Category Archives: Dance classes/workshop

Last chance to tune-up your tango this year with SYTYCD choreographers

Are you looking to make your New Year’s Eve especially romantic? Don’t miss the group classes with “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo this week on Monday and Tuesday in Downey.

Monday, 17 December 2012, beginners will be learning variations on cross systems because tango is all about contra-body movements. Intermediate dancers will be learning about musicality.

Tuesday night is the women’s and men’s separate styling classes where you’ll learn exercises to give you muscle memory and this particular class will be emphasizing complex figures with musicality. The intermediate class with be looking at more advanced aspects of musicality.

Monday (17 December 2012)

8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Beginners class on variations on cross systems

9:05 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Intermediate class on musicality and decoding the rhythm

Tuesday (18 December 2012)

8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Separate women and men’s styling classes on complex figures and musicality.

9:05 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Intermediate class on advanced musicality


Register Now Securely using Pay-Pal

3 Classes pass: $48
1 Class: $18


Elks Lodge
11233 Woodruff Ave
Downey, CA 90241


SYTYCD and DWTS Argentine tango choreographers teach classes in November

“So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars” Argentine tango choreographers announced their November schedule of classes this weekend. Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo will be teaching every Monday and Tuesday in November except Monday, Nov. 12. If you want to improve your dancing skills, this couple will polish what you have and make you shine on the dance floor. The classes are held in Downey with plenty of free parking available.

You can register using Paypal at For 14 classes, you can get a pass for $199; a four-class pass is $64; a 3-class pass is $48, but for beginners only. One class is $18.Passes for classes are non-refundable and expire at the end of November.

Don’t skip on the women and men’s styling classes. They help build muscle memory, increase flexibility and balance skills to make you a better partner. Think of it as tango yoga and styling exercises are for all levels. You get to immediately practice your skills, too, if you’re an intermediate/advanced dancer, too.

Monday, Nov. 5th
Beginners: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.:  “Basic codes for cross and uncross”
Intermediates: 9:05 p.m .to 10:30 p.m.:  “Dancing in Close… Tiny & smooth”

Tuesday, Nov 6th
Women & Men’s Styling:  8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.:  “Embellishments and Dissociation”
Intermediate PLUS: 9:05 p.m .to 10:30 p.m.:   “Spirals & Paradas”

Monday, Nov. 12th
Tuesday, Nov 13th
Women & Men’s Styling: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: “Technique for smoothness and balance”
Intermediate PLUS: 9:05 p.m .to 10:30 p.m.:  “VALS: Turning and spinning”

Monday, Nov. 19th
Beginners: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: “Basic Sandwiches & navigation codes”
Intermediates: 9:05 p.m .to 10:30 p.m.: “The Zig-Zag: Navigation skills”

Tuesday, Nov 20th
Women & Men’s Styling: 8:00pm to 9:00pm “Rhythm and musicality”
Intermediate PLUS: 9:05 p.m .to 10:30 p.m.:  “Canyengue: with cortes & quebradas”

Monday, Nov. 26th
Beginners:8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: “Technique for basic barridas + musicality”
Intermediates: 9:05 p.m .to 10:30 p.m.:  “Cadence & pauses on beautiful figures”

Tuesday, Nov 27th
Women & Men’s Styling: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. :”Use of your body on off axes figures”
Intermediate PLUS: 9:05 p.m .to 10:30 p.m.: “Sharing axes and change of direction”

Tango into the New Year with Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo

Want to learn tango? Make that your New Year’s resolution cruise to the Bahamas, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and more while learning the passion. Even if you’re single now, you won’t be alone and who knows…there may be an on ship romance.

Choreographers for “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars” Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo will be your tango instructors on a Norwegian Cruise line ship. Departing from Port Canaveral in Florida, you’ll sale to the Nassau in the Bahamas and then St. Thomas (Virgin Islands) and San Juan, Puerto Rico and hit the Bahamas again before landing back in Florida.

For $1,179 per person, you’ll share a stateroom and get all the tango-related activities. Taxes and port fees included.

There’s a milonga every night (10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.), classes during the days at sea from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon, technique and guided practice from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On days at port, classes are after the tour. Classes are for all levels and will cover women’s and men’s styling and technique, boleos, contraboleos, enrosques, volcadas and colgadas.

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Caltech milonga celebrates 7th anniversary with fundraiser

Ian and I have a special place in our hearts for Caltech. There’s where we met and where Ian proposed. This Friday, the Caltech milonga celebrates its seventh year with a benefit to raise money for Japan through special fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders, and their emergency response efforts in Japan and other places in need of medical humanitarian assistance. The celebration includes live music from Tangonero, a special guest DJ from San Diego and a performance by the affable Luis Bianchi and Daniela Pucci.

The Caltech tango club will donate $5 from every admission. While the milonga begins at 10 p.m. tomorrow, the fun with Bianchi and Pucci actually begins today with a workshop on colgadas.

Bianchi and Pucci will also be teaching a workshop prior to the Friday milonga for a separate fee.

Caltech All-Night Milonga

Special performance by
Luis Bianchi & Daniela Pucci

Featuring live music by
Special guest from San Diego
DJ Maz

When: 4th Friday, April 22, 2011
10:00 PM – 3:00 AM, performance at 12 Midnight
Where: Dabney Hall

Milonga Admission with $5 donated towards Doctors Without Borders
Caltech Students with ID: $5
Caltech Affiliates & other Full-Time Students with ID: $10
Regular: $15


Thursday, April 21 at Winnett Lounge
9:00-10:30: Making Colgadas Effortless: All Secrets of Colgada Technique. Level: Int

Friday, April 22 at Dabney Hall

8:00-9:30: Linear, Circular and Continuous Colgadas for Open and Close Embrace. Level: Int-Adv

Sunday, April 24 at Winnett Lounge
8:00-9:30: Making Volcadas Light and Comfortable: All Secrets of Volcada Technique. Level: Int
9:30-11:00: Milonguero and Nuevo-Style Volcadas: Small, Big, Reverse and More. Level: Int-Adv

Workshop Admission with ID:
Caltech students: $5 each
Caltech affiliates, other full-time students: $10/1, $15/2, $20/3, $25/4
Regular: $20/1, $35/2, $45/3, $55/4

Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd. Pasadena  91125
Enter Dabney Hall through the gardens on the North side of the building.
Enter Winnett Lounge through the stairs on the East side of the building.

NO STREET PARKING in Pasadena after 2 am.

NOTE:  the California Blvd. parking structure is underground, please enter the driveway. Please park in the other campus parking lots. All campus parking areas are FREE and open to visitor parking on weekends and after 6 pm on weekdays.

Win Tickets to the 2nd Los Angeles Edwardian Ball

Want to win a pair of tickets to the second Los Angeles Edwardian Ball? You can email your answers to our gmail account: The email must have the heading “Edwardian Ball Contest.” The questions must be answered in order. The email must be received by PCT (because we are in Los Angeles) 11:59 p.m. Thursday night. We will not be accepting any responses before Thursday noon. You can enter only once per every two hours.

We will only be looking at the emails by factors of 13 (1, 13) and then multiples of 13 ( 26, 39, 52, etc.) up to 13 squared. From those emails, only the ones with all correct answers will be put into a drawing. The winner of the drawing will be announced Friday morning. Tickets can be picked up at will call on the night of the ball (Saturday, 5 March 2011).

The contest is only for tickets to the event. It does not include parking or transportation to the event from your home or work. It doesn’t include clothes to the ball or any swag at the event.


  1. What is the full name of the person for whom the ball is named?
  2. What word does Lady Gaga use to describe the division of cells in her “Born This Way” video?
  3. There was a queen before Edward and even now, the UK currently has a queen, but who is the queen of the “Dancing with the Stars” cast for season 12 and what is she queen of?
  4. Who is in the pink with a doctor in season 12 of DWTS?
  5. Who is hooked on Disney in season 12 of DWTS?
  6. This DWTS person doesn’t need to be on the reality show “Survivor.”
  7. What age are we living in according to Edwardian Ball founder Justin Katz?
  8. What kind of rose will you find at the Los Angeles Edwardian Ball?
  9. Who ate “your daughter”?
  10. What is a possible dangerous cure for the Disney Princess propaganda?
  11. The Music Box is located at 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.  For more information on the venue please call 323-464-0808 or visit  Doors open and show begins at 8:00pm, and all ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult 21+ with valid ID).  General admission tickets are $28-$35 in advance, and a very limited amount of VIP Booths ($450) and VIP Balcony Couches ($500) are available for parties of up to 8.  VIP packages include best/reserved seating, table service, and complimentary absinthe cocktails.  For more information and online tickets, please visit

    In the case of no one getting all the answers, the person with the most correct answers will win. If no one gets any of the answer correct, the tickets revert to the box office.

Superstars of Dance: Salsa Friday

Yesterday, although there were workshops on cha cha and rumba, the day was mostly devoted to salsa.

Most of the thirty-odd people at the beginning salsa class had some salsa experience and all had dance experience. How do I know? By looking at their shoes. The class had a ratio of about 2-3 women to every man and it moved quickly. Still Ian and I were able to go from the beginner class into the intermediate and then, after a detour into the beginning cha cha class (taught by the affable Dmitry Chaplin), the salsa spins, dips and tricks class. Paul Barris taught all of the salsa classes with his partner Snejana Petrova. They are currently also performing as part of Louis Van Amstel’s “Ballroom with a Twist.”

Our advice? If you have a dips and tricks workshop, bring your own partner.

Last day to RSVP for Superstar of Ballroom dance camp

Dancing with the Stars fans, today (2 February 2011)the last day to buy tickets for the Superstars of Ballroom Dance Camp Saturday dinner and show featuring Tony Dovlani, Cheryl Burke, Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, and more. The dance camp begins this Friday afternoon and runs through midnight Sunday, ending with a swing dance party. All events are held at the Burbank Marriott and Convention Center.

Tickets can still be purchased online at the Superstars of Ballroom Dance Camp website.

Also still available are privates lessons.

On Friday, the dance scene will be hot and sexy with salsa classes with Paul Barris, cha cha with Dmitry Chaplin or Elena Grinenko and rumba witih Tony Dovolani. That will get you prepared for the salsa part that evening with Angel Lebron y su Sabor Latino.

Saturday, there will be more Latin dances (samba with Dmitry Chaplin, rumba with Corky Ballas, paso doble with Tony Dovolani and tango with Elena Grinenko). Chelsie Hightower will be giving waltz lessons, and Nick Kosovich will be teaching foxtrot and Vienesse waltz. For those who want something daring, there is a lift class and a spin, dip and variation class.

Saturday evening, there will be a dinner show and party with Dovolani, Hightower, Chaplin and Cheryl Burke performing.

On Sunday, it’s West Coast swing, Cuban motion, Argentine tango, Lindy hop, jive (with Kym Johnson), Bolero and East Coast swing. As you can imagine, Sunday night is a swing party!

As we reported earlier, private dance lessons with Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke have already sold out. Corky Ballas, who trained Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Julianne Hough has one slot left!

  • Corky Ballas: $250.00

Corky Ballas and wife Shirley Ballas were one of the most successful competitive Latin Dance couples of their time. Seven time undefeated US International Latin Champions, they were also World International Champions, World British Champions, and twice British National Champions.

Corky has trained many of Dancing with the Stars’ professionals including Karina Smirnoff, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Tony Dovolani, Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Mazo, Brian Bortuna, Jonathan Roberts, Anna Trebunskaya, Jessie DeSoto and, of course, Mark Ballas.

On August 25, 2008, the show’s producers announced Corky himself would compete as a pro on season 7 alongside his son and former pupils. He was partnered with 82-year-old actress Cloris Leachman.

  • Paul Barris: $100.00

An accomplished ballroom dancer for nearly two decades, BDC online instructor Paul Barris loves everything about dance – from performing to choreographing to teaching lessons.

Since starting his dance career at the age of 10, Paul has traveled the world to compete – including winning the “Super Bowl” of dance championships, the British Open, in 2000.

More recently he starred on Oxygen’s hit show, “Dance your Ass Off,” and he continues to teach students around the world.

  • Dmitry Chaplin: $187.50

Chaplin is an international Latin dancer and an Emmy-nominated choreographer, best known for being a Top 10 finalist on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance (Season 2).”During season eight of DWTS he was paired with Holly Madison who replaced Jewel after Jewel fractured tibias in both her legs during the pre-show practice sessions. He was paired with singer Mya during season 9 and finished second.

His Emmy Award nomination was for the Argentine tango to “A Los Amigos” from the soundtrack of “Forever Tango, in 2008 with Chelsie Hightower and Joshua Allen for season 4 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

  • Elena Grinenko: $187.50

Born in Moscow, Russia, Elena Grinenko began dancing Ballroom at the age of seven. By the age of 13 she became Vice Champion of the first 16-18 year old Youth Championship in Russia while dancing with an older partner. From there Elena went on to win the National Youth Championship in Russia before turning pro, moving to the United States, and winning an American National Rising Star Championship and the International Rising Star Championship with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

In 2002 Elena Grinenko went on to star in the Broadway production of “Latin Fusion” and later “Latin Revolution.” But the competitive stage was not to be absent of her for long, for in 2005 she returned and with Toni Dovolani to become the National and World Champions in the American Rhythm Division. Not long after Elena Grinenko was welcomed to season 3 of “Dancing with the Stars” as partner to Tucker Carlson and went on in season 4 to partner with Clyde Drexler.

  • Nick Kosovich: $250.00

Kosovich is a two-time U.S. American Ballroom Champion and the 2005 World American Ballroom Champion. He is also the Arthur Murray National American Ballroom champion. Kosovich retired from competitive dancing in 2005. He and his wife, Lena, operate a costume design business, Lenique. Kosovich was paired with Tatum O’Neal during season 2 of DWTS. In season 3, he was paired with Vivica A. Fox.

For information on how to sign up for the dance camp or get a private session with one of the professional dancers, visit the Superstars of Ballroom Dance Camp Website.

Burbank Marriott is located at:
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505-1019

DWTS alums Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo give Saturday workshop

Edyta and Alec help you find your inner Latin dancer.

The Atomic Ballroom kicks off a new International Ballroom and Latin program with a special workshop. Learn first from champion International competitors

Edyta and Alec help you find your inner Latin dancer., famous from years of being featured on "Dancing with the Stars". They are ridiculously good looking people, famously nice, and generous with their teaching.

There are two main camps of ballroom dancing, American and International. At ATOMIC Ballroom most of the social ballroom dancing is American. The classes so far have also been based on the American format. They are proud to begin a slew of International Standard Ballroom and Latin classes specifically intended for those who want to pursue competitive dancing and those who want to work on technique more than moves. Working on American and International dancing will compliment each other. Dive in.

RSVP at the Facebook event here!

Class Schedule

  • 12:00pm Registration / Check-in
  • 12:15pm Footwork & Body Movement
  • 1:00pm Cha Cha
  • 1:45pm Practice / Pizza Party
  • 2:30pm Rumba
  • 3:15pm Samba

Private Lessons available after the workshop.


ATOMIC Ballroom, Placentia CA
(91 and 57 Freeways) 733 Dunn Way Placentia, CA 92870

(Dunn Way is a tiny cul-de-sac 1 block west of the 57 FWY off Orangethorpe)

The whole workshop is $75 if you pre-register by 1/07 or $85 at the door. Register online or in person today!