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Socializing, one step at a time

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 11:10 a.m. CDT

It’s called social dancing for a reason.

Ann Garvey owner of Celebrity Dance Studio, 2115 63rd Street in Downers Grove, can’t say enough about the enjoyable aspects of ballroom dancing.

“We really want our students to learn; when a dance is really broken down, you can really learn and you gain confidence and succeed.”

The teachers at Celebrity offer ballroom and Latin dances that include waltz, tango, foxtrot rumba cha-cha, swing, salsa and much more. Students range from beginners to competition level dancers. People come to the studio for various reasons from wedding prep to exercise opportunities.

“New students come in for many reasons and for some, after awhile,  they find out it’s not just a lesson or two. All of a sudden they get the bug. They get it. They realize that there’s so much more to what they thought:  it’s fitness, fun, community,” said Garvey.

“Let’s be honest, we should all be doing healthy things. However, great intentions can become mundane. The fast dances (swing, cha-cha, salsa, etc) are great for cardio exercise. But most importantly it’s fun and you can use it for more than exercise, you can use it in social situations. It’s pretty awesome,” said Garvey.

Garvey pointed out that having a partner is not required to start dance lessons since everyone makes friends.

While private lessons provide one-on-one attention to singles and couples, group classes provide an opportunity to meet new people. 

“It’s people who get to know each other through the group process. One teacher teaching several people. There may be an assistant. We rotate partners, you make new friends and get some exercise,” said Garvey.

Celebrity Dance Studio doesn’t leave its student stranded on the dance floor once they have the cha-cha down pat.

“Everything in life is about practice. We like to encourage that,” said Garvey. “We open the studio on (certain) Thursdays from 8:30 to 10 p.m. for open dance practice party.”

Garvey also points out that students get together to dance outside of the studio. “All the people that dance here know where to go dancing. So when you come here you ge to know other people and they out to dance and now you have a community of people to go out with and then you start meeting more people.”

Celebrity Dance Studio offers group and private instruction, wedding packages, competitive dance, pole fitness, as well as, youth Latin and hip hop classes. The studio is offering a special introductory offer on its website, celebritydancestudio.com.

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