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"FAIRYTALES AND FANTASY" SHOWCASE

We are so excited to officially invite all of our friends, families, and students to our upcoming “FAIRYTALES AND FANTASY” Showcase at #DazaDance on Saturday, November 11th at 5:00pm. This showcase theme is a dream come true for all of us at Daza Dance and we want to share it with all of you. Join us, as we promise to entertain you and make this experience an unforgettable one. Our amazing team of instructors and students have been working extremely hard to learn their routines for the last four months... and now it’s Showtime! For more information about getting tickets call us at (404)5375222 or email us at info@dazadance.com. We look forward to seeing you then! 
#daza#DazaDanceShowcase #IBelieveInMiracles #atlanta #AtlantaDance#ChangingTheWorldThroughDance

REBOOT THE MOON!!

On my birthday I woke up to a phone that was self-destructing before my eyes. Half my apps had what looked like Divinci spider webs on them, I couldn’t access texts or what’s app messages, and everything else was frozen! I was on the phone with tech support for two hours and they finally determined that there was too much information on my phone, and for it to work again I would have to erase all the memory, data, and pictures from my phone. Usually, something like this would cause me to have a panic attack, but my immediate reaction was to listen to the lesson in the situation. I could feel a stillness in the midst of my disappointment telling me it was time to let go of negativity and all the things that clutter my spirit and keeping me from functioning to my fullest potential. The more I stay true to who I am through the joy and discipline of dance the light within me becomes brighter making my path to wholeness and peace clearer.

While I was waiting on my phone to update I began to reflect on my time in the studio. On Monday I had a fun warm-up with Maxi to the song “We Got the Beat” by The Go-Gos for the east coast swing.  I got this strong burst of energy and happiness and moments of pure, clear, laughter poured from my soul. After warm-ups, we focus on some more of the choreography and I am able to catch on quickly. At the end of the session, I ask to do it by myself to make sure it I cemented in my memory. I am able to complete the choreography by myself, and Maxi gives me a big hug.

Later that week I am working with Antonio and am having issues with the dip movement in my choreography.  I have to get it together as I am doing several dips throughout this routine, but I keep stumbling and falling like a scene from I love Lucy.  Even though the illusion will be given that Antonio is holding me up, really I am supposed to hold up myself. At one point I almost tip over completely on the floor! Mario, Antonio, and I burst out in laughter as this is such a challenge for me to master. Through fully engaging my core and squeezing my thighs together for the support I am feeling more secure in my stance. I am also focusing on strengthening my ankles with various exercises to further control my wobbling, and I can see things coming together slowly but surely.

The next night I got to do my video for the upcoming showcase and do one of my favorite things, talk about how much I love the studio and how much being here has changed my life. I was reflecting on how far I’ve come in my personal growth and how through Daza Dance I now have a platform to encourage people throughout the world! Antonio has helped me to draw out the best in myself, and my family at the studio through their love and acceptance of me shows me how to give that love to others. Later that evening Antonio surprised me with a cake and everyone at the studio sang happy birthday, it felt good to be acknowledged by this group of people that I have grown to love so much!

As I conclude these thoughts I finish up with tech support. The lesson I learned from my temperamental cellphone rings throughout my entire being. (pun intended, ha-ha) I entitled the piece reboot the moon because my name means like the moon, and just like my cell phone I need to reboot and let go of harmful thought patterns that no longer serve me. As I started to monitor my thoughts I noticed a twinge of pain when I would dwell too much on negativity, and I noticed feelings of fear began to rise at the thought of letting them go because I had become comfortable in these patterns. Now in order to live my fullest life I must let them go. Dancing continues to help me find the truth in my spirit and allows the light within to shine so bright, I am ready to press through the darkness and truly embrace gratitude and the good in life.

By Kamaria George (10/08/2017)


WE ARE FAMILY

There was excitement in the studio when I arrived on Monday, Lynn and Colet had competed in the North Carolina Classic with Maxi and Mario! Maxi and Mario did a Great job capturing the special moments in the competition in photos and video. The first photos were of the sooth portion of the day. I always love to see the dresses everyone wears, and Colet wore a stunning Navy gown with Crystal accents while Lynn wore a black gown with lavender trim. For the Latin Lynn wore a turquoise dress with crystal trim, and Colet wore a dazzling red and silver dress Latin part of the competition was captured in videos, and the Daza community got to show their support as we viewed everything on facebook.  Lynn attacked the competition with the same vigor and she does with the showcase with dances that are difficult to master like the quickstep and the Viennese waltz.  You could see her joy as she performed, whenever you watch Lynn you can’t help but feel her happiness!  I enjoyed watching Colet as well, as I watched her videos I was thinking about a party several months ago where Colet and Maxi took the dance doing the Hustle and it looked like a planned performance. Watching them dance was like a dream sequence from a movie and put a smile on everyone’s face. As continued to pour over the videos it was no surprise to me that Colet was named top newcomer! Both ladies did an amazing job and everyone wanted to congratulate them when they returned!

Today I am continuing to prepare for my Latin test and taking Sebastian’s notes from last week to heart. Antonio and I talked about these notes in conjunction with my scores from my competition which I had entered into a spreadsheet. Just as I suspected my weakest area was technical, I need to concentrate on the precise foot movements. I was feeling proud as I was helping Antonio remember the order of my showcase choreography. I’m still perfecting it but I know the sequence well enough, and it feels almost like I am teaching Antonio again. After going through the routine twice he remembers everything and I am the student once more. I am still excited as my ability to retain choreography grows with each showcase.

At the end of the week was a celebration of love for Mario and Maxi. They show so much selfless love with all of their students, colleagues, and everyone that crosses their path, helping us achieve our dreams, and making us feel special and important. It was only fitting we got a chance to gather on their behalf and appreciate them as they joined together in marriage. The studio was transformed into a reception hall with navy shadow striped tablecloths, hanging lights, and beautiful flower and candle arrangements designed by Maxi. The evening was overflowing with laughter, love, and dancing through the night!  Their natural family could not attend so we became their family which made the evening even more special.  The song “We are Family” by Sister Sledge came on and I was feeling it! We are indeed a family. Both Mario and Maxi have impacted me with their love and encouragement and I along with everyone at Daza Dance want the best life has to offer for them today and always!

By: Kamaria George (10/01/2017)


THIRD AND FINAL VIDEO FILMING!

Third and final round of filming at Daza Dance as we continue to get ready for our upcoming “FAIRY TALES AND FANTASY” Showcase on Saturday, November 11. This time it was our turn to get our instructor’s video done. We can hardly believe we are only 4 weeks away from show time. A showcase is an event we host in our facility twice at year, with the intention of bringing our dance community together under one common goal. In addition, the showcase provides an opportunity to our professional instructors to set and accomplish short-time goals with their students. Also, the showcase is a great time for our students to perform what they have worked on and gain some of the benefits of Ballroom Dancing. If you need more information about tickets cost, visit us at www.dazadance.com, email us at info@dazadance.com or call us at (404)5375222.
#daza #atlanta#iloveballroomdancing #dazadanceshowcase #ibelieveinmiracles#atlantadance


SECOND ROUND OF SHOWCASE VIDEOS!

Second Round of filming at Daza Dance as we continue to get ready for our upcoming “FAIRY TALES AND FANTASY” Showcase on Saturday, November 11. We can hardly believe we are only 4 weeks away from show time. All of our students and instructors have been working very hard to put on a wonderful show to entertained their family and friends. A showcase is an event we host in our facility twice at year, with the intention of bringing our dance community together under one common goal. In addition, the showcase provides an opportunity to our professional instructors to set and accomplish short-time goals with their students. Also, the showcase is a great time for our students to perform what they have worked on and gain some of the benefits of Ballroom Dancing. If you need more information about tickets cost, visit us at www.dazadance.com, email us at info@dazadance.com or call us at (404)5375222. #daza #atlanta#iloveballroomdancing #dazadanceshowcase #ibelieveinmiracles #atlantadance #DazaDance








FIRST ROUND OF SHOWCASE VIDEOS!

Let the #countdown begin... first round of interview videos is done! We can’t believe we are only five weeks before our “FAIRY TALES AND FANTASY” Showcase here at #DazaDance on November 11, 2017. All of our students and instructors have been working very hard to put on a wonderful show to entertained their family and friends. A showcase is an event we host in our facility twice at year, with the intention of bringing our dance community together under one common goal. In addition, the showcase provides an opportunity to our professional instructors to set and accomplish short-time goals with their students. Also, the showcase is a great time for our students to perform what they have worked on and gain some of the benefits of Ballroom Dancing. If you need more information about tickets cost, visit us at www.dazadance.com, email us at info@dazadance.com or call us at (404)5375222.


THANK YOU SEBASTIAN COLAVITA!

It is always such a pleasure to have Sebastian Colavita coming to Atlanta and share with us, his extensive dance knowledge and charisma. Having him here in our studio always brings a great positive energy and we can't wait to have him back in the near future. He has become such an important part of our Daza Dance family and we appreciate all the effort he puts into bringing our respective schools together. 
Thank you, Sebastian, for everything you did for and with us during your time in our city this past month.









MIDTERM EXAM!

Today I feel an incredible burst of energy as I enter the studio! Because of Hurricane Irma, it’s been four whole days since I’ve seen everyone, and I’m so happy to get back in the swing of things! My office was closed, so I had a lot of time to contemplate about life and what’s important.  I am noticeably bubbling over even more than my usual self and so grateful to be a part of this community.

Today I have a coaching session with Sebastian to give me insights from his wealth of knowledge on my upcoming test. Just like the test, I perform the Rumba, Cha-Cha, Salsa and East Coast Swing with Antonio, and afterward, Sebastian spent time coaching me.  I was truly having fun with all the dances, but in true Kamaria fashion, I got wild with my East Coast Swing. I have yet to master the art of letting myself go completely while maintaining my form, but I was having a fantastic time!!

Sebastian told me I have beautiful arms which made me feel wonderful. He gave me notes on my posture and adjusted my shoulders to a stance of power, he also showed me exercises to lengthen my frame. One of my most memorable notes was when he made an adjustment to my rock step in the East Coast Swing which caused more movement in my feet, and this was something that could transfer to any Rhythm Dance.   As we were going through the process and making tweaks and enhancements I could feel the change in my dance, and at times I got to be so excited I forgot to breathe!

My life lesson came as I began to walk in my stance of power, the more I immerse myself in ballroom dance the more I have gained confidence and realized my value. As I relax into the person I was meant to be I am gaining power, not by shouting I am powerful from the rooftops but by being focused on my destiny and secure in who I am.

I feel like I’ve been through my midterm exams and will be well prepared for my final exam with Collet in October!!

By: Kamaria George (09/16/2017)


NORTH CAROLINA CLASSIC COMPETITION (2)

I'm so so proud of my Daza Dance family for the amazing job they did this past weekend at the North Carolina Classic Competition in Charlotte. I appreciate very much Mario and Maxi's commitment to the success of our dance school. As far as our students I could not ask for a better group of people. They are caring, fun and always motivated to keep us doing this craft we love so much. Congratulations to all of you for accomplishing all your goals and showing once again how things are done at Daza Dance. I love y'all and welcome home! 



SEPTEMBER PARTY RECAP- HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANTONIO!!!

Since being back in Atlanta I have been working harder than ever before. The Competition in Argentina was a great Masterclass, and I find that each time go I return more confident and more conscious of what to do to improve my dance. The Friday after my return I had a class with Maxi. Maxi and I spent time cleaning up the Showcase choreography and his bright smiling face infused me with energy. During class, my mind was consumed with thoughts what the future will bring, and the preparations for my upcoming test in Rhythm Dances and the Showcase.

I was still extremely tired and a little sad to be back, as I truly love Argentina and the Argentine people. To be completely embraced by people who accept you and connect with you instantly is a beautiful experience, and this time I also made friends with people from Uruguay and Chile.  Also to just be in an atmosphere of continuous dancing is heaven to me! If I could dance all day every day I would, dancing to me feels as natural as breathing.
The next week Antonio was back and we continued the process to fine-tune details in my dance. We concentrated on the Throw out in the East Coast Swing.  I must remember the slight adjustment and signals to move into the throwout, I must also remember to move at a 90-degree angle. We also worked on the rock step in Tango. I must remember to shift my weight during the step as if I am pressing a diamond to the back of my spine and adjust the diamond as I move forward and back. As I shift my weight for the third time with each step I must push back with my front foot.

The next week I come and am so excited to see Sebastian is here from Argentina giving coaching to students in the school!! He is so generous with his time and advice and like all of the people connected with Daza Dance he is accomplished, approachable, and very thoughtful.

Of course, the second Friday of every month is one of my favorite events, The Party!!! This was a very special party because Antonio was here and the timing of the party was his actual birthday.  Every party is exciting and fun, but when Antonio is in town the parties have a different flavor due to his incredible energy and beautiful spirit.  The class was Bachata taught by Maxi.  I had a feel for Bachata from doing the line dance but there are some slight differences to dancing with a partner, for example, Maxi was cautioning me to go easy on the knee lift movements especially if I am dancing close with someone as it might not go well with them! (Ha-ha) Of course, I also had my experiences dancing Bachata Chile style when I was in Argentina, so I felt well prepared for both the class and line dance later that evening. During the break, I got to meet a few new students who were joining that evening for their very first party.

When the dancing started I got to dance with Sebastian!! Having seen him dance impeccably at the competition and in videos, and being present last year at the South American Open when he had his Hall of Fame Award was truly remarkable. I felt so honored to have the opportunity to be able to dance with such a brilliant choreographer. First, we danced the Rumba together, I couldn’t help but watch his flawless arms and technique as we danced, and later we danced the waltz that was full of elegance and ease.

To be able to dance with Antonio on his birthday was special, it was an honor to celebrate part of his day with him. We danced the Tango together as I was concentrating on my diamond during my rock steps. I could tell my Tango has greatly improved and although I was concentrating on my steps I was feeling relaxed and confident. Likewise later when we danced the Foxtrot I felt self-assured remembering how long it took me to get the promenade turn and now it was flowing with ease. I couldn’t help but feel grateful for everything Antonio has done to help me become the dancer I am today.

With Maxi I danced the Rumba to Mariah Carey’s Hero we were having so much fun dancing and then we burst into song, singing the lyrics at the top of our lungs! We also danced the Lively Foxtrot together that made me smile.

Next, it was time to celebrate birthdays, there was a new student celebrating her 21 birthday and Heidi who also recently joined the studio a few months ago. Mario said some beautiful words about Antonio and how he had helped so many people with their dreams. After the speech, there was a special Merengue dance where everyone got to dance with Antonio. The room was filled with well wishes and laughter as we continued the celebration throughout the night.

The dancing continued throughout the evening, with Callie I danced the Rumba continuing to learn about elegance and form as I watched her movements. Mario, I danced also danced the Rumba together that was regal and majestic!

Finally of course was the Samba line dance. I am counting down until I can learn The Samba in my classes but in the meantime, I will continue to practice and go all out during the line dance. This was a beautiful evening and a great opportunity to celebrate with one another, especially the birthday of my mentor and friend. I never want the party to end but as we parted into the evening we left with a sense of peace and joy.

By: Kamaria George (09/12/2017)


NORTH CAROLINA CLASSIC COMPETITION (1)

Good luck and congrats to our amazing Daza Dance Team representing us this weekend at the North Carolina Classic Competition this weekend. I'm so proud of you guys Maximiliano Panesi and Mario Nicolas for your dedication to building our community in the studio as well as your hard work. Thank you, Colet and Patrick Falvey and Lynne Ragan for your support, loyalty and continuous caring. I miss you guys terribly and I wish I were there to cheer for you in person. I can't wait to hear all the details about the experience. Love y'all