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People often think I’m joking when I say “the most important part of dancing is looking good!”, but stay with me. If you make looking good your #1 goal, it will create plenty of other great stuff, like: a fun time, an amazing connection with yourself, with others, and with the music, faster skill building, etc. It truly is a hidden tool the best dancers use. When you admire or enjoy the way someone dances, one of their characteristics is that they make it look beautiful. They are graceful and purposeful in their movements so even the smallest of details look good.

What are they doing? They are using BEAUTY as a tool. The pros are more interested in how something is done not so much what is being done. If you think of your basics steps, a beginner student can quickly learn a step and will want to know what the next step is, and the next, in order to move up levels as fast as possible so as to become an advanced dancer. A pro, however, will be focused on how to do the most beautiful basic step they can muster. A pro will focus on

Creating Beauty In Every Movement.

A beautiful excerpt from Louie Schwartzberg’s movie featured in one of his TED Talks demonstrates how this in inherent in Nature. Nature uses beauty as a tool to create great things. Watch this Video to see the wonderful dance between the flowers and the pollinators. We are part of nature and are thus wired to be attracted by beauty. To enjoy beauty in a piece of art, in a dance, or in another person, is part of who we are.

You can use this idea in your dancing today!

What inspires me about this learning approach is that you don’t need to know much, you only need to create something beautiful with what you know. nina teaching
This is what we love to teach in our classes. We often ask students if they are smiling while doing their basic salsa step, or if they are breathing while doing a tango pivot. These simple techniques beautify any person. We all know this; someone looks more attractive when they smile because their inner beauty shines through.

So when you approach each dance step with the mindset of creating a beautiful movement with your legs or arms, you will notice a positive feedback loop being created. You will start to feel good as you dance and that feeling will also create more ease in your movements, resulting in more beautiful execution. This never has to end.

So next time you are learning something, take the smallest of the elements, get feedback from your teacher on how you can look better doing that movement, then in your own practice time, stand in front of the mirror and work on mastering that feedback so you are doing what you’ve learned in the most beautiful way possible.

Written by Nina Perez director of Baila Vancouver Dance School. Expert Dance Instructor in Argentine Tango, Salsa, and all the Latin social dances. For more information



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Intuitively we know that watching others exercise, dance, do anything we want to do usually inspires us into action…I came across an article that highlights studies that show how it does affect our bodies as well. (See full Huffington Post article Here)

Here are 3 suggestions of how you can take advantage of this knowledge and how we can help you with each idea…

1. Watch videos of amazing dancers … on our facebook profile we are always posting videos of great performances. Become our friend! (

2. Watch videos of classes you have learned …once you become our student we invite you to our private facebook group and post our class videos for your improvement. Come learn from us! (click here for more info)
3. Go dancing and watch your favorite dancers…stay in touch with us to here about what is happening around town (

Looking forward to seeing your improvement!

Written by Nina Perez director of Baila Vancouver Dance School. Expert Dance Instructor in Argentine Tango, Salsa, and all the latin social dances. For more information

Follow Me on Twitter: @NinaPerezDance


{April 14, 2011}   Baila Vancouver Going Green!

We are so excited to let you know about our  green journey!  Stay tuned for our green blog about how it all started! Baila-Nina becoming an urban farmer? You better believe it!

The Baila-Mobile has been sold! Our Worm pets have started composting! Documentary nights have been a great hit and 3 of our Baila Instructors have signed up for  permaculture farming training.

To view full curriculum of Permaculture course please see attached file ( 3 spots left, contact Nina Perez for more information at INFO



{February 18, 2010}   Celebrate Olympics Salsa Style!

(Submitted by Nina Perez of Baila Vancouver Dance School (@ninaperezdance))

Great activities happening all day long and this one will let you enjoy the Olympics with a Latin Twist.

Rumba Calzada a Juno nominated band will be playing at Live City Vancouver! Cambie at Georgia Street 9:30pm-11pm Free Non Ticketed Event !

Last time I saw them they were playing at Robson Square, they were great and the experience of ice skating to one of my favourite bands was phenomenal!

They will be back at Robson Square on Feb 20th as part of ” Experience B.C. at Robson Square”
10:00pm (Free Show).

With the sunshine beaming it is almost easy to believe we are in a hot Latin country. You don’t want to miss this. They are one of the best bands that Vancouver has to offer.

Nina Perez is Director of Baila Vancouver Dance School. Bringing all the Latin dances to you in group and private lessons. No Partner? No Rhythm? No Problem!

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