Updates for May
There will be two closures of the War Memorial this month, so please note the following dates:
- Monday, May 13
- Thursday, May 23
Our American Smooth dance for May is the Viennese Waltz.
New Students - Welcome!
This content rich website is designed to help you get started dancing whether you start with us or try elsewhere. Check out our Getting Started page and the pages associated with the styles of dancing that you want to try: SalsaCentral, Ballroom Central, or Swing Central.
Why Classes in South Pasadena?
There are many reasons why but, primarily it is where Enio and his brother Robert grew up going to the local schools as well as their kids. When I decided to have my own group classes it was at this same War Memorial Building. After 24 years of having the most successful studio and nightclub in the San Gabriel Valley, I have moved home to take care of my dad who just passed in July. Even better, where running a studio/nightclub/restaurant was an 18 hour-a-day job, now we have this wonderful facility with a huge floor, fantastic AIR CONDITIONING, clean bathrooms, great parking, superb freeway accessibility, and a Starbucks, Winchells, & 31 Flavors across the street in a much nicer area.
What Makes Us Different?
What do most new students look for in a studio? A place that makes learning fun, makes it easy, has lots of nice people to meet and the teachers are excellent in their knowledge of the subjects. Lots of studio are fun and have people but many teachers are only one page ahead of their students in terms of knowledge. For many years we have only had the best of the best in our studio. We've had as regular teachers World Champions in Swing, Salsa & Latin and US Champions in Swing, Ballroom & Latin, not someone who won Joe's Bar and Grill's WORLD championship and barely started dancing last year and not somebody who took a once-a-week social dance course at some local university that confers dance degrees. Dancing is achieved by major study with superior artists, honed by thousands of hours of practice and competition mastery. A good studio doesn't try to sell you Waltz lessons if you only want Tango or Salsa. A good studio doesn't teach you ballroom style (Swing, Salsa, Tango) and try to pass it off as street (Swing, Salsa & Tango). A street dancer on the other hand only knows one type of dance and usually has little expertise in lead and follow, body mechanics and other styles. Whether you want street style, social ballroom style or full out Dancing with the Stars Dancesport, we are masters of all of these and will have you dancing in a short time.
Although we share the location, the City of South Pasadena has graciously given us 4 days to teach classes and hold dance parties. So while it is not a 7 day situation, we are so much happier now. What made Let's Dance (with apologies to Disneyland) the Happiest Place on Earth, was the people not the building. As always, Enio & Terryl teach in tandem and classes are mostly 75 to 90 minutes so value is always the best in town!
Just as we did at Let's Dance L.A. we have class and a little dance practice afterwards. If you would like to attend all we ask is that you bring a friend who needs to learn to dance. More than anything we want to continue the legacy of Let's Dance L.A., a studio without equal, that was home to many of you for so many years. So we want to invite you to come back as you did the first day when you walked into 216 E. Main or even the Granada. Take a lesson, laugh at our jokes, stay and reconnect. Most of all have fun.