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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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Comic-Con Dance Showcase Videos Are Now Online

Our Comic-Con Showcase was a huge success and many felt it was the best dance showcase yet. A big thank you to all of our dancers, teachers, and supporters for contributing to our success.

Watch & Purchase Videos Here

Want to improve your dancing fast?

Performing in a dance showcase is one of the best ways to improve your dancing in a short period of time because it gives you a concrete goal to work toward. Performing in a dance showcase also builds self-confidence, helps you understand how choreography and music work together to create a complete dance performance and helps you grow as an overall dancer. (It’s also a LOT OF FUN!!!)

If you are interested in dancing in one of our upcoming dance showcases contact Deborah or Guillermo.

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007 License To Dance Showcase Photos are Now Online

Ballroom Dance Showcase

Thank you to everyone that came to our James Bond License to Dance Showcase last Sunday… we had a blast! Here’s the link to the pictures and videos from the show (videos are at the end of the gallery).

Showcase Photos & Videos

Dancing Showcase Photos

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Our Students will be ballroom dancing at the Blackpool Dance Festival in May

Ballroom Dancing Competition Blackpool
By Your Side Dance Studio is excited to announce that seven of their competitive ballroom dance students will be ballroom dancing at the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival starting May 23rd 2017.

The first Blackpool Dance Festival was held during Easter week in 1920 in the magnificent Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens and is now the world’s first and most famous annual international ballroom dance competition.

This year the Blackpool Dance Festival will cover nine days of Ballroom and Latin American dancing with the best dancers from dance schools and dance studios from over 60 different countries in attendance.

And, for the first time ever the Blackpool Dance Festival has decided to invite students to compete with their teachers. Our ballroom dance students will be competing in the ProAm division which refers to a professional dancer or teacher dancing with their student.

The Blackpool Dance Festival is like Olympic Games: it’s so prestigious that simply taking part in this incredible ballroom dance competition is a great personal achievement and winning it is like earning Olympic Gold for ballroom dancing.

We are proud to be part of this historic time in which Pro/Am ballroom dancing programs have been allowed to compete in the oldest and most prestigious ballroom dancing event in the world.

If you are interested in becoming a better ballroom dancer more quickly, consider Pro/Am competitive ballroom dancing. You will learn to dance with confidence, style, and grace while having a measurable goal for improving your dancing abilities.

For more information on Pro/Am competitive ballroom dancing talk to Deborah or Guillermo.

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Smooth Champions Slawek Sochacki and Marzena Stachura Performed at our Ten Year Anniversary Gala!

Ballroom Dancing Champions Slawek and Marzena

We were so happy to have four time undefeated US and World American Smooth Champions Slawek Sochacki and Marzena Stachura perform in our professional show at our Ten Year Anniversary Gala. We were very honored to have this amazing couple perform and their beautiful dancing was an incredible highlight to our professional dance show.

For three consecutive years Slawek Sochacki and Marzena Stachura were the European Champions in the 10-Dance Division, as well as 2005 Standard Champions. After moved to the US in 2009 they began dancing and competing in the American Smooth division. They were both US American Smooth Champions, World American Smooth Champions for four consecutive years in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and now teach the top ballroom dancing couples in the US.

They have been featured choreographers for the TV show Dancing with the Stars and are incredible ballroom dance instructors who believe strongly in bringing quality instruction, passion and beauty to the ballroom dance floor.

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