Perhaps a Possibility of Something Potentially Happening

April 23, 2009 at 1:59 AM (Dance, Happenings) (, , , , )

In my efforts to act like a somewhat mature adult and keep my priorities in line, I’ve taken a hiatus from dancing until I’ve scored a sweet job that will [more] easily pay for it (for those of you who have any interest in tracking my professional progress and musings, toodle over to my other blog: The Adventures of Corporate Barbie).  I’d been handling the sacrifice pretty well so far, being so busy with the world’s worst scavenger hunt that I didn’t have too much time to think about how dance deprived I was.

As of yesterday, it’s been two months since I’ve been to Balera.  Suddenly all those urges to salsa in public (and often unfitting) places made much more sense to me.  Granted, my friends and coworkers will never hesitate to confirm that setting has never stopped me from busting a move, but the silliness I do at work isn’t the same as the groove in which I lose myself when I’m with someone on the dance floor.

Today, I caught up with Johnny, one of the co-founders and co-owners of Balera, and learned that the studio will be hosting a theatrical showcase, Balera’s Hideaway Presents “Theatre Showtime” and Speakeasy Social, this Saturday, April 25, from 6.00 P.M. to midnight.  Johnny couldn’t emphasise enough that this isn’t just any studio showcase: it is going to be a ’20s-themed theatrical production, complete with narration and vocal performances by Ron Murphy.  The show will run from 6.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M., and if I’m not mistaken, the floor will open up for some speakeasy social dancing afterwards until the end of the night.  There will also be a buffet dinner.

And I may get to cut a little rug.  Maybe.  I’m not counting on it.  But if I go (which I will do all in my power to accomplish), I will not tolerate an evening of sitting on my decked out posterior.  So gents, grab your fedoras.  Ladies, drop your dresses’ waistlines, and knock upon the wrought iron window for a promising evening of music, dance, and generally good times.

Tonight’s Tunes
The Best of George Harrison, George Harrison

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Eastern Aftermath

February 24, 2009 at 9:40 PM (Dance, Goals, Happenings) (, , , , )

As you may recall, I had a competition this weekend.  For me, a competition typically entails a week of tanning, three (or more) weeks of stress, and months of practise.  This time I just opted for the week of tanning.

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t a premeditated decision.

Johnny and I decided to dance on Tuesday.  Our events were on Friday.  Frankly, I didn’t have time to stress, and you can imagine that we didn’t squeeze months of practise into three days.  Given the circumstances, though, I can’t complain too much about our results.  I won’t get into specifics, but I will say that I managed to bring a few blue ribbons home, and that my video from the event didn’t totally nauseate me.  The weekend was successful and fun, but that’s not to say that I’m satisfied with my dancing.  Nope, not by a long shot.  I’ll be competing with Johnny later this year (either Tri-State in March or Yankee in June), and percentages of blue ribbons I acquire aside, I have a lot to do before then.

Overall, Balera had a great weekend.  In Pro-Am, Russell’s students took first in Bronze Standard and Silver Rhythm, Vivian’s students took first in Silver Rhythm, and of course Johnny and I had sported some blue ribbons in the Silver Standard category.  In the amateur ranks, Balera occupied three fifths of the Open Rhythm final, earning second, third and fourth positions.

Today’s Tunes
“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” Seal
“Shadows,” Blue Man Group
“Brown Derby Jump,” Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
“Cream,” Prince
“Politik,” Coldplay
“Can I Tico Tico You,” Lou Bega

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Erminio Stefano & Luana Conte Recap

February 4, 2009 at 9:36 PM (Dance, Happenings) (, , , , )

For whatever reason, my blog has received a bunch of hits through the search terms “Erminio & Luana” and “Erminio Stefano & Luana Conte.”  Admittedly, they were at Balera this past weekend, and I frequently talk about the goings-on at Balera, but I was sick this past week and just didn’t get to it.  I don’t know if any of you dancing blog surfers will appreciate it, but I’ll try to talk about their visit either tonight or tomorrow.

Today’s Distraction
4.35 P.M. sunset directly beaming into my eyes . . . ouch

UPDATE: 02.06.09
I know I said I’d update by today, but I’ve been a bit distracted this evening since learning that my grandfather’s in the hospital again.  I have Friday off, and promise on everything I consider holy that I’ll post about the past weekend in greater detail later.

Tonight’s Distractions
Thoughts of mortality and other terribly unpleasant things

UPDATE: 02.07.09
As promised, I’m finally sitting down to talk about last weekend when Erminio Stefano and Luana Conte coached and performed at Balera.  To sum their talent up quickly, these two are pretty awesome dancers.  To go into a bit more detail (but not too much, since I don’t have their exact credentials committed to memory), they were International Standard Champions in their native Italy, 3rd in the United States, and Rising Star Champions at Blackpool Dance Festival (one of the world’s most prestigious ballroom competitions).  Not only are they incredibly accomplished dancers, but they are also delightful people as well as friends and coaches of John Nigro.

After what felt like eons of coordinating, Johnny, Erminio and Luana finally found a weekend to visit that worked for most people.  They would coach at Balera on Friday and Saturday, and perform both at the Friday night party and the Saturday night party (a special event to commemorate Chinese New Year).  Admittedly, I was pretty nervous and excited: while I had been doing decently in Standard with Johnny, I hadn’t  had the privilege/ humbling experience of having a fresh set of eyes critique my dancing.  Although I looked forward to whatever nuggets of genius that Erminio & Luana had to offer, I also tried to prepare my tender ego for the harshest of critiques.

They arrived Thursday night, or more accurately, very early on Friday morning.  Despite suffering from acute jetlag and having lessons in a matter of hours, they graciously accepted a quick tour of the studio, which they both agreed was stunning.  They finished their tour, and we all went home to get a few hours of sleep before embarking on another exhausting day.

For running on maybe six hours of sleep, both Erminio and Luana seemed to be functioning quite well at 9.30 A.M.  I could only gaze in sleepy eyed awe as I clutched my coffee, trying to wake up.  Luckily I wasn’t the first one on the schedule, so I had a couple hours to gather my bearings.  After downing the rest of my coffee, I took it upon myself to take photos of students in their lessons.  I quickly discovered that not everyone likes having his or her picture taken, and I had to swear not to post images of some students (which I’ve honoured: the photo below is of Johnny in his lesson with Luana).

Luana & JohnnyMy first lesson was with Luana.  I had watched her coaching Johnny, and although she did not sugarcoat her criticisms, she was was still very encouraging as a coach.  Still, I was nervous.  I already knew that I slacked on my frame, that my footwork was less than impeccable, and that I didn’t shape nearly as much as I could.  Luana smiled and asked what I wanted to work on.  My instinct was to say “Tango,” but I looked to Johnny instead.

“How about foxtrot?  I think that’s probably your weakest dance.”

God, what do you have against me today? He was right, though.  Foxtrot was my weakest dance.  Determined to spend the lesson working on stuff Ididn’t already knew I needed to fix, I went to take dance position with Johnny, extending my neck and elbows as far as I thought possible.  Johnny started to move, and I almost stumbled out of nervousness.  I think we got as far as a feather step (the first full figure in our routine) when Luana told us to stop.  I grinned sheepishly as I waited for the onslaught of things I did wrong.  Johnny was befuddled: whenever we danced socially, I moved like a dream (or so he’s told me).  Suddenly “rigid” was an understatement.  “What’s wrong with you today?  Do you need a drink or something?”  I looked at him skeptically: I’m not usually one for drinks at noon.  Luana was a bit more subtle:

“Let’s say that you are the teacher today, and I am your student -”

“God, help me.”  She continued with her scenario: I was a ballroom teacher, and she was a brand new student who had never seen ballroom dancing before, did not know a thing about it, but wanted to learn.  What would I discuss?  How would I describe ballroom dancing to someone who had no idea as to what it was?  I thought for a moment.  Perhaps even many moments.  “I suppose I would tell her that, at its core, ballroom dancing was the musical, emotional, and physical interaction between a man and a woman.  After that, I got nothing.”  Luana’s pokerface told me absolutely nothing, until . . .

“That was actually quite accurate.  Ballroom dancing is about a lady dancing in a man’s arms.”  I exhaled, and she smiled: “So why do you look like you’re dancing with Shrek??”

For most of the rest of the lesson, Luana worked with me on the most basic element ballroom dancing: dancing in the arms of the man, ignoring the frivolities of extension that had been added to the art as it became competitive.  Oh, and we did get to work on tango a little bit at the end, which made my day.

My next lesson was with Erminio.  Carlton and I agreed to work on waltz, since the technique translated easily over to Viennese, foxtrot and quickstep.  Our lesson started off much more successfully than my lesson with Luana had: we managed to get through our entire routine before Erminio jumped in.  His lesson differed from Luana’s quite a bit, but was still incredibly enlightening.  Where Luana disregarded the formalised look of frame, Erminio stressed it (however, before Luana’s lesson, I had been doing it improperly anyway, so this was my opportunity to fix it).  As he adjusted Carlton’s and my frame, not only did we look better, but we moved with less effort.

Obviously, after such productive lessons with such amazing coaches, I’m planning on taking the amateur title in Blackpool this May.  Okay, perhaps not this year, because I’ll be on vacation with my family during Blackpool, but definitely next year.  We’ll see.

Erminio and Luana have been dancing together for years, but they took a four-year break, and only recently began dancing together again.  You wouldn’t know to watch them, though.  We were lucky enough to have them perfrom their second and third shows since partnering up again.  Although they only danced a waltz and a tango, I melted all the same.  Both times I saw it.  They glided across the floor so effortlessly in waltz.  In tango, the staccato looked flawless.  After they left following their final performance on Saturday night, I found myself wondering when they’d be back, and how much I could improve before then.

Okay, that was a terrible wrap-up, and I’m sorry, but my brain is beyond fried today.  Perhaps I’ll try polishing it up tomorrow.

Today’s Tunes
“Tonight,” Kate Walsh
“Nothing Lasts Forever,” Maroon 5
“La Pared (Version Acoustica),” Shakira
“How Could I,” Marc Anthony
“Younger Than Springtime,” South Pacific
“Tell It Like You Mean It,” Quantic
“Good Bye, Little Dream, Good Bye,” Anything Goes
“Hundred,” The Fray
“To Be Loved,” Brian Setzer
“Songbird,” Eva Cassidy
“Daddy’s Little Girl,” Michael Bublé
“42,” Coldplay
“With This Tear,” Celine Dion
“Motorcycle Driveby,” Third Eye Blind
“The Cousin of Death,” Beastie Boys
“She’s Like the Wind,” Patrick Swayze & Wendy Fraser
“It’s Good to Be in Love,” Frou Frou
“Caliph’s Mines,” Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning
“Night and Day,” Frank Sinatra
“When I’m Sixty-Four,” The Beatles
“Try a Little Tenderness,” Michael Bublé
“El Tango de Roxanne,” Moulin Rouge!
“Somebody to Love,” Nelly Furtado
“I’ll Be That Girl,” Barenaked Ladies
“Quien Como Tu (Remix),” Enzo Diaz

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Blogging from Balera

January 25, 2009 at 8:35 PM (Dance) (, , )

After staging a coup, I have officially taken control of Balera!  Okay, not really, but I am in charge for a little while.  While the rest of the gang is off to a MassABDA (local dance organization) event, I get to run the competitors’ practise.  As cool as it may sound, it’s actually fairly low-maintenance.  Low-maintenance enough, in fact, that I have time to blog about it.

Every Sunday, the studio is open for competitors’ practise.  Although dancers may practise any time Balera is open, sometimes the floor can get a little congested with group classes, private lessons, and competitive couples working on their routines (and don’t get me started on music diplomacy!).  During competitors’ practise, the floor belongs solely to the competitive couples, who have the opportunity to use the music and space to their best advantage in an environment that matches their goals.

From 12.30 P.M. to 2.30 P. M., the space belongs to International Latin and American Rhythm competitors.  For two hours, the speakers play nothing but Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Swing, Paso Doble, Bolero, Jive and Mambo while competitors can use the space to their full advantage.  Beginning at 2.30 and lasting until 4.30, International Standard and American Smooth competitors have the run of the floor.  Music is comprised of Waltzes, Tangos, Viennese Waltzes, Foxtrots and Quicksteps.

Competitors’ practise is open to anyone in the dance community, regardless of experience level or studio affiliation.  Singles may practise for $10.00 per session; couples may practise for $15.00 per session.  No pre-registration required; walk-ins welcome.  For further information, feel free to call Balera at (617) 969-2280, E-mail at infoATbaleraballroom.com, or just  drop a comment here.

Balera School of Ballroom Dance
105 Rumford Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

Today’s Distractions
Mostly the Russian couple doing a really snappy Quickstep

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Here, Take a Dance Class!

January 13, 2009 at 9:39 PM (Dance, Goals) (, , , , , , )

For the record, I would have posted last night, but WordPress was experiencing some technical difficulties, which only served to intensify my love-hate relationship with technology.

So you’ve made your New Year’s resolution.  Perhaps it was to drop the love handles, meet new people, or try a new activity, or perhaps it was a bit more specific.  Perhaps you resolved to learn how to dance.  Regardless, if you’re in the Greater Boston area (or around there), I’ve a solution for your resolution: group classes at Balera School of Ballroom Dance in Newton, MA (and, the crowd goes wild)!Balera School of Ballroom Dance

Balera is offering brand new group classes to kick off the new year, and they’re open to everyone, regardless of experience level (and no partner is required!).  Learn how to waltz, tango, salsa, cha cha, and hip hop in one of Boston’s finest dance venues, boasting a 4000-square-foot suspended floor.  Drop-ins welcome; no pre-registration is required.


Why would I want to take a group class?

Group classes offer affordable dance instruction in a comfortable environment with other people who are at a similar experience level.  You will have the opportunity to dance with multiple people and test what you’ve just learned while the teacher provides guidance and further instruction.  It is an excellent way to learn new steps and dances, or to hone your skills with steps and dances you’ve already learned.

Golly, that’s swell!  What classes is Balera offering now, and when can I take them?
Classes take place on weeknights after 6.00 P.M.

Beginner Social Dance
When: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 7.30 P.M.
What: The beginner social dance class is for all experience levels, and is targeted towards those who have had little to no prior encounters with a dance floor.  Students learn how to lead and follow, and steps that will navigate them around the dance floor.
Dances: cha cha, salsa, rumba, merengue, hustle, swing, foxtrot, waltz, tango, and more!

Intermediate Social Dance
When: Wednesdays, 8.15 P.M.
What: if you feel as though you’ve mastered the basics of social dance, then perhaps it’s time to look into an intermediate class.  Participants learn more complicated steps in the dances they’ve learned in the beginner class.
Dances: cha cha, salsa, rumba, merengue, hustle, swing, foxtrot, waltz, tango, and more!

Bronze American SmoothGroup Class Taught by Rob Glover
When: Mondays, 7.30 P.M.
What: Although a beginner class, Bronze Smooth classes focusing on developing the technical prowess of dancers who want to improve their execution of the American Smooth dances.  It is excellent for competitive dancers as well as beginners who want to solidify their dance foundation.
Dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot

Bronze International Standard
When: Tuesdays, 7.30 P.M.
What: Although a beginner class, Bronze Smooth classes focusing on developing the technical prowess of dancers who want to improve their execution of the International Standard dances.  It is excellent for competitive dancers as well as beginners who want to solidify their dance foundation.
Dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep

Advanced American Rhythm
When: Fridays, 7.30 P.M.
What: You’re pretty solid in your mambo, or so you think.  Russell Lee Jackson teaches students the details of American Rhythm that will allow them to develop impeccable technique, lead, follow, and styling.  This class is for competitors and serious social dancers.
Dances: cha cha, rumba, swing, bolero, mambo

Hip Hop
When: Mondays, 9.00 P.M.
What: this class is open to all experience levels and abilities, and offers new choreography every week.  Participants have the opportunity to learn the popular dance moves seen in the videos of today’s popular tunes.  Be sure to stay hydrated: this class will get your blood pumping!

Showdance
When: Sundays, 11.00 A.M., Wednesdays, 9.00 P.M.
What: home of the former RLJ Formation and Showdance Team, this special 1.5-hour class focuses on the performance aspect of dance.  Participants learn choreography weekly and perform at studio functions.
Dances: all

Beginner Argentine Tango
When: Thursdays, 6.30 P.M.
What: Thursdays belong to Argentine Tango at Balera!  Fernanda Cajide teaches beginning dancers the steps required to navigate their way through their first tanda.  No dance experience required!

Advanced Beginner Argentine Tango
When: Thursdays, 7.45 P.M.
What: Once you’ve learned the bare essentials of this intimate dance, sharpen your skills further in the advanced beginner class.  This is also a great option for dancers with prior partner dance experience.

Wow!  Those classes look amazing!  Who teaches them?

Russell Lee Jackson
Russell Lee JacksonCo-Owner and Co-Founder
Russell hails from Manchester, England and has been deeply involved in dance since the age of 5.  While originally trained in International Latin and Standard and Showdance, Russell has also added American Rhythm and Smooth, Argentine Tango, hip hop, Lindy Hop, salsa and West Coast Swing to his repertoire since coming to the United States in 1996.  He has trained Boston University, Brandeis, Harvard, and MIT’s ballroom dance teams and is a Qualified Adjudicator.
Classes: Advanced American Rhythm, Showdance

John Nigro
Co-Owner and Co-FounderJohn Nigro
Johnny’s role models, some of ballroom’s greats (including current coaches Charlotte Jorgensen, Erminio Stefano and Luana Conte) have inspired him to share his enthusiasm, passion and understanding of dance in his teachings.  He believes that dance should not only be expressive, but an enjoyable experience.  Johnny continues to compete in Pro-Am competitions throughout the United States and Canada, and is available for ballroom instruction as well as showcase and competitive choreography.
Classes: Bronze International Standard, Showdance

Fernanda Cajide
Fernanda CajideFernanda was born and raised in Buenos Aires.  She inherited the passion for tango from her granfather, an authentic milonguero.  In Buenos Aires, she has danced with some of the finest dancers in today’s tango scene and in many popular venues, such as La Cumparcita and El Viejo Almacen.  Fernanda’s deep knowledge of the tango salon style makes her a stunning interpreter of the authentic Argentine Tango.
Classes: Beginner Argentine Tango, Advanced Beginner Argentine Tango

Rob Glover
Rob GloverRob began his dance career at a young age after first attending one of his grandparent’s line dance classes in his home town of Liverpool, England.  Since then, he has trained at the Chilterns Stage School and Merseyside Dance & Drama Centre where he studied ballet, tap, jazz, Latin, modern, national, ballroom, disco, double work (pas de deaux), and contemporary.  He has also passed LAMDA and Guildhall examinations in acting and speaking of verse and prose, and has the option to teach.  In addition, Rob’s dance repertoire includes poppin’, lockin’, tickin’ and breakin’, as well as couples’ dancing styles from the 1900s through today.  In 1996, Rob was a chosen contestant on the UK’s “Strictly Dance Fever” (known as “So You Think You Can Dance” in the States), and has toured the UK, South Africa, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and London’s West End.
Classes: Showdance

Vivian Lessa
Vivian LessaVivian has been dancing since age 12, and has an incredibly diverse background, which includes African, Arabic, ballet, Chinese folk dance, Flamenco, Indian, International Latin, Japanese, Russian and Western.  She has competed in both International Latin and American Rhythm as well as Professional Showdance both in the United States and Internationally.  Vivian’s students range from first-time dancers to seasoned competitors who compete at championship levels.
Classes: Bronze American Smooth

What are you waiting for?  Class is in session!

Balera School of Ballroom Dance
105 Rumford Ave.
Newton, MA 02466
617.969.2280
info@baleraballroom.com

Today’s Tunes
“Ziggy Stardust,” David Bowie
“Fragile,” Sting
“Put a Penny In the Slot,” Fionn Regan
“Primavera,” Santana
“Born Losers,” Matthew Good
“October Nights,” Yellowcard
“Wish I,” Jem
“Dancing With Myself,” Nouvelle Vague
“Moving Forward,” Bitter:Sweet
“I Don’t Want To Wait,” Paula Cole
“The Music of the Night,” The Phantom of the Opera
“Falling In Love at a Coffee Shop,” Landon Pigg
“Pony (It’s OK),” Erin McCarley
“Baby’s In Black,” The Beatles
“In the Middle of the Night,” Billy Joel
“Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix),” The Postal Service
“I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango),” Grace Jones
“Everything,” Michael Bublé
“Um Segundo,” Bebel Gilberto
“Cracking the Russian Codes,” A Beautiful Mind
“If I Could,” Seal
“What If?” Coldplay
“Slide,” Dido
“Sultanas de Merkaillo,” Ojos de Brujo
“Bounce,” Timbaland Feat. Dr.Dre, Missy Elliott & Justin Timberlake
“I Will Remember You,” Sarah McLachlan
“Ridiculous Thoughts,” The Cranberries
“New Light of Tomorrow,” Husky Rescue
“Duel of the Fates,” Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Ever Wanted to Learn How to Ballroom Dance?

October 15, 2008 at 3:55 AM (Dance, Happenings) (, )

You’re in luck – if you’re in the Boston area, that is.  I’d like to take this time to shamelessly promote a studio grand opening taking place this weekend in Newton, Massachusetts.

Balera ~ School of Ballroom Dance has been open for a few weeks now, but it’s officially opening its doors to the world of aspiring dancers on Saturday, October 18th, and 7.30 P.M.  Not only will guests have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the stunning, 4000 sq. ft. studio (the largest ballroom studio in the Boston area, I may add), but they will also have the pleasure of meeting the studio staff, light refreshments, and dancing until midnight.  In addition, there will be some pretty awesome performances.

Jose DeCamps & Joanna Zacharewicz are current World Professional Rhythm Champions, and I could agree with their title more.  Granted, I’m a nobody in the dance world, so my opinion doesn’t matter too much there, but at least I know what’s going on when I watch Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance?, which counts for something, right?  Slightly more seriously, I have seen these two on television, and I was in the audience when I witnessed them earning a title on PBS’s America’s Ballroom Challenge.  Every time that I have seen them perform and compete, Jose & Joanna have been on fire.  I’ve also been lucky enough to take some lessons with them, and not only are they exquisite teachers, but they are also incredibly cool people.  I’d found with some ballroom dancers, the higher they climb on the dance community totem pole, the snootier they get.  I won’t mention names.  Jose & Joanna are no such example.  I’ve sat with them at a bar, just drinking and socialising, and for people of their stature to be fraternising with the likes of me says something, and that’s that I’m wicked awesome.  . . . Just kidding.  It says that they haven’t lost their heads to the fame and prestige that can go with being as skilled and talented as they are, and I really appreciate that.  I’ll try to include a couple links below for you:

Jose & Joanna’s MySpace page: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=300022458

Also performing this weekend are Benito Garcia & his student, Rick Lake.  Benito & Rick are a teacher-student duo, or as we call it in Rhinestone Land, Pro-Am performers.  Benito competes(ed?  Dunno if he still does . . .) professionally with another partner, and does performances with Rick, his student.  They’ve performed internationally, and understandably: the charisma these guys bring to the floor is pretty impressive.  I’ve also had the priviledge of seeing these folks off the dance floor, and once again, they’re nifty in real life, too.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a video of them online, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.  . . . Or you could come to Balera this Saturday and see them for yourselves.

Last that I officially know of performing this weekend is Balera Showdance, formerly known as RLJ Showdance.  Twelve amateur dancers have worked together for months putting a formation performance piece together (think “synchronised swimming,” only for ballroom dancers and cooler looking) that they have showcased as locally as Cambridge and as far out as Las Vegas.  Again, a very grounded, charismatic group (are you noticing a trend, yet?).  The group recently retired its most recent routine, but it’s resurrecting it for this weekend’s grand opening.  It should be a good show.  Check it out below for a preview:

Find more videos like this on My Balera
 

I’m pretty certain that there will be other performances this weekend, but I’d rather not announce anything unless I know for sure.  Oh, and did I mention that this wonderful, wonderful event is free?  If that’s not incentive, then I don’t know what else to say.  Semi-formal attire is suggested.  That all said, let’s move onto the studio itself.

Balera ~ School of Ballroom Dance
105 Rumford Ave.
Newton, MA 02466
T: 617.969.2280
F: 617.969.2287
E: info@baleraballroom.com

I’ll try to keep this from sounding too advertisement-y.  The studio offers group classes, private instruction and practise space seven days a week, parties every Friday night, and competitors’ practise on Sundays.  Within all that jazz, Balera caters to competitive dancers, social dancers, brand new dancers, and wedding couples.  And now for the specifics: if you ever wanted to learn how to waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble, jive, swing, bolero, mambo, salsa, merengue, Argentine tango or West Coast swing, well, you guessed it: Balera offers it.  If you’ve seen it used in a dancing show, you can find it in the studio.

Check it out, invite your friends, and replace that extra left foot with something more useful. If you have questions, feel free to contact the studio. And of course you’re always welcome to pose your questions and comments here.

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