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Friday, June 24, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

KIZOMBA BOOTCAMP 6/18/2016



What is Kizomba?
Kizomba is a partner dance that originated in Angola, Africa from the dance Semba, but has gained a large following in the Latin Dance scene. It's a freestyle guided by the heavy bass rhythm in the music. The music and dance have evolved over time to include a wide variety of cultural influences including Tango.




Here is a beautiful Kizomba demonstration by the bootcamp instructors Rainee & Ro.


Date:
Saturday June 18th, 2016

Hours:
Workshop 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Practica 3:30 - 4:30pm

Location:
By The Sea Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio
1145 Robert Grissom Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC

Pricing:
No Refunds

Tickets --> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2-hour-kizomba-bootcamp-tickets-25914879101#tickets

ALL ATTENDEES MUST PAY ONLINE.

Day-of Payment is available at the door for cash only, but price increases apply ... see below.

Early Bird Special (Now through June 10th at midnight):
Single - $25
Couples - $40

Regular Rates (After June 10th):
Single - $30
Couple - $50

At The Door (CASH ONLY)
Single - $35
Couple - $60


About the Instructors:

Lead Instructor:

Rainee Kite is a Performer, Instructor and Choreographer in Myrtle Beach, SC. Rainee started dancing at a young age; predominantly a Hip Hop Dancer, she wasn't introduced to Latin Dancing until her adulthood when she was asked to try Salsa Rueda. She immediately fell in love with the Rhythm, Individuality and Swag that the Latin world offered and quickly gained a reputation early on in Bachata for her smooth/easy follow. As Kizomba made its move from Europe to the U.S., she was among the first to learn, train, and teach the amazing African dance. Rainee has performed professionally since 2007 and has instructed Bachata and Kizomba across the country for the past 3 years. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to travel, gain new friendships, and share her love/passion for dance.

Assisting Instructor:

Ro Romero is an award winning choreographer and professional dancer in Myrtle Beach, SC. Originally from Ohio, he has been teaching Hip Hop for over fifteen years across the country and even spent part of his high school career on National Tours dancing backup for many of Disney's most well-known pop acts. He danced for 3 years at Legends In Concert Theater Myrtle Beach before deciding to instruct full-time. He has been teaching Bachata and Kizomba for 2 years with partner Rainee.

Rainee and Ro met through Ro's Hip Hop Cardio Class in 2013 and began a dance partnership. Both cross-trained the other and formed R&R Dance. Their unique style, rhythm, and teaching ability have quickly gained them attention and a following which they are incredibly grateful for.

For further information please call Rainee at (843) 503-9616

Friday, June 3, 2016

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.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

By the Sea Social Ballroom Party



Our social ballroom dance party is held the last Friday of every month.  Come enjoy our relaxed social atmosphere while you gain confidence and improve your dancing skills.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments, dance performances and lots of social dancing.  Our parties are open to the public.  Be bring a covered dish to share!

We turn down the lights and turn up the music to keep you on the dance floor.  Meeting and dancing with other students and pros can vastly improve your dancing.  Put your group and/or private lessons into practical use. You can make mistakes! The purpose of the party is to relax, have fun, no one is looking for perfection.  Just a good time, laughs and a bit to eat.  Be sure to keep your eyes on the dance floor for a new move or a new dance you may want to learn.  If you are brand new to dancing, let By the Sea Ballroom dance instructors ease you into social dancing. What a great way to get fit, meet new people and have fun! No prior experience or partner necessary.

The social ballroom dance party is a great opportunity to invite friends who have expressed an interest in learning to ballroom dance.  Come and dance with us and have enjoy and unforgettable evening. We look forward to seeing you at By The Sea!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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!  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wedding Dance Lessons


Preparing for your wedding dance is an important step toward the perfect wedding and making your first dance a joyous, memorable event.
Let us help you create a fantastic first dance. It is one of the most important dances of your life, in front of an audience of family and friends, recorded on video and in photos that will last a lifetime. We promise to make your wedding dance memorable and unique.
We specialize in turning a potentially uncomfortable “first dance” into something marvelous. Wedding dance lessons are a chance for couples to do something fun together during those busy pre-wedding months.
We can help you start off your wedding with an exceptional first dance. Your routine will be personalized and choreographed to best reflect the unique style of the bride and groom. Make your wedding dance a moment to treasure with a dance choreographed to your special song. Your dance can be anything from a fun hip hop routine to a very formal fox trot or a mix of both. Personalized dances are not limited to only the Bride and Groom. We can also choreograph wedding party entrances as well as Father/ Daughter and Mother/Son dances.
We are honored to have worked with so many wonderful wedding couples in creating a memorable wedding dance. Many of our satisfied couples continue to take lessons after their wedding to learn more dancing so that they can share the joy of dance for the rest of their lives.
By the Sea Dance studio is also available as a venue for wedding parties (engagement, bridal shower, bachelorette) and social gatherings.  Contact us today!

Saturday, February 20, 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!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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.


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!
 
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