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Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Sunday, 10 November 2019 14:31

Cha-Cha

The cha-cha is a lively Latin dance that originated in the 1950s. A series of slow and quick steps with hip movements, the cha-cha is a great Latin dance for couples to learn. Once you have the basics, there are many variations to keep this Latin dance a favourite. Whether you dance the cha-cha to the traditional Cuban music or today’s Latin pop, you will enjoy making this one of your first ballroom dances. Advanced ballroom dancers can perfect their knee and hip movement, while working with more intricate rhythms and patterns. 

Thursday, 03 October 2019 13:45

Marc Wedding Testimonial

Gus is a Triple A Dancer with a professional gentleman's etiquette. I contacted Gus about taking dance lessons for my wedding, before we even met Gus he asked for our first dance song and he basically had a whole dance choreography for the song thought out. He made my fiance and I feel comfortable right off the bat and by the end of our first lesson I felt like I was home because Gus is so personable and friendly and as we practiced we collaborated with him on what we liked or didn't like about the dance and he'd tweak it till we liked it. I also found him to be charismatic with his positive criticism, he had my fiance and I laughing out loud half of the time which made things fun which is important when you feel like you have two left flat feet. His lesson prices are the best in London by the way in my opinion and if you thinking about doing something special for your first dance on your wedding day for your family and guests then Dance-with-Gus is what you're looking for.

Marc

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 13:21

Testimonial Claudia

Signing up for Dancing with Gus is one of the best decisions we ever made. Gus has worked with international competitors and is extremely committed and professional, but he is also very friendly, helpful, and patient. He tailors the lessons to each individual couple. He doesn't watch the clock, and the lessons are great fun. We had been to another dance school in London and found the format rigid and formulaic. Gus has a much better approach. You learn more steps more quickly so you can actually dance at parties soon after you begin. His studio is spacious and immaculately clean. His music system is perfect. Best of all, he tapes the specific dance steps in each class for you and emails you the video so you can watch and practice at home. It's an exceptionally effective tool. The classes are wonderful exercise too. Gus also holds parties where you can practice with other couples who are learning and not feel shy. I highly recommend.

Claudia Clausius
Associate Professor
King's University College
Western University

Monday, 23 September 2019 17:27

Testimonial Michael

Gus Braun is an accomplished and insightful teacher. Add to this his great sense of humor, his generosity, and his patience, and you have the makings of an entertaining and effective class. We had previously tried a studio franchise where a hard-sell and the transfer of incomplete fragments of dance were designed to extract the most money for the least benefit of students. Gus is the opposite. He puts you at ease, and he is clearly invested in teaching you the most that he can. I cannot believe how much we learn each class... Great fun, good exercise, and a challenge geared to your own specific abilities and enthusiasms. Highly recommended!

Cheers!
Michael

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 18:14

Slowfox

A graceful, gliding version of the Quickstep, Slowfox also uses a slow-quick-quick rhythm but features a slower, smoother style. Heel turns and closeness to your partner make this one of the most difficult of the ballroom dances. Gus breaks down this difficult dance and works on feather steps, reverse turns, natural turns and the impetus so that his ballroom dancers can master and enjoy this lovely dance.

Monday, 10 June 2019 11:42

Testimonial Anna Zajacova

My spouse and I have been taking weekly private dance lessons from Gus for about a year and half. We feel lucky we found him. Gus is amazing! He has decades of experience teaching Latin and Ballroom dance to people ranging from complete beginners with two left feet like us, all the way to highest levels of world-class dance competition. In addition to his impeccable technical expertise, he is an incredibly patient and kind teacher and makes us feel comfortable and at ease. His wicked sense of humor makes us laugh through half the class. His dance studio is large, high-tech, and comfortable. Every week we look forward to our lesson and, frankly, to seeing Gus.

Anna Zajacova, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Western Ontario

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 18:13

Jive

Also called “swing,” Jive is one of the liveliest of the ballroom dances. Closely related to the jitterbug, jive became popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Fast and fun, Jive incorporates syncopation and fast rhythms. Although many found the dance controversial, it was popular among young dancers and now holds a place in International Ballroom dance competition.
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 17:31

Tango

Originating in Argentina over a hundred years ago, the tango made its way from Buenos Aires to Europe in the early years of the last century. The passionate dance became very popular in Paris and other European cities. It was adapted for ballroom dancers and became a staple of competitive dance. The International style ballroom tango remains a favourite with today’s ballroom dancers.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 18:01

Samba

A lively Latin dance, Samba is originally from Brazil. The Samba blends African and Brazilian rhythms and music for an intense Latin dance that ballroom couples love to learn. Danced to a 2/4 or 4/4 musical time, this Latin dance features soft knee work and a unique hip movement. Samba workshops are a fun introduction to this wonderful Latin dance.

Monday, 13 May 2019 00:10

Private Lessons

One hour private lessons for ballroom and Latin dance. Gus's studio features state of the art sound and video equipment. Every class has a video recording so you can see how to improve.

At the end of your lesson, Gus will work with you to create a short video reviewing and explaining your new dance steps.

Clear instructions and a slow demonstration of the material help you remember your new dance. The video arrives in your email long before the next lesson so that you can review and practice in between dance classes.

It's a great way to get the most out of every class!

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