Our dance classes are held at two locations for now:
- Wednesdays in Aurora: at Trinity Anglican Church: 79 Victoria St. Aurora.
- Thursdays and Fridays in Etobicoke: at Swansea Town Hall: 95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto.
Ballroom Dancing – Social Style – Level 1
If you would like to start dancing and don’t know where to begin, you need basic that will give you an overview of what there is there to learn. If you have taken classes before and know a little about your own preferences and predisposition, you most likely will choose a more narrowly defined course.
If you are still undecided, you need the most practical set of dances to get you started. For an overall development of dancing skills you need a little of all three major dancing styles: a little bit of Latin motion (Rhumba and Chacha), a little bit of standard motion (Waltz and Foxtrot), and a little bit from the swing family (Single Swing). That is why we have chosen these five dances for level one and two. If you think about taking more specialized courses like Salsa, West Coast Swing or Argentine Tango in the future, knowing ballroom basics makes learning easier and faster.
West Coast Swing – level 1
A linear form, known at one point in time as “Sophisticated Swing”, West Coast Swing can be danced to variety of music styles, from Blues, R&B, Funk to HipHop.
“Linear” in the context of dancing, means that dancers move back and forth in a narrow fragment of the dance floor, with their movement characterized by frequent switching of places, akin to “I overtake you, you overtake me” motion. The alternative form of dancing would be tracing circles around one another without a clear direction. If you were to look at a couple from above and trace their movements, linear dances would leave an unmistakable mark on the dance floor. The lines would move back and forth and double up on themselves as if someone was drawing elongated squiggles along the same axis. This way West creates characteristic look, full of nice lines, changes of tempo and dynamic spins. Greatest asset in West Coast: it can be danced both to very slow and very fast music, giving you a great range to choose from.
Argentine Tango – level 1
There are three main styles in Argentine tango:
De Salon – the most classically looking and sounding of all,
Tango Walz – Argentine Tango danced to 6/4 music, similar in tempo to Viennese Waltz,
Milonga – fastest of all, done to a very characteristic fast rhythmic Milonga music. Not to be mistaken with a ”Milonga” – a name for a Tango dance event – an evening of dancing, during which everybody dances different kinds of Tango.
During level one and two you’ll get to know the basics of Tango De Salon. This will allow you to dance around the floor in a social setting to Tango de Salon music. Levels one and two will also become an introduction to the world of Tango etiquette. There are certain “dos” and “don’ts” that one needs to know before embarking onto a dance floor at a “Milonga”.
Salsa and Social Latin – level 1
Practical approach to Dancing in a Latin Night club. During levels one and two you’ll learn absolute basics you need to know to survive in a Latin club. Mix of Salsa on 1 in a linear and a Cali (circular) form, basics of Merengue, basics of Bachata is what you need, before you hit the floor at a Latin Dance Club.
The methodology – how we teach.
We do not make you memorize extended patterns or choreography. For the steps and figures to be universally recognized anywhere around the world, they have to be both led and followed. We focus on technical correctness and safety.
Dancing is for all ages and for all types. It doesn’t matter if you wish to make it an athletic discipline or leisurely relaxation – we can accommodate your needs, leaving the decision how much you would like to push yourself to you. We try to be light on the mood, heavy on correct technique, never try to be more Cuban or Argentinean then Latin America.
We do not treat ourselves to seriously, but treat “The Art” with utmost respect. It’s all about dancing and having fun, good learning, and by extension – good teaching. We teach the way we would like to be taught, never expecting things to be accepted on faith alone.
To enroll call us, or shoot us an e-mail. You’ll find al the necessary info in the “contact” page.