Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Dance Parties

Join in the fun this summer and be ready for all the great summer dance outings and special events you will be attending! B A L O R I C O offers weekly dance lessons and private instruction for all levels of dancers.  Our Summer Dance Series takes place at West Seattle's Kenyon Hall as we dance for fitness, expression and to boost confidence for getting on the dance floor!

At 6pm practice Ballroom Rumba, Swing, Tango, Foxtrot and Waltz.  If you love Latin Rhythms- our 7pm class will feature all popular Latin Rhythms including Salsa, Bachata & Samba. Practice your moves, learn new patterns, here in West Seattle.  For an energy boost, at 8pm we dance AfroPeruvian dances such as the Festejo, Lando & Zamacueca. You will increase your stretching, build cardio endurance and for the ladies, you will practice owning that fierce feminine power that is ready to be shared and expressed via movements rooted in the pelvis, torso and legs...try FESTEJO ("fest-eh-hoe"), a Peruvian cultural dance that literally means to celebrate/to party and that is part of the African heritage of Peruvians world-wide.  Register now, drop-ins welcome $20/p, contact for custom classes and Wedding Dance preparation.

Monday, May 2, 2016

All things blossom in the Spring

BALORICO's Spring into Summer dance series runs May 2- June 27th 

Sign up now
206 679-7229

The 6pm Silver Ballroom Dance class will get folks moving across the floor, taking advantage of the large open floor-Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango + Swing and American style Rumba. At 7pm we'll have fun with our open level Salsa on2 class that will include some basic Cha Cha Cha fundamentals to gear you up for non-stop dancing at this summer's upcoming fun socials in the city. Lastly, I'm excited about our 8pm Afro Peruvian Ladies' Dance class because we will have 8 classes to dedicate to activating the power of the pelvis, build cardio endurance and help you coordinate arm/leg movement with a percussive and lyrical sensibility. Festejo is about powerful femininity expresses through a dancer's relationship to the drum, or the cajon in Peru's case.(Prounounced "Ka-hone") Email to register/inquire. 

In the Community:
Support multi-disciplinary Latino artists in Washington state by contributing to La Sala. I'm proud to be supporting this littleBIG organization and think you will love La Cocina coming up in August!

Performances: This weekend, E.Mayimbe & B A L O R I C O perform Friday & Saturday nights celebrating the 5th Anniversary of All Vynl Salsa (AVS), hosted and presented by DJ Edgar at Century Ballroom. For beginners, this means the music you hear is played directly from the vynl originals and the music tends to be more diverse in that DJ Edgar along with guest DJ's bring hard-to-find, older, more obscure great Salsa tracks that inspires us all to bring it all to the dance floor....Life is better when you dance!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mambo Social & Call for performers

Balorico is warming up the dance floor with me at 7pm before the monthly Pica Pica social. Great DJ's spinning our favorite Mambo, Cha Cha, Pachanga, Son, Rumba and other vynl beats.

Performers: interested in exploring a new style? We seek ladies to learn some fun AfroPeruvian dances for summer and fall performances. Show up for the next AfroPeruvian Dance workshop 5/2 8pm-9:15pm to learn more. We'll focus on this particular style in May and June- Festejo de Valentina style .  Happy it feels like summer in Seattle!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CLAVE with Cha Cha Cha & Pachanga

Tuesday 4/19 we're hosting our monthly CLAVE & Musicality workshop with Picoso salsa band percussionist Lalo Bello, 6:30-8pm at the Balorico Studio.
What to expect?
We'll tune our ears to the sounds of Cha Cha Cha and Pachanga, and how these dances fit within the Clave framework to help you best improvise and play with the music and your partner, $20. Rsvp early, limited space. Yes this is beginner friendly.

Our Spring into Summer dance series begins Monday May 2nd- 8 week series. Sign up now! Silver Ballroom Dancing 6pm, Mambo/Cha Cha 7pm, Afro Peruvian/Latin Styling 8pm (on 5/2)

Private Lesson Special: Through May 2nd, enjoy a 3 lesson package for only $125/person. Contact Vanessa to register and book early at

In the community: 
For the Salseros that love on2, come out on Sunday April 24th for a great dance social.  BALORICO will be leading a Mambo Drills & Warmup class at Mambo Pica Pica 7pm. Join us and support the growing Salsa on2 community.

Performances: Check this page for updates on where E. Mayimbe & Balorico will be performing next. It was great being a part of the Rose City Salsa Festival a few weeks ago. Up next, we'll be promoting a new Salsa nightclub in Portland next weekend- more details coming soon.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Up next: Bachata, AfroPeruvian, Clave & Musicality Dance workshops

The island dance....Bachata.
What I love about dancing this beautiful Dominican dance is not only that it is full of mixed rhythms and slower in tempo to that of a salsa, but it is a resting dance where you literally can recline and experience your partner's flow in more expressive ways. There's a certain connection you can go to with awareness of energy, chi and beyond-body connections. Dancers of all levels are welcome for this sensual and percussive Bachata body workshop 8pm-9:15pm on Monday 3/21 at 7904 35th Ave SW. Singles welcome.

Our Spring Series is in full swing, but here are some April dates to register for now....Monday 4/4 AfroPeruvian Latin Styling class 8pm @ Kenyon Hall & Tuesday 4/16 Clave & Musicality workshop with Lalo Bello & Vanessa, 6:30-8pm @ the Balorico Studio. Register with an email to or call 206 679-7229.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Will you take space?

Each time you approach him or her: you fill space, break space, create space... There's so much, yet so little, in a good dance. Our Spring series runs March 7- April 25th with American Rhythm & Smooth Ballroom Dancing at 6pm, Salsa on2 at 7pm, and monthly workshops & private instruction at 8pm. Love Salsa? Hone your ear and improve timing with our Clave & Musicality workshop Tuesday 2/16, 6:30-8pm at the Balorico Studio. Then in March- learn to coordinate Cuban hip motion with beautiful expression of the limbs on Monday 3/7- 8pm, with our AfroPeruvian dance & STYLING class(for Follows). Lastly, for the Bachateros! Mark your calendar for Monday 3/21-8pm when we'll dive into a Bachata mini-workshop focused on expanding vocabulary and helping dancers distinguish between various footwork rhythms grounded in strong leading and weighted following (For Leads & Follows).

B A L O R I C O is proud to be a welcoming home for partner dance in West Seattle. Register today by writing to or call (206) 679-7229. Private instruction available upon request.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cheers to wonderful YOU this NYE

Thank you to you all that have made this a great year of dance, connection and exploration. Best wishes and cheers!

New dance series begins January 11th at Kenyon Hall 7904 35th Ave SW. At 6pm we'll be dancing Tango, Foxtrot & Swing at 6pm, then at 7pm you can jump into our Salsa on2 open level class (beginner friendly)...AND...Save the Date every 1st Monday of the month for our energizing AfroPeruvian dance and Latin Styling class at 8pm. All ages are welcome y si se habla espanol....register now by calling/emailing (206) 679-7229.

Cheers to wonderful you and those you influence with positivity and light. See you on the dance floor. Share your dance!  

Monday, December 21, 2015

They will remember you

Share the excitement of dance with a long-lasting memory of your thoughtfulness. Dance Lessons make the perfect gift! Now through December 31st, any set of lessons purchased for your loved ones, will reward you with a complimentary 45 minute lesson. We want to show you the love :)

Book now to prepare for those New Year's parties and gatherings - call (206) 679-7229. We will be back Monday January 4th at Kenyon Hall with new dance series in Ballroom, Salsa, AfroPeruvian dance & Latin Styling. Register today at