What’s Happening on The Country Dance Scene in Arizona

Have you ever shown up to a local Country bar where the dance floor is packed with guys turning, dipping and even flipping ladies? Quite the sight, isn’t it?! You probably wonder, what are they dancing? How do they do that? Can I ever do that? You find yourself on the edge of the dance floor looking to join, but not exactly knowing where, or how, to start.

That is why Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona is the place for you! We want everyone to have the tools and confidence to step on to any dance floor with ease. Whether you are a man wanting to sweep his partner off of her feet, or a gal looking to have the self-assurance to even approach the dance floor, we can help.

Dance FX Studios offers Adult Dances Lessons in popular Country Dances like Country Swing, Country Two Step and West Coast Swing. Most of what you are seeing on the Country floors in Phoenix is a blend of Country Swing and Country Two Step. There are also a lot of social dancers who are bringing West Coast Swing to the Country scene!

Country Swing is a Fast tempo Country Dance that has recently become a trend within the past 10 years. It includes a lot of turns, leans and dips, which are always fun! At Dance FX Studios, we teach our leaders to take care of their partners on the dance floor through Private Lessons, so that every movement feels safe and comfortable for her. We never her to be dropped or hurt on the dance floor, of course!

Then there is the Country Two Step. Also known as Arizona Two Step or Rhythm Two Step, the Country Two Step is a perfect style for medium tempo Country Music. This cool dance doesn’t have to travel and therefore works on any size dance floor, big or small, which makes it perfect for Arizona Country Dance venues!

Why is having both dances important? It allows you to dance to both fast and medium tempo songs. This way, you never have to miss the opportunity to dance.

Lastly, there is West Coast Swing. This is considered an intermediate dance as once you get past the basic steps there comes room for improvisation, which provides a lot of self-expression for both parties. Don’t let the word intermediate scare you though… This dance is great to set as a goal we can work towards. 😉

So, where do you start? Our New Student Offer is the perfect way for you to get your feet wet and allow us to show you that YOU CAN DANCE! We will go over how to connect with your partner, the three ways we move on the dance floor, and of course, we will go over the first movement in each of your dances.

The best part is that we work with your schedule. Dance FX Studios is open 12-8 Monday through Friday, and 11-4 on Saturdays we are meant to make this easy for you.

Today is your day to start your dancing journey. We never want you to be on the outside of the dance floor looking in… so here is to being ON the dance floor looking smooth, natural and confident!

“Giddy Up” For A Night With Two-bit Shotgun

Do you love Country music as much as we do? Come listen to one of Phoenix valley’s top Country Western bands play right here at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona next Saturday evening, April 13th! That’s right, Two-bit Shotgun are making their third appearance at Dance FX Studios after two successful nights of Country dancing and fun!

How does the night work for those of you who have not been to one of our dance parties with live music? We will kick off next Saturday night, April 13th, 2013 with a beginner two step class so that everyone can learn the basics to one of Country’s most popular dance styles. In the group two step class for beginners, you will learn a turn or two plus, and most importantly, how to navigate around a crowded dance floor with ease. This concept is our main focus at Dance FX Studios as social dancing in Arizona is what we are known for and what we do best! Get some great pointers on how to lead and follow the two step as well as how to hold your dance partner in a proper dance frame. What you won’t learn (for you die hard AZ Country dancers) is flips and tricks on the night of our Country dance party. We at Dance FX Studios want to show you how to be safe Country dancers with exciting moves that will make your partner comfortable and relaxed.

After our two step class for beginners, you will enjoy amazing music by Two-bit Shotgun! Two-bit Shotgun plays around the Phoenix valley as well as out of state on the southwest. They play a lot of crossover Country rock as well as a few oldies for those that enjoy traditional Country music. We have found them to be the perfect choice for our Country dances as they play tons of Country swing, Country two step, nite club two step, Country waltz and West Coast swings. Two-bit Shotgun are a great fusion of old and new and they seem to appeal to all ages.

Dance FX Studios’ Country dance party is from 8- 11 pm. We will be offering light snacks (chips, veggies etc.) and desserts for you to enjoy in between dances. Cover charge for this event is $15 per person for advanced tickets and $20 at the door per person. Tickets can be purchased by phone, on our website or in person for your convenience. As always, our live music events are open to the public. Bring your friends and meet new ones as you listen to great music and dance!

By the way, Dance FX Studios instructors will be present at this event. If you have questions on how to do a certain step, feel free to ask, that’s what we are here for! 🙂

If you are looking to squeeze in a few private Country dance lessons in prior to next Saturday night’s dance, it’s not too late! Private dance lessons with us, the only strictly social dance studio in Phoenix, are scheduled by appointment Monday through Friday from noon to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm.

Dance FX Studios is on the south east corner of Dobson and Guadalupe in Mesa, Arizona. We are minutes from Gilbert, Chandler, downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona. Come meet the staff of Dance FX Studios and see how much fun it is to Country dance on Saturday, April 13th!