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Give the Gift of Dance Lessons in Arizona This Mother’s Day, 2014

swing dance classes mesa azSpring has sprung, which means Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the wonderful mothers you know, let us help you. What would any mom LOVE this Mother’s Day? Private Salsa, Swing or Country dance lessons, of course!

That’s where we come in. Dance FX Studios is a leading ballroom dance studio in the Phoenix area. We focus on social dancing, teaching students dance steps and combinations that are useful in social settings like weddings, cruises, bars and clubs, and more! We also incorporate tips and skills like how to be a great leader or follower, how to navigate a dance floor when it is crowded, and how to make a great connection with your dance partner. We can prepare anyone to be a confident, capable social dancer!


Dancing is a great hobby to have because of its countless benefits. Treat any mother to the gift of dancing and she will experience them in no time! Dancing is a great form of exercise and stress relief. It gets you up and moving and helps you to focus on something positive and self-focused. The outlet of expression that dance lessons provides allows for anyone to express emotions and become more in tune with their body and feelings.

With dancing comes great music, and who doesn’t love great music? Studies have shown that music AND dancing have alleviated and even improved symptoms of emotional and mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Any type of music you like, we can teach you dances to enjoy to your favorite music! Like Latin tracks and saucy Salsa music? We teach a variety of Latin dances like Salsa, Cha Cha, and Bolero. More of a Country fan? You can learn to Country Two Step and Swing in no time! If you like Big Band and Oldies music, maybe a variety of Swing would be perfect for you!


Show your mom, wife, or other loved one how much they are appreciated this Mother’s Day, May 11th, with one of our great packages! Here they are:


“Mini Sampler”


Make her smile with this 50 minute Introductory lesson offer, only $40! She can learn some basic steps and see how much fun learning to dance is!


“She Rocks”


Show her she ROCKS and save $100 with this great offer! 5 Private hour long dance lessons for her and a partner if she likes, at a bargain. She chooses up to 4 dances she would like to learn, and we will personalize a lesson plan just for her!


“The Total Package”


Moms make the world go ‘round, so treat her to The Total Package! This package is $215, saving you $120. It includes the Introductory lesson AND 5 private lessons, so she can pick dances based on preferences and Instructors’ suggestions and really enjoy herself!


“4 Week Group Class”


Mom and a partner of her choice can enjoy a 4 week progressive couples’ dance class in Country Two Step, Salsa, Country Swing, or Jitterbug Swing! This offer is $75 for all four weeks of classes per couple. Preregistration is required.


All of these specials will be available starting May 5th and ending on Mother’s Day, 2014. Gift cards include gift wrapping. If you have questions, comments, or would like to purchase any of these great packages, call the studio at 480.968.6177 or visit our website today!

Enjoy Life and Ballroom Dance!

Have you ever thought about trying a new hobby? What about challenging yourself physically, mentally and even emotionally? Did you know that learning social ballroom dances like Swing, Country Two Step, Salsa and Argentine Tango can offer a new hobby, a challenge, romance and more? It’s completely true! Over the past 13 years, we at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona have watched thousands of couples and singles transform before our eyes through the power of dance. What makes learning to become a confident social dancer life-changing? Let us explain…

1. Confidence spreads. Learning to Latin dance or Swing dance does not necessarily come easy to most adults who have never tried social partner dancing before. It’s something that you tend to watch others enjoy out socially with envy. “Wow, I wish I could look that sexy on the dance floor. If only I knew how to be a great leader on the dance floor like you. How does he do that cool stuff?” Well, once you learn to become a great social dancer through a series of private dance lessons, your confidence will soon soar. You will have a hobby that very few people can do well, but that everyone wants to know. Dancing in Country bars or Tango clubs is an empowering and rejuvenating way to spend an evening. You will have others want to be like you and that is a wonderful confidence-builder! Before long, we have seen the shy and “meek” change into strong and self-assured individuals, all after learning to be a great social dancer.

2. Dancing adds romance. If your relationship needs re-kindling, there’s nothing more exciting than a ballroom dance lesson to help you to re-connect. With more romance in your life, you are sure tho not only live a longer, happier life, but you will have someone special to share it with. For singles who have a new found confidence through ballroom dancing, finding romantic connections is that much easier. What woman doesn’t want to be swept off of her feet and what guy wouldn’t enjoy a woman who moves with poise and certainty.

3. Dancing is relaxing. Why belly up to a bar when you can relieve stress in your dance lessons. Not only can you focus solely one just one thing when you are in a dance lesson, but dancing is going to raise your heart rate, putting you in a better frame of mind by the time your hour-long lesson is through.

Enjoy learning to become a comfortable and confident social dancer with us at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona. We are near Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert in the Phoenix East Valley. In each dance lesson you have here at Dance FX Studios, you will grow into a great dancer that will open up new doors and possibilities. Are you ready to enhance your life? Then try our Introductory Offer and see how dancing can benefit you!

Top Three Most Useful Dances in Arizona

Get ready to have some fun with dance lessons in three of the most popular social dances in Arizona! “What are those dances that no AZ resident should live without?”, you may ask. Three must-have dances for couples or singles who live in Arizona include: Salsa, Swing and the Country Two Step. Yes, it’s true, gone are the days where ballroom dancing, like the Foxtrot or Waltz are in style simply because they can make you feel elegant or debonaire. Today, social dancing is all about having fun, fitting in with the local cultures and enjoying what you know by taking it to parties, weddings or even on cruises! Let’s explore these three key social dances and why YOU should learn them to have a great time dancing anywhere in Arizona.

1. Salsa Dancing: Because we live in the southwest, Latin influence is prevalent in more than just the food in Arizona. Salsa dance lessons are a great way to burn off those yummy tapas and enjoy a sexy and passionate hobby! Along with Salsa dancing in AZ, you must learn to dance Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha for the full Latin effect. Then, you will be prepared for any Latin club with confidence.

Latin dance lessons are great for couples to spice up the romance, but singles, do not shy away from learn to Latin dance. Salsa, and the other Latin dances mentioned above, are not only a great workout, but they are amazing for exploring a different side of your personality. There is an inner diva or Latin lover in there somewhere just waiting to come out. Give yourself a chance to get those hips moving the right way and watch your confidence, and social calendar, improve by the minute!

2. Swing Dancing: Swing dancing in Phoenix, AZ is another must-have dance. What we love about the swing is its versatility. Learn to Swing dance and enjoy all fast-paced music in style from Country to Rock and Roll, Big Band and other classic and fun oldies. After a few Swing dance lessons, you will be able to hit any dance floor with fun and impressive turns that will keep you on the dance floor all night long.

As if you needed more reasons to learn to Swing dance, keep in mind that you can burn over 400 calories an hour while Swing dancing. It is a high-energy aerobic blast that will keep you smiling as your endorphins soar. Give yourself a boost of energy and excitement with Swing dance lessons.

3. Country Two Step Dancing: Need we say more? In the land of the cowboy here in Arizona, Country Two Stepping is essential to know if you plan to wrangle the cowgirl of your dreams. Country dance venues are popping up on every corner around in the Phoenix metro area, so no need to wait on this fun and popular dance with Country dance lessons today. (By the way, check out Spurs Saloon in Chandler, a new Country dance bar that recently opened. They offer a nice dance floor and live music for your Country dance pleasures.)

If you haven’t learned to Salsa, Swing or Two Step in AZ yet, it’s never too late. For dance lessons as a couple or a single in any of these popular dances and more, give Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona a try. We offer both group dance classes and private dance lessons to Phoenix adults who want to learn to dance. For the last 12 years, we have created thousands of amazing social dancers– you can be next!  Conveniently, we are located just off the 101 highway minutes from Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale, AZ. Make the drive and come check us out, you’ll be happy that you did!


Salsa Dancing…Get Addicted!

istock_000004681092smallSalsa dancing can make you come alive! It is an energetic and fun dance that will have you wanting more. With private or group Salsa classes, you’ll be shaking your hips in no time!

THE SALSA BASIC: There are many different types of Salsa dancing but this month we will cover the basic steps for one of the most common styles. In Salsa dancing, there are four beats but only three of them are going to involve taking a step. You can also count out all eight beats, but similarly only six will have steps to them.

To start off, face your partner in closed position or hold hands. If you choose to hold hands, the leader (usually male) will hold his hands as if he were holding two cups and the follower (usually female) should put her hands within the top of his. For the first step, the leader should take a step forward with his left foot and the follower takes a step backwards with her right foot. The second step involves the leader taking a step in place with his right foot and the follower taking a step in place with her left foot. The third step is going to bring your foot back into starting position, so the leader should be moving their left foot back and the follower should move their right foot forward. The fourth beat is a pause so you do not have to move at all. That completes the first four counts.

The next four beats are similar to the first four, but they are just slightly different. The leader is going to step back onto their right foot for the fifth beat and the follower is going to step forward with their left foot. As you may have guessed, the sixth beat has the leader stepping in place with their left foot and the follower stepping in place with their right foot. The last actual basic step includes the leader stepping forward with their right foot and the follower stepping back with the left foot, so they are both back in starting position. Finally the last beat of the sequence, the eighth beat, is just a pause with no movement. That completes the last four counts of the Salsa basic.

Pretty easy huh? Well if you liked that little taste of Salsa dancing you should come on down to Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona. Dance FX Studios offers Private Latin Dance Lessons and Group Salsa Dance Classes. For more information about our private Salsa dance lessons, go to https://dancefxstudios.com/dance-lessons-mesa-arizona/ .  If you would like to take Group Salsa Dance Classes, you can find more information at https://dancefxstudios.com/dance-classes-mesa-arizona/ .

Where Salsa Came From

istock_000014467721small1Did you know that the dance called “salsa” might not be what you think it is? It is actually a particular style of Latin dance that was developed in New York by Puerto Rican and Cuban immigrants in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The original dance that the Salsa was inspired by was the Cuban Son. Son, a Spanish word meaning sound, was from the 1940’s and also referred to a particular type of Cuban music style. Like the population of Cuba, this type of music was to combine influences of its mixed culture. That is probably why the Salsa has strong African influences as well as Cuban.

Similar to how Salsa was born from the Cuban Son when it came to New York; different versions of Salsa emerged as it traveled through different places and countries. Changes in the dance could range, but it usually was just slight variations in timing that would be the only changes made to the dance. Some of the different styles of Salsa dancing include Columbian or Cali Style, Cuban or Casino Style, Miami Style Casino, Salsa Rueda or Rueda de Casino, Los Angeles Style, and New York Style. As you see, the Salsa traveled across Latin America and North America, but it also made its way around Europe, Australia, and even parts of Asia and the Middle East.

As interesting as the history of Salsa is, it is much more enjoyable if you learn how to dance the Salsa. Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona, has private Latin dance lessons and group Salsa dance classes. To get started with private Latin lessons, we have an introductory offer of $40 for an hour-long one-on-one dance lesson. Salsa group classes are held each month for 4 consecutive weeks. Check out our group class schedule for upcoming Latin dance classes.