Want to dance like "Dancing with the Stars"? Now you can! Learn to dance with our fun and easy lessons in private, group or combination packages. Try our Ballroom group dance class where you'll learn smooth social dancing and basic Swing dance with all the fun turns! Or take a private lesson and learn at your own pace - it's up to YOU.
We offer American Bronze Smooth and Rhythm Social Ballroom Dancing - Foxtrot, Swing, Waltz, Jive, Cha- Cha, Rumba, Salsa, Line Dancing and more. We also choreograph and coach for Wedding Dances, teach Private and Semi-Private Lessons and offer group classes for ages 7 and up and run monthly Adult LEARN TO DANCE Dance Camps TM.


Single Private Lesson - $70 per
Package of 4 Private Lessons for $240
8 Week Ballroom Dance Session - $150 per couple
Children's Private Lessons - $35 per 45 minutes
Couples Dance Camp - $70 per couple ( see side link )
Off Site Teaching - $150 per hour flat rate. ( travel rate may apply if event is farther than 25 miles from the studio )


About some of the Dances......

Foxtrot
Origin – the Foxtrot is one of the most deceiving dances as it looks very easy but is one of the most difficult dances to do. The dance originated in the Victorian era as the “ one step “ or “ two step “. It was later introduced as the “ Castle Walk “ by the American performers, Vernon and Irene Castle. Then, in 1913, a Vaudeville performer by the name of Harry Fox performed a little trot which appealed to dance teachers in New York and thus the Foxtrot was born. It has gone through many changes since that time and is now comprised of more soft and fluid movements.
Music – Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has reoccurring, even beat. There is an accent on the first beat of each bar. The music is smooth, non jerky and suggests smooth movement and transfer of weight across the floor.
Characteristics – In its present form, the Foxtrot should be performed with a smooth, continuous, undulating movement. The rise and fall should not be as pronounced as the Waltz but still be apparent. Even though there is a progression from Social Foxtrot that is commonly danced at a faster pace, to amore continuous Foxtrot danced at a slower pace, there should always be a sense of smooth, continuous movement around the floor.

Waltz
Origin – Slow or Modern Waltz. The word Waltz originates from the German word “ waltzen “ meaning to revolve. An offspring of the faster Viennese Waltz, this slower version known as the “ Landler “ became popular in Austria and Germany in the late 1700’s. In America, a version known as the “ Boston “ became popular in the late 1800’s. The present form of the dance was born around 1910 in England and was derived from both the “ Landler “ and the
“ Boston “ Waltz forms. Then slower tempo allows more time for syncopations and picture steps, giving light and shade, and makes it more interesting to perform and watch.
Music- Danced in ¾ timing, the music as recurring, even beats. However, there is a pronounced accent that occurs on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for the Waltz is 1-2-3- or Slow-Quick-Quick.
Characteristics – Progressing in a counterclockwise direction, this dance has a strong rise and fall as well as sway and shaping.


Cha Cha
One of the most popular Latin dances in the U.S., the Cha Cha began as a variation of the Mambo called triple Mambo. It was so easy and so much fun, it became the rage of the early 1950's. The infectious upbeat rhythm demands that sitters become dancers.Cha Cha music is written in 4/4 time and may be played over a wide range of tempos.

Rumba
The Rumba was originally a marriage dance and is now known as "the dance of love." Rumba became a popular ballroom dance and was introduced in the United States about 1933. It is the Americanized version of the Cuban Son and Danzon; it is in 4/4 time. The characteristic feature is to take each step without initially placing the weight on that step. Steps are made with a slightly bent knee which, when straightened, causes the hips to sway from side to side in what has become known as "Cuban Motion." Rumba was the basis for Mambo and Cha Cha in the US and Rumba rhythms have found their way into Country Western, Blues, Rock & Roll and other popular forms of music.

Salsa
This is a favored name for a type of Latin music which is enhanced by jazz textures. For the most part, it has its roots in Cuban culture; the word, Salsa, means "sauce" denoting a "hot" flavor and Salsa is best distinguished from other Latin music styles by defining it as the sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians in New York City. The dance structure is made up of mambo patterns and has a particular feeling that is associated mainly with the clave and the montuno.




Jennifer Christophel
Professional Ballroom Dancer and Instructor

Jennifer Christophel has been teaching dance and fitness for over 15 years. Her background originated with the study and performance of ballet. Her eventual introduction to ballroom ignited another passion. After studying with and winning several Dancesport Pro-Am Championships with her partner Terry Sweeny in International Latin including first place in Open Latin at the Capitol Dancesport Championship, and the Interstate Dancesport Championships, Jennifer turned her focus to American Smooth and studied for over a year with the American Smooth Show Dance Champion, Irina Sarukhanyan. She competed successfully as an amateur in American Smooth style ballroom, winning first place in both the championship and scholarship division at the Washington Open Dancesport Championships. Jennifer then re-kindled her love for latin and began studying American Rhythm with 2 time US Smooth and Rhythm Champion, Dennis (Nick) Short, co-owner of Avant Garde Ballroom, turned PRO and is currently competing professionally in American Rhythm with Mr. Don Beedie. Jennifer enjoys sharing her love for dancing and teaches ballroom and latin dancing at her own studios in McHenry and Cumberland, Maryland and at Avant Garde Ballroom in Rockville, MD. Jennifer is a sought after choreographer, wedding dance specialist, show dance performer and is the founding executive director of both Dancing Classrooms of the Alleghenies and USA Dance Tri-State Alleghenies. She most recently became one of DWTS, Louis Van Amstel's, Certified LaBlast Ballroom Fitness Instructors. Jennifer has also had the opportunity to study with Emmanuel Pierre Anton (World Mambo/Rhythm Champion) Ron Bennet ( 2-time U.S. Latin Champion) Kimberly Mitchell (British& US Latin Champion) and is currently studying for her ISTD Exams under the coaching of re-known, “Trainer to the Champions “, Beverly Donahue.

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