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.

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

Series (4-weeks)

Apr 7 - 28:
in room # 1
  • 7pm 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.

  • 8pm Argentine Tango More Molinette Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: A compliment to the Molinette Variations series, this is an additional month with new variations of the Molinette pattern. Also review the correct technique, connection, and how to use them in your Argentine Tango.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango Milonga Style Fundamentals, Zig Zag & Turns (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. Learn extra patterns like the Zig Zag and turns.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Salsa IV
  • Description: Learn more fundamental patterns, styling and technique and put it all together so you can make the jump to intermediate-advanced.

    Additional Prerequisites: Salsa III

    Special Programs

    Apr 7 - 28:
    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.

    Additional Prerequisites: Hustle Bootcamp I or equivalent, and Instructor Approval.

    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 1 - 22:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm 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.

  • 8pm Hustle III
  • Description: More technique, styling, and patterns such as the Bridge, Grapevine, Shadow CBLT, and NY Walk.

  • 9pm 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.

    in room # 2
  • 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.

    Workshops

    Apr 29:
    in room # 1
  • 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.

  • 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 West Coast Swing Moves That Groove (Int/Adv)
  • Description: What makes West Coast Swing so cool isn't just patterns and technique. It's the groove! Learn some patterns and how to move in those patterns to get that sexy groove!

    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.

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Apr 2 - 23:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm Cha Cha II
  • Description: Continue building your Cha Cha with patterns like the Cross Body, Release, Open Breaks, and Turns.

  • 8pm Bachata More Turn Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn common intermediate combinations including various wraps, cuddles, spins, and hammerlocks.

  • 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
  • 7pm Tango With a Twist (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Promenade Check, Rock Steps CBMP, Quick Right Turn, Promenade Twist, and more.

    Workshops

    Apr 30:
    in room # 1
  • 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.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 9pm Blues Dance Dance Basics
  • Description: Blues Dance is an intimate style of dance primarily done to slow blues music. Connection, pulse, and improvisation are emphasized more than patterns and combinations. Although its roots are decades old, Blues Dance has recently been popularized by dancers in the swing and Lindy scene. Get a taste of Blues Dance in this workshop.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm 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!

  • 8pm Quickstep Basics
  • 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. Get a taste of Quickstep in this workshop.

    Additional Prerequisites: Foxtrot or Waltz Int/Adv Level required.

  • 9pm 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.

    Special Programs

    Apr 2 - 23:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Waltz Mastery Bootcamp (Mastery)
  • Description: This intense program is invite/audition only in order to gather students that will thrive in a demanding and fast-paced class environment. Advanced concepts, patterns, styling and connection techniques are usually covered.

    Additional Prerequisites: Instructor approval required.

    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Apr 3 - 24:
    in room # 1
  • 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 II
  • Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

  • 9pm Country Two-Step Bread and Butter (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns like check aways, basket whips, hammerlocks, picture, and more.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Foxtrot II
  • Description: Continue with more fundamental technique and patterns such as the turning box, zig zag, twinkle, sway, and dip.

    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 5 - 26:
    in room # 1
  • 10am 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.

  • 11am 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.

  • 12pm 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.

    in room # 2
  • 11am Lindy Hop III
  • Description: More movements, styling, and steps to take your Lindy Hop up a level.

    Additional Prerequisites: Lindy Hop II

    Workshops

    Apr 19:
    in room # 1
  • 1 - 3pm West Coast Swing Competition & Critiquing Workshop (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Experience what it's like to be in a WCS competition. Be a judge and/or competitor in a fun mock competition. Receive helpful critiques from the instructors and professionals that will make you a better competitor and dancer!

    sunday

    Workshops

    Apr 13:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm West Coast Swing Shag Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Fast feet, smooth moves, and unique styling borrowed from Carolina Shag.

  • 3pm West Coast Swing Int/Adv Variations & Combinations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: There are over 250 Int/Adv patterns in our curriculum. Learn a different 2 to 4 of them each time this class is offered.

  • 4 - 6pm Nightclub Two-Step Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Nightclub 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.

    Apr 27:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm Merengue Wraps & Turns
  • Description: One of the easiest to learn, this dance gets fancy very quickly. Even if you have no dance experience, you'll be amazed at the intricate wraps and patterns you'll be doing within an hour. Merengue is popular on the Latin nightclub dance floor. It's a great compliment to Salsa, Mambo, and Bachata. Merengue patterns are also great for almost any style of dance. Twirl the girl and move that body. This workshop quickly goes through the basics and then new patterns will be included each session, so it's perfect for all level dancers. Repeat this class to add new moves to your repertoire each time.

  • 3 - 6pm Hustle Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Hustle 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.

    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.

    Please note that there will be no classes on MEMORIAL DAY, May 26th.  

    Monday 4-week series classes will be held May 5, 12 19 and June 2 (skipping Memorial Day, May 26.

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

    Series (4-weeks)

    May 5 - Jun 2:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm West Coast Swing II
  • Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

  • 8pm Argentine Tango Fundamental Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Build off your core patterns and technique to add new and variations that will build your skills and repertoire.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango Milonga Style Fundamentals, Gancho & Cortado (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. Learn extra patterns like the Gancho & Cortado.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm 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.

    Special Programs

    May 5 - 19:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Hustle Bootcamp III (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Building on Bootcamp 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.

    Additional Prerequisites: Hustle Bootcamp I & II or equivalent. 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)

    May 6 - 27:
    in room # 1
  • 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 Hustle IV
  • 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.

  • 9pm Salsa III
  • Description: More fundamentals and patterns such as Hammerlock Unwind, Half Closed CBL, Shoulder CBLT, Free Spin, and Barrel Roll.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm West Coast Swing Hammerlock, Folds & a Rocket (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as the Hammerlock Fold Struts, Sweetheart Alternating Folds, Alternating Hammerlocks, Ronde, Spins, and Rocket.

    Special Programs

    May 6 - 27:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Salsa Boot Camp II (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Build off Boot Camp I and learn all of the building blocks, more complicated variations, styling, and technique. Practice and accelerate your development in this program surrounded by other talented and driven dance students.

    Additional Prerequisites: Instructor approval required.

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    May 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm Cha Cha III
  • Description: More fundamental technique, styling, and patterns like Double Turns, Cross Body Lead Turns, Chase, Barrel Rolls, and Stop & Gos.

  • 8pm Bachata Reverse Turns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn patterns including reverse turn movements.

  • 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.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Viennese Waltz I
  • Description: Much faster that 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.

    Additional Prerequisites: Int/Adv Level Waltz.

    Special Programs

    May 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Foxtrot Boot Camp I (Int/Adv)
  • Description: This intense program is invite/audition only in order to gather student that will thrive in a demanding and fast-paced class environment. Successful candidate should have already taken many Int/Adv-Level classes or regular private lessons. Material covered is a cross-section of topic from other classes, but usually in a more in-depth and challenging way, with extra options for styling and technique.

    Additional Prerequisites: Instructor approval required.

    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    May 1 - 22:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm 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.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 9pm Country Two-Step Country Whips (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as check away variations, high five, handshakes, and much more.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Foxtrot III
  • Description: More fundamental technique and patterns such as check, progressing twinkle, right box, and grapevine.

    Workshops

    May 29:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm Salsa Introduction to Shines & Solo Footwork (Int/Adv)
  • Description: All the standard and common shines (fancy footwork) will be introduced in this class. This class will build your salsa chops, help your timing, styling, and expression. The shines learned in this class are perfect for those breakaway moments on the dancefloor, as well as useful for playful partnered patterns. Advanced shines and footwork build off of these, so start right! This is not a partnered class, but it will improve your partner dancing.

  • 8 - 10pm Salsa Hot & Steamy (Int/Adv)
  • Description: You may want to bring your own partner for this sexy class. Content will be for dancers that don't mind becoming very close with their dance partners. Intimate patterns and some extra playful styling will be the focus of this class.

    in room # 2
  • 7 - 10pm Bachata Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Bachata 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.

    Special Programs

    May 1 - 22:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Boot Camp III: Styling and Footwork (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Build on Boot Camp II 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: Successful completion of WCS Boot Camp II or equivalent, as well as instructor approval.

    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)

    May 3 - 24:
    in room # 1
  • 10am Salsa I
  • Description: Start your Salsa dance adventures here. Fundamentals and patterns like the Basics, Right Break Turn, Waterfall, Cross Body Lead, and more.

  • 11am 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.

  • 12pm Rumba Punch (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Add more patterns and style to your Rumba! Give your slow romantic latin dance some punch!

    in room # 2
  • 11am 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.

    sunday

    Workshops

    May 4:
    in room # 1
  • 3pm West Coast Swing in 4D: Length (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Discover how varying the length of patterns and the slot is an effective way to make for a more dynamic dance. Use this to match the music and mood. Apply this to several patterns. Make your WCS a lot more exciting!

  • 4pm West Coast Swing in 4D: Width (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Discover how varying the width and lateral movement within the slot is a cool way to make for a more dynamic dance. Use this to match the music and mood. Apply this to several patterns. Make your WCS a lot more exciting!

  • 5pm West Coast Swing in 4D: Height (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Discover how varying your individual and partnered height can add dramatic effect and make for a more dynamic dance. Apply this to several patterns. Make your WCS a lot more exciting!

    May 11:
    in room # 1
  • 4pm 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.

  • 5pm Bollywood
  • Description: As popularized in Indian Music Videos and movies like Slumdog Millionaire, this fun and energetic dance is one everyone can join in. No partners. Every class will cover new moves. So, repeat the class to expand your repertoire.

    May 18:
    in room # 1
  • 3 - 6pm 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.

    May 25:
    in room # 1
  • 4pm Modern & Contemporary Dance
  • Description: Expand your repertoire and body awareness by learning some modern and contemporary steps and movement. These concepts and skills can improve your partner dancing. New steps and movements covered each class.

  • 5pm Hip Hop
  • Description: Expand your repertoire and body awareness by learning some hip hop. Fun and useful by itself, even swing and Latin dancers benefit from adding some hip hop experience and movements to their dance. New steps and movements covered each class.

    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

    Special Programs

    May 17:
    in room # 1
  • 11 - 3:30pm Salsa Intensive - Intermediate Turn Patterns, Styling, Spins & More. (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Must have a minimum of six months of Salsa and know all the basics, cross body lead turns, and spins. Spend the day building your salsa style and repertoire. This four-hour workshop is for the dedicated dancer who wants it all in one day! Bring your lunch as we will take a 30 minute break. $40 in advance, or $50 the day of and at the door. Contact the Willowbrook Ballroom directly to register (708) 839-1000.