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Ladies Styling

Dance professionals provide you with the tools to feel comfortable styling. Lessons are designed to help you work on your technique as follows,

Styling, posture, spotting, arms control, technique cuban hip motion, musicality interpretation of the music and connection with the movements.

Expect an improvement in your dancing which will become more fluid, versatile, stylish and as a result, you will shine on the dance floor

Cardio Salsa/Shines

Salsa Cardio is a fun way to workout which incorporates merengue, salsa, cha cha and other Latin dances. It introduces students to fast footwork, step choreography, musicality and body movement. For those looking to lose weight, stay in shape, get healthy, have fun, and dance it is a great step to take.

Cha Cha Lessons

The Cha Cha was essentially born from the Latin Mambo dance, as it underwent subtle changes. It was triple mambo, and then peculiar scraping and shuffling sounds during the “tripling” produced the imitative sound of Cha Cha Cha. This then became a dance in itself. If you’d like to learn more, or are interested in Cha Cha dance lessons in Toronto, visit us at DanceProfessionals Studio! The energetic rhythm of the Cha Cha encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show.

Salsa Lessons

Salsa is one of the most poplar social dance in the Greater Toronto area. Students of our Toronto Salsa lessons get to undergo the unique blending of traditional Latin sounds, dance steps of the Mambo, and the Cha Cha, along with the freedom and turning actions of Swing and Hustle. Our Toronto Salsa lessons offer you the true nightclub dance experience that fits onto small crowded floors, a real must for Latin social dancing aficionados or those who just want to have fun.

 

Bachata Lessons

The authentic Bachata, from the Dominican Republic, is a box-step dance with a sequence of 8 counts. Western influence kept the same 8 counts but altered the basic step with a side-to-side motion. The fusion-style of Bachata developed in the United States, Europe and Australia combines any or all of the Traditional, Modern, Urban, Bachatango, and Bachaballroom styles.

Steps one through three are a step-together-step, followed by a tap on count four. Changing direction, dancers repeat the step-together-step for counts five thru seven, and tap on the eight count. The tap on the four and eight count can include a slight or exaggerated “pop” movement with the hips, depending on the dancer’s style. With each Bachata step, the dancer’s hips mimic a figure-eight design. It is important to keep knees slightly bent to ease the sway of the hips. When you dance the Bachata, the music follows the same 8-count pattern and the rhythm accents every fourth count, which is a good indication of when to “pop.” The tap and pop indicate which direction the next steps will go.

As a partner dance, the leader decides whether to perform in an open, semi-closed or closed position. The leader communicates with “pushing and pulling” hand gestures. The performance variations depend on the music, venue, mood, and interpretation.

History of the Bachata

Bachata dance developed with its accompanying music genre, also called Bachata. The first Bachata music recordings were created immediately after the 1961 assassination of Dominican Republic’s 31-year dictator, Rafael Trujillo, who had repressed Bachata because its social stigma was that of poor, rural and uneducated citizens. In the wake of his death, national pride gave birth to the Dominican music and dance industry that would eventually dominate the island. Like the period it came from, Bachata music and dance often tell a tale of heartbreak and sadness. The authentic Bachata was danced only closed, like the bolero, in a close embrace.

Mambo Lessons

The Mambo Latin ballroom dance could not have been conceived earlier since up until that time Cuba and American Jazz were still not wedded. The Victor records of Anselmo Sacasas entitled “Mambo” in 1944 were probably the beginning and since then other Latin American bandleaders such as Tito Rodriguez, Pupi Campo, Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Machito and Xavier Cugat have achieved styling of their own and furthered the Mambo craze. If you love the music style and want to get in on the action, sign up for our Mambo dance lessons with Toronto Dance Professionals today!

Rumba Dance Lessons

Just like any other passionate activity, magic happens when two people come together on the dance floor. In fact, only a small space is required to dance the Rumba because it is, after all, meant to express true passion. Rumba originally meant “party” for Africans. It took a life of its own and separated into two distinct camps: music and dance. It was brought into Cuba from Africa, and the dance features pronounced side-to-side hip movements with a basic pattern of two quick side steps and a slow forward step. If you think you have the passion, come join us and try out a class or two.

Merengue Dance Lessons

The Merengue was introduced in the United States in the New York area. Ideally suited to the small, crowded dance floors, it is a dance that is easy to learn and enjoy. Merengue music tempos vary a great deal and the Dominicans enjoy a sharp quickening of pace towards the latter part of the dance. The most favoured routine at the clubs and restaurants that run a dance floor is a slow Bolero, breaking into a Merengue, which becomes akin to a bright, fast Jive in its closing stages

Conditioning Class

Here is your opportunity to strengthen your body and gain the flexibility needed to compliment your technical and stylistic dance styles. If you think you have the passion and wish to gain the stamina to excel in your chosen dance style join us and try out a class or two.

Adagio

Adagio, is mainly concerned with lifting-progressing from small waist high flips and spins up to full one arm balances, throws and heart-stopping catches. The male partner obviously has to possess great strength and technique in order to effortlessly propel his partner up into the air (Well that’s how it should appear) Equally the female counterpart, should be strong, flexible, elegant and fearless, thus enabling her to be lifted with ease and poise without indication of the inner stresses and strains. It would certainly make for an interesting piece should the realities be allowed to show!!!!! The lifts, spins and tricks are then interspersed with dance moves and styles of your choice, to give the work its own particular flavour, depending on the context of the show or event that you are involved in.The most traditional Adagio piece is the ‘Apache’ – where the French sailor throws around his Prostitute (Nice work if you can get it!!)