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Ballroom Salsa Dancing Checkout Exams – Sunday September 20th

Ballroom Salsa Dancing Los Angeles

When you pass your exam you will be ready for a ballroom dancing competition!

How hot is your ballroom salsa dancing? We will have a world class ballroom dancing judge, coach and former Salsa and Mambo Champion administering the ballroom Salsa dancing exams.

Ballroom Salsa Dancing Check Out Exams

  • Sunday, September 20th, 2015
  • By Your Side Dance Studio
  • 12613 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

What is a ballroom dancing checkout exam? The DVIDA ballroom dancing syllabus and exam structure is approved by the National Dance Council of America. As you progress in your ballroom dancing you will learn step patterns that are listed on this ballroom dancing syllabus. Bronze 1 and 2 covers the basic social steps. With time our beginning ballroom dancers will progress to intermediate-level ballroom dance classes, labeled Bronze 3 and 4, that cover more complicated ballroom dance patterns. After several years of training and dedication, ballroom dancers can advance to the Silver and Gold programs.

With DVIDA’s ballroom dancing exams, you have the option of testing in each ballroom dance separately, one at a time. After successfully completing each ballroom dance exam for each dance you receive a “Certificate of Completion” for that ballroom dance, and full certification when you have successfully tested in all of the dances at a particular ballroom dancing level.

For more information about the ballroom dancing medal system and checkout exams talk with your ballroom dancing instructor.

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Time to Get Ready for Another Ballroom Dance Competition – The OC Dancesport Championships are Coming October 9th!

The most popular ballroom dance competition in Southern California, the Orange County Dancesport Challenge, will be held October 9th-11th at the Marriott in Irvine. The ballroom dance competition will feature pro/am ballroom dancing as well as amateur/amateur ballroom dancing and showcase dances for both kids and adult dancers.

There will be some amazing ballroom dancing and ballroom dance showcase performances that you will not want to miss!

Do you want to perform? Are you wondering what it’s all about? Competitive ballroom dancing is a lot of fun and a great way to learn proper ballroom dancing technique fast! We have had many ballroom students who have placed and won in previous ballroom dancing competitions and know what it takes to win. For all of you competitive ballroom dancers, we are ready to train your mind, body and spirit to dance the best you have ever danced. Take your ballroom dancing to the next level at By Your Side Dance Studio!

Contact Guillermo at the studio or via email at bysdanceevents@gmail.com

at the Irvine Marriott located at 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, California 92612

The ballroom dance competition will be held October 9-11, 2015 at the Irvine Marriott
The Irvine Marriot
18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, California 92612

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Ballroom Classes

Ready To Turn Pro? It’s Ballroom Mania on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Ballroom Dance Lessons in LAThis month we are offering lots of great ballroom dance classes. In the Rhythm classes on Tuesdays we rotate between Cha Cha, Rumba and Swing. In the Ballroom classes on Wednesdays 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 sexy and glamorous world of competitive ballroom dancing!

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

  • Level 2 Salsa Medal Tuesdays– 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 2 & Up Rhythm Tuesdays– 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Level 3 & 4 Rhythm Patterns Tuesdays – 9:15 – 10:15 pm
  • Level 1 & 2 Ballroom Wednesdays – 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 3 & 4 Ballroom Wednesdays – 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Level 4 Ballroom Technique Sundays 1:00 – 1:45 pm (Starting September 13)
  • Level 4 Ballroom Patterns Sundays 1:45 – 2:30 pm (Starting September 13)
  • 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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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 1 Thursdays – 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 2 Sundays – 5:30 – 6:15 pm (Starting September 13)
  • Cost: $15 per class
  • No partner or prior dance experience is necessary
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By Your Side Dance Studio Voted Best Dance Studio In Los Angeles

Best Choice AwardsLos 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.

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How to Rock Your Wedding Dance or First Dance

Wedding Dance Lessons LAWe’ve all seen those amazing YouTube videos of wedding couples stepping out onto the dance floor and wowing guests with a jaw-dropping first dance. If you think that is something that you could only dream about doing, think again.

With a little patience and the right wedding dance instruction, you too could be able take center stage at your wedding and knock the socks off of your guests by impressing them with your new amazing dance moves. Wondering how you can do this? Here’s look at some of the ways you can prepare yourself for that all important first dance.

Take as Many Dance Lessons in Different Styles as You Can

Every wedding couple will have a preference for what style of dance they want for their first dance. Some couples prefer going out and wowing the crowd with a slow, elegant waltz, while others want to kick the party off on a high note with an uplifting swing dance routine.

If you have never danced before or it has been a while, you may not know what style of dance you will want for your wedding dance. This is why it is important to try out as many dance styles, with your significant other, as possible.

At By Your Side Dance Studio, we consult with our wedding couples to help them choose both the music and the dance style that is appropriate for the selected wedding dance music. We let you listen to different types of wedding dance songs and the corresponding dance style and create a custom wedding dance that is perfect for you.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Start Your Wedding Dance Lessons

One of the biggest mistakes wedding couples make is waiting until the last minute to look into wedding dance lessons. Unless you have extensive dance training, chances are you will not be able to learn and perfect a wedding dance in just a lesson or two. We typically recommend at least 10 to 20 wedding dance lessons for a custom wedding dance or first dance since this will allow you to improve your dance skills to the point where you are truly comfortable and enjoying the moment instead of worrying about the next step.

Wedding Dance Lessons in Los Angeles

At By Your Side Dance Studio we provide custom wedding dance lessons where you work one-on-one with a professional wedding dance instructor to create the wedding dance of your dreams.

 

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A Smashing Success!

Our wedding dance was a smashing success as all our guests were very impressed. We’re so glad we did it! Thanks for being such a great instructor and being so patient with us.

– Ken and Amy Chan

Brought Down the House!

Thank you so much for being the hinge to our hitch! Ian was just smashing and our Wedding Dance was so much fun! We brought down the house. Ian was so confident and smooth. We shocked the crowd and they roared with delight. Thank you for being a huge part of our perfect day.

– Ian and Michelle Noble

You Are The Best Wedding Dance Teacher!

You are the best wedding dance teacher. You designed a beautiful wedding dance for my wife and I. It was within our capabilities and made us look like pros. You knew we had to look good and we did! Thank you for making our first dance, the best of many to come.

– Mark and Renee Rosin

Best Investment for our Wedding!

Thank you so much for your patience in teaching us to dance. Your wedding dance lessons are the best investment we’ve made for our wedding. Dancing is something we will do for the rest of our lives. You’ve been such a wonderful teacher.

– Mike and E.M. Rodewald

Really Happy With Our Wedding Dance!

We were really happy with our first dance. Everyone was truly surprised and shocked and said it was the most impressive wedding first dance they had ever seen and we owe it all to you! Thanks again!

– Ashely Dawkins

We Rocked Out On Our Wedding Dance!

We first started off learning our fox trot dance for our wedding. Deborah is a wonderful wedding dance teacher, she had so much patience because my hubby has two left feet! I thought “he’ll never get it right for our special day”. We rocked out on our wedding dance! Thanks to our amazing teacher.

– Serena Chang

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The USA Dance Showcase is Coming Up August 16th!

USA Ballroom Dance ShowcaseThe USA Dance Showcase in Los Angeles on August 16th will feature pro-am ballroom dances, amateur/amateur ballroom dancing performances and group dancing routines. The showcase will feature competition ballroom dancing routines, show dances, formation and group dance performances, and even tap dancing!

The USA Dance Showcase provides an opportunity for ballroom dancers who train at studios that do not have their own showcase events to prepare a special performance for their friends and family to enjoy.

If you are interested in performing, sign up today! First come first served, limited number accepted!

The USA Dance Showcase

  • Sunday, August 16
  • Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
  • Doors open 5:00 for Performer Check-in
  • General Ballroom Dancing and Performances from 5:30 – 10:30.
  • There will be snacks, ample safe FREE parking, and the largest dance floor in West Los Angeles.

USA Dance members admission: $15 (must show card)
General admission: $18

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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 – 1:30 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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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 – 1:30 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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10 Week Adult Tap Dancing Class Series Starts Saturday July 18

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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 – 1:30 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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SHOWCASE INFORMATION (In-House)

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!!

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

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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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