CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- National Dance Day was created in 2010 to raise awareness that dancing is a great way to have fun and get some exercise. Whether it's dancing the Samba to a hypnotic Brazilian beat or channeling your inner Fred Astaire in the waltz, every day is dance day at Rhythm in Motion dance studio in Cape Coral.
The public is invited every Friday night for an open house party. For $10, guests can take part in a group class at 7 then open dance floor from 8 until 9:30.
While it's fun to watch the professionals, co-owners Greg Kurth and Michaela Poole say don't expect to be a wallflower for too long. "I guess the easiest thing to do is come through the door, come check it out, even if you're not coming to dance the first time. Come watch come see. You kinda get hooked," says Kurth.
With the emergence of dance competition shows in recent years, it's also opened the doors to all kinds of dancers. "Before, you only saw 50 and older in a studio. Now we see every age. Our youngest is six. Our oldest is in their 90's."
At Rhythm in Motion, expect to see dancers of all levels, beginner to competitive, which can be intimidating. Poole wants to assure prospective dancers, however. “Remember it takes one step at a time."
The benefits of dance seem to outweigh any hesitation, Kurth says. “The biggest thing they get is the change of posture, the change of confidence in your own body."
Poole adds, "It keeps your mind active, so you have to constantly remember routines. you have to remember certain dances, dance patterns."
Rhythm in Motion offers an introductory package. Two 1-hour private lessons and an Friday open party is $85.