You can dance. Learn how
It doesn’t matter how old you are, it doesn’t matter how bad you think you are – you can dance. You just need to know what it is you need to work on and how to do it effectively and efficiently. Get Dance is where your discomfort on the dance floor ends.
– Monika Matys
Monika Matys’ love of dance and movement began at the age of six. Since that time she acquired over 25 years of dance training experience through her studies in a variety of dance styles including Ballroom International Standard: Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango; International Latin: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive, Paso Doble as well as Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Merengue, Hustle, Tap Dance, Bollywood, African Dance, Capoeira, Belly Dance, Dancehall, Krumping, Vogue, Waacking, Hip-Hop (Illusion styles, Popping, Locking, Boogaloo, Breaking), Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Street Jazz/Jazz Funk.
While employed as a professional dancer for clients such as MTV Networks and Pepsi, Monika discovered that as much as she enjoyed performing as a dancer, teaching was her true love, because it allowed her to help others. After seeing how many adults struggle in social dance situations, Monika noticed that there were no dance schools and no dance instructors able to successfully address this issue. She made the decision to dedicate herself to teaching those who avoid dancing in public at all cost, therefore are not taking full advantage of their social life.
In 2005, Monika created a dance style she called Club Dance, now taught all over the world. She coupled her B.A. degree in Education, her Personal Trainer certification and Group Personal Training Specialist certification (National Academy of Sports Medicine) along with her experiences as a dancer and a teacher to start Get Dance, one of a kind dance school where you can learn how to dance in one-on-one private class setting.
Get Dance was created in 2005 by Monika Matys as the “go-to” place for solutions to all your dance floor issues ranging from lack of rhythm and coordination to the popular “two left feet syndrome”. It is the first dance instruction service of its kind in the United States designed to help adults gain confidence in social dance situations.
Famous for its “Club Dance Classes”, Get Dance offers a program where adults can learn the skills necessary to either blend in or stand out on the dance floor, and even rent a dance partner for the club experience to practice their skills with before venturing on the dance floor on their own.
I created Get Dance in response to the lack of classes available to the adult who is trying to get over his or her “dance floor fears”. In group classes you’re dancing as if you were on an autopilot. It’s all about repetition – often repetition of movements you don’t even understand. Just answer this question: do you remember the choreography you did two months ago? Do you remember individual movements that were used in this choreography so you can at least use them when dancing in public?
Group classes can be fun when students are not continuously stressed about their inability to get dance movements, while not falling behind the group. These classes are more appropriate for those who have some type of dance knowledge and want to further their skills as far as body control, coordination and rhythm.
Another choice absolute beginners are presented with are one-on-one classes offered at various dance schools. What I noticed is that most teachers that offer private dance classes are comfortable feeding their students “ready” movements without any concern for their improvisational skills. The problem here is that “club ready moves” won’t make you look organic on the dance floor, plus you will only remember a handful of them. Emulation is ok as long as you are looking for inspiration, but it is definitely not an answer to freeing yourself up on the dance floor. Have some ready moves but also know how to come up with them yourself so that you’re never limited. Now, that’s freedom!
Get Dance is our efforts combined to help you overcome whatever dance floor issues you may have. It is me decoding dance for you; making it common yet unique – making it yours.
– I have 2 left feet
– I’m shy
– I’m ok dancing by myself but don’t know how to dance with a partner
– I have no rhythm
– I want to go out with my friends but I’m the only one who can’t dance
– I have a wedding coming up and I know I’ll be expected to dance
– I am very stiff when I dance
– I’m slow at picking up choreography
– I can’t dance when someone else is watching me
– My girlfriend is an excellent dancer and I don’t want to embarrass her
– I’d like to be more flexible. Can dance help me with that?
– I don’t want to be so heavy on my feet
– I take dance classes but I can’t remember any movements afterwards
– I don’t want to be so self-conscious on the dance floor
– Some songs make me feel like dancing… but I don’t know how to