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Learn to Dance
Salsa or Bachata

Los Angeles' Top Experience For Beginners

Go from beginner to advanced with structured, progressive, comprehensive programs

Welcoming, fun, safe environment

Community

Private student parties

Full-time professional dance instructors only (no student or hobby instructors)

No partner needed

Specialty programs for experienced dancers

Welcome to Your Dance Family!

Come see why over 2,700 dance students in Los Angeles are Movers & Shakers.

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Over 463 5-star reviews on Yelp, Google, and Facebook

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Trusted by The Best - We've Also Run Salsa or Bachata Programs At:

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Trusted To Give Salsa Classes for Television

We can’t yet reveal the details, but info coming soon on recent filming.

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Trusted by Celebrity Students

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"Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey (aka "Baby"), also a "Dancing With The Stars" champion, is just one of the celebrity students our academy director has worked with.

100% Full-Time, Professional Dance Instructors

(No Student or Hobby Instructors)

Details, details, details! We are obsessed with helping you build proper foundations to dance salsa and bachata smoothly and confidently in the easiest way possible. 

That means we must have instructors who understand those details at a high level. 

Only full-time professional dancers are accepted as Movers and Shakers instructors. 

Together, as a team, the instructors, director, and support staff all pour their hearts ❤️ into creating a wonderful experience for you in your dancing journey.

We’ve got you covered.

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Beginners Welcome!

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Sure, sometimes we do “fancy” stuff with big names, but our heart is in the studio with the beginners!

If it’s your first time dancing salsa or bachata, you’re in the right spot. 

You will be welcomed at Movers and Shakers with open arms.

We love the opportunity to give students great habits right from day one and watch you shine more and more over time!

Check out the schedule below to see how you can start learning and join the Movers and Shakers community!

Class Schedule and Details

Full-time PROFESSIONAL dance instructors (no student or hobby instructors)

Free parking (unlimited)

No partner needed

Beginners welcome!

Salsa and Bachata Core Curriculum

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Foundations are everything! It's crucial to get the proper habits in your muscle memory from day one. 

 

Bachata 101 (Beginner) starts at the very beginning and is structured, progressive, and comprehensive. You'll graduate this 10-week program with all the foundations needed to hit the dance floor with confidence! 

 

We will also take you out dancing. 

 

Perfect for first time bachata dancers. It doesn't matter how many left feet you have - EVERYONE becomes a bachata dancer through this program.

 

ALSO perfect for experienced bachata dancers who never learned proper foundations or need to go back and clean up.

 

The environment is safe and welcoming. Every student is taken care of. Come join the family!

Requirements: None. For first time bachata dancers!

Program Length: ​​ 10 Weeks

Price:

  • $399. (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)

  • $349. Early Bird Pricing. Join Now! Price Increases Soon.

Time: Sundays, 7:00pm-8:45pm

Status: Space available

Dates: 6/2/2024 - 8/4/2024

Location: The Balcony on Beverwil 

Instructor: Danny, the academy director

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Bachata 102 graduates are rising stars in the dancing scene!

Leaders will know enough to dance through entire songs without repeating patterns. 

Follows will be able to smoothly follow many patterns. 

Since foundations are the MOST important thing, Bachata 102 continues to cover foundations, but in the context of intermediate patterns. 

The bachata 102 series includes levels 102a and 102b. 

Each 10-week program teaches different material at the intermediate level. 

You may take them in any order.



Topics covered:

  • Sensual bachata foundational movements

  • Modern/urban bachata partnering patterns

  • Hips, body rolls, and intro to liquid movement

  • Intro to Dominican concepts

  • Leading intermediate patterns clearly

  • Following intermediate patterns smoothly

  • Proper hand transitions for the best connection

  • Lead/follow connection in general

  • Intro to  general styling

  • Intro to ladies styling

  • Intro to feeling and flavor


  • Intro to musicality

  • Solo movements

Requirements: Must complete bachata 101 or, if outside experience, must speak with director. 

Program Length: ​​ 10 Weeks

Price: $399 (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)

Program Name: Bachata 102a

Time: Wednesdays, 8:00pm-9:45pm

Status: Space available

Dates: 6/5/2024 - 8/7/2024

Location: The Balcony on Beverwil

Instructor: Inna

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Requirements: Must complete bachata 101, 102a, 102b, AND test in with director. If outside experience, test in with director.

Program Length: ​​10 Weeks

Price: $399 (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)

Program Name: Bachata 103c

Time: TBA

Status: Coming soon.

Dates: TBA

Location: TBA

Instructor: Danny, the academy director

Includes sensual bachata.

Once you complete the bachata 103 series and can smoothly execute the material, you will be a delight on the dance floor! 

Warning: when you're social dancing, cameras may come out and lines may form to dance with you.

The bachata 103 series includes levels 103a, 103b, 103c, and 103d. 

Each program teaches different material at the advanced level. 

You may take them in any order.

The bachata 103 programs cover advanced material but still with obsession for detail and foundational concepts underneath.


Topics covered:

  • Advanced sensual bachata patterns

  • Advanced modern/urban bachata patterns

  • Musicality

  • Smooth connection

  • Leading advanced patterns with crystal clarity

  • Following advanced patterns effortlessly 

  • General styling    

  • Ladies styling

  • Solo movements

  • Feeling and flavor

  • Proper hand transitions for the best connection

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Foundations are everything! It's crucial to get the proper habits in your muscle memory from day one. 

 

Salsa 101 (Beginner) starts at the very beginning and is structured, progressive, and comprehensive. You'll graduate this 10-week program with all the foundations needed to hit the dance floor with confidence! 

 

We will also take you out dancing. 

 

Perfect for first-time salsa dancers. It doesn't matter how many "left feet" you have - EVERYONE becomes a salsa dancer through this program.

 

ALSO perfect for experienced salsa dancers who never learned proper foundations or need to go back and clean up.

 

The environment is safe and welcoming. Every student is taken care of. Come join the family!

Requirements: None. For first time salsa dancers!

NEXT PROGRAM

Program Length: ​​ 10 Weeks

Price:

  • $399. (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)

  • $359. Early Bird Pricing. Join Now! Price Increases Soon.

Time: Thursdays, 8:00pm-9:45pm

Status: Space Available

Dates: 5/16/2024 - 7/25/2024 (No class on July 4 for Independence Day)

Location: The Balcony on Beverwil

Instructor: Danny, the academy director

CURRENT PROGRAM (FULL)

Program Length: ​​ 10 Weeks

Price: $399. (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)

Time: Wednesdays, 8:00pm-9:45pm

Status: Full for leads and follows

Dates: 3/20/2024 - 5/22/2024

Location: The Balcony on Beverwil

Instructor: Danny, the academy director

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Salsa 102 graduates are rising stars in the dancing scene!

 

Leaders will know enough to dance through entire songs without repeating patterns. 

Follows will be able to smoothly follow many patterns. 

Since foundations are the MOST important thing, Salsa 102 continues to cover foundations, but in the context of intermediate patterns. 

Salsa 102a and 102b may be taken in any order.

Each 102 10-week program teaches different material at the intermediate level. 

Graduates of 102a and 102b are eligible to test in to 103.



Topics covered:

  • Leading intermediate patterns clearly

  • Following intermediates patterns smoothly

  • Proper hand transitions for the best connection

  • Lead/follow connection in general

  • Intro to  general styling

  • Intro to ladies styling


  • Intro to feeling and flavor


  • Intro to musicality

  • Intermediate level partnering patterns

  • Solo patterns (shines)

  • Weekly spinning training, structured bit by bit, for balance, speed and ease

  • Weekly cuban motion training, structured bit by bit, for feeling and flavor.

Requirements: Must complete salsa 101 or, if outside experience, speak with director. 

Program Length: ​​ 10 Weeks

Price: $399 (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)

OPTION 1

Program Name: Salsa 102a

Time: Tuesdays, 8:00pm-9:45pm
Status: Space available

Dates: 6/4/2024 - 8/6/2024
Location:
The Balcony on Beverwil

Instructor: Danny, the academy director

OPTION 2

Program Name: Salsa 102a

Time: Mondays, 8:00pm-9:45pm
Status: Space available

Dates: 6/3/2024 - 8/5/2024
Location:
The Balcony on Beverwil

Instructor: Danny, the academy director

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Once you complete the salsa 103 series and can smoothly execute the material, you will be a delight on the dance floor! 

Warning: When you're social dancing, cameras may come out and lines may form to dance with you.

 

The salsa 103 series includes levels 103a, 103b, 103c, and 103d. 

Each program teaches different material at the advanced level. 

You may take them in any order.

The salsa 103 programs cover advanced material but still with obsession for detail and foundational concepts underneath.

Topics covered:

  • Leading advanced patterns with crystal clarity

  • Following advanced patterns effortlessly 

  • Musicality


  • General styling

  • Ladies styling


  • Feeling and flavor


  • Solo patterns (shines)


  • Dancing solo smoothly and confidently so you actually enjoy it!


  • Spinning training, including doubles, for balance, speed and ease


  • Proper hand transitions for the best connection

Requirements: Must complete salsa 101, 102a, 102b, AND test in with director. If outside experience, test in with director.

Program Length: ​​ 10 Weeks

Price: $399 (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)

Program Name: Salsa 103a

Time: Mondays, 8:00pm-9:45pm

Status: Space available

Dates: 6/3/2024 - 8/5/2024

Location: The Floor

Instructor: Zweli Barton

  • 4× world champion

  • Professional instructor dancing 16 years

  • International instructor, coach, choreographer, and performer for over 10 years

  • Featured in France, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and throughout the U.S.

Partner: Ayaka Horii

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🔥New Programs (Hot!)

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Ladies - time to let loose! 

Build tremendous confidence and sensual, smooth, elegant movement. 

In this 10-week program you’ll learn a ladies styling choreography to a bachata song. In week 10, if desired, we’ll record a beautiful video of you dancing the choreography you’ve learned solo and/or with the group. 

 

You’ll become more comfortable in your body through the program and learn styling, technique, and smooth movement that will also help you with social dancing both for bachata and salsa.

See part of the choreography.

Requirements: Because no partner is dependent on you when dancing solo, this program is open to all levels. Everyone in the room will be challenged. 
Program Length:  10 Weeks
Price: $399 (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)
Time: Thursdays, 8:00pm-9:45pm
Dates: 3/28/2024 - 5/30/2024
Location: ViBE Studio
Instructor: Inna

  • Dancing 30 years

  • Teaching 18 years

  • Competitor and champion in Ukraine, Russia and U.S.

  • Specializing in bachata and salsa. Background in variety of styles.

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Future Programs

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For experienced salsa dancers (graduates of salsa 102, salsa 103, or with outside experience).

If you normally lead, in this program you’ll follow. If you normally follow, you’ll lead.

Learning foundations of the opposite role will bring your dancing skills and connection to a whole new level!

You’ll develop empathy for your partners and a whole new understanding of what makes a lead/follow connection rough and how to make your connection feel smooth like silk.

It’s a fun challenge and you’ll laugh a lot along the way!

The program will focus completely on partnering - no shines. This will allow time to learn all of the salsa 101 material plus some of the salsa 102 material.

As soon as enough people opt in on the waiting list, we will open the program.

Time: Week night, 8:00pm-9:45pm
Dates: To be determined
Location: West Los Angeles
Price: $399 (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)
Program Length: 10 Weeks
Instructor: Ariela

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(Not for first time dancers. If this is your first time dancing salsa, take the salsa 101 program.)

"Salsa on 2" is not just timing - it's a whole FEELING that's different from "salsa on 1." 

With master "Salsa on 2" instructor Jarek Hernandez, in this 10-week program you'll start to get the whole feeling of "Salsa on 2" movement into your body with proper foundations from the ground up. 

CONTEXT:
In Los Angeles, we typically dance “salsa on 1,” also known as “L.A. style.” Salsa on 1 is also danced all over the world.

In this program you will learn:
 

  • Exactly how dancing “on 2” is the same and different from “on 1”

  • How to apply your “on 1” skills to dancing “on 2”

  • The feeling of “on 2” movement

  • The feeling of “on 2” connection 

  • “On 2” solo and partnering patterns

  • “On 2” timing for the “action steps”

  • Variety of timing options for spins

  • Why “on 2” can feel smoother and give you more time to complete patterns

 

Join for a proper, structured introduction and new challenge!

Program Length: 10 Weeks

Price: $399 (~$20/hr. ~20 total hours.)

Time: TBA

Status: Coming soon
Dates: TBA
Location: TBA

Instructor: Jarek Hernandez

  • Dancing for 18 years 

  • World Latin dance cup top 3 competitor

  • Professional dancer & instructor

  • Specializing in “salsa on 2”

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More Dance Learning Options

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Contact us for birthday parties, quinceañeras, wedding dance lessons, school events, retirement home events, Valentines day dancing dates, Latin Heritage Month events, other private events, and more!

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Preparing for your wedding dances? We take care of wedding couples every week! Let's explore it together.

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Team building? Culture change? Something else? What's your vision? Let's explore it together.

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Take your dancing to the next level with the Movers and Shakers performance team!

No partner needed.

 

No performance experience needed.

You will learn a choreography and be given the opportunity to perform at night clubs around Los Angeles, festivals ("Congresses") around Los Angeles, and the Las Vegas Salsa Bachata Super Congress.

The performance team is a GREAT way to level up your dancing skills and will also make you a better social dancer!

Come see if it's the right fit for you!

Salsa / Bachata Schedule Summary

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  • BACHATA 101 (BEGINNER)

    • Sundays, 7:00 - 8:45 PM, starting 6/2.

  • BACHATA 102a (INTERMEDIATE)

    • Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:45 PM, starting 6/5

  • SALSA 101 (BEGINNER)

    • Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:45 PM, starting 5/16 (No class on July 4 for Independence Day)

  • SALSA 102a (INTERMEDIATE)

    • Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:45 PM, starting 6/4

  • Salsa 102a (INTERMEDIATE)

    • Mondays, 8:00 - 9:45 PM, starting 6/3

  • SALSA 103a (ADVANCED)

    • Mondays, 8:00 - 9:45 PM, starting 6/3

Need A Different Day/Time?

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Why 10-Week Programs?

Proper Foundations:

With salsa and bachata, when the foundations are great, everything is great, and when the foundations are a mess, everything is a mess.

 

As a first time salsa or bachata dancer, trying to build proper foundations from drop-in classes or short-term programs is simply impossible.

 

That’s why we have pioneered the full Movers and Shakers track that is structured, progressive, and comprehensive.

 

The curriculum will give you proper foundations, and we've found 10 weeks to be the perfect length of time for each program.

As quickly as possible we want you to:

  • Be a delight to dance with

  • Easily connect with any partner on the dance floor

  • Dance with confidence

  • Have fun!

Movers and Shakers will take you from A to Z and hold your hand every step of the way.

Balance of ladies and gents:

We also love the 10-week programs because we're able to arrange for a consistent, balanced ratio of ladies and gents (follows and leads) each week.

 

Friendships:

Additionally, students have told us that they love that ability to make friends with their classmates through the 10 weeks and have people to go out dancing with.

Friendships, Community, FUN

Parties, practices, social events, dancing together at clubs, and even travel opportunities: you'll find your home at Movers and Shakers!

 

You are joining more than just dance class - you are joining the Movers and Shakers family.
 

We take "fun" seriously, and you are about to make many new friends!

As a new student, you will be welcomed with open arms.

All photos below are real Movers and Shakers students.

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Official Monthly Party

Hosted at a student's home, the academy director's home, the beach, or elsewhere, these parties typically attract over 100 students and are a huge hit!