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What if Cinderella Danced Salsa ?

People often ask me where do i get my creative ideas? The simple explanation is that they come in flashes. We all have them. The only difference is that i write them down and then i ask my peers that are usually crazy enough to participate in them;)  That said, I would like to thank all the people that made this crazy idea of doing A modern day cinderella story with some salsa spice possible. Thanks to all the advanced students that stayed late after class. My 2 favorites god-mothers Viky & Marie …that have serious acting skills that they didn’t know they had And the main actress and the academy award winner Amanda who’s always onboard to create.  the main goal is always to make fun stuff to entertain you guys.  I hope we accomplished this goal, Visit our youtube channel Don’t forget to like and subscribe 

By |2022-12-01T14:07:10-05:00December 1st, 2022|funny|0 Comments

Lower your expectations

And yes, lower your expectations for yourself, to have realistic expectations. In this world of performance, this suggestion is not a common thought. I have often seen students in my classes who put a lot of pressure on themselves. They probably thought they weren't normal if they didn't get it right the first time. Learning to master your body in dance is a long process. In my opinion, you have to try to lower the pressure and accept the reality. If you are willing to lower your expectations, you will likely experience more success. Lowering your expectations doesn't mean working less hard, but rather dropping your illusions and taking a good bath in a reality that doesn't meet any expectations... It's just there waiting for you... Waiting for you to embrace her with both arms without judging or putting pressure on yourself... It's usually at this precise moment that the pleasure starts... the simple pleasure of dancing!

By |2022-11-18T14:20:56-05:00November 18th, 2022|articles|0 Comments

Open letter to Mr. François Legault

Open letter to our Prime Minister Hello Mr. François Legault, My name is Ilias Benz and I am a teacher, owner and director of a Salsa and Latin dance school.  I am out of breath, out of patience, out of hope and especially out of financial resources. Before I begin, I would like to mention that I am double vaccinated and have followed all the rules since the beginning of the pandemic. My business has been greatly affected a little more with each new wave and new measures.  I have not been able to pay myself a salary for two years now. At the beginning, I had some confidence in your decisions, I was a good player and I was hopeful that better days were around the corner. (The time of rainbows on the windows after having reimbursed clients thousands of dollars...) But this confidence has slowly eroded following your often incomprehensible and contradictory interventions. First of all, I would like to know what your plan is for the future, apart from the repeated confinements and business closures. I am now wondering if I should change fields or continue to lose money every day... But for how much longer? I know it's serious situation, but when the measures are no longer sustainable, maybe we should think about a new approach, right? As Einstein said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result" At least, your paternalistic speech should be stopped. I believe that people are responsible enough, that they have done more than their best and that they have had enough.   Everyone has made the necessary efforts, but those whose business is closed at a loss, dance, [...]

By |2022-01-21T12:41:14-05:00January 21st, 2022|Non classé|0 Comments


( Translated from the letter below ) CONSUMER CHOICE RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE Congratulations Baila Productions Laval Salsa School Consumers and businesses in your area have chosen your company as the recipient of the 2021 Consumer Choice Award in the category: Dance School - Laval. We are delighted to be able to share this news with you today and to offer you the opportunity to learn more about the Consumer Choice Award. To earn this award, you stood out from all the other businesses in your category, which is something you should be very proud of. You are recognized as a valued member of your community without having exerted any influence. You can now say that you have been chosen as the top rated business in your category. To ensure that you have been chosen fairly and impartially, the Consumer Choice selection process uses data from a variety of reliable sources to produce accurate research results. You can be confident that you have been chosen on your own merit and your company's reputation in your community. Consumers are always looking for the best businesses in their area. In addition to claiming that you are the best, you will now be able to market that fact by using the Consumer Choice logo and take advantage of the various marketing programs available exclusively to winners of this award. The recognized and prestigious symbol that is the Consumer Choice logo will allow your current and future customers to quickly identify you as a trusted company. This is the greatest advantage you have over your competitors. Enclosed you will find the contact information of our business development manager in your area who will contact you. She will tell you more [...]

By |2021-05-31T13:24:19-04:00May 31st, 2021|Non classé|0 Comments

The First Online Completely Bilingual Salsa School.

The first online completely bilingual salsa school. All content will be in french and english…All the time;) A focus on Progressive content....Step by step guide and breakdowns.  From a pure beginner, casual Salsa dancer or seasoned one we have something for you. Professional quality audio and video. Also, theres a community board to ask questions and interact with your peers. We are starting with 6 full courses totalling more than 100 videos. New courses will be added every month. Well, thats not all...its not gonna be only about us, over the years we worked with amazing teacher and dancers. This new online school will feature some of the best talent in our business. It’s start now with one of the best salsa dancers in Canada Audrey Gaussiran.  She dropped some serious knowledge for beginners and advanced dancers. All of this for 19.95 a month all taxes included and you can  cancel at anytime. This school will be growing  and we'll be adding videos each month. So join us on  

By |2021-03-10T13:35:29-05:00February 22nd, 2021|Non classé|0 Comments

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” 

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 [...]

By |2020-05-11T19:55:30-04:00May 11th, 2020|Non classé|0 Comments

Celebrating our 15th year

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.

By |2019-09-09T14:01:05-04:00September 9th, 2019|Non classé|0 Comments

2 left feet?

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 !

By |2018-11-28T15:17:00-05:00November 28th, 2018|Non classé|0 Comments

How to Make Your Own Business Will SUCCEED!

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 [...]

By |2018-10-24T16:45:35-04:00October 24th, 2018|Non classé|0 Comments
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