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.

Fusion Workshop with Jerry Morrison & Deb Cologgi: Oct. 2-4, 2015

Visiting us from Miami, Florida, Jerry has been teaching for more than 30 years, most of which has been in the Anchorage area. His background started with Country and Western at the Pines Club, where he taught for more than 20 years. He now has included Swing World and Latin to his teaching. He currently spends his time in the central Florida area when he is not in Alaska, teaching and dancing five to six nights a week.

Deb is a member of the Anchorage dance community, where she has developed a love of social dance, with a special emphasis on West Coast Swing, Country Western 2 Step, and Night Club 2 Step.

Jerry and Deb have been dance partners and teachers for more than five years in the Anchorage area. They have enjoyed sharing their passion of dance. Deb and Jerry have had the pleasure of teaching two workshops for the Fairbanks dancers and look forward to sharing more with us!

~~Comfort in some dance necessary for this workshop~~
No partner necessary. Please bring clean, non-marking shoes.
All classes held at Pioneer Park Dance Center.

Workshop Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 2

6:30-7:20pm ~ West Coast Swing
7:30-8:20pm ~ Fun Country 2 Steps Moves (all levels)

Social Dance ~ 8:30-11:00pm ~ $5 members, students, & military/$6 general public

Saturday, Oct. 3

10:30-11:20am ~ Night Club 2 Step
11:30am-12:20pm ~ Rumba
12:30-2:00pm ~ Lunch Break
2:00-2:50pm ~ Country 2 Step
3:00-4:00pm ~ Fusion of the classes this day
4:00-6:00 ~ Practice

Keep on Dancing at Bojangles starting at 8:00pm

Sunday, Oct. 4

10:00-10:50am ~ West Coast Swing
11:00-11:50am ~ ChaCha
12:00-1:30pm ~ Fusion of the classes this day

Workshop Fees:

Individual class – $18
Any 4 Classes – $65
All 9 Classes – $145

Latin Rhythms Boot Camp with Anel & German: Aug. 28-30 & Sep. 5-6, 2015

Anel and German, located in Puerto Vallarta, learned basic technique of lineal salsa in 2010. When they finished 2nd place in an amateur Salsa, a desire for learning was triggered in them. They decided to focus on learning from local and international instructors to obtain tools and skills to create their own style and teaching method.

They started as lineal Salsa Teachers in late 2011. A year later they got certified as instructors under the certification program Tito Ortos. Currently they give lineal salsa classes on 1, on 2, cha cha cha and bachata in local schools and in their own place. Some of their students excelled by gaining the first 3 places in local competitions with choreographies created by Anel and Germán.

They have participated in the Salsa and Mambo Fest congresses at the Riviera Nayarit; in the Perla Tapatia Salsa Congress at Guadalajara city; at the International Festival of Salsa and Bachata in Monterrey; and in the Salsa and Timba Cozumel Fest at Quintana Roo.

If you take classes with them, they will teach you to dance in a logical and natural way. Your dance will be creative but with cadence and proper timing. You’ll get tools to design your own dance. Your leader-follower connection will be so exquisite that it will make you shine on your social dance.

Workshop Schedule:

First Weekend:

Friday, Aug. 28

8:30-11:00pm ~ Social Dance with a half hour FREE class by Anel & German
$5 members/$6 general public

Saturday, Aug. 29

Noon–1:00pm ~ Salsa on 1
1:15–2:15pm ~ Latin Cha Cha Cha
2:30–3:30pm ~ Salsa on 1 Patterns & Turns
3:45–4:45pm ~ Latin Cha Cha Cha Patterns & Turns

Sunday, Aug. 30

Noon–1:00pm ~ Shines Salsa
1:15–2:15pm ~ Shines Cha Cha Cha
2:30–3:30pm ~ Salsa & Cha Cha Cha w/Basic Hand Flicks
3:45–4:45pm ~ The Salsa Challenge
5:00–6:00pm ~ The Cha Cha Cha Challenge

First Weekend Pricing:

Individual Class – $18

4 Classes – $65

All 9 Classes – $145


Second Weekend:

Saturday, Sep. 5

8:30-11:00pm ~ Social Dance with FREE half hour lesson from Anel & German
$5 members/$6 general public

Sunday, Sep. 6

10:00–11:00am ~ Basic Bachata with Style
11:15–12:15pm ~ Bachata Intermediate
1:45–2:45pm ~ Bachata Lifts, Tricks, & Dips
3:00–4:00pm ~ The Bachata Challenge
4:15–5:45pm ~ Ladies Styling with Anel (all ladies class 1.5hr)

Second Weekend Pricing:

Individual Class – $18

Ladies Styling – $27

All 5 Classes – $95


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Hustle with a Little Swing with Liv Froholm and Van Rauch: Nov. 21-23, 2014

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

8:00-11:00pm ~ Welcome Dance with a Hustle Lesson and a Techno twist.

$5 members, $6 general


Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

9:00am ~ Adv West Coast Swing (Class size is limited. Pre-registration required)

12:00 Noon ~ Beginning Hustle**

1:15pm ~ Hustle: the Next Step**

2:30pm ~ Country 2-Step**


Saturday Night FREE at the Rock-n-Rodeo

7:00-9:30pm ~ Open Floor Swing

9:30-10:30pm ~ Country 2 Step Lesson with Liv & Van


 Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

11:00am ~ Advanced West Coast Swing

12:15pm ~ Beginning Nightclub 2 Step**

1/2 hour lunch break~bring your snack.

1:45pm ~ Night Club 2 Step: The Next Step**

3:00pm ~ Beyond Basics West Coast Swing



$18 Per Class

$80 for Beg Track **

$135 for all 8


Balboa and L. A. Swing with Augie Freeman and Natalia Eristavi: Sep. 8 & 9, 2014

Swing Dance Champions and California Swing Dance Hall of Famers Augie and Natalia are visiting Fairbanks to bring their knowledge and enthusiasm for Balboa and L. A. Swing. These dances, born in the ballrooms of Southern California during the 1930s, have been fused into a smooth and dynamic social experience. Today Balboa is sweeping around the globe and catching the world by storm. Whether you are a total beginner or an advanced Balboa and Swing Dancer, you will learn everything you need to know to dance socially, improve your lead and follow skills, or become a competitive dancer.
Monday, September 8, 2014Photo - Natalia
6:00pm Bal Fundamentals
7:00pm Ad Lib Steps
8:00pm Transitioning to L. A. Swing
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6:00pm Throw Out Clinic
7:00pm Out & In
8:00pm Putting It All Together!
$18 per individual class
4 Classes $65
All 6 Classes $99