Dance Classes

The following are group classes which are open to the public! Drop-ins welcome! Go to our Calendar of Classes and Events to see our full schedule.



Tuesdays


Ballroom Dance Class - 7pm-8pm

Swing Dance Class - 8pm-9pm

Wednesdays


Shag and Ballroom Basics Class - 8pm-9pm



Thursdays


Salsa and Latin Dance Class - 7pm-8pm

Argentine Tango Dance Class - 8pm-9pm

Sundays


Hula Hoop & Belly Dance Class - 2pm-3pm





By the Sea is also available for Private Lessons. Contact Us For More Info!



We teach classes and lessons in the following dance styles:




Argentine Tango: The Argentine Tango is a beautiful simple language of improvisational social dance that has developed over the last century in the city of Buenos Aires. It is a true dance of leading and following. Argentine Tango uses slower music, more of a spot dance, easier to dance on a smaller floor, uses a lot of leg and foot action and the character of the dance is more dramatic.



Bachata: The Bachata is a sensual Latin American dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. The basic steps of Bachata are really simple with just three steps to the side and a foot tap on the 4th beat. Hip movement and body isolations spice up the basic steps.



Belly Dancing: Many experts say belly dancing is the oldest form of dance, having roots in all ancient cultures from the orient to India to the Middle East. Belly dancing is natural to a woman's bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in various patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form.



Bolero: Bolero is a slow, beautiful, expressive dance that combines the dance patterns of Rumba with the rise and fall action of the Waltz. The Bolero is the slowest of the Latin dances and has a smooth, sophisticated, romantic feel. Performed to a slower tempo Latin music, it shows off the lady with controlled movement and dramatic expression. The music is frequently arranged with Spanish vocals and a subtle percussion effect, usually implemented with Conga or Bongos.



Cha Cha: The Cha Cha is an energetic, sensual dance that lets the dancer show some personality. It is an exciting syncopated Latin dance, which originated in the 1950's as a slowed-down Mambo. The Cha Cha gathers its personality, character, rhythm, basis and charm from two major dance sources. It has a fun, staccato style that is known for the syncopation of the fourth beat. It is a derivation of the Mambo through its Latin music, it is also a close relative of the Swing, as it is danced to its 1-2-3, step-step rhythm. The Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm.



East Coast Swing: This dance is frequently referred to as a triple step swing due to rhythm of the basic triple step. This dance consists of six and eight count patterns, which require a rock step back by both man and woman to begin. It is a circular dance that is danced with a bounce and is very grounded and not high in the legs. This bounce requires the dancer to stay very smooth and not jump around much. East Coast Swing is the base for all swing dances.



Foxtrot: The Foxtrot is one of the most popular social dance in the world today. It is enjoyed by all age groups for its ease of movement and smooth style. The Foxtrot is one of the most deceiving dances as it looks very easy, but is one of the most difficult dances to do. It is the foundation for many of the social dances and is commonly danced at weddings and black tie events. It has gone through many changes over the years and is now comprised of more soft and fluid linear movements. Foxtrot helps the dancer learn timing and smooth, long movement and can be performed to slow as well as faster paced music.



Hustle: The Hustle came alive in the disco era. It is a fast, smooth dance, with the lady spinning almost constantly, while her partner draws her close and sends her away. It can be danced everywhere: ballrooms, nightclubs, Latin clubs, parties and wedding receptions. The Hustle is characterized by fast moving patterns with many turns that tends to spotlight the lady and features fancy arm and hip movements. The Hustle can be danced to disco, techno-beat and nightclub music. Its steps and turns are very easy to learn.



Hula Hoop Dancing: This form of dance involves hula hooping with large customized hoops. This new contemporary form of Hoop Dance movement is a full-body exercise that tones and sculpts your abs, thighs and arms while the hoop travels up and down your torso, arms and legs, all while you are having fun dancing to the music.



Jitterbug: The Jitterbug is very lively and has lots of energy. The dance has a highly syncopated rhythm of steps, with the legs portraying a pumping action. The Jitterbug, Jive and East Coast Swing share many figures, as well as the same music style and tempo. The term "Jitterbug" was coined by a radio announcer covering the 1936 Harvest Moon Ball, who said that the dancers looked like “Jitterbugs”, thanks to the fast and fancy footwork, lifts and aerials.



Jive: The Jive is a very fast, acrobatic, and lively dance. This dance is the European version of East Coast Swing. Jive is a very energetic dance, with plenty of knee-lifting, bending, and rocking of the hips. Many of its basic patterns are similar to those of East Coast Swing and Jitterbug. However, unlike the East Coast Swing the Jive is danced to faster tempo swing music and is meant for competitive style dancing. Jive incorporates lots of kicks and flicks and twirling of the woman.



Lindy Hop: This dance came about with the big band era and is danced to fast tempo swing. All Lindy steps are eight count patterns done in a circular fashion with a lot of kicks, flicks, hops, lifts and drops. This dance style is primarily an expressive jazz rhythm dance. The Lindy derived from social dancers with African movements connected with the earth, vertical bounce, side hip movements and a relaxed torso.



Mambo: The Mambo is an exciting, expressive dance that uses rhythmical body and hip movements. The dance is vibrant, flamboyant and playful. The Mambo is characterized by strong Cuban Motion, staccato movement and expression of rhythm through the body. It is a popular dance at nightclubs and is often thought of as dancing Salsa on two. Mambo is a spot dance and the steps are quite compact.



Merengue: The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, where it originated in the early 1800’s. It is a fast and spicy dance that is very easy to learn. The Merengue is a fun dance made up of simple steps and is characterized by its marching feel. Turns are slow and typically danced four beats/steps making it fairly simple to learn and a great dance for beginners. This dance helps you get the feeling of the Latin hip movement in no time.



Night Club Two-Step: Two Step (Night Club Version), not to be confused with country two step, is one of the most practical and versatile social dances ever conceived. It is designed to be used with contemporary soft rock ("Love Song" type music.) This type of music is common just about everywhere, nightclubs, radio, etc. The rhythm of the dance is very simple and rarely changed from the 1 & 2 count. This simple romantic dance fills a gap where no other ballroom dance fits. It gives the dancer, either beginning or advanced the opportunity to express and create without a rigid technique being required. It's attractive, romantic and is a real asset to learn and will be used often.



Paso Doble: The Paso Doble is a theatrical Spanish dance that characterizes the man as the matador and the lady as his cape. Paso Doble means "double step." Based on Flamenco dancing, the character of the dance is arrogant and passionate. It has a "march-like" style with music typically played in bullfights. In the Paso Doble, dancers take strong steps forward with the heels, and incorporate artistic hand movements. One of the most dramatic of all the Latin dances, the Paso Doble is a progressive dance like Samba, but with significantly less hip movement.



Peabody: The Peabody resembles a fast Foxtrot. Dancers use many intricate quick steps set against a figure called the "open box". Danced to ragtime music, the Peabody is jumpy with a unique partner hold and long gliding steps. It was named after the policeman William Frank Peabody who, because of his awkward girth, had to hold his partner to the side instead of directly in front of him. In general, the Peabody is a brisk dance that covers a large amount of space. It is popular in the larger ballrooms where dance space is not a serious problem. Partners can add slight dipping motions with their upper bodies once they master the rhythm and flow.



Quickstep: The Quickstep is a ballroom dance style composed of extremely quick stepping and syncopated feet rhythms in time to fast-paced music. It is a very quick and lively dance comprised of hops, runs, skips and kicks with a lot of momentum and rotation. The dance began as a quick version of Foxtrot mixed with the Charleston, and musical "Jazz" influences. Quickstep dancers are elegant and energetic while appearing extremely light on their feet.



Rumba: The Rumba is Cuban in origin and is often referred to as the "dance of love." It is a moderately slow Latin dance with plenty of wraps, under arm turns and lots of coquetry. The Rumba is danced to a slow sensuous beat with a variety of body movements, spins, dips and Latin hip movement. Sultry and romantic, the music is a mixture of African and Latin rhythms. The Rumba is a sensuous and seductive dance, which spotlights the lady and features much flirtation.



Salsa: Salsa is a fun, high-energy Latin dance where you shake your hips and shimmy your shoulders. It is very popular on the social and Latin nightclub dance scene. Salsa features lots of turns, multiple spins, quick intricate footwork and sensual body movements. This dance is hot, spicy, and passionate.



Samba: Samba is the dance of celebration and joy and is the official dance of Brazil. Samba has a traveling action around the floor with lots of spins and controlled bounces unlike the other Latin dances that are stationary. Samba dancing has a rhythmic action, a gentle bounce and sensual hip movements. Samba music has a joyful contagious rhythm that can be found in many top 40 songs. This lively Brazilian dance looks lighthearted, fun and is as enjoyable to watch as it is to dance.



Shag: The Shag is a smooth swing style dance. Unlike West Coast Swing, Shag showcases male lead steps and footwork. The majority of the movement is below the waist with the best dancers appearing to slide across the floor. It consists of intricate steps, fancy footwork and is very smooth and controlled with no lifts. At times you will see the leader and follower in a side by side position dancing the mirror opposite of one another. In shag the male tends to take the spotlight. In fact, the shag has been called a “peacock dance” for this trait. You will see people shag to a wide variety of music styles but it is commonly danced to Beach Music.



Tango: Tango is a sexy, stylish and chic. This very powerful dance has long angular strides with dramatic direction changes, and pronounced emotional gestures. The tango is a progressive dance that incorporates lingering freezes and quick snaps of the head and body. It is danced in a slightly different manner to the other dances. The hold is very different, with the lady's arm under the man's, which creates a tighter hold for a quick body movement and stylized poses. A staccato movement of the feet and flexed knees highlight the dramatic style of the tango.



Viennese Waltz: Viennese Waltz is a faster tempo Waltz where dancers are constantly turning left and right with side sways and underarms turns. Charming, grand and effortless in appearance the dancers appear to glide effortlessly around the perimeter of the dance floor. The music is fast in tempo and sends the couples whirling around the floor. This high energy dance incorporates fast turns and intricate footwork. Characterized by its speed as well as a rise and fall and sway, the Viennese Waltz displays a magical elegance.



Waltz: The Waltz is an elegant, beautiful dance with long flowing movements and stylish poses. It is characterized by sweeping turns and gliding movements across the dance floor done in a closed position. Rise and fall, body sway, walking steps, correct posture and constantly rotating turns are just some of the styling characteristics which makes even the simplest Waltz patterns elegant and graceful. While the tempo of the waltz is slow, the expressive quality of the music often invites very powerful and dynamic movement from dancers. The Waltz continuous to be one of the most romantic dances of all time. This is a popular dance style that can be used for many occasions including weddings, cruises and social dance events.



West Coast Swing: West Coast Swing is a sophisticated style of swing that has evolved from Lindy Hop. West Coast Swing is now done in a slot with tight smooth movements allowing room for syncopated footwork and improvisation. The dance has no bounce, and has a very fluid look and feel to it. West Coast Swing allows for both partners to emphasize musicality and to improvise their steps while dancing. It can be danced to a wide range of music including Blues, Hip Hop, Rhythm & Blues (R&B), Pop, Jazz, Big Band, Disco, Funk, Rock, Country and Latin. This dance has turns, spins, rhythms and fancy footwork, which allow the dancer a lot of room for individuality. You'll always see something spontaneous, entertaining and surprising when experienced West Coast Swing dancers are on the floor.

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