See the posts below for dance event updates and other valuable information that will help you stay connected.
Lindsey began dancing at age 8 when her dad and his girlfriend took up swing, latin, and ballroom dancing as their new weekend hobby. The dance community quickly bonded like family as everyone helped each other improve their dancing. Lindsey grew increasingly passionate about dancing after learning west coast swing and hustle. Her passion grew not only because of how enjoyable the dances were, but also because of how wonderful it felt to dance with friends and fellow dancers to fun, upbeat music every week!
Brian and Lindsey were engaged in January of 2008 giving Brian only 3 months to learn 4 dances for their wedding in March! Luckily for Lindsey, Brian was a total natural and quickly learned to share her love for dancing.
One of Brian’s passions is creating more spaces in the community for people to engage one another in positive ways. He works with youth in the community and organizes community service for adults, families, and youth through Serve It Up, a non-profit community service cooperative.
As Brian began to understand the social dancing culture, he saw how dancing could aid in cultivating a fun-loving atmosphere of community among people of diverse backgrounds. Not only is it good exercise for any level of fitness; it also teaches respect, encourages intergenerational connection, and it provides a positive social nightlife for all ages.
“We are excited to be living our dream with The Atrium and are thrilled to partner with Studio Z as we fulfill our mission to provide and promote activities that build community, inspire extraordinary health, and restore our world.” ~Brian & Lindsey
Lindsey and Brian have been teaching dance in the Stanwood Camano area since 2009. They support local business, natural health, organic foods, eco-friendly products, family oriented lifestyle, and of course love bringing people together through dance!
Journey is their bubbly 3 year old daughter. The whole family is eagerly awaiting the arrival of another daughter in August of 2012!
We will be finding a new location to hold our dances:
Our lease is up at this spot on June 29th. We were hoping to find someone to partner with so that we could stay open and it looked really promising for a while but they didn't work out. So...we're off to new adventures! The dance nights will still happen weekly just at a new location to be announced as soon as we know where.
Check the website, facebook, or the front door of The Atrium before next Friday to find out where we will be holding our dances next week.
Silent Auction Sunday June 24th: During the Classic car show downtown Stanwood, we will be opening up The Atrium for a silent auction to sell most everything in there, including the floor. We'll open the auction at 10:30AM and close at 2:30.
Dance in the street tomorrow....June 24th: Last year we did a flash mob in the street during the car show. This year all interested just show up a little before 2PM and we'll blast the music and dance our hearts out in the street. We can advertise what we do that way and it can also be a 30 minute warning for the end of the auction. :)
Thank you all for your support and we look forward to seeing how the dance community will continue to grow in the Stanwood/Camano area! We appreciate you and hope to see many of you tomorrow!
The Atrium Christmas Party!!!!
Friday December 16th from 6:30-10PM
Join us every Saturday morning at 10 AM for laughter exercises. We relax with a cup of tea from TeabyTobi and visit with each other first to unwind and get comfortable. Then we laugh!
Laughter provides a physical and emotional release, exercises your abs, shoulders, and heart, distracts you from stressful thoughts, gives a lighthearted perspective on life, and it has many social benefits as well!
Even with fake laughing (We pretty much guarantee that you will laugh for real though) your body will reduce the level of stress hormones, increase the level of health enhancing hormones like endorphins and neurotransmitters, and boost your immune system.
Free dance lessons, organic tea tasting, laughter exercises, community walk, drum circle, family dance party...need we say more? We are going all out on opening day, AND all of this is FREE so that we can get to know all of you out there who are wanting to learn to dance or simply love tea or meeting new friends! Here is a schedule of events for the day from 10am-8pm:
ATRIUM COMMUNITY WALK - 10:00 am
Strollers, walkers, skateboards, and canes all welcome! Join us at 10:00 am at The Atrium in downtown Stanwood (8704 271st St. NW) for a fun walk with friends you may not have met yet! We will gather shortly for 10 minutes of laughter exercises and then do a round trip walk to Heritage Park and back. We will have bags available if you want to join us in picking up any litter we happen to see on our trip. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info.
TEA BY TOBI AT THE ATRIUM OPEN HOUSE - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come and celebrate the opening of The Atrium and Tobi's new bulk tea bar in downtown Stanwood! You haven't truly experienced tea until you have been face to face with Tobi sipping on one of her special blends. Free tea tasting from 11am-5pm.
KIDS & FAMILY DANCE PARTY AT THE ATRIUM 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bring out the noise makers, egg shakers, and your nap takers from 1:00-1:30pm at The Atrium. There will be fun music, motions, laughing, and dancing.
DRUM CIRCLE AT THE ATRIUM - 2:00 pm
2pm Bring your percussion instruments and create community through rhythm and beat.
FREE DANCE LESSONS AT THE ATRIUM
Salsa at 3pm
Argentine Tango at 4pm
Country Two Step at 5pm
Fox Trot 6pm
West Coast Swing at 7pm
We are excited to meet each and every one of you and sincerely hope to see you there!
(picture to the right is mid-remodel...we now have a nice dance floor laid and fun decorations going up in the next few weeks!)
It's not too late to join! Every Friday in June at 6:30pm at The Atrium in downtown Stanwood we will be teaching a flash mob routine. It is a West Coast Swing routine taught step by step that we will all be doing together at various community events that you can attend throughout the summer. Dancers of all levels are welcome to attend. If you are interested in joining us or have any questions please email Lindsey or Brian (email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org). We will also be posting updated videos of the routine on Facebook!
We will be opening a space in downtown Stanwood where we will teach dancing, host dance parties, organize fun activities, and celebrate everything healthy and good in the world. There will even be an organic tea bar hosted by Tobi Cain (www.teabytobi.com)!
If anyone wants to volunteer to help get the space ready please let us know. We want this to be a place for the community and in order to do that we would love to have individuals come lend us their own personal touch! :)
More information and updates to come!
We are starting a Country Two Step 4 week progressive class that will be held Sundays March 6th- March 27th 6:30-7:30 pm with a half hour open practice dance until 8pm.
Cost is $40 per person ($30 with purchase of a $20 Gerry Andal gift card)
So, if you buy the gift card essentially you are paying $10 for a $20 gift card because of the discount we give you on the lessons. A great deal for you, for Gerry Andals, and for us!
This class is currently full for followers. We need 2-3 more leaders.
All are welcome to come and watch and also to participate in the practice dance from 7:30-8pm!
Here's a video of some Country Two Step social dancing so you can get a feel for what we are teaching. This is a partner dance where you lead and follow, unlike many other country dances that are choreographed.
Every Sunday night we are holding a lesson and dance 4-7pm in Conway at the Sons of Norway Hall. We are no longer at The Muse.
November 7-December 12 we are teaching a progressive Hustle class.
$45 for the class or $10 drop in fee.
We have a dance from 5-7pm where we play mostly West Coast Swing, Hustle, and Night Club Two Step music. We also take requests for latin, ballroom, and country 2 step.
Also, December 19th we will be having a Christmas Dance and special workshop at the same time. Keep checking back for details on that event.
We really want to create a great dancing community here in this area so please come out and dance with us! Even if you aren't taking the lesson or aren't able to donate for the dance, just come and join us, be social, dance, and have fun!
West Coast Swing Dancing every Sunday at The Conway Muse! Starting September 19th!
Intro to West Coast Swing (6 week class)
Sunday September 19th-Sunday October 24th 4-5PM
$45 18 and up
$30 under 18 or if you've previously taken a beginning west coast swing course from Atrium Life Dance
Dancing and fun to follow from 5-7PM
$5 suggested donation