Ballroom Dance Academy

As Los Angeles’s premiere school of ballroom dancing, we are committed to high standards of professional excellence, while keeping dance classes fun and interactive. At BDA, we offer classes in Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Swing, Tango, and much more, for students of all levels.

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Teacher
Training

A formal vocational program that supports serious students and dance teachers at all stages of their training. We will help you refine your technique, prepare you for professional certification exams, and teach you how to maximize your success in the ballroom dance world.

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Ballroom
Entertainment

A professional dance company, providing unforgettable dance entertainment and quality dance instruction for events of all sizes. Our performers are top-ranked professionals of the highest caliber. We create entertainment to suit any production, budget, venue, or need.

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Dance!

Ballroom Dance Academy is Los Angeles’ premier school of ballroom dancing. We offer Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Swing, and Argentine Tango classes for all levels, a nationally renowned professional Teacher Training program, and dazzling Ballroom Entertainment for corporate events and private parties.

 

We believe that every one of our students deserves the highest standards of professional excellence. We insist on top quality dance instruction at every dance class and every dance lesson, but we never forget that dancing is about joy.

 

Contact us today to get started. We’ll see you on the dance floor!

INTRODUCTORY SPECIALS

The best of both worlds – group plus private lessons!

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TWO FOR ONE FRIEND PASS

Buy your first group class online and bring a friend for free!

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  • Argentine Tango
  • Foxtrot and East Coast Swing - 4 Week Series
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  • Silver and Bronze Smooth Teacher Training
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  • NEW SALSA SERIES BEGINS
  • Salsa Level 1
  • Salsa Level 2
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  • NEW BALLROOM & LATIN SERIES BEGINS
  • Argentine Tango
  • American Tango and Cha Cha - 4 Week Series
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  • Silver and Bronze Smooth Teacher Training
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  • Salsa Level 1
  • Salsa Level 2
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  • Silver and Bronze Smooth Teacher Training
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  • Argentine Tango
  • American Tango and ChaCha - 4 Week Series
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  • Silver and Bronze Smooth Teacher Training
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  • Salsa Level 1
  • Salsa Level 2
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  • Silver and Bronze Smooth Teacher Training
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  • Argentine Tango
  • American Tango and ChaCha - 4 Week Series
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  • Silver and Bronze Smooth Teacher Training
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  • Salsa Level 1
  • Salsa Level 2
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  • Argentine Tango
  • American Tango and ChaCha - 4 Week Series
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  • Silver and Bronze Smooth Teacher Training

Testimonials

Here's what our students say about us...

"[Natalia] is a technically superb dancer and a wonderful teacher. She is extremely patient and will help you get the steps right, even if she has to go over them a few times. I am pretty sure I drove her wild asking the same questions a thousand times, while stepping on her toes. Not once did she snap at me - rather she always had this reassuring smile that made me feel very comfortable. Michael is another amazing dancer. He teaches level III and sometimes level I. Besides being a great dancer, he is also very patient with a great sense of humor that makes all the classes real fun. There is nothing worse than having a teacher with attitude or one that is sarcastic. Michael (and Natalia) are just great people who really care that the students learn dancing and will not rush the lessons. Michael and Natalia have opened up a whole new world for me. Instead of watching television on weeknights, I now head over to their dance studio for fun-filled hours of learning and enjoyment."

Nikhil S.

“After many years of avoiding exercise, I decided to take some ballroom dance lessons. I was directed to Michael Kuka for private lessons. The last three and a half years have truly been a journey of transformation. I have felt more joy, excitement, passion, silliness, release, courage, and determination than I have ever felt in my life. “Finding the right dance teacher is a subtle chemistry that can either be found (Eureka!) or developed over time. I feel like a very fortunate person because I lucked into the perfect teacher. Everything that I could ever desire in terms of learning the technical skill required is encompassed in the body of knowledge that Michael Kuka possesses. But just as important to the student is the attitude and presence of the instructor. I have found Michael to be easygoing, delightful, practical, and fun – even when I can be difficult. Every lesson is full of play and a light touch, all the while Michael is imparting all the necessary skills to develop as a dancer. I am thrilled and surprised that someone my age could become a dancer that feels comfortable dancing with just about anyone. “Not only can I get up on the dance floor under all kinds of circumstances and know just what to do, but I can also feel free to play and “fake” it if there is another type of dancing situation happening that I am unfamiliar with- it’s all delightful! While I take my private lessons with Michael seriously because of what we’d like to accomplish, we have never lost a moment of sheer enjoyment during the process. There is another element of my lessons with Michael that might fall into the more psychological/philosophical categories. “It has been very inspiring to be re-learning (as a psychologist) what it takes to change habits and what is required to improve behavior. Dance lessons are a great metaphor for teaching one what the process is of developing any skills. It has helped me tremendously across the board in my personal life to compare my dance lessons to any difficult situation that requires my commitment, concentration, and full attention. It has reminded me, once again, to stay out of the chatter in my head, and to focus on the task at hand, to be responsive rather than reactive. Michael is wise to all these aspects of the lessons and we have been able to share a refreshing conversation that supports and expands his method of teaching.         “I cannot express the change that has occurred in my inner life and outer life as a result of these beautiful lessons. I look forward to everyday that I am alive and every moment that there is a beautiful song playing encouraging the dance.”

Sarah LaSaulle

“Michael and Natalia’s Ballroom dance classes are terrific. They’re fun, good exercise and a great way to socialize. We’ve been taking Michael’s dance classes for several years and now we know the complete American Ballroom Bronze Syllabus for eight dances. You’d have to take years of private dance lessons to get the amount of information that Michael teaches. I was a total klutz. “I just wanted to learn a few steps for parties and weddings. Now, it’s like, “Look, Ma, I’m dancin’!” If Michael and Natalia can do that for me they can do it for anybody. It’s a great way to learn something you can use for a lifetime. The classes are challenging and fun. Michael and Natalia are supportive, encouraging, and great teachers. Hi, my name’s John and I’m a dance-a-holic. I blame Michael and Natalia. They made it fun. They encouraged and supported me. They were my enablers. And now I CAN’T STOP”!

John Moody & Joanie Leizman

“If you want to learn ballroom dancing or brush up on your dancing skills, go to Ballroom Dance Academy.  Michael Kuka is amazing! He is very patient, professional and great to learn from. He's the best!”

Ana T

“Michael’s a wonderful teacher. He makes classes fun while breaking down steps so even the most beginning student can move forward while the more advanced student doesn’t feel kept back. And his classes have an equal amount of leaders and followers almost every week. I travel for work and try to arrange my travel schedule so I don’t miss class!”

Vicki

“I started taking Salsa lessons with Michael Kuka about 7 months ago. I attended a class on a whim. The dance studio was just down the street from me and I thought it might be a nice distraction from my normally hectic life. From the first class I was hooked! “Only sickness and work has kept me from a class since (and sometimes I refuse work on Salsa class nights). Michael teaches the steps so that you “get it”. You’re never in class feeling like you don’t know what’s going on. He teaches in a way so that you not only can understand in class, but you can take what you’ve learned and dance any where with any one. And I have. I am now able to go to salsa clubs all over the city and dance dance dance! “What Michael has taught me brings me great joy. I love music. I love to exercise. I love to meet new people. I love to dance. Michael’s classes have allowed me to do all of those things at once – and at such a great price. Forget the expensive, crowded gym. Give me salsa! “I even brought my dancing shoes with me on a recent trip to Europe. I still can’t believe that I was able to salsa dance in Paris. Truly a memorable experience! “My close friends are so happy for what I have found in Michael’s classes. They see how joyfilled I am and how excited I get when I’m going to class or going out dancing. Some friends have even decided to come to class. They want to see what they are missing. And I encourage them all to come. Michael’s classes have been and will continue to be a great thing in my life.”

Selene

“Michael Kuka’s classes are great! He’s a fabulous teacher! Michael has an unparalleled ability to break the steps down so that everyone in the class gets it, not something you often see in most dance classes, and the sign of a good instructor. And he does it via such clever repartee… it makes for a most enjoyable, and unique, learning experience on many different levels. “The high point(s) of my week and one that always guarantees a smile.”

Martine Monaghan, Director of The Beverly Hills Cotillion

“I would recommend Michael’s class to anyone who wants to learn ballroom dancing at any level. With Michael, you get more than just the dance steps, you are introduced to the techniques that will serve as a basis should you want to dance with any partner all the way through the competition level. Michael seems to continually adjust his teaching methods to both align with the level of the dancers in the class, and to keep the classes interesting even if one has been attending for years. “Unique to his technique is to offer video tapes of the steps for both his ballroom weekly classes, and for the weekend workshops. These come in handy when you need to refresh yourself on lessons that you have not been able to internalize, and that you are forgetting them is making you crazy. The classes are usually fun, and there seems to be no limit to Michaels expertise no matter what the dance.”

Fred

"Alexi is one of the sweetest people I've met in L.A. She's super professional and makes everybody feel at ease. I've been taking her ballroom, latin and salsa classes for almost a year, and I've enjoyed every single one of them. She'll make sure you get the steps down and will answer every question you have. When she dances with you she tells you what to work on, but also what has improved, so you have an idea on what to keep doing. Definitely recommend taking classes with her, she's awesome!"

Valentina T.

“MICHAEL KUKA, The Dance Philosopher – When I first started taking ballroom dance lessons from Michael, all I knew were the basic steps – the VERY basics. I had always wanted to really learn the dances, and was delighted when I found out about Michael. “Since I started taking from him several months ago, my knowledge has increased exponentially. His methods of teaching are in sync with the way I learn – he breaks everything down into very small increments of movement, and then brings them all together. However, though I have enjoyed the classes tremendously, I found myself somewhat frustrated because so many of the other students are such experts. I knew that they had much more experience than me, but I wanted to be able to keep up with the group! “Then, at the last dance, I had what Michael calls a ‘breakthrough’. All of a sudden (at least, it seemed that way to me), I was out on the dance floor, doing what I had learned in class, and it was working for me. It was a glorious feeling. “What I like the best about Michael is his upbeat positive attitude, his passion for dance, and his desire to teach us the whole experience of dancing – which goes far beyond moving ones feet to music. He wants us to have the ultimate rush of the integration of movement, music, and total harmony with our dance partner. It is truly a philosophy of dance! “I would also like to give praise and recognition to Diana, his assistant, and the other students of the class. They are all kind, helpful, and positive and have made my dancing experiences very special.”

Elizabeth
We believe that every one of our students deserves the highest standards of professional excellence.
We believe in encouraging and supporting our dance students at every phase of their dance development. We help our dance students to achieve their dance goals at their own pace, and we teach all of our dance classes in a style that is clear, supportive, and fun. We love to dance, and we love to teach.
We offer a tremendous group dance class program for ballroom dance students of all levels. We have dance classes in all the major Ballroom and Latin dances, a very popular Salsa dance class series, and Specialty Master classes in Gold and International Style dances for our advanced ballroom students.
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