Classes are designed to build complete dancers from the floor up ("toe to head"). Complete dancers use various step types, recognize common movement patterns, understand possible hand connections, add appropriately colorful styling, have relaxed and seamless transitions and offer personal engaging expression.

We develop, refine and use a unique approach we refer to as "the dance conversation"; a non-choreographic, open way of teaching dance as a language with clear rules, structure and flow, so that dancers familiar with this technique become totally fluent in the language of the dance and are able to have fun dancing with any other dancer trained at any other school anywhere in the world.

There are three types of classes at Greg Coles Dance and Drum; for the individual, for the partnering team and for the social event.  For individuals, we ensure you have your relationship with the floor together, then your body movement right, then your stylish moves flowing; all to show your personality.  When we move into partnering we focus on the energy shared between two dancers.  Initiating energy for the lead and  responding energy for the partner are synched up so that the two always move as a team.  Later, at the social event, all have the opportunity to dance and mingle in a festive atmosphere that is safe and fun.

Training for INDIVIDUALS

  • How to transfer weight
  • Recognize rhythms
  • Perform various step types
  • Move in all directions
  • Recognize patterns
  • Control use of space
  • Understand the count
  • Maintain tempo
  • Use the right type of energy
  • Clear the mind
  • Set up hand connections
  • Add styling that fits
  • Make smooth transitions 
  • Know correct body position
  • Place body parts in time
  • Isolate body parts
  • Integrate body parts
  • Coordinate multiple activities
  • Show fluency
  • Offer self expression
  • Have fun

Training for PARTNERS

  • Recognize rhythms
  • Recognize patterns
  • Use all possible connections
  • Add styling that fits
  • Make smooth transitions
  • Understand torso position
  • Place body parts in time
  • Share energy
  • Initiate
  • Respond
  • Offer personal expression
  • Have fun

Training for SOCIALS

  • Knowing the party atmosphere
  • Show dance etiquette
  • Manage dance space
  • Offer personal expression
  • Have fun

Latin Street Dance styles include Domincan Bachata and Merengue, Brazilian Samba, Cuban Guajira (Chachacha), Colombian Cumbia, Cuban Mambo (On 1 and 2), Puerto Rican Lado a Lado (Salsa), Domincan Son (Salsa), Cuban Pachanga, Cuban Rumba (Fast) and Cuban Bolero (Baladas) with basics to professional level instruction.

Individual and private group instruction available for ALL PERCUSSION STYLES above.

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