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Sunday, May 6th, 2012—Mother’s Day Party Saturday, May 26, 2012—Oldies But Goodies Party Page 4 Just Dance Ballroom Newsletter & Calendar of Classes Looking for a stylish venue to house your wedding reception, birthday party, meeting or fundraiser? Whatever your special event; be it a multi-room blow-out party; a marvelous and midsize occasion; or a modest and intimate gathering; let JDB Event Center help make it an enormous success! For rental info or booking call 510.436.9888 2500 Embarcadero Oakland, CA 94606 510.436.9888 www.JustDanceBallroom.com Follow JDB on Business / Practice Hours Monday 12pm—7pm or 7pm—10pm Tues - Friday 2pm—7pm or 7pm—10pm Saturday & Sunday 10am—5pm or 7pm—10:30pm 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 Just Dance Ballroom Lounge Just Dance Ballroom’s sleek new bar has a vibe all its own. The space is purpose-built as the ballroom’s perfect vantage point to the moving and grooving bodies in the Grand Ballroom and doubles as the club’s epicenter for conversation. The Lounge serves beer and wine during special events and will add special flare to your event rental. Dance Shoes: What to buy, How they should fit and How to Care for them. The right shoe is the dancer’s best friend. The wrong one can affect your dancing or even cause an injury limiting your time on the dance floor. Beginners should begin a quest for dance shoes by trying on their choices instead of shopping on the internet (as tempting as it may be). Ballroom Connection, located in Sunnyvale, CA has a knowledgeable and helpful staff (www.ballroomconnection.com) and comes recommended by many of our teachers. The fit of a shoe is an important topic for dancers. Ladies just starting to learn salsa start with a 1-inch heel and work their way up to a high heel (2-1/2 inches or higher) as your dancing improves. Don’t make the mistake of getting a shoe that is too lose, you can really injure yourself. The shank length of a shoe makes all the difference in the world. So ask the salesperson about it when shopping. People with flat feet and weak arches should wear full shank shoes. High arches can wear either full shank or split sole shoes. Stephen Cullip says comfort and durability are top priorities for ballroom shoes, which should fit snuggly upon purchase. Followers, if you intend to compete, you will want to prepare yourself to wear high heels. Take it from Stephen, who teaches International Standard and is often seen on the judging panel of major competitions, “Whatever style or brand you like as long as they are court shoes (closed toe and fully supportive of your foot) High heels are a must with 2-2 1/2 inch heels.” Cullip adds that for Leaders, the performance shoe (patent leather saved for performance) should be a tighter fit than the practice shoe (up to 1/2 size difference). His favorite brand is Celebrity Dance Shoes (www.celebritydanceshoes.com) If you are serious about training, then your performance shoes need to be immaculate for the big event or competition and you may need to invest in a pair of practice shoes. Be careful though, there is a good $20 dollar price difference between shops for the exact same shoes. You can't return or exchange any shoes after you have worn them. Some shops have no returns at all! Mesh shoe bags also help avoid smelly shoes. Beginner’s Special Package 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 $129.00 you can enjoy FOUR private 30-minute lessons and FOUR weekend passes which includes any standard group classes and parties. In just one month you can jump-start your dancing and kick your dreams into high-gear! Special Events and Workshops excluded.