UCan2 Teacher Spotlight: Part 2
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
2d ago
In our last article, we put Rachell and Peter van der Veek under the spotlight to share their experiences and mindsets as dancers as well as dance teachers. This time we are focusing on the inspirational Chia-I and Aila, who are some of the most dedicated teachers at our studio. Don’t believe us? See for yourself below! Chia-I Liu Where were you born?  Taiwan. When did dance come into your life? I started dancing after I had done the responsible ‘growing up’ - school, travel, work, marriage, children etc. Dancing at UCan2 Dance Studio started as my once a week activity to have some ..read more
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UCan2 teachers in the spotlight: Part 1
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
1M ago
Here at UCan2, we have the BEST teachers from all around the world, filled with immense passion, unwavering determination and innate kindness. However, we understand that might sound a bit biased coming from us. So, we asked our marketing team to interview them, so they could shine the spotlight on some of our incredible teachers, and let you see for yourself how great they are. We'll be sharing part two with more of our teachers in the coming weeks so keep checking back for an update! First up spotlight on Rachell and Peter van der Veek! Peter van der Veek Where were you born?  ..read more
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How to Take Your Dancing to the Next Level
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
3M ago
Competitive dancing has ,,all kinds of benefits, from learning how to strive for more, resilience, and achieving things you may have never thought possible, to making life-long friends that have the same drive and passion as you. It also provides you with an incredible experience to hone your skills, determination and confidence, attributes that are crucial to every aspect of your life. While it is a big commitment, that is what makes it so rewarding! You get to work with incredible people and see tangible progress. Trust us, there is nothing more fulfilling than finally mastering that tricky ..read more
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The Most Popular Dances Around the World + Their Origins
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
3M ago
Dancing is an innate part of nature. From ,,bees that use it to communicate, to some types of ,,spiders and ,,birds using it as part of a mating ritual, dancing is one of the purest forms of expression that goes beyond ourselves. In fact, even ,,single-celled algae has been known to waltz! So when looking at how dance has evolved over time, it’s special to remember that, at its core, our dances are an inherent reflection of life. Throughout our diverse global history, dance can be seen in every culture and time period. Whether for religious or celebratory purposes, to communicate stories ..read more
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Dance: the Perfect Gift for All Ages
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
5M ago
This time of year is filled with goals to spend meaningful time with our family and friends, take care of ourselves with rest and physical activity, and prepare for the year ahead. It’s incredible and beneficial and brings you fulfillment, but…. It’s a lot, right? Both mentally and financially at times. Well, what if we said that you could achieve all of that, in only one hour each week? It sounds a bit like a scam, we know, but stay with us. We’re not proposing some cheat way to life, but, instead, a foundation to start you off on a journey towards sustainable ,,balance.  So how might on ..read more
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The Perfect First Dance: Tips and Song Suggestions for Newly Weds
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
5M ago
If you’re reading this, a big congratulations is most likely in order. You are, or someone you dearly love is, ENGAGED! What an exciting time in your life!  However, you may find planning a wedding (and shared life) can get a bit overwhelming, but don’t fear! You’re not the first to go through this, and you won’t be the last. Here at UCan2 Dance Studio, we have helped countless couples make the extra special, and sometimes extra stressful, dance portion of their wedding unforgettable, and, more importantly, enjoyable. So even if we never see you in person, we hope these tips and song sugg ..read more
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5 Ways Dance Improves Mental Health
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
6M ago
,Dance has been a big part of countless cultures since the beginning of time and is well known to improve physical health. But what isn’t so well known is its benefits for our mental health. Whether it is salsa, hip-hop or even just some loose freestyle movements, the mental benefits of dancing are all the same. Here are just 5 of the many ways dancing improves mental health: Reduces Stress. When you dance, your brain releases chemicals such as endorphins, which naturally reduces pain and stress. Dancing can also provide an escape from any negative circling thoughts you may have, as you are ..read more
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5 facts about Bachata + a BONUS offer!
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
8M ago
Bachata, is part of the Street Latin style of dancing; a captivating dance and music style from the Dominican Republic that we teach at UCan2 Dance Studio, in Auckland, New Zealand. From its humble origins in rural landscapes to its forbidden allure, Bachata's history is rich with surprises. Let's uncover five facts about Bachata that will make you want to come along to a Street Latin class and give it a try, or if you know it already, it'll no doubt make you love this dance style even more. 1. Origins in the fields Bachata is often described as a sensual Latin dancing style. ,It is even consi ..read more
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THE BEAT ~ news from UCan2 Principal, Harry Raiend
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Harry Raiend
9M ago
Hello everyone. It’s time for a little catch-up. Term three is in full swing, with a few minor adjustments. Latin Shine styling class is now open to all and runs twice a week - Monday nights and Saturday mornings. It’s growing rapidly and has graduated to the big studio. It’s as though this class is made for our Mini Ninja, Mai, to take!! Gold class had to move to Monday nights - we’re sorry about that. If it’s causing issues please come and see us. New Vogue stayed on Thursday night but is now taken by Jonny Twinkletoes Williams. He has a garage full of winners' trophies and is happy to share ..read more
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3 cool things you can do with your dance moves ... outside of a dance class!
UCan2 Dance Studio Blog
by Marie Raiend
9M ago
Dancing is not only a fun way to express yourself, but it's also a great skill to have for a multitude of reasons. Even if you're not a professional dancer, you can still use your moves in interesting and creative ways, and dance is a bit like riding a bike - once you've learnt this awesome skill, it will stay with you for life! Here are three cool things you can do with your dancing skills: try dance photography, bike dancing for fitness, and even make artwork with your dance! Dance photography Dance is a visual spectacle. Every spin, leap, and movement is a work of art. Capturing these momen ..read more
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