Latin Dance Company
Guys, this is a workshop that you will NOT want to miss!
Why do dancers always use 8 count phrases? What is Montuno? When can I do my fancier moves? When do I shine? What is the Mambo section of a Salsa song? What instruments are part of Salsa?
In this workshop, by learning the structure of Salsa songs, the instruments and more you will learn to begin to dance WITH the music rather than 'TO' the music. You will learn how to plan your patterns, styling and magical attention grabbing moves like dips, drops and tricks to execute them at the perfect moment, bringing you, your partner and the music into complete unity, even if you are executing basic steps! You will learn the structure of a song, how to tell the difference between each section of a song and how to plan what patterns, steps or tricks, you will do and when! When you understand the music that you are dancing to, you are able to become one with the song, taking your dancing to a whole new level!
NO Workshop on Wednesday July 3rd.
Happy Birthday America!
Wednesday August 7th and August 14th - 2 Part Workshop
Payment link is for workshop ONLY.
Lifts and Tricks
The snow is finally gone and we know everyone is busy enjoying the few summer months we have so each year we offer our Summer Specialty Workshop Series so you can keep dancing! Our workshops are offered on Wednesday evenings! We will be focusing each workshop or a series of a few weeks on specialty aspects of each / or all dances and unless otherwise noted are OPEN TO ALL LEVELS!
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY (unless noted) and NO PARTNER NECESSARY (again, unless noted).
Want to do more than one workshop per week? No worries.....check out the workshop packages at the bottom of the the page. ALL registration links are at the bottom of the page. You MUST be registered to participate and so that we can plan workshops based on participation.
Please check specific workshop for location of that workshop.
All workshops are from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
"I love Cassandra's classes in so many ways that I'm sure I'll leave something out, but here are the reasons that come to mind immediately:
1) My husband and I spent several hundred dollars on a "Ballroom introductory package" at an unnamed Charlotte studio in 2009. The instructors were good, but the environment was so formal that it was hard to actually enjoy myself, and I quickly lost interest for that reason. NOT so with Cassandra and her classes. She keeps it casual, fun, and she has seemingly endless patience with those of us who are struggling with new steps.
2) Confession: I'm not a fan of exercise (especially cardio), but I love her classes. Who knew exercise and fun could occur simultaneously?! I'm not a ZX Fitness member, but if I ever decide to join a gym, it'll be ZX. The staff is great and they treat us wonderfully, regardless of our membership status.
3) I've met some truly wonderful people because of her classes.
3) Even my 17-year old daughter has developed an interest in Latin ballroom dancing since meeting Cassandra, and the classes are affordable enough that we can actually go on a regular basis. Admission- $5 per person; Wardrobe- $? (just dress comfortably); Quality time with your loved ones? Priceless.
BELLAS! and LEADERS WHO WANT TO KNOW THE FOLLOWER'S STYLING! Do you LOVE to dance Salsa and Bachata but have no idea how to add styling to your dancing or don't know when to add it? Then come and learn! You will learn how to move in the most elegant feminine way, you will learn some styling that you can add to your partnerwork that will embellish your dancing but not get in the leader's way, you will learn how to feel more confident and own your space when dancing, you will learn how to style on a crazy crowded dance floor so that you don't accidentally smack someone, you will learn various body, arm and hand movements, how to walk / step when you dance, and even a few head rolls. If you get the deer in the headlights look when it comes time to style.....then come join us and learn how to style like a pro!
Authentic Dominican Bachata Footwork & Foundations
Wednesday August 21st
Have you always wanted to know a few super cool lifts and tricks? Then come and learn how to do some of the super cool lifts that we use in routines! There are many tricks that can be used on the SOCIAL dance floor that will not affect other dancers but lifts belong on stage! In Part I we will learn a few tricks that you can add to your social dancing repertoire and in Part II for those with a passion for the fancier stage lifts, we will move into learning a few really cool lifts that we use on the stage. Both leaders and followers have their part to do so come and learn how! NO Experience necessary and no partner necessary! We show you step by step how to execute these moves! Dance shoes and dance wear required.
Latin Diamond Y Pasión Weekend with Sonia Rivera!
Wednesday July 10th
Wednesday August 21st will be at The Dance Xchange located at 6885 Washington Ave South Edina, MN 55439
Wednesday June 19th and June 26th - 2 Part Workshop
Spin Technique and Balance for Dancers
In this 2 part workshop we will be covering the technique of various spins and turns both alone and with a partner. You will learn about posture, weight placement, preparation, spotting, timing within both the music and your steps, lead & follow as well as how to master staying in line with progressive turns. We will be doing drills as well as including spins and turns in various basic patterns. Dance shoes required.
So what do you do when you separate from your partner and you are both dancing solo? (Other than get that terrified deer in the head lights kind of look?!) Do you know how to improv when you shine or are you just doing a footwork pattern that you saw on You Tube (wink wink)? Do you know when in the song is THE time do a shine? COME AND LEARN!!
Fernando Sosa is known worldwide for his Salsa improvisation and now YOU can learn to improv like he does! SOSA Style Salsa has now hit the Twin Cities and this 2 part workshop is the kick off to our World Mastery Fernando SOSA Syllabus! Our Salsa shines workshop will be all about getting you to SHINE! You will learn several shine basics that you can use to improv and create YOUR OWN SHINES when you are dancing alone and how to know what the music is telling you it wants! Do you know how to listen? All of this..... including styling or what to do when your lead wants to show you off! Shines are all about doing your own thing! Footwork, styling, body rolls are all part of shines. You are not going to learn a pattern but instead will learn TO CREATE YOUR OWN HOT shine to use when your lead wants to do a few steps apart and see you shine and shine a little, himself! SOSA BATTLES..... HERE WE COME!
Wednesday July 24th and July 31st - 2 Part Workshop
Wednesday August 7th will be at The Dance Xchange located at 6885 Washington Ave South Edina, MN 55439
Wednesday August 28th will be at The Dance Xchange located at 6885 Washington Ave South Edina, MN 55439
WORLD MASTERY SALSA ∙ BACHATA ∙ BACHATANGO ∙ TANGO ∙ ZOUK (coming soon) ∙
After a Wednesday night social...
"It was such a blast! The dancer, men and women, were just excellent. The leaders were very skillful, and easy to follow. They know many combinations of moves, and execute them without hesitation. You are obviously fabulous instructors! Everyone was so gracious, and everyone danced with everyone, so there was no one sitting on the sidelines. And the puppy is precious. I am thrilled to have found you! Thank you, and I will see you soon!!"
~ Debra Terrio
(One of our regular beautiful Salseras)
Summer Workshop Series 2019
SOSA Style Salsa Shines - Improvisation
2017 Salsa Musicality Workshop with Latin Grammy Award Winner Luis Rodriguez of Sonora Carruseles!
Location for Wednesday August 14th will be announced this week.....
Wednesday August 28th
Just 2 more workshops left of this Summer Series!
Mid Class practice!
2 of my beautiful BELLAS, Melissa & Alexi, representing BCP at the
Orlando Salsa Congress!
Do you want to learn to dance Bachata like the Dominicans dance Bachata? Then your time has come! Straight from the streets of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Our directors Cassandra and Pedro Mercedes will be teaching some of the foundations of Authentic Bachata, some beautiful footwork patterns and a little musicality. You will learn a little about the history of this beautiful dance, her instruments, some basic footwork patterns and more! Cassandra has trained with the best of the best IN the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC from Carlos Gomez, Susan de Beras and Rodolfo Montaño Castro and has been invited, on various occasions, to teach Bachata in the very home of Bachata and has taught this workshop internationally. Of course Pedro, hailing from Santo Domingo, learned to dance Bachata with Abuela (Grandma) in the kitchen! It doesn't get more Dominican than that!
In this workshop, you can also prepare for our upcoming BachaTour! with Baila con Pasión! Our annual Dominican dance and cultural immersion vacation that takes place annually, in the heart of the Dominican Republic's Capital, Santo Domingo! Click the red link below for more information!