How to Rekindle the Fire… with Dance!

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The holidays are over and that means one thing – it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air! Regardless of how long you and your significant other have been together, this time of year often brings out all the feels. However, if your relationship has hit a snag, it can be challenging to reignite the spark that brought the two of you together. No matter if you are in the beginning of a new relationship, or have been married for years, and whether you are in a honeymoon phase or if the fire has started to dwindle, Ballroom dancing can bring you and your significant other closer than ever.

Physical Activity

Dancing, especially fast dances like Cha Cha and Swing, are going to get your heart rate up. Increased heart rate releases endorphins, and endorphins make people happy. This happiness while dancing will allow any tension that may be present – either from a long day at work, a recent argument with your partner, or anything else that may be bothering you – start to melt away. The exercise you both get during a lesson helps you leave the studio feeling better physically and mentally than when you got there!

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Date Night

Going dancing gives you some time away from work, kids, and all the other stresses of life. It’s a chance to have date nights again! Even if you aren’t the best dancers, it gives you that time together to just be present with each other and have fun learning something new. While you are dancing together, you will be able to touch each other and look in each other’s eyes. This will ultimately spark a connection that may or may not have been missing for some time. Reconnecting with each other will bring back the romance! The physical connection in ballroom is how we communicate with each other while we dance, and while we learn how to communicate physically, our verbal communication also improves. This allows your relationship to grow simply by being more open with your partner.

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Challenges

Challenges are often looked at as negative. In this case, they’re good! When you and your partner overcome a challenge together, such as conquering a frustrating move or learning a new dance, it strengthens your bond. You accomplished something together, because to successfully dance ballroom, both partners need to perform their part. You did something together and can celebrate together, too! The other side of challenges is the frustration that comes with it. This is still a benefit in the long run because it often leads to vulnerability. We need to show our weaknesses to our partners, as difficult as that can sometimes be, to continue to build and strengthen your bond. You can help each other through the challenges and then be there to celebrate the victories!

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How do we get started?

We are currently offering a Valentine’s Day Special! This includes 4 private lessons, 1 semi-private group class and 1 practice party for only $95. It’s the perfect gift for a couple of fun date nights to spice up your relationship this spring. Contact one of our three convenient locations for full details and to purchase one today!

The Ultimate Classic Survival Guide

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The New Year means new opportunity; opportunity to do something out of your comfort zone, opportunity to challenge yourself, and opportunity grow into the person and dancer you long to be. So, if you haven’t participated in Classic before, this February, you have the opportunity to!

But, what IS Classic?

Classic is a semi-annual all-day dance event, organized by Indiana’s Premiere Ballroom Dance Studio. Classic is designed to be an opportunity for students and teachers to share their dancing progress with invited family, friends, and one another. While Classic is a competition style event, you and your spouse, dance partner, or instructor will be sharing the floor and dancing alongside other Five Star students. They’ll be dancing the same dance as you and competing against you. As nerve wrecking as that might sound, you’re mostly competing against yourself and the medalist standard you’re entered in.

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There are TONS of benefits that Classic provides to both you and your dancing!

One benefit is the feeling of community from other Five Star students and instructors. It is always fantastic to be around other people that do what you do. It helps to see where you can go with hard work and dedication, and also helps you to remember where you came from and all the progress you’ve made! Being around people who seem more experienced than you can be intimidating, but it’s only going to help you grow and push you to become a better dancer. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to other students who share the love of dance and to get tips that’ll help your dancing and help you reach your goals faster.

If you’ve never done Classic, or any competition, you may be surprised to find out how FUN it is! Even though there is a judge, you’ll be out on the floor with other people who love to dance doing just that… Dancing! No routine, no pressure. Just fun! The judging aspect sounds intimidating, but remember, you’ll be competing against yourself and just getting out there is a victory! If you’ve competed before, getting a higher score than last time, or competing in a higher category is a success too! It’s not all about winning, and personal improvement is the true victory anyway.

Pushing yourself to try something new will also help you in your private lessons. It will give you more confidence and help you realize that you can do so many things you didn’t think you could! During preparation for Classic, your instructor may also push you in the studio to try a new dance you’ve been afraid of. (You might even end up falling in love with it after giving it a shot.) The extra preparation could even help you finally master that move that you just can’t seem to nail.

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But I’ve Never Done This Before!

Don’t Worry! We’re here to help you through that part!

The Classic deadline is January 24th, and signing up as soon as possible will not only give you time to prepare, but also help you avoid late fees. Just see your instructor and tell them you’re ready to sign up for Classic. They’ll be able to personally recommend a certain number of entries and what dances to sign up for, but if you have a new dance you want to try, this might be the time and place to start learning! Classic is held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel and the doors open at 10am. You’ll want to get there early (especially if it’s your first time dancing at Classic) because dance floor is open for you to practice and warm-up. You can plan to be here all day after that, so make sure to get a good night’s sleep and be ready for a fun-filled day! Professional dance performances occur during our dinner portion, so it’s a time you won’t want to miss!

Not Sure What to Wear?

No one should feel pressured to spend a lot of money on outfits or dresses. We just want you comfortable in each outfit you wear that day. Some women may be wearing fancy ballroom gowns, and some men may be wearing flashy Latin shirts, but it’s because they really want to!

For Ladies, Smooth dresses are typically long to highlight the grace and poise you’ll demonstrate moving around the floor. Rhythm dances are typically danced in shorter dresses. You can think short and sexy! This is your time to shine!

For Gentlemen, you’ll want to stick with black dress pants, and a white or black shirt with a black vest for Smooth. Preferably, you’ll wear a neck or bow tie. (We don’t recommend jackets, as they tend to bunch up when you take your dance position.) For Rhythm, keep it simple! Just remove the vest and tie and you’re ready to go! However, feel free to wear a flashy Latin shirt if that’s your style!

* Remember to pack dance shoes, a change of outfit, a hairbrush and hairstyling tools, makeup, safety pins, extra socks and ties, and money for the cash bar if you feel like relaxing with a drink after your heats are done! *

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You’re Going To Do Great!

Setting a goal and achieving it is one of the best parts of Classic! Mentality is one of the main keys to success. Know that you are more than capable to achieve your goals and you’re already half-way there by setting them! So, what’s stopping you? Most of the time it’s fear, but what are you afraid of? Your muscles know what you’ve taught them, so don’t overthink things, and your Five Star family is ALWAYS here to cheer you on and support you. Your friends will be there, and be just as nervous as you are. So, take a deep breath, push that fear away, and know that a little courage goes a long way.

Get to Classic February 9th and achieve your goals this year!

New Year’s Resolutions

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The holiday season is often a time of reflection. Where was I a year ago, compared to where I am now? Did I hit the goals I set for the year? What do I want to accomplish in the coming year, and where do I start? Over 40% of Americans set New Year’s resolutions, but only an average of 8% actually achieve them. What is it about New Year’s resolutions that make them so challenging to keep and conquer? Let’s explore a few ways to make these goals we set for ourselves – often in hopes of self-improvement – a bit more realistic to reach.

Keep it simple!

Too often, we feel like we can achieve so much because a year is a long time! However, when we create a big or complicated goal for ourselves, we become discouraged when we don’t see results right away. By keeping our resolutions simple, we are giving ourselves the chance to fully accomplish them and even surpass them! Don’t go overboard. Pick one or two things that you would like to accomplish and keep it simple. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight. Figure out a healthy and attainable amount to lose, instead of saying “I want to lose 100 pounds and go to the gym 5 times a week,” when that probably isn’t very realistic. A great, simple resolution would be coming to one more group class a week, or having one extra lesson a month to improve your dancing, memory, and have fun!

Keep it specific!

A common thing to say when making New Year’s resolutions is a vague statement of what you want. Back to the above example, “I want to lose weight” is not likely to get you very far. Instead, determine what a realistic amount to lose is for you, and come up with a plan that you will be able to stick to. Compare these goals – “I want to lose weight,” and “I want to lose twenty-five pounds over the next year, which is just half a pound a week, by cutting down my calories and starting with a light workout three times a week.” (Hint hint – three group classes a week would be perfect!) The second statement is much more attainable! Again, one more group class, or one extra lesson, are both measurable and attainable.

Keep a support system!

Find a few people close to you that will help push you to stick to your new lifestyle! Share your goals with these people so they can motivate you to get your workout in, give some healthy new recipes, and maybe even try something new with you to help you hit your goals! (Hint hint – bring friends to come dance with you!) Your fellow dancers as well as your staff are a great place to start for support!

So whatever resolution you decide to make this year, remember to keep them simple, specific, and have a support system and then you will be on your way to successfully reaching your goals!