The grand opening events begin Wednesday October 10th and run through Sunday October 14th at the new studio, located in the Bridge Plaza at 12901 McGregor Blvd. #10, just west of College Parkway across from The Landings.
Award-winning dancer Cindy-Lee Overton started 1st Danz 10 years ago after conquering breast cancer. She struggled to keep the studio open during the recent recession, relying on creative marketing, themed dance parties and certified instructors to attract new students. Those efforts were so successful that 1st Danz outgrew its previous studio near Metro Drive and Daniels Boulevard and will move this week to its new home.
“Our instructors and students are very excited about our new location and the opportunity we have to bring in some fabulous, award-winning dancers to help us celebrate our grand opening,” Overton said. “We want the entire community to come dance with us and have a wonderful time.”
The grand opening events will feature a different dance lesson each night, followed by themed dance parties. A charge of $15 per night includes the lesson from 7 to 8 p.m., dance party from 8 to 11 p.m., and food from local restaurants. Guests also can pay $75 for all five nights of lessons and parties, plus a student showcase on Sunday afternoon.
The themes and instructors for each night of grand opening events are below:
Wednesday, October 10th: Jumpin’ and Jivin’ Swing Dance, West Coast Swing lesson with Angel Figeroa, an award-winning West Coast Swing champion and co-director of the internationally acclaimed Austin Swing Dance Championships in Austin Texas.
Thursday, October 11th: Strictly Ballroom, Bolero lesson with Angel Figueroa.
Friday, October 12th: Hot Latin Nights, Argentine Tango lesson with Pablo Repun, an internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher plus an Argentine Tango Party; followed by a Salsa lessons at 11 p.m. with Kumo and Cristina, owners of the Dolce Vita Dance Company, and Salsa dancing until 2 a.m.
Saturday, October 13th: Saturday Nite Fever, Hustle lesson with Angel Figueroa, U.S. Hustle Dance Champion Billy Fajardo and 7-time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion Robert Cordoba.
On Sunday October 14th, the schedule will change, with Danceable Jazz to the live music of Cindy-Lee and The John Chapman Trio from 4 to 7 p.m.
For more details about each night’s events, contact the studio at 239-931-3269.
About 1st Danz
1st Danz is a 10-year-old dance studio and social dance club boasting one of the largest dance floors in Southwest Florida. The studio offers classes every day of the week in Ballroom, Swing and all the Latin dances. The studio also offers individual lessons in Argentine Tango, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, performance, hustle, Merengue, nightclub two-step, Rumba, Salsa, Swango, Waltz, West Coast Swing, ballet for ballroom and jazz for ballroom. 1st Danz specializes in social dance instruction, coaching for competitive dancers and Pro/Ams for the new competitor. For more information about 1st Danz, visit http://www.1stdanz.com, call 239-931-DANZ (3269), or email owner Cindy-Lee Overton at CindyLee@1stDanz.com.
About Cindy-Lee Overton
Cindy-Lee Overton has an extensive theatrical and cabaret performance history and is an award-winning dancer. She spent 20 years in New York City musical theatre, has 2 vocal CDs, and has been nominated for the New York City MAC awards for vocal performance and cabaret story. She was a resident member of the Light Opera of Manhattan, created the role of Mama in the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center production of “Friends and Relations,” and studied voice at the prestigious Julliard School of Music with Claire Alexander. She is a member of Actor's Equity, the professional actors union. Locally, Overton was featured on the cover of the News-Press Gulf Coasting for bringing cabaret entertainment to the Fort Myers area. Overton has won first place in West Coast Swing in All American Jack & Jill at Miami Dance Magic, first place in Salsa at The Sunshine State Dance Challenge, first place in West Coast Swing Masters Jack & Jill at Summer Swing Classic and second place for Cabaret at the International Hustle and Salsa Competition. Her Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing teams placed first at the Tampa Bay Classic.