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The Basics of Social Dancing

Social dancing can be described as non-competitive ballroom and Latin dancing.  Ballroom and Latin styles include dances like Salsa, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Rumba, and many more.  The nice thing about social dancing that it is intended to be used at various, yet practical functions: wedding receptions, nightclubs, business functions, and...

The 25 Best Dance Movies of All Time!

As a ballroom dancer, there are few things that bring me more joy than dance movies. You needn’t have grown up at the barre to love and appreciate films in which dance takes — for lack of a more on-the-nose expression — center stage. The need to dance is...

Dirty Dancing wins my heart for best dance movie at all time. Best Bet You Didn’t Know These 25 Facts About Dirty Dancing!

What is your favorite dance movie at all time? Step up? Dirty Dancing? Footloose? Scent of the women? I think I have watched all of them. The one I have always been coming back to is the 1987 classic romance film, Dirty Dancing and despite its age, it is still...

Practice Dance Parties: Beliefs & Realities

Did you know that practice dance parties aren’t just parties?!  Granted there is socializing, snacks, music, laughing, and of course, dancing!  But these events are also a fantastic opportunity to both practice and learn.  It is not uncommon for ballroom dance students to hold various beliefs and expectations about...

First Ballroom Dance Competition: Checklist to Success.

First Ballroom Dance Competition: Checklist to Success. At one point or another, we all are involved in important events in our lives: birthdays, sports tournaments, wedding anniversaries, vacations…  A common thread between these events is planning:  what do to before, during and after the event.  And ballroom dance competitions...

May I Have This Dance?: The Top Benefits of Learning to Dance As an Adult

Ever seen people at a ballroom class? It’s impossible to miss them. It’s been around since the 16th century and continues to make an impact, from high school dances to global competitions. One thing does stand out about ballroom and other dancing classes: most attendees are adults. Isn’t dancing something you can...

Make your 2019 Wedding One to Remember Forever With Your First Dance Classes!

Make your 2019 Wedding One to Remember Forever With Your First Dance classes! By nature, weddings are unforgettable events. Yet there are just some parts of a wedding that stand out against others:  invitation, venue, decoration, DJ… the list goes on!  However, the couple’s first dance is arguably the...

Preparing for your BEST Cruise: Making your Vacation Memorable. Dance Lessons for Cruise 

Preparing for your BEST Cruise: Making your Vacation Memorable. Dance Lessons for Cruise.   Illinois winters seem to be often unpredictable, especially in the Chicagoland area and at Lake Shore Dance Academy.  Even though many of us experienced days where all we needed was a sweatshirt to keep us warm,...

How I Came to Ballroom Dance

How I came to Ballroom Dance – by Michael Dybel student of Lake Shore Dance Academy. Life throws curves sometimes, but also presents opportunities if only we keep our minds open to change. Two years ago I was challenged by several simultaneous life crises including feeling isolated and alone,...

Choosing Your First Dance Song: Top Wedding Dance Songs 2018

Choosing Your First Dance Song: Top Wedding Dance Songs 2018 Now, lets talk about how to choose the perfect First Dance Song-  sit back, grab a glass of your favorite wine ( grooms -beer) and here comes Lake Shore Dance Academy with help! Our Top Wedding Dance Songs of...