Hey Chi-Town, We're NOT going to let the Summer heat escape us too soon! We're keeping the flames going and bringing you another sizzling event. This one is gonna be RA-TA-TA-TA REAL 100%. So, if you're a true Bachatero you know what that means!!! And if you're new and thirsty it's gonna be a Bachata-TA-TA-TA-TA experience you will NOT forget!!!
Chicago Loves Bachata is going BIG again with another series of a 100% Bachata Social on Friday with 2 Bachata Rooms!!! Then on Saturday, Back by popular demand our Traditional/Sensual Bachata Bootcamps!!!
(With a new curriculum this go around for all)
Don't miss this opportunity to learn in an intimate environment and celebrate this very special event! Get your discounted passes ASAP.
PARTY PASSES/SOCIAL ONLY TICKETS-Friday Sept 20th. Flat Rate 10$ now and at the door. Please see links at the bottom of the details section to purchase tickets- (No Cap On Sales)
DAY WORKSHOPS PASSES (Includes Social Dance Portion): Saturday, Sept. 21st- (Bootcamps limited to 25 couples)
WORKSHOP 1: 12PM TO 3PM
3hr Traditional Bachata Workshops focusing on Caribbean Movement, Musicality, Interpretation and partner work by Juan & Melanie
WORKSHOP 2: 3:30PM-6:30PM
3hr Bachata Sensual Bootcamp focusing in the connection between partners and the interpretation of the music through the body by Chicago's Own, Nadia “Lady Sith” Alvarado and Chinwuba Okafor from Latin Rhythms Academy of Dance and Performance. In this workshop you can expect to further develop your following and leading skills through isolations, musicality, styling and specialty turns.
Workshops Passes Are Limited Capacity To Ensure An Even Ratio of Leads and Follows AND To Optimize the Learning Experience with An Appropriate Instructor/Student Ratio.
NIGHT PARTY FRIDAY- 10PM TO 3AM
The night party will consist of an amazing line-up of performances and 2 Rooms of Dancing (A Modern/Sensual Bachata Room with Special Guest DJ World Class Bachata Producer and Remixer Rudi Lopez (el Tiguere del Mambo) from Island Touch Dance flying in from Florida!!! Joining forces with El Tiguere... our resident DJ Adrian DJ AC Cepeda! (A Traditional Bachata Room) With resident DJ Carlos Cinta and special guest DJ Sebastian James Flying in from Denver holding it down for y’all!!
You Don't Want To Miss This Bachata packed event!!!
About Your Instructors:
Traditional Bachata Workshops Series Instructors Juan & Melanie
Juan & Melanie’s Biography
Juan Mejia, born in Bayaguana DR, learned the authentic and traditional style of Bachata naturally while dancing in the DR for most of his life. Today, he is a product of his immense love for Bachata and his desire to continuously improve his dance. His style is classic, soft, and full of expressions that respect the accents of the music. You will have the great opportunity to experience and to become infected with this wonderful style. Juan currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he continues to contribute to the growth of classic Bachata dance with his wife, Melanie. Melanie, a native German, discovered her love and passion for traditional Bachata when she met Juan. She is a great follow and has a warm approach to teaching with patience while transmitting her grace and follow skills to everyone in the room.
Juan and Melanie’s working together has turned them into one of the most sought out couples from the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area. Juan and Melanie have taught together at numerous events, including DCBX, the International San Francisco Bachata Festival, the AfroLatin Vegas Festival, the Baltimore Salsa and Bachata Congress, and at For The Love of Bachata in Pittsburgh, to name a few. At Juan’s own school 'Bachata Fix RD', originally founded in his hometown in the DR, they now continue teaching weekly classes across the DMV area. Come and be part of this wonderful culture! "Bachateame Mami"
Bachata Sensual Bootcamp- Nadia Alvarado & Chinwuba Okafor
Nadia Alvarado is Chicago’s Lady Sith of Bachata. Born in Venezuela and raised in Nicaragua, this sensual bachata guru possesses all the Latin spice you need. She began taking dance lessons and learned all her basics in Montreal, Canada. She was later reunited with dance in 2007 in Indianapolis, IN. She continued her training then, making sure she learned from well known and respected Latin Dance professionals. In 2011, she co-founded Latin Expressions. After 3 years, leaving behind an increasingly successful studio, she moved to Chicago to continue her dance training. In 2015, she was offered a position at Latin Rhythms as a dance instructor. She has performed and taught Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Boogaloo and of course Bachata all over the U.S. including several Salsa & Bachata Congresses. Nadia is known for being a light follow and a very musical dancer. She loves to be both elegant and sensual as a fallow; but also enjoys the intricacies of leading. Most of all, she is serious about sharing her knowledge about and love for dance with her students.
Worshop details (all passes includes social portion)
Workshop prices will increase on August 1st, Sept 1st and then again at the door.
Social Dance Only Tickets are $10 flat rate- no pre-sale rate
(Purchase with links below)
Avoid the line and buy tickets until noon the day before the event.
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(No Refunds for workshops or social dance tickets)
September 20 @ 10pm
- September 21 @ 6:30pm
where:Dance Center Chicago, 3868 North Lincoln Avenue, #2nd floor, Chicago, IL, 60613 map