I’ve heard that when you open a business and you want to be found by the public online you need to have a blog. My first reaction was great, just one more thing to add to a very long list of “to dos” when it comes to running the ballroom. But alas, after talking to some other folks, it seems to be the thing to do now days, so off we go with blog post number one.
Yes, I am a ballroom dancer. How I got here is a long, winding, criss cross of paths and steps, and perhaps I will go into more detail at a later time. Who knows? I might even break into my personal life story for blog post number two. For now, I’d like to tell you more about what’s going on at this new place of business. We’ve had lots of curious people and we love it!!
We are first and foremost a ballroom dance school, which means we teach people how to dance together. Which to us, is any dance you dance with someone. It may be the ballroom dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quick Step or it may be the latin dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Samba, Paso Doble, Salsa, Merengue. For the country folks there is two step, waltz, triple two, polka. Of course, we are located in the city of jazz and that means swing, so there is east coast, west coast, hustle, push pull, and jitterbug. Long list, short, if it’s a partnership dance, we teach it!
The general perception is that learning to dance is difficult, and so many people dream of dancing, have it on the “do it before I die” list…..but often find getting started a bit intimidating. And believe it or not, we understand, we really do. All of us at the ballroom at one time were just like you, taking our very first step trying to figure out this moving with a partner activity called ballroom dancing. Let us help you find your right foot!
Our aim is to provide a learning environment where everyone feels comfortable and welcomed. Our instructors are qualified and professionals. Lessons are for both singles and couples. Learning how to dance at the ballroom happens in several different forms of instruction. Private lessons, group classes, dance nights, and I’m also going to include practice! As a member, you are not only welcomed but encouraged to come in any time during business hours to put on your dancing shoes and practice what you have been learning during your lessons.
Yes, we have “members” also referred to as “students.” As members this is your dancing home, and your membership helps to maintain a state of the art dance house! It will take all of us working together to keep it that way. Please help us by following studio guidelines, which you will receive once you become enrolled in a program.
Yep, I said “enrolled in a program” – now, this doesn’t mean we’re going to be asking for a large sum of money in order to learn, but we won’t turn it away either (it’s cost just a few bucks to open these doors)! What it does mean is that each enrolled member has a “learning to dance plan” and that means even those who are already dancing. We want to know- how many dances are you learning? Which ones are your primary interest? Secondary? Why are you personally learning how to dance? How can we help you get the most out of the time you spend here? And how much time are you going to spend in this activity? All of these questions and the answers guide the professional instructors in how to plan the lessons for you. This is what our instructors are trained how to do and we will continue to train to be even better.
And last but not least, the ballroom is a place to have fun, to meet new people, to share what’s going on in our lives and around the world. Please enjoy yourself! Be vocal, laugh out loud, have a good time. Tell your friends. And if there’s something you’d like us to know, tell us. While we can’t please everyone all the time, we are open to suggestion and comments. All we ask is the communication be respectful.
Well, I think I’ve done it. Blog post number 1 is complete. It wasn’t actually all that bad.