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 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.
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 dance culture and its evolution through 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 can also provide release for lower back pain that dancers often have. Barre classes at Baila will focus on floor training.
These classes focus on the fascinating body movement of belly dance. Besides the techniques we are learning choreographic patterns from various styles of belly dancing!
Belly dance EKR by Laura Zaray
Bellydance EKR group will be focusing on training choreos and belly dancing performing skills. During the semester will be trained one or more shows that will be performed during the spring. Group is open to everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 choreos are done. The students should master the basics of salsa well. No show dance experience required.
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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 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.
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.