Seattle Dance Clubs and Seattle Dance Lessons for Salsa

Hot and Fun Salsa Dance Clubs and Classes in Seattle

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We all have to take dance classes, that's how we get started with just about every dance.  In fact, just recently, I had to start yet again, as a beginner, in swing dancing. Yes, having mastered one dance certainly helped to learn another, but no, it was not easy, and no, it was not fun to start out again as a beginner.

There's a certain frustration that evolves when you want to be able to express yourself in a dance, envisioning yourself being able to do it, and then not being able to because you simply can't complete the moves, or keep the timing, or conquer the ebb and flow of the dance steps.  So, as I struggled through learning the new dance, I went back to the basics, to focus on the three tips to dance class mastery.

Apart from the basics – smile, be happy, pay attention, etc … there are three things I'm doing that are going to make all the difference. You expect me to talk about dance videos, and yes, they are important, but they're really the means, rather than the end, much like finding a dance partner. The end is … practice and repetition! You want to improve, and be the star? Practice! Even 20 minutes, with a partner, and perhaps a dance video, and you will soar to the head of the class.  I can't stress this enough. It's the bread of learning, and here comes the butter.

Which brings me to point #2. If you're goal is to social dance, then you have to practice social dancing! It's not enough to steal away with your dance partner, watch videos, and practice moves in a studio. You have to get out there and fumble around, and that is tough when you're a beginner. Comfort yourself in the knowledge that you will someday master the dance – and be the person people line up to dance with. You'll need that comfort in your mind, because right now, you likely suck. :)

So, as you practice with your dance videos, search out willing dance partners. and struggle to survive more than five minutes of social dancing, remember rule number three. Take it to heart, and go easy on yourself. Enjoy the process. Everyone goes through it. No one is born knowing all the moves. While it's true, some have natural skills, regardless of your innate skill, you will master the dance. But is that really the end goal? Is that the end game?

I look back on my learning process, before I became "SalsaCrazy", and before I took it all so "seriously", and I realize the learning process, and being a beginner, and working through the basics, were some of the best times I've ever had out dancing (and in life). They were exciting, they were crazy, and they're cherished. Tip #3 – stay positive, and enjoy the process – every second of it.  Learn to dance, it will change your life.

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VIS 2012 – The Vancouver International Salsa Festival

It's almost here, and SalsaCrazy is going to salsa dance! This festival has me pretty excited. After years of attending every salsa congress and salsa festival in the world it takes a lot to get me excited.  There's only a few festivals around the world that I haven't been to, that are consistently talked about and rated highly by attendees … and Vancouver, now in it's fourth year, is one of them.

This looks to be a stellar event, with full passes having been sold out for months. Check out the Salsa Festival Website because yes, there's still ways to get passes (especially to the night time events). This festival has been getting rave reviews from everyone I talk to as the model for organization, class, and of course, fun!  Their marketing materials are awesome, funny, and really get you pumped to attend.

And my standards are absurdly high. It's not enough to have a great lineup of dancers, endless dance floors, or great performances, or even  great organization. I'm looking for beautiful and fun cities, amazing hotels, top notch music, and a focus and understand of social dance. That's what makes a festival for me.  It's a mixture of everything combined … (plus a great bar).

So after 4 years, it looks like I'm actually going to be able to go to the Vancouver Salsa Festival. My tickets are booked, my hotel is reserved, and I'm ready to travel, explore, and have an amazing vacation (I am not teaching or performing). That being said, you're always welcome to buy me a drink. ;)

Keep Dancing, and Keep it Crazy!

SC (SalsaCrazy)

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"Pro-Am" Salsa Jack & Jack-Jill & Jill Dance Competition
Friday – November 12, 2010

Join us for "Pro-Am" Salsa Jack & Jack-Jill & Jill Dance Competition @ BDS This means ladies leading ladies, men leading men, anyone able to lead and follow may enter.

This event is open to the public. Come to watch, dance or to compete, everyone is welcome!

Dancer from all surrounding cities, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Portland OR., please join us!

No partners needed for this competition, we will be rotated partners and you will be switching from being a lead to a follow, 2 round of heat/2 full songs, (NO aerials, all competitors must sign in with the judges by 10pm)

-1st place winners each will receive $100 of part cash/gift packages & trophies.
-2nd place winners each will receive $50 gift packages & trophies.
-3rd place winners each will receive ribbons.

-Hottest latin mix by Dj JC
-FREE: Raffle drawings during the evening
-FREE intro Beg. level Salsa lesson @ 9pm with your $10 event cover
“NO partners are needed for lesson”

-Dance till 1:30am. Full bar (21-ID required).

-SPONSORS:
Experience Shoes- http://www.experienceshoes.com/
Belltown Dance Studio-http://belltowndancestudio.com/
Citrus-http://CitrusLakeUnion.com/
Petra-Mediterranean Bistro – http://www.petrabistro.com/

By being a selected sponsor, with your donating gift certificates, we like to offer you free advertising announcing your business name, posting of your business to all 3 sites and student data base, total reaching over 8,000 people, please contact me at salsa1jim@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Belltown Dance Studio
2521 4th Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
BelltownDanceStudio.com/events
ph: 206-930-7246

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BBDS very first Halloween Salsa Dance Dessert Party!

*FREE Home made desserts & treats.
*Wear your best costume and win $100 cash. Show up no later then 9pm to ensure your spot if you are entering the competition.
**All contestants – CAPTURE photos by Jim Hadley of (Experience Shoes), You will get to pick one of your favorite Compliments photo from him for FREE.

*Sponsors:

http://belltowndancestudio.com/

http://www.experienceshoes.com/

Beer & wine bar
$7 cover 6:45pm-11:30pm

Belltown Dance Studio
Seattle, WA 98121
2521 4th Ave.DS very first Halloween Salsa Dance Dessert Party!

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Rio, Roda e Rueda Workshops - Samba, Salsa and more... - December 5, 2009

Letting you know about some fabulous workshops coming up Saturday, December 5th.

RIO, RODA e RUEDA is a collaborated effort of Bahia In Motion, Tudo Beleza and Dennis Richards to provide you with 3 hours of Brazilian Samba and Cuban Salsa! Explore Samba from its roots to its festive Carnaval flavor. Try the enticing and addicting Cuban Rueda. The workshops will leave you smiling and shining for the holiday season!

The workshops also serve as a food drive for Northwest Harvest. Please bring something to donate for those in need this Holiday Season.

RIO, RODA E RUEDA
Brazilian Samba and Cuban Salsa Workshops

Saturday, December 5th
3:30-4:30pm Samba de Roda ~ Bahia In Motion
(ladies bring long flowy skirts please)
4:30-5:30pm Rio-style Samba ~ Tudo Beleza
5:30-6:30pm Cuban Salsa ~ Dennis Richards

Belltown Dance Studio
2521 4th Ave. (at Vine and 4th in Belltown)
Seattle, WA 98121

$10-1 class/$18-2 classes/$25 3-classes

We hope to see you soon – and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lisette Austin
Managing Director
www.tudobeleza.com
facebook.com/tudobelezadance

Up to-date calendar:
www.tudobeleza.com/schedule.html

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/user/tudobeleza07

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Class Schedule

Classes are held Sundays @
China Harbor Restaurant
1240 Westlake Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

Class Times:

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm . . . beginners/ intermediate
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm . . . ladies styling
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm . . . advanced spins & turns, footwork, and partnering

for more details and information call 425-275-1348 or visit: www.bravosalsa.com

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Salsa Caliente! Private Classes with Howard & Marisa

Private instruction allows you to learn at your own pace and in your learning style.  Maybe you want to learn something new, work out a few kinks, or learn in a more private setting.

Gift Certificates are available upon request.  If you have questions about private instruction or would like to arrange a time, contact us at 206-633-5166 or email us at salsa@salsacaliente.com

Cost: Pricing for private instruction is the same with or without a partner. In other words, the cost is per lesson, not per person. For cost information for small groups, please call our studio at 206-633-5166.

  • 45-minute lesson: $75
  • 60-minute lesson: $100
Series Discount: If you sign up for a series of four lessons you receive a discount. Fee is paid in full at the first lesson.
  • Four 45-minute lessons: $200
  • Four 60-minute lessons: $260
Private Instruction Policy: Although we do offer flexibility in our scheduling, we do require 24 hours notice if a lesson needs to be rescheduled otherwise you will be charged for that lesson. Please be on time for your scheduled lesson. Lessons and gift certificates must be used within 3 months from purchase date and are non-refundable.
for more details and information: www.salsacaliente.com

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Salsa Seattle Casino and Rueda Meetup

August 6, 2009 – Thursday

Casino and Rueda de Casino Class at the Kirkland Dance Center

Class Description:
Rueda de Casino is a fun and highly interactive Cuban salsa style where couples dance in a circle. One of the dancers acts as the caller, giving dance move commands which all the couples perform. Partners swtich at the end of most moves, which means that everyone dances with everyone. Most of the moves learned in Rueda de Casino can be used to dance Casino (Cuban style salsa) with just your dance partner.

Class Requirements:
If you already dance salsa, come learn Rueda de Casino! And if you have never danced salsa or any other dance, come join us and see how much fun you can have while learning. No partner necessary, everyone dances with everyone! Bring comfortable clothes and shoes, no special shoes required. People from all levels and ages are encourage to come and have fun!

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Casino and Rueda de Casino Class

at the Kirkland Dance Center

June 25,2009

Thursdays at 7pm

Class Description:
Rueda de Casino is a fun and highly interactive Cuban salsa style where couples dance in a circle. One of the dancers acts as the caller, giving dance move commands which all the couples perform. Partners swtich at the end of most moves, which means that everyone dances with everyone. Most of the moves learned in Rueda de Casino can be used to dance Casino (Cuban style salsa) with just your dance partner.

Class Requirements:
If you already dance salsa, come learn Rueda de Casino! And if you have never danced salsa or any other dance, come join us and see how much fun you can have while learning. No partner necessary, everyone dances with everyone! Bring comfortable clothes and shoes, no special shoes required. People from all levels and ages are encourage to come and have fun!

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