• Group Bachata Classes for All Levels! Week 4!

    Art of Dance

    Heat things up with some Bachata! Wednesdays @ Art of Dance, 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd (Between Wing-It & Pizza Hut In Mandarin Central plaza) ♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginner (Week 4 of 4. Program restarts next week!) ♬ 8:10pm-9:10pm Intermediate 1 (Week 4 of 4. Program restarts next week!) ♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Intermediate 2 ♬ 8:10pm-9:10pm Advanced (New Every Week!) _________________________________ No partner? No problem! No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go! First Month Special: ♬ Unlimited Beginner Classes: just $25, or ♬ OR Unlimited Classes (All Levels): just $35 (Specials include both Salsa & Bachata classes!) Returning Students: ♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID) ♬ Any 4 classes: $35 ♬ Any 10 classes: $60 ♬ Any 20 classes: $100 _________________________________ What is Bachata? Bachata was born in the back alleys of the Dominican Republic countryside where broken hearted cowboys would go to find love. The beautiful music, with it's distinct bongo beat, base, & plucky guitar riffs, is a decedent of bolero & traditional African son. The country's dictator Rafael Trujillo tried to repress the "scandalous" dance, banning the recording of bachata music. This bad stigma on bachata lingered with the upper class for many years after Trujillo was assassinated in 1961. It wasn't until the early 90's that this curse was fully broken by Romeo Santos & his boyband Aventura in New York. The group revolutionized the music, infusing it with R&B to create "Modern Bachata." Almost overnight, this new flavor exploded around the world, & now rivals salsa in popularity. The dance developed alongside the music, infusing spins inspired by salsa dancers. People couldn't get enough bachata, so DJs began remixing pop songs with bachata beats. In Spain, dancers Korke & Judith created "Sensual Bachata," known for it's body rolls & isolations. Various other styles have developed, but the music, has stayed true to its origins, still passionately portraying love & heartache. We at DSJ are firm believers that, in order to adequately express the music, a good bachatero must be fluent in the 3 main styles of bachata: traditional, modern, & sensual. We start students off with modern & gradually add traditional & sensual elements throughout our program. _________________________________ More About Our Classes! ♦ Beginner & Essential Techniques! Whether you're brand new to bachata, or just want to strengthen your foundation & improve your technique, your journey to becoming a suave bachatero begins here! This fun progressive program has all the essentials from the very basics, to inside turns, alardes, baskets, & hamerlocks. Everything you need to hit the dance floor! ♦ Intermediate Bachata I Think you've mastered the Beginner class? Take your lead/follow to the next level, add some new moves, & start applying musicality! This intensive progressive program includes sways, digs, slides, Dominican box, 360s, outside turns, carryovers, enchuflas, & more! This program also includes a first look at traditional bachata, & ends with the sensual bachata hold. ♦ Intermediate Bachata II Level up your bachata & learn how to incorporate sweet new elements from traditional, modern, & sensual bachata including grapevines, cross turns, about turns, doubles, sway turns, prep turns, body rolls, rib cage rolls, knee leads, outside box, fancy footwork, sweet dips, & more! Leave looking like a pro & ready to tackle the advanced class! ♦ Advanced Bachata Patterns New Every Week! Looking to spice up your bachata game? We've got endless fancy new moves for you! Keep things fresh with new variations & smooth combinations, complete with some extra sassy styling for the ladies! _________________________________ DanceSalsaJax.com [masked] Director Ally Knight: (904)[masked] (text or call) See you on the dance floor!

  • Practice Party! Last Thursdays

    Art of Dance

    DSJ Practice Parties! Last Thursdays @ Art of Dance, 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd (Between Wing-It & Pizza Hut In Mandarin Central plaza) ♬ 7:00pm-7:30pm Shines! ♬ 7:30pm-10:00pm Open floor, Q&A _________________________________ Our end of the month graduation celebration! ♬ Each practice party will start off with a brand new stylish shine pattern! (Shines are awesome solos you can bust out whenever you & your partner break away to free-style!) ♬ Salsa! Bachata! Cha Cha! We'll let the music play so you can get lots of quality practice in. Spend the time focusing on your technique, play with your styling, or get comfortable with your newest moves & patterns! ♬ Q&A! It's normally bad etiquette to ask for instruction at a social, but these Practice Parties are your chance to ask away! Our staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions, help you work out the kinks, & give as much feedback as possible! ♬ No partner? No problem! ♬ Cover for the night is the same as 1 class: $10, or one punch on your DSJ card! _________________________________ No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go! ♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID) ♬ Any 4 classes: $35 ♬ Any 10 classes: $60 ♬ Any 20 classes: $100 _________________________________ DanceSalsaJax.com [masked] (904)[masked] (text or call) See you on the dance floor! :)

  • DSJ Shenanigans: Java Game Haus!

    Java Game Haus Cafe

    Twice a month we organize a group outing to one of Jacksonville's many interesting places for the chance to hang out with our fellow dance friends, get to know each other off the dance floor, and just have a great time! Everyone is welcome! Invite the whole family! (Note: We can neither confirm nor deny that there will be any spontaneous Latin dancing at these events! ;) This time we're headed to Java Game Haus Cafe (https://www.facebook.com/JavaGameHausCafe/)! This cozy cafe has a giant library of great games to choose from, a friendly staff, and delicious munchies! It's just $5 to play all night, and these awesome new games will have us all laughing like little kids! Come play with us! ♥

  • Group Salsa Classes for All Levels! Week 1!

    Avondale Dance Directions

    Spice things up with some Salsa! Sundays @ Avondale Dance Directions, 1080 Edgewood Ave South (Back side of Murray Hill Plaza, just North of 17) ♬ 1:00pm-2:00pm Beginner (4 Week Program starts this day!) ♬ 2:15pm-3:15pm Intermediate 1 (4 Week Program starts this day!) ♬ 3:30pm-4:30pm Intermediate 2 ♬ 4:45pm-5:45pm Advanced (New Every Week!) _________________________________ No partner? No problem! No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go! First Month Special: ♬ Unlimited Beginner Classes: just $25, or ♬ Unlimited Classes (All Levels): just $35 (Specials Include both Salsa & Bachata classes!) Returning Students: ♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID) ♬ Any 4 classes: $35 ♬ Any 10 classes: $60 ♬ Any 20 classes: $100 _________________________________ More About Our Classes! ♬ Beginner & Essential Techniques! Whether you're brand new to salsa, or just want to strengthen your foundation & improve your technique, this is where to start! This fun, progressive program covers everything from basic technique, underarm turns, cross body leads, new yorkers, enchuflas, & more! ♬ Intermediate I Think you've mastered the Beginner class? This progressive program will take your dancing to the next level! Upgrade your arsenal with these super nifty inside & outside traveling turns, left turns, basic wraps, & more! *Ladies, if you feel yourself stumbling through traveling turns on the dance floor, this is the perfect fix! :) ♬ Intermediate II Take the next step to becoming a salsero black belt! These classes are action-packed with crazy wraps, copas, hits, titanics, rebounds, multiple spins, & much more! Leave looking like a pro and ready to tackle the advanced class! ♬ Advanced Patterns Looking to spice up your salsa game? We've got fancy new moves every single week of the year! Keep things fresh with some new variations & smooth combinations, complete with some extra sassy styling for the ladies! _________________________________ DanceSalsaJax.com [masked] Director Ally Knight: (904)[masked] (text or call) See you on the dance floor!

  • Group Bachata Classes for All Levels! Week 1!

    Art of Dance

    Heat things up with some Bachata! Wednesdays @ Art of Dance, 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd (Between Wing-It & Pizza Hut In Mandarin Central plaza) ♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginner (4 Week Program starts this day!) ♬ 8:10pm-9:10pm Intermediate 1 (4 Week Program starts this day!) ♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Intermediate 2 ♬ 8:10pm-9:10pm Advanced (New Every Week!) _________________________________ No partner? No problem! No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go! First Month Special: ♬ Unlimited Beginner Classes: just $25, or ♬ OR Unlimited Classes (All Levels): just $35 (Specials include both Salsa & Bachata classes!) Returning Students: ♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID) ♬ Any 4 classes: $35 ♬ Any 10 classes: $60 ♬ Any 20 classes: $100 _________________________________ What is Bachata? Bachata was born in the back alleys of the Dominican Republic countryside where broken hearted cowboys would go to find love. The beautiful music, with it's distinct bongo beat, base, & plucky guitar riffs, is a decedent of bolero & traditional African son. The country's dictator Rafael Trujillo tried to repress the "scandalous" dance, banning the recording of bachata music. This bad stigma on bachata lingered with the upper class for many years after Trujillo was assassinated in 1961. It wasn't until the early 90's that this curse was fully broken by Romeo Santos & his boyband Aventura in New York. The group revolutionized the music, infusing it with R&B to create "Modern Bachata." Almost overnight, this new flavor exploded around the world, & now rivals salsa in popularity. The dance developed alongside the music, infusing spins inspired by salsa dancers. People couldn't get enough bachata, so DJs began remixing pop songs with bachata beats. In Spain, dancers Korke & Judith created "Sensual Bachata," known for it's body rolls & isolations. Various other styles have developed, but the music, has stayed true to its origins, still passionately portraying love & heartache. We at DSJ are firm believers that, in order to adequately express the music, a good bachatero must be fluent in the 3 main styles of bachata: traditional, modern, & sensual. We start students off with modern & gradually add traditional & sensual elements throughout our program. _________________________________ More About Our Classes! ♦ Beginner & Essential Techniques! Whether you're brand new to bachata, or just want to strengthen your foundation & improve your technique, your journey to becoming a suave bachatero begins here! This fun progressive program has all the essentials from the very basics, to inside turns, alardes, baskets, & hamerlocks. Everything you need to hit the dance floor! ♦ Intermediate Bachata I Think you've mastered the Beginner class? Take your lead/follow to the next level, add some new moves, & start applying musicality! This intensive progressive program includes sways, digs, slides, Dominican box, 360s, outside turns, carryovers, enchuflas, & more! This program also includes a first look at traditional bachata, & ends with the sensual bachata hold. ♦ Intermediate Bachata II Level up your bachata & learn how to incorporate sweet new elements from traditional, modern, & sensual bachata including grapevines, cross turns, about turns, doubles, sway turns, prep turns, body rolls, rib cage rolls, knee leads, outside box, fancy footwork, sweet dips, & more! Leave looking like a pro & ready to tackle the advanced class! ♦ Advanced Bachata Patterns New Every Week! Looking to spice up your bachata game? We've got endless fancy new moves for you! Keep things fresh with new variations & smooth combinations, complete with some extra sassy styling for the ladies! _________________________________ DanceSalsaJax.com [masked] Director Ally Knight: (904)[masked] (text or call) See you on the dance floor!

  • Exploring Kizomba! First Thursdays

    Art of Dance

    Exploring Kizomba! 7:00pm 1st Thursdays @ Art of Dance, 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd (Between Wing-It & Pizza Hut In Mandarin Central plaza) _________________________________ No partner? No problem! No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go! ♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID) ♬ Any 4 classes: $35 ♬ Any 10 classes: $60 ♬ Any 20 classes: $100 _________________________________ Brought to you by our resident Kizomba aficionados John & Denise, our new monthly 2 hour workshop is designed to help Latin dancers who are new to this sensual African dance to feel more comfortable enjoying Kizomba at socials. Each class starts off by breaking down the fundamentals of Kizomba, & will then explore different imperative topics such as improving your musicality, technique, body movement, & understanding of the music. Instruction will include techniques & exercises to improve everyone's skills, regardless of level or background, & each class will conclude with practice time to solidify your new skills. _________________________________ What is Kizomba? A music & dance style from Angola, Africa, that has been winning the hearts of dancers & invading Latin socials around the globe! Kizomba was mainly derived from an upbeat & playful Angolan dance called Semba, & takes inspiration from other African music forms as well as Caribbean zouk. The name Kizomba comes from the Angolan word for party, although the song & dance, with its close partner connection & smooth, grounded movement, is known to have a slower, more sensual feel than most of its ancestors. It's much like an African Tango. In Kizomba, there's not just one, but several basic steps, & these steps aren't restricted to specific counts, allowing leaders a great deal of versatility to connect with the music. As with all dances, Kizomba has evolved into many styles as it spread, first to Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, & other Lusuphone (Portuguese-speaking) countries, then to France where both Ghetto Zouk & Urban Kiz originated. Ghetto Zouk is a modern, sometimes electronic sub genre of Kizomba music, & Urban Kiz is an extremely popular incarnation of Kizomba dance, characterized by more linear movement, straighter legs & upright stance, as well as more frequent breaks & syncopations. Urban Kiz dancers often incorporate moves inspired by Argentine tango, hip hop, & sensual bachata, which no doubt lend to the attraction that fuels this style's growing popularity. _________________________________ DanceSalsaJax.com [masked] (904)[masked] (text or call) See you on the dance floor! :)

  • Rueda in the Park! (All Levels!)

    Memorial Park

    Join us for a FREE Rueda class outside at the gorgeous Memorial Park, overlooking the St. Johns River! (1600 Riverside Ave, down the street from the Riverside Arts Market!) This monthly event is open to everyone! All levels welcome! After the class, we leave the music playing until we just can't dance anymore, then walk down the street to grab dinner. ^_^ *** INTERNATIONAL RUEDA FLASH MOB! *** We're getting ready for the International Rueda Flash Mob! Join us! Register for free by March 14! All levels welcome! _________________________________ Want more rueda? You can also catch a complementary rueda class at our Latin Addiction parties! :)

  • Group Salsa Classes for All Levels! Week 2!

    Avondale Dance Directions

    Spice things up with some Salsa! Sundays @ Avondale Dance Directions, 1080 Edgewood Ave South (Back side of Murray Hill Plaza, just North of 17) ♬ 1:00pm-2:00pm Beginner (Week 2 of 4) ♬ 2:15pm-3:15pm Intermediate 1 (Week 2 of 4) ♬ 3:30pm-4:30pm Intermediate 2 ♬ 4:45pm-5:45pm Advanced (New Every Week!) _________________________________ No partner? No problem! No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go! First Month Special: ♬ Unlimited Beginner Classes: just $25, or ♬ Unlimited Classes (All Levels): just $35 (Specials Include both Salsa & Bachata classes!) Returning Students: ♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID) ♬ Any 4 classes: $35 ♬ Any 10 classes: $60 ♬ Any 20 classes: $100 _________________________________ More About Our Classes! ♬ Beginner & Essential Techniques! Whether you're brand new to salsa, or just want to strengthen your foundation & improve your technique, this is where to start! This fun, progressive program covers everything from basic technique, underarm turns, cross body leads, new yorkers, enchuflas, & more! ♬ Intermediate I Think you've mastered the Beginner class? This progressive program will take your dancing to the next level! Upgrade your arsenal with these super nifty inside & outside traveling turns, left turns, basic wraps, & more! *Ladies, if you feel yourself stumbling through traveling turns on the dance floor, this is the perfect fix! :) ♬ Intermediate II Take the next step to becoming a salsero black belt! These classes are action-packed with crazy wraps, copas, hits, titanics, rebounds, multiple spins, & much more! Leave looking like a pro and ready to tackle the advanced class! ♬ Advanced Patterns Looking to spice up your salsa game? We've got fancy new moves every single week of the year! Keep things fresh with some new variations & smooth combinations, complete with some extra sassy styling for the ladies! _________________________________ DanceSalsaJax.com [masked] Director Ally Knight: (904)[masked] (text or call) See you on the dance floor!

  • Group Bachata Classes for All Levels! Week 2!

    Art of Dance

    Heat things up with some Bachata! Wednesdays @ Art of Dance, 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd (Between Wing-It & Pizza Hut In Mandarin Central plaza) ♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginner (Week 2 of 4) ♬ 8:10pm-9:10pm Intermediate 1 (Week 2 of 4) ♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Intermediate 2 ♬ 8:10pm-9:10pm Advanced (New Every Week!) _________________________________ No partner? No problem! No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go! First Month Special: ♬ Unlimited Beginner Classes: just $25, or ♬ OR Unlimited Classes (All Levels): just $35 (Specials include both Salsa & Bachata classes!) Returning Students: ♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID) ♬ Any 4 classes: $35 ♬ Any 10 classes: $60 ♬ Any 20 classes: $100 _________________________________ What is Bachata? Bachata was born in the back alleys of the Dominican Republic countryside where broken hearted cowboys would go to find love. The beautiful music, with it's distinct bongo beat, base, & plucky guitar riffs, is a decedent of bolero & traditional African son. The country's dictator Rafael Trujillo tried to repress the "scandalous" dance, banning the recording of bachata music. This bad stigma on bachata lingered with the upper class for many years after Trujillo was assassinated in 1961. It wasn't until the early 90's that this curse was fully broken by Romeo Santos & his boyband Aventura in New York. The group revolutionized the music, infusing it with R&B to create "Modern Bachata." Almost overnight, this new flavor exploded around the world, & now rivals salsa in popularity. The dance developed alongside the music, infusing spins inspired by salsa dancers. People couldn't get enough bachata, so DJs began remixing pop songs with bachata beats. In Spain, dancers Korke & Judith created "Sensual Bachata," known for it's body rolls & isolations. Various other styles have developed, but the music, has stayed true to its origins, still passionately portraying love & heartache. We at DSJ are firm believers that, in order to adequately express the music, a good bachatero must be fluent in the 3 main styles of bachata: traditional, modern, & sensual. We start students off with modern & gradually add traditional & sensual elements throughout our program. _________________________________ More About Our Classes! ♦ Beginner & Essential Techniques! Whether you're brand new to bachata, or just want to strengthen your foundation & improve your technique, your journey to becoming a suave bachatero begins here! This fun progressive program has all the essentials from the very basics, to inside turns, alardes, baskets, & hamerlocks. Everything you need to hit the dance floor! ♦ Intermediate Bachata I Think you've mastered the Beginner class? Take your lead/follow to the next level, add some new moves, & start applying musicality! This intensive progressive program includes sways, digs, slides, Dominican box, 360s, outside turns, carryovers, enchuflas, & more! This program also includes a first look at traditional bachata, & ends with the sensual bachata hold. ♦ Intermediate Bachata II Level up your bachata & learn how to incorporate sweet new elements from traditional, modern, & sensual bachata including grapevines, cross turns, about turns, doubles, sway turns, prep turns, body rolls, rib cage rolls, knee leads, outside box, fancy footwork, sweet dips, & more! Leave looking like a pro & ready to tackle the advanced class! ♦ Advanced Bachata Patterns New Every Week! Looking to spice up your bachata game? We've got endless fancy new moves for you! Keep things fresh with new variations & smooth combinations, complete with some extra sassy styling for the ladies! _________________________________ DanceSalsaJax.com [masked] Director Ally Knight: (904)[masked] (text or call) See you on the dance floor!

  • Intro to Styling & Patternwork! 2nd Thursdays

    Art of Dance

    Intro to Styling & Patternwork 7:00pm 2nd Thursdays @ Art of Dance, 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd (Between Wing-It & Pizza Hut In Mandarin Central plaza) ♬ 7:00pm-8:00pm Intro to Ladies Styling ♬ 8:10pm-9:30pm Intro to Patternwork with Applied Styling _________________________________ This 2 hour workshop is designed to help Intermediate 1 students become smoother, more confident dancers! The first hour will focus on the basics of Ladies standard salsa arm styling. Leaders, join us at 8pm! Practice putting moves back to back, learn how to build infinite combos, & lead variations from different holds while reinforcing your foundational moves. We'll also be applying ladies styling to each step along the way! *Prerequisites: Beginner Salsa Program & Intermediate 1 Week 1 _________________________________ No partner? No problem! No need to register, no contracts either; simply pay as you go! ♬ Any 1 class: $10 ($7 with valid military/student ID) ♬ Any 4 classes: $35 ♬ Any 10 classes: $60 ♬ Any 20 classes: $100 _________________________________ DanceSalsaJax.com [masked] (904)[masked] (text or call) See you on the dance floor! :)