Awareness of the Elements of Dance.

Stage One of Social Graces Signature System

Hello and welcome to Social Graces Ballroom Dance Studios. In these pages I am going to explain how we teach our students, using our signature process with the main steps of Awareness of the Elements, Awareness of Others, and Awareness of Self.
My name is Freddie Ciampi, and I have owned and operated Social Graces since 2001 in Berryville VA.  I have performed all over the US and Euroupe and I have taken many oportunities to enhance my teaching skills and abilites to create a comfortable learning envirnment.

My staff is always trained in dance, but also in teaching and creating that fun social environment.

Freddie

and

Maria

two teachers at

Social Graces

It’s difficult to learn something, if you don’t know about that thing. 

First we teach you what dance is made of and how the parts fit together. 

The “Foot Description” is one of those parts. Simply put, it describes where your feet go.  Forward, Backwards etc. 

This is the first layer, if you will, that we get you comfortable with.

“I so look forward to my dance lessons every week, its my hour that helps me exersize and somehow energizes me at the same time. I lived near by for five years before coming for my first lesson. I with I had started sooner.”

-Lindsey

Step two, is Timing and Rhythm. (Yes yes you have no rhythm.) 

You are in luck because we teach that.  Yes we can teach you how to have something that most think you are born with or out of luck. 

More than that, we teach you how to stack your knowledge of Timing and Rhythm on top of your Foot pattern and now you are moving to music. This is a very exciting time for a student of dance.  You can get here also.

“I so look forward to my dance lessons every week, its my hour that helps me exersize and somehow energizes me at the same time. I lived near by for five years before coming for my first lesson. I with I had started sooner.”

-Lindsey

Our third step in our Awareness of Elements section is Dance Positions. 

A dance position is how you hold someone and use your arms and body to signal to your partner. 

This largely goes unseen which makes dance look a bit magical. 

Although you will learn a simplified dance position on you first lesson, learning a good one means your partner will have an easier time leading/following you. 

This knowledge then gets stacked on Timing and Rhythm.  Not only are you dancing to music, you are dancing well with another person! And that is something to be excited about.

“I so look forward to my dance lessons every week, its my hour that helps me exersize and somehow energizes me at the same time. I lived near by for five years before coming for my first lesson. I with I had started sooner.”

-Lindsey