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Tuesday, October 17, 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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Romantic Elements of Dance


Ballroom dancing is as romantic as it is pleasurable.  For years the world’s greatest romantics have known the best way into the heart of a woman is to sweep her across the dance floor.   Embracing, touching, holding and moving to the music is the most romantic skill any couple can add to their lives.  Think of all the numerous relationships that would have never started without the world’s best ice breaker — “May I have this dance?”

The romantic elements of dance are a secret that all good dancers enjoy.  For men, being able to recognize which dance the disc jockey is playing and having the confidence in your ability to walk across the floor and ask a lady to dance is a social requirement.  For ladies, they will always be in demand as a partner once they master the graceful poise, elegant styling and the all-important following skills. 


Dancing can help strengthen a relationship. It provides the opportunity for you to express  your deepest emotions towards your partner, accelerating your relationship into a more sensual mood.  New excitement and vivacity can be found together on the dance floor.  When you take ballroom dancing lessons as a couple, you learn skills that improve your romantic relationship by building your confidence not only on the dance floor, but in other areas of your relationship.   Through dancing, you pick up romantic skills such as the holding, touching, and moving to the music that dancing requires. All of this is done while you're spending quality time together having fun!  Contact By the Sea and enhance your relationship today.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dance Class Prices



Walk In - One class $15.00 

Here are some affordable options available for those who are interested in expanding their dance repertoire.

Dance Packages
Package 1:  (4) One hour group classes $48.00 monthly (one class per week)
Package 2:  (8)One hour group classes $65.00 per month (2 classes per week)
UNLIMITED Package:  All group classes $90.00 per month.


Personalized Programs can be created to suit your needs. Please call 1-800-299-9050 or email for a free consultation.  First group class always $10.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dancing for Beginners


Want to learn how to dance? Not sure how to get started? Don't worry, you've come to the right place.

Our goal is to make dancing as easy and enjoyable as possible. Even if you are an absolute beginner, with our help you will learn how to dance in no time.

Learning how to dance is like learning how to drive - at first you proceed slowly and cautiously, but with practice, you'll be doing it automatically.

If you would like to start dancing immediately, take a look at our schedule and attend any group class.  Our professional instructors will teach you with easy to follow step by step instructions that will have you dancing in no time.  Or for accelerated learning, consider taking a private lesson.  A one-on-one private lesson will help you achieve your dancing goals more quickly and most importantly in a fun personalized manner.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Argentine Tango Workshop Next Weekend!


The masters of Argentine Tango are coming to By The Sea!

All the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Justango is coming to share the authentic style of this passionate dance.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd 
6 PM Intro to Argentine Tango
7 PM Connection & Partnership
8 PM Ballroom Party & Pro Show

COACHING SESSIONS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today! Contact us at bytheseadance@gmail.com

Monday, May 8, 2017

Come Learn to Ballroom Dance

Learning to ballroom dance is fun and it is easy.  In a sense it is like learning a new language, a language in which moods and emotions are expressed in movement; a language of rhythm, grace and harmony.  It is new, but in a very real sense it is the oldest language in the world, for dancing is the oldest form of art.

Ballroom dancing is a wholesome, natural outlet for the emotions.  It develops grace and poise, timing and balance.  Men take pride in their ability to lead their partners with assurance and poise.  Ladies enjoy the ability to follow their partners smoothly, expertly and correctly.

The ability to dance develops personality, and above all it is fun.  Taking ballroom dance lessons is a great way to improve your confidence, it is a way to get fit and have lots of fun!

Contact By The Sea today to start learning to ballroom dance!

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."

RSVP for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1698024890226474/

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!  

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!
 
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