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Cyber Monday 2014-Great Smokin’ Hot Dance Deals!

ballroom dancing arizonaGreat news! Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona has extended our Black Friday Dance Deals for one more day. That’s right, Cyber Monday is your last chance to get deals this sweet until next year. Make his or her holiday extra special with dance lessons in popular dance styles including Country Western, Swing, Latin and Ballroom. At Dance FX Studios, we will show you how fun and easy it can be to learn to dance socially AND with confidence! Here’s some information about what we offer at Dance FX Studios:

Private Dance Lessons: For the fastest way to reach your dancing goals, give private dance lessons a shot! We offer lessons to singles and couples, ages 18+. Beginners with no dance experience are welcome to come and explore the excitement of social dancing! We will show you how to Country Two Step, Salsa, Foxtrot, Swing-even Line Dance! If there’s a social dance that you want to learn, we can help. With private dance instruction here at Dance FX Studios, you will receive tips and tools that are personalized for the way that you learn best, making your road to becoming a comfortable social dancer that much shorter. Of course, the sooner you begin learning to dance, the sooner that you can go out and use it.

During the holidays, it may seem that dancing won’t fit into your busy schedule. Keep in mind that dance lessons are a great way to escape from the kids, work and inevitable family holiday drama and enjoy some much needed time with your special someone, or time to yourself. For stress relief and a fun new hobby that will get you off the couch, start with private dance lessons today with our New Student Offer.

Wedding Dance Lessons: Getting married in 2015? Then begin learning to dance now and really shine on your wedding day with a customized first dance made just for you! Wedding dance lessons are an amazing way to learn to dance for your wedding and as a hobby that you can use anywhere once you are married. Think other people’s weddings, date nights, cruises and holiday parties. Yes, there are lots of opportunities for married couples to use their dancing skills.

How cool would it be to be the one couple who actually knows how to Swing or Salsa dance when the right music is being played?! Ballroom dancing for couples is a romantic interest that only gets better with more experience. Enjoy each other for years to come and kick off your journey into dance with a choreographed first dance for your wedding. A wedding dance consultation is the perfect way to begin learning to dance, so contact us today at 480-968-6177 to make an appointment.
Group Dance Classes: Couples, have fun learning cool new moves in one of our 4-Week Group Dance Courses. Dance FX Studio’s Group Dance Classes are an affordable way to begin learning to social dance or to brush up on your dancing. Classes are offered in Swing, Salsa and Country Western dancing. Remember…great deals will be given today on Cyber Monday for Group Dance Classes too!

If you’ve not heard of us, Dance FX Studios is located in the Phoenix East Valley. We are a small business that has provided quality social dance instruction to Phoenix valley residents and beyond for almost 15 years. We would love the chance to show you how to dance too! Happy online shopping for Cyber Monday!

Contact us to begin your dancing journey…


Private dance lessons are available by appointment Monday-Friday from 12-8 pm and on Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.

3 Dance Tips for Ladies When Dancing With Someone New

Yessss! That hot guy that has been eyeballing you from the bar has finally asked you to dance! Now is your chance to show him all of those cool moves that you learned in your Salsa dance class, right? Wrong! Let’s explore a few tips from us pros on what it means to be a lady on the dance floor. Whether your doing the Country Two Step or the Latin Bachata, the rules are the same. So ladies, heed our warnings on what not to do once you have been asked to dance for the first time with a man that you don’t know.

1. Don’t Lead Yourself: Talk about making him feel inadequate! While this may not be your “intention”, he will feel like he wants to run for the hills if you pull his man card by leading yourself into all of the cool moves that he should “know”. Remember ladies, on the dance floor, he is in charge. Let him do his thing and figure out what feels right for him. Hey, he got on the dance floor to impress you, so help to build his confidence by making him the leader on the dance floor.

2. Don’t show off-Match His Style: So you know he’s cute and you think that if you shake just a little more in that Salsa dance, he’ll want to dance with you again. This may work for a minute, but remember, you are rolling the dice on this one. Intimidating your partner may again make him feel inadequate and “not good enough” to keep dancing with you. Try to match his style and tone things down until he is ready to take it to the next level. This way, he directs you on the dance floor and not the other way around. We get to be in charge off the dance floor, so throw him a bone and relax girls.

3. Don’t Teach Him His Part: NEVER, EVER teach a guy that you have just barely met how to dance on the floor-in front of everyone. If you really want to be strategic, make him look good by smiling and going with the flow. Teaching a guy that has just built up the courage to ask you to dance is deflating. I know that is not your objective, so why turn your dance into a dance lesson?

It’s tricky to be a lady when it comes to ballroom dancing, including Swing, Latin and Country dancing. We usually have to wait to be asked for a dance, wait for a good leader to approach us, and hope that once we get out on the dance floor that he knows what he’s doing. That’s a lot of pressure for him too, though. Go easy, develop a relationship and over time, maybe suggest a few private dance lessons for that cute beginner dancer. Keep these tips from us to you in mind and send him over to Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona, located just minutes from Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale, AZ. We will build his confidence in no time so that you can enjoy dancing with him rather than directing him. Better yet, give him a gift card for an introductory dance lesson at Dance FX Studios and join him so that you too can pick up a few pointers on how to develop a partnership with your new man. Dancing will bring you closer, guaranteed, as long as you relax and enjoy the journey.

Discover More About the Cha Cha and Merengue!

In a previous blog, we covered a brief history of the salsa and Argentine tango. Today, we are going to explore a few other popular social Latin dances. Latin dancing is  popular everywhere-especially in the southwest where we are here in Arizona. From Latin clubs to private parties, knowing how to Latin dance will come in handy! Get inspired to hit the dance floor and shake those hips because ANYONE can become a great Latin dancer-even YOU!

Let us begin with the Cha Cha, a vibrant, flamboyant and playful Latin dance. The carefree and lively feel of the Cha Cha gives it a unique sense of fun for dancers all over the world.

The Cha Cha is an interpretive social dance, born from the fusion of progressive American and Latin music. The initial purpose of learning this dance was for weight change. Originally known as the Cha-Cha-Cha, it became popular in the 1950’s and was a spin-off of the Mambo. Eventually it evolved into a separate dance, known today as the Cha Cha.

The Cha Cha was immensely popular from the beginning and is a dance that has never gone out of style. It is a constant favorite at weddings because of its versatility with many genres of music. In fact, the Cha Cha can be done to Country dance music, oldies and Hip Hop, in addition to Latin styles. This dance is very easy to learn, and, once you have the basic pattern down, can be done in a crowded room or a wide open space. For social dancing, this is a plus as you can dance the Cha Cha anywhere with ease.

To this day, the Cha Cha has remained one of the most popular partner dances. Less sensual than the Mambo and less erotic than the Bolero, it is exciting and fun to dance. Everybody loves the Cha Cha!

Next, let us tell you about the Merengue. Whenever someone pulls out their hot Latino tunes and starts playing the Merengue, there’s a party! What’s great about the Merengue is that it is based on simple marching steps. There’s an old saying: “If you can walk, you can dance the Merengue.”

The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and also to some extent, of Haiti. It has been around since the early years of the Dominican Republic (in Haiti, a similar dance is called the Meringue). It is very likely that the dance took its name from the confection made of sugar and egg whites due to the light and bubbly character of the dance or because of its short, precise rhythms.

By the middle of the nineteenth century, the Merengue became quite popular in the Dominican Republic. It was used for every dancing occasion in the Republic and is vastly prevalent throughout the Caribbean and South American. It is one of the standard Latin American dances.

There is a lot of variety in Merengue music and tempos can vary a great deal. The Dominicans prefer a sharp quickening with the pace towards the end of the dance. The favorite routine at the clubs is a slow Bolero, which then breaks into a Merengue, and then becomes similar to a fast Jive towards the end. The ballroom version of the Merengue is slower and has a modified hip action.

The Merengue was introduced in the United States around the New York area. It increased in popularity in the U. S. and the rest of the world with its peak years occurring between the 1970s and the turn of the twenty-first century. It had a lot of competition with other Latin dances, but eventually won a foothold in the club scene. Ideally suited to small, crowded dance floors, it is a dance that is easy to learn and really fun for all!

There are so many exciting and popular social ballroom dances to discover. See upcoming blogs, and even previous blogs, on Dance FX Studios’ website to learn about the history of the Swing, Country two step and more. To get started learning these popular dances today, so that you can join in on the fun tomorrow, try out our introductory offer for just $40! You will soon see how dancing really is FUN and EASY to learn and enjoy. Become a confident social dancer after a few private dance lessons and see how many doors will open for you. Dance FX Studios is located in Mesa, Arizona in the Phoenix East Valley, just off the 101 highway for your convenience.