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    Night Club 2-Step

    The Night Club 2-step, invented by Buddy Schwimmer in the 1960s, is one of the most popular and enduring contemporary American social dances. With more movement than most Latin dances but less than most ballroom dances, the Night Club 2-step can be danced to slower pop and top-40 music. It's a lasting, versatile form of social dance that is useful for a number of social settings.
    Night Club 2-Step

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the popular contemporary night club dance
    • Get experience in a versatile dance that can be used in a number of social settings
    • Experience both the energy and grace of a standard social dance
    • Get practice in the Night Club 2-step whether you are a complete novice or if you want to brush up on your skills
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    Lindy Hop & Charleston

    The Lindy Hop and The Charleston are two of America's most energetic dances. The Lindy Hop and the Charleston were both popular ballroom dances that came out of the free, swinging jazz era of the 1920s and the frenetic bustle of the city. The Lindy Hop, which originated in Harlem, involves a swing out between two partners. The Charleston has a signature knee-knocking move, along with swinging your heels out on each move. They are both fast and fun ways to work out and learn a classic dance from American history.
    Lindy Hop & Charleston

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn two classic American dance styles
    • Jazz and swing as you do the Lindy Hop
    • Knock your knees in the energy of the Charleston
    • Get a fun exercise with two lively ballroom dances
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    Bhangra & Giddha

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    Bhangra, giddha, and you. Embrace the catchy beats and folk dances of Punjab during this international dance class! Bhangra originates from a traditional male harvest dance, while giddha is the female antecedent, although today they have morphed into popular styles both in South Asian weddings and nightclubs. You'll learn moves from both dances in class while dancing under the guidance of an experienced instructor. You will surely enjoy the benefits of an energized studio environment. This class is a great way to expand your dance repertoire with 2 styles that offer articulation, spirituality, and invigoration. And the next time you're at a wedding in Punjab, you'll fit right in!
    Bhangra & Giddha

    720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland

    • Embrace the energetic folk dance styles of Punjab during a group dance class
    • Learn both the bhangra and the giddha from an experienced instructor
    • Expand your world and get energized while having some serious fun
    • Enjoy an invigorating studio dance environment and meet other dancers
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    Club Style Hip Hop

    Never fear being the center of a dance circle at the club again. Vitalidad Movement Arts Center will teach you the dopest moves humanly possible. In this class, your instructor will introduce you to the dopest hip hop club-style dances, like vogue, waacking, or dancehall. You'll also get to learn the history of club-style hip hop, and ease your way into the dance community armed with both the right moves and the right knowledge. Do you want to wow everyone at the club when you bust out these incredible moves? Then you better take this class!
    Club Style Hip Hop

    700 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

    • Learn both the foundation and the execution of club style hip hop dancing, including voguin and waacking
    • Get a great workout while learning moves that will make you the life of the party
    • Develop your own style, with the help of expert instructor Jesus Rodales
    • Meet new people in a supportive and comfortable environment
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    Brazilian Zouk

    Brazilian Zouk is a contagious dance form-- once everyone sees how much fun you're having, they'll all want to join in! Spend a joyous hour affirming your freedom and your harmony with the universe, engaging in Brazilian cultural expression, and performing an elegant, sexy dance style. This class is ideal for students with little to no Zouk training. You'll learn new moves, get a great workout, and enjoy an incredibly fun, welcoming environment. Working out shouldn't be this fun, but somehow, it is!
    Brazilian Zouk

    700 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

    • Learn about Brazilian Zouk, the dance form that expresses joy, freedom and harmony
    • Practice new moves while getting a great whole-body workout
    • Meet new people in a welcoming and fun environment, led by expert teacher Nathalia Carbajal
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    Salsa and Latin Dance Sampler

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    Trying to edge your way into the salsa dance scene can be a tricky affair without the proper training. Especially if your background is limited to old [i]Sweating to the Oldies[/i] VHS tapes that you bought for 50 cents at your neighborhood thrift store. But we digress. Immerse yourself in the world of Latin dance with this sampler class, and you'll never be on the outside looking in again! While the focus of your instruction will be salsa, you'll also spend time in class exploring elements of other styles as well, including merengue and bachata. You'll dance under the guidance of an experienced instructor, working on elements of posture, motion, and partnering as you move across the dance floor. Your instructor will delve into both technical and attitudinal aspects of each dance, teach you how to cover up mistakes, and boost your performance confidence so you can focus on having fun, rather than thoughts of tripping over your own two feet! Latin dance is not only a great way to meet others, but a wonderful tool for stress release and fitness as well! With the elements you pick up during this dance class, you'll be opening doors and gifting yourself with an enriching new hobby!
    Salsa and Latin Dance Sampler

    720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland

    • Learn the fundamentals of salsa and other Latin dance styles during an introductory sampler class
    • Grasp the forms and embellishments of each dance under the guidance of an experienced instructor
    • Partner with other students to develop your abilities in leading, following, and improvising
    • Develop your confidence and skill while dancing in an energetic and supportive dance environment
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    Argentine Tango (All Levels)

    They say it takes two to tango, but baby steps -- let's start with YOU. You are but one, but by the time you take this class you'll be moving so fast onlookers will think there are four of you. So become the Jamie Madrox of dance and step into the groove today. Argentine Tango is known to be a dance of passion and connection. A highly individualistic and improvisational dance, with endless possibilities in its intricately woven steps, this dance provides freedom for musical expression via movement through time. A true social dance, based on the art of leading and following, tango allows the opportunity for layers of connection, creating a lovely present moment Zen between dancers. Some say that tango should have a warning label for how highly addictive it is. Who are these "they's" and "some's?" They're spot-on, if you ask us.
    Argentine Tango (All Levels)

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Discover the sensual steps and turns of one of the great social dances of all time
    • Practice leading and following to dance with partners of any skill level
    • Learn to make motions second nature so you can improvise on the fly and focus on fun
    • Experience the uplifting joy of dancing an expressive and energetic dance
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    Zumba Nightclub Experience

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    Zumba. What the heck is zumba -- other than really fun to say? Zumba is an incredible way to get a workout where all you have to do is dance. The sessions incorporate choreography from hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, and other international rhythms to provide you with an engaging workout that is extremely effective. The Zumba studio is decked out with disco lights and an incredible sound system so you'll feel like you're out at the Club rather than at the gym. Boogie for an hour with this strenuous but very fun workout. Don't wait -- Zoom-ba over to this class ASAP!
    Zumba Nightclub Experience

    3602 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland

    • Get a great workout while you dance the night away
    • Groove to the infectious, high energy tunes while you burn excess fat
    • Use choreography that incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, cumbia, and reggaeton
    • Enjoy the club-like studio as you sweat out more calories than you thought possible in this 1-hour session
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    Bachata (Level 1-2)

    Bachata is a fun, social, popular dance from the Dominican Republic that is performed at Latin and Salsa clubs across the country. It is distinguished by the sharp hip movements dancers make on every fourth beat. Whether you're completely new to Bachata or you've had some experience in the basics of it, the Level 1-2 class in Bachata will give you something new. As well as learning the steps, you'll get training on how to master the timing and framing of Bachata so that you can have a good lead-follow connection with your partner.
    Bachata (Level 1-2)

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the popular dance from the Dominican Republic
    • Make sharp hip motions and do steps and turns
    • Add new layers and techniques to your dance as you get more advanced
    • Discover something new whether you're a complete beginner or looking to add style to your Bachata routine
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    West Coast Swing

    Are you often overcome by uncontrollable fits of dancing? Channel your spastic energy during this high tempo dance class featuring West Coast Swing. An offshoot of the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, WCS is a back-and-forth partner dance that features heavy improvisation. As such, it's a fun dance with for showing off your creative side. You'll learn some of the classic steps and passes, developing your ability to read your partner's intent and play along, no matter the differences in your skill level. This is a great opportunity to meet some new friends to hit your local swing scene with, and to keep in shape while having a blast. No more dancing fits for you!! Well, okay. But only on the dance floor.
    West Coast Swing

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the basics of West Coast Swing, including 6-count and 8-count footwork rhythms
    • Step in time to the music, using the appropriate weight changes for the pattern
    • Understand and demonstrate compression and extension, proper body position, continuous motion, and how to lead preps for an inside turn
    • Get handsy when you learn proper hand hold, hand positions, and hand connection
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