As a small, privately operated dance studio we can offer expert instruction in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. You'll enjoy dancing to your own music, learning at your own pace. Private, semi-private, and small group classes are available.
One Lesson: $ 85.00
Five Lessons, purchased in advance: $400.00
Ten Lessons, purchased in advance $800.00
Lessons are 45 minutes long
All Classes are $64.00/person for a 4-week series.
Level 3, 4 and 5 Class Students can purchase a Ten Class Card,
(to be used for any class; no charge for missed classes!) $160.00/ person.
Our classes are fun! Bring dance shoes and the ability to laugh, learn and make life-long friends!
*A Minimum of three couples is required for a group class
Build your own group class! Invite your friends and neighbors to try out a new hobby with you! A dance lesson, then dinner out with friends afterward (save the drinks til after, as well!)
Or, this can be an inexpensive way to focus your learning in a small, like-minded group. Maybe Salsa is your thing? Viennese Waltz? Bachata? Learn in a small group of your closest friends. You'll practice and support each others' interest and learning!
Semi private instruction requires a minimum of 4 people, $25.00/person.
Wednesday Night: Elegant Dancing offers a unique mid-week dance party designed for practice, exercise and "hump-day" de-stressing. Every Wednesday from 8:00 til 10:00pm you can practice your dancing to a combination of golden oldies and current top 40 hits. Light refreshments are served $10.00 per person.
Friday Night: Just the right combination of practice and fun! Start your weekend early at our Friday Night Practice Party! Chris and Lee are on hand to assist you as you practice what you've learned that week! 8:00 til 10:00pm. Light refreshments are served. $10.00 per person.
Spotlight Night: The last Friday of every month is "Spotlight Night". Support your fellow students as they perform a loosely choreographed routine. Not a "Showcase", these routines are the product of work done in group classes, for medal tests, or competition preparation. "Spotlights" do NOT require months of rehearsal, but are intended to create a short term goal that will speed and enhance our students' progress. Still Only $10.00. An extra half hour these nights, 8:00 - 10:30pm!
Smooth Dance Practice A stand alone opportunity to perfect posture, frame, movement and technique. Or a pre-party energizer. 7:00-8:00 pm $5/person
Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Hustle Dance Party Each month, excitement builds for this second Saturday event. Great music, light refreshments and charming ambiance!
8:00 - 10:30 pm $12/person,
Saturday Afternoon: Three classes each Saturday focus on a single dance. Solid technique and "off syllabus" steps are taught with an eye toward fun. Designed to move your dancing forward quickly.
Times: 12:00 noon - 12:45 pm Adv Beginner, 12:50 - 1:35 Intermed, 1:45-2:30 pm Slightly Adv
Tuition: One Class $15, Two Classes $25, All Three Classes $30
Guest/Legend Workshops When we can bring you "the best" special teachers for a workshop, we do it. Tuition for these instructors is: One Class $20, Two Classes $30, Three Classes $35.
Save The Dates
Tuesday, May 21st - Dancing with the Stars Finale Party 8:00-11:00 pm Free
Saturday, May 25th - Paso Doble Workshop 12:00-2:30 pm
Saturday, June 8th - Medal Ball and Spotlight Dance 8:00-10:30 pm $15/person
Sunday, June 16th - Afternoon Tea Dance 2:00 - 3:30 pm $10/person
Saturday, July 13th - Bastille Day Costume Party 8:00-10:30 pm $12/person
Saturday, July 27th - Second Saturday "Live Band" Party 8:00-10:30 pm
From an interview with NPR March 5, 2007
For those who love it, ballroom dancing beats a dull workout on the treadmill. And now, cardiologists are also realizing just how powerful the dance workouts can be.
Italian researchers have found that just 21 minutes of dancing, three times a week, can match the cardiovascular benefits from working out on a treadmill or bicycle.
Instructor Chris Thompson of "Elegant Dancing" says ballroom dance techniques work because they automatically emphasize good health.
"It's not only aerobic, it's [also] isometric," he says. "One of the most important things we stress is posture, posture, posture."
Thompson says the movement -- which helps the arms, legs and torso -- is also an instant stress reliever.
"You cannot maintain a clench when your shoulders are pressed down," he says. "Your arms are extended so it's a very freeing [and] open feeling. It makes you breath a little deeper and it gets the blood flowing."
The study finding is music to the ears of 61-year-old ballroom fanatic Bob Silva.
"I don't like to exercise," he says. "I hate it. But if I'm dancing, I don't care how tired I am. When I hear the music and see the women, I can just push myself and it feels wonderful."
After two years of dancing, Silva realized that his hobby was also improving his health. He lost weight that he wasn't able to lose before, and was able to cut his blood pressure medications in half.
One of Silva's younger dance partners, Anne Marie Lund, also found that dancing improved her once-sedentary lifestyle.
"I didn't have any physical endurance," she says. "I could barely make it though one song. And if I couldn't, I'd apologize to my partner and sit down and wait until I could get up again."
Lund says the dance studio has almost become her second home. It's that much fun, she says.
"I can't believe I fell into this just by accident," says Lund. "It's changed my life. That's a big statement. I was heading towards a lot of weight-related health problems, and I've turned that around."
Not everyone who tries ballroom dancing falls in love with it. But those who do find that exercise becomes a form of play.
THE BENEFITS OF DANCING
Many people are tired of the same boring workouts they force themselves to do in order to lose weight. Walking on the treadmill, lifting weights, and participating in an aerobics class are just a few of the ways people exercise in order to gain a healthier life. Those who are looking for a more exciting alternative may want to consider dancing since the benefits of dancing can help a person achieve a strong, slender body.
Dancing is an effective form of exercise that some people choose to do in order to take the place of other types of workouts. The benefits of dancing cause many people to leave the gym behind in favor of this more entertaining form of exercise. A half hour of dancing can burn between 200 to 400 calories. As a result, dancing enables people to get the benefits of exercise while avoiding boring, repetitious movements.
When a person decides to dance on a regular basis, he/she improves strength, increases flexibility, and reduces stress. Dancing helps people lose weight and develop self-confidence. Energetic dancing makes exercisers use muscles they may not have even known existed. It can even help people lower their blood pressure and improve their cholesterol level.
The benefits of dancing also include an improved cardiovascular system. Dancing prevents and treats osteoporosis, improves balance, and raises endorphin levels. Raised endorphin levels help people who battle depression or those who experience high stress levels.
Dancing helps people stand taller, improving their posture so that they appear to be more slender. Traditional forms of exercise can often make people look bulky. In contrast, if a person studies a form of dance like ballroom, it can help them develop the long, lean look of a dancer. When a person participates in a dance class, he/ she automatically forgets about problems at home or in the workplace. Remembering steps and concentrating on how to perform a specific movement keeps the dancer's mind occupied on what is occurring within the dance studio.
People who take up dancing as a form of exercise often benefit from increased social interaction. Whether a person decides to learn ballroom, ballet, square dancing, or any other kind of dance, it often requires interaction with other dancers. Attending a dance class allows people to meet new people, thereby increasing contact with those who come from different backgrounds. This is one of the benefits of dancing that anyone can enjoy.