If you feel you want to dance, but aren't sure where to start - read on! Whether you wish to dance socially or perform, meet new friends or renew romance, get fit or release stress - we will help find the right path that meets your goal.
At LaVida Studio we offer Group Classes, Private Lessons, Practice Sessions, Dance Socials, Performances and Dance Shows on stage.
Come meet new friends, enjoy time with your spouse or significant other, or prepare for a wedding or special event. We're here for you! All instructors live for and love what they do here at LaVida. If you are an absolute beginner, or have “two left feet” and no rhythm, don't worry! We specialize in taking total beginners from zero skills, to the level of ease and confidence of a skilled dancer.
What is your goal? If your goal is to spend time with your spouse and learn variety of dances to be able to dance at cruises, private parties, wedding and corporate events, then starting with our Ballroom dance classes would be the best choice. Our Absolute Beginner 8 week series gives you an introduction in 4 dances: Foxtrot, Rumba, ChaCha, Waltz. This music you will often hear at the above mentioned events.
If your goal is to meet new friends, date or renew romance, then Seattle dance scenes like Salsa, Zouk, West Coast Swing and Argentine tango dance communities would surely welcome you.
Our main tip in choosing the dance style to learn is to first attend the Social Dance Night of that specific dance style. Just come, watch how people dance, interact, dress, and listen to the music. Do you like this scene? Do you like the music? Would you enjoy being part of it if you were to learn this dance style? If answer is yes, then you got your answer!
Did you know? At the Social Dance Nights majority of people are single, or have no dance partner. So don't make youself not having a dance partner stop you from learning to dance. You will meet people and make friends during your dance-filed journey!
See schedules for Argentine Tango, Salsa, Zouk, Ballroom (Foxtrot, Swing, Walza, Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba), Performance Team and Pre-performance classes.
Series of Group Classes
We offer classes in the Series of 4 weeks or 8 weeks. Each Series take place at the same day and time once per week, unless otherwise noted. For our 4 week Series we allow to start on the first or second week only. For the 8 week series offered in Ballroom we welcome drop-ins (one class).
- Level 1 - Absolute Beginner
- Level 1-2 - Beginner/Intermediate
- Level 2-3 - Intermediate/Advanced
In Level 1 we teach using a specific syllabus of steps. You will see an A and B marked next to the level. You will need to be able to demonstrate the steps in A and B before moving on to the next level. For example: In tango, you would complete Level 1-A, Level 1-B, before moving to Level 1-2.
You must complete Level 1 before moving to Level 1-2.
If you would like to join Level 1-2 or higher right from the start - you certainly can. Just contact us for our complimentary 10min evaluation.
During the private lessons, the teacher fine-tunes your dancing and technique, clarifies topics that were missed during the group classes, and customizes instruction to your personal needs.
Each lesson is 50 min, and can be taken by an individual dancer or by a dance couple. The lessons are offered in packages, and expire 1 year from your date of purchase.
Contact us to schedule your private lesson.
You can buy dance shoes online, in a local dance store, like Petticoat Junction (Lynnwood) or have them made by dance shoe professionals in our area, like Art's Dance Shoes (Kirkland). At the studio we offer high quality Odile shoes for men and women to dance Argentine Tango and other Latin dances.
At LaVida we offer high quality Dance wear and clothing line!
There are no restrictions on what you should or should not wear to your dance class; just keep in mind a couple of simple things:
you should feel comfortable moving around in your clothes
your clothes should smell fresh
we do not restrict our students from using any perfume/fragrance/cream/lotion - just be mindful of those around you and do not spill the whole bottle on yourself =)
also be mindful of the food you eat prior to dancing. Garlic, curry, onion are usually the ones that have distinct smell. Feel free to pickup an Altoids at our front desk next time you go out for dinner prior to class.
If you can not commit to twice per week performance group training, come to our Pre-Performance class. This 1.5 hour class once per week is a great way to have a jump start on training.
Our LaVida team is driven by a unifying purpose - passion for dance. We would love to help spark yours. Always feel free to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation about what dance style and classes are best for you. We want you to enjoy dancing as much as we do!
LaVida Dance Studio has a great location in Bellevue, near highways I-405 and I-520. In this a central location - everyone from Downtown or Suburban Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Renton, Redmond, Issaquah, Sammamish can reach us with ease via highway or back roads.
Go ahead and browse through our website, read some Yelp testimonials, or view our gallery and videos. Feel free to contact us with any questions! See you soon!