Take a FREE Ladies Styling Salsa Class and Burlesque Class!
Do you like Salsa? (The dance that is) Are you a salsera or one in training? Do you have a flair for burlesque but never take your moves to the next level? Do you have the desire to just dance and perform? This Saturday, June 7, Living Room to Ballroom will offer a free ladies salsa class and a free ladies burlesque class to get you acquainted with their team and style. You will be placed in one of three level groups based on your ability. But you don’t have a desire to perform…yet? Don’t worry, performances are not mandatory and you can join just as a dancer in training!
So what is Living Room to Ballroom? Their mission is to provide performance opportunities and skills to dance aficionados from the Amateur to Professional level. The Company provides dancers who have never trained or performed with the opportunity to be part of a company, work with professionals, travel, perform, and be part of a truly unique experience! Join their performance teams and experience that dancer’s high that you can only get from performing.
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 1-2PM
DESCRIPTION: The class will begin with a sizzling warm-up, followed by a Sassy Burlesque routine complete with flirtatious body movements, seductive struts, and come-hither head whips.
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2:30-3:30PM
DESCRIPTION: The class will begin with spicy warm-up, then you will learn flavor, style, elegance, and execution with a Hot New Ladies Salsa Styling routine guaranteed to turn heads! WHERE: Dance it Off Studio 12834 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91606
We asked founder Charlene Rose some questions to get more information on the NoHo dance teams.
It looks like you’re doing a free class to build a salsa and burlesque competition team.
I currently have two performance teams, Ladies Salsa and Burlesque. Up until now we have been operating out of Santa Monica, but on June 7 I will be offering a free ladies salsa and free burlesque class in North Hollywood to spark interest in setting up a group there as well.
What are the levels for the competition team? Is there more than one team?
We don’t actually do competitions, but rather performances and showcases at local venues such as clubs, or larger events such as festivals or charity events.
On the Ladies Salsa Team we have beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. On the Burlesque Troupe we have a training group of beginning to low intermediate levels, and an advanced group, which also performs weekly at a residency that we currently have at a place in Santa Monica called the Charleston.
What are the rehearsals like – when, what can they expect?
Rehearsals are once a week and last for 2 hours (they will most likely be on Saturday afternoons in North Hollywood. We begin with about a 30 minute warm-up that includes body isolations, drills, stretching, and core strengthening. Then we might spend the next 30 minutes either working on more drills, or getting a head start on choreography. The last hour is strictly dedicated to choreography. Then we finish with a cool down. Sometimes we also work on improvisation, especially for the Burlesque Troupe. We have assistants that help with the different levels as well. Why should a novice/expert join the dance team? There is no other high you can get like being on a performance team. We have countless testimonials of students who have enhanced their lives and gained significantly more confidence, have lost weight, have made life-long friends, and have amazing stories they can tell for the rest of their lives. Being on a performance team really helps you to face your fears and challenge yourself, and I find that what our students put into their rehearsals and performances carries over into their regular lives as well.
What else should our readers know about the competition team?
Its a lot of fun! 🙂 Our website is livingroomtoballroom.com and that is where they can sign-up for the free classes in June.
Want to see some videos of the teams in action?
Their Salsa channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcCVdf_D1C7WOEF_xEct06w
Charlene Rose Founder and Director
Charlene is a well-known and respected influence in the Latin dance scene, and has been maintaining a hectic schedule as an international freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer, performer and role model for audiences and students around the world. Charlene utilizes the extensive training she received as a Dance Major at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington to provide the highest level of training and expertise for her students and followers. She also founded and directs her own performance groups along the West Coast, which provides performance opportunities and dance skills to salsa aficionados from the Amateur to Professional level. Some of Charlene’s accomplishments include 2011 Golden Salsa Award for “Best Female Salsa Dancer”, 5X World Salsa Champion, Semi-Finalist on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. Charlene now resides in Los Angeles, CA where she continues to pursue her passion for the arts, and she has added to her credits a sizable list of films, television programs, music videos, commercials, modeling campaigns, and theater productions. She has co-choreographed for such prestigious shows as “Dancing with the Stars”, and worked with top choreographers such as Napoleon and Tabitha. Her goal with her art is to inspire and empower people of all walks of life to follow their passions, and make their dreams into reality.
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