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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!

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!
 
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