1 day. 6 coaches. 10 workshops. 

Join us for an unforgettable day of information, learning, collaboration, and all the dancing!

OUR GOAL

We are a group of dancers who believe passionately in the strength of our dance community. Not just ballroom. Not just contemporary or ballet or Latin or jazz. The entire dance community across the Midwest is a force as strong as our lake-effect winters. Our goal is to highlight the amazing talent across disciplines, to learn and grow as movement artists, as teachers, as students, and as people.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The 2022 Glass City Dance Weekender is designed for dancers of all levels! Our instructors are skilled in giving newbies through seasoned dancers information that will challenge and encourage them while still having fun! 

FEATURED COACHES

We are pleased to announce a talent-studded line up of guest instructors from the region, bringing expertise in theatre arts, cabaret, contemporary, Argentine Tango, social Latin club dances, and American-style smooth and rhythm. Our team of experts are active business owners, performers, professional competitors, choreographers, coaches, and more. Check out their bios and workshop descriptions below!

ELENA MINAEVA

 Elena Minaeva and her husband  Aleksei Minaev have been partners for 21 years -- since 2001.  As professional International Latin and International Standard 10-dance competitors, their accolades include:

* 2004 World Medalist Youth Standard WDC&DSC Champions,
* 2005 European WDC&DSC Medalist Ballroom Champions
* 2021 - 10 Dance US National Bronze Champions
* 2020 Eastern US 10 dance Champions
* 3-time Fred Astaire Ballroom National Champions* 4-time Fred Astaire 10 Dance Champions
* 2021 Ohio Star Ball 10 Dance Vice Champions
* 2019 Ohio Star Ball Professional Rising Star Champions


Together they own Fred Astair Dance Studio Willoughby, near Cleveland.


HERIBERTO PEREZ & NIKA OBrosova //
FUSION & argentine tango 

Heriberto "Heri" Perez and Nika Obrosova have a combined dance experience of more than 27 years in both lead and follow roles. 

They share a love for dance and teaching that allows them to interact with students in a unique way, and their understanding of the differences between various styles makes them adept at solving problems students might encounter across different platforms of dance. Heri and Nika dance more than 30 different styles proficiently (both social and competitive).

Heri and Nika have been a part of Viva Dance Studio in Cleveland for the past five years, but they enjoy traveling and quite possibly run on nothing but coffee most of the time!

They’ve taught at SaBaKiZou (Columbus), Mile High Fusion (Denver), Dallas Fusion Reaction (Dallas), HiFi Fusion (Seattle), Motley Hue (NYC), and are planning on traveling and teaching more!


BRANDON BARKER & CHELSEA CHERIE

Brandon Barker and Chelsea Cherie are a husband-and-wife dance team that competes professionally in theatre arts/cabaret.

They twice were invited to dance in the Blackpool World Dance Festival -- and will be competing there just days before teaching at our Weekender -- and have performed nationally and internationally in various TV programs, music videos, and other performers. Brandon and Chelsea were the Fred Astaire Undefeated Regional Theatre Arts Champions for seven years (2010-2017), the Fred Astaire Theatre Arts World Champions in 2014, and have been Ohio Star Ball Theatre Arts Finalists consistently since 2011. Together they teach in through their studio BC Dance Passion in Columbus.

Brandon and Chelsea love to coach dancing and share their knowledge and experiences with other dancers to help them breakthrough performance barriers and find the freedom that comes from great dancing and great story telling!



JUSTIN LOPEZ // SALSA SHINES & SOLO STYLING

Ruben Justin Lopez was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  At age 7 he started taking salsa classes with his sister at La Salsa De Hoy. He later joined Young Ambition Dance Company and attended the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where he trained in ballet, tap, and  jazz, as well as other modern techniques (Horton, Graham, and Cunningham). In 2010 he joined Latin Fever, which became Balmir Latin Dance Studio the following year.  

As a member of the professional dance company, he performed and taught in numerous international venues, such as Peru, Canada, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Italy. Justin has trained extensively in Latin dances including Salsa On1 and On2, Latin Hustle, Afro-Cuban, Cha Cha, Bachata, and Kizomba. One notable experience was performing with PrimaDanceSport to work on a piece honoring HBO’s 30th Anniversary of "Dirty Dancing". 

In 2018 he and his partner opened Lesalsa Dance Studio in Lakewood, Ohio.



WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE & Private Lessons

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ORGANIZER'S DISCRETION. ANY CHANGES WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO ATTENDEES IN A TIMELY MANNER.

May 15 includes 10 available workshops from which to choose. 

Students who purchase an all-day pass will be able to attend all workshops with the exception of professional-only classes.
Private lessons with featured instructors are based on availability and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. 
We will do our best to accommodate scheduling requests for private lessons. 

PRIVATE LESSONS ARE $135 PER 45 MINUTE LESSON

Private lessons are a separate cost from the workshop price. After you select "private lesson" on the registration page, you will be asked to select which coach you would like to book with. A member of the DanceFam Studio team will reach out to you via text, email, or phone to schedule you lesson time. Private lesson slots will be available to book at the door, but availability cannot be guaranteed. 

9:30-10:15 a.m.

LATIN BODY ISOLATIONS

w. Heri Perez

Warm up for a day of dancing with a fantastic Latin dance-inspired workshop to get you moving and grooving. Learn how to add more organic, isolated body actions to your movement.

10:15-11 a.m.

SALSA SHINES & STYLING

w. Justin Lopez

Become more comfortable dancing without a partner in your social salsa!

11-11:45 a.m.

Fusion Dance: Foundations of Movement and Connection

w. Heri Perez & Nika Obrosova

Learn how to fuse elements of various dances through a stronger understanding of your own movement, and establishing connection with your partner.

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

LADIES MOVEMENT & STYLING

w. Chelsea Cherie

This one's for the girls! We've all wondered what the heck we do with our arms, or how we can make our movements look more beautiful and feminine instead of contrived and stiff. With a strong emphasis on ballet and contemporary movement as a foundation for other dance disciplines, this ladies styling workshop will help you understand how to add cohesion to your movement. 

MEN'S MOVEMENT & STYLING

w. Brandon Barker

So you have the feet and timing down, but what do you do with the rest of your body to look strong and masculine? Boys, we have the details for you! Make sure you don't miss this one. 

12:30-1:30 p.m.

LUNCH

Participants who purchase an all-day ticket will receive a boxed lunch. You will receive an email to make your selection closer to the event.  

Participants who wish to go off-site for lunch have a variety of options just minutes away, including a fantastic coffee shop across the parking lot!

1:30-2:15 p.m.

DIPS, DROPS & TRICKS: BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE

w. Brandon Barker & Chelsea Cherie

Learn fundamentals of weight sharing, extensions, and tricks to add flare to your dancing.

2:15-3 p.m.

ELEMENTS OF PARTNERING

w. Brandon Barker & Chelsea Cherie

A continuation of Dips, Drops & Tricks

3-3:45 p.m.

ARGENTINE TANGO i: TANGO 101

w. Heri Perez & Nika Obrosova

Argentine Tango basics, connection, and musicality.

3:45-4:30 p.m.

ELEVATING YOUR LATIN FOUNDATION THROUGH TECHNIQUE & INCREASED BODY ACTIONS

w. Elena Minaeva

Whether you're new to International Latin style or have been competing for years, Elena's understanding of power, dynamics, and movement will give insight for any level dancer. 

4:30-5:15 p.m.

ARGENTINE TANGO II: Ganchos, Pasadas, Paradas

w. Heri Perez & Nika Obrosova

It's all about the legs! This workshop will elaborate on the Argentine I workshop but adding Ganchos (leg hooks), Pasadas (over leg passes), and Paradas (leg stops). 

5:15-6 p.m.

BODY SHAPING AND CONNECTION IN SMOOTH & STANDARD

w. Elena Minaeva

This workshop is perfect for Smooth and Standard dancers as it addresses the challenges of shape, connection and movement in closed position. 

TICKETS & REGISTRATION

PAYMENT METHODS: We accept cash, check, Venmo, and credit card. Non-credit card options are preferred when possible. 

Please select your tickets and complete registration below. At check out, you can pay will credit card OR to pay with cash/check/Venmo, select "pay with check" option. We prefer cash, check, or Venmo whenever possible. 


Checks may be made payable to "Rhythm & Grooves Dance" and mailed to:
DanceFam Studio
8115 Monclova Road
Monclova, Ohio 43542

Venmo payments may be sent to @rhythmandgroovesdance

HOTEL, LOCATION & contact DETAILS

 We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Perrysburg for the nights of Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. The rate is $129 before taxes and includes free hot breakfast and WiFi. 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
12710 Roachton Road
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551


To book your room, call 419-931-9999 and use the group code "DanceFam Studio 2022", or CLICK HERE and enter the date(s) to book online. The cutoff for reservations is April 23, 2022. 

LOCATION

 
 
DANCEFAM STUDIO'S 2022 GLASS CITY DANCE WEEKENDER WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD ON THE BEAUTIFUL FLOOR AT OUR FRIENDS THE BALLROOM COMPANY. 

THE ADDRESS IS:
2558 pARKWAY PLAZA
MAUMEE, OHIO 43537

HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED TO REACH US? PLEASE REACH OUT USING THE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW AND A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM WILL RESPOND WITHIN 24 HOURS.  PLEASE NOTE THAT TEXTING KRISTIN (BELOW) IS THE FASTEST WAY TO REACH US!

CONTACT

PLEASE MAIL CHECKS TO DANCEFAM STUDIO

DanceFam Studio

8115 Monclova Rd

Monclova, OH

43542

United States

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DANCEFAM STUDIO/KRISTIN REICHARDT