Dancing with Lou and Jan

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Specializing in the partner social dances

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Welcome to our internet dance floor.  We teach dance in private lessons to individuals and couples from our home in Elmhurst and in group lessons at locations predominately in Chicago's near west and northwest suburbs.  We teach the common social partner dances and specialize in getting the newcomer started, and helping the beginner improve and advance his or her skills.  If you have little to no experience dancing with a partner or have never had any formal dance training, we welcome you, where you will find a relaxed atmosphere and the focus on fun, all while you become a dancer or a better dancer.  

You will find we pay attention to our students and to details, instructing on the elements of dance movement and the elements of the interactive nature of dancing with a partner.  Dancing with a partner is non-verbal communication with music as your language, and we instruct on how to achieve this communication.  Come in stumbling with two left feet and glide out knowing not only your right foot from your left but your partner's as well.  

Beyond the beginner level?  In some dance styles such as swing, where we have decades of experience, we teach up through the intermediate level. If you are in this category, contact us where we can discuss with you the dance style, where you are at with it and your objectives, and we will discuss with you if and how we can help. 

Upcoming Open Group Dance Lessons

Night Club Two-Step

On Three Consecutive Sundays at 4:30 PM Starting September 23
September 23, September 30, and October 7 at Ballroom City in Villa Park

Night Club Two-Step is the dance that will take your "slow dancing"  from the typically seen back-and-forth one-step to gliding across the floor like Fred and Ginger.  After you learn it, you will probably never slow-dance the same way again, and this just may become your favorite dance.  Both singles and couples welcome to this class.

Dance Class Details:

Dates:   Sundays September 23, September 30, and October 7
Time: 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Location: Ballroom City
207 S. Villa Ave., Suite 250 (simply go upstairs to the second floor)
Villa Park, Il. 60181
A map of their location is on their web site.  Please note that Ballroom City is not involved with the particulars of this class, and we are only renting their ballroom. Contact us regarding the class itself.
For: Singles and couples welcome.  No partner required, we will be rotating.
The Dance: Night Club Two-Step
Cost: $10 per person per week.
Format: Progressive We will start with the basics of the dance on the first week and add to it for the following two weeks but also reviewing the material from previous weeks.
Objectives: The learn the basics of Night Club Two-Step
Prerequisites: None.
Tentative Plan: Week 1: The basics of Night Club Two-Step and a couple of turns
Week 2: Review of Week 1 and additional turns and techniques
Week 3: Review of Weeks 1 & 2 and intermediate to advanced movements and styling
Dress: With the exception of shoes, there is no dress code.  Come comfortable.  As for shoes, wear only non-marring shoes.  Leather (and even some mock-leather) soled street shoes will work well.  The ideal is suede-soled dance shoes, but not necessary. Rubber soled and gym shoes are ill-advised because they stick to the floor. This particular dance involves as "gliding" technique, which will not be possible with shoes that slick to the floor.
Contact  & R.S.V.P: You do not need to commit ahead of time, but please let us know if you plan to attend so we can anticipate on the total number of students.
Email JanAndLou@ParrotBird.com or call 630-832-5103.  
Use either if you have any questions or need more information.

See you on the dance floor!