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 [...]
If there is one thing that we all have in common, it is that we are unique. Each of us has our own essence; a personality, preferences, strengths, weaknesses, qualities and faults. Each person weaves his own tapestry throughout their lives based on experience which define us. It is art. And it is inspiring. When I walk into a dance class, I am warmly greeted by people from various walks of life, and all kinds of cultural backgrounds. There are singles, married people, young and old, all at different stages of their life. We all bring our own story to the dance floor, and when we come together, it is poetry in motion. It doesn’t matter how well you can dance- just that you want to try. In reflecting on this, it seems only natural that salsa would inspire such a melting pot. First things first. What is a melting pot, you ask? According to Wikipedia, it is “a pot in which metals or other materials are melted and mixed.” Or, “a place where different peoples, styles, theories, etc., are mixed together "a melting pot of disparate rhythms and cultures". Salsa gets its roots from beautiful and complex Cuba, and it is a well-known fact that Canadians have a crush on Cuba. But it goes even deeper than that. The essence of salsa was brought together byimmigrants who went to Latin America either searching for a better life or against their will (African slaves). The influences of Danzón, the dance of French and Haitian immigrants, orRumba from the African slaves, and the Són of the Cuban people, blended with troubadour music (mostly Flamenco) of the Spanish people as well as various musical instruments of Africa. [...]
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
Just Dance! Salsa dancing is a melting pot of inspiration originating from the Caribbean. But it is so much more than that. Dancing bridges gaps between generation and gender, ethnicity and ability, while fostering kinship and a sense of community where all are welcome. It brings people out of their shells, challenging their feet, their fears and insecurities. As one student mentioned, it is nice to just feel a momentary connection to another person to share the enjoyment of a dance. For me, social dancing is an escape from the daily grind. It is a moment where I don’t have to think about anything but the music, and I can just enjoy the positive and infectious energy of the people in the room. Plug into the vibe and enjoy! Each person experiences dance in their own unique way. The creative and intuitive energy that is generated while dancing is very personal and I think that is the reason why we have that inexplicable “click” with some dance partners, while we lack the magic or clash with others. I actually make it a point to dance with my “awkward” dance partners as a way to challenge myself. Some of them are now my favourite partners on the floor! We all learn the same basic steps, but what we do with them is very personal. We all bring our own emotions to the dance floor, and from that, there is no escape. But why would you want to? If dance was meant to be mechanical, I suppose we could just call it aerobics. But it isn’t. It’s a form of expression, and it has no words; it is fueled by feeling. And everyone brings their own unique [...]
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 [...]