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Your First Private Dance Lesson…How Exciting!

rsz_1rsz_dsc05522So you have set up your first Private Dance Lesson here at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona and you’re wondering how exactly you should prepare and what to expect. Don’t worry, we can help you out and answer all of your questions or concerns.

The first step is to figure out if you want to take your dance lessons with a partner or by yourself. Whichever one you decide, you will be getting the same great quality guaranteed for every lesson. Keep in mind that there are pros and cons to each. If you dance solo, you get one-on-one time with your instructor during your Salsa Dance Lessons , for example, which can lead to you being able to focus a little better and learn quicker. At the same time, you are learning to dance with a professional, and that’s not going to happen very often when you go out. So, if you do decide to take lessons with a partner, a friend or a spouse, you get to learn what it’s like to dance with another person who is on the same level as you are. That’s more of a realistic situation that you will encounter when you decide to go out. The only negative side is that the attention in your private dance lesson will be on both of you as a couple so you may need more time to practice and more dance lessons ultimately. Social dancing is a very rewarding activity to do with a spouse, but that’s for another blog. 🙂

The next step of preparing for your lesson is to figure out what kind of dancing you would like to learn. When you come in for your Introductory Dance Lesson, we will most likely show you a range of dances and help you choose what you may be interested in. At the same time, it couldn’t help to look up a few different styles that you have in mind. We offer a bunch of different dances including Salsa, Country Two Step, Swing, Tango and much more! Every dance has its own unique rhythm and moves so your dance journey can be really exciting as you explore them. Also, if you have decided to take lessons with a partner, get an idea of what they would like to learn. That way you aren’t bickering during your lesson time (although we think that may be impossible because our lessons are so fun!).  Keep in mind all of the places you two like to spend time on a night out. If it’s a Country bar, consider Country Two Step dancing. If you like your local Latin clubs, try some Salsa dancing!

Last but not least, prepare to have a fun, valuable time. Come expecting to relax and throw all that stress that has been building up from the work week right out the door. Our instructors will teach you everything you need to know. If you feel worried about being clumsy or unable to hear beats in the music, you will soon forget about it once you step onto the dance floor. We do our very best to make you feel right at home. Remember there are other people just like you learning how to dance for their very first time, so don’t feel intimidated or nervous! You may want to dress comfortably too because social dancing is a wonderful form of exercise. Wear everything you would wear to work out, minus the tennis shoes. We recommend that you bring the shoes that you would wear out dancing. If they’re new, you can break them in and learn how to feel comfortable wearing them to the bar. It may get a little bit heated while dancing, so do please do not wear long sleeves.

All of these things can assist you in preparing for your first Private Dance Lesson. If you have not taken a lesson with us yet, see our New Student Offer for private dance lessons on our website. We can’t wait to show you why Dance FX Studios in Mesa, AZ is so great!

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Country Dance Events in Mesa, Arizona

rsz_1rsz_dsc02974Wow! We really had an amazing time this last Saturday at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona! Thanks to the amazing local Phoenix Country band, Two-bit Shotgun, playing great Country music, we danced the night away.

Did you know that as a beginner Country dancer that you too are able to attend our events? You can! If you live in Phoenix and you are looking for dance events that are not necessarily at a bar, you are more than welcome to join us. Our parties can benefit you as a Country dancer in so many ways. Here are just a few…

  1. When we have any kind of party at our studio, you get to dance with people who have the same goals as you, to be a confident social dancer. You know that everyone who is taking Private Country Dance Lessons with us will be discovering dance and needing to practice what they are learning. What better time than at one of our parties, with all of our amazing dance instructors there to help! On that note, our dance parties are also a great way to meet new people, potential dance partners and friends. You will definitely meet a ton of new people who you know you will enjoy going out Country dancing with you around town with in the future. The exciting part is that you never know who you will meet by coming to a party here at Dance FX Studios! 🙂

2. We always encourage our students to practice so that they can become great social dancers. What better way than to practice with other students just like you? There will be plenty of students who are at the beginning of their Country dance journey just like you. Not only that, but students who may have been taking lessons longer than you can show you what it really takes to become a great dancer in a social environment. It can take a lot of hours dedicated to your dance lessons as well as practice time to create an amazing dancer, but we like to help make it easier for you to practice, so instead of having to push away your couches and practice in your living room, you get to enjoy some live Country dance music, get to know new people, and get in those practice hours.

3. Attending one of our events helps you understand what a real life social dance situation looks like. If you feel like you might not be ready to go out into that big scary dance world, come hang out with us and see that it’s not as bad as it looks. Don’t be too intimidated, just have fun while attending a party because we definitely know how to have fun! In fact, we offer a Country Swing or Two Step dance class in the beginning of the party so that you can learn a few more new moves that you get to show off throughout the night. You can great great tips like how to keep your partner from bumping into other couples on the dance floor. That way when you really do go out Country dancing, no one will get upset with you.

How can you prepare for a great party such as this last one? Check out our New Student Offer for Country Dance Lessons and we will teach you everything you need to know about getting ready to dance in the real world. In fact, that is our main goal at almost any dance lesson. We strive to help you feel comfortable anytime you go out dancing, whether it’s at our studio, or at a Country bar.

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Dance to Get Fit!

Arizona couple Country dancingDid you know that social ballroom dances like the Country Two Step, Swing or Salsa, can actually improve your athleticism? That’s right! As fun and exciting learning to dance is, it is equally as beneficial. Regular dance lessons will improve your balance, flexibility, and endurance, all of which are important components of sports fitness. What you learn in those dance lessons can apply to your sports activities – score!


Cardiovascular fitness is crucial to every fitness activity, from track and field to soccer to baseball! Dancing improves your body’s ability to deliver oxygen to your muscles and tissues, which is key to staying healthy and trim. Stamina is also an essential aspect of being successful in sports, and if this is an area in need of improvement for you, it will show. If you build endurance with dance lessons and practice, you can condition your cardiovascular system while being active on your feet for hours at a time!


One perk of conditioning that athletes focus on is avoiding injury. When you get injured, you put a halt to more conditioning and playing. If you keep your muscles in shape in a low-impact, all-inclusive way, you could be less susceptible to injury. Dance lessons and regular stretching will help you with flexibility, a vital instrument for avoiding injury. Though you may not realize it, ballroom dance is actually fairly demanding! You have to maintain your balance and endurance while staying flexible and agile for hours at a time. Consistency is key here and regular dancing will be the most beneficial for the best results. Our maple sprung floors here at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, AZ are great for those with bad knees or joint problems. (There are thousands of tiny rubber balls under the wood, creating a low-impact, safer dance floor for you to enjoy!)


Did you know that Ballroom dancing can burn a good amount of calories? Salsa dancing, for example, can burn up to 480 calories per hour! Between 290 and 420 calories can go with Country Western styles like Country Swing and Country Two Step. With each hour dancing the Cha Cha, you can burn anywhere from 260 to 530 calories! With dancing, you have to support your own body weight, which can help improve bone density and muscular strength. Students of ours have reported feeling more energetic with more pep in their step from taking regular lessons, enjoying the self-expression and stress relief that dancing can also provide. A better mood and higher self-esteem are also great benefits which can manifest in your sports activities as well. With more energy, higher confidence, and a better mood, you can accomplish a lot!


Crosstraining is one of the best ways to reap maximum benefits from your fitness regimen. Prevent boredom and take a different approach to improving your endurance, flexibility, strength, mood, confidence, and more with social dance lessons! Dance FX Studios will take into account your goals and needs for taking lessons and create a lesson plan just for you. Schedule your introductory lesson today and start experiencing the benefits of dance! What are you waiting for?

Contact us to begin your dancing journey…


Private dance lessons are available by appointment Monday-Friday from 12-8 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am-3 pm. For more information, call us today at 480.968.6177.