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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!


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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.

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Sign Up Now for the Emerald Ball Studio Line Dance Challenge!

Emerald Ball Line Dance

Want to let loose and have fun performing without all of the pressure of competing in a Pro/Am event?

Join By Your Side Dance Studio as we learn a super fun and super easy line dance for the  Emerald Ball Studio Line Dance Challenge on April 29th!

This no-pressure/all-fun line dancing contest is a great way to start the Emerald Ball, be inspired by other dancers and learn more about competitive ballroom dancing.

Entry is $25 and includes drinks and hors d’oeurves. Contact Guillermo or call 310.391.0400 to sign-up today.

Learn more about the Emerald Ball here.

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Don’t Miss The Emerald Ball Ballroom Dance Championships on April 29th

Emerald Ball Ballroom Dance Competition

Don’t miss the 30th Anniversary of The Emerald Ball Ballroom Dancing Championships being held in Los Angeles this April 29th through May 5th, 2019. Located at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton, the event is only 5 minutes from the Los Angeles airport and is a “must do” ballroom dance event you will not want to miss.

Come cheer us on as our very own ballroom dancing champion Jane Kirkland-Glaser and her partner Guillermo compete on Saturday morning May 5th.

Started in 1963, The Emerald Ball was created by ballroom dancers Ken and Sheila Sloan in San Mateo, California. In 1989 professional ballroom dance competitors Wayne and Donna Eng purchased the Emerald Ball from Ken and Sheila and the event has just grown in popularity year after year. This year, with over 15,000 Pro/Am dance entries alone, the Emerald Ball is now one of the largest ballroom dancing competitions in the entire United States.

The dance event attracts both amateurs and professionals from across the US and abroad with an incredibly high level of ballroom dancing and prize money. Recent additions to the lineup of events are additional Pro/Am Rising Star Rhythm and Smooth Multi-Dance competitions as well as more age levels in the Pro-Am events. Other notable features of the Emerald Ball include no split floors for both Pro/Am and Smooth events as well as the use of a minimum of eleven judges for all Pro/Am Scholarship events and a top teacher cash purse $7,000 prize.

It may be big, but the Emerald Ball is also a great event for amateur dancers who are just starting out with competitive ballroom dancing. Dancing at the Emerald Ball is a great goal to strive for, and is also one of the best places to watch ballroom dancing and get inspired by some of the top Ballroom dancers in the world. Whether you enjoy International Ballroom, International Latin, American Rhythm or American Smooth, you are sure to be inspired by the exceptional level of dancing that is on display.

The Emerald Ball also hosts the US Dance Congress dance camp presented by the Heritage Dance Foundation at the same place and time making it convenient to take classes as well as watch the dance competition. While the dance camp is open to all ballroom dance students, amateurs and professionals, it is not for beginners. Instructors ask that you be proficient in at least Bronze-level ballroom dancing since the dance classes will include specialized instruction in ballroom technique, muscle building exercises, dance styling, artistic impressions and much much more.

If you want to be the best, then you have to learn from the best and there is no better place to start than at the Emerald Ball.

Visit their website for tickets and information.

The Emerald Ball
April 29th – May 5rd, 2015
Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel
5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles California, USA, 90045-5631

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Swing Dance Classes

Get Swingin’ With Our Swing Dance Classes


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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Hustle Dance Classes

Smooth Hustle on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 8:30 – 10:00 pm

Hustle Dance Classes Los AngelesDid you like all that great dancing in the movie “Saturday Night Fever?” If so, then you won’t want to 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? This is an all levels class with no partner required. I hope to see you there!

  • Level 1: Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Level 2: Tuesdays 8:30 – 10:00 pm
  • Level 3: Thursdays 8:30 – 10:00 pm
  • Cost: $18 per class

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

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Comic-Con Showcase Videos & Photos Are Online!

A big thank you to all of our amazing dancers who performed at our recent Comic-Con Showcase. It was a blast and everyone had a great time!

All of the photos and dance performance videos are now online!

You can watch all the performances and purchase individual videos for download. You can also purchase high-quality photo prints. Thank you, Jerry Hernandez and Jean Luis Contreras for the photography.

Watch the Videos Now

See The Photos Now

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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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Jo Popadynetz Takes Bronze at the Gay Games in Paris, France!

Gay Games Ballroom Dance Competition
Jo Popadynetz and her dance partner, Deborah Fields Perez took home the bronze medal in ballroom dancing at the 10th annual Gay Games held in Paris, for the Women’s Senior Latin for the World Championship!

Five months ago, one of our group class students came in wondering if she would be able to compete at the Latin Ballroom Dance Division at the Gay Games in Paris, France. Deborah gladly took on the challenge which would normally take a minimum of 1 year of ballroom dancing preparation, and started training Jo Popadynetz.

Deborah trained Jo hard as they only had half the time to prepare for the ballroom dance competition. Training involved choreographing 5 Latin dances, adding ballroom styling, technique, showmanship and stamina. Many of you witnessed the arduous dance training they did together after the group classes late at night and during the weekends.

The Gay Games is similar to the Olympics. It happens every 4 years, and it includes multiple disciplines including Dancesport (competitive ballroom dancing). It is required to dance a qualifying round to ensure that you’re at the right level and in the qualifier Deborah and Jo got bumped up to the highest proficiency level! They danced multiple rounds in 90-100 degree weather and made it to the top 6. Once they danced the final round, Deborah and her student Jo were considered one of the favorite couples. On the final score, they placed 3rd in the World and were neck and neck with the 2nd place couple.

Gay Games Ballroom Dance Competition

This is an outstanding achievement for a teacher and coach, and an amazing job from Jo for taking in the flood of information coming at her. Talk about leading by example! Deborah continues to show us the way!

Jo, thank you for representing By Your Side Dance Studio and the USA, and making us proud! Definitely a great way to start the ballroom dancing competition season for our studio!

Gay Games Dance Competition

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Coaching with Champion Dancer Marcus Johnson on June 12

Sign up for a coaching session and master class with Marcus Johnson on Tuesday, June 12

  • Coaching Session (45 minutes): $150
  • Latin Dance Master Class (7:00 – 8:30 pm) : $50

Contact Guillermo to book your spot today!

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