Gambe Lunghe Dance - Learn to dance Salsa and Bachata

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2nd Annual Global Championships at the World Salsa Summit in Miami
I've Retired! (For now)
North Bay Dance Social
WEPA Tuesdays, Hosted by Couture Dance Alliance
CDA Bachata Auditions - Round Two!


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2nd Annual Global Championships at the World Salsa Summit in Miami

Well... I couldn't stay away from dance for too long!
I found myself a partner (or he found me) and we trained every day for several months to prepare for the Global Championships at the World Salsa Summit in Miami. We competed in 2 categories and took 2 silver medals.
I must say, I feel like I have some unfinished business... We didn't do as well as we had hoped (we were ready to take gold!).
That being said, after a short break, we are back in the ballroom, rehearsing and preparing for the next competition: SF Salsa Festival in April.
See you all soon!

I've Retired! (For now)

Life has been so crazy hectic, preparing my performance CDA Bachata team to perform at the San Francisco International Salsa Congress. We did it! This past season has been so challenging, and yet so rewarding. I was blessed with some of the most dedicated, appreciative, hard-working students I've ever met. They allowed me to guide them to performance success! Many of my dancers had never danced or performed before.
Now that Congress is over, I am no longer directing a performance team. I have also stopped my Monday classes as of the end of November. To be perfectly honest, I got burnt out. I love dance and I love teaching, but I was neglecting everything else in my life to be available to my students. I'm looking forward to focusing on other things for a while and hopefully finding a better balance so that I can come back to dance and teaching feeling more refreshed :)
I want to thank everyone that has supported my teaching along the way: Antonio Miguel, Orlando Valle, Juan Gil, Ava Apple, and Luis Aguilar. It is difficult to start out as a new dance instructor, especially in an area like San Francisco where there's already the best of the best. I am thankful that these people gave me a chance and the opportunity to do what I believe in.
Dance will always be a huge passion of mine. I will see you all on the dance floor soon :)

North Bay Dance Social

This Saturday I will be teaching 2 workshops at the North Bay Dance social:
7:00pm - 8:00pm Beginning Bachata
8:15pm - 9:15pm Intermediate/Advanced Bachata
There will be social dancing to follow. Wear black and/or red :)
This social is a fundraiser in support of Jesus and Kristen.
Check out the Facebook event invite for more information.

WEPA Tuesdays, Hosted by Couture Dance Alliance

Couture Dance Alliance is now hosting WEPA Tuesdays every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Café Cocomos, 650 Indiana St. @ Mariposa in SF.
This is a dress to impress event. This month's theme is "polka dots". Have fun with that one! There will be live music and performances. Last month, we filled Cocomos! I expect there to be even more people this month! Also, don't be surprised if you recognize one of the performers... :)

CDA Bachata Auditions - Round Two!

If you missed the CDA Bachata auditions in April, worry not! We will be holding another audition in May. May 2nd, to be exact!
Come out and audition for the Bay Area's newest Bachata team: Couture Dance Alliance Bachata.
As a Salsa company, CDA has worked hard to build a reputation for the highest quality of dance. We have won multiple world championships and we plan to continue doing so! CDA Bachata will also emphasize the same high quality of dance.
Everyone of every skill level is welcome! I will spend plenty of time training and teaching CDA's special technique. The ultimate goal of this team is to compete (and win!), but it is also a great way to simply work on Bachata technique. Those that are ready and willing to are welcome to perform and the best dancers will be invited to represent CDA in competition!
There are many perks to being a part of the Couture Family, some of which include discount entry to all our favorite dance clubs in the Bay Area and discounted private lessons with Luis Aguilar himself and lil ol' me, too!
I look forward to seeing you all at the auditions May 2nd and welcoming you to the CDA Family!

Coming Soon! CDA Bachata!

I am so extremely excited to announce that the salsa company that I dance for, Couture Dance Alliance, is now opening a Bachata team! Directed by yours truly :)
Open auditions are coming up soon! They will be on April 4th at 8:30pm to 10:30pm at DSG studios in San Francisco.
Everyone is welcome to come. No one will be cut, so don't worry :) I will run this team as a training team to begin with - meaning I will teach everyone to dance Bachata from the ground up. That being said, all dance levels are welcome! Bring an open mind and plenty of water and be ready to work!
Here is a link to the facebook event invite: CDA Bachata Auditions!
For those of you that are not familiar with Couture Dance Alliance, we emphasize the highest quality of dance. We have won several world titles for our competitive salsa routines. I hope to continue this wonderful reputation with the new Bachata team. It will take hard work and dedication, but the goal is to raise the bar of bachata dancing to the same level that we have risen it to for salsa.
I would love for you all to join me on this journey!

Thursday Classes are Moving to MONDAYS

My weekly classes are moving to MONDAYS starting in April.
Bachata Classes
Every Monday! (Starting in April)
8:00pm-9:00pm (also, notice the time change)
672 S. Van Ness, San Francisco
Every 1st Monday of the month: Basics!
Emphasis on weight transfer and natural hip movement and other body movements.
Every 2nd Monday of the month: Foot work!
Super fun "modular" variations on the basic and more.
Every 3rd Monday of the month: Partner work!
With a focus on leading and following and partner connections and musicality.
Every 4th Monday of the month: Turn patterns!
Learn to turn on your own and learn how to lead and follow endless numbers of turns. Taught in a "modular" style so that you can mix and match any turn variation (no choreography).
And for those special months that have a 5th Monday, we'll do special topics of the students' choice.

World Salsa Summit

The World Salsa Summit
Global Salsa Championships
in Miami!
I'm so excited to have had the opportunity to compete at such an important event! I worked so hard with Luis Aguilar to prepare for these competitions. I competed in 8 divisions: Pro-Am Salsa On2 showcase, Pro-Am Just Bachata, ChaCha, and Salsa with my director Luis Aguilar, and Amatuer Just Salsa with my fellow CDA team member, Gabe Alatorre. After a long weekend of competing, I was awarded 7 medals! 3 Gold, 2 Silver, and 2 Bronze. I'm so glad that all my hard work has paid off and I can't wait to compete again!
~Valerie, Feb 2013
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