Current Class Schedule

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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.

Monday, December 29th: Latin & Tango Mixer:  Salsa, Bachata, Zouk & Argentine Tango
8pm to 10:30pm - $7
-or-
Take any of the classes earlier in the evening and stay for the mixer for free:
6pm:  Argentine Tango Basics
7pm:  Zouk Basics
6-8pm:  SALSA Role Reversal:  Learn the opposite part & improve your natural role too!

Tuesday, December 30th: West Coast Swing & Hustle Mixer
8pm to 10:30pm - $7
-or-
Take any of the classes earlier in the evening and stay for the mixer for free:
6pm:  West Coast Swing Basics
7pm:  Hustle Basics
6-8pm:  WEST COAST SWING Role Reversal:  Learn the opposite part & improve your natural role too!

 

Plus don't forget the HOLIDAY TGIF December 19th & FIRE & ICE Strictly Ballroom December 26th!

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

Workshops

Dec 22:
in room # 1
  • 7 - 9pm Argentine Tango Connections Workshop (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Perfect that connection that is uniquely part of Argentine Tango. Both leads and follows will learn and practice the nuances that make this dance so intoxicating and satisfying.

    in room # 2
  • 9pm West Coast Swing Zouk Moves & Styling (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Add some sexy cool WCS moves and styling stolen from Zouk. This Brazilian-influenced dance has been making a dramatic impact on West Coast Swing. Stay on the cutting edge, by being a part of it!

    Dec 29:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Argentine Tango Basics
  • Description: Learn a few basic steps and get a taste of the dance in this quick fun class!

  • 7pm Zouk Basics
  • 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 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 a taste of Zouk in this workshop.

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

    in room # 2
  • 6 - 8pm Salsa Role Reversal (Int/Adv)
  • Description: You need to take this class at some point if you want to be the best lead or follow you can be. Experience what it's like to be on the other side of the partnership. Gentlemen will learn to follow. Ladies will learn to lead. Everyone will dance all parts and dance with each other. Even if you never plan on actually dancing the opposite role on the social dance floor, you will become much better in your natural role after taking this class. Come see why many advanced students say this is one of the most valuable classes they have ever taken.

    Ongoing

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

    tuesday

    Workshops

    Dec 30:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm West Coast Swing Basics
  • Description: Learn a few basic steps and get a taste of the dance in this quick fun class!

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

    in room # 2
  • 6 - 8pm West Coast Swing Role Reversal Seminar (Int/Adv)
  • Description: This is a class everyone needs to take at some point if you want to be the best lead and follow you can be. Experience what it's like to be on the other side of the partnership. Gentlemen will learn to follow. Ladies will learn to lead. Everyone will dance all parts and dance with each other. Even if you never plan on actually dancing the opposite role on the social dance floor, you will become much better in your natural role after taking this class. Come see why many advanced students say this is one of the most valuable classes they ever took.

    wednesday

    Workshops

    Dec 17:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Couples Romantic Dance Class
  • Description: Impress your sweetheart with a unique and creative date. Learn easy steps of various ballroom and slow dances, using a close and intimate hold and styling. Not the "strictly ballroom" stuff, but how you would want to dance with someone you love. Must ENROLL WITH A PARTNER for this unique class.

    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

    Workshops

    Dec 20:
    in room # 1
  • 10 - 12pm Salsa Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Salsa for those already experienced in other social dances. Not for new dancers, but rather those already skilled in partnering, connection, turns, and learning patterns quickly.

  • 12 - 2pm Carolina Shag Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Carolina Shag for those already experienced in other social dances. Not for new dancers, but rather those already skilled in partnering, connection, turns, and learning patterns quickly.

    Additional Prerequisites: Must be an advanced dancer in at least one other social dance.

    Dec 27:
    in room # 1
  • 11am Latin Dance Fitness
  • Description: Get in shape, burn calories, and develop your dance skills all at the same time. Movement from Salsa, Cha Cha, Cumbia, Samba, and many more are incorporated into this high energy class that will make you a better dancer.

  • 12pm Hustle Open Patterns & Visual Partnering Magic (Mastery)
  • Description: Amazing partnering work without physical contact. Others will think you and your partner are performing choreographed or planned patterns, but you will actually be leading & following very cool movements on the fly without actually touching. Learn the concepts and then get creative. Not only will this give you some dramatic new material for your Hustle, it will improve your technique for all your patterns, as well as hone your instincts, reaction time, and styling.

  • 1pm Hustle Menage a Trois (Mastery)
  • Description: One lead and two follows dance together at the same time. Learn the tricks to make this happen.

  • 2pm Dips & Tricks (Int/Adv)
  • Description: New and different moves will be covered each time we offer this class. There are over 50 standard dips and tricks in our curriculum, but each hour will cover 3-5. So, take this class as often as you'd like to learn as many as you can. These dips and tricks are applicable to several dances including Salsa, Swing, Ballroom, Tango, West Coast Swing, Latin, and Hustle.

    sunday

    Workshops

    Dec 21:
    in room # 1
  • 12 - 2pm Argentine Tango Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Argentine Tango for those already experienced in other social dances. Not for new dancers, but rather those already skilled in partnering, connection, turns, spins, and learning patterns quickly.

  • 2 - 4pm Rumba Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Rumba for those already experienced in other social dances. Not for new dancers, but rather those already skilled in partnering, connection, turns, and learning patterns quickly.

  • 4 - 6pm Hustle The Cheat Sheet Seminar (Int/Adv)
  • Description: What to do on every step made easy-learn the Responsibilities Grid, where we break down what the leader and the follower are separately responsible for on each beat of the pattern. All that technique you should have been learning along the way is tidied up and organized for you in this great summary and synthesis class. Apply these valuable insights to make many core patterns better.

    Dec 28:
    in room # 1
  • 2 - 4pm Country Two-Step Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Country Two-Step for those already experienced in other social dances. Not for new dancers, but rather those already skilled in partnering, connection, turns, and learning patterns quickly.

  • 4 - 6pm Hustle Partner Swapping (Mastery)
  • Description: May I cut in? Leads will learn how to jump in and "steal" a follow from another lead at the right moment and with smooth and fluid transitions. Follows will learn how to react and facilitate this fun social dance phenomenon sometimes called "hot-boxing."

    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

    Series (4-weeks)

    Dec 20:
    in room # 1
  • 11 - 3:30pm Black-Tie Basics
  • CALL WILLOWBROOK BALLROOM TO ENROLL AT 708.839.1000

    Description: Learn the basics in several dances to get your looking good at those special events and formal parties. Dances will include Swing, Foxtrot, Rumba & more.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jan 5 - 26:
    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 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

  • 8pm Hustle Yo Yo Wraps (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as the Sweetheart Slip, Sliding Door, Twin Cities, Yo Yo variations, and more.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango Milonguero Close Embrace (Int/Adv)
  • Description: The more intimate hold. Learn to apply this type of connection to all your fundamentals while adjusting your center and frame for comfort, efficiency, and excitement.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm 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.

    Special Programs

    Jan 5 - Feb 23:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Hustle Bootcamp II (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Building on Bootcamp I, 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)

    Jan 6 - 27:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Salsa III
  • Description: More fundamentals and patterns such as Hammerlock Unwind, Half Closed CBL, Shoulder CBLT, Free Spin, and Barrel Roll.

  • 7pm West Coast Swing IV
  • Description: Add more fundamental connection, technique, styling, and patterns such as the Tuck Throwout, Barrel Roll, Sugar Tuck Double, Fold, Yo Yo, Free Spin, and more.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing I (Basics)
  • 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.

  • 9pm Zouk Shaping Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Add more shaping and styling to your Zouk.  New patterns emphasizing the characteristic Zouk body movements will be covered and integrated into your Zouk fundamentals.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm West Coast Swing Old School Money Moves (Int/Adv)
  • Description: These classic patterns are some of the best ever. Expand your repertoire of steps, technique and styling with moves like the Sugar Hip Bumps, Slingshot variations, Lead's Duck Under, Chest Press, Tandem variations, Dodging Bullets, Fold to Stomps, and more.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing I Love Rock 'n Go's (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn the pervasive, and sometimes elusive, Rock 'n Go step and technique to add a whole new world of possibilities to your WCS. Several patterns utilizing the Rock 'N Go will be covered.

  • 9pm West Coast Swing lll
  • Description: Build your WCS with technique, styling, and patterns such as the Outside Whip, Hand Change Side Pass, Sugar Tuck, Left Side Roll, and more.

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jan 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 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 II
  • Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

  • 8pm Rumba Cuba Libre (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Hand to Hand, Butterfly, and several Crossover variations.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango IV
  • Description: Continue your core Argentine Tango patterns, technique and styling. Get polished up and ready for the next level.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Bachata III
  • Description: Continue building your Bachata fundamentals with new patterns, technique and styling. This class builds on Bachata I & II and prepares you for the Intermediate-Advanced level.

  • 7pm Cha Cha Handcuffs, Locks, & Loops (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Cha Cha styling and patterns including several loops, locks and handcuffs, triple chas, and much more!

  • 8pm Foxtrot Flip Flops From Heaven (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Open Flip Flops, Promenade Pivot, Turning Twinkle, Fan, CBL, and more.

  • 9pm Waltz Two Way Street (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique, styling, and patterns such as Turning Box Combo, Spiral Develope, Cross Body Lead, Two-Way Turn, and more.

    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jan 8 - 29:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Salsa I
  • Description: Start your Salsa dance adventures here. Fundamentals and patterns like the Basics, Right Break Turn, Waterfall, Cross Body Lead, and more.

  • 7pm Cha Cha I
  • Description: The perfect place to start learning Cha Cha, or refresh what you already know. This class will cover the technique, rhythm, and patterns like the Stationary, Side, and Progressive, Cross Overs, Right Turns, and Waterfall.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing Whip It Good (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Add these fancy whip variations to your repertoire. Patterns may include Extended Stalker, Continuous Inside, Basket & Reverse, Snap, Lead's Basket, Left Side, and more.

  • 9pm Country Two-Step Wraps, Folds & a Bowtie (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Int/Adv.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Salsa Compression & Left Break Turns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn this useful connection option and several new patterns that will significantly expand your Salsa repertoire. Stylish and playful variations for the follows included!

    Special Programs

    Jan 8 - Feb 26:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Boot Camp I (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Intense program is invite/audition only in order to gather students that will thrive in a demanding and fast-paced class environment. Learn and drill the fundamentals at a higher level. Technique, styling, connection, pattern variations, and how to look like an advanced dancer will be covered in an in-depth and challenging way.

    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)

    Jan 10 - 31:
    in room # 1
  • 10am East Coast Swing I
  • Description: Great class for those new to dancing, as well as to review what you may have learned before. Technique and patterns such as outside turn, she goes, he goes, belt loop, cuddle, closed basic, double hand basic, throwout and return.

  • 11am Cumbia & Street-Style Salsa I
  • 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.

  • 12pm Lindy Hop II
  • Description: Build on the fundamentals, polish the look and feel, and learn some new steps.

    Additional Prerequisites: Lindy Hop I

  • 1pm Intro to Latin Club Dancing
  • Description: Going out to the Salsa clubs means you should know more than just Salsa. Learn the other popular Latin Club dances such as Bachata, Merengue, & more. This easy and fun class will build your confidence on the dance floor in no time.

    in room # 2
  • 12pm Foxtrot I
  • 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.

  • 1pm Viennese Waltz III
  • Description: Take it to the next level with new patterns, and styling.

  • 2pm Rumba I
  • Description: Get started with Rumba, or review, with the technique and patterns like the Box, 5th Position Break, Underarm Turn, Side step, Crossover, and more.

    Workshops

    Jan 17:
    in room # 1
  • 2 - 4pm Salsa RUEDA Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Crash Course in Salsa for those already experienced in other social dances. Not for new dancers, but rather those already skilled in partnering, connection, turns, and learning patterns quickly.

    sunday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jan 11 - 25:
    in room # 1
  • 4pm Hustle I - THREE Week Series
  • THREE WEEK SERIES:  Workshop Pricing.  $45 standard price, $39 early bird if registered by January 7.

    Description: Get started with Hustle, or review what you have learned before. This class will cover technique, connection, and patterns like the Hesitation, Turning Basic, She Goes, He Goes variations, Throwout-Return, and more.

  • 5pm Country Two-Step I - THREE Week Series
  • THREE WEEK SERIES:  Workshop Pricing.  $45 standard price, $39 early bird if registered by January 7.

    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.

    Workshops

    Jan 11:
    in room # 1
  • 3pm 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.

  • 4 - 6pm Hustle Role Reversal (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Experience what it's like to be on the other side of the partnership. Gentlemen will learn to follow. Ladies will learn to lead. Everyone will dance all parts and dance with each other. Even if you never plan on actually dancing the opposite role on the social dance floor, you will become much better in your natural role after taking this class. Come see why many advanced students say this is one of the most valuable classes they have ever taken.

    Jan 25:
    in room # 1
  • 3pm Ladies Latin Styling (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Move your body, feet, legs, arms, hands, and head in that sexy way to enhance all of your Latin dances. This class will cover new and different movements and styling each time it's offered, so repeat this class as often as you'd like. These moves and styling can be applied to your Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bachata, Mambo and more!

    Special Programs

    Jan 18 - Feb 22:
    in room # 1
  • 4 - 5:30pm West Coast Swing Musicality Exploration and Lab (Jan 18, Feb 1, 8, 22) (Mastery)
  • Description:

    Apply styling, dynamics, shaping, timing variations, pattern selection, and pattern variations to express the musicality of your favorite WCS songs.  Using concepts from the Map of Musicality (tm), we will focus on what you can do in the wild to make it happen.  The class will include instructor-guided exercises, drills, and new content, as well as time for personal, partner, and team application and drilling.

    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.


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

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jan 5 - 26:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Waltz Basics
  • Description: Learn a few basic steps and get a taste of the dance in this quick fun class!

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

  • 8pm West Coast Swing I (Basics)
  • 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.