Thursday, July 18, 2013

Broadway Ballroom-August 10th!

Broadway Ballroom tickets are selling FAST! Get yours today!

Broadway Ballroom is on August 10th at 7:00 pm at the North Shore Center of Performing Arts in Skokie! 

For those of you who might not know, Broadway Ballroom is a performance done by all 5 Fred Astaire Illinois Dance Studios! Our talented students will be dancing to songs from popular Broadway Musicals. We will be featuring songs from these musicals:

"The Phantom of the Opera"
"Million Dollar Quartet"
"Rock of Ages"
"9 to 5"
"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
"Damn Yankees"
"Smokey Joe's Cafe"
"Priscilla-Queen of the Desert"
"A Chorus Line"

There will also be a professional show danced to music from "Jersey Boys"

You DO NOT want to miss this amazing show! 
Tickets are ONLY $25.
Call your local studio today with questions or 847-310-8300 to purchase your tickets! 
We can not wait to see everyone there!  

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

You CAN dance!!

This came across my desk from an employee and I thought I would share this with you all. I lost track how many times I have heard people say "I can't dance"  (I will admit that I was guilty of this as well)
Everybody can dance! Call or visit your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio TODAY, and prove to yourself that you CAN dance!!

"Many of us go through life with a subconscious list of things we can't do or won't do.  As the phrase "I can't dance" has an all too common occurrence in the American vernacular, I'd guess that dancing is on most peoples' subconscious can't/won't list.  With that being said, I can personally attest to hearing many people revoke that statement after a little time with our instructors at Fred Astaire.

My response to people that call the studio and say "I have two left feet" is usually "Great!  I have two right feet, so we'll work just fine together".... upon further inspection, this doesn't really make a lick of sense, but it usually gets my point across.  Many people have resigned themselves to the idea that they will be eternal wall flowers and have no hope of ever really dancing.  "Can't dance" and "won't dance" are not physical conditions; they are just unfortunate mind sets.

Not everyone is a natural born dancer, but that is fine!  On your very first lesson at Fred Astaire, you teacher will most likely start by having you take forward steps, backward steps, and side steps. The very simple truth is, if you can do that, you can dance.  The whole process of learning to dance is just retraining your body to do familiar tasks in a more stylized manner.  The forward steps in smooth and standard dances are incredibly similar to normal walking steps... You just may push more off your standing leg and use a bit more of things like rise and fall. 

If you don't pick up the techniques right away, don't be too hard on yourself.  Ballroom dance is one of those hobbies that you will never be perfect at.  I know that may sound like bad news, but it isn't!  There is no need to expect perfection from yourself because there is no such thing as perfect in ballroom dancing.  Since it is an art form, the characterizations and rules are like liquid.  Constantly changing and moving.

So, I would suggest to stop wasting your time saying things like "I can't dance."  You're more than welcome to say "I don't know how to dance....yet"  and then you can call your nearest Fred Astaire Dance Studio and set up your first lesson so you can finally proclaim "I CAN DANCE!""

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Newcomer Mini Match!

In a month it will be time for our Newcomer Mini Match competition!! On August 2nd at 7:30pm, come and support your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
Mini Match is a competition held at the South Barrington studio and all the Illinois studios participate. This competition is for new students who have never competed before! Every studio has a special color they wear. This year the colors are:
Buffalo Grove-Red
Burr Ridge-Blue
West Loop-Purple
South Barrington- White

We will have a special guest judge: Mr Jack Davy! 
Come out and support your Fred Astaire Dance Studio and  cheer on all the new students as they go out on the dance floor and show off their moves. 
Contact your local studio for more details! We hope to see everyone there!