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Get Your Tickets Now for our 11th Anniversary Great Gatsby Celebration November 11, 2017

Get your general admission tickets now while they last!
VIP Tickets are now SOLD OUT!

Remember how spectacular our 10th Anniversary show was? Now is the time to save the date for our 11th Anniversary Great Gatsby Celebration! 

Join us for a fun-filled evening with great friends, music, and dance. The Great Gatsby Celebration will be a night to remember with dinner, social dancing, live music, a student show and a professional show.

Great Gatsby Celebration

A White Tie Dinner Dance Affair
Saturday November 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Playa Del Rey Marriott Hotel
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey
CA 90292

  • General Admission $135
  • VIP Admission $185 VIP Tickets are now SOLD OUT

Tickets are available now. Contact Guillermo for more information.

By Your Side Dancing Show

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Place an Ad or Give a Shout Out in Our Great Gatsby Program!

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Promote your business or give a shout out to a performer!
Place an ad in our Great Gatsby Celebration program!

  • Full page ad: $300
  • 1/2 page ad: $200
  • 1/4 page ad: $150
  • 2″ x 4″ Shout Out: $25

Our program is 8 1/2″ x 11″ in size, is full color throughout, and you will receive a copy of your invoice for business tax deduction purposes.

Shout Out’s will include a short message and the name of the performer.

For more information contact Guillermo Ceballos or call us at 310.391.0400

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Ballroom Dancing in Los Angeles at Ballroom by the Bay – Held the 1st Wednesday the Month

ballroom-by-the-bay-santa-monicaWe’re happy to announce that Ballroom by the Bay is hosting their monthly ballroom dances on the first Wednesday of the month at By Your Side Dance Studio.

If you are looking for ballroom dancing in Los Angeles, then be sure to check out Ballroom by the Bay which is held on the first Wednesday of every month. They always have a great group of ballroom dancers of all ages and levels of experience.

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Enjoy light snacks and great music while ballroom dancing to today’s hits and old standards. Ballroom dances include the Waltz, Fox Trot, Cha Cha, Tango, Salsa Swing, Hustle and more! No dance partner is required and they also provide dance hosts for the ladies. Meet people and have fun ballroom dancing in Los Angeles at Ballroom by the Bay.

Ballroom by the Bay
The first Wednesday of every month
7:00 – 7:40 pm Free ballroom dance lesson provided by By Your Side Dance Studio
7:40 – 11:00 pm Ballroom Dancing
No dance partner necessary.
Visit their website to learn more about this popular monthly ballroom dancing event.

Admission
$14 Regular
$12 USA Dance, Smoothe Dancers or Dance Buddies with ID
$5 Students with ID

Ballroom by the Bay is at:
By Your Side Dance Studio
12613 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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Swing Dance Classes

Get Swingin’ With Our Swing Dance Classes

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Get swingin’ with our fun swing dance class!  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.

  • East Coast & West Coast Swing Level 1 Sundays – 1:30 – 3:00 pm
  • East Coast & West Coast Swing Level 2 Sundays – 3:00 – 4:30 pm
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Hustle Dance Classes

Smooth Hustle on Tuesdays @ 8:30 pm

Hustle Dance Classes Los AngelesDon’t 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? No partner required. I hope to see you there!

  • Level 1 Hustle: Tuesdays 8:30 – 10:00 pm
  • Level 3 Hustle: Thursdays 8:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Cost: $15 per class
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Ballroom Dancing Classes

Ballroom Classes Throughout The Week

Ballroom Dancing Lessons in LAThis 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.

  • Level 1 Ballroom Sundays – 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Level 4 Rhythm Patterns Tuesdays – 7:00– 8:30 pm
  • Level 3 Ballroom  Wednesdays – 7:00 – 8:30 pm (No Class the 1st Wednesday of the month)
  • Level 1/2 Ballroom Fridays – 7:00 – 8:30 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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Salsa Classes

Burn Up The Floor With Sexy Salsa Lessons Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays

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!

  • Level 2 Sundays – 5:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Level 1 Mondays – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 3 Mondays – 8:30 – 10:00 pm
  • Level 1 Thursdays – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • 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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Tap Dancing Classes

Our Tap Class Series Starts This Weekend!

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 Series

  • Start Date: Saturday, September 23 & Sunday, September 24
  • Dates: Saturday OR Sunday (choose one) at 12:00 – 12:45 pm
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • No prior dance experience necessary

Adult Tap Level 2

  • Dates: Sundays 1:00 – 1:45 pm
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • Prior tap dancing experience required

Adult Tap Level 3

  • Dates: Saturdays 11:00 – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 – 1:45 pm (choose one)
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • Prior tap dancing experience required

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

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11 Year Anniversary

 Get Your 11 Year Anniversary Tickets Now

11 year anniversaryVIP Tickets are now SOLD OUT!
Get your general admission tickets now while they last!
On Saturday November 11, 2017 join us for a fun-filled evening with great friends, music, and dance. The Great Gatsby Celebration will be a night to remember with dinner, social dancing, live music, a student show and a professional show.

Tickets are available now. Contact Guillermo for more information.

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Congratulations to our Ballroom Dancers Who Attended The Famous Blackpool Ballroom Dance Competition

We are so proud of our ballroom dancers who attended the world famous Blackpool Ballroom Dance Competition in Blackpool England this year. It was truly an amazing and inspiring trip to attend and compete in the largest ballroom dance competition in the world and see the best of the best in ballroom dancing.

Congratulations to our amazing ballroom dancers!

  • Deanna Stanton – Semi-finalist in Viennese Waltz
  • Jane Glaser – 8th Place in American Smooth Championship (ladies age 51-60)
  • Joseph Hidalgo – 6th Place Finalist in American Smooth Championship (Gentlemen 51-60)
  • Laura Pope – 7th Place in Waltz, Semi-finalist in Foxtrot & Viennese Waltz
  • Marc Krigel – 3rd Place in Rumba; 4th Place in Waltz & Foxtrot
  • Marilyn Tucker – Semi-finalist in American Smooth Championship (Ladies 61-70)

This year was the first year that the Blackpool Ballroom Dance Competition was open to ProAm events. ProAm ballroom dancing events give ballroom dancers the opportunity to participate in ballroom dance competitions if they don’t have a partner. In ProAm dancing events, your dance instructor or professional dancer pairs up with you (the amateur dancer) to compete. It’s sort of like “Dancing with the Stars” where your dance instructor is there with you every step of the way. In these ProAm dance events only the amateur is judged, which leaves your professional partner free to help you look and dance your very best!

 

Improve Your Ballroom Dancing Quickly with a ProAm Event

ProAm ballroom dancing is a safe, encouraging and less intimidating introduction to professional competitive ballroom dancing. If you want to improve your ballroom dancing technique quickly, practicing for a ProAm ballroom dancing competition is the way to go. You will be amazed at how fast your confidence, poise, and technique will improve when you have a goal to achieve. For more information on ProAm ballroom dancing, talk with Deborah or Guillermo.

What is the Blackpool Ballroom Dance Competition?

The Blackpool Dance Festival is the first and the largest international ballroom dance competition in the world. The first Blackpool dance competition was held in 1920 in the magnificent Empress Ballroom (named for Queen Victoria) in the Winter Gardens of Blackpool, England. Since then, it has grown to attract the top international ballroom dancers from around the world.

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In this year’s event, 61 countries were represented with a total of 2,970 ballroom dancing entries across 13 dance events 10 team events. With over 8 days of dancing, the Blackpool Dance Festival covers Ballroom and Latin American ballroom dancing, plus the British Open Championships for adult amateur and professional couples (ProAm) as well as formation dance teams. If you want to experience the best in ballroom dancing, then you absolutely must attend the Blackpool Dance Festival.

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A Sneak Peek at Our Charleston Dance Routine

Here’s a sneak peek at our Charleston dance routine practice in preparation for our Great Gatsby Celebration in November.

A very popular dance in the 1920’s, the Charleston dance was for the young and rebellious men and women who were letting loose and having fun in the roaring 20’s. The Charleston with its lively exuberance was a total break with the social constraints of the past and the young women who cut their hair short, drank, smoked and danced the Charleston were called “flappers”. In fact, the Charleston was practically the signature dance of the “flapper” or liberated woman to dance by herself and say “Look at me! I’m beautiful and sexy!” In fact, the Charleston of the 1920’s was often much wilder and less stylized than the ballroom Charleston we see today. The Charleston was typically a wild shimmy and shake and “anything goes” dance with lots of energy and excitement.

How the Charleston Was Danced

The Charleston was typically danced solo or as a line dance although you can also dance it together in closed position with a partner, or as an addition to a Foxtrot dance. In a typical Foxtrot, one partner would get excited and break off into a solo Charleston routine with their partner dancing along. Then, when they had had enough they would come back together in closed position and resume their Foxtrot.

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Congratulations to our Ballroom Dance Competition Winners

Congratulations to our ballroom dancers as they competed at the top annual ‘must-do’ ballroom dance completion in Los Angeles – the Emerald Ball.

  • Monica and Rene took two first places in Salsa!
  • Laura Pope made the semifinal of the Open Smooth Scholarship after training for only 2 months and 2nd place in all four single dances! (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz)
  • Jessica and Rene closed out the competition weekend with nothing other than winning gold! Congratulations on your first place in American Smooth!

We are so proud of our fantastic ballroom dancers!

 

 

 

Emerald Ball Dance Competition

About the Emerald Ball

The Emerald Ball is one of the three largest ballroom dance competitions in the United States. This competition attracts the best of the best ballroom dancers from all over America and the world.

Learn to Ballroom Dance More Quickly

If you want to become a better ballroom dancer, one of the best ways is to start training for a ballroom dance competition. When you have a concrete goal with a date you can become more focused on achieving that goal. And, once you are totally committed, you will be amazed at how quickly your ballroom dancing improves.

To Be the Best You Must Be Inspired by the Best  

When you attend a ballroom dance competition like the Emerald Ball, you will be able to see the some of the best ballroom dancers throughout the US. You are guaranteed to be inspired while watching some of these amazing ballroom dancers. You can then take this inspiration to and incorporate it to improve your own ballroom dancing skills.

Contact Deborah or Guillermo for more information on training for competitive ballroom dancing.

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Comic-Con Dance Showcase Videos Are Now Online

Our Comic-Con Showcase was a huge success and many felt it was the best dance showcase yet. A big thank you to all of our dancers, teachers, and supporters for contributing to our success.

Watch & Purchase Videos Here

Want to improve your dancing fast?

Performing in a dance showcase is one of the best ways to improve your dancing in a short period of time because it gives you a concrete goal to work toward. Performing in a dance showcase also builds self-confidence, helps you understand how choreography and music work together to create a complete dance performance and helps you grow as an overall dancer. (It’s also a LOT OF FUN!!!)

If you are interested in dancing in one of our upcoming dance showcases contact Deborah or Guillermo.

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007 License To Dance Showcase Photos are Now Online

Ballroom Dance Showcase

Thank you to everyone that came to our James Bond License to Dance Showcase last Sunday… we had a blast! Here’s the link to the pictures and videos from the show (videos are at the end of the gallery).

Showcase Photos & Videos

Dancing Showcase Photos

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