In social partner dancing, great posture is everything! Learn few ways that your perfect posture will aid you in becoming a confident social dancer.

Beat the Summer Heat With Adult Dance Lessons

How do you plan to beat the heat this Summer? If you’re looking to pass the time indoors, I don’t blame you. It’s darn near 120 degrees here in the Valley of the Sun, and the end is nowhere in sight. 🙁

Now there are lots of ways to make time fly inside this Summer, but none that are as much fun as Social Dance Lessons for Adults. Think about it, you can start Couple’s Country Dance Lessons now and be twirling under the stars by the time it starts to cool down. That would be cool, right?

If Country Western dancing is not your thing, that’s OK! Give Salsa Dance Classes or Swing Dancing a try. There are some pretty fun Ballroom Dances too, like the Foxtrot or Waltz, that will wipe away those Summer blues. And of course, you can always heat things up a bit with the sensual and seductive Argentine Tango. Si señor!

Regardless of the dance style you choose, they’re all incredible for keeping fit and having fun this season-and that’s without hitting the gym. Speaking of how Social Dance Lessons can benefit you, here are just a few more reasons why you should start dancing now.

Get Social.

A big reason why people begin with Adult Dance Lessons is to meet new friends. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Oftentimes when we start a new chapter in life, be it moving to a new area, or exiting a long-term relationship, it can be a challenge to start over. Having a group of friends who enjoy similar interests can make life so much easier.

Social Ballroom Dancing is an exciting way to connect with others, so why not give it a shot? With partner dancing, making new friends is easy! You need someone to dance with, and so does the other person, so you’re always going to be in a situation where you get to interact with others. How perfect! Yes, this may be a bit intimidating at first, but keep in mind that everyone is shy in the beginning, so go easy on yourself the first few times you venture out. Before long, you’ll be mixing and mingling with the best of them!

Get Confident.

Once you have taken a series of Private Dance Lessons in Country, Swing and even Latin dancing, and hit the dance floors around town to test out your new set of skills, your confidence is sure to rise! Knowing how to dance is definitely a boost on your self-esteem, especially since so many people would die to be fearless, kick-butt social dancers. It’s a matter of taking the time to learn by attending regular classes before you see the results, and most people don’t want to put in the time, or are too afraid to. Don’t be that person who sits on the sidelines and watches everyone else smiling, laughing and meeting others. Get out there and discover how to move!

When you become a confident Country dancer, or Swing dancer, doors will open left and right. You will be in demand on the dance floor, that’s for sure. I mean, who doesn’t want to be the one out there having a blast with a great dancer? I know I always scope them out first, so I can have the best time possible. What a great way to enjoy an evening, and all because you took the time to learn first.

There’s nothing more attractive than self-assurance, be it on the dance floor or in the board room. Watch how your confidence soars in all areas of life once you know how to dance. I’ve seen it a thousand times as an Instructor, and it’s incredible to witness. A once shy, meek man turns into a superstar and sweeps every woman off her feet in the Country bars around the valley! Now that’s a way to spend a Saturday night!

Get Ready for Your Big Day!

Finally, if you’re at the point in life where you’re about to tie the knot (maybe you met her/him on out dancing with friends ;)), Wedding Dance Lessons are a must! Most people don’t get married in the dead of Summer here in Phoenix, but when the weather breaks, wedding season kicks into high gear. Don’t wait until then to get ready for the most important day of your life. Start with Wedding Dance Lessons this Summer to really shine by the fall.

No, I have not yet developed that magic pill which will help you look incredible on your wedding day with only two weeks of lessons leading up to the big day, so do yourself a favor and begin learning the language of dance now. Ballroom Dance Lessons are a whole new experience, a great bonding opportunity for brides and grooms, and a super-fun hobby that you two can use for years to come. Preparation is key, though, so throw those dress shoes and heels in a bag and bring them in on your Dance Lessons this Summer to really look your best by your wedding date.

Learning how to Country, Latin, or Swing dance is a wonderful way to spend your Summer months. Do something for you this season that will make the months and years to follow that much more fantastic. You deserve some fun, now go out and get it! Now you know my secret for how to beat the heat and stay cool in Phoenix this, and every, Summer to come.

Come Back Buddy Plays at Dance FX Studios!

 

Tickets are selling out quick for a Swing Dance Party on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 that you won’t want to miss! Held at Dance FX Studios in Mesa from 7-10 pm, our party will feature Arizona’s premiere Oldies Band, Come Back Buddy.

At Dance FX Studios, each event is a one-of-a-kind experience, and this one is no exception. Now you may be wondering if you need dance experience to attend the festivities. Absolutely not! If you love live music, especially music by Come Back Buddy, and you want to learn to dance, hang out and meet new friends, and support a worthy cause, this night is for you!

Our party will be jam-packed with excitement for you and your guests.  From amazing food catered by Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant, and a cash bar, your evening will just be getting started. A Swing Dance Class for all levels, Special Dance Performances, Refreshments, Dessert and General Dancing is also included. Phew! What a night!

All of the proceeds from the cash bar, and a portion of your entrance fee, will be going to the charity Medicine for the People. If you haven’t heard of this cause, they advocate and educate people on alternative and natural means of healing, rather than (or in addition to) going the traditional medicine route. Throughout the event, donations will also be accepted to help fund this local, worthy cause.

Dance FX Studios’ Events are open to the public, so invite your friends to join in the fun! Tickets are just $35 per person, or 4 tickets for $120. They can be purchased online through our secure website. Hope to see you there!

 

4-Week Group Dance Courses are Back!

Dance FX Studios’ 4-Week Progressive Group Dance Courses are back! Join us for four weeks of fun, starting in April 2017. Each four week class is jam packed with great tips, techniques and cool moves that will help dancers of all levels, from beginners on up, to become more confident on any social dance floor. We will go through many of the most popular social dances in each month’s course over the next few months, from Salsa to Tango, and Two Step to Swing, so keep an eye out for the course that is of interest to you.

In April, we are featuring the Salsa and the Argentine Tango, two incredible social dances that are both beautiful and playful. Both classes begin on Monday, April 3, 2017, however the Tango class will be held at the studio, while the Salsa course is online via our closed Facebook Page, Real Dancing for Real People.

Did you know that our courses can also be taken at the Studio or Online? This exciting new feature allows you to learn from the comfort of your home, or in person, whichever is better for you. And…if you’re feeling adventurous, you can sign up for both In-House and Online Courses. 🙂 Why not, right?! What’s great about the Online courses is that they are posted each Monday and stay up for you to view for an entire week before the next week’s class is released. This way, you can study the techniques and new moves over and over again. Of course, theres also perks to coming to the studio to learn to dance. Our in person classes offer you the benefit of being able to meet new people, and ask the instructor questions throughout the class.

Our four week courses are perfect for dancers of all levels, whether you’re learning from home or your laptop! Exciting course material will build from week to week, giving you as a student a chance to put together all of the pieces of each dance, and begin to become fluid and natural by the end of the course. This way, you won’t feel like you’re starting from scratch each time you come to class, as you would in a Drop-In Class.

Two courses are beginning right around the corner from now, so sign up ASAP to reserve your space.  On Monday, April 3rd, our Argentine Tango Course will begin at 7 pm, and will be held at Dance FX Studios. We are located just off the 101 highway on the south east Dobson Rd and Guadalupe Rd in Mesa, Arizona. This hour-long class will be taught by the owner of the studio, Adam Dekavallas. With almost two decades as a professional Tango instructor, you’re sure to get great tips in this class. On April 3rd, you will also gain access to our Online Salsa Dance Course once you register.

Each course is just $40 per person for the entire month! With such an amazing offer, you have nothing to lose, but a ton to gain. Knowing how to social dance is a fun and rewarding hobby. Aside from making more social contacts, you will find yourself walking taller, and feeling more confident. In fact, the benefits of social ballroom dancing are truly endless. So get registered today, so you can experience the joy of dance for yourself.

New Group Dance Classes for Adults!

We’ve got great news! Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona is opening up another Group Dance Class for adults. In fact, all of our Dance Classes, be it Private Instruction or Group Classes, are for adults ages 18+, so if you’re looking to try something new and step out of your comfort zone and into an exciting, new hobby, then social dance lessons may be perfect for you!

First, let me clarify the very common question you may have which is “What is Social Dancing?”. Social dancing is what you would use at a bar, wedding, cruise or party. It’s what you would do with others in the “real world” where people are gathered to have a great time and let off some steam, versus a controlled environment, like a competition dance floor, or a big ballroom where everyone knows what they’re doing.

True social dancing includes using popular styles like Country Two Step, Swing and even Argentine Tango, and knowing how to make it fit onto a crowded, often very small, dance floor. At Dance FX Studios, we teach social dances that you can use anywhere so that all of your bases will be covered when you hit the town. From Line Dancing to how to Swing dance to your favorite Jazz tunes, we guarantee that we can help you to navigate around any crowded floor with ease.

Group Dance Classes with us are a fantastic way to get ready for social dancing! With lots of people to learn beside, you will soon see how to maneuver around a busy dance floor. We will give you our tips for keeping your dance partner safe, staying on time with the music, and leading or following fun moves on the dance floor. Then you can really sweep her off her feet!

Now you can check out three fantastic Group Classes a week at our studio: one Country, one Latin and one Swing.  Each class will focus on a specific dance within the general style so you can get a taste of everything. For example, if we are spending the month on Country dancing on Mondays, you will learn to Two Step one week, Country Swing the next, and Line Dance on the third Monday. And, the dance genres will rotate from month to month so if Monday’s don’t work for your schedule, you can learn to Country dance on Wednesdays in the following month. What more can you ask for!?

Classes are $10 per person per class, OR you can grab one of our Club FX Memberships and get six months of Dance Classes for just $99! Read up on the details, you’ll be blown away!

Finally, for those of you who are not lucky enough to live near by our dance studio ;), we offer Online Instruction in our Facebook Live Group Dance Classes. The rates and membership options remain the same, only you get to learn to dance from us from the comfort of your home. How cool is that!

It’s 2017…No Excuses! If you’ve always wanted to be a confident social dancer, now’s your time. Pick a style, bring a partner (or not) and Register Today for one of our FUN Dance Classes! You’ll be so glad you did!

Rent Our Studio for a Unique Party Experience!


Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to entertain guests at your next event? Were you in charge of putting together the next team-building activity at work and have no idea where to start? We have the perfect, one-of-a-kind “Experience” for your friends, family or co-workers!

Imagine this…It’s your wife’s 40th birthday and you have no idea what to do. You’re looking for something unique that will involve everyone she loves, and you don’t want to plan the same old dinner in a private room at a restaurant, or bowling as a group. Instead, you want an adventure! You know she’s always wanted to learn to Country dance, so you begin searching online for a bar, only to realize that you can’t reserve space for 50 people next to the dance floor on a Saturday night. Then you search further and find us…Dance FX Studios…and you soon realize that you can host your party in our stunning 3,500 sq ft studio. And the best part of it is that you can also give your wife that gift she’s always wanted..Country Dance Lessons!

How does all of this fit into one night of fun? Easy! With our new FX Experiences, you can make any event a “next level” event! We’ve really kicked it up a notch when it comes to figuring out all the details for you. From bartending service, to 3 Group Dance Classes in the style of your choice, to a DJ and host, your upcoming party will be talked about for years to come!

There are several different Experiences to choose between. Here are just some of the exciting details of each one…

The Full Experience

Rent the studio for up to three hours on a Friday or Saturday night and prepare to have some major FUN! We will teach your guests several dances in 20-minute Group Dance Classes to show them how to strut their stuff in a variety of popular social dances, from Country to Latin and Swing to the sexy Argentine Tango. We will include time for mingling, grabbing a drink, and even catering service, if you’d like to include food. Once everyone can tell the difference between their right foot and their left, we will have a “Dance Off!” for a prize, just to see what everyone learned! Trust us when we say that your friends and family will be surprised with how much they got out of those mini Dance Classes, and how easy we make it to learn to dance. We will pack in great tips to get everyone moving comfortably on the dance floor.

There’s much more that comes with this package. Get more information on The Full Experience by clicking here.

The Mini Experience

A Mini Experience is just what it sounds like! Same exciting dance classes, same great instruction, just less time to play! Shorter events can be booked any day/evening of the week except Friday and Saturday nights, which are reserved for Full Experiences. We can even accommodate your group on a weekday in the late morning hours. What a creative way to get your office together and enjoy be out from behind the desk and on to the dance floor. Yes, dancing may be out of their comfort zone, but it’s a wonderful way to encourage team mates to work together and learn to support each other. For more on The Mini Experience, click here.

Dance FX Studios is available to rent for Corporate Events, including awards ceremonies and holiday parties. Why crowd yourselves into a restaurant with nothing to do but talk when you can be moving and grooving on the dance floor? With so much more included, you will be putting on a party to remember.

Dance FX Studios is located in Mesa, Arizona. We are on the south east corner of Dobson and Guadalupe Rd.’s, just off the 101 highway. For your next party, consider us! You’ll be so glad you did!

Men…3 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Country Dance

Is there a girl that you see every weekend at your favorite Country bar that you wish you had the nerve to ask to dance? If you’re shaking your head “yes”, then now’s the time to get those Country dancing skills in place so you can sweep her off her feet someday soon.

Of course, you could just keep going back week after week and watch her be twirled around by other guys who know how to Two Step and Swing dance, and do it with confidence, but that would really suck, right? I would say so. So let’s explore what dancing will do for you, and your experiences to your favorite Country bar from this point forward.

Dancing Builds Confidence

Well, it’s not actually the dancing itself that builds confidence, but it’s knowing how to dance well that makes you feel confident anywhere, anytime. How cool would that be? Think about it. Wherever you go, from a wedding to a night out with friends, you can grab anyone and show her a great time. That is quite empowering, wouldn’t you say?

I bet you’re wondering how you gain the skills to sweep her off her feet. Simple. With Country Dance Lessons, of course! Country Dance Lessons for Beginners are a wonderful way to begin the process of learning how to lead on the dance floor, and how to do all of the fancy moves that you see others doing so effortlessly. And, if you make the investment into Private Country Dance Lessons, you will get much more in the way of technique and detail so you’ll have the moves in a much shorter amount of time. Even better!

With your newfound sense of assurance on the dance floor, you’ll have the ladies lining up to dance with you before long!

Meet New Friends

Once you’ve got the tools you need, you might as well get out there and use them as often as possible! Be sure to ask a variety of partners to dance to perfect your lead and meet all sorts of new people as you hone in on your Country dancing skills, and kill two birds with one stone!

Relieve Stress

Being active, connecting with others and improving in your hobbies…that’s what it’s all about! Country dancing is an incredible outlet after a long week at the office, filled with meetings and paperwork. Go burn off some steam by Two Step dancing into the night…it’s much more fun that the treadmill!

 

Are there any other benefits to knowing how to Country dance other than gaining confidence, connecting with others, learning a cool new skill and relieving stress? Believe it or not….yes! There’s so much more that social dancing can do for you! To see for yourself what you can gain by knowing how to social dance, take your first step into your local dance studio for adults today. Yes, it can be a bit intimidating, but you’ll be so glad once your entire world has shifted for the better! You’ll be dancing through life knowing that you have a skill that most people only wish they could do.

iLeaduFollow™ Dance Merchandise is Here!

dancefxstudios-ileadufollow-logo2Ballroom dancers, and anyone who loves to Lead With Love™ and Follow With Faith™-on or off the dance floor-check out our new retail line!

Featured below is some of our newest merchandise including totes, t-shirts, jewelry and water bottles. Our brand, iLeaduFollow™ is all about what we believe in when it comes to ballroom dancing, and that is the true concept of lead and follow on the dance floor.

At our ballroom dance studio in Mesa, Arizona, lead and follow is our main focus. Rather than memorize choreography that you can only do with a particular partner, we introduce the concept of how to lead and/or follow on lesson one. With the principle of partnership and connection between two people at the forefront, anyone can learn to partner dance. It just gets so much more fun from there!

Our signature sayings, Lead With Love and Follow With Faithare gentle reminders to one another on how to take care of each other while enjoying a dance. Whether you’re Salsa dancing, Swing dancing or Country Two-Stepping, you can always lead with love and follow with faith, in other words, trust that your partner will take care of you.

The story behind how each statement came to be is a cool one. In short, Lead With Love™ began as our philosophy on how to live life. From there, we realized how beautifully it tied into ballroom/partner dancing and teaching, our careers. Hence, Follow With Faith™, the other half to leading with love with on the dance floor, was created. How perfect!

Now on to our iLeaduFollowmerchandise…

Lead With Love t-shirtsOur t-shirts are soft, cozy and ready to be worn on the dance floor or out and about. These trendy shirts all highlight our lead and follow quotes in a playful way.

Shirts are $25 and come in traditional adult sizes from small to XXL. For the ladies, we are offering cute, fitted tees and slouch shirts. And for the guys, we’ve got slim fit tees and traditional cut shirts.

 

Lead with Love Leather BraceletsOur leather bracelets and chokers are a super cool way to show off your style. These one-of-a-kind hand-stamped, hand-made, genuine leather bands and necklaces truly make a statement. Custom orders are available upon request.

 

 

 

iLeaduFollow Water BottlesHave you seen our matte black, aluminum water bottles? These 24 ounce containers are perfect for keeping your drinks nice and cold while you’re heating up on the dance floor. The flip top lids are great for easy access and a hassle free experience.

 

 

 

totesYou’ve got to have a way to carry your dance shoes and water bottles to your lessons, right? Our new tote bags will give you all the space you need! Each canvas bag is made of high quality cotton, and is quite sturdy. With 24″ of room inside, you’ll be able to have enough room for even more fun stuff! A velcro closure will help keep everything together.

 

 

 

 

 

Follow With Faith JewelryFinally, we’re thrilled to reveal our gorgeous gold and silver necklaces, designed for dancers, by dancers. With a ton of fun chain and pendant combinations, you’ll have a necklace for every occasion. Dress them up or wear them with jeans. Either way, you’ll shine!

All merchandise can be shipped directly to you, so if you don’t live here in Arizona with us, that’s OK! To purchase any item online, CLICK HERE. You will be transported to Dance FX Studio’s secure Online Store to process your payment and set up shipping options. Happy Shopping!

 

Holiday Savings Event 2016

adult dance lessons arizonaThe 2016 holiday season is well under way. With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday done, it’s time to relax and plan for those special, unique gifts that you haven’t had time to sit down and think about yet. If you have no idea where to start, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Wouldn’t it be great to give an “experience” to those close to you this year, rather than another “thing”, like a necktie or purse? Would’t she appreciate spending quality time with you over another bottle of perfume? And don’t you think he’d love to have a cool and exciting hobby to share with you on the weekends in the new year, instead of watching movies on the couch on a Saturday night? If you say “YES!” to a creative gift this year, I’ve got just the thing for you…Ballroom Dance Lessons!

Before I go further into the awesome savings you can receive this season on dance lessons for adults, let me explain what I mean by “Ballroom” Dance Lessons. By Ballroom Lessons, I mean learning any partner dance, from Salsa to Swing, and Two Step to Tango.  It doesn’t have to be formal, just a dance that you learn to do with someone else. Ballroom dancing is more of an overall term to describe partner dancing in general.

If you don’t have someone yet to take lessons with, that’s perfectly OK! In fact, one can learn much faster by having all the attention on them. Then, once your confidence rises, you can take your moves out dancing and show off your skills to your friends. Won’t they be surprised! Keep in mind that social ballroom dancing is a great way to meet new people, even a dance partner. A self-assured person on the dance floor is a major magnet to others, believe me!

Social ballroom dance lessons are THE gift that keeps on giving. Think about it. Every time there’s an event where music is being played, he/she will know how to dance! From those upcoming weddings to kicking up your heels on the weekends at a Country bar, all bases will be covered once he/she knows how to dance. How cool is that!?

Now you can probably find great deals at your local ballroom dance studio, but if you live in Phoenix, Arizona like I do, check out the Holiday Savings Event that we have going on at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, AZ, just off the 101 freeway.

We have two Private Lesson options for the holidays that are great for couples or singles. Private Dance Lessons are a wonderful investment in that your recipient will learn to dance much quicker with one-on-one instruction. In Private Lessons, we tailor each hour to help our students reach their dancing goals. We also customize the dances that they learn based on where they see themselves using their dancing, i.e. a Salsa dance club versus a Country bar. And, we personalize each lesson in a way that you learn best. So cool!

It’s all about the individual with Private Lessons, and we want to help them to be a confident social “ballroom” dancer so they can have a blast every time they go out dancing! No more sitting on the sidelines when he/she can be out there having fun, and knowing what they’re doing.

Our two Online Offers for Private Lessons include the following: a One-Hour Introductory Dance Lesson for $25 total (per couple or single), and our Holiday Starter Package. The Starter Package includes a One-Hour Introductory Lesson plus five One-Hour Beginner’s Dance Lessons to learn the key turns and moves in up to 4 dances. Our Starter Package is $320, and includes a FREE $25 Gift Card for lessons or retail items at Dance FX Studios.

Another gift-giving option is our Club FX Membership. With this membership, a person will receive six months of Group Dance Classes (one class per week/per person) for $99 total! This is a steal, bringing each class down to $4 per class if you attend every one. As you will see, our Group Class Schedule includes a mix of three styles of dance: Country, Latin and Swing. What a great way to get a taste of popular social dances, from Merengue and Bachata, to West Coast Swing and Country Two Step!

Finally, if you know someone who is getting married in 2017, Wedding Dance Lessons are an amazing present! Thanks to you, the bride and groom will shine on the dance floor on their wedding day with a customized wedding dance. Our Wedding Dance Consultation is just $20 and includes a mini dance lesson! It’s a great way to connect with one of our professionals so that we can give an engaged couple the dance of their dreams.

Let’s say that you don’t know what your friends would like to start with, be it Private Lessons or Group Classes. No problem! You can pick up a Gift Card, or get one in our Online Store, in increments of $25. What’s great is, when you spend over $100, you get a FREE $15 Gift Card to gift to someone else, or keep for yourself!

This year, give the gift of health, energy, excitement and fun to those you love. Adult dance lessons are a blast! While you’re in our studio shopping, visit our new retail shop too. Who knows, you may even walk away with something special just for you. Happy Shopping!

 

Exclusive New Jewelry Line and New Retail Brand for Ballroom Dancers

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Dance FX Studios’ NEW, exclusive jewelry line is finally here!  We are so excited to bring you these beautiful and unique necklaces and bracelets from our new brand, iLeaduFollow™.

Those who have previewed our necklaces and bracelets often ask what the sayings on our pieces mean. I love to share how special they are to me, and the meaning behind Lead With Love™ and Follow With Faith™. (iLeaduFollow™ speaks for itself. Right, fellow ballroom dancers?)

Lead With Love™ is a saying that I came up with many years ago as a way to live my life. I wanted to give myself a positive message on how to move through life and show my love and support for those I meet and know.

Over time, it became such an important quote to me that I tattooed it on my arm as a daily reminder. I look at my tattoo throughout the day and it provides great peace, especially when times get tough. I know that if I simply lead my life with an open, loving heart, everything will be OK. So far, so good!

The tricky part was that my Lead With Love™ tattoo was the only tattoo I had that was exposed for others to see. This was quite a risk as a 40-something year old local business owner here in Mesa, Arizona. I thought about hiding it, but I wanted to share my mindset with the world. I had a few double takes at first from long-time dance students and new students who didn’t know what to make of it. Even in this generation, I was concerned as to how I would be viewed, but after a brief explanation of it’s meaning, everyone really seemed to like it! Most importantly, I did (and do).

After I got my tattoo, my husband pointed out something that I had never thought of. He said, “It feels like you’re telling me to lead you with love and care around the dance floor. Is that what you intended?” If you don’t already know it, my husband, Adam, and I are professional Ballroom dancers, so this did make sense.  Ironic, isn’t it, I thought.  It wasn’t my intention, but it’s pretty cool that a double-meaning like that was behind my message, and I didn’t even realize it. I have been in the ballroom dance business for over 20 years, and I didn’t make the connection, until Adam pointed it out. Crazy, right?

A few months later, Adam came to me with a thought. “What if I tattoo “Follow With Faith” on my arm, as a response to how to be a follow who trusts me to lead you well on the dance floor? Genius! I loved it! He now has Follow With Faith tattooed on his arm in the same spot. When we dance together, our arms line up (his left and my right) to remind each other of our roles on the dance floor, and how to treat each other as we are dancing.

Since then, Dance FX Studios has celebrated it’s 15 year anniversary in business in June of this year. We are so proud to provide adult dance lessons to the community. This is a hobby for singles and couples that lifts one’s spirits, helps them become more confident and keeps them healthy and fit. What a gift to be able to make a living doing what we love!

In recent months, we have completely re-modeled our dance studio to keep up with the times. We are going for a modern industrial lounge feel, rather than strictly a learning environment. Think oversized cozy couches, cool light fixtures that you may find in a trendy bar and lot’s on tv’s to watch your favorite dance shows and movies on. With the upgrade close to complete, I can say it’s going to be fantastic when we’re done. Pictures will coming soon on the website. We are way too excited!!

With this, we are launching our retail brand (TODAY!) iLeaduFollow™. It’s extremely exciting to be able to put our life’s philosophy on our new items, and that they will be featured both in our studio and online. What a thrill!

As the holiday season kicks off, we will be featuring Lead With Love™ and Follow With Faith™ t-shirts, key chains, jewelry, and tote bags. Plus, our iLeaduFollow™ aluminum, re-useable water bottles are the coolest thing ever!

If you’re a ballroom dancer who can relate, come shop our Online store to see what we’re all about. And, if you’re not a dancer (yet), but you love the idea of leading your life with love, and following with faith, you too can find some really fun gifts for yourself and those you love.

Visit our website to take advantage of our Holiday Savings Event on both retail items and dance lessons. Or drop into our Mesa, Arizona ballroom dance studio to get the first peek at our exclusive iLeaduFollow™ retail line. You’ll be impressed with what we’ve got!

Today is Thanksgiving, and I could not be more grateful. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! Thank you to so many for your years of support, and to allow us to share our love of dance every day with you.

What Makes You Hot on the Dance Floor

Country dance classes ArizonaDo you want to stand out on the dance floor? That would be nice, right? All eyes are on you because you know what you’re doing out there. It’s a very cool feeling! Whether you’re at a holiday party or your favorite Country bar, why not look hot?

“How does one get to looking so hot?”, you may be wondering. Well, there’s no magic pill-that’s for sure, but there are some definite things you can do to shine on the dance floor. Here are some of them.

Dance Skills

Yes! Believe it or not, knowing what you’re actually doing on the dance floor can make you quite attractive. Now you can fake it when everyone’s drunk and no one knows any better, but why pull the wool over everyone’s eyes when you can make the investment in yourself by learning to dance “correctly”.

I put correctly in quotes because, as a trained dancer, I know there are many ways to do a particular dance. For example, depending on where you go Country Two Stepping, the dancers will do their footwork differently. In fact, you may not know this, but there is a Texas Two Step and an Arizona Two Step, even though we are so close to each other. Both are considered Country Two Step dances, both are recognized by Country dancers,  yet each one is unique to the region in which it started.  So, my point is that there is no point in being rigid when we’re talking about a form of expression and art, but there are general standards.

Not to get too off track, but as a side note, there are several variations of Salsa dancing too. Think of these stylistic changes as being dialects within what many call the language of dance. When you go to a particular place, check out what style of Salsa dance they do. It’s interesting to see the slight variations from New York to LA. Pretty cool, right?

At any rate, by taking adult dance lessons in Latin, Country Western, Tango or Swing dancing, you will learn what’s used most in your area, as well as how to dance well. You will discover how to lead or follow, which is a huge part of social partner dancing, so that you can enjoy pairing up with anyone. And you will also know what it means to really know how to dance. Dancing is not about memorizing footsteps, but understanding how your body works. With lessons under your belt, you can demystify partner dancing once and for all, and really look your best on any occasion.

Rhythm

If you want “the moves like Jagger”, you must learn about rhythm. Again, partner dancing, be it Swing, Salsa or the Argentine Tango, is not going to convey well to your partner if you’re simply focusing on what your feet are doing over moving with the music.  Private Dance Lessons will be extremely beneficial for those of you who can’t find the beat in a song. The good news is that anyone can be trained to hear the beat…anyone.

Funny story, about 20 years ago (yes, I’m old) one of my students made me put in writing that I would teach him at no charge if he could not find the beat in a song by the time his 50 hour Private Lesson program was complete. I signed the paper knowing I could get him there. I did it in less than 10 hours! He was blown away with what he could do once he could feel the rhythm! “It’s like all of the pieces have come together!”, he once told me. Yes, dancing with the music and not just to it makes all the difference. 😉

Confidence

Learning really cool dances can take a bit of time, but don’t let that hold you back from going out social dancing, or even watching others. Confidence will come with knowledge and ability, and once you have it, let it shine through! There’s not really anything that I can think of that’s more attractive than a self-assured person. Be that person on the dance floor (and off) and you’re sure to be dancing on it all night long.

One way to “fake it til you make it” is with good posture. You don’t want to necessarily look like a ballroom dancer when you’re out Country dancing, I agree, but stand tall and strut your stuff. Being hunched over is a sign of weakness, and poor posture is horrible when it comes to dancing with someone else. You not only risk banging into your partner by being too close to him/her, but you don’t move as well in general if you’re body is out of alignment. So own what you know and reflect that with good posture.

Be Chivalrous

This may sound old school, and you may even think that we women like to be tossed around like rag dolls, but I can guarantee you that treating a woman with kindness and respect on the dance floor will go a long way. Take care of her. In other words, don’t fling her into other dancers because you think she likes to be spun. Don’t run her into walls because you’re not paying attention to the layout of the room, or what dance move you’re doing within the space you have. Do make her feel safe and comfortable. Ask her for a dance, instead of yanking her out of her chair. You may be one of the few that treat her this way, and that is a very, very good thing.

So now that you know how to look hot on any dance floor? Where are you going to start? Of course you know that I’m going to tell you to take dance lessons first, then everything else will fall into place.

As I mentioned, adult dance lessons are an investment, but can you think of anything more exciting, fun, healthy and romantic than learning to dance? I doubt it. 🙂

Let me know how you to plan to look hot on the dance floor by commenting below. I’d also love to hear what you think is hot in other dancers. Happy dancing!