Ballroom and Latin Dance Instruction

Learning to dance isn’t just for little girls in tutus. Dance is a vehicle for developing your human potential.

Whether you want to have the regal, elegant posture of a ballroom dancer, or learn how to move your hips like a salsa queen, the journey of becoming a proficient social or performance dancer will challenge you to get in touch with your body like never before. As your skills develop, your dancing will begin to flow and you will learn to move in meditative harmony with your dance partner, as well as the music. There has never been a better time to learn to dance! With TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars, more people are getting into partner dancing than ever before. Get started with introductory lessons this week to see how fun and rewarding learning to dance can be!

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Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is not mere abstraction from life; it is life itself. – Havelock Ellis

Discover the Benefits of Partner Dancing Lessons

  • Reduce Stress In a controlled study in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, researchers found that partner dance with musical accompaniment reduces stress, and improves overall quality of life.
  • Lose Weight A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that an exercise program of dance training is just as helpful for losing weight and increasing aerobic power as cycling and jogging.
  • Improve Posture and Balance All forms of Ballroom and Latin dance stress the need for strong posture, correct alignment, balance, and stability. Dance training also improves proprioception, or body awareness (the kinesthetic sense).
  • Increase Energy The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition found that a weekly dance program could improve physical performance and increase energy levels among adults.
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Salsa Basic A and B

Here's a little video showing the basics of Salsa. The back-and-forth basic (basic A) is the staple basic move of many styles of salsa, including L.A. style and N.Y. style. It is characterized by direct movement, and works well in small spaces. Basic B, or the back basic (sometimes referred to by ballroom dancers as the 5th position break) is indicitave of many South American and Carribbean native styles of salsa. This one, although not demonstrated this way in the video, can move in a very flexible way, and is also associated with similar dances, like Cumbia.

How to Dance Your Arms in Salsa

In this post, I discuss basic Salsa arm movement, and how the arm movement relates to the movement of the body. Key concepts include allowing the arms to float, dancing the arms with the sides of the body, and keeping the arms and hands from crossing over the mid-line of the body.

Salsa Hip Action and Three Types of Cuban Motion

In this short video lesson I cover basic concepts of hip action and body rhythm for Salsa and other latin dances, apply these concepts to Salsa basic steps, and establish the 3 fundamental types of body rhythm, or "Cuban Motion". Key concepts include basic body mechanics, footwork, leg action, and the imagery of "Squashing Grapes" to describe and conceptualize the synergy of these techniques. Varying amounts of these techniques are used to produce and styllize the Salsa hip action, as well as hip actions in other Latin American or rhythm dance styles.

 

 “I do not try to dance better than anyone else.

I only try to dance better than myself.”

– Mikhail Baryshnikov

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