Classes & Workshops


EMBRACE A NEW SPORT...DANCE !
 

Join us Mondays & Wednesdays for SALSA on2 & BACHATA BLISS classes.

We instruct adults and children. Our instructors and community ambassadors primarily dance and teach Salsa on2 known as New York style salsa/mambo and also offer private instruction in American Ballroom Smooth & Rhythm dances. 
A bailar con Ritmo y Sabor !

Let us know what classes your are interested here
or purchase your class using the links below.

DROP IN $20 with advance registration. 
Email us: balorico@gmail.com


 Viva Arts Seattle Studio 
4421 Fauntleroy Way SW

WELCOME ! Bienvenidos !

Advance registration required for all classes. Get started with submitting your 
$10 registration fee. You will be contacted as soon as this payment is complete.
Masks are required despite vaccination status.

Beginner Salsa on2, 7pm Mondays
October 4-25, four class series
 (45 min. class) New student sign up here. 
Returning students sign up here. 
November 8 -29, fur class series sign up here.

Bachata Bliss, 8pm Mondays
Bring Your Own Partner  (60 min class)
Oct 4 - 25th BYOB optional, new students sign up here.
Returning students sign up here.

Advanced Beginner Salsa on2 WEDNESDAYS 8pm 
Oct 6 - Oct 27th, a great class for experienced dancers.
Please checkin with instructor re: your level prior to enrolling.
Sign up here

Beginner Salsa on2, 9:15pm Wednesdays
Oct 6 - 27 four classes (45 min. class), Sept class closed.
Sign up here for October.

Ladies' Styling Workshops, 8:45pm Thursdays 
90 minute monthly intensives for Ladies ready to take on more with
performance level coaching
November 4th workshop : Latin Jazz
Sign up here.

OCTOBER 22nd FRIDAY Pråctica
DROP IN class + social practice session, $25/person

Advance RSVP with purchase by 10/20
Mini dance lessons in Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, 
Latin House, +  more surprises! 



MORE EXPERIENCED?

Try our midweek challenge class Wednesday 8pm that welcomes Salsa on1 dancers or dancers already familiar with SALSA fundamental. This class moves quicker and assumes dancers are familiar with cross body lead patterns.

Get ready for classes !

All questionnaires, waivers and payment must be complete to attend class. Dancers must arrive 15 minutes prior for Health Screening. Face covering is required for ALL participants. During the ongoing pandemic, we are taking extreme care in maintaining a sanitized, ventilated and inclusive space for dance learning. Limited capacity is observed to allow for CDC recommended distancing.

Participation can be solo (remaining contactless) or with pre-assigned partnerships.
For any questions please email balorico@gmail.com All material instructed in class has direct application to partner-dancing and outdoor opportunities abound in this great city. We look forward to providing a consistent space for dance training. Please fill out this Interest Form and you will be placed on our class list with early registration options.

Ladies' Styling Workshop
Thursdays 8:45pm-10:15pm, $25/workshop. Signup here.

Sept. 9th Latin House
Nov 4th Latin Jazz
Dec 9th AfroLatin House
This 90 minute workshop is sexy, fun and pushes dancers to indulge in elegant femininity. You will learn to coordinate styling of the arms with beautiful leg motion implementing the grit and feel of Latin style dancing with Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Latin House and Latin Jazz. Purchase your workshop today with the link above. Performance level coaching- bring your best! Music: Salsa, Latin Pop, Urbano. Heels recommended, jazz or ballet shoes acceptable. Pre-requisite: Completed Beginner Salsa on2 beginner course.

Beginner Salsa on2


 This is the perfect class to establish all your fundamentals and get into the groove of training with New York Style Salsa/Mambo. This beginner class is 45 minutes and runs twice per week: Mondays 7:00pm and Wednesdays at 9:15pm. Class content: Footwork, fundamental partnering patterns and styling.

Training note:Beginners typically take a good year to establish a comfortable foundation for social dancing so the more repetition you have, as in all fitness training, you will have better results. Dancing is a sport, so bring that mindset and be patient with your progress. 

BACHATA
Mondays 8PM, arrive by 7:45pm
Drop In with advance reg, $20 during October

Next session runs Nov 8 -29th



Dive into the basics of Bachata Sensual with Traditional styles’ quick foot action. Learn to mirror the rhythms played by musicians. Learn how to make your hips and ribcage work like your feet. This is a great cross training class for anyone that has taken Beginner level Salsa.
                                       
SALSA ON2 Level II
 Wednesdays 8pm
                            
This class is for dancers comfortable with the basics and cross body lead right and left turns. If you are a Salsa on1 dancer looking to adapt to Salsa on2 timing - this class is for you too! The series level-sets on the first day of classes. Improve timing, increase vocabulary and practice the dynamics of Leading and Following a partnered phrase.
Pre-assigned partnerships will be designated at each class or you can bring your own partner. It is ok to dance solo and remain contactless.
All material has direct application to social dancing.

Daily practice is essential for more complex material to make sense. 
Dive in!


Dance for Kids

The community of instructors at Viva Arts studio provide youth-appropriate dance learning in Dance Powered Fitness, Salsa, Samba and Capoeira !

Join the waitlist for the the New Year program 
January 19th - March 30th for ages 7+



Contact us for digital custom events. Youth and teen classes available for birthday parties and special gatherings. Write to balorico@gmail.com for your requests.

                              Check out our Seattle Times coverage here

Book a Kids Salsa Birthday Party Lesson
In-Person party host/instructor
Book early at least 2 weeks in advance. We ask that caregivers ensure adequate space for kids and teens to move without obstructions or roaming pets. Classes are offered bilingually upon request.


PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
Are group classes moving too fast or too slow for you? 
Consider private coaching. 
    
Private lessons advance dancers. Lessons are about your individual learning style. Eliminate the quirks, build confidence, a few private lessons go a long way. 


MASTER INSTRUCTOR & TRAINER
 Vanessa Villalobos 
is a performing artist, seasoned teaching artist, a certified American Ballroom & Rhythm instructor, Pilates Floor Mat and Zumba STRONG trained fitness instructor with a passion for passing on the gems of her dance, theatre, competitive and commercial dance training and experience.

Book a custom private lesson. Contact balorico@gmail.com


Vanessa began her dance training with Peruvian folklore dance training in Seattle, Los Angeles and in Peru. As a young performer, she toured with the Cecilia Bracamonte folkloric ballet for their U.S. tour. While pursuing her Dance dual degrees in Theatre and Dance, at the University of Washington, she arranged to augment her formal dance training with a one year research project dedicated to exploring her cultural roots. She returned to the city of Lima, Ica and Trujillo to conduct oral interviews with primary sources of AfroPeruvian music and dance pioneers. She compared and analyzed the various approaches to diffusing folklore as it is passed on generationally with the way it is conveyed through University and Academy experiences.  This experiential knowledge supplemented her approach and sensibility to learning, teaching and sharing dance. Since then, instructing how to dance the Festejo has become an act of love. Locally she won the Festejo de Valentina Award from the Club Peru of Seattle. The tradition of women dancing solo in conversation with the cajon, bongos, quijadas and occasionally some timbales, is a beautiful and empowering expression of femininity, resistance and joy. Vanessa fuses this vocabulary and research experience with her own contemporary style in this FESTEJO Fusion workshop and master class. Bare feet or jazz shoes recommended for this workshop class. Contact balorico@gmail.com to book an experience!


AFRO BODY MOVEMENT- Book a Studio class
LIVE virtual coaching to improve coordination and gain confidence before trying a group class.
Contact us using this link.

Afro body movement is the core of Latin dance. Augment your dance training by dedicating time to developing your body as an instrument for percussion sounds. Your private lesson will teach you how to internalize body rhythms that mirror music from Cuba, Brazil and Peru. You will progress through various rhythms. You are tasked with interpreting what you hear and ask that you dance bare feet. 
Esta class entrena al bailarin para que sepa usar su CUERPO como un instrumento musical. Las clases privadas suplemental cualquier curso de baile Latino que este tomando. Llamenos para cordinar su clase, 206 679-7229.


FESTEJO Fusion - Book your Studio class
LIVE virtual coaching for groups that need some motivational space and movement.

Vanessa teaches FESTEJO Fusion, a studio class for young ballet, jazz and modern dancers that helps expand their understanding of AfroLatin body movement through the lens of Peru's AfroPeruvian traditional dances. The Festejo means joy/to celebrate and that is what we do in class!

This jazz and modern class is ideal for pre-professional dancers ages 12-18.
The class begins with a thorough anatomically-based warmup and uses floor phrases to ground the dancers, center work introduces polyrhythms and across the floor movement teaches spatial awareness for larger group work.
*Live accompaniment is possible for groups of 30+. 


Coreografia para Quinceaneras y Bailes Sorpresa
SPECIAL ONLINE WORKSHOPS 

Preparamos a grupos de Quinceañeras con un mínimo de 3 meses de anticipación. Cada sesión es de 60-90 minutos. Servicio incluye coordinación de clases, enseñanza y coreografía. 
Llamenos para preparar esos bailes inolvidables.
Todo joven require de permiso de padres/madres antes de participar en las clases. Programe suficiente tiempo en adelante. Todas classes requieren uso de mascarillas durante tiempo de pandemia sin importar el estado de vaccination. Gracias.

Llame al (206) 679-7229 
 Complimentary consultation online.


Our instructors exhibit emotional intelligence, are skilled at authentic 
community engagement and teach with purpose.




Our dance community honors the life of Lou Magor, past director of Kenyon Hall

We honor the legacy, kindness and care that Kenyon Hall director Lou Magor played in our dance lives by providing access to a welcoming space for artists, teachers and learners of all-ages. With heavy hearts, we send open arm hugs celebrating his transition of life. All smiles, just how Lou would have wanted to be remembered. 

Lou Magor (credit:United Methodist Church)

We miss  you but will never forget you! -- Music in the sky Lou !


Our dance social home in Capital Hill. 

 
Lowdown Ballroom - suspended due to Pandemic.
Dance Socials and in-person classes at Lowdown Ballroom are suspended until the Covid 19 Pandemic clears.
 We miss dancing with you, but look forward to hosting safe gatherings into the future.

All students registered for Spring 2020 classes have an active credit
towards group classes through the end of the year, Dec 31, 2020.
Todo estudiante registrado para clases de primavera tendrán un crédito activo para usar hasta fin de ano, con expiración 31 de diciembre, 2020.


Get to know us one dance at a time
(206) 679-7229


Stay motivated! 




VANESSA VILLALOBOS, M.F.A. 
Dancer . Choreographer . MC. Community Activator . Curater . Producer
City of Seattle Arts Commissioner 

balorico@gmail.com (206) 679-7229

All rights reserved, 2021.




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