SMOOTH AND STANDARD CLOSED POSITION
(Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz & Quickstep)
FRAME: The means of connecting with your partner using correct positioning of the arms, shoulders, elbows and hands. A toned frame is essential for good leading and following.
LEADER’S ARM POSITIONS (see photo below):
LEFT ARM: The Leader’s left arm is bent at about 90 degrees, with the forearm inclined at a 45-degree angel from the floor (i.e., halfway between perpendicular and parallel to the floor.) The left elbow is held to the side, approximately in line with the left shoulder. The Leader’s left fingers are together and slightly curled, with the thumb separate.
RIGHT ARM: The Leader’s right arm is extended to the side and slightly forward. The right elbow is held at the same height from the floor as the left elbow, but is slightly more forward (approximately in the same plane as the front of the right hip). The right arm slopes slightly downward from the shoulder to elbow and from elbow to hand (unless the Follower is taller than the Leader). The thumb and fingers of the right hand are together with the hand slightly cupped.
FOLLOWER’S ARM POSITIONS (see photo below):
RIGHT ARM: The Follower’s right arm is extended to the side and slightly forward with the elbow softly bent. The palm of the right hand is turned slightly outward (i.e., away from the Follower’s face) with the fingers gently curled. The feeling is one of giving the arm forward and upward toward the leader.
LEFT ARM: The Follower’s left arm is extended to the side, approximately in line with the left shoulder. The arm is bent so that the angle between the forearm and upper arm is a little less than 90 degrees. The hand is slightly turned out from the wrist — the fingers gently fan to the left with the thumb held separately, in continuation with the line of the inner forearm. The four fingers are closed (i.e., not splayed apart) and styled with the middle finger down and other fingers raised, with the pinky held highest.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Always remember to keep Shoulder Blades Down, Elbows High and Heads Left.
Information brought to you from the book “Teach Like a Pro” by Diane Jarmolow and available for purchase at dancevision.com
Information courtesy of the book “Teach Like a Pro” book available for purchase at dancevision.com
BALLROOM DANCE TIP OF THE DAY:
HAND STYLING WITH PENCILS
Followers generally shape the fingers more elaborately than Leaders in order to create attractive and feminine lines when ballroom dancing. While hand styling varies depending on the dance the following exercise is applicable to most ballroom dances.
1. Place the pencil on top of the middle finger and below the index, ring and pinky fingers. The thumb is relaxed downward (not pointing to the side). To flute the fingers even more, add a second pencil on top of the middle and ring fingers and under the index and pinky fingers. The two pencils separate each finger into a very feminine styling.
(See picture below)
There are several hand stylings for Leaders. I will explain two of them. The Leader’s four fingers can be held together (see photo), or the middle, ring and pinky fingers can be together with the index finger slightly raised directly up (i.e., not spread open at the base of the fingers). In both cases, the thumb extends down, creating and “L” shape with the index finger. When practicing these two options, leaders do not need pencils.
We are very fortunate to have the very talented Jerry Perez and Christine Urgell as our resident Argentine Tango dance instructors at By Your Side Dance Studio.
Argentine Tango Lessons Level 3/4
This series will help develop a more comprehensive understanding of how to “connect the dots”. A strong focus will be placed on 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).
Jerry Perez and Christine Urgell are currently one of the most sought out tango couples in the United States. Known for their razor sharp technique as well as their earthy and expressive performance style, Jerry Perez and Christine Urgell have been principal tango dancers in the following theatre productions:
Don’t believe just how amazingly graceful and talented Jerry and Christine are?
Then take a look at some of these amazing Tango performances.
Jerry & Christine Perez, our Argentine tango dance teachers and choreographers for the movie Tony Tango.
Tango performance by Jerry Perez Gallego and Christine Urgell Perez at TANGOCHO Milonga.
Jerry Perez and Christine Urgell tango dance at the Miami Tango Fantasy Festival.
Adult Tap Level 2
This class focuses on Level 2 footwork and learning a choreographed routine.
Adult Tap Level 3
This class consists of Level 3 footwork and a learning a choreographed routine to “Go Daddy-o” by the Big Bad Voodoo Daddys!
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.
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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 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.
We need to promote ballroom dancing in Los Angeles so we are now offering a ballroom dancing social party for Ballroom Dancers the 4th Friday of every month. We will focus on ballroom dancing such as the Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing and American Tango at these practice parties. Deborah will DJ the music and there will be free refreshments.
($7 Admission for USA Dance and Dance Buddy Members)
7pm – 10:30pm
Free street parking after 6pm, free parking behind studio and metered parking in the new city lot beside the studio.
BEGINNER SALSA DANCE PARTY every 2nd Saturday of every month in our remodeled studio, so get your salsa shoes cleaned up and brush the bottoms for a night of great dancing and food!
$15 for Class and Party (Class is from 8-9pm)
$10 for Party only (Party is from 9-11pm)
Free Parking in lot behind studio and lots of street parking. (free after 6pm)
12613 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
By Deborah Perez
I want to thank Culver City/Mar Vista residents for welcoming and supporting our dance studio in Culver City. So many times people from the area thank me for choosing to open our beautiful dance studio in Culver City. They say it’s a wonderful service and are so pleased we are there. The support has been tremendous and for that, I am truly grateful.
Now, let me tell you a little about our staff:
Well, of course, there’s me. I opened the dance studio in Culver City almost 7 years ago! Wow, how time flies! My goal is to run a business that promotes a friendly, warm and welcoming environment. A great place to hang out after work and/or on the weekends. A place for people to meet each other, have fun, feel support, exercise, make dreams come true and create life long friendships at an price that fits any budget. I hire staff who truly love to dance and who truly care about their students. I teach American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, Salsa and Tap Dancing. I am a former competitor winning many championships including the U.S. Theatre Arts Championship.
Julie is our lead receptionist. She answers phones, schedules appointments, keeps the staff organized, keeps ME organized, helps keep the studio extremely clean.
Front department specialist. Aurora specialized in newbies. People who are stone cold beginners and need to take it very slow. She is incredibly patient and very in tune with a persons learning curve. Many of the students look for her the second they walk through our doors. She can make you smile and feel comfortable immediately. Her main mission is to always make sure you are doing ok and having fun.
Laura is our Salsa Diva. She is a legend in the salsa community and often judges many salsa dancing contests. Most everyone who is in the Salsa scene knows who Laura is. She is very vibrant and lively. She’s a great instructor who keeps the energy high when she teaches salsa classes and when we have our monthly salsa dance parties.
Rebecca came to us from Florida. The students rave about her teaching style. She’s very clear and easy to follow when she teaches and very organized in her teaching methods. She has a great sense of humor and very likable. Rebeca teaches many of our group classes as well as private lessons.
Alicia is a former competitor and excellent instructor. She focuses a nice amount of time on technique when she teaches. She is great with choreography, wedding dance lessons, group dance classes and all students in general. The students really like her and only have good things to say.
Now for the men…….
Rene is the class clown, but in a good way. He puts a smile on everyone’s face. Mine too because he’s my husband! Great leader and beautiful dancer. He can create dance lines that make you oooh and ahhh. You can almost always see him at the dance studio either assisting classes or practicing. He performs in many dance shows with some of our female students. The women line up to dance with him. He is best with new students because he is very easy going and has a knack for explaining the most difficult things and making them simple to understand.
Shay comes to us from Florida. He is an all around excellent instructor and teaches all the ballroom dances. He is very well known in the hustle dance community and has recently won the Hustle World Championship. Shay teaches private lessons, group classes and is an excellent choreographer. He is a big hit at By Your Side Dance Studio.
Current World Mambo Champions and Rhythm Champions. They occasionally teach phenomenal workshops for students of ALL LEVELS to help improve their overall dancing. They are incredible talents as well as wonderfully kind, caring people. We are truly blessed to have them working within our studio.
They are our out of this world Argentine Tango teachers. They teach the Argentine Tango classes as a couple which makes the tango classes twice as beneficial to students. They are fun, funny, talented and excellent at teaching.
Remember, there is no partner or previous dance experience necessary to learn to dance and we have a variety of new student specials available. There’s no better time to learn to dance than today.
See you on the dance floor!
I am absolutely thrilled that many of our ballroom students placed first in several ballroom dance events at the prestigious Emerald Ball Ballroom Dance Competition held recently in Los Angeles. The Emerald Ball Dance Competition showcases some of the best ballroom dancers in the USA and attracts the best of ballroom dancers in the USA and abroad.
There were more than 15,000 entries which made this year’s event the Emerald’s biggest ballroom dance event to date. Competition is fierce on the floor and that’s why I am so proud of our ballroom dance student’s accomplishments!
Our By Your Side Dance Studio ballroom dancers participated in several ballroom dance events including the Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango and Rumba.
Our amazing ballroom dancers who placed at the Emerald Ball Dance Competition are as follows:
A fabulous job and congratulations to all of you!
Ready to take your ballroom dancing to the next level? By Your Side Dance Studio offers the best ballroom dance lessons in Los Angeles with a focus on personalized attention and professional dance instruction.
Let’s get the kids dancing! Do you know anyone with children who may be interested in learning to ballroom dance? I’m offering two classes for ages 10 -16 on Tuesdays at 5pm and Thursdays at 6pm. No prior dance experience is necessary. Click here to learn about our new kids ballroom dance program.
5:00 – 6:00 pm
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Pay as you go rate
$15.00 per class
Pre-paid 10 class series rate
$130.00 for 10 classes ($13.00 per class)
Two kids, ages 12 and 11, strut their stuff at the American Ballroom Dance Championship in Columbus, OH
We pride ourselves in providing a safe, comfortable and fun dancing environment while teaching a variety of dances that will keep children interested, excited and motivated to learn more. Our dance teachers are positive and patient, and classes are always a lot of fun! Students will learn the fundamentals of ballroom dancing including posture, musical timing, patterns and proper lead and follow techniques. Click here to learn about our kids ballroom dance program.