Monday, November 23, 2015

Holidays are for Dancing! Got Kids?

Dancing kiddos? Join us with your little one for our Preview Youth Ballroom Dance classes Monday Dec. 7th At 4pm ages 6 and under are welcome to dance with one caregiver and be introduced to the beautiful movement of the Foxtrot,Waltz and then animate the space with Merengue and Swing!  $12/ $10 siblings ages 4+, 45minute lesson.At 5pm (ages 7+)  Youth and teens will be introduced to our American Bronze dances with our 55 minute class. Pre-registration is required for both classes at New Year youth classes begin January 11, 2016 at 4pm & 5pm.

SAVE THE DATE! Bring your friends, neighbors, dentist, nannies, grandparents and roomies to our annual Holiday Dance Party on Dec.14, 8-10pm, $15. $2 discount with two cans of food collected for the W.S. Food Bank. No dance experience necessary! Really. Mix & mingle with other local dance aficionados. Mini-dance lessons will be provided throughout the evening and enjoy community dance demonstrations to get you in the Holiday Spirit. Light drinks and snacks provided. New Year adult classes begin January 4, 2016 at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Boost immunity with dance!

Keep up your defenses this winter with an interactive workout on the dance floor! Classes: a new 6-week series in Ballroom at 6pm and Salsa On2 at 7pm begins Monday 11/9.  Fridays, we now offer Latin Styling & Footwork at 6pm for salseros wishing to push their conditioning and agility to execute beautiful and precise movement. From 7-8:30pm we offer Adv. Beginner Mambo focused on drilling fundamentals and combination work.

Special workshops in November:
Meet Kizomba, she’s an infectious Brazilian close-encounter dance rooted in dances from Angola that will leave you wanting more with its catchy rythms and soul. Special workshop with a guest instructor 11/16, 8-9:30pm at K.H. Our next Clave & Musicality percussion & dance workshop is 11/17, 6:30-8pm at the Balorico studio.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tues 10/20 Clave Workshop

Salsa and Latin music lovers, tomorrow we explore the music and the relationship to the dancer. Our monthly workshop with PICOSO percussionist Lalo Bello continues 6:30pm-8pm at the Balorico Studio. We'll focus on Yambu rhythms and 3-2 clave expression.

Ballroom Dance & Salsa classes continue Mondays at Kenyon Hall and Fridays at the Balorico Studio. The NEXT group class series begins Friday Nov. 6th and Monday Nov. 9th -save the date! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to Dance - September

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

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.
PREVIEW YOUTH BALLROOM DANCE CLASS: Monday December 7th at 4pm for youth ages 6 and younger. One child and one caregiver are welcome to dance together at this fun 45 minute Family dance class. At 5pm ages 7-16 can enjoy a 55 minute Ballroom Dance lesson. Pre-registration is required. $12/child & caregiver, $10 siblings. Our 12-week Winter Youth Ballroom Session begins January 11, 2016. No previous experience required. Call 206 679-7229.

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 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

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.