Advanced Swing Workshop on Sunday, January 22nd

Have you mastered the basic spins of triple time east coast swing and want to pick up some new steps and techniques? Join in this special two hour advanced workshop taking place at Academy of Dance in Port Orchard!

The fee is $50 per person and you must RSVP/pre-register.

For more info please visit the official event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/114245459080133/

Open Ballroom Dance Night on Saturday, January 14th

Come one, come all to Port Orchard Dance’s first Open Ballroom Dance Night of 2017!

There will be an HOUR LONG lesson from 6pm to 7pm followed by two hours of open dancing hosted by yours truly. Come have some fun with others from the neighborhood and community and pick up some new steps while you’re at it!

Remember that admission is only $5 per person and children 12 and under get in for free!

Open House on Saturday, January 7th

Port Orchard Dance is opening its doors for a very special FREE event for one night only!

At this special open house, everyone from the general public is invited to join me for three hours straight of dance lessons. Everyone who participates will then be given a chance to sign up for severely discounted classes!

If you know anyone who wants to learn how to dance, be sure to send them to this event!

To RSVP your spot, please visit : https://www.facebook.com/events/571348453070966/

Registration for January Beginner Group Classes Is Open

salsa-05Registration is officially open for the first set of beginner group classes of the new year! The classes begin at 7pm on Friday, January 6th with Rumba followed by Salsa at 8pm. As always, please remember that no prior experience or partner is required; just a desire to come in and have a good time!

Classes will be run once a week for five straight weeks and cover basic steps, techniques and styling. The cost is a mere $35 for singles and $50 for couples.

For more information, please visit the official event pages –

Rumba: https://www.facebook.com/events/654440941382154/

Salsa: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882835451947307/

Gift Certificate Sale Until December 31st!

The holiday season is fast approaching which means it’s time to start thinking about what to get for those who might already have one of everything which is why I’m making this special offer.
 
Buy one gift certificate for full price (which can range all the way from $35 to $350) and get a second one for 50% off! This offer is good all the way until 11:59pm December 31st 2016.
 
For more information contact me privately.

Pre-Registration for Cha Cha and Salsa Group Classes Are Now Open

Just a heads up dancers, pre-registration for the next set of group classes is officially open to everyone! If you want to learn how to Cha Cha or Salsa (or both!) starting on November 11th, you’ll definitely want to sign up early and reserve your spot. Remember that no prior experience or partner is required to participate in these classes. All you need is a willingness to learn and desire to have a good time with others from the community who are there for the same purpose. If you’d like to 100% guarantee your spots, you can pre-register on this site.

For more information on these classes, please visit the event links below:

Cha Cha: https://www.facebook.com/events/1122237374479915/

Salsa: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710314485960087/

New Drop In Ballroom and Salsa Classes Opening Soon!

drop-in-announcement-2Have you ever wanted to attend one of my Friday night Ballroom or Salsa classes but just haven’t been able to for whatever reason? Are you more available in the afternoons than you are in the evenings? Wow, do I have some great news for you!

Port Orchard Dance is happy to announce two brand new classes which will be offered at Academy of Dance starting the last full week of October!

Starting Tuesday the 25th at 4pm, I will be offering a brand new weekly drop in Ballroom class. This will be a purely drop in class that requires absolutely zero regular commitment from you. The dances will rotate from week to week and you’re welcome to attend as many or as few as you like (though for every 5 classes you attend, you’ll get 1 free).

Then the fun continues at 5pm with a drop in Salsa class. Just like with the Ballroom class, this drop in class will require absolutely regular commitment from you. Show up when you like, when you are able or even just when you feel like it (though once again, I have to remind you that for every 5 you attend you will get 1 for free).

Each drop in class will run a simple $10 and will run every single week (barring events such as holidays, etc).

I’m incredibly excited to offer these new classes to everyone out there and I hope that you will check out one of these classes once they officially launch!

New Facebook Group for Kitsap Dancers

I noticed tonight that while there are tons of groups on Facebook for specific studios or groups, there isn’t a community page for social dancers in Kitsap Co. to mingle so I decided to create one. If you are already regularly attending classes/events, need help finding a partner or just want to chat about dancing in the area please feel free to join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/KitsapSocialDancers/

I Won’t Lie to You…

dancers-05Hello, I’m a dancer. I didn’t start my life as a dancer though. I wasn’t born with the ability to do crossbody leads or with the knowledge of how to lead someone into a double underarm turn. I became a dancer somewhere along the way while traveling the road we call life.

At some point in my life (I believe I was 18 or 19 years old at the time), I was walking down a straight and narrow path. It was an easy path but it was also directionless and had absolutely zero scenery or color. Suddenly though the path that I was walking on led to a T-Junction and I was given a choice. I could either take a left and keep walking the directionless, colorless path that, while boring, would’ve been easy and the path of least resistance or I could take a right which I could see from the beginning was filled with beautiful, vivid colors and tumultuous music that I knew would stimulate my soul in a way that it had never experienced before.

Lured in by these new sensations and feelings, I turned right and took the first step towards the path that would eventually turn me into a dancer. What I didn’t know at the time though was that while the path that I chose was beautiful at first, it soon became rocky and jagged. There were times when the road became so spiky that my feet hurt, there were times when the cliffs that I was hanging onto by the tips of my fingers and plateaus that felt like they would never end made me want to turn around and go back to that easy path that I had passed on months or years earlier.

All along the way there were clearly marked exits which would’ve taken me back to that path of least resistance and while every so often I was tempted to take one of those exits and go back to my easy, directionless life I pushed forward past them. I kept climbing those sharp cliffs, I kept walking forward across the endless plateaus and now, almost two decades later, I can look back on the path that I chose to walk and say that I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.

Every time a new student signs up for one of my group classes or private lessons, I look back on the rocky road that I had to walk and think about how they are now making the choice to do the same thing that I did. While no two people will ever walk the exact same path, take exactly the same journey or even take the same amount of time to get to where they are headed; they are still all headed towards the same destination and goal: to be able to say that they are dancers.

The image that I chose to go along with the words of this post aren’t meant to discourage anyone from starting down the road of dance. Quite the opposite in fact, it’s meant to encourage you. The words that I’ve written were chosen very carefully because I want everyone to know that tough times are going to be waiting for you. You too are going to have to climb cliffs and cross seemingly endless plateaus. There will be times in your dance career where it feels like you’re making absolutely zero progress and those are the times when it’ll be the easiest to take one of the previously mentioned exits that will take you back to the path of least resistance.

Nowhere in the ‘dance instructor’ job description does it say that it’s my job to blow sunshine up your ass and tell you that becoming a dancer is the easiest thing you’ll ever do in your life. Become a dancer is hard and yes, sometimes it means pushing your body, mind and soul beyond its limits. As someone who has walked that path before you and reached some of the higher peaks that are awaiting you let me tell you that it’s worth it.

The road that leads you upwards towards becoming a dancer is not an easy one and I will never lie to you and tell you that it is. What I will tell you though is that once you climb those peaks and get past those flats, the view that awaits you is absolutely worth it and you’ll be glad, perhaps even proud, that you made the hard journey. Believe me when I say that once you climb the mountain, it will completely change your perspective of the world around you and that, my dear friends, is what life is all about.

October Ballroom Dance Event Announced!

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Halloween Ballroom Dance Night – With the holiday season approaching I figure it would be better to hold an event to celebrate Halloween (which also happens to be my birthday for those keeping track) at Academy of Dance on Saturday October 29th.

The night will begin with a half hour beginner lesson at 7pm which will be followed by 90 minutes of open dancing. Even though the event is Halloween themed costumes are NOT required.

Cost is $5 per person with children 12 and under getting in for free.

For more information visit the official Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/336386900034301/

Edited 10/14: Salsa Night at Slaughter County has been cancelled this month due to the storm.