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Find Your Groove At Dance Street

By Elisha Neubauer

Dance Street has humble roots. It began as a group of six friends who all shared a passion for ballroom dancing. Fate stepped in, and the group was offered the opportunity to take over another ballroom studio in the Pasadena area. Knowing it was meant to be, the group accepted and jumped in feet first.

"We shared a vision for a dance studio that would focus on bringing social ballroom dancing with a high level of technique to the community," Laurel Rose, co-owner of Dance Street, said.

The Dance Street teachers put a heavy focus on distilling ballroom dance technique down to the simplest and easiest-to-understand basics. The concept was widely accepted by the Pasadena community and the shop has now been open for just over two years.

"Our students have commented that arriving at the studio is a little like an episode of Cheers - everyone shouts your name as you walk in the door," Rose stated.

The studio is a very tight-knit group with students who practice together in-between sessions, attend each other's performances, and go out for dinner after rehearsals together. Partner dancing can be an intimidating thing for newcomers, so fostering an atmosphere of togetherness and acceptability is vital to the strength of the partnerships.

"We all remember what it was like walking in to our first lessons," Rose said.

While fostering a welcoming environment is important, Dance Street feels it's equally as important to cut loose and party. The studio attempts to host a party, hire a live band, or take the dancers out on the town at least every other month. Professional lighting and sound accommodate the events hosted at the studio.

"We love throwing parties at Dance Street," Rose said. "Our next event will be our Anniversary Showcase in August. This event gives our students a chance to show off what they've been working on over the past few months."

Newcomers wanting to jump into the world of ballroom dancing will always find an open door at Dance Street. No partner? No problem. At Dance Street, singles and couples are welcomed. Just bring yourself and your can-do attitude and you will find your groove on the floor.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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