Thanks to shows like Dancing With The Stars and You Think You Can Dance, ballroom dancing has been making a revival. Full of glamor, glitz and intimacy, this exciting dance form is attracting men and women of all ages and abilities. Whether you like dancing fast or you want to go slow, you can put a little spring in your step at these DFW ballroom dance studios.
14902 Preston Road
Do you want to learn to dance like the stars on Dancing With The Stars? Then take a spin on the dance floor with the people that choreographed Mark Cuban, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin before their DWTS appearances. This popular dance studio, established by international Latin dance competitors Sergey Korshunov and Michelle Hafle, offers over 100 group classes per month, ranging from salsa and swing to Argentinean tango, country and hip hop. Take a private lesson or interact with a great group of people while you hone your dance skills on the ballroom floor doing the foxtrot, quickstep, tango or waltz. Take a whirl for $20, or put on your dancing shoes and for $59 to $169 you can join the monthly beat.
Vow To Dance
2714 Greenville Ave.
If you’re planning to say “I do” but wish you could say ‘I don’t” to your first wedding dance, then put the wow into your steps with private or class lessons at Vow To Dance. Owner and instructor Elaine Hewlett and her colleague, Kathy Warwick, help couples and singles alike get into sync with their cha chas, foxtrots, sambas, rumbas, merengues and waltzes. There’s a range of fun classes to fit any schedule, from a four-week series of Latin style and ballroom samplers for $60 per person, to wedding dance workshops for $95 per couple. Try a variety of practice sessions on the 2nd Sunday every month for only $5 at the door. Or, for $95 a month, you can get into the swing of every class as often as you like.
I Dance 2 Ballroom Dance Studio
2165 W. Park Blvd.
Plano, TX 75075
You can be sure that the training you’ll receive at this boutique dance studio will come from top-notch because directors Raza Begg and Ia Iashvili, are not only Triple Crown Latin Dancesport Champions, they’re also the only ones in the metroplex who are nationally certified judges for the National Dance Council of America. If they can help Emmitt Smith secure a Dancing With The Stars trophy, they can help anyone get their dance moves on with a variety of customized international Latin and standard ballroom dance lessons. The best way to start, says Begg, is to take an intro lesson for $25 and have a curriculum designed specifically for you. Adult group lessons are $25 per class and private lessons start at $95, or purchase a package for a discounted rate.The studio also offers kids dancesport classes for $80 a month and a variety of choreographed wedding dance lessons starting at $350.
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111 S. Cedar Ridge Drive, Suite 110
Duncanville, TX 75137
Take a whirl, hop, spin or swing on the floor at this dance studio where it’s all about moving your body and your feet to the rhythm of the beat. Professional dancer and instructor Robert Winchester will help you be a belle or a beau at the ball by teaching you a variety of classes from beginner and intermediate ballroom basics to progressive and Latin dance floor techniques. Private lessons start at $55 and group ballroom lessons are $15 or, for $75, you can spend the month taking them all as often as you please.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios
4949 Bryant Irvin Road
Fort Worth, TX 76107
For close to 100 years, this highly respected franchise has been teaching the world to dance. From its specialized teaching methods to its professional team of certified instructors, learning at Arthur Murray is a fun and surefire way to get your dance moves on. The studio offers a diverse selection of lessons for all ages and abilities, ranging from rhythm and Latin to a variety of ballroom dance forms. All programs consist of private lessons intermingled with group dancing practices, with prices starting at $500 per semester. And there’s plenty of opportunity to practice since group dancing is held nightly on weekdays and Saturday afternoons. Additionally, there’s a social dance held every Friday night following group sessions. After taking lessons at this famous studio, you’ll not only think you can dance, you’ll know you can.
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