Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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, February 28, 2014

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!  

Monday, February 17, 2014

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 15, 2014

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.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

FREE Dance Party every Thursday!


FREE Dance Party at Mama Mia Pizzeria

Dancing starts at 9pm. Happy hour prices on all food and drinks. Casual dress. A variety of music will be played to cover all styles of social dances. Requests taken. Bring your dance shoes and a smile!

Mama Mia Pizzeria
1155 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(800) 299-9050

Ballroom/Latin/Swing/Shag/Salsa/Night Club Two-Step/Country/Hustle/Line Dancing/Argentine Tango

What a great way get fit, meet new people and have fun practicing with other students and dance instructors. No prior experience or partner necessary. We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Introducing Argentine Tango Class....



 
Argentine tango has been thrilling dancers for more than 100 years. Tango is loved by dancers and audiences for its beauty, passion, drama and excitement. Learning to dance tango socially is based on improvisational movement and respecting both your partner and the other dancers on the floor. Tango is a dance based on walking so you must practice this essential element. The good news is that you already know how to walk, you just need to practice taking a partner with you.  When you're a beginning tango student, attending a class is the best way to become familiar with the dance. Sign up and attend regularly. Learning to dance tango is a wonderful commitment you make for yourself and consistency is as important to achieving this goal. 

Argentine tango is an improvisational dance based on the four building blocks of walking, turning, stopping and embellishments. The dance is like a puzzle that gets put together differently each time. Women and men bring their own styles and embellishments to the dance which contribute significantly to the excitement and unpredictability of the experience. Even though dancers follow certain conventions, they never quite know how someone will construct a dance, add an embellishment or interpret the music. The surprises possible within the dance are what make the dance so addicting. It really does take two to tango, because the dance isn't just about the man leading and the woman following. The essence of Argentine tango is about life and, especially, about the relationship between a man and a woman.

Be sure to check out our calendar for exact dates and times.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Classes in February



New class addition on Thursdays and Free Weekly Dance Party on Tuesdays in February!

Tuesdays
7:00pm Swing & Hustle 
8:00pm Ballroom 

Wednesdays
8:00pm Beginner Shag & Ballroom Basics

Thursdays
6:00pm Styling & Technique

7:00pm Latin - Salsa, Bachata & Merengue 
8:00pm Argentine Tango

Sundays
2pm Belly Dance & Hula Hoop group class 

Dance Packages
Package 1:  (4) One hour group classes $40.00 monthly ( pick one group)
Package 2:  (8)One hour group classes$60.00 per month (pick 2 groups)
UNLIMITED Package:  All group classes $70.00 per month 
NEW! Dancers Delight Package:  (4) one hour private lessons & UNLIMITED group $240.00 monthly.
 

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, January 14, 2014

Unlimited Monthly Passes Available!

By The Sea Unlimited Pass

ON SALE NOW
By the Sea Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio Unlimited Monthly Pass
Only $70.00

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.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Give the Gift of Dance!

Looking to give someone the Valentine's Day perfect gift?  Give the gift of dance!  Purchase a By the Sea Ballroom & Latin Dance Gift Certificate.  Call 1-800-299-9050 or Contact Us and get one today!!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

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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