A double rhythm with two weight changes in a beat of music would be something like “step step” or “quick quick”.
Many basic ballroom dance steps are a combination of dance rhythms. Salsa, for example, follows an 8 beat rhythm pattern and is often described as “quick quick slow – quick quick slow”, while the Rumba is “slow, quick, quick – slow, quick, quick”. In these examples the slow step gets 2 beats and each quick step is 1 beat. Remember, ballroom dancers don’t like to be “bouncy” so try to make your weight shifts as smooth and as elegant as possible.
Now that you have better rhythm to the music you just need to practice. The best thing is that you can improve your rhythm while listening to your favorite dance songs in the comfort of your home. Anyone can learn to ballroom dance, so start swaying to the rhythm and get dancing!
Swing into summer with swing dance lessons! We teach two styles of swing dancing and they are both very easy to learn.
Jitterbug swing or East Coast Swing is typically more lively and energetic and is great for dancing to high energy big band music. West Coast Swing is generally a little slower, more formal swing style and West Coast Swing dancers often stay within a specific rectangular slot on the dance floor. While East Coast Swing is more jumpy and energetic, West Coast Swing is more sensual and elegant.
No partner or prior dance experience necessary.
Marilyn Tucker danced in Bronze American Smooth and placed 1st in 14 dances and 2nd in two more. In her Multi-Dance Championship she placed 3rd in a heavily contested group. This was her first time competing with Guillermo in this style. Great job!
Deanna Stanton danced in Silver American Smooth and placed 1st in all her single dances. In her Multi-Dance Championship she came in 2nd (but taking 1st in the Foxtrot). She danced the best she had ever danced showing great improvement in her quality of movement and her showmanship.
The annual Royal Ball ballroom dancing competition takes place at the historic Biltmore hotel is organized by Paul Killick & Shirley Ballas with a full day of dancing competitions for all levels. The event goes out in style with a gourmet dinner, amazing dance performances and live music.
Visit the Royal Ball website for more information on this annual ballroom dancing competition in Los Angeles.
Have you ever thought about dancing in a ballroom dancing competition? Guess what? It’s really easy to start and it’s a whole lot of fun! Plus, you will become a much better ballroom dancer much more quickly when you are practicing your butt off for that upcoming ballroom dancing competition!
How does it work? Basically you will compete against similar amateur dancers based on your ballroom dancing proficiency (Bronze, Silver and Gold levels) and your chosen style of dance. Visit this link for more information on the ballroom dancing medal system.
For Pro/Am events, you (the amateur) will be dancing with your ballroom dance instructor (the pro). This makes the whole experience much less intimidating and much more rewarding because you will be dancing with and experienced ballroom dancer right there by your side.
Competitive ballroom dancing is about setting a goal and getting there. If your goal is to become a good ballroom dancer then practicing for a ballroom dancing competition will get you there much more quickly and with an attention to dance style and technique that you may not achieve with your regular dance lessons.
If you are looking for a hobby that will literally change your life for the better, look no further than ballroom dancing! Ballroom dancing is a lot more than just learning dance steps to music, ballroom dancing is the perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation that provides positive effects for the mind, body and spirit.
Studies have shown that ballroom dancing can help you lose weight, stay flexible, reduce stress, make friends and more.
Ballroom dancing is the perfect exercise for those who hate to “work out”. Studies have shown that ballroom dancing burns anywhere from 5 to 10 calories per minute depending on speed and intensity. That’s pretty good for a whole-body workout that is actually fun to do.
Ballroom dancing is a great way to improve your balance, flexibility and coordination. As you learn to ballroom dance, your body will find itself stretching and bending in different ways that all help to strengthen your core and improve your balance.
Ballroom dancing is a great hobby for reducing stress and increasing overall wellbeing. As the saying goes, there are not a lot of shortcuts to happiness but dancing is certainly one of them. Getting out on the dance floor and dancing to some upbeat music is a great way to “turn-off” the stress of everyday life.
A recent study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that ballroom dancing can improve your memory and cognitive functions. Since dancing requires you to remember dance steps you will enjoy increased brain power and improved memory function. In fact, studies showed that ballroom dancing twice a week can help reduce the risk of dementia in older adults.
Dancing is a popular social activity and studies have shown that the social aspects of dancing and learning a new skill can contribute to increased self-confidence and a more positive outlook on life. When you join a ballroom dance class you are committing to work together with a dance partner to learn a new skill and ultimately have a little fun on the dance floor together. It is ultimately this camaraderie and enjoyment of ballroom dancing which will forever change your life for the better.
Our FREE Ballroom Basics dance class is every Sunday at 4:30 pm! No partner or prior dance experience necessary. Make friends and have fun while learning to ballroom dance. The class is followed by a Beyond the Basics ballroom dance class at 5:30 pm for $15 or just $13 with the purchase of a 10-class punch card.
Ballroom Basics – Sundays @ 4:30 pm
Learn the basic dance steps for common ballroom dances such as the Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Waltz and Tango.
Beyond the Basics – Sundays @ 5:30 pm
Learn to ballroom dance using our unique Interrelated System that shows you how you can use one move over several dance styles. Our Interrelated System of dance instruction helps you learn how to dance much more quickly by focusing on “leading” and “following” skills that can be applied across all ballroom dances.
Ballroom Basics – Sundays @ 4:30 pm
Learn the basic dance steps for common ballroom dances such as the Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Waltz and Tango.
This is a fun class where you will learn to ballroom dance using our unique Interrelated System that shows you how you can use one move over several dance styles. Our Interrelated System of dance instruction helps you learn how to dance much more quickly by focusing on “leading” and “following” skills that can be applied across all ballroom dances. This gets you comfortable dancing in a variety of styles fast!
$15 or just $13 with the purchase of a 10-class punch card.
Have you ever wanted to learn to ballroom dance? You’re in luck because we are now offering a Ballroom Basics dance class on Sunday’s at 4:30 pm! $15 or just $13 with the purchase of a 10-class punch card.
Ballroom Basics – Sundays @ 4:30 pm
Learn the basic dance steps for common ballroom dances such as the Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Waltz and Tango.
We will teach you to learn to ballroom dance fast by using our unique Interrelated System that shows you how you can use one move over several dance styles. Our Interrelated System of dance instruction helps you learn how to dance much more quickly by focusing on “leading” and “following” skills that can be applied across all ballroom dances.
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Here is the perfect gift for someone who has everything… the gift of dance!
Check out our gift certificate dance packages for new students or create your own custom dance lesson gift certificate!
Our dance lesson gift certificates can include any number of private dance lessons or group dance classes, or a combination of both, and are the perfect way to share the joy of dancing with someone special. Come by the dance studio and we will be happy to help you create your own special custom tailored gift of dance for the holidays.
We will be happy to help you design the perfect gift of dance for someone special in your life! Dance lesson gift certificates can be picked up in person or mailed to you after you have made your order.
I went to California Star Ball ballroom dance competition last night to watch and support our students who were competing. I watched every step, every arm movement, every shape and every facial expression until they walked off the floor. I took notes to show them what I saw to help take their ballroom dancing to the next level.
Although my note taking is to point out the weak spots and it’s hard to hear sometimes, I have to say that while I was watching them, my heart filled with excitement because I had never seen them dance better (Suryany Misrayim and Deanna Stanton). I saw smiles I had never seen before, confidence that beamed from their faces, a tremendous increase in quality of dance movement, plus much more.
Great work ladies! Great work Memito Ceballos! You have definitely guided them to make their ballroom dancing so much better.
Next up, the Royal Ball Ballroom Dance Competition coming up in March, 2016!
The California Star Ball Ballroom Dance Competition is the longest consecutive running ballroom dance competition in the United States featuring three days of ballroom dancing and competitive ballroom dance events. This year they featured a special ballroom dancing showcase by the Current United States Professional Rhythm Champions Emmanuel Pierre Antoine and Liana Churilova.
Have you ever tried a new hobby but quickly lost interest when it didn’t seem as fun or as easy as it looked? When you start taking Salsa lessons you can often feel that same way, you take a few Salsa lessons and dance at some Salsa clubs and then it becomes another thing that we “tried once.”
Why is that? Unfortunately in this age of instant gratification it’s because learning to Salsa dance takes practice and dedication to learn properly. However, if you are willing to put in a little work, learning to Salsa dance is a great way to relax, have fun and take the stress out of life while looking and feeling great on the dance floor.
Salsa Performance by Laura Canellias and Jerry Gabaldon.
At By Your Side Dance Studio, we offer Salsa lessons in Los Angeles taught by professional Salsa dance instructors who have many, many years of dancing and teaching experience. Our Salsa teachers are professional dancers who have won numerous awards not only for Salsa dancing but also for other Latin dances as well as ballroom dancing.
Why not try a free Salsa class at By Your Side Dance Studio and see first-hand just how fun our Salsa lessons are. You will learn the proper way to dance and discover just how much fun Salsa dancing can be.
No partner or dance experience necessary! (Offer applies to new students only).