Welcome to Sedona Dance News, an on line newsletter for dance lovers!
The goal of this running commentary is to keep my dance students at Dana De Luz Sedona Studio and other dance enthusiasts informed of the progress of my dance studio's development, classes, schedules, discounts, special events and great places to dance in Northern Arizona. Enjoy!
Contact: dancingdana64@gmail.com or call (928) 862-0118

Friday, December 31, 2010

Cha-Cha lessons in January

On Monday nights beginning January 10th you'll find me at Priya Pilates in West Sedona. This series of 4 Cha-Cha classes runs from 7-8pm! Cha-Cha is a Latin dance originating from Cuba with a quick tempo that works with a great variety of music. We will learn beginner level steps to traditional Cha-Cha music as well as non-traditional music that lends itself to a Cha-Cha rhythm. Because this is a beginner level series, NO experience is required. : )

This course is coordinated by Thomas Felix. So, please, contact him for additional info regarding payment and registration at tfelix88@yahoo.com

I look forward to sharing the joy of Cha-Cha with you.

January's Thursday Night Swing Classes

We're swinging into the new year with style! Come learn basic swing steps to get you dancing in 2011.

On Thursday nights beginning January 6th in my home studio in the VOC, I will teach a series of 4 Swing classes. Learn steps common to East Coast, West Coast and Lindy Hop. Swing is one of the most versatile dances you can know because it's danced to medium and fast tempos in all styles of music like big band swing, rock-n-roll, bee-bop, country... well, almost anything with a 4/4 beat!

To be added to this class list just CONTACT ME! The first 5 dancers to contact me will be able to take advantage of my 5 x 5 = 25% OFFer! Read the article on this blog titled "What does it cost?" for details on this offer and other pricing information.

I look forward to dancing with you!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Dance into the New Year!

Dance lovers it's time to get on your feet and get signed up for classes.

Group classes for the Month of January include...

Thursday nights beginning January 6th 7-8pm.
@ Dana De Luz home studio in the VOC. Contact me for directions.
This is a series of 4 beginner level Swing classes. I will teach steps that are common to East Coast, West Coast and Lindy Hop. Swing is one of the most versatile dances you can learn because it is danced to medium and fast tempos in all styles of music like big band swing, rock-n-roll, bee-bop, country... well, almost anything with a 4/4 beat!
To be added to this class list just click CONTACT ME! The first 5 dancers to contact me will be able to take advantage of my 5 x 5 = 25% OFFer! See the article titled "What does it cost?"

Monday nights beginning January 10th 7-8pm.
@ Priya Pilates in West Sedona.
This series of 4 classes is in Cha-Cha! Cha-Cha is a Latin dance originating from Cuba. It is another great quick tempo dance that works with a great variety of music. We will learn with traditional Cha-Cha music as well as non-traditional  music that lends itself to a Cha-Cha rhythm. This is also a beginner level series and NO experience is required.
This course is coordinated by Thomas Felix. So, please, contact him for additional info regarding payment and registration at tfelix88@yahoo.com

I look forward to dancing with you.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The world's most popular dances!

Dances have different places of origin and have come and gone from popularity. But if dance is a universal language what everybody speaking? Here's an article I found posted back in 2000. I wonder if the top ten dances in the world are still the same.

I'm just happy to say I can dance them all! And more importantly I can teach you.

Happy reading... then go dancing!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How many calories can I burn while I'm dancing?

Most of us know you can get a serious workout while out dancing to your favorite songs. But just how many calories are you dancing out of your system? And how do those calories compare to what you might be eating?

Below is a handy-dandy chart I found on latindancepro.com (I love researching dance!) Check your current weight and see how many calories you're burning off each hour you spend shakin' your groove thang.

Example: A 125 pound dancer burns 330 calories dancing a Cha-Cha for an hour. That's like completely erasing the 5th Avenue candy bar (280 cal.) from the vending machine right off your hips and thighs! Or like melting away that Dove milk chocolate and vanilla ice cream treat like it never touched your lips. And that slice of pepperoni pizza? Forget about it. After an hour of dancing, it no longer exists.

Weight loss: If I must burn 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of body fat, then I can just Cha-Cha for 10.6 hours... which sounds to me like way more fun than being on the stair climber for 8.8 hours, doing high-impact aerobics for 5.8 hours or taking a moderately paced walk for 15.5 hours.
( Thank you to.... http://www.healthstatus.com/cgi-bin/calc/calculator.cgi )

So, with a couple of dance classes a week and a night out dancing on the weekend you can say good-bye to a pound of fat in two weeks without even changing how you eat.

Shall we dance? Contact Dana.


Approximate Calories Burned Per Hour

100 lb. Dancer

125 lb. Dancer

150 lb. Dancer

175 lb. Dancer

200 lb. Dancer

Disco, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue





Samba, Ballet, Fast Dances





Waltz, Foxtrot, Bachata
Tango, Rhumba, Bolero





Monday, November 1, 2010

Gentlemen: Can your dance moves capture a woman's heart?

The answer is YES, if you've got the right moves.

In a recent study conducted by Psychologists at Northumbria University in England, doctors filmed 19 volunteer men dancing. None of the men were professional dancers. Using a 12-camera set up with electrodes to map the men's dance movements, the researchers turned each man into a solid white figure on a plain background for a panel of heterosexual women to review.

What did the study show? It revealed that women were more attracted to men who moved in certain ways. Apparently, the bigger and more flamboyant the moves the more the women responded positively. The ladies especially liked greater movement in the right knee, head and torso.

The TV show "The Doctors" had a little fun with this study on Friday's episode. (aired Oct. 29th 2010) They brought in two professional dance judges and all three of the male doctors showed off their best dance moves. See who the best dancing doctor is and why.

Soooo, do you have bad moves or good moves? Check out the videos the female study panelists determined to be bad dancing and good dancing.  Is your dancing too reserved to excite your date? How can you improve your moves? All it takes is confidence! Try out some bigger more confident moves. Learn to shake your hips, swivel that right leg and body roll your head, neck and torso.

If you can't learn it on your own, contact me for dance lessons today.

This bird's got moves!

Frosty, the bird, grooves to Willow Smith's "Whip Ma Hair".  I love the variety of dance moves. I started to get bored but I was glad I hung in a watched it all 'cause Frosty throws in an other new move at 2:15.
Enjoy, and get dancing!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"How much does it cost?"

This is an important question! I believe you should always know what you get for the price. At Dana De Luz Sedona Studio, I offer very fair prices with additional savings when you prepay for a full calendar month or when you buy a Happy Feet class card. Your FIRST GROUP CLASS with me is always FREE! I want you to come in and experience my teaching style. How else will you know if it's worth the price?

All 45-minute children's classes: $10 per dancer per class or $8 per class when prepaying for a full month.**
Baby and Me: $12.00 per baby/parent couple or $10.00 when prepaying for a month. (1-hour)**
!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See below for HAPPY FEET DANCE CARD deals !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, High School & Adults (1-hour):  $12.00 per dancer per class or $10.00 per class when paying for a full month in advance. ** (Note: these classes may be combined due to low turn out)
Private (1-2 dancers):  $60.00 per 1-hour ($30 per dancer)
Semi-private (3-4 dancers):  $80.00 per 1-hour  (as little as $20 per dancer!)
Build-Your-Own-Group Class, BYOG for short (6 dancers minimum): $8 per dancer for the 1st class and $6 per dancer when your group pays for 5 or more continuing scheduled classes.**

HAPPY FEET DANCE CARD: Get TEN 1-hour group classes for $80.00 
LITTLE HAPPY FEET DANCE CARD: Get TEN 45-minute group classes for $60.00  
**When purchasing classes by the month or on a "5 or more" basis, no refunds are available for missed classes.

Contact me, Dana, for more info or to sign up for classes! Email or call (928) 862-0118.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Big Park Kids Cha-Cha their way toward Thanksgiving Break!

Do you have kids in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades at Big Park?    GREAT NEWS! 

They'll be learning the Cha-Cha in P.E. class during the first 3 weeks in November. I look forward to teaching them this fun latin dance to some great music. They'll be asked to research the Cha-Cha's history, too. We'll also explore how science and math are present in learning to dance. 

It's all thanks to Coach Barnes and the Artist in the Classroom Program.

What a fun way to learn!

Latest Apps for a Safer Halloween

My good friend, Jane Schneider, who is the editor of the Memphis Parent newspaper, was just interviewed by a local TV station about those news phone apps that might make your kids a little safer on Halloween. Jane gives some great advice on how much a parent can rely on these high-tech apps.

Here's to a safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wild Wedding Dances

With wedding dances on my mind, I found the Top 10 Wedding Dance videos on YouTube including one Bonus feature. Enjoy! I did.
Just a tip... don't select a song much longer than 3 minutes unless you are changing dance styles or dancers. You don't want to bore your guests. The Dirty Dancing take-off is the perfect length and it gets the guests up and dancing at the end. What could be better?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wedding Services

If dancing your first dance as a married couple has you shakin' in your dance shoes, let me help. No one wants to look "foolish" or "boring" on the dance floor during their wedding reception. These are words I've heard from my previous customers. Instead they want to "impress", "entertain" and even "surprise" their friends and family.
Whether you can study with me for months or you only have time for a class or two, one lesson is better than none. Let me get you comfortable moving together as one. Once that is done you will feel confident and relaxed and it will show in your dancing. I've had wedding couples call on me with just hours until their wedding day and leave thanking me for making them "feel so much better". I'd also love to create specialized choreography for my couples that sets the mood of the party, enhances the wedding theme, tells their love story, or expresses who they are.
Jeff and Lynn Swartz began with no ballroom dance experience and a lot of enthusiasm. After learning what their wedding would look and feel like, how they met and that humor was a major player in their relationship, I created a lighthearted and elegant foxtrot. After 10-weekly sessions including a final rehearsal on the actual reception dance floor, Jeff and Lynn delighted their guests. You can see the joy on everyone's faces!

(Wedding photography by: Sedona Bride Photography)

In addition to working with wedding couples, I offer my services as a dance instructor at the sometimes awkard rehearsal dinner. A group dance class is a fun way to break the ice. The bridesmaids and groomsmen will be more comfortable walking down the aisle together, everyone will learn a few dance steps for the reception and their guaranteed to laugh.
I have also helped a nervous father or two feel better about that memorable father/daughter dance.

For more information on what I can do for you: email me or contact Sedona Wedding Studio for our complete wedding services.

Friday, October 22, 2010

BIG NEWS for Sedona Studio!

I have been graciously welcomed as a new member of the Sedona Wedding Studio, an elite group of wedding and event specialists. I am proud to be in their company and excited to add my dance talents to future celebrations.

Sedona Studio's KICK-OFFer

Here it is. My first limited time offer....

The first 5 customers enrolling in any group class and my first 5 private clients will all receive 25% OFF their first purchase! It's my 5 x 5 = 25% OFFer.

If you've been looking for dance classes for yourself or your child in the Village of Oak Creek, AZ don't let this offer go to waste. This offer will only be available to the first 5 students in each class category. See my earlier post:  Classes Now Accepting Students

I look forward to teaching you or your child!

What a great day for Sedona Studio!

I met up with and emailed some former customers from years back. It was great to see you Candace and your store, Victorian Cowgirl, is a treasure trove of beautiful things. Next time I come, I'm walking out with something lovely in a bag! See www.VictorianCowgirl.com for Candice's clothing designs.

I made some business contacts... BIG NEWS COMING SOON... and tonight I'll be out doing what I love best, dancing.

Next post.... Sedona Studio's KICK-OFF SPECIAL OFFER!

Also in the works... a list of places to go out dancing in the VOC and Northern AZ.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Class Descriptions for Classes Enrolling Now!!!

Baby and Me - (6 months --2 years and parent or care giver)
A class that fosters interactive play/exercise with baby and parent. Parent gets a workout... baby gets to work on mastering new skills like standing, bouncing, crawling. Everyone has fun! Mat work and standing. The exercises are dance based and easy to do. Various music styles are used to stimulate baby but not irritate parents. There is also time for parents to share what's working and what's not with one another. As a mother of four children, I know this part is very important.

Creative Dance for Preschoolers:  (2-4 years)
Exploring music, movement, motor skills and imagination! All the music is composed especially for kids or is kid friendly. Based on the Leap and Learn Program this class integrate learning and dance. I use LOTS of imaginary ideas to get the kids through their warm up and dance. The dance styles incorporated include ballet, jazz, modern and kids social dances! We count, use the alphabet, learn colors and shapes, act out emotions in dance play musical instruments and much more. This class develops major motor skills, brain development, musicality, manners, creative thinking and expression.

Pre-Ballet: (5-7 years)
A really fun first ballet experience!  Some warn up material will be familiar if the child took the Creative Dance class but we'll concentrate on ballet material with fun and creative imagery. We roll out imaginary pizza dough and pretend to be mermaids in warm up then move on to be ballet dancers on stage. The students learn ballet steps, manners, major motor skills, stage directions, how to count music, clap in rhythm, show emotions and tell stories through ballet. An end of year performance is an option.

Ballroom/Social Dance: (1st-6th grades,  7th & 8th, High School, and Adult) *classes may have to be combined due to interest. Students learn dance floor etiquette, posture, frame, steps, technique, and how to lead and follow. Leaders learn how to navigate on the dance floor. Followers learn to trust. Everyone gains confidence, coordination, balance, better posture, a stress outlet, a cardio workout, healthy brain stimulation and a fun way to socialize.

I teach American Ballroom beginning and intermediate levels and common social dances including:
Viennese Waltz  (beginning)
East Coast Swing
Bolero (beginning)

and beginning...
West Coast  Swing
Nite Club 2-Step
Disco Hustle
Country 2-Step
Country Line Dance

Please, CONTACT me if you have questions or would like to register for class.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Getting started!!!!

Hi, I'm Dana. I'm an independent dance instructor who's re-growing her business. I'm based in the Village of Oak Creek just outside beautiful Sedona, Arizona. I am building my schedule of classes, determining prices and enrolling students.
I look forward to offering several classes for small children as well as a class for parents and their newborns. The styles I teach are... creative dance, ballet, jazz, modern and social dance.
It is early in my process of building so, I'd love to hear what your needs are. You may suggest classes, times and days best for you and what you'd be willing to pay. I'll take it into consideration.

I look forward to hearing from you and I'll post more...