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Don’t Miss Our Spring Dance Showcase on Sunday, May 13

Come dance with us at our Spring Dance Showcase on Sunday, May 13 starting at 7:00 pm at By Your Side Dance Studio.

We will have a variety of solo and group dance performances as well as social dancing.

Spectator Admission $5
Entry to perform: $15 Pro/Am; $10 Am/Am
Entry for Groups: $5 per person

Solo dance routine performance time: 1:30 minutes (2 minutes max.)

Salsa! Ballroom! Hustle! Tap! Swing!
Ask your teacher today about performing!

Any questions? Contact Guillermo

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Tap Dancing Classes

Join Our Tap Class Series

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.

Tap dancing is a vigorous form of dance and many adults tap dance to keep fit. Come join us, we guarantee you will be tap dancing in no time at all!

Level 1 Saturdays – 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Level 1 Sundays – 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Level 2 Saturdays – 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Level 2 Sundays – 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Level 3 Sundays – 2:00 – 3:00 pm

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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 and Thursdays @ 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 and social dance: 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
  • Level 2 Ballroom and social dance Fridays – 8:00 – 10:00 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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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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The Best Tap Dance Number Ever Filmed


Fayard and Harold Nicholas, better known as the “Nicholas Brothers”, were a phenomenal pair of tap dancers who performed in the legendary “Cotton Club” in Harlem and later went on to teach dancing to superstars such as Michael and Janet Jackson among many others.

This clip is from the wonderful picture “Stormy Weather” filmed in 1943 and features the great Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra. The film also featured another tap dance legend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson as well as Fats Waller and Lena Horne.

If you listen closely, you will be amazed at the synchronicity and unison of their tap dancing. This tap dancing number is so famous that Fred Astaire called this performance “the greatest dance number ever filmed” and Mikhail Baryshnikov said, “Those guys are perfect examples of pure genius.”

Want to learn how to tap like this? It all starts with a tap dance class!

Meet people and have fun with our high-energy tap class. Join us this weekend for a tap dance class that is sure to improve your dance rhythm while leave you feeling more energized and lighter on your feet.

Join Our Tap Class Series

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

  • Time: Saturdays @ 12-1 pm
  • Time: Sundays @ 12-1 pm
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • No prior dance experience necessary

Adult Tap Level 2

  • Time: Saturdays @ 1-2 pm
  • Time: Sundays @ 1-2 pm
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • Prior tap dancing experience required

Adult Tap Level 3

  • Time: Sundays @ 2-3 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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“Playing with Rhythm” Tap Dance Jam Photos & Video

Here are some pictures and videos from our inaugural Tap Jam! This was a special tap dancing event with Steve Zee, Carol Zee, and Deborah Perez focused on playing with rhythm.

Thank you to all that joined us this March 18, 2018. We will continue to have these throughout the year! If you missed, join us for the next one!

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Bachata Workshop on Saturday December 2, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Warm Up Your Winter with a Bachata Workshop

Join us for a fun Bachata Workshop. Learn cool bachata moves with style that you can take to the club right away. The class will be 90 minutes plus a 30-minute practice dance social where you can try out your new moves and practice those you already know.

Saturday, December 2, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Price: $30 Pre-register and paid
$35 at the door.
Instructor: Laura Canellias

Call 310-391-0400 or email bysdanceevents@gmail.com to pre-register today.

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Social Dancing Workshop Saturday December 9, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Be Prepared to Dance at Holiday Parties with our Social Dancing Workshop

Social DancingAs the Holidays approach be prepared to dance at the parties!

Topics:
Learning fundamental techniques to become a better leader or follower
Learning basic social dancing patterns commonly used at ballroom socials and parties

The class will be primarily social dancing with sideline coaching to help you individually. 

Saturday, December 9, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
$30 Pre-registered and paid
$35 at the door.
No partner or prior dance experience necessary.

Call 310-391-0400 or email bysdanceevents@gmail.com to pre-register today.

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Tap Dancing Classes

Join Our Tap Class Series

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

  • Time: Saturdays @ 12-1 pm
  • Time: Sundays @ 12-1 pm
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • No prior dance experience necessary

Adult Tap Level 2

  • Time: Saturdays @ 1-2 pm
  • Time: Sundays @ 1-2 pm
  • Cost: $130.00 for 10 classes
  • Prior tap dancing experience required

Adult Tap Level 3

  • Time: Sundays @ 2-3 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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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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