Who Are We?
We’re a motley bunch of Hip Catz & Cool Dames, Lounge Lizards and Salsa Chix, Girly Men and Manly Girls.
We’re absolute beginners, intermediates and experts of all ages, cultures, and orientations.
We’re the talented as well as the totally klutzy people you see dancing and having fun while you sit around and watch.
While virtually every local teacher has asked to work for The Urban Beat Dance Co. and they have their pick of the best, they use only one guideline
to hire teachers – can they teach average people well? Dance teachers who’ve won tons of dance competitions
or teachers with many, many, technical qualifications are a dime a dozen.
Dance teachers who know how to keep it simple, how to teach the average
person, the beginner or the ‘challenged person’ well AND make it fun at
the same time, are rarer than hen’s teeth. How to pick a good teacher for you
Graeme’s strength as a teacher made headlines in the National Post, which
carried his departure to Vancouver: “Toronto’s King of West Cost
Swing leaves town.” His 15 years+ of dance training and impressive
teaching style (“Vancouver’s Best” – Vancouver Magazine) explains
his success. He has been featured in music videos, CBC TV ( the Ralph
Benmergui show), City TV in Toronto, City TV in Vancouver, Urban Rush
in Vancouver, and the Life Network.
Elizabeth has a background in several dance styles: jazz, hip hop, ballet and modern and over 10 years experience in such partner dances as country, swing, and salsa. Her dancing has been seen on City TV, Urban Rush, and the Life Network. Although she is at class less, she is still very much involved behind the scenes and loves to see so many people sharing her passion for social dancing.
David and Claudia
Dave and Claudia have been dancing together for 6 years. Currently we are competing in the United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC) circuit. There are 8 dances which include two step, waltz, triple two step, polka, east coast swing,nightclub two step, cha cha and west coasts swing. We just came back from Phoenix and Chicago where we placed first! Our next goal is to place top 3 at the Country Dance World Championships in San Francisco January 6, 2018! Dave and Claudia have been teaching dance together for the past 6 years and have received great reviews. They offer students a fun learning atmosphere and clear instructions.