Salsa/Bachata Dance Workshop with Professional Guest Instructor Mike Rodriguez: October 20, 21, & 22, 2017

~~No experience necessary, but some partner dance experience required~~

Please bring clean, non-marking shoes.

Friday, Oct. 20

@ Pioneer Park Dance Center

7:30-8:30pm ~ Get Your Latin On! (For All Dance Levels)

8:30-11:00pm ~Social Dance at the Dance Center (For All Dance Levels)

Saturday, Oct. 21

@ Pioneer Park Dance Center

10:30-11:30am ~ Fundamentals of Dance (Taps, Turns, Spins, Steps; Salsa, Bachata)

11:40am-12:40pm ~ Fundamentals of Lead/Follow

12:40-2:00pm ~ Lunch Break

2:00-3:00pm ~ Beginning Salsa on 1

3:10-4:10pm ~ Beginning Bachata

4:10-6:00pm ~ Open Dance Practice
($2 members, $3 general public)

7:00-10:00pm ~ Social Dance at Hess Rec Center (For All Dance Levels)

Sunday, Oct. 22

@ UAF Hess Rec Center

11:00am-12:00pm ~ Salsa on 1 (Level 1-2) Prerequisite: Saturday’s Beginner Class

12:10-1:10pm ~ Bachata Level 2 (Intermediate)

1:10-2:30 ~ Lunch Break

2:30-3:30pm ~ Salsa on 1 (Intermediate & Inter/Advanced)

3:40-4:40pm ~ The Bachata Challenge


$125 Special Early Bird Discount ~ By Oct. 1st
(Exclusive to FIRST 20 registrants)

Per lesson: $20

Any 4 Classes: $ 70

All 9 Classes plus Social Dances: $140

Text or Call Jose for Private Lessons: 907-322-0726

Video Notebook Available for Purchase at the Event

Preregistration has closed, but you can still join us on the dance floor!
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class to register at the door.

Dance Workshop with Damon D’Amico and Lisa D’Amico Peltier: May 5-7, 2017

With Professional Guest Instructors Damon D’Amico & Lisa D’Amico Peltier

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – May 5, 6 & 7, 2017

Pioneer Park Dance Center

~~ Comfort in some dance necessary for this workshop.~~

Friday, May 5

7:30-8:30-pm ~ Swinging Your Country 2 Step—Adding WCS to 2-Step (All Level)

Saturday, May 6

Day for Novice

10:30-11:30am ~ CW 2-Step—Sharpening Your CW2-Step Moves

11:40am-12:40pm ~ CW 2-Step—Fun Moves for the Social Dance Floor

Lunch Break

2:00-3:00pm ~ West Coast Swing—Improving Your Lead/Follow

3:10-4:10pm ~ West Coast Swing—Fun moves with styling and variation

4:10-6:00pm ~ Private Lesson Opportunity

Sunday, May 7

Day for Intermediate

11:00am-12:00pm ~ CW 2-Step—Kicking it up a notch

12:10-1:10pm ~ CW 2-Step—Flashy moves for the social dance floor & beyond

Lunch Break

2:30-3:30pm ~ West Coast Swing—Cool patterns and variations

3:40-4:40pm ~ West Coast Swing—Styling for leaders and followers


Individual Class: $18

Any 4 Classes: $65

Early Bird Pricing (Register by April 21st) — All 9 Classes and the Friday night dance: $135

All 9 Classes (after April 21st): $145

Please bring clean, non-marking shoes. No partner necessary.

Dance Workshop with Jerry Morrison & Deb Cologgi: Sep. 30-Oct. 2, 2016

Back by Popular Demand…

Professional Guest Instructors

Jerry Morrison & Deb Cologgi

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – Sept 30, Oct 1 & 2, 2016

Pioneer Park Dance Center

~~ Comfort in some dance necessary for this workshop.~~

Workshop Classes & Events

Friday, Sep. 30, 2016

6:30-7:25pm ~ West Coast Swing (Intermediate)

7:30-8:30pm ~ Waltz (All Level)

Social Dance ~ 8:30-11:00pm ~ $5/6
*Music by Jerry Morrison & FREE half hour lesson during the dance

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Day for Novice

10:30-11:20am ~ Hustle: The Social Dance!

11:30-12:20pm ~ Begin Your Night Club 2 Step

12:30-2:00pm ~ Lunch Break

2:00-2:50pm ~ Hustle: Sharpening That Social Dance!

3:00-4:00pm ~ Night Club 2 Step: Figures and Variations

4:00-6:00pm ~ Practice

Please note the change in location for this event:
Keep on dancing at Roundup Steakhouse ~ 8:00pm-?

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Day for Intermediate

10:00-10:50am ~ West Coast to the Next Level!

11:00-11:50am ~ Night Club 2 Step: Stepping It Up!

12:00-12:50pm ~ Waltz: Beyond the Basic!


Individual Class: $18

Any 4 Classes: $65

All 9 Classes: $145

Please bring clean, non-marking shoes. No partner necessary.

Country Workshop with Ed Salazar: Mar. 18-20, 2016

Shiny Shoes Dance Productions has been in operations for seven (7) years under the direction of Ed Salazar, owner and instructor.  Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Ed has well over twenty years of theatrical and entertainment experience, beginning as a volunteer at the Harbor Playhouse, and soon becoming an IATSE (International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees) professional.  Approximately fifteen (15) years ago, Ed stepped onto the dance floor as a means of overcoming boredom and soon discovered that the years of studying music, combined with his theatrical training, allowed him to firmly grasp the concepts of “Bar-Room” dancing.  In time, it was clear that the disciplines of Ballroom Dancing combined with the “Bar-Room” experience held long term benefits.  After studying Ballroom dance for years, at Del Mar College, Brigham Young University, and with personal coaches, Shiny Shoes Dance was born.  Blending the two disciplines (Bar-Room and Ballroom) together, Shiny Shoes Dance focuses on “Social Ballroom” dancing.  The Shiny Shoes Dance goal is to “Make Social Ballroom Happen!

At Shiny Shoes Dance, our specialty is “Social Dancing,” which we define as “partner dancing for fun and entertainment.” While the American Style Ballroom Dance Curriculum is at the core of our program, our focus is on lead and follow technique, as well as the art of entertaining our dance partner. At Shiny Shoes Dance, we begin with the rigid and exacting science of ballroom dance.  However, we do our best to make it fun and enjoyable for everyone.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 18

7:30-8:30pm ~ Country Western 2-Step (all levels)


8:30-11:00pm ~ Social Dance with music by Ed Salazar

$5.00 Members/$6.00 General Public

If you purchase all classes—Dance is Free


Saturday, March 19 (Day for Novice)

10:00-11:00am ~ Country Western 2-Step: Sharpening Your CW 2-Step

11:05am-12:05pm ~ Country Western 2-Step: Cool Figures for the Social Dance Floor

12:05pm-1:30pm ~ 1.5 hour lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm ~ Country Polka: Improving Your Lead and Follow

2:35-3:35pm ~ Country Polka: Figures and Variations


Saturday Night, 8:00pm-? ~ Keep on Dancing at Bojangles


Sunday, March 20

11:00am-12:00pm ~ Country Western 2-Step: Kicking the Dust a Little Higher

12:05-1:05pm ~ Country Western 2-Step: Adding Flash (Styling and Variations)

1:05-2:30pm ~ 1.45 hour lunch

2:30-3:30pm ~ Country Waltz: Promenade Your Sweetheart

3:35-4:35pm ~ Country 1-Step: Fun Polka Alternative



Individual class – $18

Any 4 Classes – $65

All 9 Classes – $145


Preregistration has closed, but you can still join us on the dance floor! Please arrive at the hall 15 minutes before class to register and pay at the door. 


More from Houston Mike ~ Catch Your Level 2: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Jose’s Latin Workshop
More from Houston Mike
Catch Your Level 2

February 28, 2016
Pioneer Park Dance Center

We had so much fun last weekend, we’re going to do it again!Mike Rodriguez shared amazing technique with our workshop last week, and we want more!
Two classes ONLY!
2:00-3:15pm ~ Bachata Level 2
3:30-4:40pm ~ Salsa Level 2

Advanced classes for the Advanced Dancer.
Partner experience is required.

$20 per class

Come early to save your place on the dance floor.
Please wear clean, non-marking shoes.

Latin Workshop with Mike Rodriguez: Feb. 20 & 21, 2016

Enjoy a weekend of classes in Salsa, Latin Cha Cha, and Bachata with guest instructor Mike Rodriguez, visiting us from Houston, Texas!

Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, February 20th

2:30–3:30pm ~ Fundamentals of Salsa
3:45–4:45pm ~ Fundamentals of Latin Cha Cha
5:00–6:00pm ~ Latin Bachata (Level 1-2)

Latin Social Dance with 1/2 hr free class.
Saturday, February 20th ~ 8:30-11:00pm

$5.00 Member / $6.00 General Public
Come enjoy these amazing instructors!
If you purchase all classes—Dance is Free

Sunday, February 21st

Noon–1:00pm~Salsa on 1 & Pachanga (Level 1-2)
1:15–2:15pm ~ Bachata Level 2
2:30–3:30pm ~ Salsa on 1 (Level 2)
3:45–4:45pm ~ The Salsa Challenge

All events held at Artisan’s Courtyard—1755 Westwood Way

Class Fees:

 1 class – $20
4 classes – $65

Mike began dancing at a young age, after first being exposed to Salsa music at parties his family attended. He found himself drawn to salsa and moving to its beats. By the age of 11, Mike was practicing dance on his own for a minimum of an hour a day. He was determined to perfect all the moves that he saw his older brother do with his friends. (He says he was jealous!)

By the time Mike was 14, he began experimenting with other forms of dance. He joined a Jazz/Ballet team and eventually got the team to be interested in dancing salsa as well. At age 16, he enrolled in ballroom dancing classes. His instructor soon recognized his talent as a dancer and teacher and made him the main ins2tructor for salsa group lessons at the studio. Mike’s training in jazz, ballet and ballroom gave him the opportunity to further develop his own unique style of dancing and teaching salsa, while staying true to the roots of Latin dance.

Mike has performed at the N.Y. and L.A. Salsa Congresses and now has his own dance company, which performs at local and regional events. He also works with groups preparing for The Salsa Congress.

Since 2008 Mike is a proud owner of his own dance studio, Omni Salsa.

Mike tells his students “If you can walk, you can dance”. Mike takes pride in helping people who never thought they could dance to move on the dance floor with the best of them.