Cathy Ewing And Company

Cathy Ewing And Company

Cathy Ewing

Denver, CO

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33 years in business

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With over 30 years experience in teaching social dancing, I have developed techniques to expedite the learning process for every type of learning and abilities.  Focus is on leading and following, good mechanical form and techniques, rhythm, dance components, natural movement and having fun while learning some cool moves.  Regularly scheduled classes offer free repeats to help support students throughout the learning process. Classes offered include: Ballroom (Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango), Swing (East & West Coast), Country Western (2-Step, Triple Step, & Double 2-Step), Latin (Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa, Mambo,& Samba), Night Club, Wedding dance, and Basic Dance Techniques. Other dances are offered through private instruction.

Lessons

Ballroom Dance, Brazilian Samba, Chachacha, Dance, Latin Ballroom Dance, Swing Dance, Tango


Location

Denver, CO 80210

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In group classes, I always try to assess my students' learning styles, goals, and interests in order to present information in the most readily received style.   In private lessons, I like to also start with what a student can already do naturally and build on that ability. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I was professionally trained as a dance instructor over 30 years ago by Carter Lovisone, "King of Swing" and later, Ed Dumbleton, a "Director of Dance" for Arthur Murray, who refined my techniques and understanding of partnering, leading, and following. Many years of dance camps at Brigham Young University (BYU). A degree in Psychology and study of learning styles has influenced my own teaching style.  Acquiring a Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do, further developed my understanding of balance, control, and power on the floor. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Regularly Scheduled Group Classes are available at the following rates:

$15/hr/person for a 1hour "drop-in" lesson ( NO free repeats)

$45/single for a 4-week class (4hrs total, w/Free Repeats)

$80/couple for a 4-week class (4hrs total, w/Free Repeats)

Private Lessons: $45/hr for (1-4 people)(2hr Min/per lesson)

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Private Groups: $10/hr/person for 5 or more people (2hr Min/lesson)


How did you get started teaching?

A love for teaching along with a love for dancing made teaching dance a "logical conclusion" for pursuing and maintaining fittness goals, a social lifestyle, and a means "paying it forward" and giving back to my community.  I feel an obligation to help maintain social dancing as an activity to be enjoyed not just by the elite, but people of all walks of life and for generations to come.  Social dancing is a healthy, physical and social activity that can be enjoyed throughout life.


What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students ages 2-90+ years old.  Many doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, accountants, etc. have been gifted intellectually.  Others, have had physical disabilities, emotional and learning challenges.  All have been capable of learning to dance and have fun while continuing to improve and building confidence.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In 2008, I was lucky enough to take a dance lesson from the legendary  Frankie Manning (dancer, entertainer, teacher, and choreographer of the Lindy Hop).  He was 94 years years old when he flew to Denver from New York and within an hour of landing at DIA came to the Temple Events Center to teach a large crowd. From sea level to the Mile High City within hours and he was teaching and dancing with 2 girls at the same time.  Inspiring!


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Anyone who is capable of learning, can learn to dance and to enjoy it.  If you have had a less than enjoyable experience in dancing or in lessons, try a different teacher until you find a good fit for your learning style.  Keep in mind that people have danced throughout history and long before there were dance studios, instructors, and school patterns.  A teacher is only necessary to help bring out and enhance  your own natrual ability to move to the music and add to your repertoir of moves. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

When people ask me "What is an easy dance to learn?", I thell them to "Consider the type of music you like to listen to when choosing a dance style.  You will enjoy your learning experience and your dancing much more if you are moving to music you like."  Let that determin where you start learning.  All types of dance are "learnable".  You should enjoy the experience.