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Why Do YOU Love To Dance?

couple Swing dancing in ArizonaWe all have our reasons for dancing. Some of us can’t help ourselves because our bodies just automatically start moving to rhythms…it is an occurrence that just happens naturally and uncontrollably. Others come to dance by sheer accident and, when finding it, discover dancing is the missing piece that simply makes life worth living. If you know why you have decided to take your first Salsa or Swing dance lesson, or if you jump up when the music comes on but are still waiting to formally learn to Country Two-Step or Tango dance, then maybe we can help you find your reason today.

Below are some quotes by famous people and famous dancers who, like you, also love to dance. We here at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona simply love to dance. We also love to help others to become great social dancers. If you have not started your dancing journey yet, we hope that one of the quotes below will inspire you to begin taking dance lessons now. We have a one-hour New Student Offer waiting for you to take advantage of, once you are ready. 🙂 Find your reason and start dancing today!

“Love is a lot like dancing; you just surrender to the music.” – Pierce Brosnon

“I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.” – Morgan Freeman

“I don’t want dancers who want to dance. I want dancers who have to dance.” – George Balanchine

Thousands of emotions well up inside me throughout the day. They are released when I dance. – Abraham Lincoln

“Dance – an art form. The body – an instrument. Learn to play the instrument and master the art form.” – Debbie Dee

“To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance.” – Aubrey Lynch

“No artist is ahead of his time. He is time; the others are just behind the times.” – Martha Graham

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion.” – Unknown

“If I cannot dance, I shall die!” – Anna Pavlova

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” – Fred Sero

“While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance.” – Hans Bos

“Dancer’s are athletes of god”- Albert Einstein

“Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing.” – James Brown

“Dance is the song of the body.” – Martha Graham

“Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts. For it is no mere translation or abstraction of life. It is life itself.” – Henry Havelock Ellis

“To dance is to be yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power on earth and it is yours for the taking.” – Agnes DeMille

“We should consider everyday lost in which we don’t dance.” – Neitzsche

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” – James Brown

“Dance is a little insanity that does us all a lot of good.” – Edward Demby

“Dance isn’t something that can be explained in words. It has to be danced.” – Paige Arden

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” – Carrie Fisher

“I’m dancing to the music of the madness inside me.” – George C. Wolfe

“I danced form the moment I could stand.” – Anna Pavlova

“The next time you look into the mirror, just look at the way the ears rest next to the head; look at the way the hairline grows; think of all the little bones in your wrist. It is a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle.” – Martha Graham

Did you find something that you related to? Are you ready to discover social dancing, whether it be Latin, Swing or Country? Dance FX Studios teaches all styles of social ballroom dancing to couples and singles in the Phoenix Valley and beyond. Choose the dances that you want to know and call us at 480/968-6177 now. We are open for private dance lessons from 12 – 8 pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday’s from 11 am to 4 pm.  We are located inside the greater Phoenix area, in Mesa, AZ. If you live in Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, or Gilbert and visit us now, we can be quickly reached from anywhere in the East Valley.

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Relieve Stress in the New Year

a couple country dancing in ArizonaA less stressful year. What a wonderful New Year’s Resolution for 2015! Between kids, that mound of work piling up on your desk and the fact that you haven’t seen the inside of a gym in five years, finding ways to relieve stress in 2015 is probably quite important, dare we say essential, at this point in your life. Finding time for you always seems to be the problem with so much on your plate, right? Well, you’re not alone. Plenty of men and women are in the same boat, and are looking for ways to let go of the unwanted tension that life can bring when we have so much going on.

If you’re seeking a new way to lighten your load in the upcoming year, consider learning to ballroom dance. Now just to clarify, when we say “ballroom”, we mean any dance that you can share with a partner, from Swing to Salsa and Tango to Two Step. It really doesn’t matter which style you choose as long as you get out and let loose. How will dancing lift what seems like the weight of the world from your shoulders? Let’s see…


1. Dancing releases endorphins: As you may know, when your body releases endorphins from any form of physical exercise, you can’t help but be put in a better mood. It is literally physically impossible to be in a bad mood with this output. That’s why working out, or dancing, can give that much needed extra burst of energy after a long day. Don’t you deserve that after all you do for everyone else?

Now, you can choose to go get that gym membership that you’ve been putting off, or you can dance your way into a happier you. Think of how much more fun it would be to learn to Country Two Step with your friends, or your significant other, in 2015! Dancing is not only a great workout and source of entertainment, but you can burn off a lot of steam enjoying a night of Country music and Country dancing.

2. Dancing allows for social connections to develop: Speaking of enjoying time out dancing, when you have a social skill like knowing how to Swing dance or dance the Argentine Tango, you can explore local dance venues that attract others with the same interest as you. Social ballroom dancing is a fantastic way to meet new friends, lovers, and members of the community. What better way to brighten your day than to make new connections with others. Curb life’s pressures with dancing and enjoy a new hobby that can be used at weddings, holiday parties, dance venues and so many other places that you will find yourself in at one point or another. Few people can dance well, so you will be a magnet in a positive way with the ability of knowing how to ballroom dance.

3. You must focus while learning to dance: Since dancing is a skill, the process of learning to become proficient at it means that you have to concentrate as you learn. This may seem like work, however redirecting your energy into learning to ballroom dance will help you to let go of other situations or circumstances in life, like that project that is due at work in two days that you have yet to start. Learning to dance is a fun and rewarding process, especially once you gain the know-how to do it well.

Improve your social life, shake that unwanted anxiety and enjoy life more with ballroom dance lessons in 2015. If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, come learn social ballroom dancing with us at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona. We will give you the confidence and tools needed to enjoy all of the benefits that dancing has to offer. Get started with our New Student Offer and transform yourself in 2015 to a more relaxed and peaceful you.


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Learn to Social Dance at Dance FX Studios

Social ballroom dance lessons are so beneficial to adults of all ages for a multitude of reasons. Not only can you be active and tone up, you can also relieve stress, improve your self-esteem and confidence, build and strengthen relationships, liven up your social life and so much more! If you live in the Phoenix East Valley, lucky for you, Dance FX Studios has been a leading social dance studio of Arizona for over 12 years! Located in Mesa, Arizona just off of 101 Freeway, our studio is close to many cities of the Valley, including Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, and Scottsdale. We offer several ways for you to learn and explore the world of social dancing, but our most popular services are group dance classes and private dance lessons. Whether you want to learn to dance Country Two Step or dance the sensual Argentine Tango or Salsa for your next night out at a Latin club, we have dance lesson programs just for you!

Group dance lessons are a great way to practice what you are learning in your private dance lessons. You can also learn dance basics in a group setting with friends and newcomers. Our current group classes are for couples, or friends that pair up together, so you and someone you know can come and learn together and share the cost. You can also meet other couples who are learning to dance just like you, extending your social dancing circle and help you to make new friends with similar interests. Our group classes beginning April 7th, 2014, are progressive dance classes, meaning that each week your class instructor will build off the previous week’s lesson, incorporating new steps and tips each week. This creates a more efficient, productive way to learn. You will get the most out of your 4-week lesson package this way! These progressive group classes are just $75 per couple for all four weeks of classes. On Monday nights, we offer Country Two Step, Tuesdays are for Salsa, Wednesday is for Country Swing and Jitterbug Swing takes place on Thursdays. All of our group dance classes are at 7 pm. Sign up today to reserve your space!

Private dance lessons are the best way that you can become a skilled, confident dancer in the least amount of time. In private lessons, you and your partner (if you bring one) will receive personalized instruction, one-on-one with your instructor. You don’t have to wait for any feedback; your instructor is there with you the whole time! While group classes are an excellent, fun way to learn, private dance lessons are much more effective if you want to become a a confident social dancer in a shorter amount of time. Many of our private lesson students take what they learn in their lessons to group classes, practicing and getting extra feedback through group classes. Each lesson in our private lesson packages is personalized to you and your capabilities, learning styles and goals. We understand that everyone is different; they learn differently, want different things and need different things. Our unique mode of customized instruction is what sets us apart from other studios in the area! You can see for yourself what we mean by trying out our $40 Introductory offer. You will get an hour of tips and dance basics on the floor, as well discussing what you want to get out of learning to dance, which helps us create the perfect set of lessons just for you.

Now that you know more about what makes what we offer so great, get in touch with us to schedule your first visit! If you want to learn to Country Swing, Salsa dance, Jitterbug Swing and so much more, Dance FX Studios is just what you need.

Cumbia: An Expressive Latin Dance

The Cumbia, a dance much like Salsa, is a source of great pride for individuals of Colombian heritage. This type of dance is very expressive of the way of life and culture of Colombia, adhering the cultures of African, European, and indigenous Colombian peoples. Dance is all about self-expression and is a source of pride and art for cultures all over the world. At Dance FX Studios, we take interest in how much dances and their rich histories really mean. In today’s hectic world, we can take dance and turn it into something personal and expressive for ourselves. Our studio has been showing students the beauty of numerous dance types for over a decade! Latin dances are especially wonderful for self-expression and releasing your creative, wilder side. The sexy Salsa, exciting Bachata, and playful Cumbia are all wonderful sources to consider. Since learning about and respecting the story of every type of dance is important, let’s discover more about the Cumbia, one of many exciting Latin dances that we offer!

Traditional Cumbia music is influenced by three interesting cultures, allowing for each culture to shine through in special way. The rhythm of the drums of Cumbia music comes from the influence of African cultures.  Wind instruments, especially flutes, chime in, reflecting Indigenous influence. Melodies, costumes, and choreography are thanks to European influence. The word Cumbia derives from the African word “cumbe”, which means dance, and the origin of Cumbia music comes from the days of slavery in the 1600s. Slaves from West Africa brought dance traditions with them to Latin America, one of which was of men vying for female attention by dancing in front of women. It is believed that this style has influenced the birth of Cumbia. Where exactly Cumbia was created has been debated, as the birth places of most dances usually are. One thing for certain is that Cumbia arose from a cultural mix of African and Indigenous roots. One suggestion is that Cumbia was born in indigenous country somewhere around the region Pocabuy Banco or Magdalena. Others argue that Cumbia must have been born in Cienaga (Magdalena) or Soledad (Atlántico). The only sure thing is that it was near the settlements of African descendants, brought as slaves to Colombia. The popularity of Cumbia music rose in the 1950s and 60s, and today in Mexico, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, young artists and dancers are embracing the style of music and dance again. Some are striving to preserve its traditional sound and steps, whereas others are putting their own spin on old traditions, incorporating non-traditional instruments and bringing the influences of other cultures to it.

Dance has proven to be a powerful source of creativity and self-expression all over the world! You can join the fun with lessons at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, AZ. We are located just off of Price Freeway on the Southeast corner of Dobson and Guadalupe.  Our Introductory Offer is a great way to see what types of dances, like the fun Latin dances or maybe some Country styles, will get you moving. You will have an entire hour with your instructor to discuss this and get out on the dance floor to start learning and having FUN! Give us a call at 480.968.6177 or stop by today to get started today.

Halloween Dance Party!

Can you believe it’s almost Halloween? This is a great time of year- the weather is cooling down, we’re getting into the holiday season, and it’s time for some treats! Halloween is the perfect excuse to step outside of yourself and become that secret person inside (a super hero or villain, perhaps?). Don’t have a party to go to? No worries, have we got next Saturday, October 19th, booked for you!

Dance FX Studios, known throughout the East Valley region as the leading ballroom social dance studio for Latin, Swing, Country, and Argentine tango private dance lessons and group classes, will be hosting our annual Halloween Costume Dance Party, on Saturday, October 19th, from 8-11 pm. And what a blast this is going to be for everyone who attends! Our students love the chance to get dressed up, dance with each other and our instructors, and participate in our amusing activities. Not a current or previous student? That’s OK- our Halloween bash is for all adults who would like to join in the festivities. For only $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door, this is an inexpensive way to cut loose and be creative this Halloween!

This year, Dance FX Studios is offering the DJ styles of “Kenchel” who will be playing all of your favorite genres of dancing tunes, as well as some classic Halloween favorites! Don’t dance? That’s where we come in to play. Beginner dancers, as well as those who have never danced at all are always welcome. To kick off the party we’re going to have a mini group class to teach you Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance routine. What a blast this will be for everyone! After the Halloween party, you may want to follow up with private dance lessons or group dance classes, focusing on your favorite dances. More holiday parties are around the corner so now is the perfect time to learn to dance.

We will also feature some interactive games to play throughout the night and a Best Costume contest, along with prizes. Costumes are not required, but sure are a lot of fun and, who knows, you may even end up being the winner! Why not just let yourself go and dress up as your favorite movie or television character, something scary, eccentric, or whatever you desire. And, we’ll be providing some spooky treats and chilling refreshments, so if you want a little something to drink or munch on, we’ve got you covered!

At Dance FX Studios, in Mesa, AZ, we know that ballroom social dancing is not an activity that you will use only during the holidays. Many people now realize that they can use their dancing abilities year-round for any occasion. From the ever-popular Country bars to Salsa dance clubs to weddings, knowing how to social dance is a skill that will open up many doors for the everyday person. For couples, dancing gives you something active and romantic to do together, instead of the usual dinner and a movie. For singles, dancing provides an opportunity to meet others in a non-threatening and enjoyable setting. It also gives the guys out there a romantic edge that will set them apart from most of the men out there. Isn’t that a motivating advantage?

So, get your costume together and come join us at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona next Saturday night, October 19th, 2013 for our Halloween Costume Dance Party and a night of daunting dancing, mysterious mingling, ghostly games, and all around eerie excitement. We look forward to seeing you at our Halloween party!

Valentine’s Day is THIS WEEK!

Grab your sweetheart or give yourself the gift that keeps on giving and learn to dance this Valentine’s Day. Why learn to Swing, Salsa, Two Step or Tango this year? Dancing is a romantic, healthy and exciting hobby that is for everybody regardless of age, background or gender. Here are a few more reasons why dancing is for you:

1. Looking to expand your social circle?: Try going to a Latin or Swing club or a Country bar and actually know what you are doing on the dance floor. It’s a great skill for both guys and girls to know how to dance. With partner dancing especially, you can meet new friends, a potential dance partner or even that special someone on the dance floor. Who knew that dancing could open so many doors?? Watch your confidence soar after a few private dance lessons and see how that translates to a whole new social world of fun and excitement anywhere music is being played.

2. Every woman loves a guy that can dance!: Beyond the romance of Valentine’s Day, most women would love to go out Tango or Two Step dancing after an intimate dinner. Guys, wouldn’t you like to be the one to invite her on the dance floor and KNOW what to do? Increase your chances of standing out with the ladies by taking some dance lessons with her or solo. Either way, you will have scored major points for making the effort to add more romance to your night out.

3. Dancing is a great stress reliever: Give dance lessons a try to let off steam after a long day or to re-connect with your special someone. Whether you learn to dance with or without a dance partner, you will be rejuvenated and ready to go after an hour of Salsa, Swing, Tango or Two Step dancing. Ballroom dancing is a wonderful outlet for unwinding after a stressful day. While the endorphins are flowing, you are taking time to re-charge your battery and give back to you. Nothing is more important.

Discover the benefits of learning to dance for yourself with private dance lessons or group dance classes at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, AZ. Dance FX Studios is located on the South East corner of Dobson and Guadalupe Rd.’s near Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale, Arizona. Our Introductory Offer for private dance lessons is just $40 per couple or single. You can start receiving the benefits of dance and become a happier, healthier you in no time with dance lessons from us at Dance FX Studios!

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Give the Gift of Dance This Valentine’s Day

With just a few weeks away, make this Valentine’s Day special with couples dance lessons. You know she’s dropped hints over the years about how much she’s “always wanted to learn to dance” so why put it off any longer? Try the Tango or Two Step with your lovely lady and see how easy it is to put a (very big) smile on her face this year.

Here are a few of Dance FX Studios’ Valentine’s Day offers for 2013:

Private Dance Lessons for Two: Enjoy one of several private dance lesson offers for sweethearts this Valentine’s Day ranging from $40 to $299. Learn to Salsa, Swing, Country Two Step and so many more fun dances in private couple’s dance lessons. What’s even more wonderful about private dance lessons at Dance FX Studios is that you will receive personalized instruction based on your rate of learning. If you have an upcoming wedding, special event or even if you plan to go dancing after dinner, you will get tons of great tips in private dance lessons for two.

Group Dance Lessons for Two: Feeling social? Meet new friends AND learn to dance in our couples group dance classes. Group classes are great for busy couples who can only commit one night a week for dance lessons. All of our group classes are for adults so you can even make new social contacts to go out dancing with. Dance FX Studios’ group dance classes include Swing, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Hip Hop and Country Two Step.  Each class is held once a week for 4 weeks in a row for just $75 total per couple! This is a fun and affordable option for lovers this Valentine’s Day.

Dance Night and Party Tickets for Two: We’ve got you covered for at least two date nights with this great deal. For just $75, you can enjoy one of our dance Nights Out for two at a local Country bar or Latin club PLUS tickets for two to one of our in-house dance parties featuring live Country, Latin and Swing bands. How cool is that!? Both events include a dance class so beginners are welcome to join in the fun!

Don’t lose the flowers this year guys, just dress them up with a romantic gift that keeps on giving. Learn to dance and see how this new hobby will be useful for years to come.

Pre-wrapped gift cards are available at Dance FX Studios for your lucky lady (or guy). Choose your own bow for the perfect topper to your pre-wrapped gift card. Dance FX Studios is located in Mesa, Arizona which is close to Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert in the East Valley of Phoenix. We are just off the 101 highway for neighbors who travel from Queen Creek and Gold Canyon.

Get your sweetie the gift that keeps on giving with dance lessons for couples this Valentine’s Day!