In support of the non-profit, Take Stock in Children (TSIC), we will NOT have classes this Thursday evening, March 10th, and encourage you to join us at their Light Up a Life Gala at the Ritz Carlton. TSIC is an organization that helps low-income students go to college to escape the cycle of poverty through […]
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In Memory of Glorianne Parisi With heavy hearts (and feet), we mourn the passing of one of our students, Glorianne Parisi. She brought great joy and enthusiasm to the studio, joining our ladies’ group classes as well as taking private lessons to continually improve her dancing. Glorianne’s passion for dance, music and life itself […]
We all knew she was a talented actress — but did you know she loved to dance as well?
While life can surely be difficult, let’s hope that it’s not so difficult that we can still find pleasure in music and dance — both are proven to strengthen both our bodies and minds. If you’re feeling the need for a break in your routine, and would like to interact with some upbeat, positive people, […]
Thank you to my students who joined me at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival benefit dinner/dance. Four pictured here are (L to R) Lisa, Natalie, Claudia and Earlene. Missing from the photo but who also attended: Erma and Barbara. We had a great time — and all for a great cause. Proceeds from auction and […]
. Hope to see all my students tonight at the Big Band Bash featuring the dynamic Les DeMerle and his orchestra. It’s a great event for a great cause — AND a great way for us to practice our dancing! See you there at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on Atlantic. Reminder: no classes tonight.
FEBRUARY SPECIAL: These soft, lightweight t-shirts are FREE when you buy any of our lesson packages. Don’t miss out! Description: “Everything in the Universe has a Rhythm” the shirts read — the first line of the saying that ends “Everything dances.” Under this is the full color studio logo with the slogan: “Dance & […]
For you or someone you love — check out our Valentine’s Gift Certificates. For $345, you will get 5 PRIVATE LESSONS (for the price of 3) in the dance(s) of your choice.
Have you bought your tickets yet to join us on the dance floor. listening to this terrific singer and musicians? On Monday, Feb 14th, the dynamic Les DeMerle and his band, joined by the lovely lady singer, Bonnie Eisele, will perform at the Courtyard by Marriott. Proceeds benefit the music scholarships they so generously raise […]
Congratulations to these lovely ladies from the Newcomers Club of Amelia — they just completed their Bolero group classes. Well done to all of you! We start next Wednesday (Feb 2nd) a new dance: West Coast Swing. Join us from 2-3 PM as you move to cool, bluesy music and learn some low-impact dance moves. […]
Monday and Thursday nights, ladies are invited to our Ladies’ Latin Jam class. No prior experience in dance is necessary for the 6-7PM Beginner Classes where we dance to a variety of lively Latin tunes, learning steps from such dances as Cha Cha, Bachata, Salsa and Rumba. From 7-8PM, for those of you with some […]
This Valentine’s Day, February 14th, you are in for a special treat. The dynamic Les DeMerle and his orchestra will showcase an event at the Springhill Suites here in Fernandina Beach. Their music is incredible — and there’s DANCING! All for a good cause: proceeds go to a non-profit music scholarship fund, helping young people […]
Thank you to all who have been so patient waiting for my sign to be fixed. Now it lights up brilliantly at night to make it easier for you to find the studio even after dark. We are offering more night classes than ever before and hope to continue to expand our class schedule throughout […]
These lovely ladies from the Amelia Island Newcomers’ Club join me on Wednesday afternoons to learn how to Swing dance. As a group, we learn specific moves and I can also work one-on-one during the group class to provide further details on how to transfer what we learn as a group to what can be […]
Happy, Healthy New Year! Thank you for all my students who joined me New Year’s Eve to celebrate the beginning of a brand, new year. May we all continue to experience the joy of dance and good health together. AND, if you want more information on just how healthy is can be to dance, check […]
The many health benefits of dance include weight management, better balance, better cognition, improved heart function and more.
These lovely ladies from the Amelia Island Newcomers’ Club join me on the dance floor each Wednesday for a lot of fun, some dancing to great music, and a few laughs along the way. THANK YOU, one and all. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Here’s what we have for group classes this month…the January calendar will be out soon as well. Please note: Classes for beginners are in GREEN — and the bright red notation on December 31st marks our very first New Year’s Eve Party — hope to see you here!
Join us this New Year’s Eve, December 31st, from 8PM until 1 AM as we celebrate: Our first studio party The welcome arrival of 2022 Wonderful friends, old and new The healthy joy of dance Join us in the Studio for a potluck party, some fantastic music and lots of dancing!
From now through January 1, save big on Gift Certificates. Treat yourself or someone special to this dance package: Our holiday special: 5 hours of private lessons and 5 hours of group couples lessons for $450 (a $675 value).
This group of people wanted to learn some dances together — so we created a special group at a time they could come together on the dance floor and enjoy learning. These folks are getting ready to go to a Holiday Dinner & Dance. Some thought learning to dance might be scary, so there […]
With the hecticness of the holidays upon us, we thought it time to slow things down a bit, so we’ve added a Ladies Bolero Class for the Newcomers Club. Every Wednesday from 2-3PM, we will learn some slow, smooth movements to this lovely dance, repeating from the previous week and moving forward to make it […]
On Wednesday at 2PM, the Studio kicks off a new CHA CHA group lesson for members of the Newcomers Club, followed by a SWING class at 3PM. If either or both of these interest you, stop in for some fun exercise with some lovely ladies to some fabulous music. Concentrating on one dance style per […]
For those of you in the Newcomers Club (and it’s never too late to join!), the studio is offering a special package for couples: 2 group lessons (Nov. 16 and Dec 1 at 7:30 PM) and 2 private lessons (scheduled with each couple individually) for just $150/couple (a $270 value!). Whether you’d like to refine […]
Thank you, Karen Bowden, for suggesting a new Swing class for members of the Newcomers Club. We kick off Wednesday afternoon at 2 for the Latin jam class and then at 3 get into Swing. Great fun and great exercise — all while dancing! Makes my Wednesday afternoons delightful!
Thanks to Casey Calkma aand Melinda Karisson, this private group of ladies comes to the studio Tuesday afternoons to dance, dance dance. These ladies are moving and grooving to some great music while we learn some Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha, Bachata and more. Thank you, ladies! You’re doing great! If you have a group of […]
Okay, so perhaps I do look better with my mask on (ha, ha). Had a great time dancing with my students at the Masquerade party this weekend. Thank you all! It’s great to have fun with you and see you enjoying yourselves on the dance floor. Keep it up!
Seven students joined me on the dance floor Thursday night as we enjoyed the sounds of Trio Caliente, part of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Thank you, lovely ladies, for a fun night! Great mix of students from my Ladies Latin Jam class and the Newcomers Club group. You all did a great job!
Four students joined me on the dance floor at Sadler Ranch Wednesday night to enjoy the music of Les DeMerle and his band. Great fun for all!
If you love music and want some fun exercise, join us Monday night from 6-7 pm for a group dance class. Ladies only. Learn some great moves to sizzling Latin music — all in our spacious studio. Healthy habits need not be boring — come join the fun! Just $10 per person. Drop ins welcome.
Revised Sept calendar
Latin & Ballroom dance classes begin for young people this month. We will start MONDAY, Sept. 13 from 4-5pm for teens (12 – 18 actually) TUESDAY, Sept 14 from 3-4pm for kids age 6-11 Eight weeks of group lessons will be $99 per student. Call to register: 302-252-8525
Argentine Tango with former student, Lesya Collins. Thanks for visiting my new studio!
Salsa dance with former student, Lesya Collins
Customizing wedding dances is one of my favorite ways to share the joy of dance! Bride/groom dance, Father/daughter dance, Mother/son, and entire wedding parties — let me show you how to make the most of these important occasions.
Congratulations to David and Margaret who are taking dance lessons to show off a bit for their 66th wedding anniversary party. They will surprise their friends and family with some cool Swing dance moves to the song “In the Mood.” What a delightful couple! David is 91 years young and Margaret is 88 years young. […]
Tuesdays at 3-4pm. Call 302-252-8525 to register or drop in and check in out.
Okay teenagers — are you ready for some FUN this summer?!? I’m putting together a class I think of as “Sizzling Salsa Dancing for Teens.” I am flexible on days and times — just need to hear from 5-10 people who might like to learn some exciting moves on the dance floor. Let me know […]
THANK YOU to all the lovely ladies who come to my Ladies Latin Dance Class. With your input, I have divided the class so that from 6 to 7 pm all those new to dance can come (drop ins welcome any time), and from 7 to 8 pm those with dance experience can learn […]
Join us Thursday nights for some sizzling fun on the dance floor.
Ladies only. Our spacious ballroom provides plenty of space for you and your lady friends to safely enjoy learning Latin dance moves. Gia leads the group through Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and other dance moves. Lively music and a relaxing environment make this an hour you’re sure to enjoy. lady dancers
Drop ins welcome. Just $10 per person.
6-7 pm – Introductory class for those new to dance
7-8 pm – Intermediate class for those with some dance experience
7-8 pm – Intermediate class for those with some dance experience
Julia Roberts (the reporter, not the actress!) recently visited our studio and wrote this great article for the Fernandina Beach “News Leader.” Thanks, Julia — hope to see you return to our dance floor soon — and this time, bring your dance shoes!
If ever there were a year that kept us on our toes, it was 2020. The King’s Ball this year was more challenging than ever in a new, unusual way: dancing in the midst of a pandemic.
Our hosts, Rita Algarra and Igor & Polina Piliipenchak, took every possible precaution to keep us all safe and healthy. This included encouraging participants to have Covid testing prior to the event, performing extra sanitization measures, keeping dance couples farther apart on the floor and the first-ever VIRTUAL competition in addition to the live, ON-SITE dancing.
This December, Dancesport makes history! Never before has ballroom dancing competitions been a hybrid event such as this.. Due to health safety concerns from Covid-19, this competition will be split in two – offering LIVE and VIRTUAL competitions. And, of course, Gia wants to be there! December 1-2 , Tuesday and Wednesday, dancers compete online. […]
Come to the Ritz Carlton to watch some of the top names in dancesport AND see dancers from all over the country as they strut their ballroom and Latin stuff on the dance floor in competition. If you are new to ballroom dance, this is a great way to see what YOU could be doing […]
Okay, I admit it. I really miss competing and performing this year. 2020 was a tough year on all dancers – but the new year is just around the corner, opening up lots of possibilities. Here’s a peek at my recent past for anyone interested – may 2021 bring us back to new dancing opportunities. […]