ClaveKazi Dance Studio

ClaveKazi Dance Studio

Founded by Shaka Brown and currently directed by Irene Holtzman, ClaveKazi Dance Studio is Washington, D.C.'s largest dance studio dedicated to latin dance. Monday
8:00 PM - Beginner Salsa On2

7:30 PM - Body Isolations and Spin Drills
8:30 PM - Team Rehearsal (Closed to Public)

8:00 PM - Intermediate On2 Partnerwork

8:00 PM - Body Isolations

Operating as usual

CK Studio 03/15/2017

CK Studio

Class is on tonight! Get there safely, there's still some ice out on the side streets! We're gonna heat it up at ClaveKazi Dance Studio!

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Timeline photos 03/13/2017

No class tonight due to impending inclement weather!


ClaveKazi Studio Weekly Classes

Every Wednesday at Clavekazi studio! Come check us out! For the love of dance!


Catch Shaka & Vianette at the studio tonight. Beginner/Improver at 7:30, Intermediate/Advanced at 8:30.

Timeline photos 10/31/2016

Timeline photos

Timeline photos 06/30/2016

Current and recovery. See you in a few weeks!

Timeline photos 02/15/2016

Timeline photos

Timeline photos 01/25/2016

Studio is closed tonight. Please stay warm and safe.

Timeline photos 01/01/2016

See you in class this weekend!!


Proud to be DC - Congratulations to Dynamix Dance Team and Ferocity Dance Company on their placing at the World Latin Dance Cup. Special shout-out to ClaveKazi founder Shaka Brown and CaziKe dancer Jenna Coudin on their first competition together, and Heather Pham who looked extra fierce on stage this morning.


Reminder: ClaveKazi is closed for Thanksgiving Week. See you next Monday!!


Studio is closed tonight. See you Wednesday!


Its almost that time Salsa People! This week is packed with CK events to help make your introduction into the the CK Family as smooth as possible. Be sure to come out Monday night where we’ll cover fundamentals every dancer needs. Join us as Irene teaches drills to help us get that polished professional look we all want. It doesn’t stop there either, we’ve got a special pre-class on Tuesday as well as social outings on Tuesday and Thursday. This is where you can unwind after auditions and see how CK does it on the dance floor. Checkout this weeks details below.

Monday: 8-9pm
Dance Fundamentals 1 (technique and styling via CK drills)

Tuesday: 7:30pm-9:30pm
7:30-8:30: CK Drill Crash Course (optional) and Registration
8:30-10:00: Auditions (mandatory)
10-till: The Barking Dog (optional)

Dance Fundamental 2 (individual CK drills continued and CK partner work drills introduced)

New member orientation
9:45 Orquesta el Macabeo de Puerto Rico with Peace & Rhythm DJ Crew at Tropicalia
(Location:Tropicalia in Washington, District of Columbia)


CK class tonight, see you there!
Spinning Part 2 (Mens style Turns)
Shines part 2 (Syncopations)
CK style partner work (The CK copa philosophy)

ClaveKazi at the DC Salsa Congress 2009 08/23/2015

ClaveKazi at the DC Salsa Congress 2009

Hola DC Salsa family! For those of you who made it out last week to CK’s classes you know we had a great time. Irene Holtzman treated us to an hour and a half of class going over 8 different shines, spin techniques, and the beginnings of the legendary CK style spot turn. This week is going to be even better with another 1hr and 15min class scheduled for Monday. CK is featuring our second class in the Ladies styling series, and don’t worry if you missed last week, you won’t have any trouble jumping straight in. Leads, we’ve got you covered with the partner work moves that can sophisticate your dancing. Both the “return her” (come to class to learn what this is) and the CK philosophy on Copas. Check the Syllabus below for details.

P.S. Don’t forget about Auditions September 1st. All auditioners get Monday and Wednesday class for only $10(usually $15) a class.

Monday 24th:
Ladies Styling part 2 (8&1, using the space within your basic to add style to your shines and follow )
CK style partner work (The CK "return her")

Wednesday 26th:
Spinning Part 2 (Mens style Turns)
Shines part 2 (Syncopations)
CK style partner work (The CK copa philosophy)

Check this blast from the CK past

ClaveKazi at the DC Salsa Congress 2009 Visit our website, I Live Salsa, for FREE Salsa Lessons plus articles, reviews, interviews, and tips!


Reminder: special extended class at the studio tonight!! 8 PM


Don't miss CK's special extended class tonight where Irene will focus on ladies Styling. Learn how to transform your dancing into a super sexy elegant style. Also don't forget people who are auditioning for the team only pay $10, and that's for 75 minutes. Check today's syllabus below, and join the Facebook auditions event if you'r ready to bring your dancing to the next level.

Wednesday 19th 8:00pm:
Ladies Styling Part 1: Arm Styling for Shines and Partner-work
CK style partner work: Focus on CK style 360


Whats up Salsa DMV! As promised there are some great classes coming up this week and next as a part of our pre-audition kickoff. Everyone is invited, and if you're auditioning for CK then you will get your classes for only $10 instead of the usual $15. Even if you aren’t coming for auditions, this weeks classes are a bit special. Take a look at this weeks syllabus below. There’s a special spinning clinic during Monday’s class, and a very very special extended class on Wednesday focusing on Ladies styling.

Monday 17th 8:00pm:
Spinning Part 1: Ladies style turns
Shines Part 1: Mix and Match, using 10 basic shines to your advantage
CK style partner work: Focus on CK style 540 spot turn

Wednesday 19th 8:00pm:
Ladies Styling Part 1: Arm Styling for Shines and Partner-work
CK style partner work: Focus on CK style 360

Timeline photos 08/16/2015

ClaveKazi Auditions!!
This year CK is doing it BIG, and we want to invite the world's best salsa community, (I’m talking about you DMV) to join the the CK family. There are a lot of awesome events and opportunities coming down the line to help you get to know the CK way. Not the least of these are pre-audition classes at a discount to all potential auditioners. If you're interested in joining the family we want to hook you up with $10 dropins (down from the usual $15.) Join us Mondays & Wednesdays from 8 to 9 to brush up on those fundamentals so you can look like a dime on audition day. Like the ClaveKazi page to stay tuned and find us on Twitter & Instagram with .

Good Times in Class 08/14/2015

Good Times in Class


2015 Student Team at the Capital Congress in DC

Training Team at the 2015 DC Congress 08/14/2015

Training Team at the 2015 DC Congress

2015 Student Team at the DC Capital Congress 08/14/2015

2015 Student Team at the DC Capital Congress


No class tonight. See you Monday!


And just like that...we're back. Classes resume at 8 PM tonight. 6925 Willow Street NW. See you there!!


It's recuperation mode - ClaveKazi Dance Studio is closed for two weeks while we recover from the Capital Congress and prepare for our summer classes. New schedule to be posted soon!


Due to flooding, there will be no class at ClaveKazi Dance Studio tonight. We're so sorry for the inconvenience and will keep you posted as we find out more about the condition of the studio.

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