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 firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register today.
As the Holidays approach be prepared to dance at the parties!
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 email@example.com to pre-register today.
Discover 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
Adult Tap Level 2
Adult Tap Level 3
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to our ballroom dancers as they competed at the top annual ‘must-do’ ballroom dance completion in Los Angeles – the Emerald Ball.
We are so proud of our fantastic ballroom dancers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.