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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.

History of the Cha Cha

One of the most popular Latin dances in the U.S., the Cha Cha began as a variation of the Mambo called triple Mambo. It was so easy and so much fun; it became the rage of the early 1950’s. It’s infectious one-two, one-two-three, rhythm demands that sitters become dancers. Everybody can learn the Cha Cha.

Salsa Lessons

Students of our  Toronto Salsa lessons get to experience the unique blending of traditional Latin sounds and dance steps of the Mambo and the Cha Cha with the freedom and turning actions of Swing and Hustle. Our Toronto Salsa lessons offer you the true nightclub dance that fits onto small crowded floors, a real must for Latin social dancing.

History of the Salsa

Salsa is the Spanish word for “sauce” denoting a spicy or hot flavour. As a dance, it can be danced to a variety of different rhythms. Generically salsa music encompasses many Afro-Latin rhythms driven by the clave (two wooden sticks struck together). Today’s Salsa is the result of many years of rhythmical evolution due to economic, social and political change. Salsa is the national music and dance of Puerto Rico. Many of the Salsa dance patterns are closely related to those of the Mambo.

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 (Salsa On2)

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 want to get in on the action, sign up for our Mambo dance lessons with DanceProfessionals today!

History of Mambo Dancing

The Mambo was originally played as any Rumba dance with a riff ending. It may be described as a riff or a Rumba with emphasis on the fourth beat 4/4′ time. Originally played by some musicians in 2/4 time with a break or emphasis on 2 and 4. Native Cubans or dancers, without any training, would break on any beat. The wild exciting music and rhythmical body movements make the earthy Mambo irresistible.
In the 1940’s Americans became fascinated by Latin American rhythms. The original Mambo music, El Guardia Con El Toileted, had its beginning in 1944 as a Rumba with a riff improvisation. “Dance professionals” Studios became famous for turning out some of the best Mambo dancers of the era. As the parent of ChaCha and Salsa, the Mambo is an exciting challenge for all dancers.

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. Now here’s where things get a bit muddled: Rumba aside from confusing us with its spelling (Rumba and Rhumba are both accepted) can also mean a group of dances performed in the Afro-Cuban music genre like Columbia, Yambu, and Guaguanco. 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. The dance is sexually aggressive and suggestive, which caused discomfort for much middle-class Cubans during their time.

This kind of Rumba isn’t the topic of our discussion here. What we’re referring to is the other kind of Rumba: Ballroom Rumba. Its origin can be traced to the Cuban rhythm and dance called the Son. As we’ve mentioned earlier, the original Rumba that the African slaves introduced in the early days scandalized many of Cuba’s conservative, middle class. This ‘Son’ was created to add more subtlety to the dance. It emphasized sensuality and flirtation in its movements instead of overt sexual gestures.

When beginners ask me to teach Rumba, I often suggest that they first learn the American style before transitioning to International style. Whatever the case, we like to begin our lessons by focusing on the three most important elements of teaching ballroom dance: (1) Footwork (2) Timing, Rhythm and Refinement, and (3) Variation.

Merengue Dance Lessons

The Merengue was introduced in the United States in the New York area. However, it did not become well known until several years later. Ideally suited to the small, crowded dance floors, it is a dance that is easy to learn and essentially a “fun” dance.

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. The ballroom Merengue is slower and has a modified hip action.

History of Merengue

Merengue Dance History. The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and also to some extent, of Haiti, the neighbour sharing the island. There are two popular versions of the of the origin of the Dominican national dance, the Merengue.

Conditioning Class

This hour-long class focuses on building core strength and increasing endurance and flexibility through a variety of exercises. Students are motivated to improve their strength and flexibility working towards the end of the session.

Dancers are athletes. Just like football players and gymnasts, dancers deal with the risk of injury.  Conditioning students in functional strength and flexibility while teaching them the appropriate way to use their bodies decreases the chance of injury.  As students progress to the advanced levels of class there is an increased need for endurance to complete prolonged combinations and train through longer class times efficiently.  As students progress levels the demand on the body is increased just as it is with sports.  By strengthening and conditioning students as they grow and improve as dancers decrease the chance of injury and in the long run creates an intelligent, well-rounded artist with self-awareness.

Make a difference in your dance! Improve your strength, technique and performance in all dance styles, all dance levels.

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!!)