Updated: Jun 18, 2019
Spring is officially here! New buds are appearing on trees and plants, the daylight hours are longer and the cycle of growth is beginning once again. We will be able to enjoy more time outside and share in the abundant colors of spring! Spring is the perfect time to make positive lifestyle changes and care for your body and mind! Dancing not only helps burn calories, it also improves memory, muscle strength, lung health, reduces stress and much more!
In our April issue you'll read tips and tricks from the Salsa N' Seattle team to support you during your dance and fitness journey. You'll also meet a fellow Salsa N' Seattle student - Elaine Raymond, you'll read about one of our instructors - Helen Chipasula, as well as find out about new services and upcoming events. We wish you the very best on your wellness journey, and remember we're happy to help!
Student of the Month:
How long have you been dancing?
I've danced salsa off and on for little while now, but I recently started dancing consistently when I started at Salsa N’ Seattle in October 2015.
Why did you decide to start taking dance classes?
I have always loved to dance! I have done other styles of dance besides salsa when I was younger. Since I missed dancing, I started taking classes and salsa was a great way to get back into it!
What one or two classes would you recommend to others?
Kizomba! I love Kizomba! It was recommended to me by a friend from salsa; so I tried the class on a whim. Now Kizomba is my favorite style of dance! Come try it out on Wednesday nights!
What has kept you coming back?
I love the community within Salsa N’ Seattle. It's so much fun to go out dancing and see familiar faces from class. Everyone in the Salsa N’ Seattle community is so encouraging and supportive of each other. It makes learning really comfortable.
When you are not dancing, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy yoga, arranging floral bouquets, cooking, learning Spanish, traveling and spending time with my family.
“Elaine is a beautiful, natural dancer. She is always smiling and has a wonderful, positive attitude with everything she approaches. It is apparent how dedicated Elaine is to dancing as she is regularly attends classes, asks questions and participates. It truly is a pleasure to have Elaine as a student and as a friend of the studio.”
~ Julia Krasnov (Studio Director)
Read tips and tricks from our experienced instructors
Bachata tips from Frances:
Remember that classes and practice are only place to learn. Go out social dancing and when you do, relax and enjoy the dance with your partner.
Listen to the music whenever you can: movements are easier to map with music so when you are learning a dance, its always helpful to listen to the music and practice your basic step (even if it is just tapping it out with your fingers instead of stepping with your feet).
Step on the balls of your feet!! This isn't how we would normally walk so practicing this helps you a LOT. Go on tip toe and try to balance so you get to understand the feel and the control you need. Above all SMILE and enjoy your dance journey!
Geeta shares some Bollywood tricks:
Bollywood dance can really push your comfort levels! It's a new culture and language. So remembering choreography can be a challenge, but well worth it! There are strategies to help you during your dancing journey! Remember, you are the storyteller of the dance. Your movements, gestures, expressions are telling a story. If you can remember the story, the dance compliments that. Repeat the movements with your mind, as well as with your body.
Salsa tips from Krystal:
Dance with your partner. It’s easy to forget you’re dancing with another person when you’re trying to do 1000 moves during a song. The best dances come from your connection, not from crazy spins or flashy moves.
I love that students put so much effort into learning the combinations we teach in class. It’s a lot to cover in less than an hour. Even though you’re trying to get the moves right, make sure you listen to the tips and comments your instructors make on safety and technique. We want you to be able to lead and follow these moves in a way that is safe for everyone. The concept is more important than getting the move down right away.
Whether you’re in class or out dancing, smile! This ties back to the connection with your partner. Make sure that they can tell that you’re having a good time, whether you feel like your moves are polished or you’re practicing something new. I always feel intimidated when I’m dancing with someone that is frowning. We’re all here to have fun.
Mario talks about Kizoma:
Kizomba is all about the connection. It's not about fancy moves, dips, slides or leg lifts. There is a time and place for those moves but the dance is more about the basics. Know the basics, dance the basics and play around with the basics. Kizomba is about soft controlled moves and subtlety.
Kizomba is not linear, it changes directions and it's all about connection. Kizomba is grounded steps, not like salsa steps where you are not on the ball of your feet, there is a difference in the shifting of the weight. The biggest tip I can share is to come to class regularly and practice! Join us for on Wednesday nights for KIzomba I at 7pm, Kizomba II at 8pm and our new Kizomba practica starting 9pm. Hope to see you there!
Meet an Instructor:
What types of dance do you currently do, or have you studied in the past?
I currently take Zumba and U-Jam right now. I previously took Hot Hula, Bokwa, BodyPump and belly dancing.
What do you consider to be your greatest dance accomplishment?
I consider my greatest accomplishment to be losing thirty pounds. I lost the weight through fitness classes at Salsa N’ Seattle, running and lots of hard work!
What classes do you teach at SNS?
I teach Zumba and I love it! What is unique about your classes and the way you teach? I want to make sure that students in my classes feel successful. I do my best to provide the tools and motivation for students to do so. I demonstrate moves that might be a little difficult to do the first time around.
What is your favorite part about teaching at SNS?
I love seeing all the students who come to class. Whether it’s welcoming new students or seeing Zumba regulars, it makes me happy give support for everyone’s fitness journey.
Do you have any tips you'd like to share for new Hip Hop students?
Don’t stress or give up if you don’t get all the steps right away. The most important part of exercise is moving your body. We all start as beginners so just remember if you keep coming to class soon you’ll be a pro!
When you’re not teaching classes, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy running, taking Zumba and other fitness classes, watching TV, traveling, and going to the movies.
“It's been a pleasure watching Helen start as a dedicated student and grow into a passionate instructor. She continuously pushes herself to excel and encourages her students to do the same. Salsa N' Seattle would not be the same without her energy and positive outlook. She is truly passionate about sharing her love for fitness with others and this passion is contagious. We are so proud of her!”
~ Julia Krasnov (Studio Director)
Salsa N' Seattle Now Offers Kid's Dance Birthday Parties!
Want a fun and engaging party for your little one's birthday? We offer a two hour package that includes an hour dance lesson to make any little one's birthday party extra special! Email us for more information.
Earn points for doing what you love!
Did you know that Salsa N' Seattle has teamed up with Perkville to offer our students rewards? It's simple, sign up with the same email we have on file and earn points for attending classes, referring friends, and much more! Use your points towards free dance shoes, free private lessons and so much more! Click here to learn more and sign up!
April 23rd from 3:00pm-5:00pm
Don't have time to take a 4 week series? Want to learn how to dance Salsa the fast and easy way? Join our Salsa bootcamp and start dancing right away! No partner required! You'll learn the fundamentals of dancing salsa, including the basic steps, basic right and left turns, footwork, lead and follow technique, cross body lead, timing and musicality, as well as body and arm movement. Pretty much everything you need to know to get you out there on the dance floor!
Salsa N' Seattle Presents: SNS Showcase
April 30th at 6:00pm
Join us for a night of dance performances! Come see Salsa N' Seattle's Hip Hop, Bollywood and Latin Dance Teams as well as performances from our adult and kid classes! Come and show support to our students as they showcase their many talents!
Cost $5 (Free for kids 10 and under)
3rd Annual Seattle Bachata Kizomba Festival 2016 May 13th-16th Incredible Bachata, Kizomba and Salsa workshops as well as dance performances by amazing national and international talent! Two nights of Sexy Bachata, Kizomba and Salsa dancing till 4 in the morning! Beginner Bootcamps for those who need to catch up a bit! Get your tickets as soon as possible as prices will go up. We have full passes as well as workshop and night passes. Purchase your's in advance and save today! More info...