1. Dinner & Dancing at Red Maple
Want to introduce your friends to Salsa & Latin Dance? Then take them out for a night of dinner & dancing at Red Maple. The Salsa lesson is at 8:30 pm for $10. Arrive at 7:15 pm and pay $20/person for dinner & lesson. Dinner reservations are recommended. Instructors teaching on various days will be Grace or a DWG team member, Susan, Dwight or Benny. Schedule for May is as follows:
May 3rd: Susan Leiter (Salsa Uno @ Club One)
May 10th: Grace Badillo (Dancing With Grace)
May 17th: Dwight Smith (Salsa Uno @ Club One)
May 24th: Grace Badillo: (Dancing With Grace)
May 31st: Benny Bogtong: (Red Maple Resident Instructor)
Red Maple is located at 930 North Charles Street in Mt Vernon Baltimore. For more information go to their website at www.930redmaple.com or call 410-547-0149.
2. Tuesdays at the Promenade: Performance/Choreography Class
All Classes at the Promenade are $10 Each Unless Otherwise Stated
May 2007 Schedule (No Class May 29, 2007)
- 7-8 p.m. Beginner Salsa: Learn important foundational salsa basics! Practice makes perfect. Don't be afraid to take this class over and over again until you are comfortable and you can then move into the 8-9 pm Salsa Improvers Class!
- 7-8p.m. Performance Class: Learn a DWG Intermediate Advanced Salsa choreography. This class will continue through September 2007. You are not required to take all the classes but if you want to learn it and get good take as many as you can! Students will also get the opportunity to perform this at one of DWG's Venues for charity! Have fun and do a good deed for others! $10 each
- 8-9 p.m. Salsa Improvers: Beginner-Int Patterns. Even if you are an intermediate-advanced dancer this class can help you with beginner-intermediate patterns that you may not know. Not all patterns have to be intense, long or complicated. Sometimes the uncomplicated patterns are the most fun.
- 8-9 p.m. Combination Class: Feel like moving? Take our combination class that will help you understand the secrets to keeping your partner close during your dance together. FYI: You must know a cross body lead with a turn and how to lead it to take this class. Intermediate/Advance Students Only.
Casual, comfortable sweats or yoga pants, (preferably) salsa practice shoes (for turns and spins on a wooden dance floor). If you don't have salsa shoes, you can wear your evening dance shoes. Tennis shoes will inhibit your spins and may ruin your knees over time. You can go to the DWG Store to see if you find something you like or go online and check out shoes like Supadance or International. They can get pricy but make a world of difference when you dance.
Check out Grace's Shoe Clues Chapter in her Salsa With Grace Instructional Video so she can explain why you need good dance shoes, which pair you should buy first and how to take care of them! Purchase our Salsa Videos.
Promenade Dance Sport Facility is located at 2605 Lord Baltimore Drive. For directions and more information click here.
3. Gardel’s Friday & Saturday Schedules
Learn Salsa with the only Certified Salsa Instructors in the State of Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, SC, NC, DE & GA!
New Beginner Fusion Fridays!
Ever felt uncomfortable dancing on Saturday nights? Are there too many people on the floor or are you uncomfortable dancing with intermediate II-Advanced dancers? If so you will be delighted to hear that Gardel’s is starting Beginner Fusion Fridays!
How is this night different from Saturday Evenings?
- The DJ will add 50% more slow to medium paced salsa so you can practice and get acclimated to the dance of salsa.
- Classes will be designed for Beginner to Intermediate Level I ONLY.
- You don't have to worry about not having space on the dance floor.
- You can feel more comfortable asking someone to dance because they will likely be a beginner improver too!
Friday Night Salsa Class Schedule
Salsa for Beginners 8-9 pm: Learn the Basics so that you can have a great foundation dancing salsa.
Beginner Level III to Intermediate Level I Salsa Combinations 9-10 pm: Learn patterns that you can lead to anyone on the dance floor. These combinations are simpler than the Saturday combinations.
NOTE: Dance floor will be open for social dancing till 11 PM on Fridays.
NOTE: If you would like to have a party and/or bring a group to a lesson, then Friday Nights will be a great choice to book your class. If you have 15 people or more please email Grace and we can set up a cheaper rate for everyone on each class taken.
CLASSES ARE USUALLY HELD ON THE 1ST FLOOR FOR $10.00 PER PERSON.
Saturday Night Salsa Class Schedule
Salsa Beginners 8-9 pm : Learn the basics so that you can have a great foundation and dance with anyone!
Beginner Salsa-Beginner Intermediate 9 - 9:55 pm: A little harder but lots more fun for the beginners; learn a small combination.
Intermediate/Advanced Patterns 9 -9:55 pm: To take this class you must know the how to do a Cross Body Lead with a turn or how to lead it. This Int/Adv combination that includes some styling.
CLASSES ARE USUALLY HELD ON THE 2ND FLOOR FOR $10.00 PER PERSON.
Entry is no longer free for ladies at Gardel’s; there is no free drink ticket either. If you (gentlemen or ladies) get to the door before 9:10 you will not be charged. Entrance is free before 9 PM!!! To those of you who like to "jump in" in the last 15 minutes of the class, you will be charged for half a class $5.00...got to make a living baby!
Gardel’s is a family owned Supper Club dedicated to giving salsa a home of class and elegance. Keep this fantastic location alive and support them each week by joining us and having fun in a safe and beautiful environment. For more information go to their website at www.gardels.com.
4. News Flash: New Articles & More
Condolences to the Family of Lora Burgess
Salsera Lora Burgess has passed away leaving two beautiful children, Adero (7) and Jaya (5). On Sunday evening, Lora and her love, Kevin, died in a motorcycle accident. The DWG Family prays that Almighty God will keep them and make them a resting place that is filled with song, dance and praise. Life is so precious and we are so glad that she danced with us.
If you want to help support her children's education fund her family is establishing please make checks payable to Lora's sister, Kimberly Min, and send to Kimberly Min, Esq. (c/o Jean Burgess), 4201 Somerville Court, Laurel, MD 20708. Questions, please call 301-210-3566.
Ladies Styling Workshop at Rayn Fall Studio
Ladies Styling Workshop at Rayn Fall Studio was a wonderful success! Thank you to some of our new students like Gloria Vila and Zelma Diaz who first came to know DWG through this great session. Be on the look out for more styling classes and keep practicing!
Field Trip News: Cafe PeJu Field Trip w/Grace & Eileen
The night began with drinks, good food and a dance lesson by Eileen Torres. Café PeJu is a small but beautiful location. The food was very good and service fantastic. The Bartender Jay definitely knows how to make a drink! Thank you Jay. Instructors from around town were there including Grace from DWG, Michelle Reyes from the Barking Dog, Eileen Torres from Zanzibar, Earl and Kelvin from Stuck on Salsa, and Shaka Brown from Clavekazi. Shaka presented the dance team from Italy of Rudy & Barbara; the performance was beautiful; Bravo! To check them out go to her website www.almamambo.com Thank you to Eileen Torres who constantly encourages the dance community to support local and international live music for us to dance Mambo, Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha-Cha and Bachata too! Thank you darling! We hope you get to meet her some day in the future at one of our next field trips!
Teaching Children Latin Dance in Baltimore: Can you Help?
Read this article (written by Grace) by clicking here.
The Use of Constructive Criticism in Dance Education
Read this article (written by Grace) by clicking here.
Grace wants to hear what you have to say about her articles, so send your comments to Grace@dancingwithgrace.com
Happy Birthday Nissim Albaig
We want to wish our lead instructor Niss Albaig a happy birthday! He will be turning 57 years old this month. Make sure to wish him well with finding an old folks home that caters to dancers! Ha ha, just kidding! He is turning 21 this year and finally able to have a drink! Happy birthday darling. We love and appreciate you!
Grace, Hugo, & the DWG Team.
Student of the Month: William "Billy" Hall
Congratulations to Billy Hall for being the Student of the Month; he will receive a new pair of dance shoes or a free private class from a DWG instructor. Billy Hall is new to our salsa community. A lover of the true essence of latin music including latin jazz Billy has been a sweet and kind student that cares about learning. Not only is he a gentleman, but sweet as the day is bright. He brings a smile to the faces of the DWG team because he truly is excited about learning and no matter what level he is (as he is growing a lot) he is humble and full of joy. Just last Saturday he missed the last half of the basketball playoffs (he loves basketball) to come to my balance and spinning technique class. Bravo Billy! I know it's hard to miss those last few games! Read his email below! We Love u Billy!, Love Grace, Hugo and the DWG Team!
Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you and compliment you on the workshop Saturday.
I thought you explained and demonstrated things wonderfully. I also read the Workshop Notes and was impressed with the exercises suggested and the clarity and succinctness your summary of the essence of dance, movement, and balance.
Balance exercise #2 reminded me of an asana we do in Yoga called appropriately the "balancing pose" which is designed to improve balance. I'm confident that with practice my ability to spin and dance "gracefully" will be greatly improved now that I understand the Why and How.
Walking The Two-Way Street, The Forgiving Face of Salsa by Grace Badillo
Read this article (written by Grace) by clicking here.
Come As You Are, The Welcoming Face of Salsa
An Interview with Grace Badillo
Read this interview by Mary White by clicking here.
News Flash: DWG Salsa Cruise w/ Fun & Fitness
Read this article (written by Grace) by clicking here.
5. Things to do & Salsa Field Trip With Grace and/or DWG Team
Salsa Clubs/Field Trips
Check it out! DWG is launching the first ever "DWG Field Trip Advisor" to update you with the latest and greatest excursions around town and out of town. While the Current Newsletter and Club Reviews give you the big picture, you'll want to visit this page regularly to check out the upcoming DWG excursions. Right here is where we will tell you how to find out where Grace and the DWG team are going and what we are doing. Since we do not wish to fill up your inboxes with unwanted messages, the only way to receive Field Trip updates is to sign up here. Depending on the destination, we may end up at a casino, a Broadway musical, dance competitions, a concert, the hottest night clubs or even the beach. Depending on the destination, we may end up in Atlantic City, NY to a broadway musical, competitions, a concert, the hottest night clubs or even the beach. Who knows!? Spread the word and let's get this thing rockin'! Click here to see the current events, proposed events, and past events.
Upcoming Field Trips
Thursday, May 3, 2007 - Salsa Dancing at Red Maple
Join Grace and the DWG team for an awesome evening of relaxation and dancing. RSVP for this event by emailing Sue (Grace's assistant) at Sue@dancingwithgrace.com if you want to go with Grace to this event!
Thursday through Sunday, May 3-6, 2007 - Miami Hustle and Salsa Competition in South Miami Beach
One of our instructors, Niss Albaig, will be going to this event in South Miami Beach, Florida and coming back with new moves for all of us to learn! If you care to join Niss, Alex, and Sue contact Alex (Niss' wife) at email@example.com. Thank you Sasha! For more information, go to www.hustleandsalsa.com.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 - Dance Competition at Club One
Join Grace at Club One where she will be hanging out watching the beginner students competing for prizes! If you are new to the scene just watch! If not, dance dance dance! Meet us on the first floor by 9 pm. $5-7 cover and its open till 1 am tonight! If you want to hang out with Grace at this event, RSVP by emailing Sue (Grace's assistant) at Sue@dancingwithgrace.com. For competition details, see below.
Sunday June 10, 2007 - Field Trip to Washington DC Salsa Congress
Grace, Hugo and the DWG team will be going to take workshops and enjoy the day at the salsa congress. Beginners welcome!!!!
The congress will be held at the Sheraton Hotel located at 900 S. Orme Street, Arlington, VA 22204. Tel: 703-521-1900. The schedule on Sunday includes workshops from 10am to 1pm and 2-5pm; performances from 9-11pm; and social dancing from 11pm to 3am. For more information, go to www.capitalcongress.com. If you want to join the DWG team at this event, RSVP by emailing Sue (Grace's assistant) at Sue@dancingwithgrace.com. Please let us know if you wish to carpool with others.
October 28 - November 2, 2007 - Fun and Fitness Salsa Cruise
Join Grace and the DWG team on this exciting cruise. Download the 1 MB flyer for details!
Things to do
Susan Leiter and Club ONE Bring you Baltimore's First Beginner Salsa Dance Contest
300 East Saratoga - Baltimore, MD 21202
All beginners dancing 2 years or less should consider dancing in this contest. It will be all about the dancing and not about tricks or choreography. Couples will be judged on Timing and Rhythm, Partnership (leading and following); Expression (are you having a good time or wondering what's on the floor); Variety (of patterns); Floorcraft (how many times do you step on fellow dancers); and Appearance (I wouldn't step onto this dance floor in ripped jeans and dirty tennis shoes). 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners. Must pre-register before May 2
- Very strict rules so pay close attention!
- MUST BE DANCING TWO YEARS OR LESS
- NO TRICKS OF ANY KIND (this includes all drops and slashes)
- NO LIFTS OF ANY KIND
- NO CHOREOGRAPHY OR SHINES
- MUST STAY IN UPRIGHT POSITION AT ALL TIMES
- ALL SOCIAL DANCING
- Anyone dancing (currently or previously) with a performance group of any kind (including student groups) may NOT participate
- Anyone teaching (or has ever taught dance including helpers/assistants) may not participate
- NOT OPEN TO PROFESSIONALS
- Dance time no longer than 2 1/2 minutes (all will dance to same music)
- Judging done by judges (in the event of a tie we will use audience participation)
Couples will be judged on Timing and Rhythm, Partnership (leading and following); Expression (are you having a good time or wondering what's on the floor); Variety (of patterns); Floorcraft (how many times do you step on fellow dancers); Appearance (I wouldn't step onto this dance floor in ripped jeans and dirty tennis shoes)
To pre-register, email Susan Leiter no later than May 2 at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit www.alivewithdance.com and go to the EVENTS page.
Easterns - Washington Dance Challenge
Hilton Dulles - Herndon, VA 1-800-Hiltons
Organizer(s)/Directors(s): Barry Durand
Pro-Am full UCWDC, plus Swing and Hustle
New This Year! Pro Am Ballroom - Smooth & Rhythm
Fri & Sat Evening Dances open to the public
For more information, send an email to: email@example.com; call 201-939-4506; or go to www.DanceEasterns.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org 201-939-4506 http://www.DanceEasterns.com
Live Music in Maryland at the Ocean Drive Club & Restaurant!!
11230 Grandview Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902, Tel: 703-731-0475
Noche Latina Verizon Wireless presents a special Mother's Day event to the Latino Community: A Latin focused event in an evening club setting on the Eve of Mother's Day, Saturday, May 12th from 5:00pm - 2:00am. The very popular Latin Sound Band along with a talented Reggaeton Artist, CD RELEASE Jancy PA Que lo Bailes are offering the Hot sounds of Borinquen. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Jessica Diaz at: Latinsoundband@gmail.com or go to www.thelatinsoulband.com.
11230 Grandview Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902, Tel: 703-731-0475
Starting Time: 5:00 pm - 2:00am for tickets info contact:
Jessica Diaz Latinsoundband@gmail.com www.thelatinsoulband.com
Live Music in Richmond at Emilios - Hot Live Salsa For The Dancers!
Visit www.emiliosrichmond.com or Call (804) 359-1224 for info
In addition,SPECIAL GUEST STAR, ERIC LUMPKIN (Professional Classical Guitarist) joining Son Quatro for some of the most beautiful latin boleros/ballads in Richmond. Get that engagement ring out! Renew those vows or just take that special someone out onto the dance floor while Eric and Son Quatro play those famous latin ballads. Also, come dance to live covers from Tito Puente, El Gran Combo, Fruko, Fania, Ismael Rivera, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Ray Barreto, Ruben Blades, Buena Vista Social Club, Ismael Miranda, Tommy Olivencia, Frankie Ruiz and MANY MORE
Time: 10:00PM (Evening) until 2AM Cover: $5 to $10
Inter-State Dancesport Challenge
Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner, VA
Organizer(s)/Directors(s): Rickey Geiger Robert Woods
American & International Style
Pro/Am - Amateur - Student/Student - Exhibitions - Scholarships!
email@example.com 703-938-2709 http://www.inter-statedancesport.com
Fourth Annual World of Possibilities Expo, Maryland State Fairgrounds
For more information, go to http://www.caringcommunities.org or contact: Mona Freedman RN, Executive Director/Founder
Caring Communities 5360-E Enterprise St. Eldersburg, MD 21784
Office: 410.549.5707 || Toll Free: 1.866.227.4644 || Fax: 410.549.6467
Space Coast Dance Weekend in Florida
We have attended many events around the Country, and have taken the "best" ideas from all of them to make this a sensational weekend. Whether you choose to attend the workshops, or just dance, you are guaranteed to have a fabulous dance weekend. We are including Ballroom (American and International), West Coast Swing, Hustle, Salsa, and Argentine Tango, Argentine Waltz, and Argentine Milonga! www.spacecoastdance.net
American Star Ball Championships
Parsippany Hilton Hotel
Parsippany - New Jersey
Organizer(s)/Directors(s): Pete Taylor
Professional Rising Star and Open
Pro/Am, Amateur, and Junior events
American Star All-Around Scholarship
firstname.lastname@example.org 302-221-0311 http://amstar.accessdance.com/
3rd Annual Washington DC Salsa Congress: Shaka Brown has done it again and organized workshops and performances all weekend. DWG will be taking a field trip to the congress on June 10th, Sunday to take some workshops! Come with us. To check out our field trips page click here.
Tommy Olivencia Band Coming From Puerto Rico on June 16. Latin American Entertainment in celebration of Father's Day presents direct from Puerto Rico, La Primerisima Orquesta de Tommy Olivencia Jr.(remembering the music of Salsa Legend Tommy Olivencia). Vocalist coming that night include Hector Tricoche, Simon Perez, Paquito Guzman, Sammy Gonzalez and Richie Gonzalez. Tickets are $75/ person and include dinner, dance and open bar. There is free parking and the dress code is no jeans. La Fontaine Blue-7514 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, MD 21061 410 623-1288. 8 pm-2am. Ivan Rivera for info 202 276- 8122.
Salsa Clubs and Dance Lessons
Salsa Uno @ ONE
Wednesdays at Club ONE (this is a NON SMOKING NIGHT)
Class: Wednesdays - 7:30 - 9:30pm - levels vary each week
Open Dancing: 9:30pm - closing
Cover: $5 Before 7:45pm/$7 after
(19-20 year olds/$10 all night)
Grace's Review: Club One has a nice modern feel to it. There is a small hardwood floor but plenty of room to dance on other levels, although its tile but useable. Susan Leiter teaches each week and controls the floor with ease. Check out her new website at www.alivewithdance.com
For info: email@example.com or go to www.onebaltimore.com
6. Dance Fitness Cruise with Dancing With Grace Productions
Prices From $759!
28-October Sunday, Baltimore 5 p.m. Departure
29-October Monday, Cruising
30-October Tuesday, Kings Wharf, Bermuda
31-October Wednesday, Kings Wharf, Bermuda
01-November Thursday, Cruising
02-November Friday, Baltimore
The Average Temperature in October is 79 degrees during the day!
Ship Name: Grandeur Of The Seas
Departure Port: Baltimore, Maryland
Ports of Call: Baltimore, MD; Kings Wharf, Bermuda; Baltimore, MD
Departure Date: Oct 28, 2007
While best known for its shorts and golf courses, Bermuda has much more to offer. And on a cruise vacation, you have the opportunity to see it all. Explore the underwater world or stroll along the historic streets of St. George. Relax on a pink-sand beach or swim in the sparkling turquoise waters. From sailing to shopping to sunbathing, the only thing you'll want in Bermuda is more time.
Come enjoy a Fitness Dance Cruise filled with Dancing & Socializing, Grace & Hugo Teaching Salsa, Bachata, Latin Aerobics! Enjoy yoga and more! Purchasing Cruises with a charter group gives you your own private dance instructors & guide to the ship & its activities! Classes are given on sea voyage days only since we will be on the island for a few days. No Cliques Welcome! We come to dance, have fun and be merry! Come one, Come all.
Call now to lock in the ultra-low rate of $789 for this cruise. To purchase, please call Cynthia at 800-955-9942 today! Mention that you love DancingWithGrace!" to get this special rate! For more details on the Fun & Fitness Travel Club visit their website at www.fun-fitness.com.
7. Physical Therapy for Dancers
ALL Therapy is a Physical Therapy Practice specializing in the care of dancers, athletes and general orthopedic populations.
Recently, I (Grace) had the opportunity to hear a great lecture by Dr. Lord on physical therapy for dancers. I believe she is very qualified to help any dancer with their particular needs and hope that if you find yourself with an annoying muscle problem or other orthopedic problem you will seek the attention of a good physical therapist that not only understands the body but the DANCER!
Dr. Aisha L. Lord is the founder and owner of ALL Therapy and a lifelong dancer. Dr. Lord has incorporated dance and fitness into every aspect of her life. She has an extensive history in dance originating at the age of 3. Dr. Lord trained at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York City, New York. Dr. Lord co-founded a dance company at the University of Delaware, where she later received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science. Afterwards, Dr. Lord performed nationally and internationally with a critically acclaimed dance company, while simultaneously receiving her Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
As a Physical Therapist, Dr. Lord currently works in the areas of inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation, and home care. With establishment of the ALL Therapy Private Practice Clinic in Washington DC in 2006, Dr. Lord has the opportunity to intertwine her education and experience in physical therapy rehabilitation with her love for dancing, fitness and helping others. Dr. Lord presents seminars and workshops to Dance & Athletic populations on the subjects of Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation.
ALL Therapy Private Practice Clinic is located at 1005 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 * (888) 93-ALL PT (932-5578) business * (301) 552-0011 fax * www.ALLTherapy.net.