Studio News plus… Did you see the Karina teach JR the Jive?

Hello Dance Friends,

Fall is in full swing and we are too!  This month our group class is Hustle which is a variation of Swing.  You may remember the Hustle as it was danced in the movie “Saturday Night Fever”.  We teach a modern version that can be danced to contemporary music and it’s not too late to join this class!

A couple of clarifications about the November group class schedule.  Our group class normally meets on Saturday from 6:00-7:00 PM at Cabarrus Dance Academy in Concord.  We will not meet on Saturday November 26th.  Instead, our last Hustle class will be on Friday December 2nd from 7:30-8:30 PM.

On Saturday December 10th from 7:00-9:00 PM, join us for a free dance social.  We will have a dance mixer featuring Merengue during the evening.  Please invite friends and family since admission is free to all attendees.

Since it is the holiday season, remember that we offer gift certificates for both private and group classes.  I can’t think of a better way to share the joy of the holiday season with someone you love.

This week on “Dancing with the Stars”

This week the contestants were not allowed to hear their performance music until just before air time.  They knew the dance they would perform, but the music would be a surprise.  Can you relate to this issue?  Unless you’re organizing an event, when you go out to dance, you can’t predict the music that will be played.

Did you notice how Karina Smirnoff prepared J.R. Martinez for the Jive routine First, she reviewed the basic tempo for the dance.  Then, she broke the routine down into four individual patterns.  Then, she tied the patterns together with basic steps.  The finished product was four pre-planned sections tied together into a complete routine.  Using this method, J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff performed an incredible Jive routine and received a perfect score of 30.

Does this teaching method seem familiar?  This approach is similar to my philosophy in teaching social dance, one step at a time.  In our classes, we expose students to music with different tempos to teach you to hear and count music.  We teach basic steps, patterns, and combinations to form repeatable routines.  Finally, we teach how to lead and follow which allows students to transition between patterns smoothly.  Using this approach, we believe that anyone can learn to dance and have fun doing it.

Have a great week and we will see you on the dance floor soon!



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