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The season has ended and the new schedule will be up soon. For those of you that suffer too much from dancing withdrawal my best tip at the moment is to play Disco Spins in order to wind down.

Spanish Language Lessons

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Spanish (español) or Castilian (castellano) is an Iberian Romance Language. It was spoken by 364 million people in the year 2000. Current estimation accounts up to 400 million , making Spanish the third language in the world in number of speakers (after English and Mandarin Chinese) and the most widely spoken and studied Romance Language.

Castilian well known as Spanish Language is spoken in many areas and countries around the world, such as Equatorial Guinea, the Sahara, Central and South America, except Brazil and the Guyanas, and parts of the United States and the Philippines. (quoted from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.)

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The Salsa Kids School Program is a series of lessons developed to educate youth about the exciting Latin culture by featuring Latin dance. Contact Latin Corner Dance Studio to book a Salsa Kids program at your school!

Calgary International Salsa Congress
January 30 to February 01

January 09 is our next Social Friday

Social Fridays – every second Friday! NEXT SOCIAL FRIDAY JANUARY 19 @ 9:00pm

Do you want to take a place on the dance floor? Practice your new steps? Learn some Latin dances? Come to Social Fridays every second Friday at Latin Corner Dance Studio in Eau Claire Market! Cover $5.00 members $7 non-members, $10 when the band is playing.

FREE different dance lesson each Social Friday
Latin music
Special drinks & cash bar
… and much more!
The best company that you can bring is your fun and energy!


Host your stagette party with us and a dance lesson and Men are included. Ask for your package today.


Minimum of a private group 10 people, 50% deposit is required upon booking.
Dance Lessons: Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and Bachata



A symphony of all afro-Caribbean rhythms: jazz, mambo, son, tropical cha-cha and rumba. SALSA MEANS SAUCE, Gravy, and its ingredients are many, depending upon where it’s made. But one thing is certain it’s got plenty of spice. Like much of the greatest popular music, the creative fire was lit when Africa met the cultural cauldron of the New World. For salsa it began in Cuba in the 1940s. One part Yoruba drumming, another part call response vocals, it was diced with the music of local, indigenous people. Then, with heaping measures of musical Spain, France and the country-dances of England, the son was formed. And it was very tasty indeed.

YES, CUBA SET MODERN Latin dance music in motion. But with the varied ingredients in place, a transformation took place not in the Caribbean but on the street of New York (and increasingly in Miami). It was there than Puerto Ricans and Cubans had come to settle as a result of the joint upheavals of poverty in the former and isolation due to the revolution in the latter. The son turned ready to serve salsa when North American jazz stirred up this sauce.

In the 1960s & 1970s: salsa resumed a more basic Cuban style, as performers blended conjunto and charanga instrumentation, and replaced trumpets by trombones in conjuntos. Puerto Rican and later South American elements were also introduced. Salsa rhythms are based on Afro-Cuban dances such as the bolero, cha cha cha, guaguanco, guaracha, mambo and son montuno. Each piece of music has three sections: a head (melodic) section; a montuno in which the lead singer improvises against a repeated vocal refrain; and a mambo section of contrasting riffs.

SALSA CALIENTE: As it is called, the faster and fantastic Colombian salsa music, where the greatest salsomanos meet every December for the international Salsa Festival in the city of Cali. Colombian bands as Grupo Niche and Joe Arroyo are very popular around the world.

SALSA DANCE TIP: Make sure you have strong basics in any dance you are learning before moving up a level or learning new patterns. It will make the next level a lot more frustrating if you don’t know your basics well enough. We all started at the beginning and repeated the first level a few times before moving up and sometimes as intermediate and advanced dancers its a good idea to refresh our memories by taking a basic class again as a reminder of a few things we have forgotten about.

BEGINNERS TIP: Try never to refuse a dance with someone who is asking you. It doesn’t feel very good to be rejected. This tip is for the ladies and the gentlemen, and a reminder to the advanced dancers as well. This is how we learn to be better dancers by dancing with lots of different partners and dancers of all levels.

Rueda de Casino (Casino Wheel)


Style of salsa dancing that was created in Cuba around the 60’s. It is a dance for two or more couples, with one leader who calls out different movements or steps. When there are more than two couples the dance is done in Rueda (circle shape). The steps that are considered the “core” steps are danced in a similar fashion around the world and are the basic ones. Some of them are: Cross Body Lead, Enchufla, Dame, Al Medio, Abajo, Dile que No, Adios, La Prima, etc. Some moves are invented locally and reflect cultural reality.

The name, Rueda de Casino has its own history. After 1959, Gambling Casinos were closed and some of them reopened as dancing halls. At the beginning, people kept calling the dancing halls casinos and, as a result the type of dance done there was called Casino. Some people say that the name of Rueda came from other stories. Regardless of where the name originated, the style of dance came to be part of the Cuban identity.



Merengue is a rhythmic dance (hot and ???) which exudes passion, love and friendship. This style of dance originates in the Dominican Republic in 1854. In its traditional form merengue is played on accordion, saxophone, box bass with metal plucked keys, a guayano or guira (a metal scraper transformed from a kitchen implement), and a two ended tambora drum.



This dance originated in Dominican Republic in 1916. Before the development of a Dominican recording industry and the spread of the mass media, guitar-based trios and quartets were almost indispensable for a variety of informal recreational events such as Sunday afternoon parties known as pasadías and spontaneous gatherings that took place in back yards, living rooms, or in the street that were known as bachatas. Dictionaries of Latin American Spanish define the term bachata as juerga, jolgorio, or parranda, all of which denote fun, merriment, a good time, or a spree, but in the Dominican Republic, in addition to the emotional quality of fun and enjoyment suggested by the dictionary definition, it referred specifically to get-togethers that included music, drink, and food.



Colombia is part of the Andes Cordillera and has many of the same music traditions of its mountain neighbors, but it is also a part of the Caribbean where African influences are predominant. The most well known music of Colombia is the music of the coast called cumbia. The Cumbia Collection documents this music from the ’50s through the ’80s.

Cumbia has its origin in San Basilio, a little town off the Atlantic coast of Colombia. It was danced and created by the slaves to feel happiness and forget the heavy work and hard life. It was danced at night in the Palenque de San Basilio behind the ocean walls, the place where the slaves used to hire from the Spanish.

A singer by the name of Carlos Vives has popularized the wonderful accordion-based music of the valleys of eastern Colombia called vallenato. His “rock/vallenato” style is fantastic and is keeping the vallenato tradition alive with young Colombians.



Reggaeton is a type of Spanish language dance music developed in Puerto Rico in the mid-1990s. It has now become popular in other Latin American countries. Reggaeton – also spelled Reggaeton and Hispanicize as Reguetón – blends dancehall and hip-hop genres, with additional influences from electronic, bomba, plena, and other styles. This gives Reggaeton its distinct Latin touch. Reggaeton songs cover topics ranging from the realities of street life to personal misunderstandings, gangs, love, and dancing. It is a very popular choice of music in parties and is usually danced by members of the opposite sex grinding “doggie style”. Reggaeton can also be danced with the partners facing each other, or in large groups of single dancers (usually females), where one of the group will then be asked to dance and will then leave the group. Daddy Yankee is a famous Reggaeton artist. (quoted from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.)



Come and enjoy a variety of different tropical rhythms in the form of exercise. This class will not only allow you to understand rhythm but you will learn the techniques to Latin dancing while getting in great shape for the summer! Meringue is a rhythmic dance that originated in the Dominican Republic in 1854. In its traditional form, Merengue is played on accordion, saxophone, box bass with metal plucked keys and a two-ended tambora drum. Have fun exercising to the beat of Merengue music!


Samba is the most famous of the various forms of music arising from African roots in Brazil. Men and women dance samba differently and together yet without touching. The dance for the women can be characterized as quick symmetrical feet movement with each foot twisting on the heel. This foot movement is accompanied by hip and shoulder gyrations creating a dance that agitates the entire body.

Latin Corner Dance Studio offers professional entertainment specializing in Latin events bands and dance performers for Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata, Brazilian Capoeira, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop, Argentinean Tango, Hip Hop and top Latin rhythms for themes Weddings, Stagette, Birthday parties, corporate events, private parties and more. Latin Corner Dance Studio has been in entertainment business for over 20 years. We have provided our services for hundreds of special occasions in Dominican Republic, several Canadian cities including Calgary and Montreal, Italy, Madrid, Frankfurt and Dubai in UAE. Our experienced professionals work hard to assure that you will have a stress-free unforgettable event from beginning to end.

Our central location in the heart of downtown has ample parking space and the capacity of up to 250 guests, stage, sound, lighting, catering, dance floor, chairs, tables, and Latin decorations along with complete event planning.

Live Latin entertainment will make any event special, and is often accompanied by DJ and MC service. A one-hour dance lesson will make your guests feel at ease even if they never danced before. Catered food is prepared by one of the finest Latin restaurants and represents a vast selection of traditional Latin cuisine.

Bookings are made one month in advance and require a deposit of 50% of the total booking contract to secure the venue, musicians, dancers, DJ, dance instructor, cooks and servers. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Corporate Event Package on Location at the Latin Corner Dance Studio (Eau Claire Market)

1) Dominican-Cuban Buffet:
Includes two (2) Appetizers (chicken ribs, yuca/plantain two (2) empanadas (chicken and beef), three (3) Island Sides (rice/ beans, beef or chicken (2) Desserts, and two (2) Beverages.


2) Latin Buffet: will include several food station with chicken, Argentinean or Venezuelan steaks, and traditional Latin vegetable, green salad and rice/beans, Latin dessert and open bar.

Latin Band: 6 musicians & 1 DJ to play top 40

Latin Dancers : 1 couple 3 couple to performed and entertain our guess from Salsa to Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata to Brazilian Samba

Latin Dance lesson: 1 hour and half dance lesson to set the mood to your entire guess, or longer as per request.

Latin Decorations : our location is decorated in a typical Dominican or Cuban environment with Dominican and Cuban style, you will be in Canada but feeling that you are somewhere in the Caribbean.


Gerdson Dias Alves , known in Capoeira as Instructor Sapo, was born on November 27, 1984 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. Sapo spent his entire childhood in a coastal city called Olinda, Brasil where he was first exposed to Capoeira when he was 8 years old and instantly felt a deep connection to it. After only a short while, Sapo began to train Capoeira with an admirable dedication and passion. After many years of practice, Sapo received his cord to be a Capoeira instructor by his first-ever Capoeira Mestre. This marked the beginning of his life-long journey and development as a Capoeira Instructor working intensively in schools, festivals, city projects, and missions for street youth.

Sapo participated in many Capoeira encounters in Brazil and in 2003 was invited to Canada to participate in an international Capoeira encounter in Vancouver, Canada. He remained in Vancouver where he taught Capoeira classes and workshops, and became part of the Afro-Brazilian performance group, performing live shows across Canada. In that same year, Sapo moved to Calgary where he opened the first Capoeira Camara academy in Calgary. Today, Sapo is part of the group “Capoeira Camarà” which, is also found in Toronto, Montreal, Peterborough, Bermuda and Brazil. Sapo has developed a strong camaraderie and an excellent working relationship with Contra-Mestre Bola, the founder of Capoeira Camarà.

Sapo demonstrates a dedication to his teaching and to the art of Capoeira, he is unquestionably the motivating force behind the group’s remarkable growth. He aspires to train strong students and contribute to Coast-to-Coast expansion of Capoeira in Canada.

Raja Geddam (Samson) started dancing in 2003 with a beginner ballroom dance class at the University of Calgary. As he enjoyed dancing, he got more and more involved with the U of C Ballroom club and then with the U of C Student Dance Club at the end of 2004. Towards the end of 2004 he was introduced to LA style Salsa and fell in love with this high energy and flashy dance. In June of 2005, he won the first Salsa Competition in Calgary.

Samsom then went on to expand his dancing skills by learning the Cuban style Salsa as well as the Rueda Casino. In September of 2005, Samson became a dance instructor at the U of C Student Dance Club as well as a teaching assistant for Alberta Dancesport, U of C Ballroom Club and The Studio. He competed in the Wildrose Ballroom Competition in 2005 at the Bronze and Silver levels. Later that year he attended the 2005 Vancouver International Salsa Congress. In 2006, Samson participated in more ballroom as well as salsa competitions, organized a number of Salsa events in Calgary, and also started performing Salsa shows at several Calgary events.

Samson’s goal is to make Calgary a major location for Salsa dancing by promoting and teaching this dance to more and more Calgarians.

Maria grew up in Recife, a city located in northeast of Brazil, performing at cultural street parties and shows. She started dancing at a very early age, strongly influenced by the folkloric musical atmosphere of her city. Her professional career as performer began in her childhood, dancing classic ballet and jazz. Since then, she has performed for several dance companies in Brazil, where she learned many typical Brazilian dances, such as Frevo, Samba, Xaxado, Lambada and Axe.

After immigrating to Canada in 1997, Maria continued to be involved with artistic dance. She has performed and taught Brazilian dance at Afro-Bahia Dance Studio in Vancouver, BC. As a member of the Afro-Bahia Dance Group, Maria has participated in several shows and workshops.

In 2001, Maria moved to Calgary and in partnership with the Brazilian Community Association created the Aquarela Brasil Heritage Dance Group. Maria worked as choreographer, producer and art director for the group. Since its inception, Aquarela Brasil Heritage Dance Group has performed at many Calgary festivals including Globalfest, International Dance Day, Lilac Festival and Heritage Festival.