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Beginner Class
A good place to start for BEGINNERs or those REFRESHING their basics.

I,II,III,IV - CORE classes. These should be taken in SEQUENTIAL order.

Int/Adv - Intermediate or Advanced. These should be taken AFTER completing all CORE classes.

Master - Master class. These classes REQUIRE instructor APPROVAL.


Series
Four 55-minute sessions that are typically spread out over four consecutive weeks. On occasion, they may be condensed, two sessions into two weeks.

Workshop
55-minute sessions that can be scheduled one at a time, back to back, on one day or consecutive days.

Special Programs
Are typically priced in a more unique fashion. May include bootcamps, visiting instructors, or any other special class formats.

The MayI Studio - 5246 N. Elston, Chicago, IL
monday

Series (4-weeks)

Mar 2 - 23:
in room # 1
  • 6pm Salsa Cross Body Lead Turn Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and CBLT variations such as Crossed Hands, Handshake, Left, Pacman, Hammerlock, Handcuff, and more.

  • 7pm Zouk III
  • Description: New moves, styling, and refine your Zouk technique.

    Additional Prerequisites: ZOUK II

  • 8pm Hustle Explosion Lines & Sliding Doors (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Explosion Line, Rib Chaser Explosion, and Sliding Door variations.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango Boleo Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn several variations of the Boleo, the correct technique, connection, and how to use them in your Argentine Tango.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm West Coast Swing II
  • Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

    Workshops

    Mar 30:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Balboa Basics
  • Description: Balboa is a type of swing dance, popular with Lindy Hop dancers. It's more compact than other styles of swing, with the partners in body contact most of the dance. The footwork and legwork below the knee is where most of the action of this dance is. Not only is this a fun dance to add to your repertoire, but the steps are great to put into your East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and other dances to give you unique and attention-getting variations.

    Additional Prerequisites: East Coast Swing, or West Coast Swing experience highly recommended

  • 7pm Paso Doble Basics
  • Description: A cousin of Flamenco, this Ballroom dance is most often seen on the competitive or show dance floor. However, it makes a fun and dramatic social dance too. Learn the steps and styling that will get you noticed on the dance floor! Get a taste of the basics in this workshop.

  • 8pm Chicago Steppin' Basics
  • Description: A smooth style of swing with lots of groove, Steppin' comes from the south-side of Chicago but has grown in popularity throughout the US in part because of R&B artist R. Kelly's music which promotes the dance and culture of steppin'. The Chicago Steppin' basic is a syncopated rhythm and can be challenging to a brand new dancer, but we break it down and make it easy for anyone to learn. Many West Coast Swing dancers learn Steppin' to enhance their footwork, syncopations, and musicality. This workshop will give you a taste of Chicago Steppin'.

    Additional Prerequisites: Some swing or latin dance experience recommended.

  • 9pm Lambada Basics
  • Description: Brazilian in origin, this dance hit worldwide popularity in the 1980's & early 90's. It's a sexy dance where partners dance in contact and use a lot of wave-like motions in their bodies. It's considered a precursor to Zouk which became popular in the Latin dance scene worldwide in the early 2010's. Find out why it was called the "Forbidden Dance."

    Additional Prerequisites: Some Latin dance recommended.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Cumbia & Street-Style Salsa Basics
  • Description: Cumbia is a Latin dance done at Salsa clubs and venues where the music has Mexican and Columbian influences. Along with Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha, Cumbia rounds out the Latin Club dancer's repertoire and will keep them in high demand and on the dance floor all night. Cumbia shares the same steps, patterns, and rhythm as Street-Style Salsa, only the styling is a little different. You'll get a two for one in our workshop as both Salsa and Cumbia styling will be covered. Get a taste in this workshop.

    Additional Prerequisites: Some dance experience recommended

  • 7pm Charleston Basics
  • Description: Charleston is a type of swing that is closely tied to Lindy Hop. Its main characteristic is a forward and back movement of the feet with kicks and swivels. Although you can dance the Charleston as a complete dance, it's most often used in conjunction with Lindy Hop or East Coast Swing. Enhance your swing with some Charleston!

    Additional Prerequisites: Some swing experience recommended.

    Special Programs

    Mar 2 - Apr 20:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Hustle Bootcamp III (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Building on Bootcamp I, and II this Intense program is invite/audition only in order to gather students that will thrive in a demanding and fast-paced class environment. Successful candidates should have already taken Hustle Bootcamp I or regular private lessons. Material covered is a cross-section of topics from other classes, but usually in a more focused and challenging way, with extra options for styling and technique.

    Ongoing

  • 10pm Argentine Tango & Milonga Practica
  • Description: Only $5 per person, Come practice in a comfortable studio setting. Drop in basis.

    tuesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Mar 3 - 24:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Salsa Favorite Popular Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as RBT variations, Loop CBLT, Waiter Turn Combo, Paddle Spin, Sombrero, and more.

  • 7pm Country Two-Step II
  • Description: Continue building your Country Two Step with technique and patterns like the hammerlock, outside turns, shoulder catch, sweethearts, and more.

  • 8pm Salsa I
  • Description: Start your Salsa dance adventures here. Fundamentals and patterns like the Basics, Right Break Turn, Waterfall, Cross Body Lead, and more.

  • 9pm Zouk Bonecas (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Head and shoulder rolls are a signature of Zouk.  Perfect some standards and add some hot new variations.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Waltz I
  • Description: Get started with this elegant dance perfect for many contemporary slow songs as well as the classics. Learn connection and patterns such as the Box, Progressive, Hesitations, Slow Turn, Promenade, and more.

  • 7pm West Coast Swing 2nd Helping of Bread & Butter (Int/Adv)
  • Description: More standard technique and patterns such as Open Side Tuck Throwout, Cutoff Whip, Cutoff, Reverse Whip variations, Roll to Closed, Boa, and more.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing Popular Variations Made Easy (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn these popular patterns, variations, and styling options. May include Spring Starter, Lead's Spin, Shoulder Fold, Bridge, Tunnel Pass, Basket to Hammerlock, and more.

  • 9pm West Coast Swing I
  • Description: Learn this amazing contemporary style of swing. It's been exploding in popularity worldwide as people discover it's versatility, musicality, and sexy styling via the thousands of YouTube clips and dance TV shows. WCS is the most popular dance at our studio, and for good reason! Get started with the basic technique, connection, and patterns such as the Underarm Turn, Push Break, Side Pass, Starter, and Throwout.

    Workshops

    Mar 31:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Carolina Shag Basics
  • Description: Carolina Shag is a style of swing that emphasizes fancy footwork and twisty legs while the upper body and hips stay relatively still, Carolina Shag initially reached its popularity as a dance done to “beach music.” Recently it’s gained favor with West Coast and other swing dancers as a way to enhance their style and footwork chops. Get a taste in this workshop.

    Additional Prerequisites: Prior East Coast or West Coast Swing experience highly recommended.

  • 7pm Peabody Basics
  • Description: The pre-cursor to Quickstep, this jovial dance is mainly done to music from the Charleston era. Fun workshop to add a unique dance to your bag of tricks. Get a taste of the basics in this workshop.

    Additional Prerequisites: Foxtrot Int/Adv Level highly recommended.

  • 8pm Viennese Waltz Basics
  • Description: Much faster than Waltz, this dance involves partners dancing round and round around the dance floor. Even at the basic level, it is a more difficult dance so we recommend learning regular Waltz for several months before venturing into Viennese Waltz. A classic dance, Viennese Waltz is also perfect for a surprising amount of contemporary pop tunes. You'll definitely impress others if Viennese Waltz is part of your repertoire. Get a taste in this workshop.

    Additional Prerequisites: Int/Adv Level Waltz required.

  • 9pm Polka Basics
  • Description: Roll out the barrel and get moving in this high energy dance that travels around the floor. It's fun kitsch to grab your partner and dance to the oompa band accordion music so perfect for Polka. Get a taste of the basics in this workshop.

    Additional Prerequisites: Some social dance experience recommended.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Mambo New York Style On 2 Salsa Basics
  • Description: A sibling to Salsa, Mambo can be danced to the same music and has similar step patterns. Do you dance on 1 or on 2? That's a common question at the Salsa clubs. What are they talking about? Although Salsa breaking on 1 is more common, many consider breaking on 2 NY-Style more "advanced" and the mark of a "true dancer." Get a taste of the basics in this workshop.

    Additional Prerequisites: Salsa Int/Adv Level highly recommended.

  • 7pm Triple/Double Two-Step Basics
  • Description: Double Two Step travels around the floor like Country Two Step and uses a triple-step rhythm like East Coast Swing. Mostly danced to Country tunes, it's usually slower tempo than Country Two Step music. Triple Two-Step is almost the same dance, but it incorporates some additional connection and lead/follow techniques that add sharpness and styling. Get a taste of Double Two-Step in this workshop.

    Additional Prerequisites: Int/Adv Level Country Two Step or East Coast Swing; or Polka Core.

  • 8pm Country Line Dancing
  • Description: Learn several of the classics as well as latest and greatest line dances done to popular fun country tunes. Each class will cover different songs and dances, so repeat this class often!

  • 9pm Quebradita Basics
  • Description: A lively dance popular in Mexican culture, some have described it as a cross between Merengue, Cumbia, and Country Western. The lead holds the follow close around the hips and dance steps characterized with a lot of bouncing and kicks. It looks like a joyful cowboy dance, and can picture the dancers yelling a Spanish "Yee Ha."

    Additional Prerequisites: Some latin dance experience recommended.

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Mar 4 - 25:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Nightclub Two-Step I
  • Description: Start your Nightclub Two-Step adventure here, or review what you have learned before. Learn technique and patterns like the Basic, Underarm Turns, Left Turning Basic, Crossovers, and more.

  • 7pm Tango II
  • Description: Continue developing your Tango with technique and patterns such as Rock Steps, Double Corte, Open Fan, Extended Walk, and a Dip.

  • 8pm Rumba Runner (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Alternating Turns, Slow Turn, and several Circle Walk variations.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango II
  • Description: Continue with this class where you will learn patterns like the Continuous Cruzada, Cross Salida, Parada Forward Ocho, Back Ocho Cruzada, Parada Back Ocho with Forward Ocho End, and more.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Bachata Reverse Turns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn patterns including reverse turn movements.

  • 7pm Cha Cha Cross Over Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level styling and cross over pattern variations including cross hands, spinning, breaks, crescents, swivels, and stutter.

  • 8pm Waltz Whisky Business (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique, styling, and patterns such as the Turning Twinkle, Whisks, Viennese Hesitations, Back Twinkle, and more.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango Gancho Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn several variations of the Gancho, the correct technique, connection, and how to use them in your Argentine Tango.

    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Mar 5 - 26:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Country Two-Step I
  • Description: Perfect place to start with Country Two Step, or review what you have learned before. Covers technique, connection and patterns such as basic walk, promenade, inside cuddle, sweetheart, closed, change of places, and more.

  • 7pm Rumba II
  • Description: Continue with the technique and patterns such as Cross Body Lead, Walks, Rocks, Stop & Go, and Side breaks.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing Intro to Syncopated & Varied Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Change up your footwork and make your basics look fancy. Learn the connection, technique and steps to make this happen using moves like forward checks, swivels, crosses, grapevines, voltas, and glide.

  • 9pm Country Two-Step Sliding Doors & Straightjackets (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as straightjacket, x-hits, crosshands, sliding doors, and basket weaving.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Zouk I
  • Description: A dance from Brazil, it has become hot in Latin dance circles around the world. It's very attention-getting with its dramatic, curvy, wave-like body movement as well as its ultra-sexy tone. Salsa, West Coast Swing, and even Ballroom dancers are stealing moves and styling from Zouk to make their other dances more interesting.

    Additional Prerequisites: Int/Adv Level in Salsa, WCS, Samba, or equivalent highly recommended

  • 7pm Salsa Baskets (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Baskets can add dynamics to your Salsa with movement through the slot by both partners. Learn several basket variations and how to mix them up with other patterns to make it all flow smooth and cool.

    Workshops

    Mar 5:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Lindy Hop Basic Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: A crash course in Lindy Hop basics for experienced dancers. Learn at a fast pace!

    Special Programs

    Mar 12 - Apr 30:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Boot Camp II (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Build on Boot Camp I with more challenging technique, styling, connection, variations, and patterns. Share this demanding and fast-paced experience with other talented and hard-working dancers.

    Additional Prerequisites: Instructor approval required

    friday

    Ongoing

    Dance Lessons & Parties every Friday!

    1st, 3rd, & 5th Fridays. Dance to a great mix of Salsa, West Coast Swing, Lindy, Hustle, Latin, & Ballroom music.



    2nd & 4th Fridays. A night devoted entirely to ballroom music including Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Swing, Cha Cha, & more.


    saturday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Mar 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 10am East Coast Swing III
  • Description: More fundamental technique, styling, and patterns like she/he goes combo, and several triple step variations.

  • 11am Cha Cha II
  • Description: Continue building your Cha Cha with patterns like the Cross Body, Release, Open Breaks, and Turns.

  • 12pm Samba I
  • Description: Samba and related Brazilian-inspired social dances are becoming very popular in the Salsa, Latin, and even Swing dance communities. Energetic and lively, Samba is perfect for many contemporary pop tunes as well. Get started with the fundamental technique, rhythm, and patterns in this class.

  • 1pm Bolero I
  • Description: An elegant dance done to slow romantic music, Bolero incorporates steps, patterns, and rhythm of Latin dances with the styling of smooth ballroom. This 4-hour series will cover the fundamental technique & several common patterns.

    Additional Prerequisites: Some dance experience recommended.

    in room # 2
  • 1pm Viennese Waltz MORE Intermediate Varations (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Requires mastery of core level Viennese Waltz.

  • 2pm Quickstep I
  • Description: A progressive dance that travels fast around the floor, the Quickstep is for Ballroom die-hards. Quickstep and Foxtrot share some patterns, but Quickstep adds runs, kicks, polka points, and speed. It's often danced to music that you can also dance a fast East Coast Swing. This 4-hour series will cover the fundamental technique & several common patterns.

    Additional Prerequisites: Foxtrot or Waltz Int/Adv Level.

    Special Programs

    Mar 7 - May 30:
    in room # 1
  • 10 - 12pm Divas in Heels Performance Class (Int/Adv)
  • Class Dates, Times, and inclusions:
    • Saturdays
    • 10am to Noon
    • March 7 – May 30 (11 instructor led sessions, 2 weeks off)
    • Limited additional studio time for your own practices of class material
    • Target Performance Date: June 6
    • Possible other performances
    • Costume will be additional cost
    • Additional time with coach available at additional cost

    Description:

    As you guessed, this is a ‘ladies only’ team. No men allowed! No Partner’s needed! Join Brenda in this wonderful opportunity to express yourself in a fun and sexy way while working on your styling and technique for your Latin, rhythm, and freestyle dances. This will be very feminine, sultry and sassy choreography with a Burlesque twist. Then you’ll have the opportunity to perform at least one public event, possibly at our June 6 2015 Showcase.

    Mar 7 - Apr 11:
    in room # 1
  • 2 - 4pm FOXTROT & WALTZ Core Catch-Up Intensive (Int/Adv)
  • REQUIREMENTS:

    • Successful completion of 2 months’ worth of Foxtrot and/or Waltz core classes, or equivalent.
    • Must be int/advanced-level in at least 1 social dance (i.e., WCS, Salsa, Tango, Country, Rumba, etc.)
    • Able to attend all dates or make up missed session with private lessons (at an additional cost)
    • A Positive Attitude!

    Description:

    Cover all the patterns and technique from the Foxtrot and Waltz core classes.  This course may prepare students to take Int/Adv level classes, however, it’s not guaranteed and will depend on each individual’s abilities, supplemental practice, and progress.
     

    This class is designed for those that have already taken some core, but just need a little more training before qualifying for the Intermediate-Advanced level Foxtrot and Waltz classes.

    sunday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Mar 8 - 29:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm Argentine Tango I
  • Description: Perfect place to start your Argentine Tango journey, this class will cover the basics like Tango Walks Forward, Tango Walks Side, Six-Count Basic, Salida, and Cruzada Forward Ocho. Each class will vary a little as Instructors add material and exercises as is best for each class.

  • 3pm Waltz II
  • Description: Continue with more technique and patterns such as the Corner Step, Left Box with Underarm Turn, and Twinkle variations.

  • 4pm Hustle III
  • Description: More technique, styling, and patterns such as the Bridge, Grapevine, Shadow CBLT, and NY Walk.

  • 5pm Country Two-Step III
  • Description: More fundamental technique, styling, and patterns like couples turns, patty-cake, and much more.

    Workshops

    Mar 1:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm Kizomba Basics
  • Description:

    This African and Latin Inspired intimate dance is growing in popularity in the Salsa, Tango, and Zouk scene.  Using a close embrace reminiscent to Argentine Tango, with some hip motion like Latin, and musicality like Zouk, it blends some of your favorites together.  In this workshop, be introduced to the basics.

    Special Programs

    Mar 1 - May 31:
    in room # 1
  • 10 - 12pm CUMBIA Performance Class (Int/Adv)
  • A Performance class is one of the fastest, most efficient ways to take your dancing to the next level! More than a class, this is an experience you will always remember. Work with a great group of fellow talented dancers, learn fun choreography, & perform it in front of a screaming audience!

    Description: A Performance class is one of the fastest, most efficient ways to take your dancing to the next level! More than a class, this is an experience you will always remember. Work with a great group of fellow talented dancers, learn fun choreography, & perform it in front of a screaming audience!

    Ongoing

    Swing Dance Lessons & Parties every Sunday!

    Every Sunday! Learn some West Coast Swing & Hustle moves, then dance to Blues, R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, & pop music.


    The Willowbrook Ballroom - 8900 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs, IL
    wednesday

    Ongoing

    Salsa Nights at the Willowbrook Ballroom!

    Every Wednesday! Learn some basic through advanced Salsa moves, then dance to Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, & more.

    saturday

    Workshops

    Mar 14:
    in room # 1
  • 11 - 3:30pm Cha Cha Beyond the Basics (Int/Adv)
  • Int/Adv

    Description:

    Expand your patterns, technique, and styling.  Must already know Cha Cha basics and how to "break on 2."

    Mar 28:
    in room # 1
  • 11 - 3:30pm Zouk Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: A dance originating in Brazil, Zouk has become hot in Latin dance circles around the world. It's very attention-getting with its dramatic, curvy, wave-like body movements as well as its ultra-sexy tone. Salsa, West Coast Swing, and even Ballroom dancers are stealing moves and styling from Zouk to make their other dances more interesting. Get Zouking in no time, take this workshop! This workshop will cover what is typically covered in a 4 to 6 week basics class, all in one day! Bring a bag lunch as we will take a 30 minute break about half way through.


    American Rhythm Center - 410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
    monday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Mar 2 - 23:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Waltz III
  • Description: Build more fundamentals including connection, styling, and patterns such as the Right Box, Spirals, Flip Flops, and more.

  • 7pm Bachata II
  • Description: More fundamental technique, styling, and patterns like the Stationary Basic, 3/4 Pivot Turn, Wrap 1/2 Turn Combo, Waterfall to Closed, Cuddle Walk, & Crossover Basic.

  • 8pm Foxtrot I
  • Please call American Rhythm Center to enroll at (312)922-1272.

    Description: A perfect class for new students, or to refresh what you may have learned before. This class will introduce you to proper technique and patterns like the box, corner step, forward walk, promenade, and more.

    Workshops

    Mar 30:
    in room # 1
  • 6 - 7:30pm Argentine Tango Basics
  • $25 each workshop 
    or $35 for both if they register by March 25
    Call (312) 922-1272 to enroll.

    Description: Learn a few basic steps and get a taste of the dance in this quick fun class!

  • 7:30 - 9pm Cha Cha Basics
  • Description: Learn a few basic steps and get a taste of the dance in this quick fun class!