Yes, there will be great contests that run on time, with the top professionals and judges. There will be great music and social dancing till sunrise.
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Swing in the South Bay is a local, all inclusive West Coast Swing dance event held in San Jose, California. This special one-day event offers workshops with top instructors from across the Bay Area, music from up and coming DJs, Jack and Jill competitions, social dancing all night, and much more!
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Susan’s Dance Studio was founded by Susan Sung in 2007. Our studio provides a variety of classes (both private and group) for people who love to dance. You can learn international dances like Ballroom, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Milonga, Bachata and much more in our studio.
Our motto is “Dance for fun, dance for energy, and dance for a more social life.” We do our best to make your life more meaningful and full of fun. Our classes are designed for students of all ages and abilities. All our instructors are professional, experienced, and enjoy working with all levels of students. Come to our studio; you will find the classes that are perfectly match with you. Whatever your reasons are for learning to dance, we are sure you will get caught up in the excitement and the music. You will also enjoy the benefits of healthy exercise and meeting lots of fun-loving people!
Getting started is fun and easy, and our professional dance teachers are waiting to show you just how much fun learning to dance at our studio can be. For more detailed information, please take a look our class schedules and calendar section on our website.
For more detail information, please take a look our class schedules and calendar. Join us today!
Business owners story by: Fundastic.com
Walk into New Susan’s Dance Studio in San Jose’s Capitol Square Mall, and owner Susan Sung greets you like a dear friend she hasn’t seen in years. It’s not an act. Susan really likes being with her customers and making them happy. That’s why she got into the dance-studio business. On a recent Friday evening she took time during an Argentine Tango lesson to talk to us about her experience starting and running a successful small business.
In 2007 I started to learn Salsa dancing because I liked being with people, and ballroom dancing is a social activity. I had run a studio for a non-profit organization, for crafts, flower arranging, yoga and things like that, but in 2007 decided I wanted my own dance studio. I thought the purpose of a dance studio is to make people feel happy. I wanted a more social life and business, and I wanted to make people happy. If everyone danced, there would be no fighting, no wars. I started in a different location with less space, and in June 2013 moved to this location. It has a total of 4,600 square feet of space, including a main dance floor with 2,600 square feet as well as smaller rooms for private lessons. We have our own lessons. We have Salsa lessons on Tuesdays, Argentine Tango on Fridays, and pretty soon we are going to open on every Sunday for dance lessons. We also rent out space to Mexican Folk Dance, Hip Hop, Bollywood, and children’s ballet groups. I also sell my own line of dance shoes which I designed myself, called “Dance With Me” brand.
How did you fund your business?
Financing to get started came from my then-husband. He was very supportive of me.
Running the Business
How did you learn to run your business?
I had run a bridal business for 13 years, 10 of those years actually in this same space where my dance studio is now. Brides are very nervous, and I helped a lot of people. It was good to help people with their problems, and I learned a lot by fixing problems. I learned I could solve every problem that came up.
What have been the biggest challenges in starting and running your business?
There are some really important things to make people happy in this business: having a good place that is clean and looks nice, and having good people. Good instructors, a good DJ, good (front desk) staff. In summers we get a lot of guest instructors from Argentina. We are the main Argentine Tango dance studio in the South Bay, and a lot of instructors who come to teach in San Francisco studios also can teach here.
What has been the most pleasant surprise about running your business?
I don’t really have surprises. When I see a lot of people having fun it is pleasant, but not a surprise. That’s because I work hard to make sure everything is right — the place, the people and the food, so I expect that things will go well and people will have fun. And the more people seem to appreciate what I do, the harder I want to try to make them happy.
What I’ve Learned
What do you wish you had known before starting your business?
I had run a business so I had a good idea what it was going to be like. This business is more social than the bridal business; you meet more people.
What advice do you have for others who are starting their own businesses?
I recommend that for the first three years they don’t think about how much they are spending or how they can cut costs. For the first three years they should be investing in marketing and other things they need to build their business and get established.
You can do anything you want, just don’t give up. You can’t do it just to make money. If you don’t put your heart into it, how can you get money?
Richard Kear and Gina Katigbak break down the choreography of the International Flash Mob at their Monday night West Coast Swing Class at Dance Boulevard in San Jose, CA.
Great blog post by Susan Rosenzweig on dancing and life
click here to read the Huffington Post article
Great music has lots of layers. The more you hear, the more options you have in your dancing.
Don Baarns provides lots of tips and tricks on his Music4Dancers channel
Partnering skills are vital to good ballroom dancing. Leading and following are skills that require true intelligence and cognitive abilities such as learning, pattern recognition, and non-verbal communication. Here is a collection of great articles that we are sure you will find useful.
Frequently Asked Questions about Lead and Follow
- Lead/follow concepts
- Specific to Hustle
- Specific to West Coast Swing
- Balance and Turning
- On Basics Of Turning And Spinning
- On Balance
- On Balance And Your Head Position
- Definitions And Nomenclature
- On Confusing Nomenclature
- On Pre-leads And Prep-leads
- How To Lead An “american spin” In East Coast Swing
- On Spotting
- On Leading Turns About Her Axis
- On Followers Strongly Dancing Their Own Part
- On Turns In Closed Dance Position
- On Turning Speed And Timing
- On Hands
- On Leading Multiple Turns
- On Leading The Final Turn
- On Foot Positions For Turns And Spins
- On Body Positions For Turns And Spins
- On Practicing Turns And Spins
- On Ducks And Neck Wraps
- Assorted topics
- Hearing the Beat
- Swing Music and Timing
- Hitting the Breaks
- Playing & Feeling The Music (by Skippy Blair)
- Active Following
- On Leaders Learning To Follow And Vice-versa
- On Learning To Lead More Figures
- On Leading Continuity Style Ballroom Figures
- On Leading American Style Ballroom Open Figures
- Essays On Leading And Following
- On Teaching The Leading And Following Of Slows And Quicks
- General tips and Social graces
- On How To Dress For Dancing
- vOn What To Carry With You To A Dance
- On Personal Hygiene, Dehydration And Contagion
- On Singing, Counting Out Loud And Verbal Leads
- On Dancing With Other People
- On Teaching On The Dance Floor
- On What To Lead When Social Dancing
- On Attitude When Social Dancing
- On Etiquette When Social Dancing
- On Dance Floors
- On Where To Look While Dancing
- On Floorcraft
- On Clubs And Bands
- On J&j And Traditional Style Competitions
- On Getting A Swelled Head