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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)

Aug 4 - 25:
in room # 1
  • 7pm Salsa Egg Beaters (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Impressive Salsa combinations that include repeated Cross Body Lead Turns from various entrances and exits.

  • 8pm 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.

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

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

    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)

    Aug 5 - 26:
    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 Salsa I
  • Description: Start your Salsa dance adventures here. Fundamentals and patterns like the Basics, Right Break Turn, Waterfall, Cross Body Lead, and more.

  • 9pm Bachata II
  • Description: More fundamental technique, styling, and patterns like the Stationary Basic, 3/4 Pivot Turn, Wrap 1/2 Turn Combo, Waterfall to Closed, Cuddle Walk, & Crossover Basic.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm 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.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 9pm Hustle Explosion Lines & Sliding Doors (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Explosion Line, Rib Chaser Explosion, and Sliding Door variations.

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Aug 6 - 27:
    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 Bachata New Directions (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Must know patterns for Bachata dancers, including pinwheels, cross body leads, slot change, and more.

  • 9pm East Coast Swing Circles & Kickups (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique, styling and patterns such as the hammerlock, spinning top, turnstile, eight-count circle, and kickup variations.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Cha Cha Turn & Break Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn intermediate patterns like the Turnstile, Apache, Parallel Breaks, and CBLT variations.

    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Aug 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm Foxtrot Whisk Me To The Moon (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as flip flop, opposing grapevine, whisk, corte, and more.

  • 8pm West Coast Swing 2nd Helping of Bread & Butter (Int/Adv)
  • Description: More standard technique and patterns such as Open Side Tuck Throwout, Cutoff Whip, Cutoff, Reverse Whip variations, Roll to Closed, Boa, and more.

  • 9pm Country Two-Step Inside Weaves (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as free spin, yo yo, tuck away, and other inside weave variations.

    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

    Aug 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Bootcamp: Advanced Foundations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Invite/Audition only. Rigorous program covering technique and fundamentals of the most advanced dancers.

    Additional Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least 3 WCS Bootcamps or equivalent, as well as all prior Bootcamp pre-reqs. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and demanding environment Able to attend all/most dates or make up missed session with private lessons (at an additional cost) A Positive Attitude! MIHTD 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)

    Aug 2 - 23:
    in room # 1
  • 11am 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.

  • 12pm 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.

  • 1pm 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.

    in room # 2
  • 10am Argentine Tango III
  • Description: Learn technique and patterns like the Parada Back Ocho to Sandwich, Right Molinete, Ocho Cortado, Gancho from Sandwich, and more.

  • 11am Bachata III
  • Description: Continue building your Bachata fundamentals with new patterns, technique and styling. This class builds on Bachata I & II and prepares you for the Intermediate-Advanced level.

  • 12pm Hustle III
  • Description: More technique, styling, and patterns such as the Bridge, Grapevine, Shadow CBLT, and NY Walk.

  • 1pm Tango II
  • Description: Continue developing your Tango with technique and patterns such as Rock Steps, Double Corte, Open Fan, Extended Walk, and a Dip.

    Workshops

    Aug 16:
    in room # 1
  • 10am 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.

    Aug 30:
    in room # 1
  • 10 - 12pm Music Video Dancing
  • Description: Learn fun hip hop dance sequences from popular dance videos from artists such as Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Madonna, and others. Each class is different, so repeat this class to learn new choreography.

  • 12 - 2pm Lindy Hop Basic Intensive for Advanced Dancers
  • Description: A crash course in Lindy Hop basics for experienced dancers. Learn at a fast pace!

    sunday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Aug 3 - 24:
    in room # 1
  • 3pm Waltz II
  • Description: Continue with more technique and patterns such as the Corner Step, Left Box with Underarm Turn, and Twinkle variations.

  • 4pm West Coast Swing II
  • Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

  • 5pm Country Two-Step III
  • Description: More fundamental technique, styling, and patterns like couples turns, patty-cake, and much more.

    Workshops

    Aug 31:
    in room # 1
  • 3:30 - 5:30pm 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.

    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.

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

    Series (4-weeks)

    Sep 8 - 29:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Salsa I
  • Description: Start your Salsa dance adventures here. Fundamentals and patterns like the Basics, Right Break Turn, Waterfall, Cross Body Lead, and more.

  • 7pm West Coast Swing II
  • Description: Continue learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns such as the Tuck, Basket, Whip, Inside Whip, and more.

  • 8pm Hustle I
  • Description: Get started with Hustle, or review what you have learned before. This class will cover technique, connection, and patterns like the Hesitation, Turning Basic, She Goes, He Goes variations, Throwout-Return, and more.

  • 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
  • 8pm Salsa Turn Checks & Reverses (Int/Adv)
  • 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.

  • 9pm Argentine Tango Musicality & Pattern Application (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Recognize the nuances in various styles of music and how to apply patterns so they fit each style and song.

    Workshops

    Sep 8 - 29:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm West Coast Swing Int/Adv Seminar (workshop differ each week; can sign up for individually) (Int/Adv)
  • Description: A Master or Senior Instructor will cover moves, techniques, and styling topics appropriate for Int/Adv-Level students that can dramatically improve your dancing. Each seminar will be customized to the needs of the students in the class.

    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)

    Sep 2 - 23:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 9pm Zouk I
  • 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
  • 7pm 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.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 9pm Bachata III
  • Description: Continue building your Bachata fundamentals with new patterns, technique and styling. This class builds on Bachata I & II and prepares you for the Intermediate-Advanced level.

    Special Programs

    Sep 30:
    in room # 1
  • 10pm Zouk Zouk Practica
  • Description: $5 1 hour practica.

    Additional Prerequisites: some zouk

    wednesday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Sep 3 - 24:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm Salsa III
  • Description: More fundamentals and patterns such as Hammerlock Unwind, Half Closed CBL, Shoulder CBLT, Free Spin, and Barrel Roll.

  • 8pm Bachata Hand Shines (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Learn impressive stylings including hand tosses, rolls, and cat's cradles and the patterns that highlight these embellishments.

  • 9pm East Coast Swing Shake 'n Bake Sugar Pretzel (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper-level technique and patterns such as the pretzel, shake n bake, swivel walks, continuous tuck, sugar foot, and more.

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Cha Cha Cross Over Variations (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level styling and cross over pattern variations including cross hands, spinning, breaks, crescents, swivels, and stutter.

    Special Programs

    Sep 3 - 24:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm Tango Bootcamp II (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Build off Tango Bootcamp I and learn new patterns, styling, and advanced techniques for this popular American-Style Social Ballroom Tango

    Additional Prerequisites: Instructor Approval Required

    thursday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Sep 4 - 25:
    in room # 1
  • 7pm 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.

  • 8pm 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.

  • 9pm Country Two-Step Timing Changes (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Open a whole new world for your C2S with these patterns that vary the timing, look, and feel. A must for all more advanced Country Two Steppers!

    in room # 2
  • 7pm Salsa Classic Patterns (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Upper level technique and patterns such as Turnstile, Stop & Go, CBL Fake, Lasso variations, Behind Back.

    Special Programs

    Sep 4 - Dec 18:
    in room # 1
  • 8 - 10pm West Coast Swing Performance Class (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Join a group of talented peers and learn a fully choreographed routine. Have the opportunity to perform with the troupe in front of an audience, possibly even a showcase, dance event or convention. More than just learning cool moves and choreography, you'll learn how to be an effective performer, look good, have more discipline in your dance, and you'll have an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life working on this team project.

    Additional Prerequisites: 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)

    Sep 6 - 27:
    in room # 1
  • 12pm 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.

  • 1pm 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
  • 12pm 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.

  • 1pm Quickstep I
  • 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. This 4-hour series will cover the fundamental technique & several common patterns.

    Additional Prerequisites: Foxtrot or Waltz Int/Adv Level.

    Special Programs

    Sep 6 - Nov 22:
    in room # 1
  • 10am Bachata Performance Class (Int/Adv)
  • Description: Join a group of talented peers and learn a fully choreographed routine. Have the opportunity to perform with the troupe in front of an audience, possibly even a showcase, dance event, or convention. More than just learning cool moves and choreography, you'll learn how to be an effective performer, look good, have more discipline in your dance, and you'll have an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life working on this team project.

    sunday

    Series (4-weeks)

    Sep 7 - 28:
    in room # 1
  • 2pm 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.

  • 3pm Waltz III
  • Description: Build more fundamentals including connection, styling, and patterns such as the Right Box, Spirals, Flip Flops, and more.

  • 4pm 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.

  • 5pm Nightclub Two-Step I
  • Description: Start your Nightclub Two-Step adventure here, or review what you have learned before. Learn technique and patterns like the Basic, Underarm Turns, Left Turning Basic, Crossovers, and more.

    Workshops

    Sep 7:
    in room # 1
  • 3 - 5pm Principles of Leading & Following (Int/Adv)
  • Description: This is possibly the most important class you can take as a social dancer. The tips & tricks covered in this class can apply to all styles of social partner dancing. How do you feel to your partners? What are they saying about you to other dancers? Make sure it's all good.

  • 5pm 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.

    Sep 21:
    in room # 1
  • 4pm Nightclub Two-Step Int/Adv Seminar (Int/Adv)
  • Description: A Master or Senior Instructor will cover moves, technique, and styling topics appropriate for Int/Adv-Level students that can dramatically improve your dancing. Each seminar will be customized to the needs of the students in the class.

  • 5pm 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.

    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)

    Sep 8 - 29:
    in room # 1
  • 6pm Ballroom Dance I
  • 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 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 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.