Giving Thanks!

The Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest would like to extend this very special offer to all of the students who have supported and continue to support our studio over the years.

If you’ve had even one lesson in our studio, you have been a part of our success and now we’d like to take this opportunity to say
“Thank You.”

From now until Thanksgiving 2013, we are offering you the opportunity to take a lesson on us!

We have recently added two wonderful new instructors to our team and we are offering you the opportunity to find out first hand just how great they are. Both have extensive dance training and experience and are terrific instructors too.

If you have taken a lesson at our studio anytime in the last 9 years, you may book up to one lesson with each of them to be taken between now and Thanksgiving at absolutely no charge to you.

To reserve your lesson call us today at 614-459-8079.

We’ll see you soon!

Luck at the Luxor!

Ladies and Gents,
It’s national competition week! Our Columbus-Northwest Team is at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas competing in the 2010 Cross Country Dance Championships!

2010 Cross Country Dance Championships – Now
Pro/Am competitions began last night and continue tonight, Friday, and Saturday. The Pro competition is Friday night beginning at 7pm. We know that you are all wishing the best of luck to Sandy Nelson, Nick Rangel, Katie & Daniel, and Katherine & John! We know they are pumped up and ready to show their best!

The Vegas Dance Party – THANK YOU!
We give a big thank you to Michael Rose for putting on a great show at the Vegas dance party last Friday, and we thank him for staying all evening! We also thank Katherine for putting together such a great party and all of our students for making it possible.

Michael Rose – Saturday at La Scala
There will be no Group Class and Dance party on Friday (16th), so we hope that you will join Michael Rose at La Scala’s Martini Lounge and Supper Club this Saturday night for “The King’s Gold Live!” The dinner show begins at 7:30pm. Find out more information.

Eric Luna – Thursday (22nd)
Eric Luna will be in our Studio next Thursday! Being a a ten-time National Fred Astaire Theatrical Champion and being honored as one of Fred Astaire’s Top Teachers, he is in high demand!

Mr. Luna’s dance card is almost full for Personal Coaching Sessions on Thursday. Be sure to contact the Studio on Monday is you want to reserve one of the few remaining sessions. While in the Studio, he will be leading a Group Class at 7:45pm.

Eric Luna and his partner, Georgia Ambarian, have appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Superstars of Dance. Learn more about Eric Luna.


Eric Luna and Georgia Ambarian with Tom Bergeron

Team Match – Sunday, June 13th
Ohio’s Northern Dance Challenge is the next dance competition, and we already have students who are interested in competing. If you would like to join the team, please let your instructor know. Also, let your instructor know if you are interested in finding an amateur partner.

Team Match is Sunday, June 13th at LaMalfa Center in Mentor, Ohio.


Upcoming Classes & Events

Friday – No Group Class/Dance Party

Saturday (17th) – No Ballroom Fitness. Join Michael Rose at La Scala at 7:30pm.

Monday (19th) – Social Foundation – Swing Part 3. 8:30pm

Tuesday (20th) – Bronze Group Class – Waltz Style with Kate. 8:30pm

Trophy Ball – Sunday, May 23rd at the Hyatt Regency.


All of our competitors return from Las Vegas on Sunday, so it’s dancing as usual on Monday. You’ll want to schedule lessons with your instructors and come to the group classes… there should be some fun Vegas tales! (Not everything that goes on Vegas can stay in Vegas, right?!)

Take care and we’ll see you dancing soon!

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff

Viva Las Vegas!

Ladies and Gents,
As you all know, students Sandy Nelson and Nick Rangel and our instructors/pro-partners Katie & Daniel and Katherine & John are heading to Las Vegas next week to compete at the Cross Country Dance Championship. They are very excited, so the Vegas fun is beginning tonight!

Viva Las Vegas Dance Party – TONIGHT
Come to the Studio as we bring Las Vegas to you! Ladies, wear colorful boas. Gents, wear Fedoras or visors like the card dealers.

Entertainment for the evening includes spotlight dances by Sandy and Nick. And, Katie & Daniel and Katherine & John will perform their Vegas-ready pro routines.

There will also be a special appearance by the King himself – Michael Rose! If you went to the show at Villa Milano, you know this is a good time, guaranteed!

The Las Vegas fun begins at 7:45pm.

At last week’s party, Pat Wedge won a personal coaching session with Eric Luna (who will be here Thursday, April 22!) and Sandy Nelson won the Top Hat drawing.

What’s Happening – April 12-16
Next week, Kate, Katie and Daniel will be at the Studio Monday and Tuesday. John will be at the Studio until Wednesday. And, JJ will in Monday through Thursday. Be sure to schedule your personal dance sessions soon before their time fills up.

Michael Rose at La Scala – Saturday, April 17
There will be no Group Class and Dance party next Friday (16th) while our dance team is in Las Vegas.

We hope that you will join Michael Rose at La Scala‘s Martini Lounge and Supper Club next Saturday night for “The King’s Gold Live!” The dinner show begins at 7:30pm. Find out more information.

Eric Luna – Thursday, April 22nd
The tremendously talented Eric Luna will be in our Studio Thursday, April 22nd.  He and his partner, Georgia Ambarian, have appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Superstars of Dance.

Eric has the honor of being one Fred Astaire’s Top Teachers. He has also won the National Fred Astaire Smooth title, and he is a ten-time National Fred Astaire Theatrical Champion. With Georgia, they have won the US National Cabaret Championship as well as Ohio Star Ball Champions. Learn more about Eric Luna.


Watch Eric and Georgia

Team Match – June 13th
Ohio’s Northern Dance Challenge is coming up in June. If you would like to compete, please let your instructor know. Also, let your instructor know if you are interested in finding an amateur partner.

Team Match is Sunday, June 13th at LaMalfa Center in Mentor, Ohio.


Upcoming Classes & Events

Tonight – Viva Las Vegas Dance Party! 7:45pm

Saturday (10th) – Ballroom Fitness with JJ. 10am

Monday (12th) – Social Foundation – Swing Part 2. 8:30pm

Tuesday (13th) – Bronze Group Class – Mambo Patterns. 8:30pm

Trophy Ball – Sunday, May 23rd at the Hyatt Regency.
 


Take care and we’ll see you dancing soon!

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff

Our Spring Birthday Peeps!

Ladies and Gents,
An overall sigh of relief was audible this morning because Columbus is waking up to warm weather and it’s Friday. Two great reasons to dance and celebrate!

Spring Peeps

Spring Birthday Party – Tonight
Tonight, we will be celebrating our Spring Birthday Peeps. If you have a birthday in April, May or June, be at the party tonight so that we can celebrate you! There will be good times, as always, and we hope that you will wear your favorite spring colors! Group Class and Dance Party begin at 7:45pm.

Spotlight Dances
We have even more reasons for you to come to the Group Class and Dance Party tonight. Sandy Nelson will be dancing her Open Cha Cha routine. And, the Liebers will be performing their Waltz wedding dance.

We’re always looking to show off our students, and there’s no better way to do that than for you to perform a spotlight dance! Talk with your dance instructor if you’re interested. With our Studio, you know you will have a great crowd to cheer you on!

Vegas Baby!

2010 Cross Country Dance Championships (CCDC) – Las Vegas – April 14-18
The CCDC is less than two weeks away! Students Nick Rangel and Sandy Nelson will be representing our Studio, and Katherine & John and Katie & Daniel will be competing in the Pro Divisions. We’re excited!!! Wish them all the best of luck when you are in the Studio!

Congratulations
Ms. Marla Bruns enrolled in Social Foundation, and Ms. Rana Farah enrolled in Double Honors in Social Bronze.

Stay Tuned
We’re working on a new Guest Competition and Guest Party. Stay tuned for more details!

Also, Team Match is in June. If you’re thinking about competing, let your instuctor know. It’s a good time to find a teammate.


Upcoming Classes & Events

Tonight – Spring Birthday Party! 7:45pm

Saturday (3rd) – Ballroom Fitness with Kate. 10am

Monday (5th) – Social Foundation – Swing begins. 8:30pm

Tuesday (6th) – Bronze Group Class – Rhythm Partnership with Katie. 8:30pm


We hope that everyone has a great Easter weekend. (Don’t forget the after-Easter candy sales!) Take care and we’ll see you dancing soon!

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff

It’s Friday… Let’s Dance!!!

Ladies and Gents,
It’s finally Friday! There’s even more snow, unfortunately, and some have said that this has been the longest week ever. These are two very good reasons to let your hair down and come to the dance party tonight!


Katherine teaching a group class.

Group Class & Dance Party – Tonight
Everyone has been doing the Don’t-Slip-and-Fall dance outside for the past month, so the Group Class & Dance Party on Friday nights is the place to show off your true dancing skills! Group class begins at 7:45pm and the Dance Party begins at 8:15pm.

If you missed last week’s Mardi Gras Party, Audra and Travis Garrison were the big winners of the evening! They acquired the most beads and even won the monthly Top Hat drawing!

Guests!
You can always bring guests on Friday nights and give them your intro to ballroom dancing 101. As you know, we LOVE guests! Another guest contest is in the works, so bring in friends, family, co-workers, or even your mailman. Guests who complete the Introductory Special equals free dance lessons for you. Everyone loves a free lesson!

Spotlight Dances
A good way to get your friends and family to come out to the Studio is to perform a Spotlight Dance. Working with your instructor on your dance is a great way to improve the moves you know and work on technique and style. You will also learn how to put more of YOU in your dancing! There is no prerequisite to performing a spotlight dance. Just let your instructor know that you want to be in the spotlight!

Tonight, Sandy Nelson and Daniel Tackett will be performing a Spotlight Dance, and Katherine and John will be performing as well.

Tomorrow morning, Katherine and John will be heading to the Indiana Challenge 2010 in Merrillville, Indiana. Be at the Studio tonight and wish them luck!

Upcoming Competitions
The Freddy Ball is Sunday, March 14th! The competition is right here in downtown Columbus. We are excited for our team of Pro/Am and Pro Competitors, as well as our big group of spectators that will be attending. We know they’ll be loud!!!

The Cross Country Dance Championships (CCDC) is April 14-17 in Las Vegas. If you would like to compete at this event, your dance entries must be received no later than next Saturday, March 6th.

Update
JJ and Daniel are happy to report that our dear Ms. Pat Wedge is doing great after knee surgery! They stopped in to visit with her earlier in the week. We are all looking forward to her return!


Julie Lapine, Sandy Nelson, Pat Wedge

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Upcoming Classes & Events
Tonight – Group Class and Dance Party. 7:45pm

Saturday (27th) – Ballroom Fitness with Katie. 10am

Monday (March 1st) – Social Foundation – Tango begins. 8:30pm

Tuesday (March 2nd) – Bronze Group Class – Rhythm Expression with Katie. 8:30pm

Sunday, March 14th – The Freddy Ball & Daylight Savings Time begins (Spring forward!)

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The first day of Spring is not too far away. Perhaps if we all with that it was here right now, the warm days will come sooner. In any event, you can always pass the time dancing!

We hope you’ve had a great week and have a fun or restful weekend planned. Take care and we’ll see you dancing soon!

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff

Mardi Gras Party!

Ladies and Gents,
We’re celebrating Mardi Gras this Friday at the Dance Studio! Some of you may have already decided on what you will be giving up for the next 40 days, and we hope this leaves room for more dancing!

Dance Party – Tomorrow (19th)
Be at the Dance Studio Friday night at 7:45pm.
In lieu of the traditional group class, we will begin the evening with contests that will win you Mardi Gras beads. Get the most beads, and you will win a prize!

Attire for the eveningThink Mardi Gras! Wear a mask or carnival costume if you have one. It will be yet another fun night to be at the Studio!

In addition to the contests and prizes, there will be Spotlight Dances by Sandy Nelson and Kelli Schuster.

Katherine and John will also be performing a Spotlight Dance. They are competing in the Indiana Challenge 2010 next week in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Freddy Ball – Sunday, March 14th
We have a new competitor to The Freddy Ball – Mr. Nick Rangel. We know he will do well in next month’s dance competition and our spectators will be there to cheer for our Columbus Northwest Team!

A Date 2 Remember
Many thanks to everyone who came out to the CYP CLUB’s “A Date 2 Remember” at BoMA. The event raised more than $30,000 charity!

The winning bid for Mr. Daniel Tackett’s “Dance with a Star” date package was $1750. That number exceeded Daniel’s expectations! Date participant and student Dianna Williams helped Daniel sell his date package by joining him for a Cha Cha and Hustle on stage.

It was a fabulous evening with great food and entertainment, and it was all for two great non-profit organizations – A Kid Again and Capital Area Humane Society.


Upcoming Classes & Events

Today
– Bronze Group Class – Rhythm Partnership with Katie. 8:30pm

Friday (19th)
– Mardis Gras Party begins at 7:45pm.

Saturday (20th)
– Ballroom Fitness with John at 10am.

Monday (22nd)
– Social Foundation Class begins the Tango series. 8:30pm

View the event calendar.


We hope everyone is having a great week! Take care and we’ll see you dancing soon!

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff

Snow Storm – Part Deux! The Studio is CLOSED.

Ladies and Gents,

The Studio is closing due to the latest snow storm. This may be the worst winter ever!!!

Social Foundation class with Katie is canceled for tonight. If you had a lesson scheduled for later today, your instructor will be contacting you to reschedule your lesson.

Stay in and watch the Olympics! Pairs figure skating, women’s luge and men’s 500 meter speed skating are the events to see.

Be safe everyone!!! :)

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff

Cher Rutherford and St. Valentine’s Day!

Ladies and Gents,
It’s been a wintry mess for the past week, and we all have braved these snowstorms very well! As much as we are ready for Spring, all of this cold weather is perfect during this week of the year for keeping warm with your loved one. It’s Valentine’s Day!

Cher Rutherford is in the Studio!
First and foremost, we welcome Ms. Cher Rutherford to the Studio today! The current Canadian National Dance Director and Examiner has held the titles of the United States American Style Open Smooth/Rhythm Champion, United States Theatrical Champion, and Fred Astaire National Champion.

Personal Coaching Sessions are still available, so contact the studio to reserve a time.

Ms. Rutherford will be leading two group classes this evening. The Rhythm Group Class begins at 7pm, and the Smooth Group Class begins at 7:45pm. Sign up for both classes or bring a friend and you will save money!

St. Valentine’s Day Dance Party – Friday (12th)
The Valentine’s Day dance party is perfect for the next Pink Diamonds performance to Ashley Simpson’s L.O.V.E. Join us tomorrow night as Sandy, Paula, Mary Jean and Sharon take the floor to show off the latest and greatest choreography by Katie and Katherine.

Wear red! Wear pink! And, share your love of our Columbus-Northwest dance studio by bringing a friend! We hope that they will fall in love with ballroom dancing too!

Group class begins at 7:45pm as always, and the dance party begins at 8:15pm.

The Freddy Ball – Entry Deadline Extended
The deadline for entries to The Freddy Ball has been extended through the weekend. If you plan on competing or attending the event as a spectator, please let Daniel know by Saturday.

The dance competition is in Downtown Columbus on Sunday, March 14th. There’s no reason for you not to be there!

CYP CLUB’s “A Date 2 Remember” – Saturday (13th)
The 3rd Annual “A Date 2 Remember” presented by the CYP CLUB is THIS Saturday at BoMA. The young professional date auction and fashion show currently has 500+ guests registered to attend. It’s a great way to support two local non-profit organizations – A Kid Again and Capital Area Humane Society.

Our fabulous Daniel Tackett is participating as a bachelor in the charity event! He has put together a “Dance with a Star” date package that includes personal ballroom dance lessons, dinner for two, and a private coaching session with one of the dance professionals from Dancing with the Stars!

Walk away with the winning bid on this date package and not only will you add to your dance lessons, you will be helping out two great charities! [Find out about all of the date packages.]

A Date 2 Remember Preview Party
Daniel Tacket and date participant, Jacqueline Atherine,
at The D2R Preview Party at The Lodge Bar.

Doors open for “A Date 2 Remember” at 6:30pm. Cocktail hour is from 7-8pm, and then the fashion show and date auction begins! The advance ticket price of $25 ends tonight. (Tickets are $35 at the door). Buy your ticket online now!


Upcoming Classes & Events

Today
– Cher Rutherford – Personal Coaching Sessions All Day
– Rhythm Group Class at 7pm
– Smooth Group Class at 7:45pm

Friday (12th)
– Group Class & Dance Party begin at 7:45pm

Saturday (13th)
– Ballroom Fitness with Kate at 10am
– “A Date 2 Remember” at BoMA (583 East Broad Street) begins at 7pm

Monday (15th)
– Social Foundation Class works on Salsa with Katie at 8:30pm

Tuesday (16th)
– Bronze Group Class works on Swing Kick Variations with JJ at 8:30pm

View the event calendar.


We hope everyone is having a great week! Take care and we’ll see you dancing soon!

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff

Snow Storm! The Studio is Closed.

Ladies and Gents,

The weather is definitely not looking good for the rest of the evening, so we are closing the Studio. We know we have a great group of people who go through the extremes to get here and dance, but we want you all to be safe tonight.

Club Astaire will be on hold until next week along with the performance by the Pink Diamonds and the spotlight dance by Ms. Kelli Schuster.

If you had a lesson scheduled for later today, your instructor will be contacting you to reschedule your lesson. For those who have lessons scheduled for tomorrow and for those who attend Ballroom Fitness, Daniel will be deciding if the Studio will be open or closed by 8am. Please check the website or listen to the Studio voicemail for the update before you leave home.

Be safe everyone!!! It’s a good night to stay in and watch a movie! :)

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff

Club Astaire Welcomes the Pink Diamonds!

Ladies and Gents,

The groundhog saw his shadow yesterday and predicted that we will have six more weeks of winter. However, his foretelling may be overshadowed by your own predictions of who will win the Super Bowl this Sunday. But, no prognosticating is necessary to see that there are DIAMONDS in your immediate future! (They’re even PINK!)

The Pink Diamonds! – Friday (5th)
The Columbus Northwest dance studio will be transformed once again for the next performance by The Pink Diamonds. This Friday, you will be welcomed to “Club Astaire!

Sharon, Paula, Mary Jean and Sandy will be taking the floor with a dance choreographed by Katie and Katherine to Ashlee Simpson’s L.O.V.E.

Club Astaire

Ms. Kelli Schuster will also be performing her first Spotlight Dance with John Kitlinski, so it’s definitely a night not to be missed!

Dress to impress and be at the Group Class and Dance Party at 7:45pm. Be sure to invite your friends to “Club Astaire” too!

Spotlight Dances & Exhibition Groups
If you’d like to be in the spotlight, talk to your instructor about creating your own dance routine. Daniel, Katherine, JJ, John and Katie are more than happy to work with you to find the best music and dance to fit your personality and style. It’s a great way to work on what you know and focus on performance and technique, as well as to get all your family and friends to the dance studio!

Also, with the success of The Pink Diamonds, we will be adding more exhibition group classes to our studio schedule in the near future. If you missed the chance to be participate in this round or have friends who are interested in joining these classes, please let us know. Plans are in the works, and we want to include as many people as possible!

Cher Rutherford – Next Thursday (11th)
Cher Rutherford will be the next coach in the Studio on Thursday, February 11th. She is currently the Canadian National Dance Director and Examiner. She has held the titles of the United States American Style Open Smooth/Rhythm Champion, United States Theatrical Champion, and Fred Astaire National Champion.

Personal Coaching Sessions are available. Contact the Studio to reserve your time now.

Ms. Rutherford will also be teach two group classes on the 11th beginning at 7pm. Sign up for both classes and save!

The Freddy Ball – Sunday, March 14th
The Freddy Ball is less than six weeks away, and we need more competitors to build a team! The deadline for entries is next Wednesday, February 10th, so let us know as soon as possible if you would like to compete.

We are looking for dancers of all different levels to build our team, and we want the loudest, craziest group of spectators we can assemble to cheer them on. The competition is in Downtown Columbus, so there’s no reason for you not to be there!

CYP CLUB’s “A Date 2 Remember” – February 13th
As we mentioned last week, Daniel Tackett will be participating as a bachelor in the CYP CLUB’s 3rd Annual “A Date 2 Remember” young professional date auction and fashion show for charity. Daniel has put together a date package which will include dance lessons and a private dinner and dancing for two at one of the areas finest restaurants.

Preview Party at the Lodge Bar
Students, Mary Ruth Stimmel and Dianna Williams, and instructors, Daniel Tackett and
Katie Kosmata, at the Preview Party at the Lodge Bar last Thursday.
More photos.
Photo by Walter Judy.

Columbus CEO Magazine has voted “A Date 2 Remember” the 2nd Best Charity Event in Columbus behind the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, so it’s an event not to be missed!

“A Date 2 Remember” will be taking place at BoMA (583 E. Broad Street) from 7-11pm. Two local non-profit organizations, A Kid Again and Capital Area Humane Society, will benefit from the proceeds raised at the event. Last year, more than 600 people attended the event and raised over $25,000 for charity.

More information and to buy tickets, visit http://www.cypclub.com/.


Upcoming Classes & Events

Thursday (4th) – Bronze students will focus on Rhythm footwork with JJ at 8:30pm.

Friday (5th) – Group Class and Dance Party begins at 7:45pm.

Saturday (6th) – Ballroom Fitness with Katherine at 10am.

Monday (8th) – Social Foundation will work on the Salsa with Katie at 8:30pm.

View the event calendar.


January is done, and this year is most definitely off to a great start! Take care and we’ll see you dancing soon!

Your Fred Astaire Columbus Northwest Staff