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The Dance Of Life
This Dance Of Life
Round and round we go
Sometimes we falter, maybe, a quick little stumble here and there
Sometimes we take a great fall.....
But, that’s okay, there’s always someone there to pick you back up and help you to get back in the flow.....
Sometimes you get to take center stage and put on your own show....
Let others pause and take in and admire the progress that you’ve made
Sometimes it’s time to take a step back
Let them have their time to shine, to bask in their own glory of what they have worked so hard....
In what they have achieved....
Sometimes you sit out for a dance or two
Remember, there’s a time to work and a time to rest
A time to play and a time to relax
When you hear your song, you know it’s your call
You get inspired to join in once again
To move along with the others
Bobbing and weaving and twisting and turning
But, always making your own way.....
You can do it on your own or work with a partner or even as a team
Freedom of expression keeps it from feeling routine.....
As long as we all have the same goal in mind, we all get our turn in the spotlight and once again to shine.....
Salsa Always, Salsa Everywhere
Read a fiery Salsa poem below and - join our fiery Zoom Salsa classes! Let's move together, laugh together and - get through this TOGETHER!
Some UNIQUE Gifts To Your Most Special Person!
It’s Our Mothers’ Day.....
It’s the one day out of the 365
That we all should take a step back and recognize
Give thanks and praise for all that they do
Give them a break, some fun, maybe take them out for a DANCE or two...
️ Read moreMay 3rd, 2020 22:45
All About The Box, Waltz, And - Lining Up! Pure Fun
Are YOU ready ... - to step OUT of the box?!
Why Tapping Into Your Creativity Is So Very Important
Another educational and entertaining read by Larisa, aka Wake Up With Mara ...
Staying creative is what helping us with going through this crisis. Hope it can help YOU too!
Examples Of "Dancing Sketches" You Can Get At Dancify!
We are now adding "The Dancing Sketch" service to our regular Dance Packages. Wedding Couples - this would be a treat for you to have as a memory of the two of you starting your life together!! (check the details in Wedding Dance section of our website) Sketches in pencil, graffiti, acrylics are available upon request. Yes, this studio is a very creative environment, and - it's contagious!
The Best Energy Boosters - Specially For You, Dancers!
I'm definitely a tea and coffee person (give me more of both, please!) My local Starbucks people always have a BIG smile on their faces when I show up there at 6:00pm for a LATTE:) Well, I have to keep teaching till 9:00 or 10:00pm ... I do realize the downside of drinking too much coffee, of course. That's why started looking into more healthy options (not giving up coffee just yet though!), and found them! Here you go:
The Best Energy Boosters:
1. Hard-boiled Egg
2. Apple slices topped with peanut butter
3. Plain full-fat Greek yogurt (with a little honey or stevia, topped with berries)
4. A handful of nuts
5. Guacamole or hummus (with cut veggies or whole grain crackers for dipping)
6. Celery topped with almond butter
7. Turkey roll-up: a slice of cheese rolled into a piece of turkey wrapped in a lettuce leaf
8. Almond flour pancakes (make ahead of time and skip the syrup; they're portable!)
9. Cucumber and cream cheese pita pocket
Hope all of these can make us dance more and BETTER!
Lockdown Spikes Our Creative Energy!
Dear Couples, currently dating, engaged or already married and with kids! This is to inspire you and to paint the bright future that's ahead of us. We cannot wait to reconnect with all of you in person on the dance floor soon!
“Fly me to the moon
Let me sing among the stars
Let me see what Spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars......
In other words......”
Take My Hand
Please take my hand.....
Lead me to the dance floor
I want to be with you for always
And, forever more.....
Be my partner throughout the rest of my life......
Be my husband and I’ll be your wife......
Dance with me
So that we both can see
The beauty in each other’s eyes
And, every single thing
That you and I can be.....
Rise with me.....
Fly with me.....
Ride with me, come along with me.....
It is now a time to get up, to stand up and walk through a new door.....
As I travel and I soar.....
I want to join you now
I no longer want to just sit back waiting
On the edge of Life’s dance floor
I see now into a new experience, a new world
One where we can create with each other....
And, share and teach one another
One where we can both explore and unify....
With this new word, into this new world....
The one that we all like to lovingly refer to as.....
(By Larisa aka "Mara")Read moreMarch 31st, 2020 22:44
Virtual Group And Private Lessons
We always have choice in life - and in the current situation too. If you'd like to keep learning DANCE and progressing, join our numerous lessons online. You will need Zoom meeting details, so reach out and we'll send them over!
Sometimes (like now!) we have to live by this saying:
"If you want what you've never had, you have to be willing to do what you've never done."
Also - check out our Instagram channel and stay connected! There are lots of quick instructional videos, workouts, and inspiring stuff!
Following the Leader....or, is it sometimes the other way around....??
Don't miss this educational and entertaining read (by Larisa The Writer!)
More Time To Read? Here You Go ...
We recently welcomed a new terrific instructor Larisa to our Dancify family. Can't wait for all of you to get to know her better! But - since she can't teach you at the moment in person, she wrote a couple fun and easy-to-follow pieces (related to DANCE, of course!). Enjoy!
Happy Holiday Season - Dance Specials!
This is the season to give. Or maybe even change someone's life? Through dancing. It all starts as you walk into Dancify...
Choose from these hugely discounted packages and call us to purchase:
"Get Them Started" package
6 PRIVATE LESSONS - $540 (over $50 off regular price)
"Keep Them Going" package
12 PRIVATE LESSONS - $940 (over $200 off regular price)
"Treat Them Nicely" package
24 PRIVATE LESSONS - $1640 (over $600!!! off regular price)
(Conditions: all lessons are 45 min long; a private lesson covers a single or a couple; there is no expiration date on the lessons; these packages are available to purchase from NOW until December 15th, 2019)
Can't wait to see you on the dance floor!
Latest Happenings ...
Thank you to ALL, who attended our spooky Halloween Party, as well as performed at it - what fun!!
And congratulations to the Swing Team on the wonderful performance at the Hollywood DanceSport last week. Fantastic job.
Yo-Box On Saturdays At Dancify!
Starting October 19th, every Saturday at 9:15am (one hour class) with Jackie!
Yo- Box® is an awesome and truly unique workout that combines the power, speed, coordination and cardio fitness of boxing, with the strength, flexibility and stress relieving techniques of yoga. The perfect Yin and Yang. When we move, everything else will improve. This class is packed with fun filled exercises for all ages.
Thank YOU ALL for joining us for the SUMMER GALA!
Read moreJuly 30th, 2019 20:30
Dancify turned 5 years old!
Thank YOU, our wonderful dancers, for always bringing smiles in the studio and spreading your joy of dancing. It is seriously contagious.
SalsAngels Team - congratulations on your fantastic debut, the studio started boiling half way into your performance! Cannot wait to see the next one.
And the next PARTY is coming soon ...at Halloween Time! Stay tuned for details ... and keep on dancing!
Congratulations To The Winner Of The Shoes Contest!
This one turned out to be the favorite image of our judges. Thank you to all for participating and sending in amazingly creative pictures! Read more below to see more fantastic pictures of dance shoes taken by our students.
All About The Legs w/Alina Latin Workshop
Saturday, June 29th at 11:00am - open for beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers
It's summer time - time to show off your beautiful legs! In this class you will learn how to present your legs in the best way, how to use them correctly and how to dance in high heels. Exercises will be based on Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Bachata, Samba and other Latin dances. Reserve YOUR spot by calling us or emailing. See you on the dance floor!
Emerald Ball DanceSport Championships 2019
Congratulations to our Amateur couple Judy and John on their successful performance at Emerald Ball.
A little spotlight on our competitors:
Judy: this is her second DanceSport competition and she cannot get enough of it! She started her International Ballroom training at Dancify a year ago. Judy goes out Social Dancing a few times a week as well, where she enjoys dancing Salsa and other latin and ballroom dances with her friends.
John: this is John's 4th Emerald Ball Competition (among many other DanceSport Events). And today, coming off the competition dance floor, John said: "I finally feel confident on the dance floor here!" Yes, it takes a lot of time, dedication and stamina to become a successful competitor!
Meet YOUR Team
Happy 2019, our dear dancers!
Ethan, Alina, Camille and Nate - who would YOU like to take a lesson with?!
October Is All Latin
Latin Classes are ON all this month, for YOU!
Planning YOUR wedding in advance? Do so with YOUR FIRST DANCE too
Hey Ladies and Gentlemen,
This message is mostly relevant to the ones of you who are thinking of getting married at some point or maybe very soon.
New Youth Class Starting This June
Let YOUR kids join Dancify this summer - where who they are is going to be magnified on the dance floor!
Every Tuesday, 4:00 - 5:00pm, starting June 5th
12 classes total during the summer
$18/person per class or $190/12 classes
Call or email to sign up!
"High Society" Annual Holiday Dance Party Is Right Around The Corner ...
We are inviting you to join us for an unforgettable evening of shows, dancing, appetizers and cocktails -
Saturday, December 2nd, 6:00 - 10:00pm.
$25/person or $40/couple - get YOUR tickets when they are still available!
Dress up, dress up, dress up!!!! It's going to be THAT type of night - gowns and suits or black tie, the fancier the better.
Dancify Summer Dance Camp for Kids and Youth
Wedding Workshop - Saturday, April 1st 11:00am - 1:00pm
Getting married soon?! Congratulations!
Sign up for the Wedding Workshop of the Spring - this can be a nice start to launching your first dance, or an extra help if you're already taking lessons, or simply the most fun two hours if you are not even getting married anytime soon!
You'll learn the basic etiquette of the first dance, work on the fanciest moves of the season and will leave the studio feeling like you've accomplished A LOT!!
RSVP, space is limited.
California Open DanceSport 2017
Read moreFebruary 25th, 2017 05:54
Holiday Dance Party - This Friday, December 9th, 7:00 - 10:00pm
Join us on the dance floor this Friday night!
Let's celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season by spectacular performances, fantastic social dancing, contests, raffles, drinks and appetizers.
Don't forget - the theme of the party this year is "From Russia with Love"... So, dress in anything you consider looks Russian!
It's Party Time! (plus new July classes, Night Club Dances workshop)
The Summer Dance Party is Saturday, July 30th 7:00 - 10:00pm! Join in and enjoy lots of fun music, dances, performances, food and drinks and of course exercise!!
$20/person; wear anything you are going to feel COOL in!
Read below about more EXCITING upcoming events...
Summer Jam Special is here!
4 PRIVATE LESSONS - $315 (over $60 discount!)
(One package per person/couple;
available for purchase 6/14 - 6/28;
valid for use all summer long!;
all lessons are 45 min long;private lessons cover a single person or a couple) Read moreJune 6th, 2016 21:24
A Perfect Wedding Dance
Congratulations to our rock stars Renee and Jesse, who just got married and showed off their glamorous spins and dips (have you seen their dips?!?!) in front of all those guests!
Fantastic job learning (they were completely into working as a team) and what an incredible result, we are very proud of you!
Emerald Ball DanceSport 2016
Congratulations to our wonderful competitors for representing Dancify at one of the most prestigious competitions this year - Emerald Ball!
Your Instructors at Dancify
Always fun at Dancify - with Camille, AJ and Alina!
Green and Yellow Spring Dance Party!
Dancify Studio Presents:
Green and Yellow Spring Dance Party
Bikini season is upon us … let’s get in perfect shape and party!
When: Friday, April 15th 8:00 - 11:00pm
What to bring:
it’s a potluck time! Bring your favorite snacks, and - your favorite friends! Any of your guests who are new to our studio will party free of charge!
Cost: $15/personDon’t miss the beginning of our party, as you are going to learn the coolest moves of Night Club 2-Step with Camille and AJ 8:00 - 8:30pm!
Read moreMarch 31st, 2016 21:12
Know Your Instructors
Read moreMarch 29th, 2016 20:00
We thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek into our Studio when you are not here ... your instructors practicing some moves preparing for your lessons!
Dancing with South Bay Stars 2016
Congratulations to our fearless competitors Boris and Brandon! You made your teachers incredibly proud of your amazing achievements in such a short period of time. And your great performances on stage brought some wonderful results -
Boris got an Award for Best Choreography;
Brandon - 2nd Place Award!
See Brandon and Alina's rehearsals leading up to the show:
Boris and Camille's:
"Throwback Tuesday" - Ms.Camille
Interesting to see how our instructors change over the years, or not... (I don't see any changes in Camille's case!):)
New Instructor - New Dances - More Fun!
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome our new instructor AJ!
AJ is not only a highly trained dancer/teacher in Latin and Ballroom and has taken many of his students to win the National Championships, but he also brings a ton of knowledge in Zouk, Lambazouk, Hustle, Hip-Hop, Breakdance, Kizomba, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, Shag and Balboa and Theatre Arts to Dancify that he is so excited about sharing with you!
Salsa Classes for Kids - starting January 20th!
A brand new class - Salsa for Kids - is welcoming your little ones every Wednesday night, at 6:00pm starting January 20th!
The class will be taught by the fantastic Camille Parillo, who adores working with kids and they love her.
If your child is anywhere between the ages 7 and 12, sign them up! $15/class.
Salsa is the number ONE dance in Los Angeles at the moment, so give your kids an opportunity to learn it while their brain is still at its most active level!
Great job to all the performers!
Giving a Gift of Dance!
This is that wonderful time of the year when we all can enjoy GIVING and surprising our loved ones with incredible ideas!
Gifting a PACKAGE of DANCE LESSONS is one thoughtful and healthy (!!) idea - and we are here to help you realize it! Call us to customize a package and purchase a Gift Certificate (that will be mailed to you) over the phone, or visit our "Plans" page of the website and get a package of your choice in under 2 minutes.
Our current New Student Special (2 private lessons and 2 group classes, $129) has been in demand the most this Holiday Season, join in the trend!
Holiday Gala "Roaring 20s" This Saturday, 12/12!
Thank you to each one of you who made our Roaring 20s Party such a delight!
Beautiful Social dancing, wonderful performances and fantastic energy! Happy Holidays to all!!
(below you'll find a few pictures from the party. To see more, please visit our Facebook or Instagram pages).
The Legendary Ohio Star Ball 2015
Congratulations to John, who competed this past week at the Ohio Star Ball, one of the oldest competitions in the country! We are very proud of you!
Hollywood DanceSport Championships 2015
Big Congratulations to Stephen, who competed with Alina in Pro/Am American Rhythm this past weekend!
Great job, so much improvement over the last few months, and amazing results - 2nd place in Open Bronze Championship and 2nd in Open Bronze Scholarship!!
New Group Classes in November
Viennese Waltz and Quickstep, as well as All That Swing group classes are back in November!
Argentine Tango - the new Wedding Dance hit of the Season!
Argentine Tango IS the dance of love and passion, and suits Weddings/Receptions/Anniversaries really well. It does seem this year that more and more engaged couples choose Argentine Tango as their First Dance, which is quite exciting!
Tango is not something that you can fully learn in a couple of lessons. Its beautiful embrace, intricate footwork and stunning leg action do require some time to absorb and make a part of your body, but the results are speaking for themselves!
Meet Our Instructor Camille
Camille is talking about Wedding Dance Lessons at Dancify and Wednesday Salsa/Bachata group classes.
We hope that helps, and if not - just 844-44-DANCIFY for more details and bookings!
Youth Performance Team and New Youth Class - all starting September!
Summer Hats Party
Our students are taking Social dance parties seriously - cool hats and a "pot luck" idea is now turning into a cooking competition!
Our YouTube channel just got 3 new videos
Read moreAugust 8th, 2015 20:11
We've just added 3 new videos to our YouTube channel!
Check them out:
Starting to Dance at Dancify: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npvWqKGhy2I
Kids Classes at Dancify: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_h6iWoVibs
Wedding Dances at Dancify: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiVTXjMmUx4
Competing at Desert Classic DanceSport 2015
Congratulations to our wonderful students for achieving amazing results at Desert Classic DanceSport Championships! We had lots of fun dancing with you.
First Dance Gone ... Brilliant!
Dancify wanted to congratulate all of our amazing wedding couples this season, who put lots of hard work into learning the dance and performed with a brilliant success!
Nadia and Ehab (whose picture is posted above) is one of those committed couples who just got married this past weekend and surprised their guests with a flawless presentation of passionate Argentine Tango to "Por Una Cabeza" (to watch a clip of their dance, please visit Dancify's Facebook page).
Late night lessons, weekend practices, rushing from work to studio, altering the outfit - all these and many other (necessary, but not the most enjoyable) things that are a part of learning a first dance definitely eventually lead to your most rewarding experience - sharing your first dance with the closest people in your lives!
We, here at Dancify, look forward to seeing more pictures and videos of your first dances choreographed at our studio. Feel free to email them to us!
And - Happy Marriages to all of you!
Movie Night and Sock Hop Party
Movie and dancing - what a great way to celebrate a Friday night! Since it turned out to be such a success, we will definitely do it again very SOON!
Our 1st Year Anniversary
Dancify has turned one year today!
Thank you to ALL OUR DEAR STUDENTS for wonderful dancing, smiles and laughs! We hope to share many more along the way!
Alina, Camille, Alex...
Welcome to Dancify!
Welcome to Dancify - Premier Latin and Ballroom Dance Studio, where we learn, exercise, have lots of fun, laugh, make mistakes, compete and win!
Kids Ballroom Summer Series - starting June 2nd!
Let your kids dance this summer! New Summer Classes start in a few weeks...
Our Students at Emerald Ball DanceSport Championships 2015
Lily and Russell, John and Camille - day 1 of Emerald Ball!
Dancing with South Bay Stars 2015 (Season 4)
Camille and Steve dancing West Coast Swing!Read moreApril 19th, 2015 23:03
Dancing with South Bay Stars 2015 (Season 4)
Alina Sachs and Josh Thomas dancing Cha-Cha to "Rasputin" at Dancing with the South Bay Stars 2015!
It's Wedding Season! Let's make your dance outstanding!
CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING ENGAGED!
Have you considered the idea of making your first dance truly memorable and so much more than just the traditional ‘3 minute shuffle’?! Learn a sensational dance routine to surprise your guests and add that finishing touch to your special day. Choose the music you want to dance to and we will do the rest!Read moreApril 19th, 2015 20:19
10 Tips for Newcomer Students
Read moreApril 5th, 2015 20:48
If you have only seen dancing on TV, and are about to start learning how to dance, here are a few valuable tips to consider:
1. Book your lesson - Call the studio and schedule your lesson in advance, so that you get the day and time that works best for you. The most popular time slots in the afternoon, evenings and weekends get booked fast.
Feeling good at Dancify
Freedom that dancing gives you.
Dancing with South Bay Stars 2012 (Season 1)
Alina Sachs and Michael Rouse - Dancing with the South Bay Stars Season 1 (2012).
Michael, after 4 months of training in American Tango and with zero of previous dance experience, won DWTSBS Season 1!
If you love to dance and wonder what else you can do to improve your form, conditioning and confidence, Competition Dancing could be right for you! We specialize in taking our amateur students as far as they choose to go, through the many exciting levels of Competitions. Either "Pro/Am", where a student competes with an instructor as dance partner and the student is the one judged, or "Amateur", where the amateur couple competes and is judged. Our instructors act as coaches and dance competition partners for our competition students. This gives an exciting and fun focus and goal to your private lessons.