What an incredible journey we took this weekend to San Jose for Showcase: Chicago.

It could not have been more amazing! Having the opportunity to dance with our students in their flapper/20's attire, and see them shine through the countless heats, made us oh so proud. Of course, everyone felt a little bit nervous at the beginning, but as we got on the floor we soon saw that all melt away. Through their performances we watched the excitement build, by the time the night was over, everyone wanted to keep dancing!

We really saw the difference it made to our students at Arthur Murray's, and how it brought out a new found confidence in each of them. Here are some highlights from our weekend!

 Alexandra, Isa, Jeff and Joanne.

Alexandra, Isa, Jeff and Joanne.

 Isa, Jeff, and Joanne.

Isa, Jeff, and Joanne.

 Derek, and Portia.

Derek, and Portia.

 Raphael, and Trish.

Raphael, and Trish.

 Heidi, and Portia.

Heidi, and Portia.

 Staff winners of the Jack and Jill competition, Alexandra from Santa Rosa came in 3rd!

Staff winners of the Jack and Jill competition, Alexandra from Santa Rosa came in 3rd!

After this weekend is over, we are truly looking forward to the next Freestyle Showcase coming around September 15th-16th. 

Check out our Facebook page for more photos!

Your Body & Brain On Dance

How often are you dancing?

Whether you’re young or old, making dance a daily habit is actually super good for you!

Brain Health

Through practicing the art of dance, you will not only greatly improve your physical health, but your mental health as well. Studies show dancers have greater strength, flexibility endurance, and balance. Ultimately, it’s not just a workout that improves your body, but your mind too.

 

Did you know that dancing 30 minutes a day increases your brain function, and supports better emotional health? On a variety of levels, dancing improves cognitive function, and increases your muscle memory. Having to think quick on your feet while combining rigorous exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which sends information more quickly, creating new neural pathways. This process over time, improves our overall mental capacity, and general well being in our day to day live.  Dancing naturally helps us to reduces stress levels, and symptoms of depression. Looking for more joy in your life? Just dance! 

We've teamed up with Alzheimers Association, whose studies have found that frequent participation in ballroom dance showed a 75% risk reduction of dementia.

Our goal is to spread awareness of the beauty, and benefits of dance with the world.

The motto, You + More Dancing =Ultimate brain power & ultimate super-human skills!

 

 

Top 5 Benefits of Doing a Solo.

Maybe you've been dreaming about performing a solo, or have been giving it extra thought recently. Right now is a perfect time to piece together all of those skills you've acquired, and have some fun getting extra creative. With solo extravaganza being right around the corner (April 20th in Napa, 21st in Santa Rosa), trust us when we tell you, performing a solo will be one of the best decisions you will ever make.

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Whether you're nervous or excited, here are the top 5 benefits we see our students gain from presenting a solo:

1. You'll See Yourself Improve- As you progress as a dancer, you definitely want to showcase your talents. What's the point of having a skill, if you never get to show the world, let alone a room full of people. Any chance to shine and stretch as a performer, gives yourself a valuable gauge on where you are, and how to progress. 

2. You'll Develop Your Style-  Focus on frame, posture, and head position. Working on a routine gives you the time you need to add flare, and spice up your moves. If there was ever a time to be over the top, it's now. 

3. You'll Build Your Confidence- Sharing all your hard work with others, will build your confidence as a dancer tremendously! Preparing for this event will help you understand where you are, where you're going, and how to improve to get there. Think about it as more of challenge for yourself and less of a competition with others, and you'll only build your confidence up. 

4. You'll Become Healthier Both Physically and Mentally- We can physically challenge ourselves to exercise, and eat better. A healthy body yields a healthy spirit, and a happier lifestyle. We are also able to challenge ourselves mentally by taking part in competitions that will test our skills

5. You'll Gain a New Experience and Have More Fun- The truth is, it's easy to do the same old thing. But, why not challenge ourselves to try new things and gain new experiences? Like learning how to ballroom dance, bachata, or take part in competitions. That way we meet new people, learn more, have more fun, improve our skills and grow as a person.

Now you know the formula, you + dance solos = an ultimately better life! We hope you feel inspired to start thinking about a routine you'd like to do for Solo Extravaganza. 

Be sure you ask your dance instructor to help you get started at your next lesson. 

 

Medal Ball Highlights & Solos!

We're so happy to have shared such an amazing Saturday evening, with both our Napa & Santa Rosa students, and guests at Heavy Medal Ball. You guys all totally killed it!  The outfits we saw were almost as over-the-top fabulous as the dancing we laid eyes on.

Here are some highlights captured from Heavy Medal Ball. 

Emilie Solo

-Emilie, and her instructor Derek dazzle the crowd during her solo performance!

 

Alexandra &

- Jim Glo, and Instructor Alexandra looking sharp on the floor!

Napa Ladies

- Some of our lovely students, plus one instructor from Napa. (Mayra, Chelsea ( Instructor), Portia, & Jocelyn. 

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-Scott, and Pati boogie down with some cha cha! 

- Phillip's girlfriend, Troy, & Karl posing in their Heavy Medal Ball attire, before Troy's solo. 

If you didn't get a chance to present a solo performance, we will have plenty of upcoming opportunities, and time to get you prepared for one in the near-future.

Ask about our upcoming Solo-Extravaganza coming around in April! it's musical themed, so you can choose a dance number from one of your favorite musicals or movies.  

Check out our Facebook or Instagram for more Medal Ball photos & vids.

Thanks everyone!

5 Tips for the Wedding Dance.

Couples First Dance.

For every parent, in-law, and dearly beloved, let your dance be a memorable moment for all to see, with our help every deliberate step of the way.

1. Give Yourself Enough Time to Take Lessons- Too many leave their planning of the first dance until the last week or two before the big day, then awake in the middle of the night with horror remembering they don't have a song, let alone the slightest clue what to do with their hands of feet during one. We help couples who run into that situation, but it's better to save yourself the stress, and also premature wrinkles by giving yourself enough time (six to eight weeks) to condition and practice.

2.) Music-  Selecting your song is always the fun part. What kind of vibe do you want to bring to your wedding that reflects your burning love for one another? Either you have a song you immediately know is yours, spend time trading ideas until you come to an agreement, or ask recommendations from us. Our instructors will help you put your options on the table, whatever your thinking. Some of our students just come to us with a style of dance in mind, and no song, and that is perfectly wonderful.

3.) The Dress- Does your dress include a veil or other limitations? Keeping in mind the steps, spins, and dips you’ll make on your wedding night whilst in your wedding groove. If your wedding dress is long or has a train, bustle it, so you won't take a spill. We wouldn't want that for you!

4.) The Shoes- Wear shoes that are comfortable for dancing. If you aren't used to high heels, wear lower heels or flats. A new trend we've even seen brides doing recently, is opting for TOMS or Chuck Taylors instead of heels. Not saying you have to follow the trend, but hey, be comfortable! It's your day, and if you're stepping out on your wedding day like a baby fawn, dancing might get kind of terrifying. 

5.) Photography/Video- Make sure you have plenty of assigned photographers and cinematographers to capture your sweet moves and perfect moments together on the dance floor. If any night is a night worth remembering, it's this one. Your dance could make it onto a dvd, a famous youtube channel, or a dance blog and become a viral sensation.. only if thats what you want, naturally! 

Ensure your special day is as heavenly, and elegant as your dreams, and tell us all about your wedding asap. What you're thinking, what your vision is, where are you going on vacation, can we come with you? No, but we love all the details and ideas, and warm fuzzies our Wedding Couples bring into the studio. Let us help you get started today!

 

A glass of bubbly & strawberries calls for a dance party friends. Put on your dancing shoes & quench your thirst at our  Berries, Bubbles, & Buddies party. 🍓🍓🍾💃🏻

Berries Bubbles & Bubbly