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Beat the Summer Heat With Adult Dance Lessons

How do you plan to beat the heat this Summer? If you’re looking to pass the time indoors, I don’t blame you. It’s darn near 120 degrees here in the Valley of the Sun, and the end is nowhere in sight. 🙁

Now there are lots of ways to make time fly inside this Summer, but none that are as much fun as Social Dance Lessons for Adults. Think about it, you can start Couple’s Country Dance Lessons now and be twirling under the stars by the time it starts to cool down. That would be cool, right?

If Country Western dancing is not your thing, that’s OK! Give Salsa Dance Classes or Swing Dancing a try. There are some pretty fun Ballroom Dances too, like the Foxtrot or Waltz, that will wipe away those Summer blues. And of course, you can always heat things up a bit with the sensual and seductive Argentine Tango. Si señor!

Regardless of the dance style you choose, they’re all incredible for keeping fit and having fun this season-and that’s without hitting the gym. Speaking of how Social Dance Lessons can benefit you, here are just a few more reasons why you should start dancing now.

Get Social.

A big reason why people begin with Adult Dance Lessons is to meet new friends. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Oftentimes when we start a new chapter in life, be it moving to a new area, or exiting a long-term relationship, it can be a challenge to start over. Having a group of friends who enjoy similar interests can make life so much easier.

Social Ballroom Dancing is an exciting way to connect with others, so why not give it a shot? With partner dancing, making new friends is easy! You need someone to dance with, and so does the other person, so you’re always going to be in a situation where you get to interact with others. How perfect! Yes, this may be a bit intimidating at first, but keep in mind that everyone is shy in the beginning, so go easy on yourself the first few times you venture out. Before long, you’ll be mixing and mingling with the best of them!

Get Confident.

Once you have taken a series of Private Dance Lessons in Country, Swing and even Latin dancing, and hit the dance floors around town to test out your new set of skills, your confidence is sure to rise! Knowing how to dance is definitely a boost on your self-esteem, especially since so many people would die to be fearless, kick-butt social dancers. It’s a matter of taking the time to learn by attending regular classes before you see the results, and most people don’t want to put in the time, or are too afraid to. Don’t be that person who sits on the sidelines and watches everyone else smiling, laughing and meeting others. Get out there and discover how to move!

When you become a confident Country dancer, or Swing dancer, doors will open left and right. You will be in demand on the dance floor, that’s for sure. I mean, who doesn’t want to be the one out there having a blast with a great dancer? I know I always scope them out first, so I can have the best time possible. What a great way to enjoy an evening, and all because you took the time to learn first.

There’s nothing more attractive than self-assurance, be it on the dance floor or in the board room. Watch how your confidence soars in all areas of life once you know how to dance. I’ve seen it a thousand times as an Instructor, and it’s incredible to witness. A once shy, meek man turns into a superstar and sweeps every woman off her feet in the Country bars around the valley! Now that’s a way to spend a Saturday night!

Get Ready for Your Big Day!

Finally, if you’re at the point in life where you’re about to tie the knot (maybe you met her/him on out dancing with friends ;)), Wedding Dance Lessons are a must! Most people don’t get married in the dead of Summer here in Phoenix, but when the weather breaks, wedding season kicks into high gear. Don’t wait until then to get ready for the most important day of your life. Start with Wedding Dance Lessons this Summer to really shine by the fall.

No, I have not yet developed that magic pill which will help you look incredible on your wedding day with only two weeks of lessons leading up to the big day, so do yourself a favor and begin learning the language of dance now. Ballroom Dance Lessons are a whole new experience, a great bonding opportunity for brides and grooms, and a super-fun hobby that you two can use for years to come. Preparation is key, though, so throw those dress shoes and heels in a bag and bring them in on your Dance Lessons this Summer to really look your best by your wedding date.

Learning how to Country, Latin, or Swing dance is a wonderful way to spend your Summer months. Do something for you this season that will make the months and years to follow that much more fantastic. You deserve some fun, now go out and get it! Now you know my secret for how to beat the heat and stay cool in Phoenix this, and every, Summer to come.

Spice Up Your Summer With Salsa and Swing Lessons

salsa dance lessons mesa azTrying to figure out which dance you’d rather learn this summer between Salsa and Swing? Well, if you know anything about these two fantastic dances, you know that it would be incredibly difficult to try to choose just one! Why figure out which dance will bring you more joy when both dances are incredibly fun, exciting, and offer the perfect amount of challenges.

Most people would love to know how to Salsa or Swing dance, but they are afraid that learning these dances would be too hard. Not true! In fact, both Salsa and Swing dance lessons will turn into the highlight of your day, guaranteed! And, both of these dances are perfect for beginners, so if you are just getting started, you’re in for a treat! Now…let’s explore a little more about each of these thrilling social ballroom dances…

Let’s begin with Salsa, a popular Latin dance with mucho sex appeal and allure! This fun and sassy dance offers more than just cool steps. When you dance Salsa you get a feeling of passion and excitement that’s often unmatched by other dances. Combine that with upbeat Latin dance music and you’ll be unstoppable on the dance floor. Who knows, there may even be an inner diva or flirt that Salsa dancing will bring out in you! Discover how to Latin dance with Salsa dance lessons and let your inhibitions run wild.

Maybe Swing dancing is more your thing. No other dance gets the blood flowing like Swing dancing does. This dance is one that you’ll never want to stop getting better at, simply because it’s so useful! Not just in terms of where you can go Swing dancing, but with all variations the dance has to offer, you’ll be exploring Swing for a while. You could almost spend you whole life studying this dance and still not know everything that this amazing dance has to offer. That’s a good thing, of course, because you can keep progressing, rather than getting stale in your knowledge.

If you’ve never danced Swing before, its always a great time to start learning. Beginners Swing dance lessons will introduce you to the basics so you can see how fun and easy this style of dance really is.  If you’re looking to learn something new, or just pick up a new hobby, you absolutely couldn’t do better than learning how to Swing dance.

Maybe you’re and looking to learn to how to dance in general. Swing dance would be the best option for you – especially for men. Guys, imagine this if you would. You’re walking into a Country bar, and you notice beautiful woman sitting alone. The whole night she’s been watching all the other girls get invited to dance, and waiting patiently for someone like you to walk in. You buy her a drink and lead her to the dance floor where you begin to dance her feet off. What better way to be single in a big city than to be that person in all bars that wows the crowd with your awesome new dance moves.

Now that you know what you’re missing (dance, of course!!), pick a style of dance and go for it! The only thing left to do is to call your local adult dance studio near you and begin taking adult dance lessons. Whatever dance you choose to concentrate on, the good thing is that if do want learn both dances, you can! There’s absolutely no limit to what you can learn. Your fun awaits you!

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Give the Gift of Dance This Holiday Season

adult ballroom dance lessons near Tempe AZWe are fast approaching the biggest gift-giving holiday of the year and now is the time to get creative when it comes to finding the perfect present for your loved ones. This year, give your spouse, co-workers and friends a life-changing experience, one that will bring them years of joy, fun, laughter and confidence-the gift of social ballroom dance lessons!

I bet you may not have thought of Latin, Swing or Country dance lessons for adults as a gift-giving idea. It’s unique, right? Well, with social dance lessons, you will be inviting your loved ones to meet new friends, gain confidence in a new skill that they will use many times throughout their lives, and have a wonderful way to relieve stress. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!

There are so many more benefits to learning to partner dance, including adding romance, getting in shape and having a creative outlet (I could go on and on), but the point is that you are opening the door for those you love to experience something new, uplifting and transformative.

Dance Lessons for adults are impactful on so many levels, as I mentioned, so wouldn’t you like a few ideas on what to specifically buy your friends and family? I thought you would, so here’s what we offer at Dance FX Studios in the Phoenix East Valley. If you don’t live in Arizona with us, find a social ballroom dance studio for adults in your area-many of them will also have gift-giving options for new students.  For you lucky AZ residents, here are some gift ideas for you:

  1. How about a date night? Come take a romantic dance lesson for two and explore a new style of dance, from Country Two Step to Salsa, Swing and even the sexy Argentine Tango! This one-time offer for new students will give you a window into how intimate it is to dance with your sweetheart.
  2. Get a Starter Package! With our Starter Package, you will get an Introductory Dance Lesson PLUS 5 hour-long Private Dance Lessons PLUS a video of the moves you have learned! How cool is that!? This exciting holiday offer is for new students and beginner dancers.
  3. The gift of dance! Purchase 3 $25 gift cards and get the 4th one free! That’s a $25 savings so you can share the gift of dance with everyone you love! Gift cards can be used towards an Introductory Dance Lesson for beginners, a Night Out on the town with us, or a party ticket for one of our in-house dance events with Live music.

Don’t leave yourself out when it comes to sharing in the adventure of becoming a confident social dancer! If you’re a beginner, come take advantage of any of our dance deals. We want to spread our love of dance this holiday season with everyone. See you on the dance floor!


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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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Keep Calm and Dance On!

Ballroom AZBeginner dancers, learning a new hobby as cool as Salsa, Swing or Country Two Step dancing is amazing! As you may also be discovering, though, it can take a little time to get to looking smooth and natural on that dance floor. Keep plugging along…knowing how to dance is a timeless and extremely useful skill. But, on those days when you feel like throwing in the towel (and we have all had those days), here are a few tips on what to do.

1. Think less. Yes, believe it or not, over-thinking has lead to the death of many dancers with great potential. It makes sense to think that if I just obsess over my dance moves, surely they’ll sink in, right? Wrong. In fact, when you are getting stressed about that challenging step, you are sure to not recall it at all. Our tip? Just walk away and let it go. Wait for another time when you can approach your dancing with a clear mind. From there, you’ll be surprised at how much you actually did retain in your private dance lesson. Keep in mind, the muscles do remember, even when the brain seems to forget. 🙂

2. Remind yourself that Rome wasn’t built in a day. That’s right. While Country Two Step dancing, for example, may seem like a breeze, those out there who are stealing the spotlight have put in their time training. While everyone would love to be great instantly, knowing how to dance just doesn’t happen overnight.

If you want the shortest route to becoming a confident dancer, then take private dance instruction. Without a doubt, you will learn more in one hour of a private Country dance lesson with a qualified instructor than you would in 5 to 10 hours of group dance classes.

3. Invest in yourself. This is the biggie. It’s not only your time, but there’s a financial investment to learning to dance. Those “free” group dance classes in the bars are free for a reason. Set aside some funds for this new venture as you begin learning to dance. It’s truly a great investment in yourself and, if you have one, your partner. Social dancing has so many wonderful benefits, from weight loss to stress relief to improved balance and coordination, that knowing how to dance is probably one of the best investment that you can make in you. So stick with it when you begin climbing that first steep hill as a beginner and remind yourself that anything that is worth doing takes time and effort. Then, once you get that ball rolling, you’ll have people waiting in line to dance with you! (Trust me, it will happen.)

If you are willing to put a little time and energy into taking care of you, and you happen to live here with us in Phoenix, Arizona, come enjoy time learning to dance at Dance FX Studios in the Phoenix East Valley. We can help you to explore popular dances like Salsa, Country, Swing and Argentine Tango. Our New Student Offer is a great way to check us out for just $25! So, what are you waiting for, strap on your dancing shoes and let’s get this party started!

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Social Dance Lessons-The Perfect Holiday Gift!

Swing dancing in ArizonaHow many gifts can you think of that promote health, romance, positive brain training and relaxation all in one? I’d venture to say very few, if any, other than social ballroom dance lessons for couples and singles. That’s right! Social ballroom dancing is fun, trendy, healthful in mind and body, and a great means of unwinding after a long day at work. This holiday season, you can gift your best friend another card to The Cheesecake Factory, or you can get her and her hubby out of the restaurant booth and onto the dance floor. With the gift of social dancing, you can expect not only a big, fat THANK YOU from your recipients (you know they have secretly always wanted to learn to Country Two Step, but are too afraid to bring it up to each other), but you can also expect the following:

1. A happier couple. A couple that dances together, stays together. OK, that’s not a saying, but it sounds right on the mark to me! Social dancing, think Country, Latin or Swing, enables couples to connect on not just a physical level, but also by working together for a common goal: having fun and looking great! Partner dancing takes two; a great communicator (the leader, or male) and a great responder (that would be the follower, or female) to work well. Both have to do their parts in a way that supports the other. How great is that!? Just like in “real life” off the dance floor,  teamwork makes for a great experience on the dance floor. Then, and only then, can everyone involved truly have a great time. With this deeper and more intimate connection, couples can parent better, relax more and create a happier home. Watch those daily stresses of your friends melt away as they now have a go-to hobby to take the pressure off at the end of each day (not to mention a fun activity for date nights and other social gatherings).

2. A busier friend. Do you have any single friends whose social lives could use a little “sprucing up”? Give them dance lessons for the holiday season and watch their social calendars fill up. With social dance lessons in the right studio, one’s social life can flourish. What better a way to meet others than while doing something that you love? And, since dancing is also an intimate hobby, what a unique and healthy way to meet someone special? You can hand your friend a gift card for dance lessons and know that you are giving so much more ultimately. Now that’s a gift!

3. A more confident friend(s). Once your friend is bitten by the dancing bug, the best part of their journey kicks in: increased confidence. Think about it. How many people can actually dance the Salsa well or look amazing Swing dancing? Very few can say that they can dance with confidence. This skill is one that quickly spills into other areas of life, and for the better! You may see a spike in sales if your friend is in that field (I have seen this with my own eyes), or a few more dates lined up for that one-time wallflower. The gift of confidence? Priceless.

If you live in the Phoenix valley, we can give you all of these benefits, just by learning to dance. Come visit us at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, AZ and watch yourself and your loved ones transform into healthier, happier people. Gift cards are a wonderful way to get the ball rolling. And, from now until 12-25-14, you can get a return on your investment! For every gift card, you purchase over $100, you get a $25 credit towards dance lessons for yourself! It just doesn’t get any better than that. 🙂 A fun way to get started is with our Newcomer’s Offer for private dance lessons, but we also have group dance classes for your enjoyment. Happy holidays from us to you!