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We offer you the most authentic and professional DanceSport entertainment
available anywhere. Plus flexible
and fun instruction for the whole family in every style of social dance
from around the globe that ANYONE can afford.
RED HOT BALLROOM!
Latin and Swing classes and dancing for
youth from middle school through high school and they're FREE!
for both the kids and any liscensed teachers willing to start a DanceSport program
in their schools. Classes starting soon at
The Columbia Heights Recreation Center and
every Tuesday evening at 4:30pm and
possibly soon on
Thursdays at the Mary H Reed Community Center in Adams Morgan
Enough must RSVP well in advance at TerryChasteen@yahoo.com
and ALL enrollees MUST have both a leader and follower partner.
switch throughout but we must
begin with an
even number of boys and girls. It doesn't matter if 2 same-gender couples
switch roles, but there must be an even number of both boys and girls so
this does not become an 'all-boys' or 'all-girls' event)
In the future we hope to organize a charitable
fundraising dence event including performances.
Click here for details
Adult classes: You can enroll in person on site during class by cash or check or transfer
your secure Pay Pal funds by logging in to Pay Pal (www.PayPal.com) and
transfering the funds through your credit card to to TerryChasteen@hotmail.com
Pay Pal account for an online gift certrificate for any combination below:
Adult 10-class dance card - $95.00
(an adult parent or guardian must enroll with each child
8 years old or below to partner and help mentor each younger child).
Individual drop-in dance classes - $12.00 ($15.
for Argentine Tango on Sundays, which includes the milonga)
Full-time Student 10-class dance card for adult classes - $85.00
Full-time student drop-in class rate - $10.00
Private dance coaching - $75.00 per session per
single or couple ($15 additional per person over 2 people attending)
(Class cards which
may include any combination of classes taught by Terry & Co)
Attention those with younger children
in the "Red Hot Ballroom" childrens'
classes who are under 8 years old.
children may enroll as long as a parent or guardian also enrolls to assist
and control them as necessary.
For very young children:,
I need to address a situation that parents must enroll and be able to
control and both mentor and partner their children when very young 5,
6 and 7-year-olds (under 8th birthday) attend the Wednesday and Sunday classes.
Though I would love to have a separate class for the younger ones, right
now that is just impossible with the small numbers of those willing to
make the committment and even then someone would need to work at home
with the younger ones if they are going to get anything out of this. Consequently
one (or preferably both) of the parents of younger children or even responsible
older brothers or sisters must take the class right along with them so
they can take them off to the side and catch them up whatever they are
having trouble with what is being taught or when they may have a tantrum,
as all children eventually have. This will prevent teachers from having to spend
so much time on one or two who aren't even sure of their right from their
left foot yet, which is much too time-consuming and unfair for the older
kids who want to move on. It's the only alternative for those who want
their kids to start dancing that early unless they wait until they are
In the past I've spent too much time on very basic material while the
older ones are chomping at the bit to move on. This is why at least one
parent must enroll in the class with the younger inexperienced ones to
be able to take give them extra attention when they have difficulty, which
is inevitable especially for 5, 6 and 7-year olds. If they are going to
dance that early, and I highly encourage that, someone has to step up
to the plate and be able to learn the dances and practice and partner
with them throughout the week. I am not able to take all of the responsibility
when I have older or other students with parents helping who are ready
to progress each week. Otherwise the teachers time is spent as a very inexpensive baby-sitter.
Regrettably there aren't enough very young ones whose parents want them to dance, so
to date this is the only option unless anyone can round up enough in that
age group to form another class and to pay a teacher to teach it. In Europe where culture and dancing starts
at an early age, that would be very simple. In America we put far too
little emphasis on culture and the arts and far too much emphasis, time
and money on violent video games and unnecessary wars and other wasting
of resources (had to get that in for the sake of the diminishing arts budgets in schools...).
Also attending adults must enroll with a 10-class dance card as well since
regardless of their age as they are no also students of each dance and need to be trained, as well. It will take just as much time and effort to train them as it does the youth (sometimes longer because the kids are so uninhibited).
attendance for the extremely young is only common sense anyway since one cannot help the kids practice the material at home if the parents are
clueless about the dances. This is not like taking a child's ballet or
Hip Hop or Jazz class when each participant doesn't dance with another
person. That is comparing apples to oranges. It takes much more to teach
a child to lead and/or follow and dance WITH another person, which is
why enrollment for younger children below 8 years of age requires an older
person to enroll with and help them.
Again, someone older has to take the responsibility
and enter the class and learn with them if they want to dance at an earlier
age. Mind you, I'm not at all discouraging enrollment at an earlier
age. In fact I highly encourage it. But I don't intend to become a baby-sitter
when those of that age get impatient and distracted which will prevent
the class from progressing. Those who are older or with parentswill
want to move on so it will take someone else to fill in and help them.
Also, the purpose for requiring everyone in all of the kids classes to
purchase a 10-class card as opposed to dropping in each week is to cause
everyone to make a committment to keep progressing, which won't happen
if people just drop in on occasion whenever they feel like it and pay
a one-time drop-in fee. This holds back those who are truly interested
and committed and makes it impossible for them to progress when they attend
every week and others attend only whenever they feel like it.
Adult 10-class cards are $95.00 and students are only $85.00, both of
which are as reasonable and flexible as any PleaseDanceWithMe.com Ballroom class in the complete
Washington Metropolitan area. If you go to any of the other companies and see
what they charge for the same quality of training or less you will realize what a bargain this is. The difference
will knock your socks off. Also our class cards are good toward any of
my other PleaseDanceWithMe.com classes regardless of the time or dance
Thanks and I appreciate your cooperation in this matter. For those who
for some reason don't care to enroll with their younger children or find a substitute, you will
need to wait until they are past 8 years of age so we can continue to teach
as opposed to becoming inexpensive baby-sitters chasing after
kids who lose their concentration while the others in the class are held
back from progressing. Personally I can't imagine why
any parent who is going to be present anyway would not feel it important
to learn the dances along with each child to practice with them
at home and so the kids can actually get something out of this from week to
week. The younger ones are not going to remember what was taught without
some help and once again, this is not like a solo ballet, jazz, violin
or piano class where the child doesn't need to learn the lead and follow
techniques of dancing with another person.
for information on charitable fund-raising efforts by
The "Red Hot Ballroom"
classes for 5th graders and up will start soon. Parents may also enroll and must enroll with
younger children below 8 years, who might need to be chaperroned. Parents
may dance and change partners separately, however, during the classes
at the same time as the kids class. It's good to be able to keep up with
what the kids are learning, but I want to keep them separate while dancing
and practicing so they all learn to feel comfortable in a social environment
with their own age group. There will be occasional changing of partners
between the adults attending and the middle-schoolers, however, so the
kids can also feel comfortable at future family social events dancing
with aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other adults.
We will initially be working on the very popular social Latin, Swing and
Ballroom dances to get started.
These classes will all be geared toward the likings of those who are middle-school
aged, so if you're not interested in warming up by learning something
like the Hip Hop dances that we danced in "Head
Of State" or a new segment of the Michael Jackson "Thriller"
routine each week, then it may be best to take one of my weekday and/or
weekend adult social dance classes. We will
eventually be learning the "Thriller" routine in it's entirety
and hopefully perform it as a future charitable fund-raising event as
part of Terry Chasteen's DancingKids' Network
to benefit the many in our world who are not nearly as fortunate as we are. We will also be ultimately performing many of the other dances
learned in the series, of which there are many.
The classes will also include occasional segments in ettiquette, such
as participating in a receiving line and other proper social procedures
during dances and social events. Eventually we will host the National
Capitol "Red Hot Ballroom DanceSPORT Championships"
for high school and middle school students after everyone gets some experience
in the different dances. The Championships will initially include some
events with only grading and critiquing of the couples by the judges,
instead of being actually placed as in a competition. In due time, however,
it will actually involve competing, which is not so important about winning,
but rather is an ideal way to get everyone really focused on the fine
details of their dancing. The National
Capitol "Red Hot Ballroom DanceSPORT Championships"
will be scheduled in the future hopefully at the DC Armory (my choice ...to use this magnificent facility. if you have some pull, call me). Starting the kids dancing now will give them
plenty of time to become comfortable with the dances before "SHOWTIME"!
You may download and print several fliers below, which you may send to
others who might be interested in joining us on Saturdays, as well as
during Sundays 2:00pm. Mondays may also be considered at one of the local
close-in Md or DC middle or high schools.
After several years of teaching numerous highly successful class series
in Virginia in this age group and having the kids routinely chomping at
the bit for more, I can assure you that their appreciation for music and
social dancing of all styles will grow exponentially. I have numerous
examples of parents being amazed at the results and at how we are able
to relate with and motivate their kids in this sometimes intimidating
social sport (Mother thinks it's just because I still haven't grown up
myself, yet at age 63, which is why the kids relate to me so well......whatever!.....).
If you have any questions, please email at the address below...and THANKS!
to so many of you who took the time to commemorate
Michael's passing by coming
in to learn 'Michael Jackson's Thriller' over the June 26th weekend. I
can't think of a
better way to honor him than to learn how to dance like him, though none
of us will ever
even come close. This is not the end, however .... we'll be doing this
most Sat mornings as
a class warm-up at 10:00AM and on Sundays between 8:30PM & 9:00PM
as part of the weekly
DC Michael Jackson's Thriller Meetup Group
'Michael Jackson's Thriller' workshops and class warm-up
will continue for learning learn this one-of-a-kind dance routine.
for any additions in days or times above and beyond
the 10:00AM Saturday morning class warm-up before our beginner Salsa class
(taught by Mein at 10:30AM) and the 'Dancing
Kids' Network' Ballroom, Latin & Swing classes at 10:30AM (taught
by Terry and additional associate teachers). Continue celebrating Michael's
life by doing what he did better than anyone else...by DANCING! .... We
want EVERYONE to know this dance!
Below are three results in
video from the June 26th weekend:
(1) VIDEO Michael Jackson "Thriller" Sat
morning dance class at the Chevy Chase Ballroom on YouTube
Saturday, June 27th, 2009.
VIDEO Featured WUSA channel 9 News Video with Terry & Nicole on Friday,
June 25th. Now
seen on WUSA9.com.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller on Channel 9, Friday June 25th, 2009
"Michael Jackson will always be known as the original King of Pop.
But when Thriller starts to play, ---many fans sing, dance and try to
imitate this legend".
VIDEO Latest Videos now posted on WUSA9.com, including Terry teaching
and Terry & Nicole dancing on June 25th, 2009 (5.25 minutes). Now
available at WUSA9.com.
Learn the dance from “Thriller”.
"Digital correspondent Lindsey Mastis found a man who has spent many
years teaching the 'Thriller' dance".
Isn't it time to STOP WATCHING all the fun....and
START HAVING IT?!!
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