Newsletter - Just Dance Ballroom
Salsa Instructors: John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, have honed their teaching techniques to focus on the fundamentals—timing, technique, musicality, style and music history— enabling students to learn and progress rapidly. John and Liz, as well as other advanced members of their Salsamania Dance Company, use these methods to teach over 400 beginner and intermediate students per week in community centers, night clubs, and dance studios throughout the Bay Area John and Liz are regularly invited to teach and perform at congresses and festivals around the world. Here at JDB, this dynamic Salsa duo teach on Monday Nights: Beginner at 7pm, an Intermediate at 8pm ($12 each or $18 both levels). Stay for Salsa Dancing after 9pm (included in the price of the lesson). For more information, just ask at the front desk. Just Dance Ballroom 2500 Embarcadero Oakland, CA94606 Tel: 510-436-9888 Fax: 510-436-9887 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.justdanceballroom.com Business / Practice Hours Monday—Tuesday 12pm—10:30pm Practice Hours: 12pm—7pm Wednesday 2pm—10:30pm Practice Hours: 2pm—7pm Thursday 2pm—11pm Practice Hours: 2pm—7pm Friday 2pm—11:30pm Practice Hours: 2pm—7pm Looking for a stylish venue to house your special event, wedding reception, birthday party, meeting or fundraiser? Let JDB Event Center help make it successful! For rental info and booking call 510.436.9888 H o w i s t h a t N e w y e a r r e s o l u t i o n g o i n g ? As a dancer, you may have made some kind of New Year’s Resolutions related to dance a couple of months ago. How are those going? Ok, breath. We’re not here to make you feel bad. We’re here to give you more opportunities for success. There’s no failure in dance. As Mikhail Baryshnikov said, “I do not try to dance better than anyone else, I only try to dance better than myself.” Maybe you want to try a new style. If you’re traditionally a Standard dancer but have been watching the Salsa class with curiosity, why not give it a whirl on Monday nights? Dancers of any style can benefit from mixing it up once in a while. This can challenge your body in a good way and can be a great workout for your mind too. Who knows, you might be a born Mambo king or queen! If getting into shape for a competition is what you want. Strength and stamina-building for your dance can be achieved in Zumba classes Saturday 10am—11:30pm Practice Hours: 10am—4pm Sunday 10am—10pm Practice Hours: 10am—4pm No in-and-out privileges for practice FREE 30 minute practice per private lesson. Teachers: Floor Fee for Private Lesson is $10 per Couple, per Session (Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays) and by social dancing more often. Attend a party and ask someone new to dance with you. Dancing with a new friend is the best way to challenge your leading and following skills. If challenging yourself is what you really want to venture into this year, why not focus on getting ready to compete or focus on becoming more technically proficient? Take a private lesson with an instructor who will nurture your inner dance warrior in the genre of your choice? Whatever the resolution is/was, we want to help you achieve it. See you on the dance floor! T h e J U S T DA N C E N OT E B O O K M a r c h 2 0 1 3 J u s t D a n c e B a l l r o o m V o l u m e 7 , I s s u e 3 P a r t n e r s i n l i f e ; p a r t n e r s i n d a n c e S h o u l d y o u k e e p i t a l l s e p a r a t e ? Debbie and Stephen Cullip are newlyweds. “We have had a rule since day one,” Debbie laughs, “no ballroom in the house and work happens only in the ballroom.” Her smile is brilliant then, “The ballroom is the only place that Stephen is the boss!” Stephen is also Debbie’s coach. Many couples who are partners in life are also partners on the dance floor just like the Cullips. It’s a tricky balance that not everyone can manage. When the dance partnership gets tense, it can easily make the home a battleground. Debbie’s advice to other dance couples? “You have got to keep the two separate. Don’t bring the personal into the ballroom.” Debbie admits that dance-wise, she is really lucky to be in the position she is in, having been trained by her husband, Stephen, a former National Champion with a list of trophies that could intimidate many. “But he’s really lucky too, and I guess we have the luck of the Irish!” Additionally, she doesn't take things personally either. “There are ups and downs in dance. Things don’t go well every day. Be patient and stick with it.” One JDB dancer, ‘John Doe’, agreed with the Cullips’ philosophy. He and his wife have “an understanding”. The pair leave whatever differences they have at the ballroom. In fact, they go so far as to let an instructor solve arguments for them. Although, he admits that the instructors stay neutral and he prefers that they do. He says that it “wasn’t such a problem when we were beginners. When you progress and you each think you know more, that’s when you run into problems.” However, not all agree that leaving disagreements on the dance floor is so easy . “It’s a myth. There isn’t a way to keep fights only on the dance floor, or not take them home. You just have to know how to handle it when it does go home with you. If you talk down to your dance partner on the floor, do you think they will forget when you go home? No, you just need to be more respectful when you’re dancing with your partner. If you accept your partner’s faults off the floor, then accept then on the floor,” says Ryan Perez . He and his girlfriend of five years, Dorrie Swanson, have been dancing together for four years. Despite the difference in philosophies on how to keep dance and relationships separate; the rest of the world seems fixated on how dance can help save marriages, improve intimacy with your partner, is good for your heart (both physically and romantically) and helps with your memory. So, don’t you think dancers on to something and can’t we all just get along? One of the best parts of practicing and choreography is picking the music that inspires you to dance your best. Choosing the perfect song isn’t as easy as picking your favorite radio tune. Sometimes it is more complicated and often has a big impact on the success of your routine. You’ll need to take into consideration: beats per minute (BPM) , audience (if it’s for a performance piece), genre, etc. B e g i n n e r ’ s S p e c i a l P a c k a g e Have you found yourself watching dancing on TV lately and wondering if you have what it takes to shine on the dance floor too? Ballroom dancing is more popular than ever. Whether you’ve got dreams of taking charge at a salsa club, a wedding day waltz with your partner, or your starry eyes are set on competition down the line, JDB understands how dance fever can progress into full-blown obsession, so that’s why we offer the Beginner’s Special Package. For $149.00 you can enjoy THREE private 60-minute lessons. In just one month you can jump-start your dancing and kick your dreams into high-gear! M u s i c t h a t m a k e s y o u g r o o v e These are just three of the many resources where you can shop for music that inspires you. Danceshopper.com—listen before you buy and many of the CDs list the BPMs. You can also buy videos, shoes, dancewear, etc. iTunes—download songs individually or by album. This makes it easier to manage what genre you want to spend your money on. Ballroomplaylist.com— downloadable prearranged lists for music styles of your choice. Membership 9.95/month gives you legally downloadable music via Amazon.com. Great for the student who wants the tunes being used at the latest comps.