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Chicago Style Proposal

On August 20th I checked my inbox and I had a unique request from Joe. He sent an email requesting a 10:00am dance lesson. Joe had been planning his proposal since June. Finally his master plan was coming together. Joe was going to propose that morning and if all things went as planned he was going to bring his new fiance to the dance studio for a romantic dance date.

How Our Dance Couple Met

These 2 love birds met in 2014 at a Volunteer event but they lost touch after the event. 3 years later Meg reached back out to Joe about another opportunity where they would be singing Christmas Carols at a nursing home. Finally the time came to meet again, Meg immediately recognized Joe, but he didn't know who Meg was at the time. After spending the next couple months together working on the project, Joe invited Meg over for dinner. He claims it wasn't intended to be a date, but the two spent the night singing show tunes. Joe was playing the piano and Meg was singing her heart out. Although they like to claim their official dating began on St. Patty's day of 2017, the sparks were flying months before.

Future Plans

Since then the two have shared amazing times together. Meanwhile, they have discovered their common interests and enjoy hosting friends, playing volleyball, exploring the city, and of course singing together while Joe plays the piano. Although destiny brought them together, it's safe to say music also played a special role in sealing their fate. After starting their journey in a more serious capacity, Joe and Meg have talked about an exciting future. They have set goals like opening a business, writing a musical, traveling the world, dancing, and of course starting a family. We recommend dancing for sure.

The Secret Proposal

Joe began planning the proposal in late June. In order to make it all come together, he reached out to Meg's boss to reserve the morning off for her. Her boss set up a fake 'strategy session' to ensure Meg's calendar stayed clear. On the day of the engagement, Joe woke up extra early to stake out the State Street bridge over the Chicago River. While in transit, Meg was thinking this was just another normal day riding her bike to work. Meanwhile, Joe calmly staked out for 40 minutes before he saw her saw his soon to be bride riding towards the bridge. Finally he held up a sign reading 'slow down, Meg!' - leading Meg to stop in the middle of State Street! Above all, she makes it safely to the corner and Joe got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.

Dance Lesson After Proposal

After the proposal, they had some breakfast at the Bongo Room then they headed to Windy City Wedding Dance. After they walked in the dance studio, I sighed with relief because I knew she accepted. They loved the dancing. It was clear they had a music back ground and a natural ability to follow the music. The dance studio was filled with enthusiasm. The couple was able to try Foxtrot, Rumba, and Swing. Although a wedding date hadn't been set we went through interesting facts and hopefully gave them some useful tips for their future wedding dance.

Ultimate Engagement Day

The day was filled with memorable activities. They took pictures in Grant Park,  and recorded a story at the Chicago Story Booth at the Cultural Center to document the day and our relationship in a unique way. In the evening,  The newly engaged couple made their way towards a 'secret destination' for a dinner reservation. When they arrived at the restaurant, 20 friends surprised Meg with congratulations and good wishes.

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By Jcm6122 | January 24, 2016

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By Jcm6122 | January 22, 2016

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By Jcm6122 | November 22, 2015

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By Jcm6122 | November 12, 2015

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By Jcm6122 | October 29, 2015

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By Jcm6122 | September 24, 2015

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By Jcm6122 | September 10, 2015

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By Jcm6122 | September 1, 2015

Where do we even start? Many couples that start wedding planning are relying on friends and referrals to help make big decisions. With an enormous numbers of vendors, how can anyone possibly choose? Have you read a wedding vendor horror story about wedding planners disappearing? Did your venue get double booked? Is your caterer no longer in business.…

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Will Your Wedding Dance Go Viral

By Jcm6122 | August 20, 2015

During yesterday’s dance lesson I was asked on several occasions if I saw that wedding dance video? Oh yes, I saw it and it was amazing. The first question I asked myself, “How on earth did they get all those guys together at the same time to practice and rehearse?” Then I said to myself, “Well…

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Ballroom Dancing On The Queen Mary

By Jcm6122 | August 19, 2015

Preparing with Dance Lessons in Chicago Thanks to our students Robert and Nancy, I’ve learned something new about ballroom dance. Robert and Nancy will be boarding a cruise ship in January of 2016. The have selected a ship called the Queen Mary 2. The Queen Mary 2 is one of the largest cruise line ships and is voted…

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First Dance Graduation Tips

By Jcm6122 | August 10, 2015

Ok so you gave him 1 job, just one job. All he had to do was pick up the phone 6 months ago and schedule the wedding dance lessons. By now your first dance would be complete and you wouldn’t be feeling this pressure. Fast forward, it’s time to get started! We have 5 weeks until the…

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Studebaker Ballroom Dance Show

By Jcm6122 | August 9, 2015

CALLING ALL BALLROOM DANCE LOVERS Ladies and Gentlemen get ready for the first ballroom dance show to be hosted at the newly opened Studebaker Theater at 410 S Michigan Avenue. Windy City Wedding Dance will be producing a ballroom dance show including a variety of ballroom dance styles. The show will feature beginner, intermediate, and…

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Trends in Wedding Dance 2015

By Jcm6122 | August 8, 2015

WEDDING DANCE TRENDS I’m convinced that Elvis Presley has come back to us in the form of blue suede shoes and he wants you to be wearing them under your wedding dress. He once sang, 1 for the money, 2 for the show, 3 to get ready and go cat go, now don’t you step on…

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Dance Classes September 2015

By Jcm6122 | August 6, 2015

Are you looking for a fun activity on Tuesday Nights? Come join us for the September 2015 Windy City Wedding Dance group class dance program in Chicago at 410 S Michigan Avenue on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building. Our dance classes will be offered in September from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. At Windy…

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Wedding Dance Class Summer 2015

By Jcm6122 | August 3, 2015

Preparing for an upcoming wedding in September or October? Although summer seems to be passing by quickly, it’s not too late to get started with some beginner level moves that will make you and your fiance feel more confident during your first dance. TIPS FOR A GREAT WEDDING DANCE 1. Find a wedding dance studio…

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2015 Classic Wedding Dance Songs

By Jcm6122 | July 28, 2015

Are you a classic kind of gal or guy? Choosing a song for your first dance can be daunting without some guidance from a wedding dance specialist. It may be your favorite song, but can you dance to it? Is the song to fast or is it to slow? I’m looking forward to sharing our…

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Wedding Dance Trump Tower

By Jcm6122 | July 13, 2015

Several months back a beautiful young lady and gentleman walked into the studio to prepare for their first dance. We talked about their upcoming wedding scheduled for July of 2015. Although John and Lauren hadn’t decided on their final song, we started to sample different ballroom dance styles and made the final decision on a…

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The Romance in Your Wedding Dance

By Jcm6122 | June 30, 2015

One of my greatest pleasures about having a wedding dance studio is I get to see so many couples and learn about how they make their relationship work. Many young professionals dive into their careers head first. We’ve all done it at one point. We drown ourselves in a corporate environment scratching and clawing our way to the…

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Perfect Wedding Dance Floor

By Jcm6122 | June 29, 2015

Are you in the midst of planning your wedding for 2015? When we talk with our wedding dance couples, we always ask them about the size of their dance floor. Many of them actually must go back and contact the venue, the reception coordinator, or their wedding planner. Here are recommendations and tips from the…

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My Father Daughter Dance in Heaven

By Jcm6122 | June 9, 2015

On May 21st, 2 days after my Father’s 70th Birthday I received the phone call I had been dreading all my life. I was in the middle of teaching a wedding dance lesson and had to leave immediately. It was an emergency and I knew it was serious, but little did I know it was a…

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10 Ways To Rock A Wedding Dance

By Jcm6122 | June 8, 2015

Are you going to be headed down the aisle this summer? With a check list that keeps growing sometimes some of the things we hoped to get done for the wedding may have taken a back seat. Are you looking for ways to rock a wedding dance? Our expertise at Windy City Wedding Dance are…

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How Did Our Wedding Dance Couples Meet

By Jcm6122 | May 7, 2015

Love is always in the air at Windy City Wedding Dance. With over 100 clients walking through the door every week, its always interesting to get to know more about our love birds as they work on their first dance. So how do you think people meet a significant other in 2015? Here is what…

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Tips Chicago Wedding Dance Pros

By Jcm6122 | April 20, 2015

Do you have a Chicago wedding that is approaching quickly? Like many couples, there is a task list a mile long. Many times the wedding dance gets pushed off until the very end. Because we specialize in wedding dance lessons, we see many couples who need something simple, quick, and easy. Here are wedding dance…

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Wedding Dance Steps & Tips

By Jcm6122 | April 8, 2015

Like any specialist, we strive to stay at the top of our game creating the perfect wedding dance for our clients. We learn just as much from our clients as they learn from us. When we listen to each other, we create the perfect wedding dance and an unforgettable experience. Check out tips from our staff. Rock…

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2015 Spring Wedding Dance Songs

By Jcm6122 | April 7, 2015

We are so excited about the 2015 wedding dance season and we want to share a song list just in case you are having trouble finding something for your first dance. Every quarter we like to update our list with new and exciting songs and we hope you enjoy! OUR 2015 SPRING WEDDING DANCE SONGS The…

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Custom Wedding Dance Shoes

By Jcm6122 | April 3, 2015

At Windy City Wedding Dance we talk to hundreds of couples getting ready for their wedding and a main concern for the bride is her shoes. She needs the right shoes for her wedding dance. What if you were able to have the perfect shoe for the wedding dance and your wedding day? As of…

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He Proposed During The Lesson

By Jcm6122 | March 31, 2015

I wanted to share a story about a proposal that recently took place at Windy City Wedding Dance. Both Vaneza, our group class teacher, and myself were in on the wedding proposal conspiracy. For now we will refer to our clients as John Doe and Jane Doe. It was several months ago that John and…

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Capture Your Wedding Dance

By Jcm6122 | March 23, 2015

This morning I woke up to the sound of shovels scraping across the sidewalks, attempting to remove the snow away. I picked up my phone to check a few emails and I did my morning Facebook observation. As I scrolled down the page I see this major shift in how we post and what we post. We used…

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The History Behind The First Dance

By Jcm6122 | March 10, 2015

The First Dance is one of many traditions when we think about a wedding. For example, if you have attended more than one wedding you may notice that certain activities occur at each wedding. Among these traditions you will likely see the bride and groom come together to dance for the first time as husband…

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First Dance But Not My Last Dance

By Jcm6122 | March 10, 2015

A typical day at Windy City Wedding Dance includes educating engaged couples about the First Dance. Although all of our clients have their own unique personality, they all come in with a goal in mind. Our job is to help them learn how to dance. The number #1 wish for our couples is they leave with confidence…

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Different Types of Wedding Dances

By Jcm6122 | February 21, 2015

As wedding season approaches many soon to be bride and grooms are surfing the internet and trying to tie up any loose ends before their wedding day. On the list of things to do is preparing for the First Dance. Each couple is different and the wedding planning process varies from couple to couple. Some of our…

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How To Convince My Fiancé To Dance

By Jcm6122 | February 20, 2015

Has this thought crossed your mind, “How to Convince my Fiancé To Dance?” Well you are not alone. Imagine your wedding date is approaching quickly. After months of planning and compromising on wedding details, your actual wedding date is just weeks away. One of the last tasks on the list is preparing for your first dance.…

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2015 Wedding Song of Year

By Jcm6122 | February 13, 2015

Let us introduce ourselves, if you are seeing us for the first time, we are Windy City Wedding Dance, Chicago’s favorite wedding dance specialist. We are a ballroom dance studio that offers a variety of services including wedding dance lessons, ballroom dance lessons, and chicago dance classes. Our headquarters are conveniently located in the South Loop at 410…

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Dances From The Heart

By Jcm6122 | February 1, 2015

Windy City Wedding Dance staff and friends continue to perform for the annual Valentine’s Day Show, Dances From The Heart. This will be our 4th year participating in the show and we can’t wait to show all of our friends and family this year’s number. Mastermind and World Champion, Tommye Giacchino, continues to coach and…

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Ballroom Dance Show 1-2015

By Jcm6122 | January 31, 2015

Since December of 2014, Windy City Wedding Dance students and friends have been preparing show dance routines for a winter ballroom dance showcase hosted by My Dance Hub located in Aurora, IL. The ballroom dance show consisted of 4 acts showcasing 44 numbers. Windy City Wedding Dance made the trip with 5 ballroom acts. Our dance performers…

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Our Year In Ballroom Dance

By Jcm6122 | December 31, 2014

We couldn’t be more thankful for our first full calendar year in business as Windy City Wedding Dance! As we take a trip down memory lane, we have many people to thank for being apart of our studio. This includes clients, customers, and professionals in our industry. It’s our clients, at the end of the…

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2014 NYE Wedding Dance

By Jcm6122 | December 30, 2014

In 1 day, 12 hours, and 8 minutes, we will all move on to another chapter in our lives. For many, 2014, was a life changing year including myself. We found ourselves continuing to consult bride and grooms through the holidays to prepare them for their upcoming holiday weddings. As our wedding industry continues to…

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Siri We Need Dance Lessons

By Jcm6122 | December 27, 2014

It’s likely that if you are asking Siri for dance lessons you may need our help? When our clients contact us and say they need something its likely they will be getting married in the new year. Windy City Wedding Dance is a dance studio where students learn to ballroom dance. There are many different…

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2014 Christmas Ballroom Showcase

By Jcm6122 | December 11, 2014

In just a few days our good friends will be heading to the 2014 Sterba’s Annual Christams Showcase where they will be performing ballroom dance routines in front of 100’s of guests, which include dancers, instructors, and professionals in the area. The event starts early afternoon and runs into the night! You can find a…

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Latin Cardio This Week

By Jcm6122 | December 8, 2014

Latin Cardio Class Tuesdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm There’s nothing like getting in a great workout while dancing to awesome music and hanging with the coolest people. Come try our Latin Cardio Class this week or next week where we are covering dances like Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Samba, Rumba, Bolero, Swing, and more. This class is made…

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Dance Classes in Chicago 2014

By Jcm6122 | November 28, 2014

Where can I take dance classes in Chicago after work? Well if you work or live in the following areas, South Loop, River North, West Loop, Streeterville, or the Gold Coast we are just around the corner. Just type chicago dance classes near me! Dance Classes for Couples or Singles in Chicago Well because we…

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Ballroom Blitz TLC

By Jcm6122 | November 27, 2014

We spent our day watching Ballroom Blitz on TLC, the new ballroom dance reality TV show. The show featured numerous ballroom dance competitors nationwide and in Chicago. The show reveals behind the scenes in our ballroom dance industry and how competitors prepare for upcoming ballroom dance competitions. The Truth About Ballroom Dance With hard work,…

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Black Friday Ballroom Discount

By Jcm6122 | November 25, 2014

Ballroom Dance Class Discount in Chicago Are you mapping out your holiday shopping for the next week? Why not add a few dance classes in your shopping cart. Take full advantage of our Black Friday Ballroom Discount. At Windy City Wedding Dance we are offering a hot sale on adult group classes until the end…

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2014 Fall Wedding Dance Location

By Jcm6122 | November 14, 2014

Fall Wedding Dance Lessons Chicago Hello soon to be bride and grooms, well summer is officially over and the fall winter mix is hitting the streets of Chicago. The wedding industry is continuing to see a spike in fall and winter weddings, especially in a popular city like Chicago. It’s very competitive to get one…

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Wedding Dance Myths 2014

By Jcm6122 | November 10, 2014

  1. No one can teach me how to dance, I am a lost cause. Many of us feel insecure about our dancing. Our childhood memories of the junior high dance haunt us as we start to think about preparing for our first dance. After years of conditioning we start to believe we can’t dance.…

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Big Chicago Ballroom Weekend

By Jcm6122 | October 28, 2014

USA DanceSport Challenge Well with just hours away, ballroom dancers from all over Chicago and the US are finishing up their preparation for their Big Chicago Ballroom Weekend. For many, this is a weekend hobby spent traveling the US and the competing in the USA DanceSport Series. For others, it may be their first competition,…

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Architecture Tour Comes to Windy City Wedding Dance

By Jcm6122 | October 19, 2014

The Architecture Tour visited the Fine Arts Building making their way through Windy City Wedding Dance located at 410 S Michigan Ave on the 2nd Floor. The visitors were amazed by the original elevator face that sits inside our ballroom dance studio from the late 1800’s. Our guest were in awe by our 30 foot…

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Chicago DanceSport Challenge

By Jcm6122 | October 16, 2014

With only weeks away, Chicago’s ballroom dance community is preparing for the Chicago DanceSport Challenge. Chicago Dancesport Challenge is a part of the USA Dance Organization. This organization supports Amateur Ballroom Dancing and provides a circuit of dance competitions where amateur ballroom dance competitors hit the dance floor. Participants and ballroom dancers from all over…

Chicago Wedding Dance Bride 2014

How to Get the Wedding Glow

By Jcm6122 | October 9, 2014

I’m sure you have all gone done the checklist twice, covering everything you can possibly think of to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch. It’s important to have those final confirmations with caterers, florist, DJ’s, venue’s, rental companies, wedding planners, and more. So how do we get that wedding glow? How to Get…

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Dance Classes VS Private Lessons

By Jcm6122 | October 7, 2014

Thinking about dance? Are you trying to decide if you would rather take ballroom classes or private lessons? Both are fantastic ways to learn a new activity. Although you can learn in each environment, they provide a different dance experience. I recommend trying a dance class and a private lesson to see which best fits…

Wedding Dance Do’s and Don’ts

By Jcm6122 | October 6, 2014

Ok this one is for all my newly engaged couples. Our wedding clients have a lot to say when they walk in the door. Most of the time one person in the relationship will say this, “Please do not let me look like that wedding couple from last weekend during their first dance.” Then I always proceed…

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Teach Ballroom Dance Lessons

By Jcm6122 | October 1, 2014

Have you ever contacted a dance studio to take some ballroom dance lessons? Years ago when I moved to Chicago, I did the same thing. I went to a very popular franchise in the area and I was assigned a very tall handsome instructor. He made the dancing seem so easy. For the first time…

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Listen Up Brides

By Jcm6122 | September 26, 2014

Happy friday! Several months ago I started corresponding with a soon to be bride named Casey. We booked and planned our dance lessons way in advance. Months later Casey walked through the door with Finn, her high school sweet heart. They were preparing for their first dance and would be tying the knot as of October 2014.…

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Best Beginner Dance Class

By Jcm6122 | September 19, 2014

Our group dance class program launches in less than 2 weeks. We will offer a series of dance classes that will be hosted from our corporate headquarters at 410 S Michigan Ave 2nd floor. We overlook Grant Park while we teach our group dance classes and our students will learn the basics and fundamentals of Salsa…

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Fall Dance Class Session 1

By Jcm6122 | September 18, 2014

Are you looking for a fun activity this fall. Our Fall Dance Class Session starts the first week of October. Try a Sunday afternoon ballroom class or our after work dance classes are now being offered at Windy City Wedding Dance on Tuesdays and Fridays evenings. You can learn how to salsa dance or ballroom…

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Fairy Tale Wedding Waltz Dance

By Jcm6122 | September 3, 2014

Congrats to Angela and Matt Benson. Angela and Matt started taking Wedding Dance Lessons at Windy City Wedding Dance back in early April. This was my favorite wedding in 2015. The wedding was in a beautiful mansion in Vernon Hills. Angela and Matt worked on their wedding dance for weeks.They were very serious ballroom dance…

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Dance Classes Chicago SummerDance 2014

By Jcm6122 | September 3, 2014

We had such a great time at Chicago SummerDance 2014 on August 16th for the East Coast Swing Lessons. We taught the dance lesson from 6pm to 7pm in Grant Park across the street from Windy City Wedding Dance at 410 S Michigan Ave. It was our very first trip to Chicago Summer Dance and…

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Dance Therapy

By Jcm6122 | August 31, 2014

Did you know that Dance can be a form of therapy?  The American Dance Therapy Association is an organization that is dedicated to the profession of dance/movement therapy. Through dance movement therapy individuals can improve a wide variety of psychological disorders. Dance and movement therapists mobilize resources from the place where the body and mind are one.…

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Intimate Chicago Wedding Venue 2015

By Jcm6122 | August 29, 2014

In less than 1 month 2015 and 2016 wedding couples will be on the hunt to book their Chicago Wedding Venue . It’s like the great race to snag that one date that works for your Mom, Dad, Aunts, Uncles, and friends. Weddings today have grown to a 70 Billion dollar industry. I always say if it’s…

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How Many Dance Lessons Will I Need

By Jcm6122 | August 22, 2014

How many dance lessons will I need to get ready for my wedding dance? Everyday we respond to Chicago Wedding Dance Lesson inquiries. We get this question often and my response is everyone learns at different speed and your schedule dictates how often you can come into the dance studio. Taking ballroom dance lessons is like any new…

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Trending Wedding Dance Songs 2014

By Jcm6122 | August 20, 2014

Are you getting married and starting to think about your first dance? Traditionally wedding dance styles include Rumba, Night Club 2 Step, Foxtrot, Waltz, and Salsa. There are a variety of wedding dance songs, but how come you can’t think of one or find the one that’s right for you? Now you only have 3…

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Free Swing Dancing Lesson Today Chicago SummerDance

By Jcm6122 | August 16, 2014

    Chicago Dance Lessons Chicago SummerDance is very special to us. We are just one block north on Michigan Ave at 410 S Michigan and opened our permanent location on June 15th just in time to get the summer kicked off for Wedding Season. Our specialities include Dance Classes, Dance Lessons, Ballroom Dance Lessons,…

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How to Ballroom Dance in Chicago

By Jcm6122 | July 27, 2014

Researching Ballroom Dance Lessons Did you Google ballroom dance lessons, dance lessons, or wedding dance lessons? Well, so did I years ago. So now that you have googled dance classes and have come up with a few choices for dance lessons studios in Chicago, what is the next step to start ballroom dancing. I like to…

Claudia and Michael Windy City Wedding Dance Students

How a Chicago Couple Used Ballroom Dance Lessons

By Jcm6122 | July 10, 2014

  Couples from all over Chicago are coming into Windy City Wedding Dance to prepare for their first dance. One of our famous couples this year came to us in May to prepare for their first dance with a fantastic Michael Jackson song. I’ll never forget when Claudia called us. She said that she knew they didn’t…

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Chicago Dancing Festival 2014

By Jcm6122 | July 8, 2014

What kind of plans do you have for this summer? With Chicago at the height of festival season anyone can find an interesting event to attend. For us at Windy City Wedding Dance we like to support all the dancing events in Chicago. The Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 will be back again this year. The festival…

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Dancing at The Taste of Chicago

By Jcm6122 | July 7, 2014

What are you doing this week? We’ll be dancing at The Taste of Chicago. Windy City Wedding Dance is celebrating their second month of the summer on Michigan Ave across the street from one of the biggest events in Chicago. The Taste of Chicago starts on July 9 and runs through July 13th. Admission is FREE for…

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Get Your Chicago Wedding Dance on Video

By Jcm6122 | July 1, 2014

Tip of The Day Get Your Chicago Wedding Dance on Video. Listen up all you engaged couples for 2014. Its time to think about getting your first dance on video. Even if you didn’t budget for a professional videographer to capture your wedding dance, today’s technology will allow you to get some video on a…

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Derby City DanceSport Competition 2014

By Jcm6122 | June 30, 2014

Well it’s that time again. USA Dance competitors are getting ready for the 2015 Nationals by competing in NQE events in the Midwest region. We will be headed to the Derby City DanceSport Competition 2014 the first week of August to try to solidify out spot for 2015 nationals in the Smooth and Standard division.…

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Doré Designs 2014 Weddings

By Jcm6122 | June 25, 2014

Our History with Doré I remember several years ago being helped by a beautiful young lady from Dore Designs, a company that designs ballroom dresses and gowns. This was my first experience with the brand Doré. She helped me try on my first ballroom gown. After 4 years, we spoke again at the Crystal Ball. She remembered…

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Dancing is Like Dreaming with Your Feet

By Jcm6122 | June 17, 2014

This morning just so happens to be my birthday and a new journey for me. I found this quote today on Google. It said, “Dancing is Like Dreaming with Your Feet.” I think this is a pretty accurate description of the past year and where we have come in such a short period of time.…

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Crystal Ball 6.12.14

By Jcm6122 | June 12, 2014

Well it’s that time of the year. Crystal Ball, one of Chicago’s ballroom dance competitions, starts today. Friends of Windy City Wedding Dance will be competing for the next 4 days in the following dance styles, American Rhythm, Smooth, and Standard. American Rhythm includes Bolero, Rumba, Cha Cha, and East Coast Swing. American Smooth Styles…

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Rental Space Now Available 2014

By Jcm6122 | June 11, 2014

June 15th, 2014 Windy City Wedding Dance will be launching their brand new rental space at 410 S Michigan. After a year of working inside the Fine Arts Building we will be moving to a permanent home on the 2nd Floor overlooking Lake Michigan on Grant Park. We will be renting the event space for special…

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How to Dip Your Woman 2014

By Jcm6122 | June 10, 2014

The Big Finish – How to Dip Your Woman 2014 Thousands of Wedding Couples all over the US are preparing for their wedding in 2014 as we speak. Part of the wedding is the First Dance. It’s tough to wing a wedding dance so many couples are preparing with dance classes and private instruction. At Windy…

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Chicago Summer Dance 2014

By Jcm6122 | May 29, 2014

August 16th 6pm-7pm Chicago Summer Dance 2014 is hosted by the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Thanks to our best friend Tommye Giacchino, Windy City Wedding Dance will be taking the stage on August 16th to teach an East Coast Swing dance lesson for all of Chicago to enjoy from…

Naperville Wedding Dance Experts 2014

By Jcm6122 | May 23, 2014

Where do I go to take dance lessons for my wedding? Are you looking for a Naperville Wedding Dance expert? With so many ballroom dance studios in the Naperville Aurora suburbs, how do you choose a dance school for your wedding? We are Naperville and Aurora’s top wedding dance specialist. So how did we become…

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Chicago Dance Classes for Summer 2014

By Jcm6122 | May 22, 2014

Do you need Chicago Dance Classes for Summer 2014? Chicago is a great city for ballroom dance with a variety of dance classes offered throughout Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods. Are you ready to show Chicago what you learned in your dance class? Make sure to check out the Chicago Summer Dance schedule so you can shake…

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Dancing at Zoo-Ologie 2014

By Jcm6122 | May 20, 2014

Windy City Wedding Dance rocked the dance floor at this year’s annual 2014 Zoo-Ologie. We were dancing at Zoo-Ologie 2014 this past Saturday. Our good friend Libby invited us to donate towards the annual benefit which raises money for all of us to enjoy the benefits of The Lincoln Park Zoo. The proceeds work to keep…

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2014 Ballroom Dance Showcase

By Jcm6122 | May 6, 2014

Windy City Wedding Dance and friends rocked the dance floor with My Dance Hub this past Saturday. My Dance Hub’s Spring 2014 Ballroom Dance Showcase featured over 50 amazing acts. The showcase numbers included Bolero, Jive, Swing, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Waltz, Hustle, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Tango, East Coast Swing, and Hip Hop numbers. So what is a…

NEW 2014 ON-LINE SCHEDULING

By Jcm6122 | April 28, 2014

We are so excited about the new 2014 on-line scheduling system. Do you need to schedule your Wedding Dance Lessons? We understand the stress of planning for your wedding in 2014? We make it quick, easy, and convenient with our new ON-LINE SCHEDULING feature. We are stream lining our booking process so you can request your introductory wedding…

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Now Open Naperville Aurora

By Jcm6122 | April 24, 2014

BREAKING NEWS Windy City Wedding Dance has now expanded to West Suburbs. Chicago’s best Wedding Dance Specialist are now open Naperville Aurora. Windy City Wedding Dance is off to the races covering Lincoln Park, Lake View, South Loop, West Loop, River West, River North, Naperville and Aurora. We offer customized choreography so you can tell…

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Dance Today for Your Wedding in May 2014

By Jcm6122 | April 21, 2014

Dance today for your wedding in May 2014. It’s not to late at Windy City Wedding Dance to start preparing for your May wedding. With a flexible teaching schedule and multiple locations, we can make your First Dance a dance to remember. We offer simple choreography that will make you and your guests smile. All…

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Social Ballroom Dance Event

By Jcm6122 | April 18, 2014

Tired of dancing alone? Looking for a social ballroom dance event? Come join Windy City Wedding Dance and Tommye Giacchino at the Drake Hotel for live music and social ballroom dancing on May 10th. The live band starts at 9pm and we encourage all of our students to attend and bring guests. If you are…

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East Coast Swing Dance Contest

By Jcm6122 | April 17, 2014

On Friday night Windy City Wedding Dance joined the The Chicago Bar Association for their Annual Benefit and East Coast Swing Dance Lesson. The East Coast Swing lesson was a big success with over 100 people on the dance floor. The Barrister Big Band played some great music and everyone got to practice their new…

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#1 Wedding Dance Video

By Jcm6122 | April 13, 2014

We are excited to share the #1 Wedding Dance Video for 2014. These are Windy City Wedding Dance students from our South Loop Chicago location. Meet Michelle and Tom. Michelle and Tom both work in downtown Chicago. Michelle and Tom dedicated time after work taking private wedding dance lessons leading up to their destination wedding…

Wedding Dance Boot Camp

By Jcm6122 | April 11, 2014

Attention all Chicago Wedding Couples! Wedding Dance Boot Camp has just arrived. Because of the late arrival of Spring we have noticed some panic in the wedding industry. Some of your wedding tasks may have been pushed off due to the weather and unforeseen circumstances. Do you feel behind like you may not have time…

Chicago Wedding Dance Bride 2014

Chicago Wedding Dance

By Jcm6122 | April 7, 2014

In the last few years The Chicago Wedding Dance has an entire new meaning. As we continue to see more and more couples invest in technology, photography, and video, it’s all the more reason to make sure you are investing in your Wedding Dance. Your First Dance will be recorded and someone is likely to post…

Beginner Dance Lessons

By Jcm6122 | March 28, 2014

Have you been thinking you would like to take beginner dance lessons in Chicago for your wedding, but you are afraid it’s going to be a disaster? Many people have those same fears and perceptions, but that’s not the reality. If you choose a studio or dance school where the teachers are trained, it can…

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Wedding Dance Videography

By Jcm6122 | March 20, 2014

Wava Media Our Pick For 2014 Wedding Dance Videography Chicago Taking wedding dance classes to prepare for your wedding will make you more confident and comfortable for your big day. That’s our expertise! We want to make sure your first dance is an expression of your love as a couple. We wouldn’t be doing our…

Glad Rags Boutique Chicago

Glad Rags Boutique

By Jcm6122 | March 18, 2014

Glad Rags Boutique – Great Wedding Gift Idea One of our favorite new retailers at Windy City Wedding Dance is Glad Rags Boutique. I had the opportunity to meet a very interesting business professional this past weekend. I am very impressed with her drive, passion, and intelligence. Lauren, a mother of a beautiful 2 year-old,…

Tommye Giacchino

Healthy Benefits of Dancing

By Jcm6122 | March 16, 2014

I thought I would share some of the healthy benefits of dancing. When is the last time you said to your self, “I can’t wait to go to the gym and run like a hamster on the treadmill?” There are those of us who like to run and then there are those of us who…

First Dance by Annie and Fidel

Wedding Dance Styles 2014

By Jcm6122 | March 12, 2014

Are you getting married in 2014? Choosing a dance studio will be one of the many tasks on your list. We are here to take the guess-work out of the process. Choosing a few songs will help eliminate potential future stress. We can demonstrate the dance styles appropriate for your song. At times we are…

Future Ballroom Dancers

Olympic Gold Medalists – Thank Ballroom Dance

By Alesha Bales | March 2, 2014

United States Ice Dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie white won gold in Ice Dancing this Winter becoming the first US Olympic couple to win a gold in the sport. The routine was danced to music from My Fair Lady and was inspired by the ballroom dances Quick Step and Foxtrot. The Olympic Gold medalists thank…

Twist on French

Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas – Nail Art

By Alesha Bales | March 2, 2014

Now-a-days brides are getting more and more creative with their weddings and opting for a more non-traditional wedding. May it be a non-religious ceremony, having a funky first dance or a bouquet of broaches instead of flowers even the smallest of details are thought of. However something most brides don’t put much thought into is…

Amanda and David Owen

WCWD Instructor’s Sister got Married

By Alesha Bales | February 28, 2014

Helping a wedding couple prepare for their wedding dance is a wonderful connection no matter who it is with but when the person you are helping is your sister things can get especially emotional. Windy City Wedding Dance instructor Alesha experienced this first hand when her sister got married last monght. Alesha’s sister Amanda walked…

Swing Dancing

Dancing with The Chicago Bar Association

By Jcm6122 | February 28, 2014

Windy City Wedding Dance will be partnering with The Chicago Bar Association. We will be teaching at the Chicago Bar Association’s 13th Annual Barrister’s Big Band Benefit Ball. We offer private or group dance lessons. Windy City Wedding Dance will be teaching an East Coast Swing Lesson on April 11, 2014. The event will include swing…

Wedding Dance info graphic

Wedding Dance Lessons Info Graphic

By Jcm6122 | February 22, 2014

We understand that some of our clients are visual learners. We created this Wedding Dance info graphic to help you with your planning and preparation for scheduling wedding dance lessons. Timing is key when you are preparing for a wedding. Ballroom wedding dance lessons are being more and more popular. Our recommendation is to get everything scheduled out in…

Team Giacchino

Columbia College Dance Concert

By Jcm6122 | February 21, 2014

The last few weeks have been very busy for Chicago’s wedding dance specialist, performing at the Athenaeum Theatre on February 14th and competing in the Midatlantic USA Dance championships on Feb 16th.  Windy City wedding Dance, members of Team Giachinno, will be performing for the 8th Annual Columbia College Alumni Dance Concert at Hamlin Park Field House at 3035 N.…

Wedding Student with Chicago Mayor

Wedding Dance Student With Rahm

By Jcm6122 | February 21, 2014

We were so surprised when we saw our student Fidel posing with the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. Fidel caught some camera time with Rahm this past Saturday’s at the 2014 Equality Illinois Gala. Annie and Fidel are students of Windy City Wedding Dance and just wed back in October of 2013. Annie talked about the exiting event all…

American Smooth

Ballroom Dance 2 States in 3 Days

By Jcm6122 | February 18, 2014

Ballroom Dance 2 States in 3 Days, some may say that’s sound exhausting for us that’s living. What an exciting weekend for Windy City Wedding Dance and Team Giacchino performing in The Dances From the Heart Show on Friday Night and competing in the Mid Atlantic Championships on Sunday in Bethesda Maryland. It wasn’t just…

Wedding Dance

Wedding Dance Lessons Chicago

By Jcm6122 | February 8, 2014

Windy City Wedding Dance, a business providing wedding dance lessons in Chicago, is approaching their one year anniversary and we need your help. In celebration of our first year in business we will be touring Chicago and stopping at some of the top trending wedding hot spots in downtown Chicago. As a soon to be bride, I still have…

Cha Cha

Valentine’s Day Show Discount

By Jcm6122 | February 6, 2014

Are you looking for something to do on valentine’s day? Come join us on February 14, 2014 for our annual Dances From the Heart Event talking place at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago at 2936 N Southport in Lincoln Park at 8pm. Dances From The Heart will feature Team Giachinno and members of Windy City Wedding…

Ballroom Dance Bachelor

8 Sexy Bachelors Ballroom Dance

By Jcm6122 | February 4, 2014

8 Sexy Bachelors Ballroom Dance By Jessica Mays 2.3.14 One of our ballroom dance students from Windy City Wedding Dance has made “The 8 Sexy Chicago Bachelors,” featured in an article HGTV’s website . Don’t be confused. At Windy City Wedding Dance we teach singles, couples, family, and friends. Mike Haniff, a resident at K2 Apartments attended the K2 ballroom dance class…

Wedding Dance

Chicago Couple Makes American Dancer Magazine

By Jcm6122 | February 1, 2014

Chicago Couple Makes American Dancer Magazine Friends of Windy City Wedding Dance, Rob and Briel Wakerly met several years ago at a ballroom dance studio owned by Tommye Giacchino. I’ll never forget walking into the dance studio for my teacher training course and seeing them both training in their private lesson. Through the years I…

Spring and Summer Wedding Dance

By Jcm6122 | February 1, 2014

Spring and Summer Wedding Dance Are you getting in married in March, April, or May? January and February are great months to start your dance lessons for a Spring Wedding. Are you getting married in June, July, or August? Make sure you are starting around April or May for a Summer Wedding. The summer wedding…

Windy City Wedding Dance Couple

Where To Go For Wedding Dance Lessons

By Jcm6122 | January 28, 2014

Where To Go For Wedding Dance Lessons Have you asked yourself, ” Where do I look for wedding dance lessons?” The first thing that comes to mind is to jump on the internet and start price shopping, but there are many things you should consider when you are choosing a place to start your dance lessons. Saving 5…

Northwestern University Athletics

Northwestern Women’s Volleyball

By Jcm6122 | January 27, 2014

Northwestern Women’s Volleyball By Jessica Mays 1.26.14 Windy City Wedding Dance and partners, Dance with Panache and Wava Media, attended the 3rd Annual Northwestern Women’s Volleyball Banquet. We were excited to learn more about Northwestern Women’s Volleyball Team. We donated wedding dance, ballroom dance, salsa lessons, and a photo shoot for the silent auction. We were all tickled…

Wedding Dance

Need Help Picking The Song For Your First Dance In Chicago

By Jcm6122 | January 19, 2014

By Jessica Mays 1.19.14 Wow people are really stepping it up these days with the first dance. Choosing a song can be a challenge for Wedding Couples. I thought it may be fun to go back in time and reminisce about some of my friends, family, and clients song selections. So what is the common…

Wedding Dance Honey Moon

Windy City Wedding Dance Learns About Honey Moon Hot Spots

By Jcm6122 | January 18, 2014

Windy City Wedding Dance Learns About Honey Moon Hot Spots By Jessica Mays 1/18/2014 Google Have you chosen your honey moon spot? I don’t know about you but I plan on doing most of my research by asking the people around me. Yesterday I caught a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit some friends and…

Valentine’s Day Package Dance & Giordano’s Pizza

By Jcm6122 | January 17, 2014

Valentine’s Day Package Dance & Giordano’s Pizza By Jessica Mays 1.17.14 Windy City Wedding Dance will be working alongside with Giordano’s Pizza for Valentine’s Day February 14, 2014. Send your loved one the gift of dance and a heart-shaped deep dish pizza right to their front door step. This package makes a great gift for anyone who may be…

Healthy Lifestyle for Weddings

Healthy Lifestyle Wedding Fitness

By Jcm6122 | January 12, 2014

Healthy Lifestyle Wedding Fitness Healthy lifestyle habits are something you owe yourself and your life partner you’re about to marry. Preparing for a wedding is exciting and yet exhausting, but don’t get lost in the wedding planning. Make sure you are preparing for a union and you are bringing a healthy lifestyle with you. As…

Kut Kloth Design

Kut Kloth Boutique Infinity Scarf and Clutch

By Jcm6122 | January 11, 2014

Meet The Woman Behind the Kloth Looking for something special reach out to Kut Kloth Boutique for an Infinity Scarf or Clutch. Meet Brette Donisi Karas. Brette grew up in small town where she worked hard on her academics and was a talented athlete. Brette went on to study at The United States Airforce Academy earning…

First Dance

River North, West Loop, South Loop, Lincoln Park Wedding Dance Specialist

By Jcm6122 | January 11, 2014

The First Dance Your River North, West Loop, South Loop, Lincoln Park Wedding Dance Specialist are right here in Chicago around the corner. If you are a soon to be bride or groom in 2014 you know how the time flies. By the time you commute to work, commute home, work out, and eat it’s almost time for…

Dances From The Heart 2014

By Jcm6122 | January 5, 2014

The countdown begins for our annual participation on Valentines Day with the Dances From The Heart Show. Members of Windy City Wedding Dance will be performing in the show. This is certainly one of my favorite events of the year. The show displays a variety of dance styles. In the past their has been Lyrical, Contemporary,…

Eric Georgian

Riverfront Dancesport Ballroom Festival 2014

By Jcm6122 | January 5, 2014

First Ballroom Competition of the year for Windy City Wedding Dance of Chicago for 2014. The categories include American Smoot Waltz, Tango , Foxtrot, and V Waltz. The countdown begins this week for the Riverfront Ballroom Festival hosted in Cincinnati OH. Preparation for this weeks event include plenty of sleep, a visit to the hair stylist, healthy eating…

Beautiful Purple Wedding Dance Shoes

Chicago Dance Supply Wedding Bridal Dance Shoes

By Jcm6122 | January 4, 2014

Great news to all you about to be bride and grooms. If you haven’t selected a wedding shoe, it just so happens that my favorite ballroom dance shoe is now being offered in a wedding line. I have tried numerous ballroom dance brands and this particular brand is very supportive and comfortable. That’s correct I said…

Ballroom Wedding Couple Kiss Under the Lights

A New Year, A New Look, A New Dance

By Jcm6122 | January 2, 2014

We have a few announcements and New Years resolutions for 2014. Read about the exciting adventures that lie ahead. NEW LOOK Windy City Wedding Dance invites you to come check out our new look in 2014. With the help of our amazing support team at Wava Media our website went under the knife recently for…

Ballroom Dance Dress

Little Black Dress for Ballroom Dance

By Jcm6122 | December 14, 2013

Little Black Dress for Ballroom Dance I decided that 2013 would be a good year to try on some different hats. My love for ballroom dance has challenged me to become more creative and resourceful. One day I aspire to have a closet full of ballroom dance costumes, but that is several years down the…

Wedding Dance

Fine Arts Building Open House Wedding Dance Lessons

By Jcm6122 | December 12, 2013

On 12/13/13 Windy City Wedding Dance will be performing and demonstrating for the Fine Arts Building Open House. Last year the Fine Arts Building had over 1000 people start on the tenth floor and work their way down the stair case to stop and see all the businesses who open their doors to the public.…

Dance Lessons Striking a Pose Photo

Interview with Ballroom Dance Studios Chicago

By Jcm6122 | December 9, 2013

Interview with Ballroom Dance Studios Chicago Have you noticed instability and low retention among the ballroom instructor and customer service staff at your dance studio? Why has everyone left? No really why are there so many new faces? Caution watch out. Where did these new instructors get their training? Make sure you are asking the…

Smooth

Dance Competition Partnerships Ballroom Dance Chicago

By Jcm6122 | December 9, 2013

Dance Competition Partnerships Ballroom Dance Chicago   Has anyone noticed there are more women that want to dance than men in the  sport of ballroom dance? Keep your head up and keep dancing. Your time will  come. You can find a partner. He may not look like the guy on dancing with the  stars but…

Windy City Wedding Dance

Wedding Ballroom Dance Black Friday

By Jcm6122 | November 28, 2013

Wedding Ballroom Dance Black Friday Last year at Thanksgiving the bridal shops were a mad house with soon to be brides striving to get a deal on their dream gown. I am also a soon to be bride and I admit to trying everything I can to cut costs. It’s pretty tough to be happy…

Team Giacchino at the Polish American Gala in Chicago

Ballroom Dance Show Chicago at Polish American Association Gala

By Jcm6122 | November 21, 2013

Ballroom Dance Show Chicago at Polish American Association Gala We are super thrilled to featured on the front page of the Polish American Association. We performed our Ballroom Dance Show at the Intercontinental 2 weeks ago for the Polish American Association Gala. A video was recently posted capturing our entire dance show starting at the 14 minute…

Ohio Star Ball 2013

Windy City Wedding Dance at Ohio Star Ball

By Jcm6122 | November 21, 2013

Windy City Wedding Dance heads to Ohio Star Ball to cheer on some good friends from Dare 2 Dance in Cincinatti, Oh. I continue to cherish spending time with these amazing students and instructors. This morning at 8am I got to watch Alyenendrov Tsorokean and his student who is a highly trained gymnast and acrobat.…

365 N Halsted

Rumba in Chicago’s K2 Luxury Property

By Jcm6122 | November 20, 2013

It was another exciting night for the residents of K2. We learned the basics and fundamentals of the American Rumba. There were a few familiar faces from the previous week. You can already see progress in these students from week 1 to week 2. Just goes to show the more time you put

K2 Apartments Dance Class Chicago Ballroom

By Jcm6122 | November 17, 2013

K2 Apartments Dance Class Chicago Ballroom It was love at first site when I took my first walk through the K2 Building in April of 2013. State of the art technology and…………… a perfect place for a ballroom dance class right here in heart of the West Loop and border of River North. Cyndy Delgado…

Ballroom Dance Polish American Association

By Jcm6122 | November 17, 2013

Ballroom Dance Polish American Association Wow what an outstanding dance show tonight. I am so thankful for all the amazing performers and their time and dedication. Some special ladies form the Polish American Association invited us to be a part of the Gala and we are honored to partner with this exceptional organization performing a…

Ballroom Dance Collaboration in Midwest

By Jcm6122 | November 16, 2013

It was just 3 weeks ago I sat down for breakfast with 3 different Ballroom Dance Professionals and business owners at The USA Dance Competition. This is my 3rd year attending the event. There are some amazing ballroom professionals in the Midwest. They are genuine and kind. I feel like each of these amazing people…

Ballroom Dance Competition in Chicago

Chicago Ballroom Dance Tommye Giacchino Top Teacher Award

By Jcm6122 | November 16, 2013

Chicago Ballroom Dance School Takes 2nd Place Windy City Wedding Dance, a Chicago Ballroom Dance School, performs with Team Giacchino taking 2nd place in this weekends Chicago USA Dance Competition. The Performance team known as Team Giacchino, coached by Blackpool World Champion Tommye Giacchino danced to Blurred Lines with a West Coast Cha Cha Cha number including lifts,…

Celebrity Chef Ball

By Jcm6122 | October 27, 2013

Windy City Wedding Dance scoped out the Celebrity Chef Ball this evening. I personally have not had the opportunity to try any celebrity chef events, but I hear my friends also talking about the infamous “Next.” I have always wanted to try something like this. We started the night at The Wit Hotel and took…

Ballroom Dance & United Airlines

By Jcm6122 | October 22, 2013

Preparation for the Event So what goes into to preparing for an event? Well the performance its self requires practice and dedication of course, but there is much more. We have an opportunity to promote our brand to our United audience. I am writing blog updates, posting on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.  Here is what…

United Airlines Salsa

By Jcm6122 | October 19, 2013

United Airlines Salsa Anyone who has been through an acquisition/merger knows it can be tough. How do you unite the staff between 2 major organizations who have become one? This has been a commitment for United Airlines and it all starts with people. My good friend Nathalie at United is in charge of the Diversity…

Dance Partnerships

By Jcm6122 | October 16, 2013

Dance Partnerships What is the real definition of a dance partnership when we are referring to the sport of ballroom dance. Here are some key words that come to mind, leading, following, give, take, sacrifice, dedication, patience, investment, hygiene, practice, evaluation, matching, rhythm, in sync, and chemistry. That’s a long list and it can be tough…

DMA 2013

By Jcm6122 | October 15, 2013

DMA 2013 News DMA 2013 Marketing Wedding Clients A good friend of mine invited me to the DMA 2013 Marketing Conference. All the major players and the latest technology companies were on site at McCormick Place waiting for their opportunity to see how they could enhance our current marketing efforts. It was a hot spot…