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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!

    Please note - all Sunday series are THREE WEEKS and will be workshop pricing: $45 each standard price and $39 if registered 5+  days in advance.  There will be no group classes April 5th.

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

    Series (4-weeks)

    Apr 6 - 27:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Salsa Egg Beaters (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Impressive Salsa combinations that include repeated Cross Body Lead Turns from various entrances and exits.

  • 7pm Salsa I
  • Description: Start your Salsa dance adventures here. Fundamentals and patterns like the Basics, Right Break Turn, Waterfall, Cross Body Lead, and more.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango Milonga Style Fundamentals, Grapevine & Molinete (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Milonga is one of the 3 common styles in the Argentine Tango family. Learn the rhythm, technique, style, and patterns that make Milonga a vital part of being a well-rounded Argentine Tango dancer.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm 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.

  • 7pm Zouk IV
  • Description: Refine your fundamentals and learn new patterns and variations.

    Additional Prerequisites: Zouk III

    Special Programs

    Apr 27 - Aug 17:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Hustle Performance Class (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Join a group of talented peers and learn a fully choreographed routine. Have the opportunity to perform with the troupe in front of an audience, possibly even a showcase, dance event or convention. More than just learning cool moves and choreography, you'll learn how to be an effective performer, look good, have more discipline in your dance, and you'll have an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life working on this team project.

    Additional Prerequisites: Instructor approval required.

    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)

    Apr 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Salsa Classic Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Turnstile, Stop & Go, CBL Fake, Lasso variations, Behind Back.

  • 7pm Country Two-Step III
  • Description: More fundamental technique, styling, and patterns like couples turns, patty-cake, and much more.

  • 8pm Salsa II
  • Description: Continue building your Salsa with technique and patterns such as the Pump & Up, Closed Cross Body Lead, Release, Open Break Turn, Waterfall Combo, and Cross Body Lead Turns.

  • 9pm Zouk High Flying (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Zouk getting fancy with these Intermediate-Advanced Patterns like the Tilted Progressive, Airplane, Helicopter and much more.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Bachata I
  • Description: Start your Bachata adventure here. Learn the rhythms, technique, connection and basic steps like the Side Basic, Forward & Back Basic, Follow's Left and Right Turns, Lead's Left & Right Turns, Half Pivot Turn, Cuddle Wrap Combo, and more.

  • 7pm West Coast Swing Meat & Potatoes (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as the Sugar Roll, Bookends, Behind Back Barrel, Right Side Tuck, and more.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing Whip Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as the Walk Under whip, Cutoff whip variations, Apache, Hammerlock, Continuous whip, and more.

  • 9pm West Coast Swing II
  • Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Apr 1 - 22:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Nightclub Two-Step II
  • Description: Continue building your fundamentals as you learn technique and patterns such as the Inside Loop, Inside Turn, Stop & Go, and several Left Turning variations.

  • 7pm Tango III
  • Description:

    Keep Tangoing On!  Build off your core, polish the look and feel, and add more patterns.

  • 8pm Rumba Hot Buttered Rumba (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Parallel Breaks, Cross Body Lead Turn, Spot Turn, Crescent, Lasso, and more.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango III
  • Description: Learn technique and patterns like the Parada Back Ocho to Sandwich, Right Molinete, Ocho Cortado, Gancho from Sandwich, and more.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Bachata Side By Side Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn patterns using sweetheart, straightjacket, and other side by side positions, as well as styling and impressive combinations.

  • 7pm Cha Cha Titanic Basket Case (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level styling and variations including baskets, hitches, walk arounds, and more.

  • 8pm Waltz Twinkles over Vienna (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Silver Twinkle, Passing Flip Flops, Twinkle Madness, and variations.

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

    Workshops

    Apr 29:
    in room # 1
  • 6 - 8pm 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.

  • 8 - 10pm Kizomba Basic Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description:

    Accelerate your learning of Kizomba, the Latin and Tango influenced African partner dance that is exploding in popularity in the Salsa and West Coast Swing scenes.  This Intensive workshop is designed to move faster than normal since all students should have significant experience in partner dancing.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Spins & Turns Workshop: Break Turns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Break down the proper technique and get valuable tips on how to perfect your right and left break turns. Single, double, and multiple turns will be covered. These turns are common in all Latin, Swing, and Modern Hustle dances for both leads and follows. Also learn the proper connection and lead.

  • 8 - 10pm Principles of Leading & Following (Int/Adv)
  • Description: This is possibly the most important class you can take as a social dancer. The tips & tricks covered in this class can apply to all styles of social partner dancing. How do you feel to your partners? What are they saying about you to other dancers? Make sure it's all good.

    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Apr 2 - 23:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm 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.

  • 7pm Hustle I
  • Description: Hustle is HOT! It's a high-energy, attention-getting partner dance perfect for Contemporary Hits popular on the radio and dance clubs today. No partner necessary, we rotate in class.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing Popular Parallel Syncopated Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn to play with the slot width and move in parallel with your partner with these fun patterns like the Parallel Anchor Walks, KBC fans, KBC turn, Crossover, Traveling KBC, Mirror Mirro, and the Kentucky Grapevine.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Zouk II
  • Description: Build on the fundamentals, polish the look and feel, and learn some new steps.

  • 7pm Salsa Reverse Cross Body Leads (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn walk throughs, how the follow's can style them, and several cross body leads where the follow spins to the right. These are part of every advanced Salsa dancer's repertoire. Add them to yours.

  • 9pm 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.

    Workshops

    Apr 30:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Ballet Basics
  • Description: Expand your repertoire and body awareness by learning some ballet. Enhance your ballroom and swing with ballet skills! New steps and movements covered each class.

  • 7pm Spins & Turns Workshop: Pivots & More (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Pivots are a staple for every social dance style, including Salsa, Swing, Latin, Hustle, and even Ballroom. Break down the proper technique and get valuable tips on how to perfect your pivot turns. Learn the rhythm and technique of doubles and multiples as well. Learn the proper connection and lead for several common variations.

  • 8pm Latin Hips & Body Movement (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Your feet may know where to go, but how about the rest of you? Do you look like a Latin social dancer? Learn about the different parts of the body you should use to look your best. Apply these movements to the Latin club dances such as Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha, Rumba, and Merengue. This class focuses on the social, nightclub, and authentic style of Cuban Motion, as opposed to the competitive Ballroom-style Cuban Motion which is covered in the dancesport syllabus.

  • 9pm 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!

    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)

    Apr 4 - 25:
    in room # 1
  • 10am East Coast Swing Circles & Kickups (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique, styling and patterns such as the hammerlock, spinning top, turnstile, eight-count circle, and kickup variations.

  • 11am Cha Cha III
  • Description: More fundamental technique, styling, and patterns like Double Turns, Cross Body Lead Turns, Chase, Barrel Rolls, and Stop & Gos.

  • 12pm Samba II
  • Description: Continue building your hot Samba dancing with technique and patterns such as whisks, samba walks, spirals, and stop & go.

  • 1pm 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.

  • 2pm 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.

    in room # 2
  • 12pm 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.

  • 1pm Lindy Hop I
  • Description: Energetic, fun, aerobic, and cheery, the Lindy Hop is one of the original versions of swing that is still popular today. If you've seen footage of swing dancing in movies, chances are they're doing the Lindy Hop. Primarily danced to Big Band, Retro Jump, Rock-a-Billy, and Jazz music, it's often mixed with East Coast Swing steps for a hybrid dance.

    Additional Prerequisites: East Coast Swing Core or West Coast Swing Core recommended.

    sunday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Apr 12 - 26:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm Argentine Tango II
  • THREE WEEK SERIES.  No class April 5th!

    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.

  • 3pm Waltz III
  • THREE WEEK SERIES.  No class April 5th!

    Description: Build more fundamentals including connection, styling, and patterns such as the Right Box, Spirals, Flip Flops, and more.

  • 4pm Hustle IV
  • THREE WEEK SERIES.  No class April 5th.

    Description: Final class in the core. Complete this class to be ready for the int/adv level, or review fundamentals that you learned before. More technique, styling, and patterns such as Triangle Wrap, Barrel Roll, Hustle Whip Inside, Hip Catch, and more.

  • 5pm Country Two-Step Beyond the Basics (Int/Adv)
  • THREE WEEK SERIES.  No class April 5th.

    Description: Upper level technique and patterns like grapevines, free spins, backing LOD variations, and more.

    Workshops

    Apr 19:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm West Coast Swing Latest & Greatest Moves (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Keep up with the popular moves on the national, and international WCS scene. By design, the content of this class is different every time, so repeat this class to get new material.

  • 3pm West Coast Swing The Fifth Dimension: Speed Dynamics (Mastery)
  • Description: You may have already learned the 4D of WCS (height, width, rotation, length), but we saved this one for the most experienced students and advanced dancers. Get creative with the timing and speed of your dancing to create amazing effects and be more musical.

  • 4pm 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.

  • 5pm Hustle Playful Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Fun and creative patterns that will make the dance more interesting for you, your partner, and those watching. Leaders will learn several patterns to allow room for playful moments. Follows will learn how to react and take advantage of these moments with several options. Different options will be covered each class, so repeat this class often to expand your repertoire.

    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)

    Apr 6 - 27:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Waltz IV
  • Description: Perfect your basics and add more patterns and styling to your Waltz

  • 7pm 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.

  • 8pm 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.