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Monday Night Salsa Lessons

Posted by Kendra on May 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Every Monday night, we teach at great salsa lesson at Urban Dance Studios.  Check out the move we covered this week below.

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If you are interested in taking your dancing to the next level, join us one Monday. 

Urban Dance Studios

604 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 209

Nashville, TN 37206

Beginners at 6:30pm, Intermediate/Advanced lessons at 7:30pm

$8 a lesson

Hope to be dancing with you soon!

Monday Night Lessons

Posted by Kendra on February 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (3)

Monday Night Salsa Lessons continue at Urban Dance studio.  We are creating new salseros in our beginner class at 6:30pm and polishing intermediate and advanced dancers at 7:30pm.  Check out footage from our classes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjY4fnlH3d4

We have a lot of fun and still manage to learn a lot as well.  Hope to catch you at a lesson soon!

Salsa 101: A New Class With the Beginner in Mind

Posted by Kendra on November 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Our dance community is growing.  So much so, that I felt is was time to separate my all-levels casino rueda class into Salsa 101 and Salsa 201.  Salsa 101 is a class designed especially for those guys and girls who are brand new to salsa.  Each week, we plan on reviewing the fundamentals of salsa such as the cross body leads and the right hand turns and will rehearse them until they become second nature.  We also covered simple turn patterns that are fun and will definitely add more variety to your dance repertoire. The goal is to help you build a strong foundation of salsa techniques that will last you a lifetime with this highly addictive dance.  

Please check out a video of what we covered last week here http://youtu.be/F90hPxQFJJ4  This Salsa 101 class happens every Monday at  6:30p at Urban Dance Studios.  Classes are only $8 per lesson or $25 for the month (4 lessons).  As you become more advanced you can graduate to the Salsa 201 class at 7:30pm.  This class focuses on advanced partnerwork techniques and also how to do combinations in a rueda.  It's truly an exciting group of lessons.  Hope you can make it to one.  Until next time, happy dancing!! 

2 Hour Styling Workshop this Saturday, October 27th

Posted by Kendra on October 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Salsa dance is a lot more complex than just learning a few turn patterns. It is also important to learn how to add style and flavor to your repertoire, and our 2 hour workshop this Saturday will be a perfect opportunity to learn some new tricks to spice up your dancing.

 

I’ve traveled to many salsa congresses around the country in LA, NYC, and Miami and every time I’ve seen professionals dance socially, I’ve noticed that even on the most basic of cross body leads or right hand turns, they are able to make these fundamentals look absolutely amazing by strategically adding body movement, arm styling, and extra footwork to everything they do.

 

I’ve been working on my styling and spins for years. In this video from 2 years ago, I’m dancing with a friend at the New York Salsa Congress.  We were mostly just trying to have a good time, but I also had just finished a day of workshops and I wanted to challenge myself to put some extra styling to what I normally do and I was very pleased with the results. In this video, ladies will see 3 different ways to style your arms during a cross body lead, good opportunities to add in a head roll or two, and how to be ready for multiple spins. Men will see 2 different ways to change the look of your cross body lead by changing your foot position; you will also see how my partner added footwork as he prepared me for a double spin making it look more interesting. Lastly, you will see that he’s not afraid to give himself a double spin from time to time. Although we are dancing LA style, in this video, we gave it a little Cuban flavor at the end by adding some rumba style to our last shine. There are just so many options when it comes to styling and we will cover many of these techniques in great detail at our class, Saturday October the 27th from 1-3pm at Urban Dance Studios. Hope to see you there, styling it on the dance floor :) 

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Salsa Workshop with Internationally Renown Patrice (aka Mr. Timba)

Posted by Kendra on October 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 

I'm very excited to announce that on Monday, October 15th, we will have a very special guest instructor all the way from Martinique. Patrice (aka Mr. Timba) is internationally renown dance instructor and DJ who in known for his knowledge of timba music , casino style salsa, and Afro-Cuban body movements. He was the 1st place winner of the couple's competition at the Miami Rueda Congress in 2008 and has danced and instructed internationally at Cuban salsa congresses in France, Barbados, Mexico, Cuba, and Miami. He specializes in teaching casino con rumba at beginner and intermediate levels and will be in Nashville for one night only bringing you his passion for salsa and musicality. Please join us for this very special workshop with this amazing instructor.

 

 

I still remember the first time that I danced with Patrice.  He knew the music better than anyone I've ever met, and proved his expertise with  musicality as he used my hand to make the holy cross at his forehead, chest, and both shoulders in perfect unison with the accents of the orchestra.  I must admit that it made me squeal, which is how I usually judge the quality of my leads.  It they cause me to make funny noises.  They must be good, and I can honestly say that Patrice is that good and then some.  You don't want to miss an opportunity to take classes with such a great dancer and instructor.  The workshop will be held at Urban Dance Studios on 604 Gallatin Ave, Suite 209 in East Nashville.  The workshop starts at 7:30pm and is just $8 a class.

 

Monday Night Salsa Classes are back!

Posted by Kendra on January 7, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Nashville salseros,

I know you missed us during the holidays, but no need to fear. We are back with a passion to bring you some fresh new turn patterns to spice up your dance floor skills. We will focus mainly on improving everyone’s leading/following techniques. We will give the men tips on how to make their leads clear and styling suggestions to keep the ladies looking hot while they follow the man’s every move. We will end each class by showing you how to execute the turn patterns in a rueda. So much variety in one little hour. You know you don’t want to miss it!

If you have not been to our studio yet, now’s the perfect time to check it out. We are located in East Nashville on the corner of Gallatin Ave and West Eastland. There is free parking in the lot behind Rite Aid. Once parked simply cross the street and our studio is at the front of the shopping center in Suite 209. Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Monday Night Classes

Monday Night Salsa Lessons

7:30-8:30pm

Urban Dance Studios

604 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 209

Nashville, TN

Free Casino Rueda Lessons at La Bamba

Posted by Kendra on May 31, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's your chance to try casino rueda at no cost to you. Nashville Rueda will be teaching a free casino class at La Bamba Mexican Restaurant this Wednesday from 7-8pm. We will also be performing later in the evening, and there will be open dancing thereafter. Come out and join us. It's bound to be a fun filled evening.


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