Spice up your event, party, wedding or fundraiser with a Ballroom, Salsa, Latin or Swing dance performance and group lesson by Helen Andrade of Steppin' Out Dance and Entertainment! Themed parties are available for all occasions such as Tantalizing Tango Night, 50's Sock-Hops, Salsa Fiestas and much, much more!
Some Background on Helen:
Helen has been dancing for 0ver 35 years, studying everything from Flamenco, Ballet, Belly-Dancing to Ballroom and Latin Dance. She began her training in Ballroom with Arthur Murray in 1979 and continued with the Bob Dean Dance Studios, Hinton-Pick and the Renaissance Studio in San Francisco to Stars Ballroom in Novato. Her love for Salsa dancing began in the "club circuit" in San Francisco where she learned by experience, dancing with some of the City's best "Salseros". Helen has also studied acting with ACT, does Voice-Overs for radio and has been singing in choirs for most of her life. (Traditional hymns, Show Tunes, Jazz and Gospel).
Helen has taught Ballroom Dance at the Avenue Ballroom (SF), USCF, the SF and Marin Jewish Community Centers, Recreation Centers and Middle-Schools from Mill Valley to Petaluma plus Stars Ballroom in Novato. She owned her first studio in Mill Valley from the 70's through the 80's and established her new studio in Sonoma County called "Steppin' Out Dance" in Petaluma in June of 2006.
She has also taught in Sonoma County at the Hannah Boys Center, The Dance Palace in Point Reyes, Bodyworks Yoga Studio, Hermann Sonns Hall, Petaluma Ballet, *Apple Valley Rehabilitation Center, Zenergy, Petaluma Parks and Recreation and Footloose Dance Center.
Helen has a special passion for working with teens and the elderly and has designed a "Modified Dancercise Program" for Senior Centers and Rehabilitation Centers in Petaluma and Sebastopol.
Currently, Helen teaches both group and private lessons to all ages from beginning to intermediate. She has a lot of patience and good humor, which helps students to relax, have fun and enjoy the learning process.
"We hired Helen to teach Salsa dancing at a large family birthday gathering. What an absolute blast! We had people aged 9 to 80 all having a great time and talking about the experience long after the lesson was over. Helen was a huge part of the party's success. I recommend her whole-heartedly!"
- Mary Thomson, Wagner Realty
"Helen was simply fantastic when she gave a swing dance lesson to a mob of eager dancers at our Mystic Theater show. She was easy to follow, and careful to explain each new step with great attention to detail.The dancers learned the basics of swing dancing and were very excited about their newfound technique. The entire experience was very enjoyable."
-Cliff Eveland, Petaluma High School Instrumental Director