Come Country Dancing in AZ With Us!

country dancing in ArizonaHave you been thinking about going Country dancing? Well, what’s holding you back? Maybe you don’t know anyone else who enjoys Country music, or your friends don’t think dancing is cool. Well, they’re missing out!

You don’t have to put your off your good time Two Step dancing and Swing dancing, even if your buddies won’t join you. Come with us, the staff and students of Dance FX Studios, for a Night Out Country Dancing instead!

Dancing with others who are at all different stages of learning to Country dance is an awesome way to see what you know, and where you want to be, as a social dancer. You don’t have to be the best to go out and have a great time dancing. In fact, beginner’s dancers can make tremendous progress when they go out dancing earlier on, rather than waiting too long. The fear of not being successful on the dance floor can keep many newer dancers at bay while the only way to really become better is to keep going out dancing time and again. So, newer dancers are more than welcome to join us anytime! Of course, our staff loves taking out dancers of any level so that we can help to see what you need help on, and where we can offer you useful tips and advice, right there in a real-world environment.

Dance FX Studios’ Night’s Out are also wonderful for meeting other dancers. There’s no need to beg your circle of friends to go out Country dancing when you can meet new friends that you know love to dance! Plus, if they’ve taken Country Dance Lessons at Dance FX Studios, chances are, they know the same concepts and ideas behind being great leaders and followers on the dance floor. Fantastic! It should be an easy transition to dancing anywhere from there!

Socializing with others who share similar interests is an awesome stress reliever at the end of a busy week. With new connections, you can make plans to dance on future occasions, and even meet up with new friends at the studio.

In October 2016, on the 8th to be precise, we will be heading out to San Tan Flat Saloon and Grille in Queen Creek for our next Country Dance Night Out.  There is a nominal event fee, which will give you access to the private room that we rented just for our group (Space is Limited). Your first drink at the bar is also included (from a pre-made list) for a little liquid courage to kick off your night.  Other goodies will be included, but you’ll have to come to find out what they are! Remember…Club FX Members get $5 off.

San Tan Flat has live Country music on the weekends, which is super-fun to dance to. What more can you ask for on a Saturday night!? Reserve your spot today for this upcoming event by clicking here. Be sure to scroll to the correct week on the calendar so you can find the event easier. From there, you’re just a few clicks away from setting up an awesome night of dance! We can’t wait to see you there. 🙂

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How Country Dancing Began…

rsz_1rsz_nagel2Giddy up ladies and gentleman! Cowboys and cowgirls across the nation hear this… A story tellin’ of an age old dance, part of a global phenomenon, whose history runs wide and deep. From the taverns of Ireland to the ballrooms of Europe, Country dancing came about, and in the 16th century Elizabethan Court, it was simply known as “English Country Dancing”. As the generations passed, and with the discovery of the New World, people from all over the world brought their native dances to America, and Country dancing was no exception.

Fast forward a few hundred years and we find ourselves deep in the heart of the American Southwest. Cowboys were not the most dance-savvy of men. Although they loved to dance, many cowboys did not like the idea of leading a lady across the dance floor or memorizing steps. Rather, they would jump in with a wild whoop and a goat cry to make their mark on the dance floor. Puritans found this unsafe, and attempted to spread the prohibition of dancing from East to West.

Country dancing was often frowned upon by many, but not altogether banned. The minuet, cotillion, pattern dances and courtly processions were favored by most of the country. In other words, if you were “safe” folk, you could dance. This opened up much interaction between settlers. There were organized barn dances, Cowboy Balls and get-togethers, and they danced at any venue they could. In fact, invitations travelled by ear and all who arrived, danced!

To avoid chaos on the dance floor some of the dancers knew a few of the same steps and the term“Caller” was born. His job was calling dance steps as the music is changed. The popularity of the Caller had grown immensely as they travelled around the world. Now the role of the Caller and the steps he called out turned into traditional square dancing. The Cowboy waltz also helped to promote square dancing. The waltz tended to be full body contact as opposed to just hand-to-hand contact.

Although, Country waltz was common for most, the young were unable to dance with the opposite sex because of the intimacy, so a new dance called the Polka started moving towards the West. Polka was a hybrid between Waltz and Irish Jig. Everyone had a soft spot for the polka, and it was danced often in those days.

Over time, a dance that was specifically “Country Western” began to evolve. Many moves and styles popular in Appalachia and the South came west and were absorbed. Freed Black Americans also added a special influence that can still be seen in today’s Country swing dance. Women were handled as if the Cowboy were throwing a beating calf to the ground to be branded. Heavy Cowboy boots were the cause of horrid footwork, yet Cowboys were so excited to go out dancing that after a long day of being out on the trail, they would skip regular necessities and even a change of clothing and go straight for the dance floor while still in spurs, forcing him to keep his feet apart and shuffle as he moved to the music. The basic “push pull” position of the Country Swing in particular shows the rhythm of grasping the reins of a horse.

We could literally go on and on about the rich and unique history of Country Western dancing, but what better way to understand it than to come on down to Dance FX Studios in Mesa, AZ and take some beginner’s Country Western dance lessons here with us! Together we’ll go though all types of Country dancing that you’ll want to know today. So go ahead, grab life by the reins and we’ll see you on the dance floor!