62 children and teens just graduated from the 2016 Cotillion and Formal Ball. How rewarding to have so many individual young people express the fun they had while we learned about good Character, Confidence, and Courtesy! Here are a couple of photos from the weekly classes. The Class Act Etiquette/Dance Camp will be June 13-16, so please save that week and join us!
Ninety-six people enjoyed a delicious dinner, dancing to our wonderful DJ, Tom Byer, and over-the-top performances. And what a privilege and a blessing to watch all of the teens and pre-teens, as well as the adults out on the dance floor. I was in awe.
Please congratulate all our performers:
Grace Godfrey, Braeden Forsthoff, Karina Salkin, Daniel Minke, Maiya Ashley, Mark Salkin, Veronica Bender, Isaiah Minke, Darce Markowsky, Ben Fisher, Andi Salkin, Matthew Schmid, Cassidy Schmid, Heathryn Livingston. Check out the videos on my Facebook page. More photos coming soon!
The good news is that this was our First Annual Student Showcase, so there will be another one next year!
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for intermediate level dancers. Improve technique, for both smooth and rhythm dances. performance routine included.
Learn basic movement to music, basic steps in Foxtrot, Waltz and Swing. Fun mixers and line dances. Requires minimum of 8 to hold camp. 1 hour each week for 4 weeks
Saturday night’s Formal Ball was such a fun evening and nice conclusion to our 2014 Brazos Valley Cotillion held at Briarcrest Golf Club. Thank you to all 65 who attended. It is such a privilege to walk under the Saber Arch of the Tx A&M University Ross Volunteers. We love it that they come each year to start off our Ball. Everyone looked so nice. I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did. After dining on a 4-course meal and dancing to DJ Tom Byer,
The Dance Police gave some special awards:
Best Female Dancer: Paige Keller
Best Male Dancer: Tyler Vesperman
Most Improved Female Dancer: Heather Brown
Most Improved Male Dancer: Joey Williams (Joey – age 10 — said to me, “of all the older guys here, and I won?!). Joey developed an incredible dance frame.
Most Mannerly Female: Maddie Campbell
Most Mannerly Male: Jackson McGruffy
Before the end of the evening we enjoyed 3 performances: Ben and Jordan Fisher choreographed a beautiful Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz; Irina Popova and Alex Hansen tempted us with a phenomenal Tango; Amanda Vorpahl and Jordan Garcia choreographed a wonderful Quickstep!
But we won’t stop dancing! A Teen Dance Class will begin Thursday, April 3, 4:30-5:45pm. To enroll: www.susansballroomdance.com/event-calendar/
It’s that time of year again! Brazos Valley Cotillion is fast approaching. This is an original and thoughtful gift idea for any young people in your life. I have never had any Cotillion student not enjoy their time in my class. Kids ages 10-19 are invited, and they will learn important social and life skills, including cell phone etiquette, common courtesies, and formal and informal dining skills, as well as ballroom dancing! Cotillion takes place over 4 weekly sessions, culminating in a Formal Ball where my students demonstrate all they have learned. The young adults have the awesome privilege of walking through the saber arch of the Ross Volunteers; feast upon a four-course dinner, dance to the varied tunes of an amazing DJ, and enjoy a dance performance by my more advanced college students. To give a special child in your life the gift of a lifetime, contact me by phone or email. You will not regret it!
What a fun Holiday party yesterday! I was asked to provide the entertainment for the Office of Admissions Holiday Social. We performed two dance numbers: Paul Stiverson and Wendy Kreider danced an International Rumba to “Baby it’s Cold Outside”; Paul and I danced Cha Cha to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Paul and I had 20 minutes to teach two faculty members, Bill and Cheryl, to dance a Foxtrot. Just like on Dancing with the Stars TV show, we had 3 judges who ranked the 2 dancers. Bill tried to buy judges’ votes. Cheryl got on her knees and begged for mercy. It was great fun. The 200+ faculty and staff got to place their votes on their cell phones.
Brandi from the admissions office emailed this comment: “I’ve heard so many compliments about the dancing. Your team was AWESOME! The quick routines you were able to put together for Cheryl and Bill in such a short amount of time were truly wonderful. Everyone really enjoyed it. In fact, several people have told me it’s the best we’ve ever had!” I am so glad we were able to make their Christmas Party special. If any of you are planning a Christmas party, we would be happy to provide dance entertainment for you, as well!
The Holidays are fast approaching. It is time to start thinking of gifts for all the people on your list this year. If you’re looking for something creative, unique and easy, consider a gift certificate for any Susan’s Ballroom Dance event. This includes group dance classes, private lessons, or upcoming Cotillion (etiquette and dance for teens). You can specify any amount you would like to give to fit your budget. Gift certificates are also great for birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations! Your family and friends will thank you for giving them the gift of dance this year. Find the link to order on the homepage: www.SusansBallroomDance.com.