What to Expect
Fun. Community. Positive Environment.
These are just a few of the feelings that you will experience after joining us for a night of dancing with our studio. As a student, you will feel valued and accepted as part of our dance community. Our low pressure environment allows you to have fun as you learn. The word "Positive" is a driving factor in how we operate our business and how we choose to live our lives. These are feelings that we strive to instill in each student, every time you walk through our studio door, whether you are with us for just one hour or for years to come.
Our teaching process
Positively Ballroom Dance Studio focuses on having fun while learning how to dance. Our program is designed with the regular person in mind, including people with "two left feet".
Our classes feature lessons on dance technique, leading/following and fun dance patterns, which we refer to as "The Art of Social Dancing". Class content is broken down into manageable pieces, which helps make it easy for you to learn and remember. We refer to this process as learning to dance "One Step at a Time."
We also make sure to take time to review and practice as this helps to reinforce new material and remember previous training. Students rave about our low pressure environment, which they say creates an atmosphere where everyone can have a good time.
Our process teaches students of all ages how to be confident and comfortable in a dance environment; how to listen to the tempo of music; select an appropriate dance for a song; and how to interact with other people in a positive way on the dance floor. We welcome a diversity of people and maintain a professional environment dedicated to dance education through "The Art of Social Dancing - One Step at a Time".®
The Carolina Shag is thought to have originated along the strands between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, during the 1940's. The Carolina Shag, like all swing dance styles, is a direct descendant of Jitterbug, known in today's dancing circles as Lindy Hop. Due to this relation, Carolina Shag can be danced with 4, 6 or 8 steps as part of the standard basic step.
Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in the Caribbean. The movements of salsa have origins in Cuban Son, cha-cha-cha, mambo and other dance forms. The basic Salsa dance rhythm consists of taking three steps for every four beats of music. The odd number of steps creates the inherent syncopation to the Salsa dancing and ensures that it takes 8 beats of music to loop back to a new sequence of steps.
The cha-cha-chá, or cha-cha as it’s called in the U.S., is a dance of Cuban origin. The rhythm was developed from the danzón-mambo, which was also the fore-father of modern Mambo. In the early 1950's, Enrique Jorrín worked as a violinist and composer with the band Orquesta América, who were a traditional ensemble that plays Cuban dance music. While performing at the dance halls in Havana, Jorrín noticed that many of the dancers had difficulty with the syncopated rhythms of the danzón-mambo. To make his music more appealing to dancers, Jorrín began composing songs where the melody was marked strongly on the first downbeat and the rhythm was less syncopated. When Orquesta América performed these new compositions, it was noticed that the dancers had started improvising a shuffling triple step in their footwork producing the sound "cha-cha-cha". Thus, the new style came to be known as "cha-cha-chá" and became associated with a dance where dancers perform a triple step along with the traditional forward and back breaking steps associated with mambo.
East Coast Swing
East Coast Swing is a Rhythm Dance developed in the 1940's and has been known by many names over the length of its existence. Some of the more common include Eastern Swing, Jitterbug, American Swing, East Coast Lindy, Lindy (not to be confused with Lindy Hop), and Triple Step Swing. It can be said that there is no right or wrong way to dance it; however, certain styles of the dance are considered correct "form" within the technical elements documented and governed by the National Dance Council of America. East Coast Swing is considered by most professional dance teachers to be the base for swing dancing due to its flexibility and easy learning curve.
The Rumba is a slow Latin dance originating from Cuba which uses a box step for the base of it's social dance patterns. All social dances in Cuba involve a hip-sway over the standing leg and, though this is scarcely noticeable in faster Latin dances like Salsa, it is more pronounced in the slow Rumba. In general, steps are kept compact to allow for partners to dance in closer proximity.
Argentine tango is danced in an embrace that can vary from very open, in which leader and follower connect at arms length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest, or anywhere in between. Tango dance is essentially walking with a partner and the music. Dancing appropriately to the emotion and speed of a tango is extremely important to dancing tango. A good dancer is one who transmits a feeling of the music to the partner, leading them effectively throughout the dance.
American Tango, commonly referred to as Ballroom Tango, is a ballroom dance that has its roots based in Argentina, but branched away from its original Argentine roots by allowing European, American, Hollywood, and competitive influences into the style and execution of the dance. The present day ballroom tango is divided into two disciplines: American Style and International Style. Both styles may be found in social and competitive dances, but the International version is more globally accepted as a competitive style. Both styles share a common closed dance position, but the American style allows its practitioners to separate from closed position to execute open moves, like underarm turns, alternate hand holds, dancing apart, and side-by-side choreography.
As with many dances, the Two Step was an evolution of a variety of dances, most notably the American Foxtrot and the Two Beat Waltz. Today, the Two Step is known as a traveling dance that combines a variety of complex patterns with lots of turning, and people are no longer confined to dancing it in one straight line.
The American Waltz often involves an almost complete loss of contact between dance partners during some of the movements whereas International Standard Waltz does not permit leaving closed position. The age and popularity of the waltz and the fact that it features a closed position, allows the waltz to serve as the foundation for several ballroom dances. The earliest sources describe the waltz as a sliding or gliding dance from the 16th century.
The Foxtrot premiered in 1914, but gained popularity through the efforts of Vernon and Irene Castle, a husband-and-wife team of ballroom dancers and dance teachers who appeared on Broadway and in silent films early in the 20th century. The Castles are credited with giving the Foxtrot its signature grace and style, but it was dancer Arthur Murray who introduced the more modern version of the Foxtrot which imitates the positions of Tango. At its inception, the Foxtrot was originally danced to ragtime music. Today, the dance is customarily accompanied by the same big band music to which swing is also danced.
Types of Lessons
Customized to Fit Your Needs
Packages can include 2 to 8 lessons, depending on your time requirements.
Recommended for couples who want to feel confident leading and following to their chosen song.
Can be used for Bride/Groom, Father/Daughter or Mother/Son dances
Assistance with selecting and editing your music
Customized Packages include:
50-minute dance lessons
Custom dance choreography to chosen music
Video and notes to practice at home in between lessons
Each lesson is designed according to my students’ abilities, with necessary changes and modifications made once I become more familiar with their needs. If you want to learn more about these unique One-on-One Lessons, schedule a meeting today.