Dance school Baila Baila has a wide variation of different Latin American dances.
(You don´t need your own couple to participate in couple- lessons)
Afro 1 & 2 you will learn the basics of Afro-Cuban Santeria Orisha dances.
1 Afro-dance lessons, Autumn season Orishasa: Arara technique, Afrekete, Asojano. We practice basic steps and do some easy choreos.
2 Afro-dance lessons, Autumn season Orishas: Chango, Oya ja Oggun. We practice the use of the body, we go through each Orishas basic steps and do more advanced choreos.
Oshun is about love, wealth, sensuality, arts and fertility. Oshun appears to be a beautiful and seductive. Oshun owns the rivers, and he loves the color yellow, honey, champagne and pumpkins. Oshun is both loved and feared, because he has a fiery temperament. She is also creative Orisha.
Ochosi is a hunter who patrols and does trips in the forests and opens roads. So Eleggua and Ogun open roads and do their things. He helps people to focus and be directed to the desired goals, and to show people the fastest way to your fate. Ochosi is also related to justice.
Yemaya is the older sister Oshúnin, which is the mother of everyone and everything. Yemaya is dominated by the sea and sailors and fishermen protector. She is a motherly power of all life and new birth. The fish are sacred Yemaya and her colors are blue, white and silver.
Oggun is iron, war and Orisha work using his knife-machete, clearing the roads that eleggua is opened. He is a resident of a hermit in the woods, which gave people the tools and technology. Ogúnilla has the power to destroy and to create new. He likes rum, and his colors are green and black.
Ciclo Congo is coming soon.
Chango is a warrior, who dominates lightning, dance, drums, fire and passion. He represents vigor, strength and passion of energy within. Chango is a handsome and masculine, and he loves women and music. His colors are red and white.
Oya is a fiery female warrior who guarded cemeteries and master’s death. Oya dominates the winds, tornadoes and hurricanes, and his clothes are nine different colors. He is the protector of women and Orisha change. Her colors are purple and burgundy.
Eleggua appears to be a child or an old man. He loves candy, toys, rum and cigars, and his colors are red, black and white. He owns all the roads, and can thus enables or disables the flow of people. He is also a messenger between humans and other Orishas.
In these lessons you learn about different afrocuban dances: yorubá, arará and congo. The right kind of body movement and technique is very essential in Afrocuban dances and this requires persistent training. You will learn about the motivation of the movement, and also about the origins of these dances.
Baila con Carlos
This is solo lesson and the stars are Carlos and you! Welcome to enjoy a guaranteed good feeling and dance! We are dancing salsa, mambo, chachacha, merengue and much more, and these lessons are suitable for all levels of dancers.
Bailes Cubanos will teach popular Cuban dances such as chachacha, mambo, son, pilon, mosambique, rumba, conga and chancla. Class will also help you to get deeper understanding of the Cuban dancing culture and its evolution through these different types of dance. Bailes Cubanos lesson is a good addition for all levels of dancers.
Barre is a powerful, whole body workout combining modern music with elements of ballet, pilates and yoga. It uses small, low impact, repetitive movements to gain flexibility, muscle tone and core strength, making it an effective cross training program for dancers. So you come out not only feeling like a dancer but also looking like one. Barre classes at Baila will focus on floor training.
Very energetic and fast tempo lesson; if you want a good workout, come to get sweaty to a latin beat! Happy Boombata is a bit easier lesson than the normal one, so you should test it out as well!
Cuban cabaret is a spectacular show dancing where we are using salsa, chachacha and son rhythms and steps. You can feel the heart of Cabaret, once you work your elegant movement, spectacular feminine body movement. On 1-level class there is no need to have cabaret or styling experience. On 3-level you have to have experience about styling and dance rhythms.
Children Lattari – the joy of dance for children.
Lessons are short bursts, the dance pattern exercises, learn about the different dance styles such. Reggaeton, salsa, merengue, latin street dance etc. Suitable for both beginners and already danced.
Part of the lessons in Baila Baila are choreography lessons. In some of these lessons, the dancers get to prepare a show for one of Baila Bailas partys. It is not mandatory to perform, so feel free just to participate the making of it and learning a new choreography! These lessons are for dancers with intermediate dancing skills.
A swinging Dominican dance, often slower in tempo than merengue, important aspects are closeness and feeling. The complex turns do not play the main role. A couple dance, where the connection between the dancers is created through sensuous music and congruent movements. You do not need your own partner to participate.
Couple Salsa (Casino)
Couple salsa is a fun and energetic Cuban dance, where relaxed hips and upper body are combined with a controlled use of body. In this lesson you will dance with a partner, but you don’t have to have your own. You will change partners during the lesson, that way everyone gets to dance with a partner. In the lessons you will learn the step patterns of couple salsa, rhythm, use of body, and leading technique.
Couple Styling Lessons
In this lesson you will learn how to add show elements and movements into couple salsa and you will learn impressive bending and lifting tecniques that you see in all the greatest shows. This lesson is challenging and you will need to be in good condition as well as have a good knowledge of couple salsa.
Kizomba is a sensual African couple dance, which is influenced by semba, zouk, coladeira, tangio, and merengue. The youth in Angola have refined it into an appealing global dance. Kizomba is the hit dance of 2011!
Technique training is an important part of this lessons. Movements from jazz dance and ballet are also used to support the salsa technique.
End a long day with a peaceful but dynamic yoga practice. Learn to flow with your breath as we go through the basics of yoga in hatha flow style. Each class will help you to stretch, improve balance, and strengthen muscles and joints. This class is good for all levels! You will learn the fundamentals of yoga while also exploring fun variations of postures.
Kizomba is a sensual African couple dance, which is influenced by semba, zouk, coladeira, tangio, and merengue. It is danced accompanied by a partner, very smoothly, slowly and sensuously, and with neither tightness nor rigidity.
In lessons of Kizombaton you will learn body movement what we use also in reggaeton and tarraxinha. And these movements and steps are mixed smoothly together with sensual kizomba music.
Ladies style & Ladies Bodymovement
Here you will learn the usage of hands and body in a Cuban salsa and learn how to spice up your dancing more feminine. We try to get more elegant continuity and softness to the movement and also stronger accents to your bodys dance movements. At these lessons we will make different exercises and short choreographies. Ladies style 1 and body movement classes you don’t need previous experience at all. 2-level you should know basics about styling because there we will create coreographies more quicker.
A sensual feminine dancing mixed with roguish show in style and hot latin rhythms.
Energetic and fun Latin Fitness combines different latin music with easy steps and fitness style body movement. Get your heart rate up and smile on your face!
This lesson introduces you to different Latin dances in the form of short step sequences (e.g. merengue, salsa, cha cha cha, bachata, conga, timba, son). The aim is to do at least 2 – 3 different dances in one lesson, and thus learn several different Latin dances during a season in a fun and easy way.
On Macho lessons we will focus to manly dancing and spice up basic salsa with different kind of hand movements, foot-stepping and rumba. This class is suitable for all men who have been at couple salsa or solo salsa lessons approx. half year or have learned the basic steps of salsa somewhere before. Macho Salsa supports learning in couple salsa, rhythms and body usage and it will bring a new dimension to your dancing. Couple salsa and rumba lovers, you can not miss this!
The most popular nightclub dance in Latin America at the moment. Reggaeton is a highly versatile solo dance, with influences from different types of dance, e.g. afro dances, hip hop, and the traditional Caribbean and South American dance styles. The fast reggaeton moves let you use your whole body, especially your hips and upper body.
In reggaeton urbano we will dance regular reggaeton that is spiced up with street and hip hop styles.
Couple salsa in a circle, the instructor leads and the others follow the orders. Partners are changed, and the pace is brisk! Rueda is a highly efficient and fun way to quickly learn the rhythm of salsa, and the different patterns by name. You do not need your own partner to participate. You can join the beginner level rueda as soon as you master the basics of couple salsa.
Rumba is generic name for a large group of music and dance styles. The Cuba originated rumba combines the dance and music culture of the African slaves shipped to Cuba and the influence of Spanish colonial masters. Rumba is not just one dance, but more like a combination of different cultures, traditions, and music and art forms. There are various styles of Afro-Cuban rumba music and dance, but all have strong influences from African drumming and dance and Spanish/Gitano poetry, singing and dance. And in all rumba, the clave beat (2-3 or 3-2) plays a very important role. Afro-Cuban rumba is entirely different than ballroom rumba or the African style of pop music called rumba.
The three basic types of rumba include:
This is the oldest known style of rumba, sometimes called the old
people’s rumba because of its slower beat. It can be danced alone
(especially by women) or by men and women together. Although male
dancers may flirt with female dancers during the dance, they do not
use the vacunao — the symbolic, sexual “vaccination” — used in rumba
Rumba Guaguanco is faster than yambu, with more complex rhythms, and
involves flirtatious movements between a man and a woman. The woman
may both entice and “protect herself” from the man, who tries to catch
the woman offguard with a vacunao — tagging her with the flip of a
hankerchief or by throwing his arm, leg or pelvis in the direction of
the woman, in a symbolic attempt at touching or sexually contacting
her. When a man attempts to give a woman a vacunao, she uses her skirt
to protect her pelvis and then whip the sexual energy away from her body.
In this fast and energetic style of rumba, solo male
dancers provoke the drummers to play complex rhythms that they imitate
through their creative and sometimes acrobatic movements. Men may also
compete with other men to display their agility, strength, confidence
and even sense of humor. Columbia incorporates many movements derived
from Congo dances as well as Spanish flamenco, and more recently
dancers have incorporated breakdancing and hip hop moves.
Salsa can also be danced alone (solo salsa) – in this lesson you will not dance with a partner. Salsa lessons are dynamic and choreographic. The patterns vary depending on the instructor, and get more difficult as you move to a higher level. Salsa lessons suit men and women of all ages, and they support well couple dancing.
Salsa is originally a couple dance from Cuba. Salsa movements and patterns are based on the Cuban son from 1920s, which got its rhythm and style from the famous son cubano. Son cubano arose in eastern Cuba, in the province of Oriente in the end of the 19th century. Salsa is indeed a meeting point of African and European dance and music culture. Today, salsa has developed into many different variants, and both Latin American and Western influences are mixed in it.
Salsa is a joyous and enjoyable dance, which suits everyone, and because it is so sporty, it is also a great form of exercise!
Salsa con rumba
Solo lessons where Cuban rumba is danced in addition to salsa. These lessons teach characteristic for rumba body use and steps, including short step sequences which mix the elements of salsa and rumba, rhythm and moves.
Salsa and timba (“quick salsa”) combined, steps and body usage, energetically. Come along!
In these lessons you do reggaeton choreographies flavoured with show elements. The choreographies consist mostly of reggaeton, but may also contains hip hop and show dance moves. The students are expected to master the basics of reggaeton, and regular participation in the lessons is required. In the lessons, a show choreography is prepared for a show. Prior hip hop or show dance skills are not required
This lesson is all about feminine and sensual use of the body.
Challenging choreography lessons! These lessons combine the techniques and patterns of salsa and show dance. At the same time, the knowledge of salsa technique is deepened, and show dance technique is introduced. In the lessons, several choreographies are done. The students should master the basics of salsa well. No show dance experience required.
The history of Latin American son-music dates back to colonialism in the early 1500’s. Son was a general term to local peasant music. It referred to uncivilized music. In the colonial Latin America, the most important instrument was the Son- guitar with its different variations.
The base of son is son montuno. The word montuno refers to the mountain are of Oriente (Montana = mountain). With the travelling sugar workers and army brigades son found its way to Havana in the 1910 where it was first a music style of black people.
Son is different from the Cuban salsa rhythm and son has less patterns and turns. Son is based on the subtle movements of the upper body, it’s a more peaceful couple dance than salsa. To find the right style and technique is usually more challenging in son than in salsa.
In these lessons you get to do a salsa choreography, that takes influences from reggaeton and street dance. The music played in these lessons contains the newest salsa, salsaton and reggaeton hits.
In the timing lessons you get to learn about cuban rhythms through different kinds of dance and rhythm exercices. You will learn how to dance on 1, on 3, how to find the right rhythm for son, mambo and chachacha and also how to change from one rhythm to another. You have a chance to play rhythm instruments such as clave, conga, cowbell, guiro etc. This lesson is suitable for dancers with all levels.
Zumba® Fitness – A form of exercise which is both fun and efficient!
Developed by Colombian Alberto “Beto” Perez, Zumba®Fitness combines the rhythms of cumbia, salsa, samba and merengue. Both young and old enjoy the joyous and catchy Zumba atmosphere. Zumba® Fitness dance moves involve the entire body.