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Join Us September 13th for a Swing Dance Outing to the Beautiful Cicada Club!

Calling all swing dancers and those who want to learn to swing dance! Join us for an unforgettable studio outing as we celebrate both Rene and Guillermo’s birthdays swing dancing to the big band sounds of Louis Prima Jr. at the Cicada Club on Friday, September 13th.

Come with us as we dance the night away to Louis Prima Jr. and his high energy swinging big band as they play the greatest hits of Louis Prima’s musical career in a one night only performance at the Cicada Club.

Studio Swing Dance Outing to the Cicada Club
Friday, September 13, 2019
Cicada Club
617 S Olive St, Los Angeles
We will arrive about 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Admission:
Show only $35 (unreserved seating in mezzanine and live show)
Dinner and Show $130 (reserved seating on main floor, 3-course meal, live show)

To purchase tickets email Guillermo or call us at 310-391-0400.

Learn to Swing Dance or Brush Up on Your Moves

West Coast Swing & Hustle Level 1 Tuesdays – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
East Coast Swing Level 1 Fridays – 8:30 – 9:30 pm
No partner or prior dance experience necessary.


This is a night you won’t want to miss!

Louis Prima Jr. is the son of the legendary New Orleans bandleader Louis Prima who was known for swing hits such as “Jump, Jive an Wail” and “Just a Gigalo”. Louis Prima also gained fame for playing King Louie, singing the ”famous song “I wan’na be like you” in the original Disney movie the “The Jungle Book”.

Dancing at the Cicada Club LA
The beautiful ballroom from the mezzanine.

The glamorous Cicada Club in downtown LA is an amazingly ornate art deco ballroom that dates back to 1928. There is a beautiful upstairs bar and dance floor that overlooks the main ballroom dance floor and reserved table seating on the first floor. There is a dress code and elegant, semi-formal or even vintage attire is encouraged, so put on those dance shoes, dress to impress and dance the night away with us.

Cicada Club Upstairs Bar
The elegant upstairs bar which has an additional dance floor
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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  as well as the Hustle and they are all 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. The Hustle is a very unique type of  disco dance that also shares movement similarities with West Coast Swing.

  • West Coast Swing & Hustle Level 1 Tuesdays – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • East Coast Swing Level 1 Fridays – 8:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Cost: $18 per class
  • No partner or prior dance experience is necessary
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Don’t Miss Our Rock n’ Roll Showcase & More on Sunday, October 20th!

Dance Performance Los Angeles

Join us for our one-of-a-kind Rock n’ Roll Showcase & More on Sunday, October 20, 2019. There will be snacks, a little social dancing,  Swing, Ballroom, Tap, Salsa, Hustle and more!

All students are welcome to perform and we will also have a line dance!

Sign up with Guillermo or call 310-391-0400.

Performers:

  • $20 per person per group performance (i.e. line dances)
  • $100 duets (amateur/amateur or pro/am)
  • Fees include admission

Rock n’ Roll Showcase & More
Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Location: The Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club
Tickets: $20 presale or $25 at the door

To purchase tickets email Guillermo or call us at 310-391-0400.


We are so excited that our Rock n’ Roll Showcase & More is being held at the elegant and historic Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club. The building was constructed in 1914 and designed by architect Henry Hollwedel. The beautiful stage is a perfect setting to showcasing our wonderful dancers.

See you there on Sunday, October 20th!

Dance Recital Santa Monica
The Women’s Club of Santa Monica
Ballroom Dancing Performances
What a beautiful stage!
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Class Schedule

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Don’t Miss our Salsa Social Every First Sunday of the Month

Don’t Miss our Salsa Social Every First Sunday of the Month

Salsa DancingPractice your Salsa moves at our Salsa Social the first Sunday of every month starting at 7:00 pm, right after Deborah’s Level 2 Salsa Class.
Admission: $10
($2 off if you check-in on social media)
7:00 pm until exhaustion! How long can you Salsa?

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Learn To Tap Dance

Tap Dance Classes Culver City
Tap dancing is a beautiful art form, but it is also a great form of exercise and can help all types of dancers improve their sense of timing and musicality.

  1. Anyone can do it!
    Whether you are a man or a woman, a beginner or experienced dancer, learning to tap dance will help you stay on a beat and improve your rhythm and balance. Plus it’s a casual and fun style dance that is focused more on carefree rhythm interpretation rather than a strict formal dance style.
  2. Tap dancing is good for your body!
    Tap dancing is a full-body workout and a great cardiovascular activity that promotes overall heart and lung stamina over time. Tap dancing burns calories while also requiring a high degree of balance and coordination making it a great exercise option for seniors.
  3. Tap dancing is good for your brain!
    Studies have shown that tap dancing helps the brain learn and memorize complex sequences along with the corresponding rhythmic sounds. As you progress with your tap dancing, you will be encouraged to use your own imagination and creativity to create your own sequences, steps, and rhythms.
  4. Tap dancing helps improve your overall dancing!
    A critical component of tap dancing is balance and rhythm. Tap dancing improves your core by helping you keep your balance while doing the complex footwork. It also helps improve your dance posture and ability to time your steps with the rhythm of the music. All important aspects of dancing – whatever the type of dance you are dancing.
  5. Tap dancing is a great de-stressor!
    Because tap dancing is so much fun, it has been shown to help lower the blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. This is because tap dancing is an energetic dance that allows the dancer to achieve an emotional release in the form of rhythm and motion. Tap dancing is fundamentally a physical release of energy which brings about a calmer state of mind afterwards.

 

Want to take tap dance lessons in Los Angeles?

Meet people and have fun with our high-energy tap classes in Culver City. 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!

 

Intermediate Tap Saturdays – 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Beginning Tap Sundays – 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Advanced Beginning Tap Sundays – 1:00 – 2:00 pm

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

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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 LA

We make champion ballroom dancers and there’s never been a better time than now to discover, the fun, exciting and glamorous world of ballroom dancing!

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 Ballroom Sundays 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Level 1 Latin/Rhythm Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 1 Ballroom Fridays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 2 Ballroom Fridays 8:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Level 3 Ballroom Saturdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Cost: $18 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.

Argentine Tango Classes on Saturdays

  • Level 1 Beginner Tango Saturdays – 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Level 2 Intermediate/Advanced Tango Saturdays – 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Cost: $18 per class

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 2 Salsa/Bachata Wednesdays – 8:30 – 10:00 pm (except the first Wednesday of the month due to the Ballroom by the Bay social dance)
  • Level 1 Thursdays – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $18 per class
  • No partner or prior dance experience is necessary
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By Your Side Dance Studio is Rated One of the Best Dance Schools in Los Angeles

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We are thrilled to be selected as one of the best dance schools in Los Angeles as rated by Three Best Rated an independent business verification company focused on local businesses. The goal of Three Best Rated is to find the top 3 local businesses in any city and every business is verified through a diligent 50 point inspection which includes reputation, history, complaints, ratings, proximity, satisfaction, trust, cost, general excellence, reviews, and more.

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At By Your Side Dance Studio, we make learning to dance fun and easy experience no matter your age or dancing ability. We believe that the power of dance can make a positive change that lasts a lifetime.

Many of our dance students become so proficient with their ballroom dancing that they go on to win major awards at ballroom dance competitions.

We attribute all of the success of our dance school to our hardworking staff of professional dance instructors who provide quality dance classes such as International Ballroom, International Latin, American Smooth Ballroom, American Rhythm Ballroom, Swing, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Tap and even custom choreographed wedding dances!

Free Ballroom Dance Classes in Los Angeles

At By Your Side Dance Studio, the emphasis is always placed on learning practical dance moves, improving lead and follow technique, and most importantly having fun! So what are you waiting for? Get out, make new friends and discover the joy of dancing at one of the best dance schools in Los Angeles. We look forward to seeing you out on the dance floor!

About By Your Side Dance Studio

Rated one of the best dance schools in Los Angeles, By Your Side Dance Studio provides a wide range of ballroom dance lessons, ballroom dance classes, wedding dance lessons and adult dance classes for Los Angeles, California. At By Your Side Dance Studio, we focus on providing you with a fun, enjoyable and comfortable environment where you can improve your dance technique and take your dancing skills to the next level.

For additional information, contact:

Deborah Fields Perez, owner, and director
By Your Side Dance Studio
12613 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-391-0400

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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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Join Us September 13th for an Unforgettable Studio Swing Dance Outing to the Cicada Club!

Join Us September 13th for a Studio Swing Dance Outing to the Cicada Club!

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Calling all swing dancers and those who want to learn to swing dance! Join us for a special studio outing as we celebrate both Rene and Guillermo’s birthdays swing dancing to the big band sounds of Louis Prima Jr. at the Cicada Club on Friday, September 13th. Tickets: Show only $35, Dinner and Show $130. More event information here.

Contact Guillermo or call 310-391-0400 for tickets and event information.

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Don’t Miss Our Rock n’ Roll Showcase & More on Sunday, October 20th!

Don’t Miss our Rock n’ Roll Showcase on Sunday, October 20th!

Dance Performance Los AngelesJoin us for our one-of-a-kind Rock n’ Roll Showcase & More on Sunday, October 20, 2019. There will be snacks, a little social dancing,  Swing, Ballroom, Tap, Salsa, Hustle and more! Tickets: $20 presale or $25 at the door. More event information here.

Contact Guillermo or call 310-391-0400 for tickets and event information.

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Put Some Fun Into Your Life. Learn To Dance.

What does Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden do to relieve stress? She takes up a fun hobby and tries a Salsa dance class at By Your Side Dance Studio of course!

Here is Marcia on the TV show “The Talk” telling everyone about how her friend Cameron encouraged her to come out and have some fun learning to Salsa dance at By Your Side Dance Studio. She also talks about her exciting new role in the upcoming movie “Point Blank”. Point Blank is now playing on Netflix.

Marcia Gay Harden - Point Blank Movie

Are you jealous of your friends dancing ability? Do you want to put some fun in your life? Maybe it’s time to step outside the box and learn to dance just like Marcia!

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Congratulations to Our Dance Students Placing at the Emerald Ball

I want to congratulate our amazing students and ballroom dance instructors Shay and Guillermo for achieving 1st and/or 2nd place in all of their ballroom dance events at the Emerald Ball! It takes a lot of effort and determination to place in a ballroom competition and the Emerald Ball is one of the largest ballroom dance competitions in the United States. Congratulations!

Check out this clip of Jane and Guillermo as they are interviewed backstage at the Emerald Ball Championships. I was so proud I actually cried over it!

 

It’s a lot of fun entering a ballroom dance competition like the Emerald Ball and setting a goal like this really improves your ballroom dancing quickly. If you want to learn more about Pro/Am ballroom dancing just contact us, we will be happy to show you how to get started.

I also want to give a big shout out to our fantastic Line Dance Team! Your formation lines were great and you represented like a BOSS! I know we all had a great time sharing our love and joy of dance while representing the By Your Side Dance family.

You guys are the best!
Deborah

 

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Congratulations on 1st and 2nd Place Finishes at the Vegas Open Ballroom Dance Competition

We make ballroom dance champions! Congratulations to Jane Kirkland-Glaser for her first and second place finishes in both 6-dance and Latin Ballroom Dancing at the Vegas Open Ballroom Dance Competition in Las Vegas,

  • 1st in Latin 61 and over
  • 2nd in Latin 51 and over
  • 1st in 6-dance 61 and over
  • 2nd in 6-dance 51 and over

Pro-Am Dance Events

With only 4 months of training in new dance styles Jane also came in top 6th and top 5th in two of her multi-dance events! The Vegas Open Dance Challenge is the newest ballroom dance competition in Las Vegas and is held the first weekend in March.

Vegas Open Challenge Ballroom Dance Competition

Do you want to improve your ballroom dancing more quickly?

Then a professional-amateur or Pro-Am dance competition might be right for you. With Pro-Am, you practice for a ballroom dance competition by taking private lessons with a professional dancing partner. In this way, you learn to ballroom dance and compete with a seasoned professional whose expertise helps you learn more quickly. Beyond being your dance partner, your ballroom dance instructor also acts as a coach and a mentor as you as you progress from lessons to practice and finally the ballroom competition.

Together you will participate in Pro-Am ballroom dancing events where you are judged against other Pro-Am couples. The Pro-Am competitions are categorized by age, gender and level of experience to make the competition fair for everyone who participates.

Whether you want to dance in a dance competition or simply want to bring your ballroom dancing to a higher level, setting a goal and working with a professional dance instructor will put you on the right track towards improving your ballroom dancing quickly.

Call 310-391-0400 to learn about Pro-Am events and schedule private lessons.

#wemakechampions #bysdance #byyoursidedancestudio #teambys #dancesport

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