Open Shines and Partnering

About This Class

You want a challenge. You want to feel like you do every time you go to a Salsa Congress and get your butt whooped because it makes you feel alive. We’ve got the class you didn’t know you needed which will prepare you for just about anything.

We’re happy to say that MMA students consistently tell us our training helps them feel ready for any classes or workshops they take.

Why you ask?

It’s simple, we don’t take it easy on you and you WILL be challenged. The good thing is, it’s always with a kind heart and an interest in making you the best dancer you can be. Whether shines or partnering, we’re gonna throw moves you haven’t seen before that will challenge you. We’re here to help you bring out the best dancer that’s hiding within you. 

This is it

  Real challenge.

What’s the joy in always staying the same? If you’re started your Salsa journey for fun and then realized you couldn’t get enough, there is a drive within you to be better. In order to meet the need, you have to get uncomfortable, you have days where you can’t do the material from class but you can’t wait till you have the skills to do so. MMA is the première studio in Chicago teaching the latest and greatest moves that will light up your soul and have you always wanting more. Join us for the challenge and we’ll see you in class!

Embrace the grind with an open heart and mind

We hear it a lot that people want to join our advanced classes but they are intimidated by the videos they see on social media. Our message is always the same: Don’t be! We WANT you to partake in this journey with us and get better by challenging yourself. MMA is a safe space for dancers who want to work on their skills with like-minded people around them. While we can’t promise it’ll be easy, we CAN assure you that the joy is on the other side of the challenge. We can’t wait to dance with you!

Class day and time?

Our Open Shines and Partnering class happens every Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It is a drop in class so come every week or whenever you’re able!

How do you pay for class?

This class, like all drop in classes at MMA can be paid for individually or by purchasing an MMA Class Card for more savings!

What Level Should I be?

It’s best to be at an Intermediate/Advanced level before you try the class. While we DO want you to be challenged, we also want you to feel confident about your dancing. Make it past our Intermediate Bootcamp and you’ll be ready for the challenge.

what They’re Saying

Client Testimonials

You are getting the bang for your buck and soooo much more. I’ve taken classes at the MOST popular places in the city and NO ONE, I mean NO ONE stacks up the the knowledge and understanding of how the body works MMA! This is the best kept secret in the city…catch ya on the dance floor, I’m the one lookin’ FIERCE!
Natasha C.


At Mixed Motion Art, you will learn FUNDAMENTAL technique of Salsa partner-work and Mambo shines. Under the direction of Del & Laura, you will build one layer at a time, efficiently improving as a dancer. This place is no joke, they know their stuff ☝️????
Michelle Zamora


Del and Laura are the BEST dance instructors I have ever encountered. Seriously. I have danced Tango, Bachata, Kizomba, Ballet, Jazz – been to countless workshops and private lessons. But I didn’t truly improve as a dancer until Del and Laura. If you want to become a better dancer and enjoy doing it- these two are the experts to do it.
Olivia D.