Testimonials


Twenty Years!

Through a friendship of almost twenty years, you have been making life so much more fun for Bob and me. It’s not just the dancing but getting to spend such a happy time with you. Your incredible teaching skills, amazing patience, and wonderful sense of humor have always made our lessons something we love. We always leave you saying, “That was really fun, and we really learned a lot!” Thank you so much for sharing your very special gifts with us.

Much love to you and Rene,

Bob Swartz and Grace Labatt


Thank You So Much

Thank you so much for being such an incredible teacher! We’re going to miss our lessons while we are gone. We’ll see you soon for SALSA!!

Craig and Christina


Brought Down the House

Thank you so much for being the hinge to our hitch! Ian was just smashing and our First Dance was so much fun! We brought down the house. Ian was so confident and smooth. We shocked the crowd and they roared with delight. We’ve told everyone about you and hope you’ll get a call from one of our referrals. Thank you for being a part (a HUGE part) of a perfect day.

Ian and Michelle Noble


Weekly Dose of Good Vibes

Thank you for sharing your passion with enthusiasm, energy and professionalism. You are a very important weekly dose of good vibes for all of us.

Cecilia Robles


A Smashing Success

Our first dance was a smashing success as all our guests were very impressed. We’re so glad we did it! Thanks for being such a great instructor and being so patient with us.

Ken and Amy Chan


Best Investment for Wedding

Thank you so much for your patience in teaching us to dance. Your lessons are the best investment we’ve made for our wedding. Dancing is something we will do for the rest of our lives. You’ve been such a wonderful teacher.

Mike and E.M. Rodewald


Great Style/Big Smile!

My husband and I took dance lessons at another studio before a friend recommended we take from Deborah. We had no idea there could be such a big difference in instructors. With Deborah, we quickly overcame that stiff “we can’t dance” look. Deborah has a talent for teaching and an eye for choreography that we love. Her choreography doesn’t look choreographed. We love that! We were so afraid of looking stiff and unnatural, but now, we look forward to each lesson with the confidence of knowing we are going to look great on the dance floor!

Cindy n Scott


Great Dance Instruction in a Really Accessible Location!

I’ve been salsa dancing for a few years, but I’d been wanting to learn how to ballroom dance for ages, and finally a friend suggested I take classes with Deborah. I’m so glad I did!! She’s a great teacher! In addition to being incredibly knowledgeable about the technique and style of each dance, she’s also patient, fun and great at explaining the dance steps and how to make them look good. The prices are competitive (a great value for the amount of instruction you get) and location is really convenient, too – an easy walk from the Promenade or the beach, but if you’re driving in, it’s never a struggle to find parking near the dance studio. I highly recommend Deborah & By Your Side Productions!!

Salsa Girl (CitySearch Testimonial)


Supportive and Fun Classes!

I started dating a Puerto Rican woman several years ago, and was determined to learn how to salsa dance. I went to By Your Side Productions, and they were very helpful in teaching me the undamentals of this wonderful art form. If you are a beginning or novice dancer, By Your Side Productions is a safe, supportive, and fun place to improve your skills!

Ian Prinn


Great Place to Learn to Dance!

I take salsa lessons here and have been for the past 2 1/2 years. Deborah is my instructor and I think she is an awesome instructor. She is very patient & entertaining. The environment is uplifting and all the students get along very well. I always look forward to my Thursday night classes. Deborah also schedules two fun outings a month for us which makes it even better because you get to do a lot of dance related things as a group. I don’t know of any other place that does that.

Rene Perez


Fun Group of Dancers!

Deborah is fun and very patient with all her students no matter what level they’re in. She will having you spinning like a pro in no time!

Brenda Paganelli


Best Dance Classes in Town!

I’ve been taking dance salsa and ballroom classes with By Your Side Productions for over a year now. I’ve stayed with Deborah because she is really patient and kind. Not to mention, the cost of her classes are very affordable and the other students are really pleasant to be around. Deborah also has a way of pin pointing exactly what you are doing wrong when you are dancing and correcting you so that you can dance better and have fun dancing. Take classes at By your Side Productions. You will definitely learn how to dance and have lots of fun too!!!

Rita


Hidden Treasure!

A long time native, and a recent graduate with a dance degree I’ve been frequenting the same dance teacher and dance studios in L.A. for quite some time. By Your Side Dance Studio and Deborah’s classes are like a breath of fresh air. Her technique as a ballroom teacher is on point – she is fun & welcoming and has a wonderful way of teaching. Sometimes ballroom dancing can be overwhelming but she’s breaks it down so everyone feels able to master the movement. So whether you’re trying to break a sweat or you’re pursuing a dance career and want to maintain you’re training regimen By Your Side is the way to go!

Christine Ye


Five Star Dance Instructor!

Deborah Perez makes dancing fun for the novice and the advanced dancer. Ballroom dancing? You think you have two left feet? She’ll change that. You think you want to audition for Dancing With the Stars? Let Deborah be your choreographer. Her group classes attract so many nice people, the time flies by. Her private classes catapult your abilities to places you never imagined. She’s funny, happy and so observant of the most subtle of dance moves. At whatever level you dance, you will improve and move to the next. Whether you’re in a partnership or single, believe this or not, dancing promotes personal growth, because it teaches you so much about yourself.

Sally Landou


The Greatest Instructor!

Deborah is very patient and an amazing instructor. She makes the class fun and enjoyable. I look forward to her classes. She has a way of expressing her ideas and instruction that is very unique from other instructors. This unique way allows me to pick up the techniques fast and efficiently making me a better dancer. I have learned so much from her.

Trishul Shah


Excellent Dancing Entertainment!

Deborah, I just wanted to thank you so much for providing the entertainment for my sisters party! It wouldn’t have been the same without the excellent entertainment you and your dancers provided. It’s been two weeks since the party and the guests are still raving about it! Thanks again!

Beth Simmons


Awesome Dance Class!

Just wanted to say thank you so much for an awesome dance class! It was such a wonderful new experience for us and we had so much fun, we came back and were practicing in our church parking lot! 🙂 Thanx again!

Christine Ye


Really Happy With Our Wedding Dance!

We were really happy with our first dance (so thanks for all your hard work and patience). Everyone was truly surprised (and shocked) and said it was the most impressive first dance they had ever seen (and we owe that to you).

Thanks again!

Ashely Dawkins


Dance Classes Are So Much Fun!

Besides being an amazing dancer and a great teacher, Deborah makes her classes fun! I have become a much better dancer with Deborah’s help, and always look forward to my next lesson.

Ken Golick


Just Plain FUN!

Like Deborah, the dances she teaches are elegant, classy and beautiful. Everything is taught with care and expertise that’s unassuming and friendly. Her classes (private and group) and videos, well, they are Just Plain….FUN!

Rick Sam


Detailed Dance Instruction

I’ve taken many dance lessons, and by far, Deborah is the most detailed instructor I’ve ever had. It’s amazing how much faster a person can learn with the right instructor. Thanks Deborah!

Philip X. Tirone


One of the Most Important Parts of My Week

My dancing lessons with Deborah have become one of the most important parts of my week. Her classes provide fun, exercise and a relief from the stresses of the day. Deborah brings to her role as a dance instructor, great talent, the gift for teaching, kindness and consideration, a wonderful sense of humor and the ability to make all of her students feel accomplished. Her classes are great fun!

Barbara Meltzer


Learning Dance From You Is Easy And Fun!

I just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed your dance lessons, and that I think you’re a wonderful instructor. Not only is your knowledge of dance exceptional, but your teaching philosophy and method of communication are also excellent. The result is that learning dance from you becomes easy, fun and immediately successful. And what could be better than that?

Thanks again for your great work. Sincerely,

Doug Brignole, Former Mr. America and Mr. Universe


I Recommend By Your Side Dance Classes Without Reservation

The swing and ballroom dancing classes I’ve taken with Deborah have not only been great fun, but my dancing has improved more than I would have thought possible. Her positive attitude and her skill in diagnosing and fixing dance problems are great assets, and the grace of her demonstrations is inspiring. I recommend her classes without reservation.

Judith Searle


Personal and Professional Dance Instruction

In group and private or semi-private ballroom lessons, Deborah makes the learning fun with her generous spirit, warmth and humor by making the instruction personal and professional. The hour flies by and I always come away feeling oddly refreshed and enriched.

Best,

Sally Landau

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