There is now a place in the Cayman
Islands to learn to tango, waltz, or even cha cha.
The Dance Studio, which opened in
Governors Square on 21 June, offers instruction in all 10 international
standard and international-Latin style dances, as well as several other popular
or contemporary dances.
The driving force behind the Dance
Studio is Supriya Singh, who has been dancing more than 20 years and owned
dance schools in Guyana.
“When I came to Cayman, I saw that
there was no place to learn ballroom dances,” she said, adding that she also
read reports about Cayman’s youth being inactive.
“I want to create a whole dance
culture in the community because dancing is so good for your health,” she said.
“And it’s also good for you spiritually.”
Ms Singh said she feels the studio
has an important role to play here in Cayman, partially because it’s such good
exercise. In addition, she noted that the dance studio offered spin-off commerce
for those in the music DJ business and costume design/making.
On Friday 18 June, the Dance Studio
presented a programme of the dances it will teach. The dancers, who performed
before a crowd of almost 200 people, included Cayman Islands residents who had
received some early lessons and an award-winning professional dance pair –
Bassam Hanafi and Mandy Epprecht – from Canada.
The studio will teach international
standard pairs ballroom dances – the foxtrot, the quickstep, the tango, the
Viennese waltz and the waltz – as well as the international Latin dances – the
cha cha, the jive, the paso doble, the rumba and the samba.
In addition, the Dance Studio
offers instruction in Classical Indian dance, as well as Bollywood dance, a
style that emerged from the film industry in India. Instruction on contemporary
dancing, like hip hop, salsa and Caribbean freestyle, is also offered.
Dance lessons can be purchased in
eight- or 12-lesson packages, or in private sessions. The Dance Studio offers specific time slots for
seniors, as well as classes for children and teens.
“We are also hoping to teach
choreography to couples for weddings,” Ms Singh said.