Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Ballroom & Ladies Latin Dance Class Schedule

NOTE:  Class Times Subject to Change as per Registration

GEORGIAN COLLEGE - BARRIE:                Mondays May 4 - June 29 - 8 weeks
Room M134 Health & Wellness Building

6:00 - 7:00 pm  Level 1 Ballroom  (Canceled)
7:00 - 8:00 pm  Ladies Latin
8:00 - 9:00 pm  Level 2 Ballroom

NOTE:  No Classes May 18

Register Online Or Contact Barrie Campus

GRAVENHURST Recreation Centre:    Thursdays April 9 - June 4 - 10  weeks

6:00 - 7:00 pm  Level 1 Ballroom
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Level 2 & 3 Ballroom
7:30 - 8:30 pm  Ladies Latin
(Ladies Latin is for 9 weeks only as 10th week is ALL LEVELS Ballroom Practice)
8:30 - 9:30 pm  Level 3 & 4 Ballroom

Call Judy 705-687-6774  to Register OR email

RAMARA Recreation Centre:        Wednesdays  April 15 - June 3 - 8 weeks 

6:15 - 7:15 pm  Ladies Latin
7:15 - 8:15 pm  Level 1 & 2 Ballroom

Call Cathy  705-325-3091 to Register 

WASHAGO Community Centre:           Tuesdays April 21 - June 9 - 8 Weeks

6:30 - 7:30 Ladies Latin
Ballroom Classes in Washago are Canceled until the Fall.

Registration is in person:    Wed April 9   5-7 PM  &  Sat April 11  9-11 AM

Call WCCC for more info 705-689-6424
Program Discount Fees Applied if paid by April 11

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Cross-Body Lead!

I love the Cross-Body Lead because it helps to develop the man's 'Upper Body' lead and technique while providing another opportunity to display his partner's beautiful abilities and show her off.

The Cross-Body Lead in Ballroom and Latin Dancing is a way for the man to change direction usually while both partners are doing a basic step.  The Cross-Body Lead or CB Lead is accomplished by the man's firm upper body movement while he is doing a left turning step.

At these beginner levels all the MAN'S CBL's are performed in Closed Position in a quarter Left turn but there are many variations as you move up the levels.

NOTE:  The woman's basic step DOES NOT CHANGE she just FOLLOWS the LEAD as she is moved FORWARD to change location. 

These are the 5 CBL's I am teaching now to my Levels 3 & 4.

Rumba CBL:
Man:         Left Turning Box Basic
Woman:    Side Close Steps change to Forward Steps

Waltz CBL:
Man:         Left Turning Box Basic (Alternate: With Forward Hesitation)
Woman:    Side Close Steps change to Forward Steps

FoxTrot CBL:
Man:        1/4 Turn  Basic
Woman:   Side Close Steps change to Forward Steps

Mambo/Salsa CBL:
Man:        Left Turning Basic
Woman:   Side Step changes to Forward Step

Cha Cha CBL         

Man:        Left Turning Basic
Woman:   Side Triple Step changes to Forward Triple Step (Chasse) 

After the Man performs a left turning basic while 'leading' the woman to Cross his Body he leads from his Upper Body to move her back into a Closed 'Facing' Position and the Basic Step continues without interruption facing the other direction.