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Monday, January 25, 2016

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!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

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.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Improve your Social Life with Dance


Looking to get out and meet new people?  Try taking dance lessons.  Dancing is a social activity that allows you to meet many new people.  Dancing is a natural icebreaker and a fun and exhilarating social activity.  The confidence that you gain through dancing will come out in any social situation.
 
When it comes to dance socials, lessons provide men with confidence to ask a woman to dance because they recognize which dance is being played and how to properly dance. Women, on the other hand, gain grace, poise, and the skills of following a trained dancer, making dancing more enjoyable and fun.
 
People will go to all extremes to make themselves attractive to the opposite sex.  Hours are spent in the gym and millions are spent on cosmetics and stylish clothing just to gain a slight advantage in the dating game.  Unfortunately for these people, they will always have to take a back seat to a good dancer.  The best way to be noticed, in a favorable light, is on the dance floor.  A couple of lessons at By the Sea Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio is all you will need to turn your dancing and romantic life around.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Latin Dance Lessons


Come out and join us every week for Latin Dance Class. Our highly trained instructor teaches a variety of latin dance styles. You can learn how to Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Rumba or Cha Cha. These styles are regularly danced at local nightclubs here in Myrtle Beach. Many of our students go out dancing around town throughout the week. Everyone has a great time dancing and practicing new moves learned in class. Come out and try a class. You will be sure to have lots of fun as well as meet new friends who share a passion for Latin Dance. 
Be sure to check out our calendar for exact dates and times.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Workshops and Dance Party with Calvin King

Come celebrate the birthday of Latin Dance instructor extraordinaire Calvin King on Saturday, December 5th!

Have fun and learn the newest styles in Calvin's Salsa and Bachata workshops from 2pm-4:45pm, and then party the night away at Calvin's Birthday and Holiday Dance Party from 8pm-11pm!

The prices are $25 for one workshop or $35 for both workshops, and $10 for the Dance Party.

Contact us to buy tickets or for more information!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Introducing Cha Cha & Mambo Dance Class

Join us each week for this fabulous dance class.  

Cha cha and Mambo are two sultry latin dances which incorporate similar movements and footwork. These incredible dance styles are taught each week for one exciting hour of sizzling Cuban motion and sexy body rolls. 

Our brilliant instructor will break down each movement into simple comprehensive steps. You will learn a different pattern each week.  No previous experience necessary.  Drop-ins welcome. Be sure to check out our calendar for class dates and times.

Friday, November 6, 2015

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!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dance Class Prices



Walk In - One class $12.00 

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 $40.00 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.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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.
 
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