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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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Coaching with Champion Dancer Marcus Johnson on June 12

Ballroom Dancing Champion Marcus Johnson
Marcus Johnson is world class dancer and champion in both International Latin & American Rhythm styles and currently dances the American Smooth style with his wife.

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

Marcus will be available for coaching during the day and will teach a Master Class from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on Tuesday, June 12.

  • Coaching Session (45 minutes): $150
  • Latin Dance Master Class: $50

Contact Guillermo to book your spot today!

Photo Credit: Tony Eng – DecaDance Photography

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The Best Tap Dance Numbers Ever Filmed


Was one of Fred Astaire’s tap dancing partners actually better than him?

In fact, Eleanor Powell is considered the only female dancer ever capable of out-dancing Astaire. In the MGM motion picture “Broadway Melody of 1940” Fred teamed up with the amazing Eleanor Powell who was one of the best female tappers around. Together, Astaire and Powell danced to Porter’s “Begin the Beguine”, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest tap sequences in film history.

Remember, back then, a woman’s role in dances was to look pretty and make the man look good. And with her talent and grace, Eleanor often became the main focus. In fact, Eleanor Powell was the only one who could match his footwork and, while Fred respected her immensely, after this movie he decided to get a new dance partner so he could shine again! In his autobiography “Steps in Time”, Fred says simply;

“She ‘put ’em down like a man’, no ricky-ticky-sissy stuff with Ellie. She really knocked out a tap dance in a class by herself.”

Want to learn how to tap like this? It all starts with a tap dance class!

Meet people and have fun with our high-energy tap class. 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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Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire Tap Dance in the Barkleys of Broadway
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were iconic dance partners well known for their graceful ballroom dancing as top box office names over their productive Hollywood career. Whats even more amazing is that they were also amazingly versatile tap dancers as this clip from the 1949 movie the Barkleys of Broadway illustrates so well.

The Barkleys of Broadway tells the tale of a musical comedy team at the peak of their careers, something which they both experienced together with their own rise to stardom. Many feel that this quality of true life makes this movie one of their greatest films together. Sadly, this was their last movie dancing together. But perhaps we should just be happy that this bit of magic was captured at all – the part was originally supposed to go to Judy Garland!


Gregory Hines and Suzzanne Douglas dancing “Cheek to Cheek”

The 1989 movie “Tap” features some of the best tap dance scenes by old time greats like Sammy Davis Jr. and Harold Nicholas and younger stars like Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Written and directed by Nick Castle, the son of the choreographer who worked with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire on some of their most famous dance numbers, the movie features and variety of tap dancing scenes to enjoy.

In this scene, Gregory Hines and Suzzanne Douglas tap dance their take of “Cheek to Cheek” as originally made famous by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the movie “Top Hat” from 1935.


Lullaby of Broadway, 1935
Well known for his fantastic geometric dance pattern choreography, in 1935 Busby Berkeley directed his finest effort with Gold Diggers of 1935. Filmed during the high point of tap dancing, many consider his tap dance number “Lullaby of Broadway” to be the most memorable tap dance sequence ever filmed.


The Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather
Fayard and Harold Nicholas, better known as the “Nicholas Brothers”, were a phenomenal pair of tap dancers who performed in the legendary “Cotton Club” in Harlem and later went on to teach dancing to superstars such as Michael and Janet Jackson among many others.

This clip is from the wonderful picture “Stormy Weather” filmed in 1943 and features the great Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra. The film also featured another tap dance legend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson as well as Fats Waller and Lena Horne.

If you listen closely, you will be amazed at the synchronicity and unison of their tap dancing. This tap dancing number is so famous that Fred Astaire called this performance “the greatest dance number ever filmed” and Mikhail Baryshnikov said, “Those guys are perfect examples of pure genius.”


Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in The Little Colonel

The 1932 film “The Little Colonel” starring Shirley Temple features a wonderful tap dancing performance by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson which finds him teaching Shirley Temple his signature stair dance. This was actually the first interracial dance team shown in a Hollywood movie and represents a recreation of Bill’s famous stair tap dancing routine which he introduced in 1918 and performed during in his vaudeville days. Bill’s tap dancing style was unique and lasting, making tap dancing more upright, with a lightness and focus on complex rhythmic precision. For the movie, Bill was brought in to teach Shirley Temple how to tap dance. As Shirley recalled years later;

“Bill walked a step ahead of us, but when he noticed me hurrying to catch up, he shortened his stride to accommodate mine. I kept reaching up for his hand. When he took my hand in his, it felt large and cool. For a few moments, we continued walking in silence. “Can I call you Uncle Billy?” I asked. “Why sure you can”, he replied… “But then I get to call you darlin.'”

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“Playing with Rhythm” Tap Dance Jam Photos & Video

Here are some pictures and videos from our inaugural Tap Jam! This was a special tap dancing event with Steve Zee, Carol Zee, and Deborah Perez focused on playing with rhythm.

Thank you to all that joined us this March 18, 2018. We will continue to have these throughout the year! If you missed, join us for the next one!

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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.

Tap dancing is a vigorous form of dance and many adults tap dance to keep fit. Come join us, we guarantee you will be tap dancing in no time at all!

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

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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!

 

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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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)

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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!

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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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