With the new year now in full swing, no doubt some are feeling the pressure of following through on certain resolutions, perhaps to get out more, to meet new people, to have more fun, to reach a personal goal, to get in better shape or - to learn how to dance.
At Studio 6 Ballroom, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary this past October, owners Wes Rogers and Natasha Thayer and their team of instructors are ready to help you get started on any of these endeavors. Master Coach Thayer is an internationally known, top-ranking national titleholder and competitor. She has 13 years of experience teaching all styles of dance to students of all ages and abilities. What's more, the warm and friendly coach has a knack for making people feel at ease.
"I've always been told I have a gift for making people feel comfortable, and that's very important for me," she said.
"It's all about having fun and making people feel welcome," Thayer remarked, noting that all the instructors at Studio 6 are seasoned teachers with the same approach as her. Students choose their own level of challenge and their own pace. The studio offers a special introductory package. "It pretty much gives the lowdown on everything, then you can lay your plan for reaching your goal," Thayer said. Gift certificates are also available.
Whether you are learning for social dancing, performing or even for competing, Thayer said you can expect to grow in confidence, respect, physical fitness and strength, social skills, feeling of acceptance and belonging, as well as a more positive outlook on life, stress reduction and a natural aid to depression. She said individuals, couples and even whole families from all walks of life take lessons and come to dances at the studio and everyone arrives with their own personal motivation.
"You wouldn't believe the range of types of people because there's such a wide range of reasons why" people choose to dance.
Students can take private lessons, join in on group classes and attend any of the dances held at the studio, which are open to the public. Feb. 18 features live swing/blues band Maia Santell & House Blend. West Coast Swing dance lessons will be given at 6:30 p.m. and the dance starts at 7:30. Admission is $10 for the dance only, and $15 for the dance and the lesson.
Thayer said that this is a great way to check out the studio and all it has to offer.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there is still time to learn some smooth moves to impress your sweetheart. On Feb. 7, Studio 6 will host "Dance to Romance," where lessons in all dance styles will be given at 8 p.m. with a dance to follow starting at 8:30. Cost is $10 general adult admission and $5 for Studio 6 students. On the big day, Feb. 14, special Valentine's dance lessons will be given at 4 p.m., and the studio's more intimate space off the main ballroom floor, Club S6, will be transformed into an elegant and romantic nightclub environment.
Studio 6 Ballroom is located at 2608 Sixth Ave. For more info, visit www.studio6ballroom.com or call (253) 905-5301.