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.

MONDAYS at the main studio location will NOT be holding classes Memorial Day (May 25th).  Week 4 of the series will be June 1.  

SEE our special for "May I Month"!!!     

American Rhythm Center Monday classes will be a 3-week series, with no class on Memorial Day.

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

Series (4-weeks)

May 4 - Jun 1:
in room # 1
  • 6pm Country Two-Step I
  • SKIPPING CLASS MEMORIAL DAY - May 25th.

    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 Zouk I
  • SKIPPING CLASS MEMORIAL DAY - May 25th.

    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

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Salsa Turn Checks & Reverses (Int/Adv)
  • SKIPPING CLASS MEMORIAL DAY -  May 25th.

    Description: Cross Body Lead Turns with various checks, redirects and movement through the slot. Follows learn styling options and improve their spins, while Leads learn several cool variations to use on the dancefloor.

  • 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 II
  • SKIPPING CLASS MEMORIAL DAY -  May 25th.

    Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango Milonga Style Fundamentals, Zig Zag & Turns (Int/Adv)
  • SKIPPING CLASS MEMORIAL DAY - May 25th.

    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.

    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 5 - 26:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm 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.

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

  • 9pm Zouk Moderna (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Add new styling and modern patterns to your Zouk such as Rao, Contracoa, Ribcage Isolations and Circle, Hand Toss Turns, Extended Walks, and much more.

    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 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.

  • 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 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)

    May 6 - 27:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm 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.

  • 7pm Tango Rollout, Fans, Flicks (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Outside Partner Walk, Right Side Fans, Promenade Flicks, and Corte Rollout.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 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 Nightclub Two-Step III
  • Description: More fundamental technique and patterns like the Right Turning with variations, Cumbia Step, 180 Left Turn, and Walking Step.

  • 8pm Rumba Punch (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Add more patterns and style to your Rumba! Give your slow romantic latin dance some punch!

  • 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)

    May 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm 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.

  • 7pm 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.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Bachata Dominican Style Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Fancy footwork, syncopations, and musicality are all part of what some call "Dominican-Style" Bachata. This class will develop your chops and give you some unique options on the dance floor. This class will offer different patterns each session, so repeat this often to get new material.

  • 7pm Salsa In & Out Combinations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: These variations became popular as fancy patterns to show off the ladies in Salsa performances. Now you can learn several social style variations of these cool moves.

    Special Programs

    May 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Bootcamp: Curves & Edges - Advanced Shaping and Footwork (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Invite/Audition & 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)

    May 2 - 23:
    in room # 1
  • 11am Latin Club Dance Basics (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue)
  • 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.

  • 12pm Argentine Tango Basics
  • 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 Foxtrot Twinkle Up & Vine Right (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as the grapevine right, box with turn, twist, fallaway ending, and more.

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

    Workshops

    May 9:
    in room # 1
  • 12 - 2pm Cumbia Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • 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.  This course is designed for those already at an Intermediate-Advanced level in other social partner dances so the pacing will be faster than a regular basic class.

    May 30:
    in room # 1
  • 12 - 2pm Cha Cha Basic Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in Cha Cha 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 2 - Jun 13:
    in room # 1
  • 2 - 4pm CHA CHA & RUMBA Core Catchup Intensive (Int/Adv)
  • Description: We will attempt to cover all the patterns and technique from the Cha Cha & Rumba 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 in both Cha Cha & Rumba, but just need a little more training before qualifying for the Intermediate-Advanced level classes.

    sunday

    Series (4-weeks)

    May 3 - 24:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm Argentine Tango III
  • Description: Learn technique and patterns like the Parada Back Ocho to Sandwich, Right Molinete, Ocho Cortado, Gancho from Sandwich, and more.

  • 3pm Waltz IV
  • Description: Perfect your basics and add more patterns and styling to your Waltz

  • 4pm 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.

  • 5pm Country Two-Step Bread and Butter (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns like check aways, basket whips, hammerlocks, picture, and more.

    Workshops

    May 10:
    in room # 1
  • 5pm Hustle Menage a Trois (Mastery)
  • Description: One lead and two follows dance together at the same time. Learn the tricks to make this happen.

    May 31:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm 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.

  • 3pm 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.

  • 4 - 6pm Hustle Arm & Body Styling Intensive for Leaders & Followers (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn more up-to-date options for arm & body styling so you stop looking like a parody of a disco dancer. More masculine and feminine options that look as cool and sexy as salsa and west coast swing. But, for those that like the classic arm styling, we will cover how to do it right, and avoid looking like you’re signaling a plane on the jetway. This workshop is good for MEN & WOMEN. Must know all your 3-count basics, shadow CBL, various wraps, NY Walk.

    in room # 2
  • 1 - 3pm 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.

  • 3 - 5pm 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.

  • 5pm Nightclub Two-Step Basics
  • Description: Learn a few basic steps and get a taste of the dance in this quick fun 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.


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

    Series (4-weeks)

    May 4 - 18:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Waltz Intermediate/Advanced (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Must have completed all basic curriculum to qualify.

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

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

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jun 8 - 29:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm 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!

  • 7pm Salsa III
  • Description: More fundamentals and patterns such as Hammerlock Unwind, Half Closed CBL, Shoulder CBLT, Free Spin, and Barrel Roll.

  • 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 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
  • 6pm 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.

  • 7pm Zouk II
  • Description: Build on the fundamentals, polish the look and feel, and learn some new steps.

    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)

    Jun 2 - 23:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm West Coast Swing II
  • Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

  • 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 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

  • 9pm Zouk Flow (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Grow your Zouk skills and repertoire with patterns such as the Balloon, Circling Combo, Double Pinwheels, and more

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Waltz II
  • Description: Continue with more technique and patterns such as the Corner Step, Left Box with Underarm Turn, and Twinkle variations.

  • 7pm West Coast Swing Cool Patterns That Build Skill (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique, styling, and patterns such as the Turning step, Double Cut-off, Tuck to Hammerlock, Right Side Pass, Titanic Check and Spin, Left Side Push Break, and more.

  • 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 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.

    Workshops

    Jun 30:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Foxtrot Int/Adv Variations & Combinations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: There are over 50 common Int/Adv combinations in our curriculum. This workshop will be different every time it's offered, typically covering 2 to 4 combinations each hour. Repeat this class often to learn many of these patterns.

  • 7pm Foxtrot Int/Adv Styling & Technique (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Make your partnered patterns look more polished and elegant. Learn tips & tricks to take your dancing up a level.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 9pm Advanced Dips, Lifts & Tricks (Mastery)
  • Description: New and different moves will be covered each time we offer this class. In addition to being a Mastery-Level dancer in at least one dance, students should have completed at least one hour of the Int/Adv Level Dips & Tricks workshop prior to taking this workshop. There are over 30 standard advanced dips, lifts & tricks in our curriculum, but each hour will cover 2 to 5. So, take this class as often as you'd like to learn as many moves as you can. These dips & tricks are applicable to several dances including Salsa, Swing, Ballroom, Tango, WCS, Latin, and Cha Cha.

    in room # 2
  • 6 - 8pm Chicago Steppin' Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Crash Course in Chicago Steppin' 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.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 9pm 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.

    Special Programs

    Jun 23:
    in room # 1
  • 10 - 11:30pm Zouk Zouk Practica
  • Description: $5 1 hour practica.

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jun 3 - 24:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Nightclub Two-Step Bread & Butter (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique, styling, and patterns including Barrel Roll, Lasso, Parallel Breaks, Hammerlock Unwind, Cuddle variations, and more.

  • 7pm Tango I
  • Description: Ballroom-style Tango is an easy, dramatic, and fun dance to learn. Get started with technique and patterns such as the Basic, Corte, Promenade, Fan, and more.

  • 8pm Rumba Colada (Int/Adv)
  • Description: More fancy moves and styling to impress with your Rumba skills!

  • 9pm 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.

    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 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.

  • 8pm Foxtrot II
  • Description: Continue with more fundamental technique and patterns such as the turning box, zig zag, twinkle, sway, and dip.

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

    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jun 4 - 25:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Hustle II
  • Description: Continue with technique and patterns such as the Cross Body Lead, Hammerlock variations, CBL Turn, and more.

  • 7pm Carolina Shag I
  • 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. Learn the basic steps, rhythms, and styling in this class.

    Additional Prerequisites: Prior East Coast or West Coast Swing experience highly recommended.

  • 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 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.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Bachata More Dominican-Style Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Add fancy footwork, syncopations, musicality, and new patterns to your Bachata repertoire.  "Dominican" is considered the dancers' dance style of Bachata.  What you learn in this class will enhance what you already know about Bachata.

  • 7pm Salsa Back Spot Turn Combinations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Integrate this technique and movement into your combinations. Follows will learn how to react, connect, move, and style--while the leads will learn several spot turn patterns and impressive combinations.

    Special Programs

    Jun 4 - 25:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Bootcamp: Curves & Edges - Advanced Shaping and Footwork (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Invite/Audition & 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)

    Jun 6 - 27:
    in room # 1
  • 11am Salsa I
  • Description: Start your Salsa dance adventures here. Fundamentals and patterns like the Basics, Right Break Turn, Waterfall, Cross Body Lead, and more.

  • 12pm 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.

    Workshops

    Jun 13:
    in room # 1
  • 1pm Waltz Int/Adv Variations & Combinations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: There are over 70 common Int/Adv combinations in our curriculum. This workshop will be different every time it's offered, typically covering 2 to 4 combinations each hour. Repeat this class often to learn many of these patterns.

    Jun 20:
    in room # 1
  • 1pm Waltz Styling & Technique (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Make your partnered patterns look more polished and elegant. Learn tips & tricks to take your dancing up a level.

  • 2pm Viennese Waltz Intermediate Patterns & Styling (Int/Adv)
  • Description: New class every time it's offered. Repeat this class to add different new moves to your Viennese Waltz repertoire.

    Jun 27:
    in room # 1
  • 1pm Waltz Rise, Fall, & Floating on Air (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Be introduced to the way you should move, step, and use your feet, legs, and body to achieve that "gliding" look. Learn the tricks and technique behind advanced Rise & Fall. Examine each part and learn several exercises you can practice to look your best.

  • 2pm Waltz Floorcraft in the Wild (Int/Adv)
  • Description: You got the moves, but make sure you can control your flow and select patterns on the fly to travel around the floor avoiding collisions and moving smartly. Not just for leaders, followers will learn how to react to different leads including quick changes, as well as how to assist in the navigation.

    sunday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jun 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 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.

  • 3pm Waltz Redirects & Fallaways (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Forward & Back Change Steps Combo, Corner Rock, Fallaway ending variations, Twist, and more.

  • 4pm Kizomba I
  • Description:

    Learn this Latin and Tango influenced African partner dance that is exploding in popularity in the Salsa, Bachata, and West Coast Swing scenes.

  • 5pm Country Two-Step Country Whips (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as check away variations, high five, handshakes, and much more.

    Workshops

    Jun 7:
    in room # 1
  • 4 - 6pm 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.

    Jun 14:
    in room # 1
  • 4 - 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.

    Jun 21:
    in room # 1
  • 4pm West Coast Swing The Stretchy Thing (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Ever wonder why you don't look like all those superstars on YouTube and at major WCS events? This is one of the biggest secrets of WCS. Learn how to get that smooth and sexy look and start feeling "ooey-gooey."

  • 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.

    Jun 28:
    in room # 1
  • 4pm 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.

  • 5pm 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.

    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
    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jun 4 - 25:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Ballroom Dancing Basics (Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing)
  • Description: Anyone can dance! Learn the basic steps in several popular ballroom dances like Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango. This easy and fun class will build your confidence on the dance floor in no time!

  • 7pm Latin Club Dance Basics (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue)
  • 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.

  • 8pm Argentine Tango Basics
  • 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.