AUTUMN COURSES

Pre-registration is open here, course needs attendance of 12 people to take place. Members and autmn season card holders can join courses too, but they will also need to sign up in advance and commit for the full course. Members and eason card holders can register at Baila office or by email baila@bailabaila.fi.

Courses for adult cost 150€ and course includes 15 classes. If you want to take more than one course, first course is 150€, the second and third courses are 130€ each. Urban Latino for 12 to 16 years old costs 120€, including 14 classes. If more than one person from same family attends this class, first one pays 120€ and siblings 100€. If you want to sign up for several courses or siblings from your family are signing up for Urbam Latino course, contact Baila office by email baila@bailabaila.fi.

You can miss 2 times from autumn course and replace them on any Baila weekly class without doctors note. Replacing more than 2 times requires a letter from doctor. All replacement classes need to be registered at Baila office and must be replaced within the autumn season, latest on 14th December 2019.

COUPLE BACHATA STYLING by Yasser Sarria Terry // Mon 8pm-9pm

Bachata styling course trains a choreo and show to Baila Baila Christmas Party on 14th December. Course will teach you stylin tricks for your own dance and how to improve it with hand and body movement. Teaching also focuses on masculine and feminine movement and improvisation during the dance and making your bachata more interesting. Level from green upwards. Registration is open here.

AFRO – TRILOGÍA DE ORISHAS FEMENINAS by Yoli Mendez Brown // Wed 7pm-8pm

Trilogy of the three women orishas: Yemaya, Ochun and Oya. In this course you will get to know the goddesses personalities, steps, rhythms and typical body language of each goddess. Level from green upwards, suitable for dancers that know a bit about Cuban afro and also more advanced dancers. Registration is open here.

LADIES STYLE & TECHNIQUE by Soila La Canela // Thu 7pm-8pm

Course includes four parts; spinning where you learn how to spin and control you balance, ladies style where you learn how to use and control your body (head, hands and hips), heels technique to master your steps while wearing heels and musicality where you learn how to interpret the music in a choreography. Course is for ladies who have at least basics of salsa, are looking for bit of challenge and wanting to learn how to style their dance. You will need minimum improvers skills to participate, so if you go to green classes, you can join this course. Registration is open here.

URBAN DIVA STYLE by Soila La Canela // Thu 8pm-9pm

This course will let you inner street style diva out! Course will focus on learning sensual and bold body movement and attitude as well as styling that will give you serious street cred. Best of Reggaeton and urban Latin will be played. Level starts from intermediate upwards. Registration is open here.

URBAN LATINO (for 12-16 years old) by Soila La Canela // Fri 4pm-5pm

Urban Latino course focuses on dancing and music interpretation. Course mixes Latin dance elements to other urban dances while playing the all the new Reggaeton and Latin hits. Course is for 12 to 16 years old and no prior dance experience is required. Registration is open here.

VIDEO PRODUCTION by Soila La Canela // Fri 6pm-7pm

Course focuses on learning how to dance and perform for camera. During the course an urban dance choreography will be trained and it will be filmed in the end of the course by professional videographer and made into pro video. Level is from intermediate up. Registration is open here.

RUMBA CUBANA by Yoli Mendez Brown // Fri 7pm-8pm

In this course you will go in depth to the roots of rumba and its legacy. Women should bring their long, flowy skirts or a scarf and men need a scarf too. The level for the course is intermediate. Registration is open here.

AFRO by Julio Miñoso // Sat 1pm-2pm

In this course you will learn the traditions and movements of Cuban Afro. During September and October, the topic is three Orishas: Chango, Elegguaa and Oggun. In Novemeber it’s time to learn the Ciclo Congo that includes Palo, Yuca and Makuta. The level for the course is intermediate. Take note that this course only lasts 13 lessons and the last lesson is on the 29th of November. Registration is open here.

SHOWSALSA by Soila La Canela // Sun 4pm-5pm

Course combines salsa with show dance technique and movement as well as deepening salsa technique. It also includes show dance techniques such as hand, head and spinning trainings. Course also prepares a choreo to perform at Baila Baila Christmas Party, 14th December, optional participation. Students should have good knowledge of basics of salsa, but no prior show dance experience is required, level of course is advanced. Registration is open here.

AUTUMN CLASSES

Dance school Baila Baila has a wide variation of different Latin American dances.  All classes are drop in except the courses. You don´t need your own couple to participate in couple lessons)

Afro

Afro classes will teach you Afro-Cuban Santeria Orisha dances. On Afro beginners classes we will practice basic steps of Orisha dances and do some easy choreos. Also we will learn body movement. On Afro intermediate class we will learn more body movement, go through the basic steps of each Orisha dance and train more advanced choreos. Learn more about Santería and Orishas here.

Bachata Ladies style

This class will teach you how to use your body and hands in sensual way as well as how to spice up your Bachata dance with feminine and elegant movement.

Boombata 

Very energetic and fast tempo lesson; if you want a good workout, come to get sweaty to a latin beat! In this class choreo is not on the main role, this is all about having fun and good workout so you can come even if you never been to a dance class before.

Cabaret

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 beginners level class there is no need to have cabaret or styling experience. On advanced level you need to have experience about styling and dance rhythms.

Choreography Lessons

Part of the classes in Baila Baila are choreography classes. In some of the choreo classes dancers get to prepare a show for one of Baila Baila events. 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.

Couple Bachata

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 sensual music and congruent movements. You do not need your own partner to participate.

Couple Kizomba

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. 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 Salsa con Rumba

Couple 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. You do not need your own partner to participate.

Couple Son

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. You do not need your own partner to participate.

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.

Dance Technique

Technique training and dancing are in a main role on these classes. Movements from jazz dance and ballet are used to support the salsa technique and these classes teach you a versatile body movement.

Despelote & Ladies style

Will be updated soon!

Deep Stretching

Deep Stretching class is aimed to help dancers recover from long hours in the studio. It focuses on bringing relief to overworked areas, through long held stretches and breath work. Dancers need it as a tool to improve their dance technique and prevent injuries.

Kizomba & Kizomba ladies style

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 Kizomba ladies style you will learn how to add feminine body movement to your dance.

Kizombaton

More info coming soon!

Ladies style & Ladies body movement

Here you will learn the usage of hands and body in a Cuban salsa and learn how to spice up your dancing with more feminine movement. We try to get more elegance and softness to the movement and also stronger accents to your body movements. At these lessons we will make different exercises and short choreos. On beginners level Ladies style and body movement classes you don’t need previous experience at all. Intermediate level you should know basics about styling because choreos will be created on quicker pace.

Latin Mom & Baby

The happy and fun lessons are suitable for all moms and babies aged from 2 months to 9 months. The lessons consists of different styles eg. salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, chachacha etc. You can carry your baby in a baby-backpack/carrier or have your baby in your arms and get an arm workout. The lessons start with warm-up, a short-ish choreo and stretching at the end. The lessons are relaxed and no previous dance experience required. Register at Baila office or t baila@bailabaila.fi

Modern Dance

Coming soon!

Reggaeton

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.

Rueda

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

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:

Rumba Yambu

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 guaguanco.

Rumba Guaguanco

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 handkerchief 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.

Rumba Columbia

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 breakdance and hip hop moves.

Salsa

Salsa can also be danced alone as 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 fun and sporty which makes it a great form of exercise!

Salsa con rumba

Solo lessons where Cuban rumba is combined with salsa. These lessons teach body use and steps that are characteristic for rumba , including short step sequences mixed with the elements of salsa and rumba, rhythm and moves.

Sexy Reggaeton

This lesson is all about feminine and sensual use of the body.

Showsalsa

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 choreos are done. The students should master the basics of salsa well. No show dance experience required.

Showstyle Cubano

Will be updated soon!

Son

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.

Street Salsa

In fun Street Salsa lessons you get to do a salsa choreography, that is influenced by reggaeton and street dance. The music played in these lessons contains the newest salsa, salsaton and reggaeton hits.

Urban Salsa

Coming soon!

Yoga

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.