Dance Classes at TorontoDanceSpot
What, and how we teach…
We teach group, private and semi-private dance classes in Toronto, in variety of dance styles.
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 all the necessary info in the “contact” page.
The Program – What we teach:
There are three main Classic styles in Argentine Tango and a fourth one – Tango Nuevo:
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.
Tango Nuevo – more modern approach to Argentine Tango – gives dancers more flexibility to perform variety of elements like Deep Sacadas with Displazamiento, or Soltadas – that are not as easy to do in the more classic forms, thanks to a more flexible stance and frame. Tango Nuevo is also danced to a different repertoire of music including New Age, Ambiance or Electronica.
Salsa and Social Latin
Practical approach to Dancing in a Latin Night club. During first levels you’ll learn absolute basics you need to know to survive in a Latin club. Mix of Salsa on 1 in a linear form and Cali (circular) form, basics of Merengue, basics of Bachata is what you need, before you hit the floor at a Latin Dance Club.
Ballroom Dancing – Social Style
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.
Ballroom Dancing – International Style
For those who are interested in a more technically advanced form of Ballroom dancing – International style is a natural choice. During International Ballroom classes we focus on typical 10 dance mix spending an equall amount of time on both Latin and Standard family of dances.
West Coast Swing
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.