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When you think of dance lessons, you might think of little girls in pink tutus or someone pursuing a passion to work in the entertainment industry. However, taking adult dance classes just to learn how to be a better dancer can be fun and very rewarding. Have you ever been to a party or celebration and planned your escape route to coincide with when the dancing started? Or maybe you’re not afraid of the dance floor, but you don’t know any specific steps and you just bounce to the beat of the music.

If you’re ready to build some confidence and learn some classic dance moves, Modern Ballroom Dance Studio is here to help! You may not realize just how many social situations involve dancing. With dance lessons, you’ll look forward to joining in on these opportunities, and who knows, you might turn into the person that others admire on the dance floor. Keep reading as we discuss all of the social situations you might encounter where you could use your new dancing skills!

Weddings

How do you entertain hundreds of people of all ages, many of whom don’t even know each other, for hours on end? Have a dance floor! Almost every wedding has some kind of dancing where young and old alike get together to have a good time. If you aren’t comfortable dancing in front of other people, you’ll probably be one of the few not on the dance floor. Instead, you’ll be sitting alone at a big round table waiting for the wait staff to clear away the dirty dishes. Why not enjoy the festivities? With just a handful of dance lessons, you can overcome your anxiety about dancing and learn how to dance with style and ease.

And what if the wedding you’re attending is your own? Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and all eyes will be on you. With this in mind, you’ll want to make sure that you look your best and aren’t tripping over your own feet on the dance floor. Modern Ballroom Dance Studio can help you feel confident and coordinated on your big day. Or, if you’re comfortable with dancing but want to kick your skills up a notch, let us teach you some advanced moves to really impress your guests!

Holiday Parties

The holidays can be a busy and stressful time. What better way to release some steam and have some fun than to actually enjoy all of the parties you have on your calendar? Whether you’re attending a fancy formal or a casual family gathering, we can help you learn the right dance moves for it. At Modern Ballroom Dance Studio, we can teach you how to Waltz, Cha Cha or Two-Step your way to a good time.

High School Reunion

How would you like to go to your next high school reunion and be the one that everyone admires on the dance floor? This could be a particularly outstanding moment if you were one of the shy kids in class. Instead of dreading that reunion, look forward to it! We’ll not only help you get rid of your awkwardness and nervousness, but we can teach you some really fun, trendy dance moves that will make you the life of the party!

Date Night

If dinner and a movie has lost its appeal and you’re looking for something different and exciting to do with your significant other, why not go dancing? Couples tend to get stuck in the same old routine. How much fun would it be to suggest that you go dancing for your next date night? If you’ve taken adult dance lessons, just imagine the look on your partner’s face when you break out your awesome salsa-dancing skills. If your partner is the one that could use some guidance, why not make taking dance lessons together your date night activity? Learning to dance together can create some great memories and a closeness that you just can’t get from sharing takeout and a dollar movie.

Work Events

Stand out from the crowd and make a good impression at your next work event by being the fun-loving person showing their confidence and skills on the dance floor. For many people, attending a work event is not always their first choice for how they would like to spend their free time, but you can show them how to make the best of it. While being a good dancer won’t guarantee you a promotion, being the sociable, self-assured, team-player at the company party surely can’t hurt.

See What Modern Ballroom Dance Studio Can Do For You!

Dance is a vital part of many social events and celebrations. Whether you want to learn a new type of dance or you want to just learn the basics of how to dance, Modern Ballroom Dance Studio is here for you! We know that each person has a different style of learning, and we will tailor our instruction to fit the way that you learn best. We also know that everyone has a different goal in mind when they come to us. We can help you in whatever aspect of dance you need, whether that’s overcoming awkwardness and feeling more at ease, learning new types of dances, or just improving your dance skills all around. Contact us today to learn more about all of the classes that we have to offer!

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A young woman’s Quinceañera is one of the most significant events in her life for many reasons. It’s not just her fifteenth birthday, but it’s a rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. It’s a coming-of-age celebration that has been an important part of many traditions for centuries. For some, it’s a time to confirm one’s religious beliefs, for others it’s just a big party that everyone looks forward to. No matter how you celebrate it, or what it means to you, you only have one Quinceañera — so it needs to be memorable! Something as simple as taking dance lessons could make the difference between a great night and an exceptional one.

As you prepare for your Quinceañera, there are so many things to think about and it can seem overwhelming. Don’t let the planning process take all the fun out of it. The following are a few tips to help you get started on planning the perfect day.

Plan Ahead

It probably goes without saying, but having a detailed plan and staying organized are some of the most important steps in having the perfect Quinceañera. Planning a Quinceañera is a lot like planning a wedding, and you need to have a way to maintain your sanity, and make sure nothing is forgotten! There are so many things that need to be decided and completed in advance — reserving a location, putting together a guest list, sending out invitations, booking the entertainment, booking the church, buying your dress, and the list goes on! Creating a checklist of each thing you need to get done, along with a deadline, will help ensure your day is everything you want it to be. How disappointing would it be if you waited until the last minute to reserve the venue and then discovered the only day it was available is 10 months out, on a Tuesday? It’s not uncommon to start planning one or even two years in advance of your Quinceañera, so try to get started as soon as possible!

Set a Budget

With all that goes into a Quinceañera, it’s easy for the budget to spiral out of control. Providing an entire evening of food and entertainment for a hundred or even several hundred of your closest friends and family is very expensive! Make sure you discuss in advance who will be paying for what and how much you have to work with. Since almost no one has an unlimited budget, you’ll need to determine which things are most important to you, and where you can save a few dollars. A couple of ways that you can save money is to have a friend or family member take pictures, serve appetizers instead of having a full sit-down dinner, and play your own music on rented speakers instead of hiring a DJ. With a little creativity you’ll find plenty of ways to save some money without compromising on the overall look and feel of your big day.

Rehearse your Speech

At some point during your ceremony, you’ll want to address your guests and give your Quinceañera speech. Even if you’re outgoing and have no trouble speaking to a group, professing your gratitude to hundreds of people can be nerve-wracking. What if you forget what to say? What if you fumble over your words? Do you say “um” or “so” too much? The best way to sound like a professional speaker (or at least not forget what you’re going to say) is to practice, practice, practice! Write your speech ahead of time. Practice it in front of the mirror, or record yourself to hear how it sounds. With a little time and dedication, you’ll be able to give a flawless speech at the time when it’s most important.

Dance Lessons

With all that you have to do, why should you consider taking dance lessons? Chances are, dancing is going to be a huge part of your Quinceañera festivities. And maybe you’re comfortable dancing around your room, but are you ready to be the spotlight of attention, performing formal, choreographed dances in front of all of your friends and family?

There are many different kinds of dances that can be part of a Quinceañera, with the most common being court dances, surprise dances, and a father-daughter dance. The type of music can also differ depending on your preference. Do you want to follow a more traditional theme and do the waltz, or do you want your dances choreographed to more modern music? Whichever you choose, taking dance lessons with your court (and possibly your father or other family members) is important to make sure everything goes smoothly on your special night.

Keep in mind that lessons aren’t just for fancy, choreographed dances. Maybe you aren’t the most graceful dancer, or you want to know how to do certain popular types. This is the perfect time to take a few dance lessons so you can feel excited and confident about dancing at your party instead of worrying about it. Just a little bit of confidence can make all the difference and take some of the stress out of what should be one of the best nights of your life.

Enjoy the Night!

By far the most important thing to remember for your Quinceañera is to relax and have fun. The time leading up to it will be demanding and stressful, but when your night arrives you should embrace the fun, excitement, and love that surrounds you. Remember, this is your night! Try not to worry about what is or isn’t happening according to plan. No matter how diligent you’ve been about making sure everything is perfect, you can expect the unexpected to happen. Just enjoy the moment and stay focused on what really matters — you, your friends and family, and what this ceremony means to you.

If you’re currently planning a Quinceañera, call Modern Ballroom Dance Studio to help with choreographed dances for you and your court. We can also help with the Presentation, Father-Daughter dance, a surprise dance, or even provide you with one-on-one lessons to gain a little more confidence on the dance floor. Remember, your Quinceañera only happens once, so make it a night to remember!

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Telling someone that you know “Hey, you got this — I believe in you!” can go a long way in providing a positive impact. Conversely, breaking them down with nasty and unwarranted discouragement can also make you look bad while cutting down their self-esteem. It’s a two-way street.

Among the many things in life that are directly affected by your attitude and the attitude of others, summoning the courage and inner-confidence to dance certainly relies on a strong sense of self. That’s why we constantly work hard to lift each other up.

Our Approach To Encouragement and Empowerment At Our Woodbridge Dance Studio

To achieve our best performance, sometimes it takes a complete relinquishing of our irrational, self-conscious mindset. Here at Modern Ballroom Dance Studio in Woodbridge, VA, we fully embrace the power of a positive attitude, and we routinely put it into practice in all of our dance lessons. We do our very best to empower our students with confidence so that they’re not overthinking any of their rehearsed (or recently learned) moves.

Below, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best (in our opinion) encouraging statements that we like to say to our students when it’s time to dance at a social event or before their turn at a dance competition.

Some Of Favorite Encouraging Statements “Rock It”

It’s hard to get more straightforward than this simple two-word saying: just get out there and rock it. Maybe this is a bit of a stretch, but rocks are solid, and so we’re implying that their performance is going to be just as solidly airtight. Cheesy? Maybe, but it if results in a confident, intentional and focused student, then we’re all about it.

“You Got This”

We frequently encounter students and performers who express visible signs of doubt, anxiety, and uncertainty before it’s their time to dance. Of course, this is normal when it comes to generalized performance anxiety, but these situations often need a boost of positive energy in the form of the ever-reassuring “you got this.”

“Let’s Go”

This is another simple but incredibly effective saying that’s designed to lit up the energy in our students before they hit the middle of the ballroom floor. It’s particularly effective when they’re already clearly excited about their routine, and saying something as simple as “let’s go” really acts as a catalyst that sets their excitement on fire. It’s fun!

“Break a Leg”

This is one of the most classic good luck sayings in history. Though it primarily pertains to the theatre industry, it’s more of a colloquial saying that people commonly use to say, “I wish you all the best out there, go get it!” It’s an interesting case of reverse rhetoric, being that plainly saying “good luck” to a performer before they hit the stage is, in fact, viewed as bad luck.

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We’re here to help develop your dancing skills, and hey, we’re doing a great job if we’re also building up your self-esteem and self-confidence. Want to learn more about our adult dance classes? Get in touch with Modern Ballroom Dance Studio today!

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It’s only natural to care about what other people think about ourselves. Humans are social creatures, and we tend to validate our self-worth through interactions with other people. At the expense of sounding like an armchair psychologist, we really do feel the need to be accepted by everyone else around us. It’s a fairly universal desire among people.

Now, when it comes to dancing, it’s imperative that you let go of people’s presumptions and judgments and try your best to simply not care what others think about you. You’re going to dance at your very best when you’re truly confident in who you are without any self-conscience or doubt holding you back. Of course, that’s certainly easier said than done.

Modern Ballroom Dance Studio has touched on how to deal with anxiety about dancing in public in a previous blog post, but today’s post is designed to address the mental and emotional aspects of self-conscience as it relates to letting go and dancing.

If you have any questions about our social ballroom dance classes in Woodbridge, VA, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. Let’s get started.

Caring Less About What Others Think As You Dance With Us People Are Here To Support You, Not Look Down On You

If you think that you’re the only one to take a social dance class — without any prior legitimate dance experience — and think that you’re clumsy and uncoordinated, you’re very wrong.

Our social dance lessons are designed for dance newbies to learn standard, relatively simple social ballroom dance moves in a fun, low-pressure environment. This isn’t competitive dance, so don’t worry! It’s incredibly important to note that many people are in the same position as you when you’re here, and no one is here to judge anyone else’s dance moves (especially if they’re equally as uncoordinated).

When you look around the room, you’re going to see smiling faces and social dance instructors that are here to help you improve your movements. If anyone seems frustrated or unhappy, it’s because they’re being too hard on themselves, not you!

You’re Probably Wrong

Humans have a longstanding history of falling prey to cognitive distortions, biases, and negative thinking patterns. If we believe or think something, then surely, it must be true. But oftentimes, it’s not true.

We tend to assume the worst when, in reality, the present situation isn’t so bad. We’re quick to overgeneralize or jump to conclusions, and this includes when you’re dancing in public in front of other people. Remember, unless you’re at a competitive dance competition, no one is here to judge you. Our instructors will provide constructive criticism whenever it’s necessary, but this is inherent to the student-teacher relationship.

Just keep in mind that your thoughts are a product of…well, your mind, and that what you’re thinking is literally in your own head.

Relinquish Your Ego And Let Go Of Perfection

If you’re new to our social dance lessons, then guess what? You’re not going to be perfect. You’re going to make plenty of mistakes, and that’s totally natural. In fact, messing up is necessary to improve yourself. The quest for perfection is always fruitless no matter where you’re searching for it in life, and the same goes for dancing.

You’re not here to be miserable and beat yourself up after every little mistake that you make, are you? Have fun, swallow your pride, and let our friendly instructors help guide your dance movements.

Remember That Everyone Has Their Own Mental Battles

You’re not the only one dealing with your self-conscience on our ballroom dance floor. You’re not the only one who cares about what others think about. In fact, when it comes down to it, you’re not the only one who does just about anything. There are billions of people on the planet, and at least a handful of these people have seemingly unique but shared experiences with people like you — even when it comes to social anxiety and dancing.

So, when you start getting in your own head and worrying about what others might be thinking about how you dance, remember that they’re occupied with their own thoughts that have nothing to do with you.

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Make a bold move by moving with our instructors at Modern Ballroom Dance Studio. Sign up for your first class; you won’t regret it!

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Whether you’re ready for it or not, anxiety can strike at the worst of times. Of course, no one can truly prepare for anxiety because it’s something that just…well, it just happens and there’s really no other explanation for it.

This seemingly unexplainable feeling of being uneasy and uncomfortable can be triggered by many different things. Naturally, what triggers anxiety in people is highly subjective — what makes one person anxious may make someone else feel completely at ease, and vice versa.

The Subjective Qualities Of Anxiety

While it’s true that something like the presence of a spider, a looming dentist appointment, or driving in rush hour traffic might instill more anxiety in someone as opposed to going to a social dance event, it’s beyond worth acknowledging that many people fear the idea of dancing around others. Like many other fears and anxiety triggers, this is completely normal, and something we work hard to help our students address and overcome.

Dance Confidently With Our Social Ballroom Dance Lessons!

Modern Ballroom Dance Studio addresses dance-induced social anxiety through our social dance lessons in Woodbridge, VA. When you attend one of our social dance classes, you’ll find yourself in a fun, no-pressure environment that’s designed to make you feel more comfortable in your own (dancing) shoes.

You don’t need any previous experience to take a casual social ballroom dance course, nor do you need to be flexible or even remotely coordinated. Simply show up with an open heart and an open mind and we’ll help you get your feet moving!

Though situational anxiety and chronic anxiety are complex conditions to address, our dance studio in Woodbridge offers several effective ways to target and overcome your social dance anxiety. Keep reading below to become a master of the dancefloor at your next big event!

Rock Your Next Social Dance Event By Alleviating Your Anxiety Take A Deep Breath

Again, we know that something as complicated and personal as anxiety can’t be remedied with something as simple as a few deep breaths. However, a few intentional deep breaths never hurt, and if anything, they’re always going to help calm you down in some capacity. Deep breaths should help you clear your head, and filling your lungs with extra air before you enter the dancefloor is never a bad idea.

Drink A Responsible Amount Of Alcohol

Drinking should never be a cure-all solution for dance-induced social anxiety or any of life’s problems. However, there’s also nothing wrong with taking advantage of an open bar at an event in which you’ll be dancing. Remember to limit/space out your alcohol consumption, and to only drink on a somewhat-full stomach after hydrating (and continue to hydrate as you drink/dance, you’ll need to if you’re sweating up a storm!).

There’s a sweet spot when it comes to alcohol and lessening your social anxiety and self-conscience in relation to your dance moves, but again, don’t overdo it because your movements will get sloppy and you may end up hurting yourself or others around you.

Surround Yourself With People You Know And Like

Do you know who’s not going to truly judge you? Your friends and family. And though you may not have the luxury of bringing these people to an upcoming dance event, at least stick with your date or dance partner. Whether or not they’re good at dancing, remember, they’re sticking this one out with you!

Remember That You’re The One Who Cares The Most

It’s so easy to feel like everyone in the room is watching you and judging you solely based on your dance moves. In reality, most people are too distracted by other people dancing, the music, lighting, or other conversations to notice how you’re moving around. Heck, other people may be just as concerned as you are about their own dancing!

It just goes to show that self-conscience is, as the term would imply, self-induced.

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The best way to attain confidence and swagger on the dancefloor is to learn from one of our knowledgeable, passionate, and incredibly friendly instructors. Learn more about our new student special or contact Modern Ballroom Dance Studio today to get started!

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You can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind…but if you or your friends don’t know how to dance or enjoy yourselves in a public dancing scenario, then you’re probably going to have an awkward time.

You may be a “car dancer,” or someone who grooves in their car to the music blasting, preferably with the top down (unless your shame drives you to keep the top up). Maybe you’re a shower dancer, someone who isn’t satisfied with merely singing in the shower (be careful, the shower is quite a slippery venue to dance in). Perhaps dancing home alone in your underwear is where you feel the most comfortable.

The truth is, humans are rhythmical creatures and we’re only naturally inclined to start dancing when we hear music that we like. It moves us, and it feels good to express this energy through the art of dance. But once we’re in a public, social setting dancing with other people around us who really know what they’re doing out on the dancefloor, it’s easy to feel awkward and self-conscious.

Fortunately, Modern Ballroom Dance Studio, the best place to take social dance classes in Woodbridge, Virginia, can help you ace that next dance event like a true pro.

Social Ballroom Dance Lessons In Woodbridge

From date nights to cruises, weddings, corporate events and beyond, our social ballroom dance lessons offer lasting lifetime value. You never really know when you might need to get your dance on…and here’s the thing — it simply feels good to know what you’re doing out there. If you don’t trust us on that one, then trust these people!

Here are a few things that you’ll avoid dealing with in a social dance setting once you start taking our social dance classes:

Pretending Like You Know What You’re Doing

The old saying “fake it ‘till you make it” applies in many different scenarios in life, but unfortunately, faking it doesn’t work really well when it comes to dancing. People are going to see through your awkward, mechanical movements, and at the end of the evening, it’s just not going to look good.

Of course, the people around you should be more concerned with themselves dancing, and less concerned about judging your own movements.

Relying On Alcohol To Loosen Up And Feel Comfortable

Let’s be real: hundreds of millions of people around the world choose to use alcohol as a way to loosen up and become more “socially fluid.” And while that’s an individual liberty and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with drinking responsibly, it shouldn’t be your dancing crutch. We’ve all seen what happens when someone who doesn’t know how to dance drinks to excess and then starts to showboat their wild, uncoordinated moves.

Again, if a drink or two helps you manage your social anxiety or helps you not overthink dancing in the moment, then by all means, feel free to imbibe. Just know that drinking is not a cure-all solution for not knowing how to dance in a social setting, and even just one or two social dance lessons with Modern Ballroom Dance Studio will help you harness the confidence you need to dance the night away out there.

Failing To Find A Partner To Dance With

Sometimes, one of the main struggles that people deal with at an event with a dancefloor is that they simply don’t know how to approach someone and politely ask, “Would you like to dance with me?” If you’re there with your significant other or a date, then of course you already have an implied dance partner, but there’s definitely nothing wrong with a little single mingling.

When you join our dance studio for an adult dance class, we won’t just help you with basic and common dance moves; we’ll help you learn how to approach and navigate once-intimidating social situations. It’s all part of the social dance experience!

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Whether you’re preparing for your big wedding day or you’re headed out on a cruise, knowing how to casually dance in social settings is a lifelong skill that we really value (and we hope that you do too!). Get in touch with Modern Ballroom Dance Studio today to learn more!

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With another New Year comes the promise of a fresh start. It’s 2019; it’s a brand new calendar year, and it’s finally time to let go of 2018 and any of the negatives in your life associated with the year. How great is it that an arbitrary date allows us the opportunity to give life a bit of a do-over?

If you’re like the majority of Americans, then you’re motivated and ready to act on these healthy, positive changes to your life. After putting on a little holiday weight brought on by generous servings of delicious, homemade food served with a side of no exercise, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and use the next several months to prepare for swimsuit season. But where do you start?

Try Something Different This Year — Give One Of Our Dance Classes A Try!

Like most folks, your natural inclination is to find a local gym in the area, capitalize on their new member special, and hit the treadmill as soon as possible. It’s no secret that gyms experience peak levels of business in the post-holiday “I feel guilty” season, so maybe it’s worth thinking twice about signing up for that attractive gym membership. Indeed, perhaps it’s finally time to try something completely new, all while physically exercising and holding yourself accountable toward your fitness goals.

Whether or not you saw it coming, our follow-up statement remains the same: it’s time to check out one of our exciting adult dance classes in Woodbridge! Though many people quickly and unfairly tend to dismiss dance classes as an illegitimate form of exercise, the truth is that dancing truly can be a great way to burn hundreds of calories and strengthen various muscles throughout your body.

Be A Part Of Something Special This Year. Join Us!

At Modern Ballroom Dance Studio, our goal is to help spread the word — and the sheer joy — of dancing to the greater Woodbridge community. We offer a variety of dance programs from social dance to dance classes for weddings, competitive dance for experienced individuals, and many specific dance classes designed to master moves that you’d only dream of learning. Our passion is expressed through movement, and we’d like to share the gift of dancing with you in 2019!

Still not convinced? Is the thought of an overcrowded gym still somehow winning you over? Here are a few great reasons to dance your way to a happier, healthier life this year.

It’s Something Different

Much of the appeal in dancing is in the sheer novelty of the experience, at least for those with little to no experience. You’re going to burn calories in a similar way as you would with a treadmill (albeit with arguably reduced efficiency) when you vigorously dance, but you’re also going to have a fun time learning. What good can you report from jogging for twenty minutes on a treadmill? There’s really nothing to write home about a steadily moving belt below your feet, but telling your mom that you’ve really begun to nail the Viennese Waltz (with the Argentine Tango coming down the pipeline!) is certainly worth having a conversation over.

It’s A Great Workout

We wouldn’t be writing about the value of dancing as a legitimate form of exercise if we didn’t believe it. WebMD agrees with us, and more authoritative scientific sources also posit dancing as an effective way to exercise.

It’s Low Impact (Compared To Running Or Jogging)

Countless Americans put their fitness aspirations to the side due to issues with their joints, knees, tendons, shins, and other areas of the body negatively affected by the impact of pounding the ground. While your feet will routinely make contact with the ground pivoting from one position to another, dancing objectively incorporates lower levels of impact compared to running or jogging.

It’s More Approachable Than Most People Think

There are, unfortunately, a number of misconceptions surrounding dance. Macho-driven men may think that the act of dancing is too feminine, or weight-conscious women might think that you need to be extremely skinny to excel as a dancer. The truth is that neither of these perceptions of dancing is true, along with many other popular misconceptions.

Our beginner adult dance classes in Woodbridge make it easy to (literally) get your foot in the door, and it doesn’t matter how coordinated you are or how much balance you possess. Everyone starts somewhere, and our friendly dance instructors are always ready to welcome beginners.

It’s Community-Driven

Unlike the gym — where most members spend their time avoiding social contact with the help of earbuds or headphones — our ballroom dance studio in Woodbridge encourages our students to get to know one another. Over time, as you improve and begin to pick up on a particular dance move, you’ll bond with the people around you and maybe even form a lifelong friend or two. Heck, maybe you’ll even meet your future significant other. You’ll never know if you don’t take the plunge!

Take An Adult Dance Class In Woodbridge With Us Today!

Don’t spend 2019 at the gym wondering what one of our dance classes are like. Give it a shot! Learn more about our New Student Special by getting in touch with Modern Ballroom Dance Studio today.

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In the world of the showbiz, you have to work your way to the top. That’s just a fact, and while fame can seemingly occur just about overnight, some of the most well-known names in the world flew under the radar for quite some time. At the end of the day — or at the end of our career, rather — we all have to start somewhere, right?

Take An Adult Dance Class In Woodbridge With Us. Maybe You’ll Get Famous!

At Modern Ballroom Dance Studio, we don’t tend to teach celebrities how to dance, but there’s no telling that one of our adult dance class participants could very well go onto total stardom and we’d be none the wiser. We also can’t promise that joining in on one of our adult dance classes in Woodbridge is going to make you famous, but what we can do is provide some interesting content below!

Some of these celebrities names may surprise you, and others may be unfamiliar to you. Let’s look at some of these famous individuals that were once mere backup dancers for other pop stars (it’s funny how celebrities tend to breed other celebrities, right?).

To learn more about Northern Virginia’s Top Rated Local® ballroom dance studio, visit here!

Mariah Carey

Though Mariah can easily be considered the female counterpart to holiday singer Michael Buble, she’s done so much more than sing holiday tunes. As a singer, songwriter, record producer, and even an occasional actress, Mariah Carey actually blew up from being a backup singer and dancer for Brenda Starr. Starr’s heyday was back in the late 1980s, so this set the stage for Carey to really hit the spotlight in the 90s.

Kevin Federline

You may be scratching your head thinking, “I recognize that name, but who is this guy, again?” Though Kevin Federline is an American rapper, DJ, actor, television personality, fashion model, and even a professional wrestler (though wrestling purists may contend that point), he’s best known as “Mr. Britney Spears.”

Before Kevin Federline was married to who was then the world’s biggest pop star, he worked as a backup dancer for the likes of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and Gwen Stefani.

Madonna

We hardly need to explain who Madonna is, but even this pop queen didn’t get her foot through the entertainment door without some help from Patrick Hernandez. This French singer is primarily famous for the worldwide hit single “Born to Be Alive,” and we’re sure that you feel quite alive when you’re partially responsible for helping Madonna blow up.

Tupac Shakur

Rest in peace, one of hip hop’s all-time greatest rappers, lyricists, and all-around poets. It’s a damned shame that some of the world’s greatest talent go out at such a young age (RIP Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones), but their musical influence will forever live on.

What many people don’t know about Tupac is that he was a backup dancer for the 1990s hip-hop group Digital Underground. That’s a random fact worth throwing around at your next get-together!

Jennifer Lopez

We’d like to think that J-Lo started out as uber-famous, but again, everyone must start somewhere. Well, performing as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block meant that was only going to go up from there. She worked with the group in 1991, and went on to become a Fly Girl dancer on “In Living Color,” a popular early 90s sketch comedy series pioneered with the help of Jim Carrey (ahem, not to be confused with Mariah).

Michael K. Williams

This is where we get a little meta: Michael K. Williams worked his way into the entertainment world as a backup dancer for both Madonna and Tupac Shakur — two individuals that we just covered above. If you’ve seen The Wire, then you’ll recognize Michael K. Williams and his distinctive face.

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The thrill of competition, to those that embrace it, is often unlike anything else. Distance runners love the excitement of giving it their all and passing another runner right before the finish line. Swimmers are bent on shaving literal milliseconds off of their swim times. Scoring that winning point to tip your team over to victory? There’s just nothing quite like the feeling of competing — and subsequently winning, of course!

Competitive Dance At Modern Ballroom Dance Studio

At our ballroom dance studio in Woodbridge, we’ve seen many dancing novices catch the “dancing bug” and go from clunky and uncoordinated to confident and sharp in their moves. As these dancers improve over time, they may find that social dancing or traditional ballroom dancing may not be stimulating enough to meet their desire for competition. Logically, we encourage these special students to take up competitive dancing in Woodbridge.

Here are some notable benefits that accompany our competitive dance classes and competitions.

You’ll Continually Improve

With competition comes the desire to improve. Improvement also comes from practice and repeated exposure. By participating in competitive dance classes and competitions, you naturally get better at dancing simply because you’ll be doing it a lot. Yes, you may be too hard on yourself from time to time, and the improvement won’t come easily, but overall, you’ll be on an upward trend of improvement.

You’ll Get Stronger And More Fit

We’ve written about some of the health benefits of dancing before, which naturally come from taking any one of our adult dance classes in Woodbridge. When you step things up to the competitive level, however, you’ll be dancing harder, burning more calories, and using your muscles in more complex and demanding ways. As such, your flexibility, balance, upper body strength, core strength, and aerobic capacity will naturally get better.

You’ll Learn About Yourself Through Criticism

Receiving a critique from a dance competition judge can be a difficult pill to swallow — receiving any form of criticism can be hard for just about anyone, as it’s a blow to your ego. However, our competitive dance instructors would assert that learning how to respectfully accept criticism, and effectively incorporate it into your dance practices, is a life lesson.

When you’re working hard toward something and you’re told that you’re simply not good enough, hearing this can be devastating. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of competition, but it’s extremely important to note that criticism from competition judges isn’t personal, and it’s intended to help you in the long run.

You’ll Meet Some Great People Along The Way

With dance competitions and events comes travel, networking, meeting new people, and embarking on new experiences. Who knows whether you’ll meet your new best friend, or find someone that’s on the exact same level as you, dance-wise? You’ll never know until you start competing!

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At Modern Ballroom Dance Studio, we fully embrace all types of dancers, and that includes ones with a competitive flair. Learn more about our competitive dance classes today!

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As much as we try to eat healthily, get a good amount of sleep, drink plenty of water, and get some routine exercise in on a daily basis, it’s not always easy to stay in decent shape. Even if you’re not on a quest to get fit and build the perfect body, it’s important to focus on your health so that you can get the most fulfillment out of life. Being healthy and staying active just feels good, and this is especially the case as you begin to age.

To what we imagine isn’t much of a surprise (given that you’re here on our blog), dancing is actually a great way to support your physical and mental health. In fact, taking one of our adult dance classes in Woodbridge can actually result in a number of benefits that we’re sure you’ll love. The best part? You don’t have to try yourself to the gym and hop on a treadmill to do it.

You Won’t Regret Visiting Our Ballroom Dance Studio In Woodbridge

If you haven’t made the plunge into the fun and exciting world of ballroom dancing, we encourage you to do so! Whether you’re dusting off your dance moves for a wedding, you’d like to learn a specific dance move, or you’re just here for the social experience, Modern Ballroom Dance Studio can help you get in better shape (and have a great time in the process!).

Feel free to contact our friendly dance instructors if you have any questions, or read below to learn more about some of the health-boosting aspects of dancing.

Dancing Improves Your Flexibility

Can’t touch your toes? Don’t sweat it, because you’ll eventually be able to without any problems! Stretching before and after our adult dance classes in Woodbridge is an important part of the dance experience. Doing so certainly helps encourage your muscles to be more flexible, but it’s also an effective way to prevent any injuries from occurring.

Increased flexibility also means that you’ll enjoy an increased range of motion and the ability to nail down more advanced dance moves.

Dancing Improves Your Cardiovascular Health

This benefit is practically implied, but it’s also very important. Nothing feels better than having a lower resting heart rate and being able to climb multiple flights of stairs without needing to catch your breath.

Dancing Boosts Your Memory

When you start learning from one of our dance instructors, you’ll quickly notice that dancing isn’t just a series of random, uncoordinated movements. Like any other class where a teacher is instructing a pupil, you want to pay close attention to the sequences of the dance they’re teaching you. Sure, simple dances are easy to follow and don’t require memorizing a complex, multi-step process, but you’ll find that your memory will become more and more challenged as you begin to learn to tackle more advanced techniques.

Remember, this is all in due time! Don’t throw yourself into a dance class expecting to be a master. You’re here to learn, after all.

Dancing Helps You Burn Calories And Lose Weight

It’s true. Yes, it’s also true that just about any type of vigorous movement or cardiovascular exercise is going to help you burn fat and ultimately lose weight, but why not have a little more fun during the experience? There are many studies out there that suggest spirited dancing is a useful way not only to improve your body composition, but also your aerobic strength. Don’t be surprised if you naturally start improving your diet and making other health-positive adjustments in your day-to-day life.

Dancing Strengthens Your Muscles And Bones

Taking an adult dance class is a great form of aerobic exercise, but it’ll help you more than just prepare for an upcoming 5k. The increased level of physical activity that comes from dancing — and the inherent utilization of your body’s arm and leg muscles — means that your bones and muscles will naturally strengthen over time. You may not notice any immediate strength gains in these areas, but once you’re on a first name basis with your fellow classmates, you might be surprised at your renewed sense of strength.

Dancing Can Stave Off A Number Of Diseases

Though genetics, diet, and lifestyle/activity ultimately define your likelihood of developing a particular disease, you may as well have fun controlling the activity aspect. You don’t have control of your genetics (as of yet — we’ll see where modern science takes us!), but you always have control of what you put inside of your body and how you move it.

It’s well known that regularly dancing can help prevent illnesses and diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis later in life.

Dancing Improves Your Balance

Your ability to balance may not help you get “fit,” per se, but having a strong center of gravity is never a bad thing. Imagine that you’re on a hike out in nature, climbing from rock to rock. You take one wrong step and begin to slip. With a significantly improved sense of balance, you may be able to better recover in situations like that.

Dance Your Way To Better Health With Us!

Take the plunge and learn something new, all while making new friends and investing in good future health. Oh, did we mention that you’ll have a great time in the process? It doesn’t get much better than that. Get started with our new student special today.

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