Welcome to Melbourne Latin Dance

Melbourne Latin Dance has long been regarded as one of the best Latin dance schools in Melbourne due to the quality of its classes - specifically the high level of technique taught. In 2015 MLD is celebrating its 10th Birthday, making MLD one of the longest running Salsa schools in Melbourne but more importantly - a friendly and fun place to learn Latin dance in Melbourne! The main styles of dance we offer are Salsa, Samba, Reggaeton and Bachata.

We have been offering Salsa classes in Melbourne for 10 years and were the first Latin dance school to offer Bachata classes in Melbourne. Shortly after that we were one of the very first schools to introduce Reggaeton to the Melbourne salsa scene and soon followed Brazilian Samba which is another favorite at Melbourne Latin Dance.

Our classes are taught as 8 Week Courses because organized syllabus courses have proven to be a far more efficient and effective way for students to learn and retain what they learn with revision and repetition, as compared to casual classes.

Our classes are taught by our team of friendly and well trained instructors at our centrally located studio in Richmond.

We welcome students of all levels from absolute beginners to advanced dancers! Come with a friend or come alone – you don’t need to come with a partner!

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BE ON STAGE PERFORMING AT THE 10th ANNUAL MLD SHOWCASE 2017!

Showcase Performance Courses will run for 8 consecutive weeks commencing week beginning Monday 23rd October and culminating with the Performance on Saturday 16th December so save the date!

How exciting! It’s Showcase time again – the most exciting time of the year for MLD and its’ students!

Every year, in our last term of the year at Melbourne Latin Dance we dedicate ourselves to giving our students the opportunity to be part of a Student Performance Team and perform – even if they’ve never done so before and even if they’ve only just started learning! Every dance style we offer (Salsa, Samba, Bachata and Reggaeton) is learnt as a performance course in this term. Unlike our regular terms, the Showcase term is not just one hour of class per week. Instead it is 2 ½ hours per week! For some courses this means 1 hour in a weekday class and also another 1 ½ hour class at the weekend (Sunday), or, in some cases, the 2 ½ hours are in one block. Either way – that’s 20 class hours per course in the term!

The performances are sometimes themed and always costumed of course! At the end of the 8 weeks the students’ efforts culminate in amazing performances at the MLD Showcase with friends and family in attendance to watch proudly!

No matter what your current level of dance ability is, there is no better way to fast track your dancing than taking part in a Performance Team so don’t miss this opportunity. Not only are Performance Courses the best way to fast track your dancing ability – they are also THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE! At MLD we put far more of our time, effort and energy into the Showcase Term and you gain far more benefit than in a regular term – but, having said that, the cost per class hour is LESS than for our regular classes!

We only accept limited numbers into the MLD Student Showcase Performance teams (we are limited to the number of students we can fit on the stage) so places really are strictly limited. Last year places in many of the Showcase courses sold out very quickly, and some people did miss out.

SHOWCASE COURSES STARTING WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2017

Monday
6.30 – 7.30Beginners Samba + Sundays 1.00 - 2.30 pm
7.30 – 8.30Beginners Reggaeton + Sundays 3.00 - 4.30 pm
8.30 – 9.30Intermediate Reggaeton + Sundays 4.30 - 6pm
Tuesday
6.30 – 7.30Beginners Samba + Sundays 1.00 - 2.30 pm
7.30 – 8.30Beginners Salsa + Sundays 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday
7.00 – 9.30Intermediate Samba
Thursday
6.00 – 7.00Beginners Salsa & Sundays 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
7.00 – 9.30Intermediate Salsa
Sunday
11.30 – 6pmCourses as specified above
6.00 – 8.30Open Level Bachata (experienced Beginners and Intermediate dancers)

SHOWCASE COURSE PRICING

Early Bird Pricing (if paid on or by Friday 29th September)
1 Showcase Course $275
2 Showcase Courses $235
3 Showcase Courses $195
4 Showcase Courses $165

Regular Pricing (if paid after Friday 29th September)
1 Showcase Course $295
2 Showcase Courses $255
3 Showcase Courses $215
4 Showcase Courses $185

MLD SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE NIGHT - SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2016

  • The Performance Courses will run for 8 consecutive weeks commencing week beginning Monday 23rd October and culminating with the Performance on Saturday 16th December.
  • There will be a total of 2 ½ class hours per week. This may be a 1 hour weekday class and also a 1 ½ hour rehearsal each Sunday or in some cases a 2 ½ hour class once per week. There will be a technical rehearsal at the venue on the Saturday of week 8 in place of the Sunday rehearsal on Week 8. This means that you will be receiving 20 hours of tuition over the 8 weeks.
  • Performers will not need to pay entry to the Showcase Event on Saturday 16th December so long as they have purchased at least 2 tickets for friends/family, otherwise there will be a $15 cover fee (due by Week 5).
  • There will also be photos and videos of the performances made available to you FREE. Yes, photos and videos are included! The footage of your performance will be made available to you on our Facebook page and/or our Youtube channel.
  • There will be an additional (yet to be determined) cost of your costume. We anticipate about $100 - $150 excluding shoes and a $15 costume sourcing fee. The $160 for costumes will need to be paid at the studio by the second week of the course. Once costumes have been purchased and total cost established, the difference will be refunded.
    PLEASE DO NOT DIRECT DEPOSIT COSTUME MONEY into the MLD Bank Account.
    Please note that Intermediate Samba costumes are an exception and will exceed $160.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Partnered courses such as Salsa and Bachata MUST have even numbers. This means that when the course starts, if we have for example, more men registered that women or vise versa, then the last people who paid for their course will be refunded so that we can create an even number of men and women. THIS HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE YEAR. IF YOU WANT A SPOT, BOOK EARLY!! DO NOT WAIT FOR THE EARLY BIRD DATE!

PRE-REQUISITES FOR SHOWCASE

For all Beginners Showcases

Ideally to have done at least one Beginners 8 Week Course at MLD (or equivalent) in the dance style that you’d like to do for Showcase.

For all Intermediate Showcases

Ideally to have done at least 6 months to 1 year of classes at MLD at the Intermediate Level in the dance style that you’d like to do for Showcase.

PARTNERS

For partnered Performance Courses such as Salsa and Bachata although YOU DO NOT NEED TO JOIN WITH A PARTNER to do these courses, we MUST have even numbers of Men and Women in the courses. We must know in advance of your interest in joining or we cannot ensure a partner for you on the first night of the course starting. If you are interested in joining one of the Performance Courses you MUST register well in advance to the course starting.

YOU CAN ALSO DO THE SHOWCASE COURSE, BUT NOT PERFORM

First let me say that I can’t imagine why!! Sometimes people are away or have commitments on the night of the performance but don’t want to miss out on the accelerated learning curve that a Performance Course provides, not to mention missing out on 8 Weeks of dancing! (Never a good idea if your plan is to be moving forward with your dancing! Eight weeks out of the game is likely to set you back a little!) Then, there are those who simply don’t want to perform.

For courses not requiring a partner, such as Reggaeton or Brazilian Samba, this has no bearing on anyone else and so therefore it is ok to do this.

For partnered Courses such as Salsa or Bachata courses you can only do the performance course if you either have a dance partner who also wants to do the course but not perform, or there happens to be someone else enrolling who wants to do the course but doesn’t want to perform. Best bet is to register your interest in the course with us and we’ll see what we can do about partnering you with someone who also doesn’t want to perform, if not performing is your preference.

Having said all of this, it is very rare that people do want to do the performance course but not perform. Performing is a blast and it’s something everyone should do at least once in their lives!! If it’s not on your bucket list yet – it should be! 

SHOWCASE VENUE:

Renaissance Theatre
826 High St, Kew East

SHOWCASE 2016 YOUTUBE LINKS:

What our students have to say about MLD! - https://youtu.be/_uQTstpeNkE

MLD Showcase 2016 – Int Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ske_Nt38VVk
MLD Showcase 2016 – Int Samba Caciqu - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bejm2v-LyDw
MLD Showcase 2016 – Beginners Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk22RjeXv6w
MLD Showcase 2016 – Int Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrP9rm5t6ro
MLD Showcase 2016 – Beginners Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKVWYBLiTXg
MLD Showcase 2016 – Int Reggaeton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTIdYCQx1oU
MLD Showcase 2016 - Beginners Reggaeton:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClJsPkeSz14

MLD SHOWCASE 2015 YOUTUBE LINKS:

Intermediate Samba https://youtu.be/2UqCcq_r9to
Advanced Salsa: https://youtu.be/Nx-YyYQJDiA
Reggaeton: https://youtu.be/OqvDNWUHV9A
Beginners Samba: https://youtu.be/_jJcZxTORQ4
Intermediate Salsa: https://youtu.be/OUImSKCC9gs
Beginners Salsa: https://youtu.be/nm3YQxo_R_0

We hope to see you dancing soon!
Liz and the MLD Team