My first experience there was their Tuesday night party. I arrived at 9 pm and they were just finishing up their classes. There appeared to be two classes going on in their big room. There were about 20 in the lower level class, and about 5 in the advanced class. Jose Maldanodo was teaching the beginners, and Lucy Liu was teaching the advanced. She was a pretty good leader. I couldn't tell if they were getting the steps, but they all seemed reasonably good. I'm told this class was the highest level apart from the performance team, which I have not had the opportunity of seeing. Most importantly, everyone seemed to be having fun.
The party lasts from 9 to 12 but I was there only until 10. I'm told it gets busier later in the night. It was easy to ask ladies to dance, and didn't get turned down once. I danced both with beginners and advanced ladies. They played probably 70% salsa and 30% bachata. I don't dance much bachata, but the people dancing were fun to watch and it was a nice break every so often. A little before I left they had sort of mixer where you danced for about 2 minutes, and then they told everyone to change partners. There were only about 4 changes. What was nice is there seemed to be a renewed energy level to the party once the mixer started. I would estimate there were not more than 50 people there, but the way the studio is layed out that made it seem pretty busy, yet because the main ballroom makes an L shape there was room to add more people, plus they have a second ballroom which they weren't using. It is not as large, but big enough to have a class of 20 or so in there.
So my first experience was good, and I will surely be back. Hats off to Jose and Lucy for creating a great studio. And they do allow people to rent the floor too for $12/hour. The sign says they offer ballroom, but I didn't see anything about that on their schedule. Overall, great place though, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun place to go Salsa. For more information check out the Pasofino website.
Oh, and I tried the Sandy Springs Diner in the same parking lot. They have a large menu and the food is pretty average (but not bad either). However, just North of there is a Publix shopping center with a few more options, and just a little farther North still is downtown Roswell with lots of great restaurants. One of those restaurants I've heard does Salsa on Sunday nights (Posti's), but I haven't checked it out yet, but will let you know soon.
This is hilarious. It's about being addicted to ballroom dancing.
Anna Mikhed, 3rd in the World with two different partners, on Dancing with the Stars, and many other achievements, will be teaching private lessons and holding workshops in Atlanta Saturday thru Monday February 4th, 5th and 6th.
Children's dance lessons are more important than you might think. It's been shown in many studies that dance will improve your child's coordination, mood, posture, and even their grades! It's good to get them out of the house any way, but what kind of dance should they do?
Ballet is great for younger children, it builds eye hand coordination early on. Older children can do ballet, but they might not benefit as much as a younger child. There are two main types of ballet:
Classical ballet: a style of ballet based on precise conventional steps performed with graceful and flowing movements, builds strength and muscle tone, and eye hand coordination.
Modern ballet: a style of ballet that emphasizes a wider variety of movements, a great outlet for energy and builds flexibility
Jazz and Tap builds muscle strength and bone density, and emphasizes teamwork between people. It's great for older children in getting them active and social.
Hip Hop dance classes build on a Jazz and Ballet foundation, and those who are seeking a less structured program and form of dance. It's a high energy calorie burning class, to make sure your kids get up and move!
General Dance Classes present dances like the Cha Cha, Waltz, Fox Trot, Swing, Salsa, and Rumba.
No matter which kind of dance you choose for your child, it will help them be more social and outgoing. They might even make a few friends for life!
West Coast Swing Wednesdays are hosted by Alan White, one of the most renowned West Coast Swing DJ's in America. $10 Cover, cash bar with free parking, a huge dancefloor and the best light and sound show. Group class from 7:00-8:00, and general dancing from 8:00 to Midnight.
Where: Daza Dance Buckhead: 721 Miami Circle, Suite 103, Atlanta, GA (404) 537 5222
When: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
From 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Where: Daza Dance - North
3005 Old Alabama Road Suite 4000
Price: $25 pre-registered, $30 at the door