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My Ballroom Dancing Experience - Renee Carpenter
Hi! I’m Renee Carpenter the new Director of Marketing at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Tampa and St. Pete and now….. the newest blogger. As my bio will tell you, my background has been in Corporate America and the Auto Auction Business. Talk about getting out of your comfort zone! No, I’m not a ballroom dancer. Sure, I’ve had plenty of fun on the dance floor in the clubs after a few martinis or goofing with my girls to the latest hip hop song in the kitchen (please note, the YouTube Video of “Mom Twerking by the Fridge” has been removed, thank heavens). But the art of ballroom dancing with a partner is almost foreign to me. I say almost foreign because I took ballroom dance lessons along with my wedding party 20+ years ago. A dear friend had the foresight to offer a bridal dance lessons as an early wedding gift. Growing up as a GRIT (girl raised in the south), I knew I wanted an elegant dance floor scene for my ideal wedding, but would possibly get stuck with nothing but really bad line dancing, and a few aunts and uncles who knew the basics of ballroom dancing. As for my groom, he had never stepped foot on ANY dance floor and only went along with ballroom dance lessons because I convinced him it was the “only” thing I really wanted to be perfect. Well, we didn’t exactly get perfection. Yet our first dance, after four ballroom dance lessons, stunned our guests into believing we had practiced for months. What I did get perfect was the Father of the Bride Dance. I tear up just thinking about it as I write this blog. My Step Father was very ill at the time and we weren’t sure he would even be able to walk me down the aisle. But he was determined to do just that and to dance with the bride, his baby girl. He was a large man and prided himself on his waltz. Before taking Ballroom Dancing lessons, I had never waltzed before unless you count the two-step at Cowboys country bar in Orlando. When I stepped on the dance floor with my Dad I felt like a princess in the arms of her father, the king. He knew all the steps, was strong yet graceful and gentle as we floated across the floor. We were having our final dance before I would begin my life with my Prince. My Dad has been gone for 16 years now. While we all get emotional over the wedding Father Daughter Dance, I’m taken to a magical moment each time I think about that time or watch the home video. We were two souls from completely different generations, in completely different physical shape, going in completely different directions in our lives, yet for one single dance we shared something we were both proud of and that no one else could replicate that day. Ballroom dancing lessons gave me so much more than technique on how to waltz. It gave me the most precious memory I will keep of my Dad. It also gave me a feeling that with the a little help, anyone, at any point in their life can feel graceful and royal when they learn to dance. I’m filled with curiosity and excitement as I watch our diverse group of dance students from all walks of life learn to dance and improving their dancing skills. Everyone comes looking for personal fulfillment, some with a partner, but I know they will all leave with an extraordinary experience that will create happy memories for life. I would love to hear your story about how dance lessons have impacted your life! What brought you to Fred Astaire Dance Studios? Leave your comments and help us grow our online Tampa Bay Fred Astaire Dance Studio family.
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Celebrate Fred Astaire North Tampa Dance Studio's Anniversary with Us!
Celebrate Fred Astaire North Tampa Dance Studio's Anniversary with Us! It’s hard to believe it’s already the second year anniversary for the Fred Astaire North Tampa Studio. On behalf of this occasion, we invite all of the dance students from Fred Astaire Tamps Bay Dance Studios past, present and their guests to join us in celebrating two incredible years of offering dance lessons, with many more to come! The dance party will be held on Friday, July 25th from 7:00-9:00pm Cocktail attire requested Professional and amateur performance Hors D’oeuvres and Drinks Prize drawing for guests Our North Tampa Dance Studio is located at 14459 N Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL Space is limited, so reserve your spot on the dance floor today! Contact Frances or 813-280-9909
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Tampa Bay's Dancing with the Stars 2014 Announced
Stars were shining bright across Tampa Bay Thursday night as Fred Astaire Dance Studios along with The Hands Across the Bay kicked off the 2014 “Tampa Bay's Dancing with the Stars” at the Chart House. This is one of the Tampa Bay Area's most highly anticipated and spectacular shows to benefit Hands Across the Bay and other local charitable organizations. Congratulations to our celebrity dancers:Jeff Andrews, VP of Zoological Operations at Busch GardensJay Coats, son of Jim Coats and serves Boys and Girls Club Board of DirectorsDr. Dana Coberly, South Tampa Plastic SurgeonAngela Duncan, The Duncan Duo & Associates and co-owner RE/MAX DynamicCindy Gruden, former NCAHS Cheerleading Coach and wife of John GrudenGayle Guyardo, (not pictured) News Channel 8 co-anchorLaura Harris, ABC Action News teamErin McKinnon, Michele & Group Modeling and Talent AgencyKaren Mertes, Founder and President of Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc.Colette Meyer, Co-Host Good Life Tampa Bay and Executive Coordinator for Power Design, Inc.Valerie Morales, Mid Day DJ at 92.5 Maxima FMKelley Prince, Founder of Behavioral Consulting of Tampa BayHolley Sinn, Channel 10 News Traffic AnchorThe performance will be held Saturday, October 4th at the T Pepin Hospitality Center. Let the dancing and voting begin!
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Celebrating 24 years of Dancing Success in St. Pete FL
Fred Astaire Dance Studio in St. Petersburg celebrated 24 years of dance instruction on April 30th with a grand event. The area Franchise developers and studio owners Tad and Elizabeth Joy cut the ceremonial ribbon along with Chris Steinocher President and CEO of St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Jessica Eilorman Small Business Liaison to the City of St. Petersburg in attendance.Studio Owners Elizabeth and Tad Joy have traveled the country competing in ballroom completions, teaching dance, and judging ballroom dance events for almost 3 decades. They opened their dance studio, currently at 7019 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, to share their experience and love of dance. Their dance studio has trained numerous professional ballroom dancers and instructed many student dance champions of all ages.It can’t be a celebration without dancing at Fred Astaire Dance Studio. The evening concluded with a dance party for the owners, staff, dance instructors and dance students. Tiana, Katie, Nancy, Ivan, Erik and Raymond showed off their dance skills with a waltz, a little tango and even some cha cha.Fred Astaire Dance Studios in St. Petersburg would like to thank everyone that participated in their anniversary celebration and look forward to offering dance classes for many more years to come.
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Dance Along with Fred Astaire Dance Studios at HONNA's Roaring Twenties Gala
The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association is hosting a Roaring Twenties Gala complete with a speakeasy this Saturday April 26th at 7pm. Enjoy a vintage style party along with Fred Astaire Dance Studios at the Birchwood Inn in St. Petersburg Florida. Fred Astaire Dance Studios Tampa Bay’s dance instructors will be sure to put you in a 20’s dancing mood with their Fox Trot, Tango and Charleston dance performances at this annual charity event. Watch them perform the various dance styles that they teach every week in the 4 local Fred Astaire Dance Studios around Tampa Bay. Proceeds raised will benefit the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Historic Preservation and Non-Profit Organizations: Great Explorations Children’s Museum, Sunken Gardens, Palladium, and Waterfront Parks Foundation. To purchase tickets please visit HONNA and get ready to throw on your feathers and flapper dress!
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