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As a thank you to our regular DanceSport members for your loyal patronage, we are offering our students a 30% discount on their first Health and Wellness Service from our new Health & Wellness department.

Choose from a wide array of options including Facials, multiple massage modalities, Nutrition counseling, Thai massage, Acupuncture, Reiki, and Reflexology. These services are provided in a large and comfortable private wellness room by a team of experienced professionals.

Rates are already competitive, and with this discount we hope to make these services even more accessible to our members. Ask about available services or browse our brochure at the front desk.

Here's to our health and vitality!
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DanceSport is now not only offering quality dance instruction, but we also provide an entire Health and Wellness program. We at DanceSport recognize that for many, learning to dance is an important step in recognizing one’s priorities. Health is definitely a top priority, and one that we all too often put last on the list. Learning to dance and partner dance in itself is a way of feeding the soul, invigorating the body, and promoting overall vitality. Not only is it a healthy form of physical activity, but one can get lost in the music and build a friendly social network.

But we realize that sometimes a well-rounded picture of health can be aided by other modalities that complement the dancing experience. In order to make health-related services more accessible, we at DanceSport have sought out a complementary offering of holistic health services and will now be providing acupuncture, nutrition and lifestyle counseling, meditation classes, yoga, and exercise classes. We hope to offer our students a safe space to recognize not just their social needs, but also their wellness needs.

Services are now being offered. Ask the front desk for more information!
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Does that sound like something you’ve told yourself before? Where does this statement get you, onto the dance floor, or stuck at home, dreaming of one day saying, “I love it when I’m dancing!” ?

What you tell yourself really does affect how you feel – so at DanceSport we want to let you know that EVERYONE has rhythm. When you tell yourself you don’t, it usually means you are just a little bit afraid to dance.

If you walk, breath, and your heart beats – you have rhythm! Rhythm is woven into our lives in many ways. Without it, we would be dead!

Dancing represents happiness and celebration in life and is a form of adult recreation and play. When you tell yourself you have no rhythm and therefore cannot dance, you are expressing that you are somehow not worthy of this spontaneous, creative expression. But of course you are worthy of this opportunity to work with your body to have fun and play! You are just unfamiliar with the territory and hesitate to try it because of a fear of failure. In fact, this is what keeps some people off of the dance floor, because if they were to actually "fail," it may confirm that biggest fear. However, dancing is not about success or failure. It is about confronting your potential to embrace happiness through movement. In a way, as dance teachers, we are therapists, and DanceSport is like a center for personal change.

The take home message here is that you do, indeed, have rhythm. You just don't want to feel like a fish out of water. This is why so many people are attracted to Dancing With the Stars. The stars, too, are conquering their fears of celebration and expression. Even if, and especially if, you have already proven to be successful in other ways, embarking on learning a new skill like dance can be scary. But you can't fail unless you try, and there is no failure, so.... what are you waiting for? Take a deep breath, and come join us on the floor!
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There is a lot of debate in the salsa world over which beat is the most accented in the music. Some say that the “one” beat is the most emphasized in all Mambo songs. However, there is another opinion that in Son Montuno, the “four” is much stronger, and the “one” is often silent. Charanga definitely has a strong one beat, but it all depends.

Some people enjoy breaking on the 3-4 beat and pausing on the 1, where the 2 is silent. In Son Montuno, it can be very enjoyable to dance on the 2-3-4 (quick, quick, slow) where the 1 is silent. Still, because the one beat can be the easiest to hear in salsa songs, many people find it simpler to break forward on the “one”.

Eddie Torres’s style, on 2, is a nice option for advanced dancers. But dancing on 2 does not necessarily work musically in every phrase. It depends on the song, the phrase, and the momentum of the figure being danced.

?or the general social dancing public, the main idea is to stay in phrase with the music. You can start the phrase on the downbeat (1 or 3) or the upbeat (2 or 4). These are your choices, but stick to your guns. Being sympathetic to clave, the foundational rhythm in salsa, is important for the musician as well as the dancer.

These are the simple rules for real Mambo/Salsa dancers. Nothing is wrong or bad. It also depends on the community and your peers that you choose to impress. It’s all relative!
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You’ve seen Argentine Tango before – it is sensual, complex, smooth, serious, and dramatic. But have you ever tried it?

DanceSport’s Friday evening tango class would be a great way to experience Argentine Tango, even if you are brand new. The class is from 8:30-9:30pm and you will feel very comfortable and have fun in our welcoming environment, even if you just come to watch the class from the café while having a drink. The class will segue into a tango dance party after 9:30pm, when the lights go down and people stay to hang out and dance until midnight.

If you are shy to try it your first time, you are welcome to come as a voyeur for as long as you like. Many people do. That’s what DanceSport is happy to provide – not only quality dance instruction, but also a creative and social recreational escape for adults.

Good wholesome fun can be tough to come by in NYC (drinking while dancing is optional). Argentine tango is very “age appropriate” for baby boomers. It is a nice alternative and addition to just eating out.

The café is set outside the ballroom so conversation is not drowned out by the Tango music. There is a glass wall separating the café from the ballroom, so just hanging out and talking, drinking and eating is acceptable and encouraged. The dancing atmosphere is a nice montage in the background and a change of pace from the typical dining room or club.

Aside from our Tango class and Tango practice party, we also have what is called “Tango Lounge” with an outside promoter. That night goes until 2:30am. It has a very similar atmosphere, but it goes later into the night and there are more serious tango addicts in attendance.

We hope this will put newbie tangeros at ease to come and join in the fun. We hope to see you soon at DanceSport!
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