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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 Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you when these restrictions are no longer in effect.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


Watch our new ‘Fantastic Fantasy’ virtual student showcase on YouTube!

Dance Station is proud to debut Fantastic Fantasy, our newest virtual showcase. Enjoy Dance Station students and teachers as they share their love of dance.

These 14 numbers include an ancient Greek god and goddess, glamorous pirates with a dead man’s treasure chest, a lady and a tramp, and other dances inspired by our students’ favorite fantasy themes.

Thanks to our participating students: Renee Castagnola, Dave Cremers, Cherie Hughes, Elke Kniss, Nancy Leverenz, Finn Maurice, Barbara Pattelena, Peter Pesic, Kathy Roybal, and David Sitrin. Also: Wid Slick, Marie Stoffer, Tara Teilmann, and Ssu Weng.

They performed with Dance Station teachers Lawrence Black, Elli Hindmarch, and Mary Miller.

While we love the experience of dancing before a live audience (which will return next year), we have found that putting our dance performances on video has exciting benefits. Foremost is the ability to share these virtual showcases with friends and family far and wide.

Please enjoy, and we plan to present another online event in December. In the meantime, remember to dance!

Enjoy these other images from Fantastic Fantasy:


Watch our new Virtual Student Showcase from home!

 

 

Dance Station is usually filled with spectators whenever we throw one of our student showcases. But like so many other things in 2020, we’ve had to do much of our work virtually. Now, we are proud to announce that our latest student showcase is available to view online. All 12 showcase videos are free to stream.

We call it “Dancing Through the Decades 1920-2020.” Please join me in congratulating our participating students: Dave Cremers, Ted Kreifals, Nancy Leverenz, Katherine Nydes, Barbara Pattelena, Peter Pesic, Kathy Roybal, Marie Stoffer, and Meg Wilburn.

I’d also like to offer a special thanks to our teachers who joined me in choreographing and performing these routines: Mike Garcia, Elli Hindmarch, and Mary Miller.

We are excited to share our dancing in this new format. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot and have really enjoyed the benefits of producing this video showcase. We’re happy that we can now share it with you.

So welcome to “Dancing Through the Decades 1920-2020!” You provide the dinner and we provide the show! Click here to watch the showcase videos.

Meanwhile, enjoy a few photos from the showcase performances!

 


On a Thanksgiving like no other, I am profoundly thankful for the Dance Station community

Lawrence and Nancy Leverenz will perform in our upcoming virtual showcase.

What a year this has been! “Unprecedented” doesn’t begin to describe it.

Today, our dance world is on hiatus. Social dancing, parties, competitions … all are off for the foreseeable future. Many lives and livelihoods in our community have been upended. And yet our dance community still thrives. We have come together and supported one another. We are dancing online — and soon Dance Station will debut its first-ever “virtual” student showcase that you’ll be able to view at home. Our lives continue to be filled, and even fulfilled, by our love and engagement in dance.

In these times I have found resilience to be my savior. But it isn’t something I derived from myself. Rather, it comes from the strength and generosity of my dear community. When I saw no light at the end of the tunnel during our spring shutdown, and experienced the darkness and uncertainty of when or even whether the studio would reopen, it was my students, my friends, and my family that provided the strength and courage to proceed.

As I write this, the Dance Station is closed once again. But this time the territory and experience are more familiar and less foreboding. I don’t know what the coming months will look like, or what struggles lie ahead. But I do know that the strength, love, generosity, and resilience of our community — of you, my most dear friends and family — will see us through.

Please hold fast the connections of our community. Call a friend, extend help, offer a listening ear. It is the spreading web of our people and our dancers that has made Dance Station successful, and will ensure its survival.

My gratitude to all of you runs deeper every year, but it is especially profound this year. I am certain times will change and will find us all dancing together again. Thank you for providing the resilience to keep me moving forward. I wish you and yours a safe and special holiday.

— Lawrence Black


Dance Station Closure

Dance Station will be closed through April 10 per state orders in an effort to slow the spread of Covid 19. All lessons, group classes, and other activities will be cancelled during this time. Please be careful and kind. We will be dancing again soon.

If you have any questions feel free to call at 505-989-9788 and sign up at Dancestationusa.com for updates. Thank you.


An Important Message for our Students

To all of our Dance Station friends and family:
In light of current events we are making some changes to our schedule for the remainder of March. All group partner dance classes will be cancelled along with the Competitor Practice, Tango Practica, and Blues Dance. Our Jazzercise classes and Michael Walker’s Dance Technique class will remain on the schedule as there is no contact with other students in these classes. All of our teachers are available for private lessons, please contact them directly to make or change appointments. (Contact list at bottom of this message)

We are asking that students and teachers wash their hands thoroughly before and after lessons. If you feel ill please stay at home. Please use your best judgement about attending lessons if you have traveled, especially if you have been in areas where the virus cases are spiking.

We are increasing cleaning in the studio, especially door handles and other frequently handled surfaces. Our Jazzercise classes will be following an all standing format to eliminate the use of mats and weights. We are also making some schedule adjustments to keep a lighter flow of traffic in the studio.

This is a stressful time for many people with constantly evolving circumstances. We hope by taking precautions and keeping our private lessons and Jazzercise classes available we can safely bring the positive effects of dance to all our lives. You will also be supporting our teachers as they and their families face this uncertainty. Most of all we thank you all for your continued support and commitment.

Instructor Contacts:
Lawrence and Mary: (505) 989-9788 /info@dancestationusa.com
Arturo Chavez: (505) 228-7788
Dave Duncklee: (505) 660-8419
Patricia Duran: (505) 577-3273
Mike Garcia: (505) 577-2294 /creativelifecontact1@gmail.com
Elli Hindmarch: (505) 577-8324 / dovetaildance@gmail.com

Jazzercise: 505-226-2287/jazzercisesfds@gmail.com
Jason Miller: (505) 570-1024 / jaymills505@gmail.com
Cheryl Noonan: (505) 670-6418 / cherylnoonan1@gmail.com
Michael Walker: (505) 795-6798


Competitor Practice

Our next competitor practice is this Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm. Register at the front desk to dance competitive rounds with your teacher or your amateur partner. If you are curious about competitive dancing or just want to support your dancing friends feel free join us to watch and cheer the dancers on. IMG_1743