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Our Ballroom Dancers Won First Place at The California Open Ballroom Dancing Championships!

A big congratulations to our ballroom dance students who recently performed at the California Open Dancesport Championships, one of the most popular ballroom dance competitions in California.

Our ballroom student Brooke Dunn started off with a first place in a Bronze Waltz Solo dancing with our professional ballroom dance instructor Memito Ceballos.

Suryany Misrayim continued our winning streak with a first place in a Closed Bronze Three Dance Latin Championship also dancing with Memito.

Ballroom dance instructors extraordinaire, Deborah Field Perez and Memito Ceballos, closed out the weekend of competitive ballroom dancing with their sizzling and passionate performance in the Professional American Rhythm ballroom dancing category.

Congratulations again to Brooke and Suryany! Next is the Emerald Ball ballroom dance competition coming up in April.

What is Competive Ballroom Dancing?

So what is competitive ballroom dancing all about? Ballroom dance competitions are events that are officially sanctioned and regulated by Dancesport organizations. The International Dancesport Federation (IDSF) governs amateur ballroom competitions while the World Dance Council (WDC) governs professional ballroom dance competitions.

Each ballroom dance category is based on proficiency starting from beginner all the way to expert. The Dancesport levels are Newcomers or a dancer who has been dancing less than a year or has never competed in a dance competition, and Bronze, Silver and Gold ballroom dancers.

Ballroom dance students who want to enter a ballroom dance competition typically compete either in the amateur category or the pro-am category. The amateur category is where two amateurs dance together while the pro-am category is where one dancer is the instructor and the other dancer is the student. Pro-am is just like the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” where the amateur dances with the professional.

Unless you have a regular partner who is at the same dance level, we typically recommend that our ballroom students try the pro-am category. The reason is that when you practice for a competition with your instructor all of the lessons are focused entirely on you and you will grow much faster as a ballroom dancer. Another big plus is that you will feel much less stress on the dance floor knowing that your instructor is there to support you throughout the dance.

The Benefits of Competitive Ballroom Dancing

One of the greatest benefits of entering ballroom dance competitions is that you are setting a challenging goal which will motivate you to improve your ballroom dancing more quickly. Of course, the other benefit is the opportunity to perform and show-off your ballroom dancing ability as well as the fun of watching all of the competition dances and the amazing ballroom showcase dances. If you want to learn to ballroom dance quickly then consider getting ready for a ballroom dance competition. There is really nothing like the glamour, excitement and passion that is displayed at a ballroom dance competition!

Talk to your dance instructor if you are interested in more information about attending a ballroom dance competition. It’s a great way to improve your ballroom dancing – but watch out, it may become addicting!

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Beginner 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 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

This series will help develop a more comprehensive understanding of how to “connect the dots”. A strong focus will be placed on Argentine tango 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 tango instructor Jordi Caballero. In 2007, Jordi was an associate producer and co-star of Valentina’s Tango, opposite celebrated tango master Guillermina Quiroga.

Jordi Caballero & Zita Gonzalez dance the tango to “Verano Porteno” at the Downey Theatre in California

Monica Orozco & Jordi Caballero perform in “Tango Evolution” at the Downey Theatre in California

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By Your Side Dance Studio Voted Best Dance Studio In Los Angeles

Best Dance Studio In Los AngelesLos 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.

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Waltz, Rumba and Bolero Dance Classes

Waltz, Rumba and Bolero on Thursdays Starting @ 7:00 pm

Viennese Waltz Dance ClassThis month we are offering Waltz, Rumba and Bolero classes! The Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise and fall. The Bolero is one of the competition dances in American Rhythm ballroom dance category. It not only requires Cuban motion but rises and falls such as found in waltz. The Rumba is the slowest of the five competitive International Latin dances. Full of sensual movements, the Rumba is considered by many to be the sexiest of the ballroom dances.

  • Waltz: Thursdays 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • Rumba: Thursdays 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Waltz: Thursdays 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Level: All levels. No experience or partner required.
  • Cost: $15 per class or 10 class punch card for $130
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Bachata Dance Classes

Bachata is Back! Wednesday’s @ 7:00 pm

bachata-dance-classesThe fun continues on Wednesdays with an all levels Bachata class followed by an East Coast Swing and a Salsa class.

The Bachata is a very popular Latin dance that is fun and easy to learn! The Bachata is from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean islands. Both the music and the dance are influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue (also of Dominican Republic origin), Salsa and Cumbia. Come learn to dance the Bachata and add a some sizzle and style to your Latin dancing repertoire.

  • Bachata (All Levels): Wednesdays 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • East Coast Swing Level 1: Wednesdays 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Salsa Level 1: Wednesdays 8:30 – 9:15 pm
  • Level: All levels. No experience or partner required.
  • Cost: $15 per class or 10 class punch card for $130

We look forward to seeing you.

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American Tango Dance Class

New! American Tango Thursdays @ 8:30 pm

american-tango-smThis month we are offering a special American tango or American tango dance class. There are three basic types of tango dance styles; Argentine, International and American tango. In American tango the dancers can separate from closed position to execute open moves such as underarm turns, alternate hand holds, dancing apart, and side-by-side choreography.

  • Day: Thursdays 8:30 - 9:15 pm
  • Level: All levels. No experience or partner required.
  • Cost: $15 per class
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Viennese Waltz Dance Class

New! Viennese Waltz Class Thursdays @ 7:45 pm

Viennese Waltz Dance ClassThis month we are offering a special Viennese Waltz dance class on Thursday’s at 7:45 pm. The Viennese waltz is danced in closed hold position and is a rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning. A true Viennese waltz consists only of turns and change steps and is typically danced at a faster tempo than a slow waltz.

  • Day: Thursdays 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Level: All levels. No experience or partner required.
  • Cost: $15 per class
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Join Us Saturday February 14 For The Dancesport Ballroom Dance Championships

Join Us February 14 For The Dancesport Ballroom Dance Championships

dancesport-ballroom-dance-competition-2015Deborah and Guillermo will be competing in the Professional American Rhythm ballroom dancing category. The night will wrap up with a special Valentine’s Day ballroom dancing showcase you will not want to miss. If you have never attended a ballroom dance competition this is a great way to see what it’s all about. Get your ticket today and join our By Your Side cheering section! Cheering, whistling and pom-poms highly encouraged!
Contact Guillermo at for further details.
Tickets sold at the studio. Show $50; Dinner & Show $125. Cash Only.

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Silver Level Ballroom Dance Classes

Silver Level Ballroom on Fridays Starting @ 7:00 pm

ballroom-lessons-in-la-bugThis month we are offering two Silver Level Ballroom Classes. In the Ballroom class we rotate between Foxtrot, Tango and Waltz. In the Rhythm class we rotate between Cha Cha, Rumba and Swing. You must have a very strong understanding of Bronze Technique and have taken enough Level 3 Ballroom classes before taking this class.

Pre-approval by an instructor is a must for this class.

  • Class: Ballroom
  • Day: Fridays 7:00 - 7:45 pm
  • Class: Rhythm
  • Day: Fridays 7:45 – 8:30 pm
  • Level: Level 3 Ballroom and instructor pre-approval required.
  • Cost: $15 per class
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Become a Better Ballroom Dancer More Quickly with Ballroom Dancing Medals

Taking ballroom dancing lessons allows you to improve your coordination, get a great dance workout, and most importantly have fun. But, if there are no set goals for a ballroom dance lesson, your dance lessons can quickly become dull and unexciting. Ballroom dancing medals help improve your ballroom dancing and make you a better ballroom dancer more quickly with progressive dance instruction and achievable goals.

What are Ballroom Dancing Medals?

The word ‘medal’ makes it appear as if these are physical awards that are given to ballroom dancers to show off a big win at a recent competition but they’re not. Ballroom dancing medals are awarded for accomplishment in ballroom dancing technique.

Ballroom dance students have the opportunity to take part in what is known as the Medal Test. A ballroom dancing Medal Test is an event that allows students to have their dance skills assessed and evaluated by an independent source.

Dance students can work on ballroom dancing medals in a number of different dance styles ranging from Foxtrot and Waltz, to Swing, Salsa, and Tango. Students have the option to achieve their ballroom dance medals in either one style or multiple ballroom dance styles.

Ballroom dancing medals are awarded for showing an understanding of technique and footwork for a particular level. There are three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

How Ballroom Dancing Medals are Awarded

Dancers take the dance floor only when the music is being played for a specific ballroom dance style. The dancer then dances a pre-set routine with another partner or with their teacher and the ballroom dance is judged by a panel of independent judges.

The independent judges will assess a dancer based off of the following criteria:

  • Footwork
  • Lead and Follow Technique
  • Dance Style
  • Timing

If it is determined that the ballroom dancer has met or exceeded the expectations for a specific dance level they will be awarded a certificate and an award. Once they have received their certificate or ballroom dance medal they can now move on to the next level and work on harder, more complex ballroom dance sequences and dance techniques.

Why Medals in Ballroom Dancing Matter

Taking part in the ballroom dancing medal test is not required in order to enjoy the art of ballroom dancing but it is encouraged. Earning medals in ballroom dancing is encouraged because having attainable dancing goals can really improve your dancing and make you a better ballroom dancer much more quickly.

Ballroom dancing medals matter to students because:

  • Dance lessons are focused and dedicated
  • Students have dance goals and an outline of what they want to achieve
  • Dancers feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they achieve their ballroom dance medals

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Ballroom Dancing Tip: Swing Dancing Closed Position

ballroom-dancing-tip-swing-dancingFor this Ballroom Dancing Tip we cover the Aspects of Connection in Swing Closed Position: Connection in Swing Closed Position differs from Rhythm and Latin Closed Position in the following ways:

Keep Joined Hands Low: There is a tendency for students to lift the joined hands. For well-connected leading and following, it is important that the joined hands are low at the Follower’s waist or hip level.

Leader’s Right Arm: While the Leader’s right elbow may not be as high as in other Closed Position frames, take care not to let it drop down – it is important to maintain the stretch and tone in the Leader’s right and Follower’s left sides.

Also, when dancing back breaks in Swing closed Position, the Leader’s right arm must be responsive and expand with the Follower’s back (so as not to restrict the Follower’s back step and allow for a larger V-sharpe or Fallaway Position to occur).

Follower’s Right Arm: The Follower’s right arm has a sense of lightness, connecting with the Leader without pressing down.

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Preparing For A Ballroom Dance Competition

With many of our ballroom dance students competing or preparing to compete this year, as well as those on the fence about it, I thought I’d post this information.

Why Compete In A Ballroom Dance Competition?

Going to a ballroom dance competition is a fun and thrilling experience. Ballroom dance competitions are usually held at a hotel so that ballroom dancers from all over the country (and even the world) can attend. It is typically a one to three day event, running from morning until midnight, consisting of ballroom competitions, professional ballroom dance shows, dancing workshops and general ballroom dancing.

ballroom-dance-competitionDancing in a ballroom dance competition has many benefits. Students who participate in ballroom dance competitions tend to learn faster and dance with a better technique and more style than students who focus solely on the social aspect of dancing. One of the biggest advantages is that ballroom dance competitions create goals. As students learn the figures and technique they need for the ballroom dance competition, they get more value from their private lessons. Students’ dancing improves by leaps and bounds, and they enjoy the experience of increased poise and confidence on the dance floor.

Competitions are also a great place for dance students to meet people with whom they have something in common. Everyone at the ballroom dance competition – from the newest dancer to the seasoned veteran – has worked hard to get there. This builds a feeling of camaraderie among the ballroom dancers. By the end of the weekend, students usually feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and are inspired to learn even more.

Some students may say they don’t like “competition.” However, I can reassure you that the environment at most Dancesport ballroom dance competitions is one of friendliness and support as most students are focused on the progress in their own individual dancing. Competitions also give students the opportunity to work with their dance instructor on setting their goals, practicing hard, and then going out on the dance floor and dancing their personal best.

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