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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Saturday series are 3-WEEKs and should be taken in it's entirety.  Workshop pricing applies.  Please call 773.635.3000 with quesitons!

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

Series (4-weeks)

Jul 6 - 27:
in room # 1
  • 6pm Salsa Barrel Rolls (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn fun and impressive patterns to utilize both sides of the Salsa slot. Great patterns to mix up with others you may already know to start exponentially growing your options. Follow's turns, variations, and styling will also be included.

  • 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

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

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Hustle II
  • Description: Continue with technique and patterns such as the Cross Body Lead, Hammerlock variations, CBL Turn, and more.

  • 7pm Zouk III
  • Description: New moves, styling, and refine your Zouk technique.

    Additional Prerequisites: ZOUK II

  • 8pm 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.

    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)

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

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

    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 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.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing Must Know Patterns for All Westies (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Every WCS dancer should do these patterns well. Learn the technique, connection, and moves to execute them like a champ. May include Twisted Hammerlock Fold variations, Slingshot, Behind Back Barrel, Leads Side Pass from Roll, Yo Yo Hip Catch, and more

  • 9pm Zouk LambaZouk Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Add unique character and variations to your dance with Zouk patterns and styling influenced by Lambada.

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

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

  • 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 Foxtrot III
  • Description: More fundamental technique and patterns such as check, progressing twinkle, right box, and grapevine.

  • 9pm 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.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Nightclub Two-Step Traveling & Passing Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns including Traveling Walking Step, Passing Walking Step, Cast Out, Sliding Windows variations, Nightclub Walk, and more.

  • 7pm Tango Shadows & Reverse Turns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Reverse Turn, Fan, Shadow Rocks, Parallel Points, and more.

  • 8pm Rumba Bahama Breeze (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Take your Rumba to the next level by learning how to be light on your feet and float in your partners arms.

  • 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)

    Jul 9 - 30:
    in room # 1
  • 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 Carolina Shag II
  • Description: Build on the fundamentals, polish the look and feel, and learn some new steps.

  • 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 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.

    in room # 2
  • 6pm Bachata Dips & Twists (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Add these dynamic moves to your Bachata!

  • 7pm Salsa Stylish & Rotational Cross Body Leads (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Add these powerful CBLT variations to your Salsa. Follows will improve their styling and technique including some playful variations. Leads will learn to use momentum to make their CBLs advanced.

    Workshops

    Jul 2:
    in room # 1
  • 7 - 10pm West Coast Swing Core Review Intensive (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Do you have all the core material mastered? 4 months of WCS core classes will be reviewed in this intense session where you can work some of the bugs out as well as get a reality check of your WCS dancing. Even advanced dancers can benefit to make sure they've been dancing correctly. Students can also use this to determine which core classes they should consider repeating or supplementing with private lessons.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm 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.

  • 8 - 10pm 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.

    Special Programs

    Jul 9 - 30:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Advanced Boot Camp: Time After Time (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    This program is INVITE/AUDITION only. You must have a MayI instructor write your name above and sign this form if they
    conclude that you meeting the requirements. Only select individuals are invited to participate because of the rigorous and
    demanding methodology planned for the class. Perfect and advance your timing while learning how to time your play and
    musicality.

    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)

    Jul 11 - 25:
    in room # 1
  • 11am Salsa II
  • THREE WEEK SERIES: call with questions 773.635.3000.

    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.

  • 12pm Argentine Tango III
  • THREE WEEK SERIES

    Description: Learn technique and patterns like the Parada Back Ocho to Sandwich, Right Molinete, Ocho Cortado, Gancho from Sandwich, and more.

    Workshops

    Jul 11:
    in room # 1
  • 10am Latin Dance Styling for Men and Women
  • Description:

    Learn how to transform your Latin dancing by using Latin motion.  This class is designed for leads and follows to help your technique in all Latin dances.

     

    All welcome.  Some Latin dance experience recommended.

  • 1pm Ballroom Movement - Own Your Axis
  • Description: Move more smoothly and elegantly by learning the key body movements such as sway, swing, rise & fall, shaping, and arm styling. Learn the movements that are characteristic of the most advanced dancers. Drill these in a fun exercise and get a good workout along the way. This is not a partnered class, but it will improve your partner dancing and help you control your center axis.

  • 2pm Partner Pivot Technique & Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn the secrets to executing partner pivots like a pro. Apply this to several advanced patterns in Foxtrot, Waltz, Country Two Step, and/or Tango.

    Jul 18:
    in room # 1
  • 10am Latin Dance Fitness
  • Description: Get in shape, burn calories, and develop your dance skills all at the same time. Movement from Salsa, Cha Cha, Cumbia, Samba, and many more are incorporated into this high energy class that will make you a better dancer.

  • 1 - 3pm Paso Doble Basics Intensive
  • 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.

    Jul 25:
    in room # 1
  • 10am Isolations & Body Movement (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Learn how to move one body part at a time to improve your Latin, Swing, and Ballroom technique.  This class will focus on styling using different body parts to take your dancing to the next level.

  • 1pm 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!

  • 2pm Party Line Dances
  • Description: Learn all the standards done at weddings and events, fancy them up, and learn some brand new ones. Line dances may include some of the following: Cupid Shuffle; Advanced Electric Slide; Cha Cha Slide; Dougie, and many more. We usually include the latest and greatest as well.

    sunday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Jul 5 - 26:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm Rumba II
  • Description: Continue with the technique and patterns such as Cross Body Lead, Walks, Rocks, Stop & Go, and Side breaks.

    Workshops

    Jul 5:
    in room # 1
  • 3 - 5pm West Coast Swing Double, Triple, or Quadruple Your Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Variety is the spice of....dance! Learn a fundamental concept that will immediately multiply the patterns in your repertoire. Apply this concept to many standard patterns, learn easy variations and how to use them most effectively on the social dance floor.

  • 5pm West Coast Swing Hitting the Breaks (Int/Adv)
  • Description: That was cool! You hear that said a lot around dancers that are good at "hitting breaks" in the music. Learn how you can identify breaks in the song and use surprisingly simple concepts to dance to them.This class will give you several practical patterns that you can use, and more importantly, you will be given the tools to make this happen on your own in the wild. This seminar supplements and builds off of some of the concepts in the Map of Musicality™ seminar.

    Jul 12:
    in room # 1
  • 3 - 5pm Bachata Hot & Steamy Bachata Moves (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn some blush-inducing moves that has you dancing a bit closer to your partner. We encourage you to ENROLL WITH A PARTNER and not rotate, this class is PG-13 rated.

  • 5pm Country Two-Step Int/Adv Variations & Combinations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: There are over 150 additional 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.

    Jul 19:
    in room # 1
  • 3pm 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.

  • 4 - 6pm West Coast Swing Zouk Fusion (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Add some Zouk moves and styling to your WCS. So much of today's WCS has been influenced by Zouk. Jump on the bandwagon, and don't be left behind!

    Jul 26:
    in room # 1
  • 3 - 5pm East Coast Swing Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: Crash Course in East Coast Swing 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.

  • 5pm Hustle Int/Adv Variations & Combinations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: There are over 150 additional 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.

    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.