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Here’s how we are keeping you safe

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Dance Station is excited to reopen and bring the joy of dance back to our community.

We now offer virtual lessons, where you can learn at home over an internet link with your instructor.

At the studio, we have resumed in-person lessons for singles and couples. For the health and safety of our students and teachers, we have implemented the following policies that meet or exceed the governor’s Covid-19 guidelines:

  • Students and teachers should be masked for the entire lesson. Students decide how much contact, if any, they would like with their teacher.
  • Students should remove their street shoes at the door.
  • Teachers and students should wash their hands thoroughly before and after the lesson. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the studio.
  • We allow only one lesson at a time, so students and their teacher have the floor to themselves.
  • Teachers perform a cleaning between each lesson.
  • Students who are not feeling well for any reason are encouraged to stay home. We are happy to reschedule your lesson!
  • We ask that students stay away from the studio for 14 days after: traveling; attending a large gathering; coming into contact with someone who has Covid-19; or otherwise being at heightened risk of exposure.

If for any reason you cannot comply with our in-studio policies, we encourage you to consider virtual lessons. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you when these restrictions are no longer in effect.

We are grateful for the support, dedication and encouragement of our dance friends and family.

To schedule a lesson, or ask us questions, please call (505) 989-9788 or email us at info@dancestationusa.com


Join USA Dance for a FREE social dance at Dance Station — this Saturday, July 28!

Poster for USA Dance in Santa Fe


USA Dance at Dance Station

Dance Station students and friends are invited to a FREE social dance from 2 – 5 p.m. this Saturday, July 28 at Dance Station.

The North-Central New Mexico chapter of USA Dance is hosting the event. USA Dance encourages dancers from Albuquerque and Santa Fe to meet and mingle.

Along with the usual blend of ballroom, Latin, swing and club music, DJ Doug McClellan will throw in some Argentine tangos, salsas, and two-steps to accommodate the Santa Fe dance community. Light refreshments will be served.

Come and enjoy three hours of dancing for an unbeatable price! If you have questions, please contact Doug at (505) 660-9957.

USA Dance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the quality and quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States. The North-Central New Mexico group (Chapter #5047) hosts regular dances from 6 – 9 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4915 Hawkins St. NE in Albuquerque.

We hope to see you all at Dance Station this Saturday!


See Lawrence and Mary perform Sunday, Dec. 18 at USA Dance!

Lawrence and Mary will be the featured performers at USA Dance this Sunday, Dec. 18 dancing their professional Viennese waltz and foxtrot competition routines.

The regular Third Sunday dance is 6 – 9 p.m. at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4915 Hawkins St. NE, Albuquerque. It’s on the north side of Albuquerque, near Balloon Fiesta Park, so it is an easy drive from Santa Fe.

The North-Central New Mexico chapter of USA Dance hosts variety dances on the first and third Sundays of every month. Come for Lawrence and Mary’s performance, but please stay for the dancing. USA Dance emphasizes ballroom and Latin dances, with the occasional Argentine tango, West Coast Swing, Night Club Two-Step, and other club dances thrown in. The Square Dance Center features one of the biggest and best dance floors in New Mexico.

Attendance is $10 for visitors and $7 for members. Doug McClellan has a limited number of free passes available for first-time visitors.

USA Dance is also hosting a food drive to benefit Silver Horizons, a nonprofit that benefits seniors in need. You can donate canned or other non-perishable food items at the Sunday dance.

For more information on USA Dance, visit www.usadancenm.org. See you Sunday!


Keep the holiday party going on Sunday

If you still feel the need to shake your holiday groove thang — after attending Dance Station’s holiday party on Friday, of course — check out the USA Dance Holiday Dance this Sunday, Dec. 6, from 6-9 p.m.

The special dress-up dance will feature live music by Roger Burns. Admission is $10 for USA Dance members and $15 for non-members. The dance is at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4915 Hawkins St. NE, Albuquerque, which has a beautiful — and enormous — dance floor. It’s on the north side of Albuquerque, not far from Balloon Fiesta Park, so it’s convenient for Santa Feans to reach. Take the Ellison/San Antonio exit from I-25 and head west on Ellison (away from the Sandia mountains) for a short distance, past the motels, until coming to Hawkins. (Click here for a map.)

The North-Central New Mexico chapter of USA Dance hosts regular dances at the Square Dance Center on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. For more information, visit the chapter website or contact Doug McClellan. USA Dance is the national non-profit organization that’s dedicated to improving the quantity and quality of ballroom dancing in the United States.

Patricia Duran and Arturo Chavez give an Argentine Tango performance at USA Dance. Photo courtesy USA Dance

Patricia Duran and Arturo Chavez give an Argentine Tango performance at USA Dance. Photo courtesy USA Dance


More photos from Colorado Star Ball posted

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Lawrence Black and Kathy Roybal

 

Dance Station students and teachers — along with friends of the studio — who competed at the 2014 Colorado Star Ball are home icing their feet and eating all the good stuff they couldn’t indulge in while they were dancing.

Meanwhile, we’ve posted new photos from American smooth day on Saturday. Check them out in the gallery.

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Hayward and Mary receiving his scholarship award from Dasha Sushko and Michael Mead

 

Congratulations to Hayward Simoneaux, who with his instructor, Mary Brennecke, took first place in an American bronze smooth scholarship and second place in another smooth scholarship dance — both crowded with some other fine dancers.

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Mary Brennecke and Lawrence Black

 

Mary and Lawrence returned to the professional smooth circuit with their stunning routines on Saturday and Sunday nights.

 

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Kristine Poole and Michael Roybal

 

For the second year in a row, Kristine Poole’s student Michael Roybal won top gold male student, while Doug McClellan was top silver male student.

Congratulations to everyone who danced in Denver along with those mentioned above: Ken Duerre, Pamela Epple, Glen Nicolet, Rhonda Romero, Kathy Roybal, Eileen Tenn, Caroline Townsley, Ssu Weng, and friends of the studio Patricia Duran and Victoria Lujan, who danced with instructor Ross Pearce of Phoenix. Patricia and Arturo Chavez also performed Argentine tango.

See all of the 2014 Colorado Star Ball photos here.


They’ve got rhythm at the Colorado Star Ball

Rhonda Romero, Lawrence Black, Pamela Epple and Kathy Roybal showed off their gansta ballroom moves in Colorado.

Dance Station students cha cha’s and mambo’d their way to success at the Colorado Star Ball, as American Rhythm events concluded Friday night. Check out the full gallery; we’ll be adding more photos throughout the weekend.

Saturday is American Smooth day. Lawrence Black will be dancing with students Ssu Weng, Pamela Epple, Kathy Roybal, Carolyn Townsley and Eileen Tenn. Kristine Poole will compete with Glen Nicolet, Ken Duerre and Michael Roybal. Mary Brennecke will dance with student Hayward Simoneaux. Mary and Lawrence will also dance in the professional competition Saturday night.

If you’d like to watch the competition from home, you can stream it here via a pay-per-view service.

Rhonda Romero and Lawrence Black

Glen Nicolet and Kristine Poole

Kathy Roybal and Lawrence Black

Pamela Epple and Lawrence Black

Ken Duerre and Kristine Poole

Lawrence Black and Eileen Tenn


Dance Station stars come out to shine in Colorado tonight!

Dance Station’s stars will come out to shine at the Colorado Star Ball, beginning this evening and going through Sunday night.

A large contingent of Dance Station students, along with friends of the studio, are converging outside of Denver to participate in one of the studio’s favorite competitions. Others are heading up to Denver to cheer on the competitors and their instructors. Competitors aren’t just dancing for bragging rights — they can win scholarship money and other prizes!

If you can’t make it to Colorado, you can still watch the proceedings on your computer via a live stream. While it isn’t free, it’s a great way to watch your friends and fellow students dance all out on a big ballroom floor. Get more information about the live stream here.

We’ll keep you updated on the blog on how our students are doing. And it isn’t just students competing in Colorado — instructors Lawrence Black and Mary Brennecke return to the professional competitive circuit on Saturday and Sunday nights with their beautiful American smooth routines.

These students are competing tonight in bronze American rhythm events (which includes the American rumba and cha cha, swing, bolero and mambo). Their heats begin at 5:55 p.m. and run until nearly 11 p.m.:

Rhonda Romero, Kathy Roybal, and Pamela Epple (with instructor Lawrence Black); and
Glen Nicolet (with instructor Kristine Poole).

You can look up times of specific heats for individual students by accessing the Colorado Star Ball heat list here.

American rhythm events continue Friday morning and evening. Saturday is dedicated to American smooth, while Sunday is for Latin and Standard.

Other students dancing in Colorado through the weekend are:
Eileen Tenn, Ssu Weng and Caroline Townsley, dancing with Lawrence;
Hayward Simoneaux, dancing with Mary; and
Ken Duerre, Michael Roybal and Doug McClellan, dancing with Kristine.
Friends of the studio Victoria Lujan, Patricia Duran and Arturo Chavez also will be competing.

Stay tuned to the blog for updates from Colorado!