Connection – She Couldn’t Give a $#|+! about your Pattern

I love a nice, connected dance. Sitting in the pocket of the music with my partner, grooving to the same beat, hitting the same breaks. He gives me time to shine (and breath) and I can tell what he wants me to do effortlessly. All of the spins and pretzel arm moves are fun, but I’d rather dance with a partner who slows down and enjoys creating something beautiful together.

Check out my mentor, Edie the Salsa Freak, and her thoughts on connection.

Dancing with Pain

As some of you know, I have fibromyalgia which causes me almost unbearable pain at times. Thanks to a series of fantastic events, I  discovered that I am able to use dance as a natural pain reliever. The key for me it’s balance, which even after all these years, I’m still learning how my body reacts to different levels of activity and I’m still learning how to listen to my body when out says “Time to stop now”. As dancers, that it’s a lesson we all need til learn,  whether it is from chronic illness, chronic pain or from injury.

This article talks about exactly that and is a great reminder that we need to protect this temple…❤❤❤

“Many of us decide to take up dancing to improve our physical health–and why not? Dance is a fun, dynamic, social form of exercise that gets us up and moving, burning calories, and boosting endorphins…”

Read the rest here:

God Bless and Take Care



World Team Project Fayetteville

Fantastic news! Baile con Sazon has joined forces with Adolfo Indoaochea and the World Team Project!

Tonya and Willie are now official Team Trainers for the World Team Project and we will be teaching Adolfo Indacochea’s amazing choreography! If you’d like to take your dancing to a whole new level, join us 4 May 2016 at 8:30 PM. Register in advance here:

How it Works 

  1. Tonya Outlaw (BcS NC) and Willie McIntosh (BcS Italy) will be the Team Trainers for their respective areas. BcS NC’s rehearsals will be held Wednesday from 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM. The commitment for the first series is from May 2016 until Nov 2016 where the team will perform at the Baile con Sazon 5 Year Anniversary Bash (performance not required). Some will be invited to perform at the Tucson Salsa Bachata Festival in October.
  2. Adolfo Indacochea will send video tutorials of his absolutely amazing choreography and give us personalized feedback as our team progresses. In addition to learning choreography, we will be working on spins, body movement, partnering and styling techniques.


  1. Improve your Dancing – The best opportunity to improve your level by learning steps and tricks from Adolfo Indacochea and by performing his choreography, which will make you stand out from the rest when you go dancing.
  2. Priceless Experience – Just with the lessons you will obtain priceless moments. Besides, you will participate in World Team Project’s and our collaborators’ events and you will even get to know the best artists and dance with them!
  3. Join an International Family of Dancers –  Share international experiences with dancers just like you, who are also part of this big family. The connection point? The passion for dancing and the performance of the same choreography.
  4. Represent Adolfo Indacochea on Stage – Once you have learned the choreography, your team trainer will invite you to participate in incredible shows and events.

Your Commitment

  1. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 8:30 – 10:30 PM from May – Nov 2016
  2. Salsa class is every Tuesday from 7 – 8:30 PM
  3. Costumes (I will try to keep below $100)
  4. Cost is $75 per month and includes:

– Exclusive access to videos

–  Access to team pages

–  Salsa class and social on Tuesdays

– Bachata class and social on Thursdays

This is an experience that you DON’T WANT TO MISS!  

Soldiers Who Salsa is coming to Fayetteville NC

Soldiers Who Salsa is an amazing non profit organization who’s mission is “To enhance and enrich the lives of active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a unique program incorporating therapeutic social dancing with a variety of music and professional instruction.”

Baile con Sazon has decided to join this wonderful family of instructors in hopes of spreading the healing power of dance to our local military community. Our studio has very strong ties to our military. All of our owners, instructors and apprentices are either retired, separated or still serving on active duty, and we all agree that partner dancing has therapeutic qualities.

Who We Serve:

Soldiers Who Salsa serves wounded, ill, and injured military service members in locations where they may already be receiving treatment or therapy… Check the calendar for the classes being offered in your area.

Because salsa dancing is such a social activity, it has also been invaluable to patients with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common symptoms of PTS/PTSD include an aversion to close contact, avoidance of new activities and new surroundings, and reluctance to meet new people. Our classes provide a safe place for patients to not only learn a new activity, but also work on several of the most common symptoms. It is not uncommon to see patients laughing, smiling, and engaging with new people each week.”

Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, join us! All you need is one of these items:

  1. VA Card
  2. Active Duty ID
  3. Retiree ID (that awesome blue card!)
  4. DD214

Spouses are welcome! Click on the schedule below to reserve your place in class.

2016-2017 SWS Fayetteville Schedule

Session 1: 2 Jun – 7 Jul 2016

Session 2: 4- Aug -8 Sep 2016

Session 3: 6 Oct – 10 Nov 2016

Session 4: 5 Jan – 9 Feb 2017

Session 5: 16 Mar – 20 Apr 2017

Session 6: 18 May – 22 Jun 2017

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

We Came to DANCE!

Dance heals. Dance inspires. Dance touches you in ways that nothing else can. Dance has been a lifesaver for me because without it, fibromyalgia would be kicking my tail. But with dance on my side, I am kicking fibro’s butt on a daily basis. Do yourself a favor. Put on some music and let yourself go! Go out dancing. Take a dance class.

Just. Get. Moving.


Time to Take a Dance Class

I saw this article and it totally spoke to me. As a matter of fact, the first paragraph sounds like conversations that I’ve had almost word for word:

It’s a paradox, but as a fitness and dance instructor, I don’t get many chances to take a class. When I teach a class, I’m focused on my students. Instead of perfecting my technique, I’m watching everyone in the class to give corrections. And I must make sure that I challenge and entertain you all.

To all of you fitness and dance instructors out there, don’t forget about your own personal growth. Learn more so you can teach more.  Take classes so you can remember what it is like to be a student. Never stand still, never be satisfied with where you are.

Train Mode Always
tonya and rodrigo tango

Read the rest of the article here:

God Bless and Take Care

Health Benefits of Dancing Salsa

So that’s why dancing feels so good!

The Health Benefits of Salsa Dancing

Benefits of Salsa dancing

Dancing is a fantastic way to let loose and have fun and it also provides some awesome physical and mental benefits for your health:


  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills.


So what are you waiting for? Do something wonderful for yourself and sign up for a class!




BcS Roadtrip Charlotte Salsa Invitational 2016

Don’t miss this event. It is open to EVERYONE!

CSI Invitational

 Join Baile con Sazón’s Desirae, Tonya and Loretta at the Charlotte Salsa Invitational!

Join our 8th Annual Baile con Sazon Roadtrip to the Charlotte Salsa Invitational 8-10 Jan 16. The BcS Ladies Dance Team will be performing this year!!!

I have reserved THREE rooms and I have REQUESTED late checkout on Sunday (3 PM). As we get closer to the date, I will find out if they will honor that request. 4 people to a room will be $80.00 per person for the whole weekend including all fees and taxes. This DOES NOT include the price of the pass.

Right now passes are $132.87 including service fee and after 5 December, prices go up to $159.24, but I can get them at a SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE! It is such a great deal that the organizer has requested that I don’t publish it online, so inbox me at or text the word PROMO to 910-635-7922 to get your discount code for the pass.

Reserve your room and/or buy your pass here:

We will be meeting at the studio and carpooling to Charlotte together if you are interested. *Save that gas money!*

***$80 is hotel room only. It does NOT include entrance to the Invitational***

Charlotte Salsa Invitational


Come celebrate with us and the constellation of World recognized Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba Starts that will be shining their talents and knowledge with us for this special weekend in our home town Queen City of Charlotte!!!

The Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel will be once more the home of our already Internationally recognized event, a friendly and cozy atmosphere where you will immerse yourself in the entire experience of a more personal and less intimidating salsa congress feel… This is the “INVITATIONAL”!!!

3 Days of Workshops (beginners to master levels)
***Special Beginners Bachata & Salsa Bootcamp!
***Salsa On1, On2, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk & More…
***2 Nights of Performances and Dance Socials till 4AM!!!
***Amateur & Student Dance Teams Shows
***Professional World Renown Dance Showcases!!!

More to be confirmed….