The following was written by Laurent Duperval one of our awesome Salsa students “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche I was petrified. If you had been there you would have had difficulty distinguishing me from the wall. I admit it was my fault. I thought it was from 8 to 11 PM but it was from 7 to 10 PM. I showed up at nine. Everyone seemed to know each other and they were all way out of my league. Finally, after 30 minutes, I mustered enough courage to ask someone to dance. To my surprise—and relief—she said “yes” with a smile. I was probably terrible. After another 20 minutes of hesitation, I gathered enough courage to ask someone else to dance. She said yes. I was still terrible. Then it was over. That, in a nutshell, was my first experience at a Baila Productions dance. Almost two years later, I have managed to become more comfortable on the dance floor. Yet, every time I go to a new club, I feel like the very first time I went to a Baila dance. Truth be told, I sometimes don’t go to a club unless people I know will be there already. My confidence in asking strangers to dance isn’t all that it could be. I still keep this experience close to my heart every time I go to a dance and it guides my behavior. In fact, like Asimov’s robot, I live by three rules. Rule number 1: I always dance with at least one new person at every dance. I make a special effort to identify women that I’ve never seen before, especially [...]
Baila Productions is celebrating 15 years of existence and it’s because of you that this is possible. It’s because you decided to jump on board with us that a simple idea became this healthy dance school. I want to thank you for your loyalty. Every time you choose to take classes with us, to come to our events, to read our blogs and to watch our crazy videos it reminds us how lucky we are to put our skills at your service. I hope that you will continue with us for another 15 years.
It’s quite surprising to know that even nowadays Salsa dancing is misunderstood by those who have never tried it! You always wanted to try, but you’re holding back because you imagine that to learn this dance you need some of kind of crazy skill? Maybe, you’re a bit shy and you’re thinking you’ll be the only one that has 2 left feet. First of all, you don’t need to know how to dance to learn Salsa. At our school, you don’t a partner either. You don’t need gifted. You don’t need to be athlete. Rest assured that every one in the beginner level has no particular Salsa skills and many like you say they have 2 left feet. You just need to be willing to try something new with an open mind and smile. Let sum it up! Salsa is a pretext to get together with like minded passionate people to move, have fun and laugh. It’s a shortcut to Happiness. So it makes the perfect gift to give to a loved one or even yourself. So look no further contact us and we’ll be glad to issue a gift certificate of any amount you desire. We are Salsa blackbelts and 2 Left feet specialists 14 years at your service !
Here's the transcript : [00:08] Hi everybody. It's Adam from this, the pixel and I have a very special treat for you once again, a very good friend of mine from a different neck of the woods than we're used to. We're not talking about a visual artists, not primarily a visual artist, but a dance, dance instructor. In fact, a very big name in the dance community here in Montreal. Ilias Benz, why don't you introduce yourself to everybody. Let everybody know what you're about. [01:02] Alrighty then. I own a dance school. I have three dance schools in Montreal, the greater region on Montreal. I've been going at it for the past 20 years. Also running it as a, trying to run it as a healthy business. I didn't know you were doing it that long? Yeah, I started in 98, 98 back then, you know, back then and uh, so yeah, I've been doing it full time before I was more concentrating on music and now dance took over and I'm doing it full time and making sure everybody's happy at our school. Yeah, very cool. What else do you do when you're not teaching dance in your school? Me, myself, we have, we have a very similar hobby or passion in our lives. What would that be? Please tell me you're a youtuber. [01:56] So Ilias, a friend of mine, we met actually through the dance community and when I first met him, my first impression of Ilias was he was the guy who I had a secret jealousy for because all the girls kept talking about how much they enjoyed dancing with him all the time and yes, being the [...]
10 Worst Salsa Dancers ( Part 2 ) Woman Version Check out the Man version if you missed it. If you don't want to miss any new videos...subscribe to our Youtube channel
Our Dance school is growing and so is my family. This propelled me to take a year off from creating choreographies and handing over the reins to Bélinda. She took charge of 2 dance troupes, one was a student project the other our pro team and she led them like a Champ! I would like to salute the great work Bélinda is doing for Baila Productions and I'm pretty sure more great choreo ideas are already brewing in her head ;) Check out these 2 performances below. Student Team Pro-Team video
et me elaborate further, it might be long so grab a good coffee lol I made this video for all the people that made me aware of this situation. I've been teaching for 20 years, and I can tell you that this is a common situation and it generates a lot of frustration. It is often I who raises morales by clarifying the situation which is girls being corrected on a dance floor ... I begin by telling them that it is not necessarily their fault, because often they assume that it is 100% theirs. Knowing that there are plenty of reasons why a dance may turn out less pleasant, for example, an unpleasant attitude of one's partner, someone who guides poorly or constantly corrects, I always point out that a good lead is capable of making anyone dance at her level of comfort, in order for her to have a good experience. In addition, I am not against corrections and advice but am against doing this on the dance floor during a social especially where the girl did not ask anything ... It can quickly turn humiliating or unpleasant for her and it would be a bit narcissistic on our part the boys? Sometimes even if the person has good intentions, the effect it may leave on his partner at that time is not always positive. Also, often the error is on the side of the man ... to progress and improve his lead it is way better to always assume that it is his own fault and try to spend time clarifying the Lead instead of verbally directing our partners … much more effective ... In my classes, I often see students correcting [...]
1. Do I need a partner to join the class? 2. What kind of shoes should I wear 3. Do I need specific shoes ? 4. How long will it take me to learn Salsa ?
When I create choreographies, I put myself in the position of a spectator and I imagine what would I like to see on stage. I Love pretty much all dances and I sincerely believe that every dance has some interesting things to explore. With this in mind, during the creation process I love mixing Salsa with other dances. This keeps me in a student mode, because often I have no idea how to dance this new dance that I blend with Salsa. Every year I set out to learn the basics of a new dance style and then I started the creativity adventure. I am not alone in this, these creations would not have been possible without the close collaboration of several choreographers. Whether it's student or professional dancers they also deserves much respect to believe in these projects and perform on stage. Here are the latest creations signed Baila Productions. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBElwFgnSvydpt_SxeeD0gU3dQWjxH7f4