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.

  • 7pm Cha Cha Pop It Like It's Hot (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level styling and pattern variations like the compression step, left turns, spot turns, reverse CBLTs, and check & pops.

  • 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.

  • 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 East Coast Swing II
  • Description: Continue building your East Coast Swing with technique and patterns like the turning basic, backhand change, cuddle tuck, tuck throwout, triple steps, and more.

    Special Programs

    May 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Bootcamp: Anchor Management (Int/Adv)
  • Description:

    Perfect your connection and be able execute more interesting patterns and styling. 

    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 Intro to Latin Club Dancing
  • 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 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.

  • 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 17:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm Hustle Rise, Fall & Level Dynamics (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Make your dance more exciting and expressive by adding the elements of level changes, height dynamics, and body styling. Make your Modern Hustle more musical.

  • 3pm Hustle Traveling Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Glide across the floor with these fancy progressing patterns. Moves inspired by graceful Ballroom and sizzling Latin will be integrated to make your Hustle stand out. Different options will be covered each class, so repeat this class often to expand your repertoire.

  • 4 - 6pm West Coast Swing Advanced Connections Seminar (Mastery)
  • Description: Are you using various connections to really enhance your WCS? Most WCS dancers use only one type of anchor connection. How boring is that! In this seminar, you'll learn 7 different and powerful connections and how they affect the look, feel and movement of your dance. Intense stuff, but very cool. This seminar can be revolutionary to your dance!

    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.

    saturday

    Workshops

    May 16:
    in room # 1
  • 11 - 3:30pm Country Two-Step Basics Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Country Dancing is hot again!  Learn this fun, energetic dance in one day!  No partner necessary, we rotate.  Bring a bag lunch as we'll take a quick 30 minute break about half way through.
     
    $40 in advance, or $50 day of or at the door.  Contact the Willowbrook Ballroom directly to register 708-839-1000
    11am to 3:30pm

    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.


    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.