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What to Expect from a Group Dance Class at Smoothstyle

August 30, 2019

Here’s what you can expect from a group dance class with Smoothstyle:

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How To Develop Style & Musicality in West Coast Swing

July 5, 2019

Everyone wants to LOOK GREAT and EXPRESS MUSICALITY when they dance. That’s likely what attracts us to a dance in the first place – we see something we think is beautiful, cool, sexy, romantic, or fun and we want to experience it in our own bodies. Musicality keeps us INSPIRED – it’s exciting to watch…

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Maria’s Sample Weekly Workout

November 12, 2018

Maria shares two sample weeks from her workout schedule. These are at-home workouts that require little to no equipment.

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The Perfect Dance Bag

August 29, 2018

Everyone should make themselves The Perfect Dance Bag. It’s insanely easy to do – here’s how.

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Be Good at Beginning

August 8, 2018

Embrace BEING a beginner. Be one FOREVER. Because I want you here for the long-haul.

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How to Dance with Someone Who’s Not Very Good

June 4, 2018

If you have trouble dancing well *except* with your instructor or the “best” dancers in the room, it’s because those better dancers are adjusting to your quirks and compensating for your weaknesses. The good news is that you can get better at this. Here’s how …

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Q&A: Everything you ever wanted to know about an All-Star WCS dancer

July 7, 2017

Recently, I had an interesting online conversation with a new-to-West Coast Swing dancer whom I met at a dance event. He had many questions for me, and with his help, we’ve turned that conversation into this Q&A.

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How to Give a Beginner a GREAT Dance

June 22, 2017

A new dancer is the most precious of all. If you can make one feel comfortable and like they had fun, then you’ll improve your whole dance community. If you don’t know really how to do that, I’m writing this to help you out.

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Give Yourself a Break

December 14, 2016

Progress doesn’t happen in one fell swoop, and it’s rarely linear, either.

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Scents: How to Smell Good but not TOO Good While Dancing

December 1, 2016

Smell is sometimes the reason that people decline dances with others. Follow these tips and best practices regarding how to smell good but not TOO good while dancing.

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