Latin Street Dance Academy

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    Kizomba Zouk Dance

    Originally called the kizomba zouk, this is a musical genre of antilliano source (Antelias), though it originally earned its success in Cape Verde and Angola, two African countries that were a former Portuguese colonies. In the mid 80's, Cape Verdeans, Angolans, and several artists began to create the zouk genre that very quickly conquered the public. With Latin Street Dancing, you'll find out just how contagious this style truly is! As you learn the essential steps and movements of this dance, see how the dance mixes in some merengue, tango, bachata, and that rhythmic African feel. Oh, and remember to put on some nice cologne or perfume before coming to this class, because you'll be dancing very close to your partner!
    Kizomba Zouk Dance

    1335 W Lake St, Chicago

    • Dance the beautiful, sensual, folkloric kizomba zouk that mixes merengue, tango, bachata, and African beats
    • Learn more about the dance that quickly conquered the Cape Verdeans and Angolans
    • Explore Latin and African culture through authentic dances
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    Bachata

    Formed in the Dominican Republic, bachata is famous for its sexy movements, musical instruments, and the close proximity between dance partners -- yes, your hips will be touching. In this dance class, learn the essential steps and rhythms of traditional bachata. Sensually swaying and popping your hips, you'll titillate and alleviate any pressure you once felt on the dance floor. Get ready to uncover a sensual side of yourself that you never knew existed, as the Latin passion takes over your body.
    Bachata

    1335 W Lake St, Chicago

    • Learn the sensual movements and techniques behind traditional Dominican bachata dance
    • Explore the eclectic rhythms as you become familiar with the steps
    • Hold your partner closely and channel your inner passionate dancer
    • No experience necessary
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    Beginner Merengue

    Are you a leader or a follower? In Merengue, you have the opportunity to do both! In this class, you'll learn the exciting aspects of Merengue that have made it such a popular dance. While exploring its techniques and sharpening your sensual dance skills, you will also get in great shape by toning your arms and legs. It's an exciting time learning a cultural dance in a fun, energetic, and unique environment! Introduce yourself to the heart-pumping rhythms, combinations, and steps of Merengue in this all-welcoming class. The music and tempo will be everything you need to get your feet going.
    Beginner Merengue

    1335 W Lake St, Chicago

    • Learn the Dominican inspired style of partnered dance known as Merengue
    • Navigate your way through dancing with a partner by practicing its sensual dance skills and techniques
    • Have a great time building new dancing talents while getting in plenty of movement and exercise
    • All skills levels are welcome
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    Cha Cha Cha

    Looking to improve your game at Latin club night? Salsa too popular? As salsa dance rises on the mainstream, cha-cha-cha’s ready to take the scene. Cousin to salsa and mambo, the dance started in Cuba as a “Triple Step Mambo” or salsa with a stutter step. During this beginner dance class, you'll swing your hips and stomp to the rhythms of Latin culture -- two-three-cha-cha-cha! Remember, this dance arrives a beat late to the party, but the cha-cha-cha will keep you smiling all night!
    Cha Cha Cha

    1335 W Lake St, Chicago

    • Get a taste of Latin dance through the cha-cha-cha
    • Learn essential cha-cha-cha steps, turns, movements, and hip gyrations
    • Explore the rhythms with a Latin feel and familiarize yourself with this popular Cuban dance
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    A Taste of Salsa

    Swing ended decades ago. Salsa is the latest club sensation, captivating club goers with its sensual movements and pure Latin passion. So why do you insist on standing in the corner? This class is perfect for beginners, and you'll learn all the essentials of salsa: how to connect each intricate maneuver, leading/following, turn combinations, rock steps, and even tap steps. Feel the rhythm. Let the Latin passion take over your body, and become the center of attention, and affection, at the club.
    A Taste of Salsa

    1335 W Lake St, Chicago

    • Learn salsa fundamentals like the steps, lead/follow, turn combinations, rock step, tap step/4x4 timing
    • Receive personal instruction in a fun and intimate environment
    • Discover the Latin passion in this welcoming beginner’s class
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    Cumbia Dance

    What do you get when you cross Colombian folklore with a bit of rock ‘n roll? The answer is Cumbia. Originally a folkloric dance from Colombia danced barefoot, and now danced socially all over Latin America and worldwide, Cumbia is a strong dance that looks like a mix of swing dancing and rock ‘n roll to the downbeat of energetic Cumbia music. In this beginner class, you'll learn the nightclub version of Cumbia that’s popular in Mexico. Swing and shake to the pulsating electronic beats, and dance the hypnotic Cumbia.
    Cumbia Dance

    1335 W Lake St, Chicago

    • Combine elements of swing dancing and rock ‘n roll to learn the popular Mexican dance, Cumbia
    • Get a fun workout as you dance to the pulsating beats
    • Explore Colombian folklore in a modern fashion
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