Helena is the best because she explains well and she is patient. She loves to teach and you can tell.
I take bachata and salsa classes with Helena. I came in as a beginner and have learned SO much in just a few months. She really breaks down every step so that everyone can understand. I've had the problem in the past where the teachers move too fast and don't explain the steps. I haven't had that issue with Helena. Instead I feel like I understand the steps and can go out and practice them with confidence. I definitely recommend to anyone, of any level, interested in learning to dance or improve their dance in a fun, welcoming space.
I've been taking classes with Helena for about a year and she's been awesome. She understands how her students learn best and adapts her approach to fit them. She cares about her students and her passion for dance shows. I appreciate that she took a personal interest in my development and has been encouraging me to push myself. Highly recommend!
My passion for dance is shown in how I teach my students. I don't want my students just to learn steps, I want them to feel excited when they understand what they are doing and why. There's no reason to learn with frustration, so I make sure my students feel comfortable in trying something new and I encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and have fun with dancing.
I love helping my students succeed in their goals. I enjoy watching the growth in confidence that happens as they get more comfortable with dancing. You start to develop a great student teacher relationship with is so rewarding.
I do a quick assessment when first meeting with my students and try a warm up exercise to see how much they know. From there I start with the basic fundamentals that they need to know with timing, roles as lead or follow, dance connection and and confidence in executing moves. From that point on, I set a pace that is comfortable for the student and the rest is dance history in the making :).
Former dance of Melao Dance Company 2004-2007
Former dancer of Mambo Swing DC 2010-2011
Former Dancer of MB Ladies Project 2014-2015
Dance Director and founder of Fusion Urbana Dance Company 2013- Present
Trained with Tango World Champion - Yaisuri Salsamanca -
Trained with Sekou Miller - Alvin and Ailey NYC
Trained with Salsa/Bachata World Champion - Darlin Garcia Philadelphia
Currently Trains 6 times World Champion Eli Torres Philladelphia
Currently trains with Salsa Summit World Champion Jose Maldanado Philadelphia
It's something that sort of happened after I had been performing for so long. People asked me to teach and at first I wasn't sure it's something that I wanted to do but I fell inlove with dance and I really like helping people. It just made sense!
Very beginner, students who were already trained in another genre of dance, dance couples, kids, coorperate events, private events, father and daugher dances for weddings , wedding dances, dance teams, coulples who are on a date nights.
I had a recent father daughter dance emergency. The wedding was in one week and they needed choreographed mash up dance asap. The daughter didn't have any music or song picked out and the father didn't know how to dance at all. I cleared my schedule as much as I could that week and put together a dance with 5 songs that was about 8 mins. I went to the wedding and coordinated the dance with the family and when the time came it was a crowd winner. I never felt so happy because it was such a memorable moment. And NOBODY ever saw the father dance, that was never his thing. :)
Feel the instructor out, call and ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable. It's ok to see their work, or ask for references too. If they have a dance page ask to see it, or videos. And it's never bad to try out one lesson.
What their goals are.
Why they want to start taking lessons.
Do they have a time frame and if they have some sort of budget.