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August 2016

Dance Trends: Waltz Regionality & Terminology

I recently read an article, 3 Charts that Explain How our Latin Dance Community is Changing, in which one chart from Google Trends show that Salsa (Dance) search volumes has been decreasing over time.

Photo published for Google Trends

This got me wondering how other dances have fared over time. Continue reading “Dance Trends: Waltz Regionality & Terminology”


Dance Spot – For Dancers Only

This is part of the Dance Spot series highlighting different places to go dancing in SF Bay Area.

Dance Spot: For Dancers Only
Price: $8
Time: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Fridays, 8:30-9:00pm Intermediate workshop, 9:00-11:45pm Social dancing
Location: Dance Studio, Sunnyvale Community Center (same building as Theater)
950 Michelangelo Dr, Sunnyvale, California 94087

Although I live close-by, I didn’t make my way to For Dancers Only until now, partially because I wasn’t confident in my Lindy Hop abilities. Continue reading “Dance Spot – For Dancers Only”

Dance Spot – Broken Spoke Western Saloon

This is part of the Dance Spot series highlighting different places to go dancing in SF Bay Area.

Dance Spot: Broken Spoke Western Saloon: Line Dancing with Rebel Soles
Price: $5 cover; drinks available for purchase
Time: Thursdays and 1st & 3rd Fridays: 7:30pm lessons; 9pm dancing
Location: 370 Saratoga Ave., San Jose, CA 95129

Someone I met at Wednesday Night Hop‘s Level 1 drop-in class suggested I try out Line Dancing at Broken Spoke Western Saloon. He mentioned Line Dancing is popular at his alma mater, Cal Poly SLO, and many alumni dance here. Continue reading “Dance Spot – Broken Spoke Western Saloon”

Competing role reversed

After writing a series on learning nontraditional dance roles, I met a dancer who competed a partner in reversed roles.

It all got started around the time when the British Dance Council debated banning same-sex couples from competing, so Tsotso and her friends got into a discussion of gender roles. The group together agreed that Luis, a guy, is one of the best follows they know. And one person suggested, they’ve already danced togeher in reverse roles for fun sometimes, why not compete? Continue reading “Competing role reversed”

Dance Spot – Los Salseros de Stanford

This is part of the Dance Spot series highlighting different places to go dancing in SF Bay Area.

Dance Spot: Los Salseros de Stanford Salsa Workshops
Price: FREE
Time: Thursdays
* 7pm - 8pm Beginner class
* 8pm - 9pm Intermediate class
* 9pm - 10pm Social!
Location: Bechtel International Center (Assembly Room)
584 Capistrano Way, Stanford, CA 94305
>>>Time and location change every quarter. Check their Facebook Group for the latest.<<<

I originally thought Los Salseros de Stanford were not having events this summer, but found out a few weeks ago that they were holding workshops on Thursday nights. After updating where to dance at Stanford this summer?, I finally made it out there! Continue reading “Dance Spot – Los Salseros de Stanford”

Dancer Spotlight – Phil

This is part of the Dancer Spotlight series to show how someone got into dancing and how dancing fits into someone’s day.

Phil is a retired engineer and lifelong dancer. I met Phil at Palo Alto Contra, where he was very friendly and welcoming. Continue reading “Dancer Spotlight – Phil”

Dance Spot – South Bay Fusion

This is part of the Dance Spot series highlighting different places to go dancing in SF Bay Area.

Dance Spot: South Bay Fusion
Price: $8 before 7pm; $12 lesson + dance; $10 dance only
Time: Thursdays 7pm beginner; 8pm guest instructor; 9pm dancing
Location: Napa Dance Club (above Napa Auto Parts), 560 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063

After hearing about South Bay Fusion from dancers at Wednesday Night Hop and Friday Night Waltz, I finally made my way there last week. Like many good dance spots, the location was not easy to find Continue reading “Dance Spot – South Bay Fusion”

New to Joy Dance?

Welcome to Joy Dance. This blog aims to make dance more accessible by creating online resources for people interested in dancing. Read more about me on the About page.

If it’s your first time here, check out our top posts each month below or go to:

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Maintaining dance shoes

I started this blog by writing about my experience buying my first dance shoes. After a year of dancing multiple hours a week, the bottom of my shoes is getting flat. I thought I’d need to buy a new pair of shoes, until I saw a competitive dancer brushing the bottom of his shoes in a dance studio. Continue reading “Maintaining dance shoes”

Dance Spot – Castle House Vintage Dance

This is part of the Dance Spot series highlighting different places to go dancing in SF Bay Area.

Dance Spot: Castle House Vintage Dance
Price: $10 / $8 student
Time: 3rd Sunday of every month 4:00-6:30pm with lessons 3:00-3:45pm on odd numbered months
Location: upstairs of Palo Alto Masonic Center, 461 Florence Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

A friend invited me to Castle House Vintage Dance. Although typically $10, this particular day was free because one dancer was treating everyone for her birthday. The event description says we can dress casually, dressy, or wear vintage attire.  Continue reading “Dance Spot – Castle House Vintage Dance”

Dancer Spotlight – Stephanie

This is part of the Dancer Spotlight series to show how someone got into dance and how dancing fits into his/her day.

Stephanie is the owner of Ballroom Connection and has been dancing all her life.

Continue reading “Dancer Spotlight – Stephanie”

Experiment: Audio Cues for Dance Practice

I’ve heard from several people that it’s hard to remember what they learned in lessons. So a few of us came up with an idea: use audio cues to help students remember what they learned so they can practice. I managed to get three volunteers as my guinea pigs. Continue reading “Experiment: Audio Cues for Dance Practice”

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