By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Other | Issue: October 2009
Ballroom Revolution co-owners Deborah DeLaney and Rachel Morris have this message for single men: “Women love men who can dance.”
The huge popularity of the television show “Dancing with the Stars” demonstrates America’s magical fascination with ballroom dancing. People just love it, but most of the time they only try it themselves in front of a mirror when no one is watching.
Now there is a brand new place to turn your fantasy into reality. Ballroom Revolution, 101st and Elm in Broken Arrow, has a format to teach anyone to dance. And they really mean anyone!
“If you can walk, you can dance,” says co-owner and instructor Deborah DeLaney. She and business partner Rachel Morris have combined their passion for dancing and knowledge of the business to create ballroom dancing programs that suit all types of participants. They say that Ballroom Revolution is “where our world revolves around your dancing.”
The 3,000-square-foot ballroom that opened in September offers a menu of specific programs that are geared toward either social dancers or competitive dancers in the sixth grade and up. These include private lesson programs, semi-private programs, small group programs, and large group and party programs.
“We love getting young people involved,” says Deborah. The youth program is designed for students in sixth through twelfth grades. Participants learn that ballroom dancing is not necessarily just the waltz that grandma and grandpa did; they also learn styles of swing, Latin and country dancing.
Deborah explains that since ballroom dancing requires a leader and a follower, students learn to interact with their partner and, very importantly, to show respect. There’s a social protocol and etiquette, no matter what the dance. And they learn flexibility by changing roles.
Weekly practice parties include all the students coming together to mingle and practice their skills with different partners. Whole families can learn together and enjoy an evening in a smoke-free, alcohol-free environment.
A published study from Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University in Bronx, N.Y. indicated that ballroom dancing could be the best exercise for preventing dementia. Researchers concluded that it provides not only physical exercise, but also mental exercise, using the left and right sides of the brain at the same time. Both your feet and brains are on the ball!
Ballroom Revolution also offers several different wedding programs for the bride and groom – or the entire wedding party – to perfect their steps to specific music. For something really special, a first dance routine can be choreographed for the newlyweds. Whether they want to gracefully glide across the floor in a fairy-tale style or move and groove to a performance that will really give their guests something to talk about, the instructors at Ballroom Revolution can make it happen. Gift certificates allow them to continue lessons after the wedding.
Instructors also perform shows for corporate dinners, benefits, special occasions and parties. On weekends, the facility with state-of-the-art equipment can be rented for weddings, anniversary and birthday parties, or other events. There is plenty of free parking, and security service is included.
Anyone who wants to find out what ballroom dancing is all about gets one free lesson with a certified instructor. Individualized programs can be set up according to time, budget and goals. Seniors 55 and up receive a discount. Singles are encouraged to discover this opportunity for physical and mental exercise and social networking.
Ballroom Revolution is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is located at 3748 S. Elm Pl. in Broken Arrow – that’s the shopping center on the southwest corner of 101st and 161st Streets, on the second level near Ross. Call (918) 994-5550 to reserve your dance lesson.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.