Summer may be coming to a close but the heat on the dance floor is certainly showing no signs of stopping! We are excited to announce a very special returning guest coach that will be joining us, renowned champion dancer and choreographer Edward “Eddie” Simon! Longtime favorite of our Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta family of students and staff, Eddie will be at our Atlanta studio August 18th, 2014 and our Duluth studio August 19th, 2014 to make sure everyone has a chance to learn from such a great talent.
If you haven’t had a chance to take one of Eddie’s classes, you’re in for a treat! Joined by longtime partner Michelle Officer, Eddie has accomplished many impressive DanceSport achievements including:
- United States Professional American Ballroom Champion
- World Class Showdance Finalist
- Current World Class Judge
Even with his many accolades, Eddie most enjoys being a ballroom dance instructor and coaching the next generation of rising dancers like you! Whether you’re a professional or amateur dancer, Eddie can help you perfect your ballroom dance technique and share how you can add some pizzazz to your routines to impress judges or your family and friends.
We are thrilled to welcome Eddie back to our Atlanta and Duluth dance studios and hope to see many new and familiar faces out on the dance floor! For more information on events or ballroom dance lessons, contact us today. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+ for other exciting news and updates!
On Saturday, January 26th, 2013, our Duluth studio is hosting a West Coast Swing and Hustle party from 8:30 to 11:30pm. Both Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta locations frequently host exciting dance events and parties each month. Guests interested in attending this party may also join our Hustle dance lesson before the party beginning at 7:45pm. Tickets cost ten dollars which admits guests to both the Hustle dance lesson and the party.
If you are wondering what different ballroom dance styles there are, please visit our YouTube Channel for short tutorials. The West Coast Swing is a partner dance that is often performed to slower music and sensual movements. The West Coast Swing is very versatile as it can be danced to many types of music including rock and roll, country and blues. The Hustle is also a partner dance but is faster moving with many turns and spins.
Our experienced staff is looking forward to an exciting night of dancing and fun! So grab a friend and join us Saturday evening for the Gwinnett Swustle Party. Please view our monthly calendar for upcoming events and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ for the latest ballroom news and information.
At Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta we offer a wide-variety of dance styles including Foxtrot, East Coast Swing, Waltz, and more. Our instructors also teach several Latin ballroom dance styles that are favorites among our students including the Salsa, Cha-Cha, Tango, Samba, Mambo, and Rumba.
With numerous Latin ballroom styles to learn, our students find ballroom dance to be exciting and fun. Although these sultry dance styles all have Latin origins, there are still unique differences and technique among them. For instance, the Tango is actually a blend of music and steps from multiple places including Cuba, Spain, Argentina, and Africa. The slower Mambo actually evolved into the triple-step Cha-Cha. Salsa, generally a partner dance, can actually be performed solo too. The partner dance Samba is characterized by bouncing knees and exaggerated hip motions. The slower partner dance Rumba, like the Samba, has distinct hip movements.
We encourage all of our students, new and experienced, to try new dance styles. Our professional and friendly dance instructors provide dance lessons and coaching tailored to your level whether you are looking to compete or just get more active this new year.
If you are interested in seeing the ballroom dance styles we teach at our studios, check our YouTube Channel for short demonstrations. Please call us today if you would like to learn more about starting ballroom dance lessons. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ for the latest ballroom dance news and information.
Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta is excited for the new year and is currently offering a special for new adult students. If you have picked up the latest issue of Best Self, you probably saw that our Duluth and Midtown studios are currently offering 5 dance lessons for $30 to new students.
If you are interested in starting ballroom dance lessons, please call us today to schedule your first lesson. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest for the latest ballroom dance news and events.Ballroom dance is a great way to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions of getting fit and toned while having fun. As we have previously mentioned, there are numerous benefits of ballroom dance including physical and mental advantages. We offer private dance lessons and group classes in many styles of ballroom dance including foxtrot, east coast swing, salsa, and more. With so many options, you are sure to find your niche. Our experienced and friendly staff invites you to try ballroom dance today!
Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta wishes you a Happy New Year! With the new year, many people are resolving to become more active and healthy in 2013. As we have previously mentioned in our blogs, there are many health benefits from ballroom dancing and is a fun way to get moving. Director of Metro Atlanta’s Ballroom Dance Club, Kristine Knipp, was recently published in the Medical Answer Book for North Atlanta explaining the advantages of dancing into health. Her article describes how dancing can provide a complete mind and body workout for you. Read the entire article below:
Dancing into Health
Dancing can be magical and transforming. It can breathe new life into a tired soul; make a spirit soar; unleash locked-away creativity; unite generations and cultures; inspire new romances or rekindle old ones; and turn sadness into joy. On a more physical level, dancing can give you a great mind-body workout.
Researchers are learning that regular physical activity in general can help keep your body, including your brain, healthy as you age. Exercise increases the level of brain chemicals that encourage nerve cells to grow. Dancing that requires you to remember dance steps and sequences boosts brain power by improving memory skills.
There has been some promising research in this area, according to Rita Beckford, M.D. a family doctor and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. For instance, a 2003 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that ballroom dancing at least twice a week make people less likely to develop dementia.
Staying mentally active makes the brain healthy. Just as a healthy body fights disease, a healthy brain is more likely to resist illness. In fact, ballroom dancing is more effective for preventing dementia than working crossword puzzles. This is due to the fact that in addition to physical exercise, ballroom dancing is a cognitive activity that requires concentration.
A study led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that there was only one physical activity that offered protection against dementia – frequent ballroom dancing. The reduced risk of dementia was:
Reading – 35%
Bicycling and swimming – 0%
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47%
Playing golf – 0%
Ballroom dancing frequently – 76%
Neurologist Dr. Joe Verghese was quoted in the New York Journal of Medicine professing that “Ballroom dancing involves precise physical activity, listening to music, remembering dance steps, and taking your partner into account, which is very mentally testing.”
In addition to the mental and aerobic exercise, dancing can help with other psychological factors. Chronic stress, depression, and social isolation all wreak havoc with memory and add to cognitive deterioration. Ballroom dancing can keep you current and flexible, both physically and emotionally. It is always good to have goals and significant hobbies that plug into these concerns.
At Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta, we have students with many different goals. Power aging is a big one, but there are other benefits that our students look for as well. Some want to meet people and make new friends, others are looking for a means of expression and a sense of accomplishment. Yet many are looking for a fun way to lose weight and gain other physical benefits.
According to WebMD, and other health experts, ballroom and Latin dancing abound in health benefits. Dancing can help:
- Strengthen bones and muscles without hurting your joints.
- Tone your entire body.
- Improve your posture and balance, which can prevent falls.
- Increase stamina and flexibility.
- Reduce stress and tension.
- Build confidence.
- Ward off illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis and depression.
So if you are tired of the treadmill and looking for a fun and even glamorous way to stay fit and healthy, ballroom dancing to some relaxing music, with a partner you enjoy just might be the fountain of youth.
You spend a lot of time and energy preparing for your big day, so why not wow your guests with your first dance. If you are getting married in 2013, let Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta help you prepare for your first dance. Our professional dance instructors can help you and your loved ones make your wedding day a truly memorable occasion.
We can choreograph your first dance, daughter-father dance, son-mother dance, or any other special dance you would like to have on your big day. With the many ballroom dance styles, you have the option to learn the waltz, swing, foxtrot, and more. Our experienced instructors work with you to create a dance that is as simple or complex as you desire. At Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta, we want to make this experience fun for you and represent your personality as a couple.
If you are interested in learning ballroom dance before your wedding, call us today to schedule your first lesson. We also offer gift certificates if you would like to give the gift of dance before your loved ones big day. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google + for the latest ballroom dance news and events.
Don’t let the holiday season and gift giving stress you out this year. At Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta, we’ve got you covered with gift certificates for dance lessons available for purchase. Ballroom dance lessons are great for friends, family, or a loved one.
Whether you are looking for a unique gift or can’t figure out what to get the person who already has everything, we’ll make it easy for you: give the gift of dance. With our friendly and experienced dance staff leading lessons, students will be sure to enjoy themselves and probably learn something new to show off at their next party.
Ballroom dance is also a great form of exercise and has multiple health benefits. If you or someone you know is looking to get more active this New Year, ballroom dance is a fun and engaging activity for all fitness levels.
Gift certificates are available for purchase in-studio at our Duluth or Atlanta locations. We are offering an introductory special for new students which includes 5 lessons for $30 (2 private lessons, 2 group classes, 1 private party) that may also be purchased as a gift.
If you are interested in learning more about ballroom dance or would like to purchase a gift certificate, please call us today. View our calendar see a full list of events and parties coming up at Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest for the latest ballroom news and information.
Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta recently held their annual showcase with this year’s Broadway theme. Our students and professionals showed off their moves to songs from classic and contemporary Broadway musicals. Not only did our dancers work really hard to bring guests an evening of entertainment, but it was all for a great cause. Proceeds from the event went to The American Cancer Society to help people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer.
Patrons and ballroom dance teachers from both our Atlanta and Duluth locations performed over 20 different numbers from musicals including Bye Bye Birdie, Wicked, The Wiz, even the Rocky Horror Picture Show, just to name a few. Along with the vast selection of Broadway songs, they performed many different dance styles including West Coast Swing, Tango, Foxtrot, Cabaret, etc. The audience was pleasantly surprised with the vocal performances we also had throughout the showcase.
Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta would like to thank our students, patrons, instructors, and everyone who came out to support a great cause and cheer on our dancers! If you are interested in taking ballroom dance lessons please contact us today! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest for the latest ballroom dance news and information!
Jane Austen was an English writer who frequently wrote about romance and advice back in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Although her writing dates back hundreds of years, her messages still resonate. The Huffington Post recently published an article entitled, “Ballroom Etiquette from Jane Austen”.
Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta is here to share with you some of her tips and what we think about them:
- “A gentleman could not ask a lady to dance unless they had been formally introduced” At Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta we often host open house parties and monthly soirees. These events are a great way to socialize and meet new people –no formal introduction necessary.
- “A couple may dance a maximum of two sets with each other. After that, they were expected to do their social duty and find other partners” Although we encourage meeting new people, you absolutely can dance with your partner all night long if you choose.
- “A lady must accept an invitation to dance, or spend the rest of the evening sitting out all the dances” Ballroom dancing is a lot of fun, but can be tiring. We encourage our students to take breaks and drink water!
Times have definitely changed since the late 18th century, but we can agree with Jane Austen that ballroom dance is a social and fun. We love showing and teaching students how exciting and easy it is to learn various dance styles including the Cha-Cha, Mamba, Foxtrot and more.
If you are interested in learning to ballroom dance please contact us today! Be sure to connect with on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest for the latest ballroom dance news and information. Keep in mind with the holidays right around the corner we offer gift certificates for ballroom dance lessons.