Monday, January 26, 2009

Dance Studio Students Practicing Steps Long Before Dancing With The Stars

From Lancaster

"Dancing with the Stars" might have brought ballroom dancing into the limelight, but some of the residents of Fairfield County have been cuttin' a rug for some time now.

The Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Canal Winchester has been providing instruction in different styles of ballroom dancing since opening its doors in 1999.

Jayme Coakley is the manager of the studio and has been a ballroom dance instructor for the past 12 years.

Ballroom dancing is for everyone, Coakley said.

"Most people have some sort of rhythm most of the time," Coakley said. "The rhythm is normally in there somewhere, if we can build someone's confidence we can usually find it."

The dance studio offers ballroom dance styles including Mambo, Waltz, Fox Trot, the Cha Cha and Swing.

Not only is ballroom dancing a great way to build up someone's social skills, but it's also a great form of exercise, according to Coakley's students.
Brenda Hehn, who is a competitive ballroom dancer and a student at the dance studio, said she always gets a great workout when attending her class.

"It's an enjoyable way to exercise. People don't realize how much work ballroom dancing actually is."

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