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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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Come Cheer Us On At The Emerald Ball Ballroom Dance Competition April 28th – May 3rd

the-emerald-ball-dancesport-ballroom-dance-competition-2015The most popular ballroom dance competition in Southern California, The Emerald Ball, is being held April 28th – May 3rd at the LAX Hilton.

This year we will have many By Your Side ballroom dancers competing in the ballroom dance competition in various categories and we would love to see you come out and cheer them on!

If you have never been to a ballroom dance competition, there is really nothing like the Emerald Ball. The Emerald Ball is one of the three largest competitions in the United States and is the largest pro/am ballroom dance competition in the world! But don’t let the glitz and glamour scare you, the Emerald Ball is a great way for amateur ballroom dancers to get their feet wet. The Emerald ball is also a great way to see fantastic ballroom dancing performances by professional ballroom dancers and get inspired by some of the top ballroom dancing competitors in the world.

If you want to see some great ballroom dancing, this event attracts the best of the best from the US and abroad!

Visit their website for tickets and information.

The Emerald Ball
April 28th – May 3rd, 2015
Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel
5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles California, USA, 90045-5631

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Tricks For Remembering Your Ballroom Dance Steps

How to remember ballroom dance stepsHave you ever arrived at a ballroom dance event, excited to try out your new ballroom dance moves and once you get on the dance floor – Doh! – your mind blanks out and you can’t remember those fancy dance steps? Well don’t worry, it happens to everyone. But are there any secrets or tricks to remembering your ballroom dance steps? Yes there are. Let me share a few with you.

Trick #1 – Take Notes or a Video

It’s often helpful to have a small notepad with you so that after your ballroom dance class you can jot down some notes about the dance steps you just learned. What is dance step pattern? What are the lead and follow techniques? What is the count for each dance pattern? By writing down some notes, your mind creates a stronger memory for that dance pattern. If your cell phone takes video then do that. A quick video of the dance move is a great way to help you with your dance practice.

Trick #2 – Practice New Dance Steps Immediately

Chances are that if you do not review your ballroom dance steps immediately after a lesson or at least on the same day, you will most likely forget it. So once you get home, put on some music and dance around the house! It doesn’t matter if you have a partner or not, by simply dancing the steps you will be on your way to building the muscle memory that is necessary for elegant and relaxed ballroom dancing.

Trick #3 – Use Visualization

Many Olympic athletes routinely use visualization to perfect their sports performance and you can do the same for your ballroom dancing. Simply relax, play some music and start to visualize in detail how you are going to dance to the music. Think about those cool ballroom dance moves that you just learned and visualize yourself performing those dance steps to the music. Visualization is an extremely powerful technique that allows you to rehearse your ballroom moves in your head before you ever step out on the dance floor.

Trick #4 – Teach Someone Else

Teaching someone else or practicing with a partner is a great way to remember ballroom dance steps. When you are teaching, you are forced to think back and remember all of those lead and follow techniques that you were taught in class. By verbally teaching a dance move, your mind quickly transitions from the mindset of “I can’t remember the dance move” to “I remember the dance move and can teach it to someone else”. This is a powerful shift in thinking.

Trick #5 – Refer To The DVIDA Syllabus

The DVIDA Syllabus was developed by some of the top ballroom dance teachers in the world and is a list of ballroom dance steps that are to be learned for all of the levels (Bronze to Gold) for both the American and International ballroom dances. Refer to the list and highlight all of the ballroom dance steps that you know. Use visualization and dance practice so that you don’t forget those moves and keep track of your progress! Keeping track of all of the dance steps you have learned will give you a great feeling of accomplishment. The DanceVision website has a convenient list of the names of each dance step for every level of dance style available at:

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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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