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- Thurs, 7/22 at 7:50 am at 1400 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA
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Have you always wanted to learn salsa?
Here is your chance – we are going to run a special 8 week salsa intensive course March 1 through the end of April. We will meet every Monday at 5 pm in the Google Dance Studio (CL 3). I will be teaching this LA style salsa (on 1) class with the G2G ballroom team – Gem, Alexander, Heidi, and Derrick! For those who have done cuban rueda salsa at Google before, this is different – we will be teaching the kind of salsa were you dance with just one partner, not in a circle switching partners.
If you’ve never done salsa before, this class will be perfect for you – we will start from the very beginning and explore the basic steps, how to lead and follow, and how to move like a salsa dancer!
For those who have done a little salsa, this class will be great for you as well – we will move beyond the basics quickly and progress through turns and spins, fun variations, shines, and even some dips! This class will be a chance to move beyond the basics that are commonly taught in drop in lessons and get into the really fun stuff.
This class will get you ready for our big Cinco de Mayo salsa party (yes, on the 5th of May). We are hoping to have a live salsa band and really kick off the dance studio here on campus. And you gotta have your salsa ready for a party like that – so get started with our salsa class March 1st.
Check the dancestudio internal link for more information and registration.
See you soon,
We built a dance studio in Google headquarters, Mountain View, CA!
Seriously – a big, big freaking dance studio, with 23 classes a week – and I get to manage it! I couldn’t be happier (or more busy). More than half of our classes are taught by volunteer Googlers who are experienced dancers / teachers in their particular style. Our Google volunteer classes are in such styles as:
- Lindy Hop Swing
- Ballroom dancing – Cha Cha and Rumba, Foxtrot and Waltz
- Bhangra Performance Troupe
- Cuban Salsa Rueda
- Intermediate / Advanced Hip Hop
- Argentine Tango
I am so proud of all the Google volunteer teachers – they are doing a really good job supporting their students, planning fun field trips, and getting new people excited about dance.
We also have classes taught by PlusOne professional staff, and we hope to continue to expand these offerings. Right now we have 2 yoga classes per week, 1 Bollywood dance class with Shaira Bhan, 1 Zumba class with Alicia Langlais, and various classes with myself. We were lucky enough to be able to continue all the classes I was already teaching at Google (Hip hop, Around the World, and Zumba). Further, we were able to add special offerings like “Back to the 80s” Aerobics, and “How to dance at a Club or Party: An Analytical Approach”.
The studio still needs a lot of work before it turns into its fully developed self – we want to decorate the space as a nightclub / lounge, and have dance parties, events, special guest workshops, etc. We are still working out all the details of the facility (changing rooms, an elevation riser for the teachers to stand on, clocks on the wall, etc), but I am very excited about how well everything has gone so far.
If you are a Googler who has ideas / suggestions about the dance studio program, please shoot me an email at my internal address.
Thanks to everyone outside Google who has to be much more patient with me as I have been so busy and haven’t been as responsive in my other classes / arenas.
Hope to see you soon at the studio!
Bachata is one of the the beautiful and very sexy slow dances of the Latin world.
For latin jazz class, we’ve been using the song “El Triste” by Frenesí de Bachata to dance a bachata inspired routine.
Here are the steps:
And here it is with music (and sticky shoes that wouldn’t let me turn!):
Hope you enjoyed this new style of dance, we’ll be moving back into faster tempo next week,
See you soon,
So you may have heard that I’m teaching a new class at the Google Dance Studio – How to Dance at a Club or Party: An Analytical Approach. I think this is currently my favorite class, but it’s also my most challenging – there’s a lot of work involved in breaking down all those elements of movement that make someone look “natural”.
I’ve had so many friends ask me what the heck I’m teaching in that class, that I thought I’d put up a bit of my curriculum / a few of my review videos so you can share in the joy.
It’s a 7 week course, and here’s the overview of the curriculum:
- Parsing music: How to hear beat, rhythm, measures, upbeat vs. downbeat, melody and harmony
- Translating sound into movement: How to turn what you hear into dancing
- Overall Picture: Posture, Angles, Coordination, and Resistance
- Body Isolations: How to move individual parts of your body (ribs, hips, body rolls, etc)
- Male vs Female Movement, and a Brief top 10 of “Don’t”s
- How to Interact with Others
- How to Teach Yourself
I’m particularly proud of some of the segments (like how to tell the difference between “good” posture, “bad” posture, “dance” posture, and “hip hop” posture). I also get a total kick out of the powerpoint presentation and flow chart that go with the class series. Most importantly, I have seen a lot of improvement already in the 60-70 folks who are showing up for class each week (good job guys!)
I’ve been told that I ought to package the whole curriculum and sell it (in my copious amounts of spare time). I doubt I will have time, but I am considering it, and due to that I will not post all of my videos here (I am posting them internally at Google, check my internal account for all the videos and powerpoint notes).
None the less, here’s a few videos for fun:
For the Googlers who are reading, there is only a few more weeks of class left, so come out on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm to the studio! This is a one time only class, so don’t miss it! Each class is it’s own unit, so feel free to come out even if you’ve missed prior classes.
See you soon,
Sorry I’ve been so slow in making videos for our cardio hip hop class – the Google dance studio has eaten my life.
Just a brief update on hip hop at Google – we now have 5 hip hop classes per week (what???)
- Total beginners: How to dance at a Club or Party: An Analytical Approach (Wednesdays at 5:30 pm)
- Beginners: Club Zumba (Mondays at 4 pm, follow along dancing to pop / club / hip hop music, simple steps, great cardio)
- Beginning Intermediate: Cardio Hip Hop (Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 pm, lots of workout, some fun steps, short routine)
- Intermediate Advanced Hip Hop: with Arlene Lee (Thursdays at 4 pm, prepare to perform an awesome hip hop routine!)
All classes are in the new Google dance studio, except for the Cardio hip hop, which is still in B 40 as always.
I know this is *lots* of options – perhaps too many? Please tell your friends about all of the options – I think there are Googlers out there who don’t know that the right class exists for them. If everyone finds the class that is right for them, there will be enough dancers total to fill up all those classes. I hope that you will still come out and support the Cardio Hip Hop class in B 40 – I would hate to have to end the class due to lack of participation. We’ve been going strong for a year, and it would be great to keep going!
Anyways, here are the steps that we are doing right now if you want to review:
And here are the steps a little faster with the counts:
See you in class on Monday / Wednesday at 7 pm.
Sorry I’ve been so slow with making videos – the Google dance studio has eaten my life. =)
We’ve done a few new Bollywood dances, first to Mast Kalandar from “Heyy Babyy”:
Here are the steps slowly:
and here it is with music:
The second dance we’ve done lately is Zoobie Doobie from 3 Idiots:
Here are the steps:
And here it is with the music:
Thanks for coming to class! It’s always great to see you… for those who haven’t been in awhile, the Oracle Bollywood class is on Fridays at 11 am. I have also been teaching these Bollywood routines in Around the World class at Google, Tuesday and Thursday at 4 pm. Finally, we do at least one Bollywood in Zumba class, Mondays at 8:20 am at Reach, or Thursdays at 10 am at 24 hr fitness.
See you soon!
Wow – it’s amazing what you can find on youtube!
I’ve got my hair in a medium length bob – kind of poofed out, and it was bright red at the time, though you can’t tell because the lighting is so dark.
Steve Vasco choreographed this routine for the Starlite teachers to perform at Winter showcase a few years back. It was part American rumba, part International rumba, lots of tricks, some contemporary, and some Argentine tango – overall quite fun!
At the end my top got caught on Gavin’s vest buttons – but other than that it all went well.
Here’s some Zumba reggaeton steps, taken from Beto Perez and Tanya Beardsley (and some from me!). Shouts out to Mahin for requesting more reggaeton – good to get it back into the rotation.
The song is “Move it Up” from the Zumba CD, but I think the song is available in other renditions as well. Here are the steps:
And here they are with the music:
This is *such* a fun song -”Say Hey I Love You” by Michael Franti and Spearhead. I’d love to do a full routine to the whole song someday. Anyone interested?
Here’s just the steps – some samba, some cha cha, some jazz, some hip hop, some …?:
And the same with counts:
And with the song (yeah!!):
For those who want to put a face with the voice, this is Michael Franti….
Not bad, eh?
On a totally off topic – I think most tattoos are … well, not a great idea. I don’t know why, but a lot of colored tattoos look strange to me, like they don’t really fit on people’s skin. It looks out of place, like some doodled on them with a marker. The only kind of tattoos I even vaguely like are like these – tribal design in dark ink. Even though I’m still not a fan of tattoos, at least they look like they “fit” on the body.
All righty – back to dancing!