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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cuban Dance Workshops by Steven Messina

THIS SATURDAY from 2PM to 4:30PM!

2 hours of Cuban Dance with Steven Messina of Messina Dance Company!

SON CUBANO

Son is characterized by its upright ballroom-like posture, emphasis on presentation, and dancing to the percussion in a timing called "contratiempo" (the original version of "on2").

CUBAN CASINO (aka "Cuban Salsa")

When the younger generation danced son in Havana's casinos, they added more varied positioning, inside turns, and eventually the incorporation of elements from Afro-Cuban folkloric dances. Sometimes called "Cuban salsa," the true term from popular Cuban dancing originates from people's desire to "dance how they do in the casino."

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Footwork Tips!!!

Do you lose your balance, have trouble turning or feel you look awkward doing complicated footwork?  Here are some helpful tips:

Many dancers move with their feet apart. This makes them look awkward. Try the following. Imagine walking on a plank of wood, just wide enough to accommodate your feet, side by side. Now move forward and backward without stepping off the plank. You'll notice that when one foot passes the other,  it brushes against it. 

Get used to brushing your feet against each other moving forward and backward, then apply the same technique to moving in different directions. Whenever one foot takes a step, it touches or brushes against the other before you put your weight on it. Note that, except where a variation demands it, one foot never crosses in front or back of the other. Each foot always stays in its own track.


When you spin, either on two beats or on a triple step, stay on one spot by keeping your feet together (unless the step requires you to travel, in which case you stay on the plank). This way you wont wobble, loose your beat, or end up too far away from your partner, forcing him to chase and catch you , or rushing to close the gap.


Ladies, I know moving backward most of the time is difficult. However, try pointing your toe out when stretching the leading leg backward (and I mean stretching). Arching your back helps. When you kick, point your toe out and down. Pointing your toe up or inward looks very ungainly and is only suitable for some western moves (where it looks cute). To do a Tango swivel (fan), keep your knees together, stay balanced on your weighted foot,  and point your free toes down and out.  

Remember you are your worst critic.  Give yourself a break and just enjoy the moment and have fun!  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We teach the Social Graces of Ballroom Dance



Ballroom and Latin dancing is a fun way to stay fit and keep your mind and body active.  But that's only the start.  Dancing with a partner in this way carries values and etiquette that is rarely (if ever) seen in today's world.

In ballroom dancing, a man treats his partner with respect and dignity.  He learns to lead in a way that is not merely muscling his partner into doing what he wants.  He learns to be open, and to take things as they come, as it is no guarantee that his partner will follow exactly what he led.  And if she doesn't follow correctly, he accepts that he just may not have led it correctly.  He learns to graciously accept his own mistakes.  In ballroom dancing one will rarely see a man who will mistreat a woman.

Likewise, women who dance know how they should be treated and will accept nothing less.  She will not allow herself to be 'man-handled' and will simply not tolerate it.  She learns to have respect for herself, but at the same time she learns to respect her partner and to gracefully submit to his lead if he is setting the example.  She learns to trust; in him that he will take care of her on the dance floor, and in herself that she knows what she wants and how she will achieve it.

People who ballroom dance learn common sense in dealing with people.  They also learn poise and presence helpful when in the world outside of dance.   People learn to think on their feet; they must if they are to avoid crashing themselves or their dance partners into other people or other obstacles.  They learn to work with others, again, if they are to avoid collisions it is necessary to dance with the entire room, not just one's partner.

Unfortunately today some feel ballroom dance is a dying art and no longer see the value in it.  People think that dancing is moving one's lower half in inappropriate ways against another person's.  The complexity and conversation and elegance has all been lost.  Go to a social ballroom event, a West Coast Swing dance, a salsa night club or an Argentine Tango milonga.  Conversations without a word.  Entire stories told without a sound other than the music.  Intimacy without it being dirty.  Complexity and simplicity, improvisation and careful planning, all at the same time.  It's people having fun and sharing a special connection that can ONLY be found on the dance floor.

Come to By the Sea and learn to Ballroom and Latin Dance with grace, poise and elegance.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Dress for Dancing!

 
Selecting an outfit for a night of dancing can sometimes be difficult.  Here are a helpful tips to make the decision process easier.  When dressing for dancing, consider not just appearance, but also the comfort and safety of you and your partner. What you wear should make it easy and enjoyable for you and your partner to dance. Here are a few suggestions...

Wear dance shoes - never sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, or shoes with rubber or spongy soles which can stick to the floor during turns and spins and cause ankle and knee injuries. If you don't have dance shoes, wear dress shoes with leather or another non-stick sole.

Ladies: avoid dresses with baggy sleeves, or sleeveless dresses cut low in the armpit. Your partner's hands may get caught in baggy sleeves, especially during fast swings or Latin dances, and it can be very embarrassing for a gentleman if his hand slides through an oversized arm hole and ends up inside his partner's blouse (no gentleman would do this on purpose, of course). Also, wear skirts or dresses which allow enough room to move comfortably. Avoid shirts, dresses or skirts that have sashes that tie in the front or back. They look adorable with tied in a bow, but are bound to come undone and get in the way while dancing. Leather pants or skinny jeans can restrict your movement and make it either uncomfortable or downright impossible to execute various patterns.

Gentlemen: don't carry loose change, keys, or other bulky items in you pockets while dancing. If you don't have a place to store them, carry them in the rear pocket of your trousers, where they are less likely to bruise your partner. And never dance with you cell phone, PDA, blackberry, tablet, pocket knife, or other tools and devices hanging from your belt - the Inspector Gadget look has no place on the dance floor, and it won't kill you to be off your electronic leash for a few minutes.

Take a little time when you're getting ready to go out and consider not just how you'll look, but how your clothing and accessories will affect your dancing.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Night Club Tips for Dancers....


Tips for the Ladies ...

A successful strategy toward dancing all night, apart from knowing how to dance, is to be seen dancing.  Guys are generally a shy lot, but if they know you can and will dance, you'll be dancing all night.

So...select a good dance club or studio party.  A place with a wide range of ages works best. Some of those older guys can really dance!

Wear something bright and colorful, just be sure, whatever it is, it's noticeable!  Dance places can be dim as dusk, so make sure you don't blend into the shadows.  Arrive early and position yourself as close to the dance floor as possible.  Sit or stand near the dance floor, preferably where guys coming off the floor will see you first.  Most importantly, don't congregate with a group of women.  No guy is going to walk up to several women hanging together and risk that kind of rejection.

Smile till it hurts!  If you don't look like you're enjoying yourself, you probably won't be!  Don't be afraid to make eye contact.  Say, "Yes!" to the first dance offer, no matter who it is, and keep on saying it.  This is the most important rule!  Being picky is counter-productive, so lose the attitude!  If you're seen saying no, you'll be left with only the blind and the bold - a small, and not necessarily cute, minority.  The point of saying yes every time is to increase your chances of meeting talented, interesting dance partners.  If you do this right, good dancers will soon monopolize your time anyway.  Ask good dancers to teach you something new!  They'll usually be happy to oblige and will seek you out in the future.

Oh, and don't chew gum - or if you have to, do it with your mouth closed.


 

Tips for the Guys ... 
 
Some of the above and then...

Find a smiling gal who's near the dance floor and ask her to dance.  But for goodness sake, take a few classes first and remember - smooth is as good or better than fancy!  A couple of basic steps done correctly and on tempo is more fun for your partner than a dozen pretzel turns done badly with the timing all screwed up.

Avoid dancing roughly - like pulling your partner's arm out of its socket.  It's bad form.  Remember, you want to look good, and you can look really good if you make your partner look good.  Make eye contact - dancing is about communication.

Dance with all sorts of partners, it'll make you a better dancer, not to mention, it'll make you seem like a nice guy.

ALSO, if you haven't showered, shaved, or brushed your teeth for a while, it might be a good idea to do that first!

You don't want women to be pointing you out for the wrong reasons!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Unlimited Monthly Passes Available!

By The Sea Unlimited Pass

ON SALE NOW
By the Sea Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio Unlimited Monthly Group Lessons Pass
Only $90.00

This pass provides a great opportunity to meet all the Instructors and learn many styles of dance.

Contact By the Sea to purchase a pass.

Terms & Conditions: The Unlimited Monthly Pass is valid for one calendar month. The pass holder is entitled to unlimited access to all group classes offered at By the Sea Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio. Passes non-transferable, non-refundable and final sale.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Salsa Nightclub Dance Floor Etiquette

Dance Floor Etiquette ...

Yes, there are rules about dance floor rights and wrongs.  Here are some of them...
  • It's not cool to stand right ON the dance floor to socialize.  Even experienced salsa dancers, who should know better, sometimes stand right on the dance floor talking, drinking, smoking.  Do what you like, but do it AWAY from the dance floor!
  • Speaking of which... be nice to fellow dancers and avoid bumping into them.  If it's crowded on the floor - and these days most floors are crowded, dance small.  Most important, try to remember, your partner is not disposable - don't toss her around like a bowling ball.
  • A hardwood dance floor should be treated with care.  Drinks and cigarettes on the dance floor are a NO NO! When you spill liquid on a hardwood floor, it becomes a hazardous wet spot.  Even when it dries, this spot is pretty much ruined for dancers the rest of the night because it becomes "tacky" and you can't slide across it.
  • If you are a beginning salsa dancer, remember that everyone out there has probably experienced that same sweaty palm, stiff-as-a-board, jittery feeling.  It will pass.
  • If you or your partner screw up a step, get past the urge to argue about who's screwing up.   Remember - there are no mistakes!  It's ONLY dancing, and everyone's there to have fun.
  • If you're a woman who's not being asked to dance, try standing near the edge of the dance floor; smile, sway to the music, and look like you really NEED to dance to this song.  Make eye contact.   Dance with the first person who asks.  Once you get out there a couple of times with different partners, other potential partners will know you won't turn them down.  ALSO, don't be afraid to ask guys to dance.  It's cool!
  • Final and most important point, if you want to look good dancing, you should  take dance lessons at By the Sea Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Book a Private Lesson


Do you find yourself struggling on the dance floor?  Want to learn to dance or learn a new dance?  Want your dance to flow more easily and effortlessly?   Consider a private lesson, it's a quick and easy way to learn a new dance or bring your favorite dance up to speed.  Contact us at By the Sea to book a private lesson today!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

SALSA WORKSHOP!!!

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By the Sea Ballroom & Latin dance studio is excited to have Tonya and Jose teaching a Salsa Workshop on November 19, 2016.

2pm - Footwork & Styling
3:30pm - Partnerwork & Connection
4:45 - Practice & Review

Light refreshments to be served between classes!

Price: $40 for both classes or $25 for one

All workshop participants will receive complimentary entry to Tequila Joe's before 10pm!

Introducing Tonya Outlaw, dancer, instructor and choreographer extraordinaire! Tonya is the owner of the highly successful latin dance studio Baile Con Sazon Studio in Fayetteville, NC. Tonya has been latin dancing for over a decade and specializes in Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Pachanga and Kizomba.

These fabulous instructors have several decades of dance and instructing experience. They will break down each pattern and explain in simple terms the important fundamentals of every move. Tonya and Jose will teach you proper connection, technique and the keys to executing moves that lead to great partner dancing!

Tonya and Jose will also teach you jaw dropping footwork and eye catching style. You will be amazed at the stunning arm, body and footwork styling these two will teach you. You will be excited to try these new moves next time you are on the dance floor.

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to take this workshop! Register today, you have several different options to enroll:

1. In Person at By the Sea Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio - 1145 Robert Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

2. Over the Phone. Call 1-800-299-9050

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