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Autumn Term 2 Starts April | On Your Marks, Get Set … Dance! Your Term 2 Autumn Program has arrived! Join in the fun and games as we kick-off our Autumn Program with some active special events inspired by the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Autumn Program Updates & Highlights

Inspired RISE Dance Fitness & April 4 Week Games Pass Our RISE classes stand for rhythm, Intensity, Sequences and Energy. They’re 45 minutes long and by signing up you will gain body conditioning & fitness through dance for greater dance strength, skill, agility and endurance. Rise to the challenge and get inspired as together we get active, play, train and find adventure! Enjoy our mix of April dance inspired fitness and energy classes by selecting your preferred Pass below or in-studio.

 

Salsa & Bachata extends After our initial expansion of Salsa Focus Level 2 and Bachata Focus Level 2 to 45 minute classes we are now delighted to offer full 60 minute classes in each style. To acknowledge the natural pairing of these styles and our evolution in offering these as a set to offering them individually we have a special offer for Term 2 where you are able to enrol in Salsa & Bachata courses with our PLUS Membership option. PLUS Membership can be added to a One Course or Two Course booking and let’s you dance a second class in the given style for $15 per week (and it also comes with Private Lesson benefits. Full pricing details here)

 

Our 2018 Annual Ball Sat 2nd June & the performance of your choreos! We can’t pretend we’re not super excited to share the theme and details of this years Annual Ball and to see the current choreography dance teams’ dazzling and fun performances! Details to be unveiled in the weeks ahead but for now we’d love you to save the date of Saturday June 2nd.

 

Social Dancing on Friday Nights Bring the weekend into your life sooner with our Friday Social classes designed to compliment your progressive weekly dance course with classes with a moresocial sequence flavour and more dance time. In Term 2 we keep the good fires burning with Social Bachata, Social Zouk, Social Forro. Full Program Here

Get Your April Games Pass Here Add a Four Week Games Pass to your life of adventure! For the first four weeks of Term 2 we are joining the Commonwealth Games fun with our Games Passes. Your Games Pass lets you come to any of the four weekly RISE classes: Samba Energia on Tues, Salsa Suelta on Thurs, Latin Fitness on Sat and Axé + Reggaeton on Sundays (read more below).


 

WEEKLY CLASSES AVAILABLE April 2nd – April 29th

TUESDAYS 6.45 – 7.30pm Samba Energia RISE |

Fitness-based Samba 4 week intensive. Improve your speed, technique & musicality as you work through sequences & drills to build endurance.

THURSDAYS 5.45 – 6.30pm Salsa Suelta RISE |

Take your basic Salsa steps to full body movement while working up a sweat . Improve coordination, foot speed, body agility & memory & have some fun as you work through short sequences, smooth transitions & increase your dance fitness.

SATURDAYS 9.30 – 10.15am Latin Fitness RISE |

Develop body awareness, flexibility, agility, technique & dance fitness through this dynamic style mix: Afro-Brazilian, Cuban Salsa Suelta, Samba, Capoeira, Afro-Jazz, & Samba Reggae. A stand-alone fitness class or ideal to improve style, technique & dance fitness for partner dance.

SUNDAYS 3.45 – 4.30pm Axé + Reggaeton RISE |

Let’s move it! Axé is an individual Brazilian dance style with grounded moves & real flavour! Find your groove & get your sweat on with fun, short axé routines. Mix it up with some Reggaeton, a musical genre from Porta Rica influenced by hip hop, Latin American & Caribbean music. This was around WAY before Zumba!

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Rio Rhythmics by Jada De Goey Teatini-climaco - 2M ago

“Dance is a conversation” is something our Founding Director, Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco, has been saying for over two decades. So we decided to get him to spill the beans on exactly why, and this is what he said…

For the past 28 years I have been teaching in Australia, and have always said that partner dance is a conversation. In fact more than a conversation it is a communication, because a conversation can be unilateral. Communication is more comprehensive, it’s from two sides, it’s not one sided.

Dance is a non verbal ‘conversation’. It’s quite amazing that this communication does not rely as much on the vocabulary. As a good communicator you can communicate well with children, adults, people of all backgrounds – you do not rely on your vocabulary but on your ability to communicate well. Similarly, as a great partner in dance your ability to communicate does not rely on the steps you know, but on your leading and following – your communication skills.

I have been told that I am a story teller, so I will tell you a story about when I opened Rio Rhythmics in 1994. I engaged a solicitor to get advice about opening a business, the first one I went to used all his law jargon and fancy words I didn’t know, I guess trying to impress me (I think), and seemingly not caring if I understood properly or not. Then I went to someone else who understood I could not understand the lingo, who took the time to explain everything clearly and in a way I understood. To me this means he was a better communicator. We had a ‘dance together’, if I can put it like that.

In the same way a leader and a follower are engaged in this two way communication. A good follower is just the most amazing thing, you cannot have a rich conversation with someone who isn’t understanding you, or who doesn’t respond well or at least in a pleasant way. The responsibility for quality of the conversation/dance falls equally with the follower as it does with the leader. To have a good conversation, or to communicate really well with someone, relies on both people.

It’s quite unfortunate that a lot of people think the quality of a dance comes more from the leader and relies on the amount of steps the leader knows. It has nothing to do with that. It comes from inside, it’s not an outside thing. It doesn’t come from the step. The music goes through the dancers and is transformed into steps, into what you see happening on the dance floor.

It’s like a picture being painted in the moment, that vanishes when the dance finishes. Each dance will be very different.

People say, “that’s my style, I dance like that”. You can’t say, “I talk like that”, you don’t talk the same way with an adult, a child, a solicitor, at your work, with your family. You don’t, you need to be able to communicate differently with different people.

When social dancing, the communication with your partner is unique, it’s only with that person, it should not repeat with another person. Otherwise you are saying the same thing to everyone!

So enjoy and savour each and every conversation and as you would in your other dealings, be respectful, thoughtful, considerate and ‘listen’ to your partner no matter if you are the leader or the follower.

As always, dance for life!
Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco
Founding Director of Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy

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Hello wonderful Rio Rhythmics Community,

I have made a quick trip over to my home country Brazil to celebrate my mothers 98th Birthday. It is priceless for me to be able to celebrate with my mother and most of my family and to be able to spend so much time with my mother. In the 29 years I have been in Australia I have only once, before now, had this opportunity, just me here to have focused family time. It enriches my soul, and I have to thank my beautiful wife Jada who gave me this trip as a Christmas gift this year.

I wanted to write to you all because whenever I am away I reflect a lot on Rio Rhythmics and the amazing community I am so proud of. Plus I thought I’d share a bit about my home town and what I’ve been doing. If you know me well you know that sitting on the couch too long is not my style!

Let’s talk about Goiania. Goiania is a city (about the same size as Brisbane), very close to the Capital, Brasilia. Goiania has always been a great centre for dancing and Capoeira. A Centre of Music and Dance where I worked for many years called Musika Centro De Estudos (written differently but pronounced Musica), played a very important role as a school of arts for the entire country, it’s amazing for me to be able to visit and see it still working now.

Last night I had the great pleasure of meeting Jairo Robarte, the owner of Jaime Aroxa Goiania. For those who are not familiar, Jaime Aroxa is a leader in Dança de Salao (Brazilian partner dance) in Brazil and owns the largest School with affiliates all throughout Brazil, oyr very good friends Lidio Freitas and Monique Marculano run one in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, many of you know them.

They have nine teachers and like us, heaps of classes throughout the week in a huge variety of styles. It was great to exchange ideas with Jairo and take a look at their Forró, Salsa and Samba de Gafieira classes. Tomorrow I will check out the Tango lessons.

And what’s happening Saturday? Party of course! You know what I say “come to the parties!!!”, so I am going to take my own advise and head along with a couple of great friends and great dancers Lenine and Alessandra who I danced a lot with in 1998 (not long ago hahaha). I will send through some photo’s in the community Facebook group and I am looking forward to coming back and sharing with you all the ideas exchanged and experiences.

A visit to Goiania is never complete without a visit to ASCEP, today I joined my brother on one of his regular visits (photo’s below), and it was wonderful to meet with some of the carers and ‘kids’ I have known all these years as well as some new people. As always they send their deepest thanks and gratitude for all that you and our community does for them each year with White Magic.

I will be back in just over a week, so I will see you on the dance floor then!

Tarcisio

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Why learn more than one style from the get go you ask? We are asked this question often because our most popular starting point, Latin Dance Starter see’s complete beginners learn 6 styles simultaneously. Some people think “woohoo, fun!”, others “whaaaaat, that’s too much for me!”.

So, here is why we believe it’s the best way to go.

To start with, generally in South America it’s how people learn. They both see and generally naturally try a variety of dance styles from a young age, even if they say they “don’t dance”.

Each of the Latin dance styles we teach are linked in some way or another. For example you can do the same turn patterns (with different footwork and style/feel) in Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Zouk Lambada and Forró to name a few. The basic step in Linier Salsa is essentially ‘the same pattern’ as Bolero and Forró Universitario from brazil, again with a different feel and stylisation.

The same principles of permanent, directional and visual leading and following apply across most dance styles in one way or another, some dance styles use more one than another but they all generally utilise all three at some point. The frame needed in one dance style is the same needed in another, whether that’s a closed embrace or an open hand held frame.

So you can see, when you learn a principle, leading or following skill, turn pattern or basic footwork in one dance style you are in fact learning skills which will help in the other dance styles also.

So what’s the difference between the styles? It’s the cultural feeling, often interpreted as style or styling, it’s the music it is dance to which evokes a certain feeling. It’s sometimes the basic footwork or whether the weight is predominantly in the bent leg or straight leg. An even more subjective difference, and challenging to explain, is the amount of emotion, energy and dynamic used in the step and to communicate with your partner.

Not to mention all the Latin American dance styles come from the same cultural roots of a strong African influence which permeates through them all.

We have found that the very best social Latin dancers are those who dance more than one style, even if they end up specialising in one or just a couple. People who start learning a variety of dance styles become more technically able, and more highly skilled in their chosen favourite later on. They are also a sought after commodity on the dance floor because it doesn’t matter what music is playing, everyone knows they can dance to it!

If you don’t believe us, we encourage you to find out for yourself through our signature Foundation program, beginning with Latin Dance Starter.

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10 Reasons why social partner dance is SO good for you.

Dance your way to a better you and a better life with us doing social Latin partner dance.

Here are 10 ways it will get you there!

  1. Keeps you younger
  2. Improves self confidence
  3. Creates new neural pathways, great for memory and brain plasticity.
  4. Healthy, respectful, physical touch, an essential need for the human psych
  5. Mindfulness, you have to be in the moment.
  6. Physical exercise that is FUN and both strengthens and stretches muscles.
  7. Raises the heart rate which releases feel good endorphins into the bloodstream
  8. Reduces levels of cortisol – a stress hormone.
  9. Makes you happier and more relaxed – due to points 7 & 8.
  10. Social interaction, in person, with a variety of people from different walks of life all with a common interest.

We could go on and on, but that’s for another time.

In a study by Dr. Lovatt published in The Telagraph he said “It shows that dancing along to music even for five minutes can boost happiness and improve creative-thinking patterns” (aha yet another one, improves creative thinking patterns!). “Dancing stimulates us physically and emotionally while there are also cognitive and social elements to it”, Dr Lovatt also explains.

Dance has an incredibly positive effect on both your physical and mental wellbeing, because of this the flow on effect goes far beyond the dance class or social dance and can improve entire day, and even your entire week!

So come dance to have fun, to be happy, to relax, make friends, lose weight, dance to celebrate, to explore, or to re-wire your brain. Dance to be more alive!

At Rio Rhythmics we welcome people of any age, from all walks of life, completely new to Latin dance or highly advanced, and believe NOW is always the very best time to get started. To find out more click here.

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Foundation 2 Bookings Page We couldn’t be more delighted to have shared your journey through Latin Dance Starter and are thrilled to welcome you to your next course: Latin Dance Foundation 2.
Discover how our unique Foundation courses will expand your knowledge and give you the very best foundations whether love hitting the social dance floor or aspire to become a top professional Latin dance!

Latin Dance Foundation 2 Courses
Latin Dance Foundation 2 ABOUT THIS COURSE
Level & Duration: Suitable for those who have completed Latin Dance Starter. One hour per week, 12 weeks
Experience: Step to the next level. When you complete your journey through Rio Rhythmics’ Latin Foundation Courses, you will have learnt Cuban Salsa, Merengue, Forró, Zouk-Lambada, Samba, Bolero, Bachata and Samba de Gafieira. Your versatility and understanding across styles grounds you as a dancer and creates a base which will serve you exceptionally well as you continue to progress into your favourite dance styles.

Studio Location: Boundary St, in the heart of West End

What’s Included: Your course is a complete experience and includes Classes, Social events, Support emails, Learning Videos. You also receive member prices on Parties and Workshops.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Payment Method: Pay in full upfront or 30% of the course fee now and the balance in-studio.

Option for direct debit: You may like to set up an ongoing monthly direct debit payment which receives a 5% discount. You can do this in-studio or on MindBody here.

Miss a class? Make-up a missed class in an equivalent class within your course period where available.

Refunds: Fully refundable 24 hours prior to start of course. 14 days notice required to cancel. Cancel anytime to receive a refund of unused course amount less a $25 cancellation fee.

Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy – Leading, Connecting and Celebrating Since 1994

Choosing Latin Foundation 2 PLUS
ABOUT PLUS
Plus memberships are created to support you in going deeper and learning faster. They cost $14 per week and give you much greater value. They allow you:
To enrol in two Foundation 2 courses within the Term at a reduced price. Practise more, learn faster, meet more people
Receive 10% off Private Dance Training lessons OR
One 60 minute Private Training Session per Term for $60 ($50 discount). Private Lesson discounts can be used any-time after your first two weeks of membership.
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Rio Rhythmics by Jada De Goey Teatini-climaco - 2M ago

Did you know that FUN is the #1 reason people start dancing?

It may be surprising, or it may make complete sense to you, the number one reason people start social Latin dance with us is for FUN. Yep, though there are other things like “to meet new people”, “adventure”, “central location”, “my friend recommended it” coming up high on the list we can without a doubt say that the word FUN comes up the most as a starting reason.

It got us to thinking, is it because fun is what is expected when people think of Latin dance or is it because more fun is lacking from the day to day of our lives and we are searching for more of it? Is it because we try to compartmentalise our lives into work, family, play, relaxation, social etc and it would seem fun can only be a part of some of those areas, often the ones we spend least time doing?

There are many studies and discussions towards an integration rather than a balance being optimal for wellbeing. So more people are searching for activities which combine socializing, fun, physical activity, brain stimulation, things that help them be more in the present. Plus more and more people are looking to design their life so they are working with what they love AND have more time with family, friends and for themselves. “Do what you love, love what you do”, is a big catch cry moving away from doing what you think your parents wanted you to do, what you thought was the safe option and creating your own vision of your life.

A lot of this freedom is created by technology, and while it does create freedoms it can also create isolation. So in a world becoming more and more technological more and more people are searching for ways to have social contact, be a part of vibrant communities, experience healthy physical connection with others and bring more fun and joy into their lives overall.

Often people start looking for fun, and they are surprised to find ALL of the above in once place and through one activity, social Latin dance.

The level at which you experience all of these things will depend on with whom and where you dance so we suggest you look for somewhere you feel welcome, supported, included, a place which feels like home, has a strong cultural feeling. Where your interaction with the team and fellow classmates starts before the class and continues after class and where there is clear structure and passion for high level instruction with experienced instructors – more on what to look for in a Latin dance instructor another day.

Improving people’s lives through Latin dance and culture is at the core of our purpose at Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy and we would LOVE as many people as possible to experience all these benefits.

Whether you are new to dance or have years of experience we would love to welcome you.

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Yours –

Rio Rhythmics Team

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Rio Rhythmics’ Summer Program’s February Courses are now open for bookings.

Latin Dance Starter Courses commence from the week of Monday 5th Feb and Cuban Salsa Starter from Sunday 25th Feb.

Enrol in our 8 wk Latin Dance Starter course to get the foundations of 6 of the most popular styles and you will receive a FREE 14 day class pass to also explore Cuban Salsa and Samba.

Head here for details. We look forward to dance with you soon! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Phone 3844 1824 or email dancing@riorhythmics.com.au

Dance For Life!

– Your Rio Rhythmics Team

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