Whatever your summer plans may be, make it a goal to mix dancing into ALL of them.

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Here are some places you can show off those moves this summer:

Street Fairs: Summertime brings longer days and comfortably cool nights, and is a perfect time to enjoy street fairs. With all the sights and sounds on the street, don't hesitate to bust a move! Now that you have the magical knowledge from Arthur Murray, you are going to be the most qualified one to start a block dance party that lasts all night long. 

Winery: Chatting with friends over a glass of wine is fun and all, but could be better. Why not shake it up? Find a winery that has live music or a band playing. Don't wait till your third glass of cab to get the jitterbug, dance while they're pouring your first drop.

Weddings:  After taking those dance lessons, you don't need to stress about whether or not you're looking polished on the dance floor of your best friend's wedding. Dance the night away proudly, and ask other wedding guests to have a dance with confidence knowing you might teach them a thing or two.

Music Nights: There's nothing like entertainment, and live music on a summer night. The best way to make a night even more memorable is to add some dancing to the mix, and be a part of the entertainment yourself. Especially if you're waiting in line, why would you ever want to waste precious time standing still when you can groove? Get the show going and the crowd hyped, everyone will thank you for it! 

 

 

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. 

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

 

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

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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!

Top 10 Dance Resolutions for 2018! 

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Welcoming in the New Year has been a lot of fun! We have already heard so many inspiring dance resolutions and goals being set by our students and teachers..

Making those resolutions is all part of the necessary process to really stretch forward, so we picked out the top 10 ones we love. The difficulty ranges, but we think you can handle it.

1.) Get a Friend to Join a Dance Class With You. 

Sometimes, it's hard to find the energy and motivate yourself to come to a group class. If you have a friend who can hold you accountable (or possibly drag you off of the couch if needed) it will be something you will thank them for later. Plus, it’s always fun when you can practice those new moves you learned together!

 

2.) Try a New Style of Dance. 

There are tons of dances out there you can choose from. Many of them you may not have heard of before, but would only fall in love with if you knew. Now is the time to find out what your heart enjoys. Paso Doble, anyone?

 

3.) Do a Solo Piece. 

Put together a solo routine that you feel confident about, even if it’s only a minute long! Practice, record yourself & maybe if you’re feeling extra bold, post it for your friends to see! Show it off to your dance classmates, and teachers. You’ll look back and be happy you did, and you’ll dazzle everyone with your hard work. 

 

4.) Get Certified. 

For example, the Bronze American Style Ballroom certification, which includes: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and Viennese Waltz. If you’re already working on it it, why not take the test, and make it official? Plus, you’ll earn major bragging points! 

 

5.) Go to More Dance Parties. 

Dance parties are the number one youth medicine, it’s a fact. Our practice parties are a perfect start, where you can let loose and show off those moves you learned in class. You will have the chance to dance with several professional instructors, gaining extra expertise. 

 

6.) Get Involved in Events.

Search your local event listings to find clubs or shows that sound appealing to you, and get out there! Our staff will always have a recommendation for upcoming events you will want to check out, so don’t forget to ask them. 

 

7.) Go to your First Dance Competition.

No matter what your skill level may be, there are alway opportunities for you to showcase your talent in an event. Competing is a really good time, and usually not as scary as you think.

 

8.) Plan out a Dance Budget

It’s easy to blow all of your fun money on eating out or buying too many furry throw blankets. Whatever your weakness may be, take time to set aside a budget for dancing that works for you so you aren’t spending all your fun-dough on things that could never benefit you as much as dancing. 

 

9.) Up Your Practice Time & Set Reminders. 

Set more time aside to practice what you’re learning, either in the studio or at home in front of a mirror. It will help speed along your progress, so we can graduate you into a new dance level faster. Setting reminders on your cell phone makes a huge difference, and we highly recommend it. 

 

10.) Think Positive Thoughts/ Give Yourself Compliments. 

Use self-talk to give yourself an extra boost of confidence. We cannot say how many of our new students will tell us, “ I can’t dance” or “I have two left feet”.  Everyone has to start somewhere, and having the confidence in your own ability will help you learn more quickly. Letting the pressure off of your shoulders and having fun always looks so much better on the dance floor. After all, having a good time is what its all about!

We hope this helps you set some awesome goals for yourself this year. 

We love our students and we are loving the energy they are bringing into 2018 already! Let's keep it up!