Intention Based Training
Why do YOU want to dance?
We realize that WHY you are doing something is much more important then WHAT you are doing. We approach every single private and group lesson with the knowledge and skill to teach the person/people... not just a syllabus or lesson plan. When you ask a question, we'll give you an informed and specific answer to guide you in your dancing. Intention Based Training is the product of years of dance instruction theory, combined with real world experience in training dancers to the highest levels of DanceSport.
Action Verses Steps
BE CAREFUL OF THE TRAP! Steps and patterns are a necessary part of dancing, but knowing more and more steps - no matter how complicated and flashy they are - does not mean you're a good dancer. The only way of improving your dancing is to improve the habits your body uses to create movement.
We will train you from the beginning to have beautiful form and lines, and will work on developing the strength and flexibility you need so that when you want to do that hot new step... you're not only able to do it, you're able to make it look sexy!
Getting Down to Basics
We absolutely love doing eye catching, jaw dropping stunts, but we also embrace the fact that no matter how good your tricks are, dance becomes amazing on the back of how well your individual actions are. We focus on Hip Actions, Leg Lines, Arm Styling, Chest & Rib Isolations, Foot & Ankle Articulations and more. When all of your body is in your control, you have absolute freedom to transcend movement and create art!
Professional/Amateur and Couples Competition Training
What is Pro/Am?
Dancing With the Stars is a reality TV show built on Pro/Am dancing. Across the world there are thousands of students who train, perform and compete with their professional partners. The difference between the show and real life though, is that we're all normal people, and there are not rude judges making strange critiques of your dancing (we know, we are part of the judging community in real life).
You don't have to be a celebrity to dance with a pro!
If you're one of the lucky ones that has found a partner to compete with, we can absolutely train you to shine on the dance floor. We have a proven record of producing quality dancers at Bronze, Silver, Gold, Novice, Pre-Champ and Championship levels in International Latin and Ballroom as well as American Rhythm and Smooth. We have also trained competitive Salsa dancers and have even worked with the Texas State Champion Pole Dancing Duo. If it's dance you do with a partner, we can help you make it better!
Finding a Partner
We know finding the right partner can be a journey. Luckily, we've discovered the secret sauce to what makes a good partnership.
What your partners current level is at the time you begin your partnership is mostly irrelevant. What matters the most is that you have a compatible vision and dream, and that you have a functioning practice schedule. All other details will work themselves out if those two elements are in place.
Emphasize the Conversation
Dancing at a club, or on a cruise, or in your kitchen is a far different experience then a competition or a performance. The experience is more about the connection to another person. It's a sharing of internal experience. As such the rules and dynamics are more subtle in a social dance. In the end, your goal should always be to help your partner feel like they are the amazing person they are. If you help everyone you dance with feel great about their dancing, you'll always have a line of partners waiting for that magical experience with you!
Pro/Am for Social Dancers
Take your lessons to the social floor! There is a beauty and ease that comes from dancing with an expert level dancer. Jess gives you the opportunity to hone your technique and practice those new figures without the fear of making a mistake or confusing your partner. She is there to help navigate the floor and other couples, help you build confidence to use the skills you have been practicing in your lessons, and has the ability to respond to subtle connection cues that other newer dancers may still be learning. Whether its a weekly dance or formal event Jess is ready to dance the night away and make you look good doing it!
The Big Picture
We can help you learn the steps so well that you'll understand how your partner feels when you dance them. Your partner will feel like they are a better dancer when they dance with you. We'll teach you how, when and where to connect your body to your partner to create amazing shared experiences. Steps will be a part of your training, but we promise we won't get lost in the falsehood that if you can dance fancier steps you're magically a better dancer. A simple side step executed with the intention of flirtation is far more powerful than all the spins and arm tricks you can muster!
Enjoy the Moment
You finally found the courage to ask that special person to dance, and you're heading to the dance floor together. This is the moment that makes or breaks the dancer. Are you going to be in your own head, thinking about impressing your partner with all your great moves, or the latest and greatest trick? Or are you going to be in a shared moment of spontaneity that will never be able to be created again? I know which moment I'd rather be a part of... I guess that's how I found such an amazing partner to share my life journey with.
Performance Training and Choreography
We LOVE to choreograph performance routines. Whether it's for your partnership, or you want to perform with Jess, we will craft an artistic expression that comes from you. Your life experience is what drives the emotional artistic expression from your dancing, and we thrive when we help unlock all that creative energy inside our students. Your solo can be anything you want it to be: fun, silly, loving, passionate, intense, angry, sensual... the only limits are what your heart is willing to show.
Let Your Light Shine
There is something that happens when you take the stage. A light fills your body and causes a solitary vibration from deep within your soul. With the skill, the choreography, and the music you harness that power within you and summon the courage to lay your inner self before your audience. You form an instantaneous intimacy with everyone there that is the heart of every artistic expression known to humanity. Whether dancing for an audience of a few dozen, or a stadium of thousands, you walk away from the experience humbly glowing with appreciation for the truly divine gift that comes from performing.
Ready to start dancing? I promise that once you start, you will never want to stop!
Dances you can learn with Jess:
International Latin (Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso doble, Jive), International Standard (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep), American Rhythm (Cha Cha, American Rumba, Bolero, East Coast Swing, Mambo), American Smooth (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz), Latin Club Dances (Salsa, Bachata, etc), Single Time Swing.