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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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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

https://www.facebook.com/pg/byyoursidedance/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156711588064287

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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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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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