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Ballroom Basics Dance Class on Sundays

ballroom-lessons-in-la-bugHave you ever wanted to learn to ballroom dance? You’re in luck because we are now offering a Ballroom Basics dance class on Sunday’s at 4:30 pm! $15 or just $13 with the purchase of a 10-class punch card.

Ballroom Basics – Sundays @ 4:30 pm
Learn the basic dance steps for common ballroom dances such as the Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Waltz and Tango.

We will teach you to learn to ballroom dance fast by using our unique Interrelated System that shows you how you can use one move over several dance styles. Our Interrelated System of dance instruction helps you learn how to dance much more quickly by focusing on “leading” and “following” skills that can be applied across all ballroom dances.

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Looking For The Perfect Gift For The Holidays?
Give The Gift Of Dance!

Dance Lessons Gift CertificatesLooking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Here is the perfect gift for someone who has everything… the gift of dance!

Check out our gift certificate dance packages for new students or create your own custom dance lesson gift certificate!

Our dance lesson gift certificates can include any number of private dance lessons or group dance classes, or a combination of both, and are the perfect way to share the joy of dancing with someone special. Come by the dance studio and we will be happy to help you create your own special custom tailored gift of dance for the holidays.

Call Us At 310-391-0400 To Order A Gift Certificate Today!

We will be happy to help you design the perfect gift of dance for someone special in your life! Dance lesson gift certificates can be picked up in person or mailed to you after you have made your order.

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Give The Gift Of Dance!

I’m So Proud of Our Ballroom Dancers Competing at the California Star Ball Ballroom Dance Competition

Star Ball Ballroom Dance Competition

By Your Side Ballroom Dancers Suryany Misrayim, Memito Ceballos and Deanna Stanton

I went to California Star Ball ballroom dance competition last night to watch and support our students who were competing. I watched every step, every arm movement, every shape and every facial expression until they walked off the floor. I took notes to show them what I saw to help take their ballroom dancing to the next level.

Although my note taking is to point out the weak spots and it’s hard to hear sometimes, I have to say that while I was watching them, my heart filled with excitement because I had never seen them dance better (Suryany Misrayim and Deanna Stanton). I saw smiles I had never seen before, confidence that beamed from their faces, a tremendous increase in quality of dance movement, plus much more.

Great work ladies! Great work Memito Ceballos! You have definitely guided them to make their ballroom dancing so much better.

Next up, the Royal Ball Ballroom Dance Competition coming up in March, 2016!

The California Star Ball Ballroom Dance Competition is the longest consecutive running ballroom dance competition in the United States featuring three days of ballroom dancing and competitive ballroom dance events. This year they featured a special ballroom dancing showcase by the Current United States Professional Rhythm Champions Emmanuel Pierre Antoine and Liana Churilova.

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Taking Salsa Lessons – Tips for New Dancers

Salsa Lessons TipsHave you ever tried a new hobby but quickly lost interest when it didn’t seem as fun or as easy as it looked? When you start taking Salsa lessons you can often feel that same way, you take a few Salsa lessons and dance at some Salsa clubs and then it becomes another thing that we “tried once.”

Why is that? Unfortunately in this age of instant gratification it’s because learning to Salsa dance takes practice and dedication to learn properly. However, if you are willing to put in a little work, learning to Salsa dance is a great way to relax, have fun and take the stress out of life while looking and feeling great on the dance floor.

Below are 4 tips for taking Salsa lessons:

  1. You we’re not born to Salsa. Sorry, but most of us aren’t born with natural dancing ability. It will take many lessons before you feel comfortable dancing at a Salsa club. The good news is that the more Salsa classes you take, the more confident you will feel Salsa dancing. More importantly, once you know some basic Salsa patterns you will have much more fun on the dance floor and will feel more comfortable dancing with some of the more advanced Salsa dancers who know what they are doing.
  2. Private Salsa lessons are the best way to learn quickly. Private Salsa lessons allow you to work at your own pace and learn much more quickly by practicing with a professional dance instructor. The personal attention you receive from one dedicated private Salsa lesson is equal to three or four hours of standard group lessons. You will also become confident in your ability to lead and follow much more quickly with private Salsa lessons than through group instruction. Once you have the basics down you can try some group Salsa classes.
  3. Salsa clubs are for having fun but are not the best place to learn to dance. It can be tempting to go to your nearest Salsa club and try to pick-up a few moves by watching the dancers on the dance floor but a Salsa club isn’t really the best way to learn to Salsa. At a professional dance studio the Salsa instructor will provide you with the proper foundation for Salsa styling and lead and follow techniques. Knowing the proper way to Salsa dancing lead and follow techniques will make you a better Salsa dancer. Plus, once you know the proper Salsa dance technique you will be able to pick-up the dance moves that you see in Salsa clubs much more easily.
  4. You can learn to Salsa more quickly when you have some background in the other Latin dances. All of the Latin dances have something in common with each other, so learning some Rumba, Merengue and Cha Cha is a great way to improve your Salsa dancing. The Latin dances are often quite similar so that a Cha Cha move can be easily translated into a Salsa move. Plus, when you know a variety of Latin dances you can dance to a variety of Latin music that is appropriate for each song, for example actually dancing the Merengue to Merengue music and dancing a Cha Cha to Cha Cha music rather than trying to dance Salsa to every Latin song that you hear.

Salsa Performance by Laura Canellias and Jerry Gabaldon.

At By Your Side Dance Studio, we offer Salsa lessons in Los Angeles taught by professional Salsa dance instructors who have many, many years of dancing and teaching experience. Our Salsa teachers are professional dancers who have won numerous awards not only for Salsa dancing but also for other Latin dances as well as ballroom dancing.

Try a Salsa Lesson Today

Why not try a free Salsa class at By Your Side Dance Studio and see first-hand just how fun  our Salsa lessons are. You will learn the proper way to dance and discover just how much fun Salsa dancing can be.

Get Your First Group Salsa Lesson Absolutely Free!

No partner or dance experience necessary! (Offer applies to new students only).


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Best First Dance Songs From Contemporary Artists

Best First Dance SongsCongratulations! You’re getting married. Now it’s time to plan that special moment together in the spotlight as husband and wife – your first dance. Now’s the hard part, what song will you choose for your first dance?

You may already know some of the classic first dance songs for weddings such as “At Last” by Etta James or “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole but maybe you want want something a little more modern and appropriate for you and your friends. So what are some first dance songs by contemporary artists? Here’s our pick of some of the best first dance songs for weddings by contemporary artists.

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Coming Home by Leon Bridges

Love You Like That by Canaan Smith

Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars

Who You Love by John Mayer featuring Katy Perry

Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

Rewind by Rascal Flatts

Marry Me by Jason Derulo

Stay With Me by Sam Smith

Baby I’m Yours by Arctic Monkeys

Funny First Dance

And who knows, if none of these wedding dance songs appeal to you maybe what you should do is just put together a mix tape of your own favorite songs and have fun like this couple did (The fun starts around 1:34)!

5 First Dance Tips For Your Wedding Dance

  1. One of the tips for choosing a good first dance is that your wedding dance song should have a strong beat that you can dance to, and make sure to check that the lyrics are appropriate for a wedding.
  2. Keep your wedding dance relatively short and sweet (2-3 minutes) so your guests are entertained but not bored.
  3. Avoid the hug and shuffle and learn a couple of real dance steps. The basic box step is very easy to learn and can be danced to almost any wedding song. Learning a few basic wedding dance moves will make you much more confident and relaxed on the dance floor together.
  4. Create an elegant entrance to the dance floor. This is your moment to shine and everyone will be watching so be sure to walk out gracefully while holding hands. You can even add an underarm turn into closed position when you reach the center of the dance floor for the perfect entrance.
  5. Remember to rehearse in your wedding dress and shoes. It is absolutely essential that you practice your first dance while wearing your wedding dress and shoes since we don’t want you to trip over your wedding dress. And since you will be dancing, make sure you know what happens when you raise your arms to do a dance move such as an underarm turn, especially if you are wearing a strapless dress!
  6. Don’t forget the picture perfect dip at the end of your wedding dance. Take it slow so that all the photographers can get ready and then hold the dip for a few moments for picture taking time. You can also add a kiss at the end if you are feeling in the mood. ; )
  7. Finally, just relax and have fun. This is your special moment as a couple and your first dance together should be a special event that you remember and cherish forever.
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Congratulations to Ken and Marion on their 2nd and 3rd places in Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing WinnersCongratulations to Ken and Marion with their teacher Ruxanda on their 2nd and 3rd places in ballroom dancing at the National Smooth Dancers California State Convention!

National Smooth Dancers California State Convention is held every year over Labor Day Weekend where ballroom dancers enjoy a variety of dance events and dance parties throughout the weekend.

National Smooth Dancers is dedicated to supporting social Ballroom Dancing in Los Angeles and throughout California, the USA and the world. They are a non-profit volunteer organization founded in Los Angeles, California in 1937 for the purpose of creating greater interest in ballroom dancing. They often hold monthly ballroom dancing events in Los Angeles and typically include a dance lessons with the price of admission.

National Smooth Dancers defines Smooth Dancing as ballroom dancing such as Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, the Viennese Waltz, Rhumba, Cha-cha, Samba, Swing and Mambo, played both in American and International Ballroom dance tempos.

For more information visit the National Smooth Dancers Los Angeles chapter website.

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How to Rock Your Wedding Dance or First Dance

Wedding Dance Lessons LAWe’ve all seen those amazing YouTube videos of wedding couples stepping out onto the dance floor and wowing guests with a jaw-dropping first dance. If you think that is something that you could only dream about doing, think again.

With a little patience and the right wedding dance instruction, you too could be able take center stage at your wedding and knock the socks off of your guests by impressing them with your new amazing dance moves. Wondering how you can do this? Here’s look at some of the ways you can prepare yourself for that all important first dance.

Take as Many Dance Lessons in Different Styles as You Can

Every wedding couple will have a preference for what style of dance they want for their first dance. Some couples prefer going out and wowing the crowd with a slow, elegant waltz, while others want to kick the party off on a high note with an uplifting swing dance routine.

If you have never danced before or it has been a while, you may not know what style of dance you will want for your wedding dance. This is why it is important to try out as many dance styles, with your significant other, as possible.

At By Your Side Dance Studio, we consult with our wedding couples to help them choose both the music and the dance style that is appropriate for the selected wedding dance music. We let you listen to different types of wedding dance songs and the corresponding dance style and create a custom wedding dance that is perfect for you.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Start Your Wedding Dance Lessons

One of the biggest mistakes wedding couples make is waiting until the last minute to look into wedding dance lessons. Unless you have extensive dance training, chances are you will not be able to learn and perfect a wedding dance in just a lesson or two. We typically recommend at least 10 to 20 wedding dance lessons for a custom wedding dance or first dance since this will allow you to improve your dance skills to the point where you are truly comfortable and enjoying the moment instead of worrying about the next step.

Wedding Dance Lessons in Los Angeles

At By Your Side Dance Studio we provide custom wedding dance lessons where you work one-on-one with a professional wedding dance instructor to create the wedding dance of your dreams.


A Smashing Success!

Our wedding dance was a smashing success as all our guests were very impressed. We’re so glad we did it! Thanks for being such a great instructor and being so patient with us.

– Ken and Amy Chan

Brought Down the House!

Thank you so much for being the hinge to our hitch! Ian was just smashing and our Wedding Dance was so much fun! We brought down the house. Ian was so confident and smooth. We shocked the crowd and they roared with delight. Thank you for being a huge part of our perfect day.

– Ian and Michelle Noble

You Are The Best Wedding Dance Teacher!

You are the best wedding dance teacher. You designed a beautiful wedding dance for my wife and I. It was within our capabilities and made us look like pros. You knew we had to look good and we did! Thank you for making our first dance, the best of many to come.

– Mark and Renee Rosin

Best Investment for our Wedding!

Thank you so much for your patience in teaching us to dance. Your wedding dance lessons are the best investment we’ve made for our wedding. Dancing is something we will do for the rest of our lives. You’ve been such a wonderful teacher.

– Mike and E.M. Rodewald

Really Happy With Our Wedding Dance!

We were really happy with our first dance. Everyone was truly surprised and shocked and said it was the most impressive wedding first dance they had ever seen and we owe it all to you! Thanks again!

– Ashely Dawkins

We Rocked Out On Our Wedding Dance!

We first started off learning our fox trot dance for our wedding. Deborah is a wonderful wedding dance teacher, she had so much patience because my hubby has two left feet! I thought “he’ll never get it right for our special day”. We rocked out on our wedding dance! Thanks to our amazing teacher.

– Serena Chang

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The USA Dance Showcase is Coming Up August 16th!

USA Ballroom Dance ShowcaseThe USA Dance Showcase in Los Angeles on August 16th will feature pro-am ballroom dances, amateur/amateur ballroom dancing performances and group dancing routines. The showcase will feature competition ballroom dancing routines, show dances, formation and group dance performances, and even tap dancing!

The USA Dance Showcase provides an opportunity for ballroom dancers who train at studios that do not have their own showcase events to prepare a special performance for their friends and family to enjoy.

If you are interested in performing, sign up today! First come first served, limited number accepted!

The USA Dance Showcase

  • Sunday, August 16
  • Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
  • Doors open 5:00 for Performer Check-in
  • General Ballroom Dancing and Performances from 5:30 – 10:30.
  • There will be snacks, ample safe FREE parking, and the largest dance floor in West Los Angeles.

USA Dance members admission: $15 (must show card)
General admission: $18

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Time to Get Ready for Another Ballroom Dance Competition – The OC Dancesport Championships are Coming October 9th!

The most popular ballroom dance competition in Southern California, the Orange County Dancesport Challenge, will be held October 9th-11th at the Marriott in Irvine. The ballroom dance competition will feature pro/am ballroom dancing as well as amateur/amateur ballroom dancing and showcase dances for both kids and adult dancers.

There will be some amazing ballroom dancing and ballroom dance showcase performances that you will not want to miss!

Do you want to perform? Are you wondering what it’s all about? Competitive ballroom dancing is a lot of fun and a great way to learn proper ballroom dancing technique fast! We have had many ballroom students who have placed and won in previous ballroom dancing competitions and know what it takes to win. For all of you competitive ballroom dancers, we are ready to train your mind, body and spirit to dance the best you have ever danced. Take your ballroom dancing to the next level at By Your Side Dance Studio!

Contact Guillermo at the studio or via email at

at the Irvine Marriott located at 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, California 92612

The ballroom dance competition will be held October 9-11, 2015 at the Irvine Marriott
The Irvine Marriot
18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, California 92612

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West Coast Swing Classes

Get Swingin’ With Our West Coast Swing Dance Classes


West Coast Swing is generally a slower, more formal swing style and West Coast Swing dancers often stay within a specific rectangular slot on the dance floor. West Coast Swing is a more sensual and elegant form of swing dancing.

  • West Coast Swing Level 1 & 2 Sundays – 12:15 – 1:00 pm
  • West Coast Swing Styling Sundays -1:00 – 1:45 pm
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