You’re dearer to me than all the bats in all the caves in the world. 🦇🦇When we’re together, darling, every night is Halloween. 🖤🖤
🚨@DistrictDanceAcademy UPDATE🚨 We can not thank you all enough for all your support! It has only been 23 days since we started our Go Fund Me campaign for #BuildTheDistrict, and we are ecstatic to announce we have ALMOST reached our goal! We need just $220 more and Laura (all the way from Seattle!) has said she would like to donate the final $2,000 to meet our goal! 😱🎉😍 Will you be the one to help kick us over the line?! We are offering exclusive District Dance Academy t-shirts, bags and water bottles as a gift for your donations! ▪️ We are so so close to getting the doors open; the classes, the syllabus and the instructors are all geared up and ready to get this dream machine running! We hired a new general contractor on Monday, and he has already helped us pass 2 of the 5 inspections needed to start business! Thanks to him we should be able to get the final 3 inspections by the end of next week and could be ready to open as soon as November 12th (but we won’t know for sure until the inspections are passed). We are confident this contractor will be reliable and speedy in his delivery and we are so thrilled to be seeing real progress. We are just itching to get all of our new classes open and throw a HUGE grand opening party in early 2019! ▪️ Truly, our hearts go out to every single one of you who have helped us in this journey, even if you couldn’t donate or join us for a painting party... all of your words of advice, hugs, phrases of encouragement and overall positivity have helped us endure this roller coaster journey! We are so grateful for this beautiful community we are a part of.. thank you! ❤️❤️❤️ ▪️ Donate and Share! https://www.gofundme.com/build-district-dance-academy
🚨Dance Family, we are calling for your help!🚨 Building up our local dance community has always been a priority for Hugo and I.. there is truly nothing more rewarding than bringing people together to free them from their daily worries, build their confidence and give them a skill most thought they could never do. Traveling the world and teaching international is absolutely wonderful, but it pales in comparison to being a part of a dancers journey from their first triple step, through the ups and downs of success and failure and finally to reaching their goals. . For years now we have dreamed of creating an academy that could shape anyone into the dancer they’ve always wanted to be. A safe atmosphere where you can be who you want to be, with world class instructors who are dedicated to helping you reach your goals and push you past the limits you thought you had. We always thought we would start making this dream a reality a little later in life, but our community has grown so much over the past 3 years (YAY!🎉) we’ve grown out all the available spaces for hourly rent in town. Which FANTASTIC, but it meant we either have to stop growing our community or we had to find our own space! . Low and behold, we found the perfect warehouse space just down the road from our current location! We had several months of rent saved up, and were fortunate enough to gain several loans to help with the buildout and renovations. Everything was going perfect, but of course new adventures don’t come without a few rocky paths! We were warned that this would not be an easy task, but nothing could have prepared us for what was to come before we were even open for classes. 😬 . We were told the buildout and permits should take no more than 8 weeks to come, but here we are almost 6 months in and we still aren’t able to open. Over the past 5 months of building, working on permits and clearing inspections our general contractor has taken our money and lied to us about materials that should have been delivered that never were, missed countless deadlines and finally the big whammy... When we were checking with the city about our permits because the ... (rest of text in first comment)
Why is it so hard for us to all grow together? This quote might be a little crude, but it’s time for some #realtalk. 💩 Can you imagine all that we could be if we didn’t see each other as only competition? We all have different backgrounds, skills, and platforms of gaining information.. what if for once we all combined knowledge and inspiration?! We’d make a SUPER DANCER! 😂😜 Okay, maybe not.. but the point is if you help someone else up, it lifts you up to! • Competition is not bad - as long as you don’t let it run your decisions, tamper with your journey and cloud your thoughts. There is enough room for us all to grow. It’s okay if you slip up, some times we have to check ourselves..SOMETIMES we need a friend to check us while we watch our divisions Finals!! (Tag your #WestieBestie if you’re with me 😂🙋🏻♀️😬) • Being passionate about your progression and feeling frustration from the uphill battle is normal! But next time you don’t make that final, next time you don’t make the workshop cut, next time you don’t place as well as you’d like... Check yourself for your own mistakes and hold yourself accountable to your own progress instead of cutting down your peers and their hard work. Kindness is free to give, and it feels just as good to give it and it does to receive it. • Be vulnerable for those who look up to you, encourage resilience, help each other break barriers and affirm one another’s strengths.
Six months. Or six years. Time... It comes and it goes. I’m happy to feel it’s strangeness and joys with this human who reminds me to hold kindness to myself and ambition beyond my comfort level. ❤️⠀ ⠀ ⚫️⠀ ⠀ This is us after every single competition. Straight back to the room to recharge our introvert batteries and analyze our performances. We are each other biggest cheerleaders because we are our own worst critiques. Competition is a double edged sword...There is always room for improvement, but will you allow yourself to see your improvements while still holding yourself accountable to growth?? 💪🏻
This little snuggle bear is my home away from home. 🐻😍🏡 If you’ve ever been to one of our classes you’ve seen her just like this..She waits patiently, always watching us practice, always listening to us teach, silently reminding me to take time for MY needs. She is my reason to go enjoy the sun when it’s so easy to stay in the ballroom all day. ☀️ My recharge when I’m feeling emotional drained from sharing my passion day in and out. 😶 My reminder to stop and chase the squirrels every now and again.. 🐿 You’d think after years of traveling over 40 weekends a year that the homesick bug wouldn’t bother you much, but it somehow finds a way to creep in. Nothing could ever replace the absolute joy and fulfillment we feel from helping build so many communities around the world. It’s truly an honor to be a part of so many dancers journeys. 🙏🏻 I am just so thankful to have the best little fur-baby you could ever ask for to soften the heart ache of being away from our own hometown dance community. 💔🛫 What do you do to help you feel more at home during your long travels or multiple dance weekends?
As we head out to Sweden today for what is to bound to be an incredible weekend at SSSC with lots of soul feeding friend time and many hours of creating,learning and sharing this dance we all adore... I couldn’t help but realize we really do live in our own little fairy tale. ✨🍄🧚🏼♀️ And it’s certainly not because our life is perfect. It’s because we choose to see the blessings. The truth of who we are and what we have set out to share with the world. Who we are raising our students to be, how to love their bodies and feel confident enough to express without care. I choose to remember the sound of their laughs as they connect with someone on the social floor for the first time, the way their voice shook as they said, “Thank you, for giving me the inspiration to train my hardest”... I choose to memorize the way they smile when I tell them they’ve done it just right! We choose to live in each perfect moment.. and that’s how you create a fairytale. What small moments make your life feel like a dream come true? 📸 Thanks to @lecia_m 👚👜 Thanks to @lululemon @lululemonmen @lululemonfashion
Life has so many twists and turns, sometimes those curves come so fast you couldn’t even see it coming. The fact is, you never know how much time your promised so you’ve got to love hard, dance harder and dream like your going to live forever! Carmen was such an inspiration to everyone she met, such a jubilant soul and free spirit..it was impossible not to adore her. Our hearts ache as we sit in the memory of all that she fostered in the world. A beautiful family, a loving marriage, a growing dance community and all while striving to meet her own career and dance goals. Just a few months ago we were at MADJam working on ProAm routines, laughing till we cried, and she was shredding the competition floor!! It’s truly unfair how fast life can change, so as Carmen would always remind us; “You’re only living for today, so live it to the fullest!” She was never one for backing down to a challenge, all the way to the end she was a beautiful light gleaming with positivity and love for her life. We will never forget your spice and sass, and we will ALWAYS refer to you as the “Saucy-Saucedo”!! Forget resting in peace - Dance until the end of time Carmen! Your essence will live on in everyone you’ve touched along the way. Oh yeah and one more thing... DEEN DEEN DEENEENEEEEE NEEEEE 🎶🎶
It’s bittersweet to know that this is the FINAL 2 DAYS of a project we’ve been pouring our heart and soul into for the last five months. 😭💔 Truly it’s taken the help of a small army of amazing artists and friends to get us to the final round. But now we need YOUR HELP! Just 48 hours left to cast your vote! Will it be 🔴 or 🔵?! Its a tough choice, but you MUST VOTE!! #teamblue 😉 Link to full video and voting in BIO! ▪️ We are going to miss the adrenaline rush of opening our music for each round, running through story ideas like a flip book, contemplating if this idea will read better than that idea, and most of all we will miss the opportunity to make you experience something through our movement. Competition is fantastic, but having a place to create and showcase your art has truly been a dream come true, thanks Douglas! If you want to see Season 2 of the Global Online Open - WCS Routine Tournament be sure to make a donation on the website - it’s a non-profit organization! ▪️ How about we make a deal?! I know you want a tie, but that’s not the way competitions work. So..you go vote, like right now...and John & Ariel and Hugo & I will create a dance short story with both couples!! How’s that for a consolation prize! 🎉😆🎁 (Accepting songs now!) ▪️ From the bottom of our heart, thank you to our brilliant videographers! Somehow you managed to understand our crazy rants, scribbles for scenes and insanely long FB messages. Without you our visions would have never come to life! ❤️✨ @markpenu, @johnmarkpenu, @elias.travers, Mike Sheehan, and Jay Eldridge ▪️ And let’s not forget the incredible artists whom we found inspiration from to dive into cinematic dance videos and story telling.. @keonemadrid @_marimadrid @immaspace @janelleginestra @wildabeast__
Thursday is the day to pick yourself up from the long week you’ve had and push the petal to the metal to kick the weekends ass! 💥💯 Did you know confidence and diligence are just muscles? You learn to use them or you learn not to. If you’re nervous to get out of your chair for a spotlight, every time you force yourself to do it, you get better at it! Like a video game, it’s all about dem XP points! 🕹😜🎮 . But seriously, YOU are your best asset. It’s all about you. How you take CARE of you, how you SHOW UP for you, and how you EXPAND you into the world. We’ve all gone through times where we compare ourselves to another. Remember this...You will never compare to their greatness and they will never compare to your greatness. You’re the best YOU there is. You have an invitation to the greatest challenge, bettering yourself! Do you accept?? . And if so, are you ready to do more than what it takes? Ready to train until your sweat dripping is making your shoes stick to the floor? Ready to let go of what you already learned? Ready to trust your intuition and live in the moment of the music?? . So. Am. I. I’m right here with you to guide you, inspire you and push you to not give up on yourself. . Thanks @emeline for gaining those XP points with me! Can’t wait to Strictly this weekend at @Liberty and gain some more!! #levelup
⚠️BIG ANNOUNCEMENT⚠️ . Let us start by saying how grateful and so very proud we are of our local WCS scene that continues to grow! Countless people ask us why would we ever choose to travel full-time AND foster a local community, how do you find the energy?! And the answer is.. you. ❤️👊🏻 No seriously though, the feeling that comes from unlocking your body and mind to fuse with the music is more rewarding than sleep could ever be. 😜 . For a while now though, we’ve outgrown our home at @Ballroom 66. We’ve been searching night and day since January to find a space to rent for the evening that was large enough to continue to grow the #WCSTuesday community and had no luck. 😔🚫 . That’s when we decided to start looking at buildings and after much looking we found the perfect 11,000 sq ft warehouse just 5 minutes away from our current location! So here it goes... the big news... . ✨INTRODUCING✨ District Dance Academy 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 . Our brand new dance academy and fitness studio! It’s been our dream from the very beginning to create a space where everyone feels safe to grow and the pathway to becoming the dancer you want is mapped out so all you have to worry about is putting in the work to reach the milestones. We feel that cross training is the only reason we’ve had continued success on the competitive circuit so we are thrilled to build a studio that will offer many different “Districts” of Dance with 3 different levels of classes in each district. Just to name a few we will have; #DistrictSalsa #DistrictLindyHop #DistrictShag #DistrictSolo #DistrictKids, and of course, #DistrictWestie . Our mission as #DistrictDance is to train not only the bodies, but the minds of all walks of life and dance experience to attain their very best movement quality and unlock their musical expression. We will continue help your mind, body and soul reach it’s next level everyday. We will not only shape great dancers, but we will shape great instructors. Together we will push past the boundaries we thought we had and exile the excuses that hold us back. . I think it’s safe to say we are about to take #thisishowweflorida to a whole new level!!We truly can’t wait to see what th
🎉It’s the SEMI-FINAL!!🎉 Words can’t express the excitement that comes over us when we receive our new music in each round of the #GlobalOlineOpen! When we first opened this song.. we listened a moment, looked up at each other and that was it.. we knew exactly what we had to do! A massive thank you to our videographers @mikesheehan__ & @elias.travers for bringing our vision to life, and frankly saving our a$$ when our original venue didn’t work out. This competition has been an adventure that’s pushed us as artists, helped us find a new passion to tell stories and is shifting the way the world sees #westcoastswing and we just hope we get ONE MORE shot to move you in the finals round! . 🎥🗳VIEW & VOTE AT: https://www.globalonlineopenwcs.com/battle-round . If you enjoyed our story share with ALL YOUR FRIENDS and help us make it to the final round!! 🏆🙏🏻❤️
Shout out to all our new dance friends! (And the old ones too, we don’t forget about the OG’s 😎) Welcome to the Instagram party! (And by party we mean daily practice sesh’s, airports every weekend to different WCS events, and LOADS of coffee to survive the shenanigans kinda party 🎉☕️😆) I’m Stacy (your resident copywriter, Hugo just makes the funny faces), and since you’re here I’m going to let you in on a little secret the others already know. (We wear black everyday 😎🖤) #justkidding #kinda . . 1️⃣ We want you here! Gosh, we know the feeling of being alone on the pathway to becoming a seasoned dancer, and seriously we can’t stand the thought that other dedicated passionate Westies are out there feeling that way... and because of that we want a space where dancers feel like they belong! We want to be raw, real, and unscripted. We want to be a part of your learning journey even if its just helping you from a computer screen with a Skype lesson or an instructional from shop.hugoandstacy.dance. We want you to know that you are an epic warrior dancers (yes you, in your jammies at 3pm). That means sometimes our captions are long, because we can’t help but share us so you know you’re not alone. When you need a 30 second read that will shift you, you know where to come. 🔥 . . 2️⃣ We LOVE hearing from you!!! ❤️💭 Like I said, doing this whole let’s-become-a-die-hard-dancer-when-I’m-the-least-coordinated-person-alive thing is the worst! So talk to us, cause we are so not about the one sided convos. . . 3️⃣ We really really REALLY want you to become the dancer you were meant to be! So you’ll find us pep-talking, virtual hugging, inspiring you creatively, giving you tips (like go check out our new shop with SIX new digital download instructionals 📚📽) and genuinely building you up so you can dance out your destiny! We are here to do us.. and us is helping you become the best you ever!! So welcome! Say hello and let me know what your jam is! . . 📸 @lecia_m
We’ve got it! 😄🙌🏻 We finally have a way for you to get to know us. To get our thoughts on how we move, techniques we’ve chosen and ways we think while in the moment. Along the way you will become more aware by instilling the clarity you’ve been seeking. Exploring concepts that free your mind but tools that challenge your body. We will have some fun while guiding you through the journey and maybe even learn a little too. We’d love to introduce you to our digital downloads. (DVDs are so 2000’s) 😛 🎥💻💿 shop.hugoandstacy.dance Get access to 6 full length instructionals downloadable right to your device. They are even broken up into specific sections so you don’t have to waste time sifting through video to find that one concept. We had such a great time working with @dougsilton on this project. This guy is the video magician. Seriously. Look out for even more DDs soon. (it’s still wierd) 💭⬇️Comment below with something you’d like to uncover in our future videos!
The outtakes are us. We play, we laugh, we dance, we snuggle hard, we love harder. You and I take on the world better because we are together. Just being with you, it’s more than enough. My one and only. My tall, dark and handsome goof ball. PS thanks for getting me chocolate donuts last night. 🍩😘 You know my heart like no one else.
The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary. 📖 You do not have to resign to the excuses that have held you back. So what if life hasn’t been fair? What are you going to do about it today? Whatever you woke up with this morning; broken dance shoes, an aching body, failed relationships.. Don’t let it stop you from dancing your heart. You can experience more from life if you’ll get over the excuses and get on with living! You can have reasons or you can have results, but you can’t have both. What are you choosing today?📸#bradfordwhelanphotography ✨@hiwire_costumes
🚨LESS THAN 24 HRS TO VOTE🚨 Sometimes competition isn’t about winning, it’s about doing better than you did last time. The Global Online Open is that competition for us.. from the moment Doug told us about his brain child we were thrilled to have the platform to push our creativity! (cause ya know sometimes you have to have an extra push to make things actually happen 😜) But, we need your help to continue to be able to create new pieces! The voting poll is closing Sunday at midnight!! So GO VOTE online at www.globalonlineopenwcs.com Music Cut: Chris Vand Videography: Penu Adventures
The time has come for us to redefine ourselves as instructors, movement artists and competitors.. and this time our aim was to be real and raw as we shared our story with you! The story that was birthed out of our own determination to become great dancers, our passion to help students master their movement, and love of West Coast Swing! We are elated to announce the launch of our ✨brand new website and instructional store!! ✨ www.HugoandStacy.dance We hope you will take a moment to read through the website, I’m sure you’ll learn a few new things about us! Don’t forget to check out our event log so you can plan to dance with us around the world!! Last but certainly not least, we have 6 BRAND NEW full length instructionals waiting for you to download on our store! Please let us know what you think of our new site and if you enjoyed our story share it with your friends! Shout out to @dougsilton for the DVDs and @juliestory for the amazing upgrade to our site!
Your thoughts create your world, 💭🌎 even those that don’t quite make it to your lips.. it’s up to you to decide what energy you want to focus on and than project that into the world with your actions! (Or at least the rest of your day 😉) Today we are are focused on building up the dancers around us, by not only helping them become better physically, but to also make the mentality shift to welcome the uncomfortable, push the boundaries of what they think they can do and to see the amazing accomplishments that they’ve made thus far. You can train by yourself all day, but it takes the support of a community to help you make it to the award pedestal. What energy are you focusing on today?
So this video is old news by now (we’ve been a little behind on the posting schedule), but I wanted to share something important that this dance reminded me of...You know those crazy things you’ve wanted to do, but you’re afraid to be judged for them? You should do them. For real. But seriously, you know how you’ve spent hours worrying about what people will think of you if you and your movement? There is no need to waste anymore of your time on that. This dance is yours, own it, shape it and use it like a tool to show us exactly who you are. ▪️ Chances are people where too worried about themselves to notice you just being you anyway... so just be. Do that thing that may look ridiculous, but don’t care. Wear that shirt that no one likes (or the same black one you always compete in), because it makes you feel like you. Dance with the people who bring out the best in you, not just the ones you’ll place with. Look at your dancing and tell yourself that it is brilliant. You are not a show, you are a person with purpose with means you don’t need to preform to get, you can just live to give. Give freedom by being free, give permission to others to be themselves by just being you. You don’t need to try to be someone successful in order to be a success. The creator gives the creation identity.. Find yours and live it! ▪️ Thanks Tat, for creating an atmosphere with me that could breed such authenticity and creativity from both of us! You give us all permission to be our most eccentric selves!
Who needs a new assistant?! Mine steals my sweater and snuggles up in it while I’m teaching, cries when I have to leave to judge a competition and eats all of the late night snacks, chewing loudly I might add. She naps on the job because she is so tired from all the napping she’s been doing, wants affirmation for merely existing and than continues to nudge me for scratches when I tell her it’s time to get some work done. I can’t with her. 😂 Plus she won’t even let me help with her nails unless I bribe her with, get this, more snacks. 🤣 But let’s face it, ever since she crawled on my lap 12 years ago she’s been my favorite poochie in the history of the world. And even though she is a high maintenance assistant, she still lays on my ice cold toes at night to help keep me warm. Anyone else have an assistant like mine?
“You have changed my life.” Those 5 words are what we get out of bed for. They are what we hustle when it’s hard for. Those 5 words tell a story of countless hours of conversations we’ve had with dancers who have lost their groove. Westie’s who have sat across the table from us, eyes misty, hearts wide open and a divine conversation takes place about the self- improving journey dance is going to take them on. Changing their work ethic, teaching them to believe in themselves and helping them learn from their mistakes. Those 5 words tell the story of countless drills across the floor, hours staring in the mirror mimicking movement and “one more time” attempts as students tell us the impact we’ve made by fiercely loving them and believing in their true capabilities. Those 5 words have marked our lives as instructors and we are determined to influence as many hearts as are set before us... because in them is history, legacy.. countless lives touched by just loving one well. Those 5 words go beyond dance, and we use them as fuel for our passion to create passion in others.
To all of our die-hard Westies, the workshop goers, late night social dancers and the competition winners. To the ones who cried last night because you didn’t make the final, but still got up to support your friends. To the ones who are always practicing, innovating yourselves, coffee drinking, breakfast clubbers and early workshop risers all while trying to decide if today is a IDGAF hair day or a wake-up-15-min-early-to-look-presentable kinda day. Today we celebrate you, because for every happy dance and sad bed plop, for every rise and holy-batman-fail-jacknjill... you’re doing it! And it takes a whole lot of doing. A whole lot of heart, a whole lot of “I wanna quit, but I won’t.” • • This was our first ever 1st place in the Classic Division, and though it felt oh so good! The feeling is rather fleeting. The reward is not trophy, it’s looking back on the process of starting from the bottom, placing dead last for two years, and finally reaching your goals. 🏆🎉 • • We know it’s not always rainbows and unicorns, but when it’s not.. just have your best friend come over and jam out together cause you ain’t got time for hating on your dance skills. Cheers to all of our high-expectation-self-motivating Westies our there who can relate to everything above. And Cheers to all our coaches who keep us on the constant push!
Remember the first time we met? Your eyes met mine as we were boarding the cruise ship and I quickly looked away blushing, embarrassed you caught me looking at you. You knew this was your chance and you stepped up, introduced yourself, and by the end of the cruise week we made history. I knew by the way you laughed with me that we would have a lifetime of joy together. The way you smile at me has always given me the butterflies. Something just clicked between us..Love at first site is so ridiculously cheesy, but we have to call a spade a spade right?! Every dream came true in finding you. You make life magical and I can’t wait to see how we conquer our dreams together! ❤️🌎