New Classes – The most popular dance moves!

Join our NEW classes and stay up to date with the latest dance moves from around the world!

Get excited – Monday Funday continues – now with Beach Salsa!  Mondays in January and February (see calendar of studio activities), we will develop our salsa skills with sequences and cool variations.  Come dance every Monday at 8:30pm at our Jazzercise Hartland location.  This is a 2-month course for intermediate dancers.

New Member Class will continue on Friday nights at 7pm!  Your first class is always free, and Fridays at 7 are designed specifically for those new to dancing or new to our studio.  We will learn the basic steps to the most popular social ballroom, latin, and nightclub partner dances.  The calendar lists specific dances for each Friday evening.

You are invited to party with us at Dance Studio Lexington!  We shall have two practice party sessions in the month of January 2015: January 2nd & January 16th.  Start your new year on the right foot with Friday night dancing at Dance Studio Lexington.  As always, thank you for dancing!

Private lessons are available – call (859) 414-0970 or email us at DanceStudioLexington@gmail.com

 

 

Levels of Dance

Introductory/Basic

Take the first step to becoming a more desirable dance partner. In the Basic Program, you’ll be able to experience the core elements of DSL’s programs which work together to enable students to accelerate their learning while having a great time.

Mix & Mingle

The next step to becoming a more comfortable dancer. In the Mix & Mingle Program, you’ll get a taste of how to understand dance, not just the dance steps. We’ll get you comfortable knowing what to dance to the music playing, also beginning to understand how most dances interrelate. This is considered a stepping stone to the Bronze Program.

Bronze

This social dancing program is designed to develop timing and technique. The styling will make you look great and feel comfortable while on the floor. Dancing at this level will be yours to keep as you will never forget the elements of each dance. It is the fun point in dancing when you don’t have to think about anything but enjoying your partner and having fun yourself.

Silver

This program gives you a higher degree of styling. Flashy movements make dancers at this standard stand out on the dance floor. Continuity of movement makes a couple glide around the dance floor in many different directions. Styling makes this standard develop an individual character. A Silver dancer is definitely noticed on a crowded floor.

Gold

Our Gold Program is the highest level of social dancing. This program is for the hobby dancer or the person who wants to do exhibitions. Choreography, Styling, Technique and Showmanship are necessities in this standard. The smoothness and control make this a beautiful standard to sit and watch. You will truly be regarded as an outstanding dancer able to excel in any dance there is.

Competitive

This program is for the individual who wants to achieve the ultimate in dance perfection. Competitive dancers aim high, achieve excellence and pursue ballroom dance with a deep passion. This personalized program includes competing with your partner or instructor in dance competitions, locally and/or nationally.  Dancers can compete at any level from Newcomer to Gold.

Top 5 Reasons to Give Dance A(nother) Try

Our ballroom “family” is constantly welcoming new students to the ballroom and hope that they will get to know our regulars and become like “family”

 

  1. We are not a franchise. We are thankful for every person who walks through our doors. We believe dancing should be fun and not stressful! And we will not pressure you to do anything you do not want to do.
  2. Owner and instructor Ester Dittert has been teaching dance for over 13 years and can help you with all styles – American and International as well as all nightclub dances – and has worked with people from age 5 to age 95! Whether you want just the basics or aspire to compete, we will make a program that will fit your needs and wants.
  3. All dance programs at Dance Studio Lexington are custom-made, and each one is different, because everyone has different goals for their dancing. Additionally different people have different learning styles, and your instructor will try various methods to find the one that will get you on the dance floor as quickly as possible. We make dancing fun and easy for everyone.
  4. Dance is our passion, and it is our mission to share our love and joy of dancing with you! We have seen countless people who experience more enjoyment out of social life and life in general after taking the leap of faith and jumping (okay, sometimes tip-toeing) onto the dance floor with us.
  5. Dance physically connects people to others and gets you moving and being active. Dancing has been shown to be the best activity to keep people physically and mentally younger longer! The benefits of dancing are endless, but don’t take our word for it! Try it (again) for yourself! Call or email today.

Introductory Special

Ready to give dancing a try?

Don’t wait any longer!

Enroll on the Introductory Special Program –

Your Introductory Program includes:

3 private lessons

1 group class lesson &

1 practice party session

 

Limited Time Special: Just $29

REGULAR PRICE IS $79

Just mention that you saw this on our website and save $50!

Email us for more information or to schedule your first lesson!

Price is per person. Cannot be combined with any other offers. New members only.

Wedding Dance Packages

Are you or someone you know getting married?  Mention that you found us online to receive half off the Wedding Couple Introductory Special, which includes three (3) 25-minute private lessons for consultation and introduction to dancing as well as one (1) video-taping of you doing your special dance!

Package #1 (“From This Day Forward”)

Perform a choreographed dance to your favorite song. Requires just enough of your time to make your special day as stress-free as possible.

Package includes:

Three (3) 50-Minute Private Lessons for Choreography

Two (2) 50-Minute Private Lessons for Polishing

Two (2) Complimentary Group Class Lessons

One (1) video-taping of your dance

A total of five (5) professional private dance lessons


Package #2 (“Love and Cherish”)

You’ve planned the perfect wedding celebration and you don’t want to just dance — you want your first dance together as husband and wife to be a magical moment that will last forever.

This program will take you beyond your expectations and help you achieve that crowning moment.You’ll learn turns, dips, and how to dance with control and finesse.

Package includes:

Six (6) 50-Minute Private Lessons for Choreography

Four (4) 50-Minute Private Lessons for Polishing

Four (4) Complimentary Group Class Lessons

One (1) video-taping of your dance

A total of ten (10) professional private dance lessons


Package #3 (“Now and Forever”)

This is for the couple that wants to have a lasting memory of their special day. To be able to dance your first dance with that ‘wow-factor’ and to dance throughout the entire reception, to whatever song your DJ or band plays.

You will be introduced to several popular social dances – fast and slow – something to fit all kinds of music. This program will take you beyond just choreography for your first dance – you will be well on your way to having the confidence to dance the night away not only at your reception, but on your honeymoon, and hopefully for years to come.

Package includes:

Eight (8) 50-Minute Private Lessons for Choreography for first dance

Six (6) 50-Minute Private Lessons for Polishing

Six (6) 50-Minute Private Lessons to learn 2 to 3 Social Dances (like Swing, Salsa, Cha Cha, Hustle, Rumba, customized for you)

Unlimited Complimentary Group Class Lessons (during the length of your program)

Two (2) video-tapings of your dance

A total of twenty (20) professional private dance lessons

Dances We Teach

Foxtrot & Quickstep

The Foxtrot has been America’s most popular dance since 1913. Introduced by a Vaudevillian named Harry Fox, it quickly became the standard of social dancing. Foxtrot is a great dance for beginners, as it teaches the novice variety, maneuverability, and how to combine steps easily. The music for Foxtrot is any slow to moderately slow Big Band or pop music song, or “slow dance”. Most pop music is written in four/four timing, which is Foxtrot’s rhythm (four beats to a measure of music). The mantra for Foxtrot is the classic dance teacher’s phrase: “Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick”. Much of our popular music is Foxtrot music, and it’s a nice, slow, easy dance during which a couple can even have a pleasant conversation. This is the classic dance for wedding receptions and social events, and wedding couples usually choose either a Foxtrot or a Waltz to be their first dance together, predicting a lifetime of slow, easy, romantic cuddling (we hope)!

Although the music for Quickstep sounds like a fast Foxtrot, it is actually considered to be a marriage between the Waltz and the Charleston! The dance features both the light, airy foot movements of the Charleston and the “floating through space” of the Waltz. We teach Social Quickstep and Foxtrot together in the same class due to the similarity of the music, and on a social level, many people dance Quickstep as a fast Foxtrot. Quickstep is an International style competitive dance.

Hustle

Remember the ’70’s? John Travolta in the white polyester suit in Saturday Night Fever? Well, that was the Hustle, but just like a lot of other things have changed in the last 20 years, the Hustle has changed a lot, too. The Hustle was born in New York’s Latin community. Young Latinos were born in a culture where dancing together was the norm, but they wanted to dance to more contemporary music than the Mambo of their parents. Slowly the Latin Hustle was developed and emerged as a club style. The mainstream young people caught on to the music, and the dance style, and Hustle quickly became hugely popular, all over America and Europe, fueled in part by the movie. As hustle developed, many different styles emerged.

In the late ’70’s, with the emergence of punk rock and the anti-disco movement, the hustle faded in popular culture — but it never died! The hustle fanatics of the ’70’s never gave up on the dance, and it retained a cult popularity at underground clubs through the ’80’s. During this time, hustle kept developing and changing, and the hustle that is danced today bears little resemblance to the hustle of the ’70’s. Hustle is danced to the contemporary pop dance music of the last 20 years. It is a fast, smooth dance, with the lady spinning almost constantly, while her partner draws her close and sends her away. It is a challenging dance, with a rhythmic pattern which plays with the timing of the music, rather that following it exactly. Hustle is considered an Authentic Style dance, and DanceSport is one of the places where Hustle stays alive and keeps growing. Many of the original Hustle dancers of the New York hustle scene continue to come to our Monday night Hustle party, where some of the best dancing in NY is on display, especially late in the evening.

Merengue/Bachata/Salsa

Merengue is a simple, fun dance with origins in the Dominican Republic. The simple march tempo is easy to hear and feel, and lends itself to a spontaneous, improvisational style of dance. The music is charming and happy, and often contains clever jokes or puns in Spanish. Learning the Merengue is a good way to start familiarizing yourself with Cuban Motion, which is the way that your body moves in all the Latin dances.

The Bachata, a guitar-based trio (guitar, bongo, maraca), from the Dominican Republic, shares with its audience a country/peasant/barrio sentimentality marked by bawdy humor that connects the celebration of food, love and a macho delight in elaborating upon the ability of women to overpower men. It emerged mostly in male public spaces (colmados/corner grocers and bars) rather than family spaces, thus explaining the gender distinctiveness of this musical form. It is sung by mostly male performers, crooning about love and the women who caused them pain and wronged them, often because of unrequited or relinquished love.

Salsa is one of the most popular social dances in New York nowadays, as there are plenty of Latin clubs, and plenty of great Latin dancers! The cutting edge of development for Salsa music is in NYC and Florida, both areas with large Latin communities. Salsa works on the basis of Mambo – a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music. At this school, we call it Salsa if the pattern of steps begins on the “one” beat of the music, and Mambo if it starts on the “two” beat. Salsa is a more contemporary name for the same step pattern, and came about when dancers started mixing up Mambo with Hustle steps.

Rumba/Cha Cha

Originally, the Rumba was a lively, peppy dance similar to Mambo in its feel. Over the years it has changed, and is now the name of a slow and romantic Latin dance. Inspired by African rhythms and Latin melodies, the Americanized version of the Cuban Rumba is the basis for the Mambo and Cha Cha. The Rumba is a pre-requisite for good Latin dancing, and helps sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscle control.

Originally an offshoot of the Mambo, the Cha Cha was the rage in the 50’s and is probably the most popular social Latin dance in America. It has an infectious rhythm that has been used by many musicians, even those who are not traditionally thought of as Latin — even some Beatles songs, and a lot of disco music! The rhythmical “split beat” of the Cha Cha and the many open movements add surety and poise to your dancing style.

Samba

Samba is a Latin dance with origins in Brazil. In Brazil, there are many different types of Samba, including more elegant Salon dancing, and the wild, uninhibited popular dancing associated with Carnival. Carmen Miranda is generally credited with bringing Brazilian rhythms to the United States and Europe, and since then the Samba has undergone a metamorphosis, as the steps became stylized and standardized. Samba has very distinctive and varied rhythms occurring simultaneously within every song, which helps to build richness in the music and excitement in the listening. It is often called the “South American Waltz”, as it features a “rise and fall” type of motion which is associated with waltz.

Swing/Lindy, West Coast Swing, & Jive

The Swing swept across the US in the early ’30s, and was very popular through the ’40s. (Remember “Swing Kids”, the recent movie about II World War times?) Characterized by a carefree, relaxed style, the Swing soon came to represent a whole generation and time, when Big Band music was popular and musicians were judged by how well their music could “swing”. Single step, double step and triple step versions make Swing a dance easily adaptable to a variety of tempos of music, from moderately slow to very fast. Swing is a highly adaptable dance, going equally well with Big Band type music, rock-and-roll music, and many Motown songs. Swing music is generally up-tempo and bouncy. (The same music style, at a slower tempo, is danced as a Foxtrot).

West Coast Swing has certain similarities to Swing, but also has some distinct differences. West Coast Swing is a slotted form of swing dance typically done to blues, country, funk and contemporary music. This type of swing is known for its smoothness and ability to “hit the breaks” (dancing to the accents in the music). In Europe, especially France, Swing has been popularized under the name “Rock’n’Roll”, which is a fast, jumpy style of dancing. They have also developed a competitive acrobatic style of Rock’n’Roll which combines gymnastics with dancing.

The International Style version of the dance is called “Jive”, and it is danced competitively in the US and all over the world (see the explanation for International Style).

Tango

Tango was the romantic rage of the 1920’s in the US, introduced to millions by silent screen idol Rudolph Valentino in “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. Born in the West Indies and stylized by the gauchos of Argentina, simmered in the brothels of Buenos Aires and brought to a boil in the elegant salons of Paris, the Tango is considered a “dancer’s dance”. Its unique rhythms offer fabulous training for timing and footwork, building a foundation useful in any dance. It has recently become an amazingly popular dance here in America, due first to Al Pacino (of DanceSport fame!) and his sensitive rendition of a blind dancer in “Scent of a Woman” a few years ago, and then to the many Broadway shows that have featured tango in recent years (Tango Argentino, Tango x 2, Forever Tango, etc.). Madonna’s “Evita” features tango dancing, and Julio Iglesias is promoting his tango album.

Waltz, Viennese Waltz

Waltz is another very popular dance. It might be the most popular dance of all time, since it is considered the forerunner of popular social dancing. Developed in Southern Germany in the 17th Century, Waltz’s popularity as a social dance blossomed with the music of Johann Strauss (think of the Blue Danube, and other famous waltzes). Before the advent of the Waltz, proper society people did not hold each other in an embrace while dancing – only the lower classes did such an improper thing! However, people gradually found that holding a partner around the waist did not immediately lead to a life of sin, and the Waltz became a staple dance for Kings and Queens as well as common folk. The Waltz is still a very common dance all around the world. Waltz music has a distinctive one-two-three tempo (three beats to a measure of music) and is very commonly played at weddings and other social events.

Viennese Waltz has step patterns adapted to a faster tempo of music. The Waltz helps dancers to develop balance and control. With practice, correct posture, and rise and fall motion, the flowing movement of the dance can be developed and enjoyed.

Wedding Program

Preparing for your first dance as husband and wife?  Dance Studio Lexington can empower you and your fiancé with the confidence, experience and knowledge you need to enjoy the romance of your first dance as a married couple! Avoid the unnecessary awkwardness most couples feel doing the “high school sway” for three long minutes. Let us show you just how much fun and easy dancing together can be!  We love helping couples start off on the right foot!

During Your Lessons

Your instructor will help you look and feel great for this special event — even if you have never danced before. We have taught many wedding couples their first dance with great success and fun. We create a custom-choreographed first dance routine in which you will learn to move around the dance floor — it will have an introduction, a body and an artistically-posed ending. Detailed attention will be given to walking on and off of the floor as well. Let our experience help you shine and make you the stars of your day, while leaving the beautiful memory you will cherish for the rest of your lives.

Your First Step to Get Started –

Enroll on our Wedding Couple Introductory Special, just $49 per couple, which includes:

three (3) 25-minute private lessons
one (1) complimentary group class lesson and
one (1) practice party session

During your first lesson/consultation, please bring in the song you want to dance to or we can help you pick a song, if you haven’t already chosen one. We’ll recommend a dance to suit your song and during your introductory lessons, we will design a special program for youSee a description of our packages here.

A combination of private and group lessons is the best way to prepare for your special day. The more dance lessons you take – the more confident you will become.

We also offer lessons for father/daughter and mother/son dances. And you can also schedule aprivate group lesson for your family and friends.

The NEXT Step: Wedding Dance Package Information>>