(www.CuencaBallroomDanceClub.com) You have reached the right place for information on couples dancing in the area. We teach, and host dance events featuring all Ballroom, Swing, Country-Western and Latin dance styles. These include both American and International styles of dance. You will find at our social dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Viennese Waltz, Bolero, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Mambo, Meringue, Samba, Single Time Swing (Jitterbug), Lindy, Jive, ECS (East Coast Swing), WCS (West Coast Swing) Hustle (Disco), Country 2-Step, Night Club Two-step (NC2), Triple Two Step (T2S), Polka, Schottische, Cowboy Cha-Cha, Barn Dance (Wagon Wheel) as well as some line dancing.

 

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Cuenca Ballroom Dance Club
Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador


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Hello, I am Will Harper and I live and work in Cuenca Ecuador.

I am not a dance teacher (I am a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language), but I am considered by many to be an excellent dancer

AND, I have earned a few dozen "First-Place" awards in Virginia State, Winners Circle, and North-American dance competitions.

The Cuenca Ballroom Dance Club is located in a rented professional dance studio in the Totoracoha Area, near my school.


T
he dance is held in a professional dance studio, in a nice neighborhood, on a well-lighted street, with plenty of streetside parking, if you decide to drive. Or, every taxi in town can take you there.  Google maps is not accurate, but it will place you in the area.  Click this link for a map that has the exact location pinned on the map:  http://tinyurl.com/2af68ow .  As far as I know, streetside parking is safe - the Cuencans park there - but, if you will be uncomfortable, take a taxi.  Two bucks, and leave the driving (and the parking) problems to the cabbie.  For the return trip, there is a taxi stand less than half-a-block away, and minute-by-minute taxies streaming by on Yana Urco.

 

The Cuenca Ballroom Dance Club WILL BE open every Sunday at 7:00PM, with a free 30 minute dance lesson in the basics, of one dance each week

 

I have a mix of dance music to please every dancer; ranging from traditional ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep,..) to Latins (Tango, Argentine Tango, Rumba, Samba, Cha Cha, Salsa,..) East-Coast Swing and West-Coast Swing, Disco/hustle and more.

I'll have bottled water, drinks and a few snacks - If anybody cares to bring a pot-luck snack for 5 or so, please do so.

The dance will start with a free basic dance lesson - 7:00-7:30 PM, with general dancing until 9:45 to10:00 PM.

Admission is FREE (really), but I will solicit a $2 donation, to help pay the rent, etc., if you wish to help out.

We will dance at the Dance studio, "Therapy Dance," which is located at Yana Urco 4-32 y Rio Upano, phone 09 731 6603. Every taxi driver in town should know where Yana Urco is, but, if not it is at the bottom of the valley of Guapdondélig, by the cemetery, South of the airport. Rio Upano is the third cross street from Guapdondélig. The studio is on the right, just before you get to the park on the left. It shares a building with the Multi Videos store, which has a lighted sign that can be seen from a long way off. Both of these signs are in English.

Some maps say "Yanahurco" instead of Yana Urco - but the street signs (that I have seen) say Yana Urco. Either way, it is pronounced the same..

 

If you are looking for a social dance to attend in Cuenca, you are at the right place!
If you are looking for information on Ballroom, Latin, Swing,  and Country-Western Dancing Lessons in Cuenca, you are in the right place!
If you are looking for Wedding Reception First Dance Instruction, you are in the right place!
If you just want to learn how to dance with your partner, you are in the right place!

 ~~ Sorry, I do not teach Pole Dancing ~~

 

 

 

~~ Dance Instruction ~~


Instructional goals will be very simple:

  1. Teach you (and--your two-left-footed-spouse) to look like natural dancers.

  2. Maximize your learning time during our lessons and not waste your time.

  3. Concentrate on Social Dance instruction.

  4. Keep you up to date in dance style and technique.

  5. Encourage you to attend the weekly social dance.

  6. The price for this dance is... FREE!  If you are so inclined, please donate $2 per person, to help pay the rent.

 


About the Sunday Night Social Dance in Cuenca, Ecuador

$FREE! A 2.00 per person donation to cover costs will be appreciated - Soft Drinks and munchies provided

The night starts off with a beginner dance lesson from  7:00 - 7:30pm 

The cost of the lesson is also free

There is a different lesson taught each week and you can email me, if you need additional information.


After the lesson I will DJ some great dance music that suits a good mix of dance styles.
 

Ballroom Music includes:

    Foxtrot, Slow Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz

Latin Music Includes:

    Cha Cha, Salsa or Mambo, Rumba, Meringue

Swing Music includes:

    West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hustle

Country-Western Music Includes: 

    2 Step, Night Club Two (NC2), Triple Two Step, Maybe Polka


The dance continues until 9:30 pm or later if there are enough willing dancers.


The dress code is:

"Clean Casual" and we hope you know that does not include cut offs, tank tops. "T" Shirts and flip flops. Jeans are fine if not ragged or cut-offs.

Wear comfortable leather-soled shoes, if you have them.  (Sneakers and rubber-soles restrict your movement on the dance floor)

There is no smoking allowed. Trouble makers and those just on the prowl will be asked to leave.

Foul language, bad behavior, and rudeness to other dancers is not permitted. 


This is a family oriented fun social dance that is suitable for those under 16 years old.

The age of the dancers range from 20s to 70s with most somewhere in the middle. There are singles and couples, (married and not married) attending.


 

Will the Beat Go On?  Heart-healthy dance tips.  Download and print this flyer, (maybe put it in a cheap frame) and ask your doctor to post it in several locations about their waiting rooms (Doctors ALWAYS have several waiting rooms) Click here to download the flyer.


For More Cuenca Ballroom Dance Club Information

Skype:  English_Tutor100

 

Email:

Cuenca cell phone 09 731-6603


~~ About Will and Walter & Judy Schultz

 

Will and Walter and Judy started the Two Step Tidewater Virginia group, in Virginia Beach, VA, (No membership or dues EVER) when 4 couples, who were cross-over ballroom and C&W dancers wanted a place to dance - other than the smoke-filled night clubs, with a tiny dance floor overflowing with drunks and/or line dancers.  We rented a small dance studio, which was closed (and cheap) on Sunday Nights.  When we hit over 90 dancers on the dance floor on Sunday evenings, we were forced to move.  We had to move to a larger studio, with more air conditioning capacity. We hosted a social dance each week where couples could dance to Latin (Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Samba, Meringues), Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot Quickstep), Swing (East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing and Disco Hustle) and Country-Western music (Cowboy Cha, Two Step, Barn Dance, Night-club Two Step, Cowboy Waltz, Country Polka).

 

 ~~ About Will Harper: 

A little secret that I learned late in life – The ladies don’t even mind if the gentleman has two-left-feet.  They just love it if he will dance.  This “realization” came to me, when the best dancer (and one of the most beautiful - http://public.fotki.com/donder2/will-harper-clan/wednesday-september-77.html ) asked ME to dance.  At first I (the wallflower, with two left feet) said, “NO! I’m not good enough to dance with YOU.”  She changed my mind - and, after discovering the joy of dancing, I eventually went on to win the Virginia State Dance Championship.  Here is me and my dancing partner-teacher, accepting the applause http://public.fotki.com/donder2/will-harper-clan/wednesday-september-68.html

When I (Will) got to Cuenca, I looked around for a place to dance - there were plenty - but only if you wanted to do Salsa, Salsa, Salsa, Buchata, SALSA, and SALSA all night.  I am starting this Cuenca Ballroom Dance Club dance group (at my own expense) in the hopes that we can repeat the Virginia Beach story... We can assemble a self-sustaining group for me, you, and your children - and for the gringos who follow us.

 

 ~~ About "Therapy Dance Studio" -

 

This studio is located in Totoracocha, a couple of blocks from my school and the apartment where I live. We will dance at the Dance studio, "Therapy Dance," which is located at Yana Urco 4-32 y Rio Upano, phone 09 731 6603. Every taxi driver in town should know where Yana Urco is, but, if not it is at the bottom of the valley of Guapdondélig, by the cemetery, South of the airport. Rio Upano is the third cross street from Guapdondélig. The studio is on the right, just before you get to the park on the left. It shares a building with the Multi Videos store, which has a lighted sign that can be seen from a long way off. Both signs are in English.

Some of the maps say "Yanahurco" instead of Yana Urco - but the street signs (that I have seen) say Yana Urco. Either way, it is pronounced the same (yawn - a ur-co eeeee Rio oou-pawn-o).  Here is a link to Google Maps with the location pinponted: 
http://tinyurl.com/2af68ow

 

The dance is held in a very nice, professional dance studio, in a nice neighborhood, on a well-lighted street, with plenty of streetside parking, if you decide to drive. Or, every taxi in town can take you there.  As far as I know, streetside parking is safe - the Cuencans park there - but, if you will be uncomfortable, take a taxi.  Two bucks, and leave the driving (and the parking) problems to the cabbie.  For the return trip, there is a taxi stand less than half-a-block away, and minute-by-minute taxies streaming by on Yana Urco.
 

Always a Great Mix of Country and Western, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing. The best (The ONLY) Social dance in Cuenca Ecuador - and probably all of Ecuador.

Country & Western two step and other couple dancing, WCS (of course, you can always do a shag to WCS), Ballroom , Swing dancing, and (most) any other special requests.   Music is good dance tempo popular music CDs.  Couple dancing includes: Country Two-Step, C&W Cha, C&W Waltz, Night-Club 2-Step, Rumba, Cha Cha, Tango, Foxtrot, Meringue, Salsa, Hustle or Disco, Mambo, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, and some partner-line-dances.  You can always do a Quickstep to the fast 2 steps.  We even have the fun dances like Polka, Barn Dances, and Traveling Cha.  If somebody wants it, we'll do it...

Smoke Free Fun, Ballroom, Swing, Latin, Disco, and C&W Dancing and Willing Dance Partners

This is the only place in the entire Cuenca Ecuador area to have fun partner dancing without having to peer through smoke-filled rooms, or put up with the typical bar room or discotec environment.  Just good, clean fun with C&W dancing, Ballroom Dancing, and willing dancing partners.  I will be your host, and I am are NOT a professional, I am just a great dancer who wanted to do something for the dance scene in Cuenca Ecuador, by creating an atmosphere where C&W, Ballroom, Swing-dancers, West Coast Swing dancers, and even Shag Dancers could get together and enjoy a great mix of dancing fun.

For those of you who have not made it to our dance

The studio has a large, tiled dance floor (sorry, no hardwood dance floors in Cuenca).  It is a very clean, well maintained studio. The dance studio staff has been very supportive and I will make everyone feel welcome. We have been assured that we can have Sunday night without interruption throughout the year.

I hope that everyone who has enjoyed the social dance on Sunday will continue to attend. We will do everything we can to make this as smooth as possible.


The studio is clean and comfortable with good acoustics and a smoke free ballroom. We start out with a beginner lesson at 7pm. The lesson is on a different dance each week and lasts for 1/2 hour. Each month, I pick a different dance and teach it all month. The dancers who attend are friendly and try to make newcomers welcome. I provide some nice snacks, munchies and drink FREE.  We also may put out some chips & dip, cookies, sodas, etc. I use only popular music and rotate the play list each week. As an amateur dancer I'll do my best to make everyone comfortable and enjoy the night out.

Kid-Friendly Dancing Environment

The Cuenca Ballroom Dance Club is a healthy, kid-friendly dancing environment for dancing kids.  Many young people start dancing in their pre-teen or teen years.  You may bring your children to the Cuenca Ballroom Dance Club events to dance.  (To dance, I DON'T do babysitting.)  It is virtually impossible to find an environment which is conducive to introducing your youthful dancers to dancing in a social environment.  At the Cuenca Ballroom Dance Club, kids will get asked to dance, as often as the adults.  For more information, and to see some world champion Country and Western teen and preteen dancers' photographs, take a look at some of the adolescent dancers, teen-age dancers, and pre-teen dancers' pictures at this UTube clip of young people in dancing competions

 

Dance Lesson, and two Hours of Dancing for FREE (or a $2 per person contribution, if you wish)

Beginner lesson (7:00 - 7:30) , Social Dancing (7:30-9:30) Soft drinks and munchies provided. What a deal!!

 

 

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