Okay, okay, okay... 👌🏻 We gave in. Here is our first solo #dancechallenge. More to come soon! These days it’s so easy to sit on the couch all day even if you’re being productive...but these #tiktok dances are such a great way to get your body moving again! There’s never been an easier way to get that solo dance training you’ve always dreamed of. 🔥 Listen, If the all the #momsofamerica can do these dances so can you! Make sure to follow us at @district dancers
#Quarantine gotcha with a lot of free time on your hands? Us too, obviously. No better time to work on your dance technique and socialize with people who love #WCS as much as you do! 🎉❤️ The Westie Unity Project- The Southern Edition has so many special add ons, nightly events and a HUGE list of workshops to top it off! 🐦 Early Bird registration ends tonight at midnight! Enter the code: GIMME 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 www.westieunityproject.thinkific.com
🚨TONIGHT! Don’t miss our LIVE interview hosted by @beyondthetriples and @diegoborgeshpa! 🎥💻 It starts at 8pm EST so set your alarms so you don’t miss a drop of the inside scoop! 😜 This won’t just be for couples though, this will be great advice for practice partners as well! You can view the stream for free by going to Instagram and clicking our profile photo at 8PM EST.
Many are using the #quarantine as a time to start, finish and discover new projects you’ve probably discovered it’s easy to become overly demanding of yourself with “all the time you have to get things done”. Building to-do lists as tall as mountains with all the chores you’ve been putting off for the last year and expectations that could give even an ER surgeon a heart attack. So before you decide to rage quit the whole week let me give you a little advice to balance your ambitious goals, you little #gogetter... 🤔🗓 • If your to do list for each day is longer than a sticky note, it's too long. It also helps you prioritize what NEEDS to get done that day to help lead you to your goals and provides a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. ☀️🙌🏻 • If you feel accomplished you will WANT to work your business. Remember, boundaries aren’t about what you’re saying no to, they are about what you are making space for. So make space for your relationship, for your hobbies.. for you. Make space to just be in the moment! If you always feel behind or overwhelmed you won't enjoy your business or anything it’s providing for you. And what’s the point if it’s that in enjoyable?👩🏻💻 • There may be days where the tasks you need to do are longer than a sticky note, pick the tasks for that day and save the other tasks for the next. It's all about boundaries. 🙅🏻♀️ • 📸 Another amazing shot by @tatyana_kizeeva in #ukraine @rooff41
The cutest #boop you’ve ever seen. 🐶😍 She’s getting so big so fast guys! It’s been a blessing to be able to enjoy her puppy days in quarantine, but I have to say I’m a little sad we aren’t getting to share it with you! 😢 • She’s so social, playful and snuggly! We can’t wait for her to enjoy running the hotel hallways and enjoying all the passerby-pets in the ballroom! #lululuna
So what have you been learning in your virtual classes? 🤓 • Clearly nothing has changed for us. 😂 Besides missing you’re hugs and holding your hand as we dance. 🤝 • If there was 1 thing you could learn about #WestCoastSwing during #quarentine what would it be? You don’t have to admit it, but we all thought virtual learning would be subpar to attending workshops in person.. but now that we’ve all had time to adjust we’ve found so many things that are actually better! 🙀 • Here are three of our favorite things about virtual classes. 💻 👉🏻 Perspective, everyone can see exactly what I want you to see. 👉🏻 More content, with no rotation and no chit-chatting we actually get to teach you more! 👉🏻 Direct corrections, I can see everyone... literally. I can make more accurate group analysis or hone in on just your screen.
If #swing was danced to hype music. #soundon 😎🎧 🤪 Also, we really miss performing for you. #coronabegone
I always get asked, How do you guys keep the spark alive? or how do you have such a great relationship? ❤️ • Well. First our relationship has its ups and downs, just like anyone else. It involves WORK. A lot of it. Especially when we own 2 businesses together, creating dance together and have a child and fur-baby taking up most of our time. But there's a few things that I truly believe are the reason we are so in love and happy, and why the spark is always sparking! 🔥 • 💕We do what we did in the first 6 months. We tend to get comfortable, so much that we forget what we used to do that made us fall in love in the first place. So if we ever get in a 'comfort funk' we write a list. We write down 3 things that we loved that one another did, or that we did together. Then we put all our energy into that. For example: Hugo still plays with my hair while I’m driving (I’m always the driver), he surprises me with acts of services like cleaning the kitchen while I’m in the shower or giving me massages when I workout too hard, and he always knows I need a “date break” when I’m exhibiting signs of overwhelming stress from too much work. • 💕We communicate. This is a tough one and it takes understanding YOURSELF first. For example, I know when I’m upset I’ll just bottle it all up, and I’ve had to learn that doesn’t solve anything. Now we work hard to be truthful with ourselves and make the effort. Everyday. • 💕We DATE. Yup! Too many times we forget to date, our spouses. We make sure to have one date night a week. Whether it's at home playing video games (our fav!), or going out to our favorite picnic spot. I'd say this is the biggest thing that keeps the spark alive and break through the hustle of life. • 💕And last? We never forget to be each other's best friend. We have tickle fights, we play board games, take funny photos together, and, we do the silliest stuff together even if it makes me roll my eyes. And it keeps it fun, young, and playful! 😘 • So whether you’re in a relationship, looking for one or even just trying to show you’re #bestie a little extra love. Try some of these tips to keep the bond going strong! It’s worth the extra effort! 📸 by @___lecia
👉LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WANT! It's time for us to plan our next #virtualclass, but instead of just teaching what we want.. we want to know what YOU are itching to learn! 🤔 🎉 Don't be shy, there are no wrong or silly answers.. and always remember if you're curious about something, there is someone else who is too! • We had a great turn out for our Solo Styling Intensive back in March so we could do that again? Or perhaps you want to know about musicality? Maybe you want to learn something specific like how to do windmill arm styling in turns? Whatever it may be.. let us know in the comments so we can create something thats just just for you! 🔥🤩
Did we hit every beat? 🎶 • This is such a fun #challenge on #tiktok! We are so inspired by all the dancers out there constantly creating and pushing the envelope, yup- even the “non-professionals”! • We came into this #quarantine so excited to have a #dancebreak, I literally didn’t want to do a single triple step. 😂 I have to remind myself that it’s okay to go through periods like this. Now we are rejuvenated and ready to create again simply for the joy of it! It’s a good feeling. I urge you to get up today and create something, anything, just for the sake of creation. • Follow us on TikTok at @districtdancers
The language of friendship is not one of words but of meanings... ✨ • With each dance event that announces their cancellation we grow a little more gloomy. We’ve reached a total of 12 disappointments so far. ⛈😞 Not to embrace the negative, but my introverted heart is actually starting to miss being annoyed by all of you extroverts out there. 😜 • We are going to miss making memories like these at #BalticSwing this year. Last year was our first year, and it was absolutely phenomenal in all aspects. My favorite part you ask? The outdoor patio dancing Sunday evening. (Right where this 📸 was taken) Sounds simply, and it may have been but it was such the warm energy of community and friendship that made it so special. The shots of #soplica probably helped with the “warm feeling” 😂 • Seriously though, we are thankful for every single beautiful soul we meet as we travel around the world. Yes that means you. Even if you don’t live close. Even if we don’t see each other often (and I might have even forgotten your name🤦🏻♀️)...But ever since we joined this dance community we’ve felt a peace in our hearts knowing you guys have our backs. These #covid times have proved that now more than ever. We love you and we miss you. ❤️ • Missing us too? Wanna keep dancing with us right now?! Check out www.DistrictDancer.com - it’s our brand new tutorial library! We have over 70 videos and adding weekly! 💃🏻💻
Well. It’s official we have joined the #tiktok bandwagon. Watch out world. 🌎😎 It’s our first #challenge so we had to bring in the squad for backup. • 👋🏻 Meet Hugo’s little sisters Nataly (left) & Nicole (right) and of course you guys know Miss #BraveryAmor. • Follow us on tiktok at @ districtdanceacademy
Ya know what’s awesome?! Artists showing other artists appreciation! Dancers, show your appreciation to the musicians who make the music we live to dance to by tagging them in your videos! Who knows maybe you could get an awesome thank you letter too! 😍💌 • We posted an improv video of us dancing in Sweden to #ImSoIntoYou by @dylan_chambers and he was sweet enough to reach out to us! If you haven’t heard his music yet, it’s FANTASTIC for #WestCoastSwing dancing! Go support him on Spotify & ITunes! • If you haven’t seen our dance yet, check it out here 👉🏻 https://www.facebook.com/100022881760426/posts/687647792007940/?d=n
Listen. It's time. You know it's been time, because you can feel it in your soul. You can feel the energy and happiness just thinking about it. You know what it is. You know what to do. You'll never know what's on the other side of your yes until you say “yes”, but your yes needs to be backed by massive action in the direction of your agreement. Come on friend.. Its not too late. Don't waste another second with excuses. You can do this. All in favor of flourishing double tap! ❤️ This can still be our year regardless of the #coronavirus. It's time to make a choice and take action. 🏃🏻♀️ • Not sure what action to take? Start by joining us and our 14 staff members at #DistrictDanceAcademy for our first ever virtual event this Saturday! #DanceDiversity is a sampler of 6 different dance styles designed for you to not only train in #WestCoastSwing but also cross train in #Salsa #HipHop #Shag #ShimSham and #LineDancing! 🎉🤩 Register today for the early bird rate of $39! 🎟 https://www.westiepro.com/studios/district-dance-academy
🤩7 DAYS AWAY!🤩 That's right - your next chance to dance with us virtually is 𝙣𝙚𝙭𝙩 𝙎𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙙𝙖𝙮! You can still get early bird tickets through Wednesday for only $39!! 🎟 https://www.westiepro.com/studios/district-dance-academy 👇👇👇 If you haven't heard about #DanceDiversity yet it's unlike any other virtual event we've seen yet! It's designed for those who have 𝙕𝙀𝙍𝙊 dance experience 𝘼𝙉𝘿 experienced #WestCoastSwing dancers who are looking to not only get more WCS, but also cross train in Salsa, Hip-Hop, Shag, Line Dance & we will even learn the Shim Sham together! A combination of 9 dance classes with 14 of District Dance Academy's instructors! It's a full day of dancing and a virtual hangout at the end - See you on the dance floor soon!
🙌🏻TODAY IS THE DAY!🙌🏻 • We can’t wait to dance with you guys in roughly 5 hours for our #MasterYourBalance Intensive!! From 6-8pm EST we will be honing in on our center, learning to change shapes, turn and challenge our balance to prepare us for those off balance moments that can catch you by surprise. If you haven’t registered yet do it NOW so you’re nice and set up when we get started. 👉🏻 https://www.westiepro.com/pros/hugo-and-stacy • 🚨Remember it will also be RECORDED and viewable for 7 days after so you don’t have to miss out if you can’t make it tonight!
“If it’s easy, it’s not worth it.” I think hearing this mantra from my coaches on repeat as a young athlete helped me know how to prepare for inner-battles and face my challenges with a smile because, I knew the harder the journey was the more rewarding the destination would be. ✨🛣🤩 • Things have come full circle now and I’m the coach that’s reminding you that the struggle, the hard work, the painful patience.. IT’S ALL WORTH IT! 🙌🏻 I swear to you. Sometimes you may watch videos on YouTube thinking, that person never had to work for strength/flexibility/balance or whatever it is that you may envy. 🤔 But the fact is they did! Every single human is born with the same amount of “talent”, and we ALL have to drill things into our minds and bodies thousands of times before it becomes what you see today on that video.. it’s all just a matter of how fast are you willing to buck up and get through those thousand drills? 🤷🏻♀️ • If you’re prepared to drill, ready to strengthen and eager to find control in your movement then join Hugo and I this Thursday for our Master Your Balance Virtual Intensive! 🎉🥳 We will have 2 hours together learning how to effectively train your balance so you can always trust your body and challenge your movement. It may not be “easy”, but I can promise you it will be 100% worth it! 💯🏆 • The class will be 🎥LIVE & RECORDED so don’t stress if Thursday isn’t a great day for you, you can watch for a whole week after! Register today at 👉🏻 https://www.westiepro.com/pros/hugo-and-stacy
Today we went out and enjoyed the beautiful Florida weather with a picnic by the ocean. 🌊🧺☀️ A little sun and a family dog pile are the best cure to the #socialdistancing blues.
Take it from Luna, slipping and sliding across the dance floor might seem cute at first, but it’s actually quite frustrating not being able to gain the power and stability you need to go where you want and the do the things you need to do! 🐕😂 • For Luna it’s just running over to chase my triple steps as I’m teaching a virtual lesson... but for you having confidence in your balance could create endless possibilities for better execution, styling and partnering! And who doesn’t want that?? So join Luna, Hugo and I for our Master Your Balance Intensive coming up in just 6 days (Thur 4/16) and we will teach you to keep those feet grounded and your body centered! 🙌🏻🥳 • AND there is a 100% chance she will run across the screen and boop the camera just like this. 😍💻 • 👉🏻 Early bird only $30: https://www.westiepro.com/pros/hugo-and-stacy
I’m going to let you in on a secret...🤫 Perfect balance is bull💩 • There are a multitude of movements, adjustments, shakes, corrections, compensations, sacrifices, improvements, contradictions, estimations, calculations, wiggles, wobbles, falls and stand talls just to make things balance. ✨⚖️✨ • So whether you’re looking to get more balance in your life or your dancing, (but who am I kidding we all know we need both!) take a closer look at why you feel unbalanced, you’ll notice it usually means you’ve been slacking on a few things. Check out our #MasterYourBalance intensive coming up next week for some sneaky reasons you might be struggling to find balance...and how you can overcome it! • Early bird registration is only $30 👉🏻 https://www.westiepro.com/pros/hugo-and-stacy
Recently we become a family of 4! ❤️🐕❤️ We would like to introduce you to Luna (LuLu) - our 14 week Chihuahua/Norfolk Terrier! (DOB:1/5/20) She already loves kisses, playtime, snuggles and our annoying little baby voices! (We can’t help ourselves lol) We rescued her from @Edys Puppies, a non-profit shelter, they found her and several other puppies abandoned in the Everglades. 😭 I’ll never understand people who make the choice to abandon dogs, but I’m thankful we could be the family who will love and protect her for the rest of her life. • We’ve talked a lot about viewing this pandemic as an opportunity to recharge our bodies, balance our lives and get inspired.. but this opportunity was more about having the time to potty train! 😂🤷🏻♀️ Seriously though, traveling 40+ weekends a year means there was never a good time for us to adopt a new family member. Now, there are at least 8 more weekends ahead of us to fully bond together before flying out into the big bold world of adventures! • If you need entertainment or an excuse to get out during these quarantined days, I’ll tell you a new dog is definitly the way to go. We are outside ever 45 minutes 🤪, and on a consistent schedule of crazy-pup-flyin-around-the-house and comatose-runnin-while-dreaming-pup. A lot of shelters are looking for people to foster pups so you don’t even have to commit - you can just enjoy quarantine with a furry friend and deal with the real decisions later! 😜 • Have I mentioned that she’s SUPER smart. I know all pawrents think their child is gifted, but this girl.. We’ve been together for 2 weeks now and here are her achievements; 🏆 Learned her name 🏆 Knows “Sit” & “Down” 🎖 Working diligently on “Stay” 🏆 Potty trained to the pads! 🏆 Walks on a Leash My goal is to train her to touch a bell when she needs to go outside. Who knew I would have quarantine goals?! 😱 • All in all, we are so full of joy and gratitude for this chance to make our family whole again. We can’t wait to introduce you to our #LuLuLuna 🌕 at the next #westcoastswing event! In the mean time, prepare for a continuous puppy posts! 🐶 • 📸 HUGE Thank You to Brave’s Mom @lecia_m for the perfect photos!
starting to get the hang of this quarantine life?! I never realized just how far from a “stay at home” family we were prior to all of this. 🏡🗺✈️ • We were ALWAYS on the go. I mean sure we traveled 40+ weekends out of the year, but even during the week we were still on the go, rarely ever staying home to enjoy this spectacular life we have built. 👫🏻We have always been focused on what can we do to build an even bigger, better life.. constantly chipping away at the never ending to-do list. 📝 • There are a lot of things we miss about pre-corona-life, but as we’ve slowed things down, relaxed, built, played, cried, learned, created, explored and gone completely stir crazy every now and then our home has become a more enjoyable place to be. 💛🌻🛵 Our drives and fresh air adventures have become all the more special. We’ve truly connected with ourselves and our loved ones more than ever before. And even though I wasn’t sure it was possible at first, we’re doing okay! 👌🏻 • We are now in weekend 3 of what is looking like a total of 12 weekends home in a row! 😱 Since Hugo and I met in 2011 we have NEVER spent so many continuous days at home! It’s a whole new chapter of our life together and we won’t lie, we are pretty stoked about the opportunity! In situations like this where we don’t have much control the best thing to do is to take control of your mindset. So how are you taking advantage of this opportunity?! ☀️🌈 • 📸 by @lecia_m
✨𝘿𝘼𝙉𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙄𝙏𝙃 𝙐𝙎 𝙏𝙃𝙄𝙎 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆𝙀𝙉𝘿!✨ Not just 1 intensive BUT TWO, not just 1 instructor BUT THREE! 😱😍 I can't even begin to tell you how much we miss dancing, teaching and growing with you guys so we are so 𝘚𝘖 𝙎𝙊 pumped to get to spend a total of FOUR HOURS face-to-face! 👇👇👇 Stephen's up first of Friday (Mar 27th) focusing on your individual fundamentals, how to practice on your own and tricks to increase your creativity! Virtual Workshops W/ Stephen White - How to improve on your own 👇👇👇 Then Sunday (Mar 29th) joins Hugo and I for some WCS Solo Styling Online Intensive with Hugo & Stacy! There will be two separate streams for leaders and followers so each roll can truly focus on their individual movement for a full two hours! We will focus on styling, syncopations and body movement that can be added into 6 & 8 beat basics. 🎟️🎟️🎟️ You can register for each intensive by visiting their FB Event pages. Each class is $30 and will be streamed LIVE through Zoom and WestiePro! The stream will also be available for later viewing as well!
As a dance teacher, I thought my job was to teach people about movement, expression and music. However, so far I’ve spent my career teaching them about themselves, about courage, teamwork, courtesy, hard work, resiliency, failure and hope. Never saw that coming, but I’m so glad it did. 💃🏻💪🏻✨ . To all my fellow studio teachers, community leaders, aspiring circuit instructors and those of you who are only teaching because there is no one else around to do it...I really do want you to know that as the years go on, you'll get better at teaching the actual content. You'll come up with fun lessons and ideas. Exciting and engaging strategies. You'll be able to track data more easily and use it to help influence your craft. 📊🧐 . But until then, just teach your students to be GOOD people. 🥰 To do good in the world. To love others. And don’t forget to believe in them. That's really what so many of them truly need. A good role model and another friend who wants what's best for them. Do that. . Want to work through some of your teaching methods and strategies? Send us a video of you teaching a private lesson or class and we will provide you with 3-5 improvements that will immediately affect your teaching! We will give you the strategies to assess your students quickly, adjust to the class, build their confidence while giving corrections, and delivering information that’s easy to digest in a clear and fun way! Check it out at https://www.westiepro.com/pros/hugo-and-stacy . Also if you haven’t experienced #SwingCouver yet, what are you doing with your life? Kyle and Sarah know exactly what you want as an attendee and create a magical weekend of leveled learning, timely competitions and some LIT parties! 🔥 You don’t have to wait until January though, book your flight now for #SwingtimeInTheRockies! ✈️ ⛰🎉