Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to Dance Sept. 14th!

Get excited, get moving, who will be your partner this Fall?

Sept. 14th we begin our 8-week Social Ballroom I course (Foxtrot, Swing, Rhumba, Hustle & Waltz) at 6pm.  Salseros will joint at 7pm for an 8-week progress series focused on drilling Salsa on2 Fundamentals, footwork and musicality as it relates to the Clave rhythms. (We will touch on Cha-Cha-Cha and Bachata to help beginner dancers understand how to translate their training into other Latin dance styles.) NEW CLASSES IN OCTOBER will run Fridays at the Balorico Studio-6pm Ladies Styling & Spinning class (open level) and Adv. Beginner Salsa on2 will meet 7-8:30pm. (Sorry, no drop-ins). Combo packages available for those that wish to augment their learning with private instruction.
PARENTS SAVE THE DATE Monday Sept. 14th: FREE Youth Ballroom & Latin dance lesson 4:30pm (ages 5-9) & 5:15pm (ages 10+) pre-registration required. Our 10-week Youth Program runs Monday 9/21-11/23, register now at balorico@gmail.com.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer of Dance - All in August

Congrats to the lovely Lian & Delila and Jenny & Andrew as they created magic on the dance floor these past few weeks with their First Wedding Dances.

Newcomers to social dance are always warmly welcome at our classes. Open level drop-in classes are meant to spark community interaction among socially savvy dancers and beginners in a fluid way. We never turn anyone away. This said, there are a few things new dancers can do to prepare: 1) Listen to music and try to count evenly to the beat in a pattern of 1-8. Add some toe-tapping or finger-snapping and you'll begin the process of feeling the beat. 2) Partner-less? No worries. Most people take lessons in order to improve their chances at meeting new people and/or get closer to their partners with a shared activity. The point being, with dance as your partner, you will learn new ways of interacting with people on a healthy, physical level. (Body required, nothing else.) Lastly, 3) bring a mental clean slate, no matter what previous hang-ups may linger in your mind, or how much previous training you've had, starting fresh each time makes for a better experience for you and the class. All can dance, I truly believe this, so should you! See you Mondays at Kenyon Hall.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer session begins July 6th- a BAILAR!

Summer is here! We begin our summer dance series July 6th - August 31st in West Seattle. Mondays: Social Ballroom dancing at 6pm includes Swing, Rumba, Hustle and beginner Salsa to help all level of dancers get through those social summer events. At 7pm, we continue Salsa on2 training including  Bachata for 1/3 of the class. (All are welcome- open level class). For the extra motivated dancers: Styling & Spinning at 8pm will be offered as a 4 week series for Latin Dancers looking to improve balance, anatomical alignment and weekly choreography will be ready for you to "perform". Floor barre sequences will be used to warm you up-can't wait!

Thank you to Univision Seattle for including us in their roster of Latin Talent to perform our new number, here with Eduardo Aguirre. Lastly, the BALORICO Clave & Musicality monthly workshop continues-mark your calendar for every 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30-8pm (7/21 & 8/18). A special thank you to my private students for being patient with me during my post-car accident recovery.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wedding Bells, Clave & Summer Dancing

CONGRATS to the new Mr & Mrs. dynamic duo Tony & Nikki! Have a special event coming up involving dance? TRY PRIVATE LESSONS-its the quickest way to get results. 


UP NEXT for Salseros and Latin music lovers: the next Clave & Musicality Workshop will be held Tuesday June 23rd, 6:30-8pm at the Balorico Studio. Percussionist Lalo Bello of PICOSO and myself will help you increase your ability to hear the beat, stay on the beat and express the beats. Rsvp at balorico@gmail.com and yes, this is open to all levels.

On Monday July 6th we begin our Summer Dance Series at Kenyon Hall, Ballroom Basics, East coast Swing, Bachata and more! Please rsvp/inquire at balorico@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May Update

Congratulations to this wonderful dancing duo who celebrate their first steps together this Memorial Day weekend! Interested in private instruction? Take advantage of our May Dance Special which includes a complimentary lesson with the purchase of any private lesson package this month only. Our group classes are in full swing and I'm excited to dive into the Latin Styling & Spinning class June 1st @ 8pm. Open to men and women.

Congratulations also to Suzy Martinez and the completion of her ALAS event@ Seattle University as part of her MFA Thesis work. We enjoyed adding a Peruvian Marinera and lyrical Salsa to the program. Up next: BALORICO will be dancing this weekend at Skagit Valley Community College celebrating Latin culture and folklore.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring Dance Series

Monday May 11th we begin our Spring Dance Series
6pm Ballroom/Bachata, 7pm Salsa, 8pm Latin Styling (for men/women) Saturday May 16th, B A L O R I C O will present  Peruvian & Salsa dance at Seattle University, in support of Suzy Martinez' special event ALAS. On Tuesday May 19th, we continue with our Clave/Musicality Workshop created for Salsa on2 dancers, 6:30pm-8pm at the Balorico Studio. This worship is co-instructed with percussionist Lalo Bello. Register now- balorico@gmail.com or call (206) 679-7229

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Clave Musicality Workshop & Environmental Justice

Try our *NEW* CLAVE workshops for Salsa dancers co-instructed with PICOSO'S favorite percussionist Lalo Bello.This monthly offering is created to help Salseros improve on2 dancing and musicality on the dance floor.Save the date: 5/19 6:30-8pm. BALORICO is supporting environmental justice on 5/18. Participate, spread the word. Dancing is more than dance-its action. It is a threat to think about how the aims of dance, movement and art, that build future-oriented wholistic minds and bodies, collide with future-produced toxins and detrimental pollutants incurred by Shell's intended arctic oil mining in our Seattle ports. Visualize how your daily creativity can also act to preserve quality of life standards for tomorrow...see you on our dance floor!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Indescribable African sexiness/swing

Tuesday April 14th we start our special Mas Tumbao Salsa workshop series. Salsa dancers can expect to practice and develop their ear for dancing to the clave and staying on the clave. I'm excited, we'll have live percussion accompaniment. All levels welcome with an "on2" style focus. $25/person. RSVP required, please register by emailing balorico@gmail.com. The next dance series of Ballroom Dancing, Bachata and ongoing Salsa group lessons at Kenyon Hall begins Monday 5/11. Drop-in this month to get a taste!