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Give the Gift of Dance! Stephen Thomas Dance Gift Certificate!

Posted by Dance Instructors in Orange County, Party Entertainers in Los Angeles, Dance Studio in Brisbane on October 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Share the love of Dance with your family & friends! Gift certificates are now available at Stephen Thomas Dance.

Great for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Valentine's day or any other Special Occasion, Holiday or Event!

Please contact us at (949) 870-7826 or email:

3 Lesson Gift Certificate for only $180.00

(Must live near the Orange County Area. 

Offer is available as a Gift for NEW STUDENTS. Limit 2 per person).



Pre-Bronze Latin Certification Course 2012

Posted by Dance Instructors in Orange County, Party Entertainers in Los Angeles, Dance Studio in Brisbane on July 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Pre- Bronze Latin Certification Course

This course is for any aspiring Social Dancer, Medallist, Competitive Dancer or Trainee Teacher.

Improve: Posture, frame, balance, footwork, connection, style, rotation,timing, body action, lead and follow & more!

Greatly improve your overall dancing by learning the fundamentals of Latin Dance, and take your typical social dancing to a higher standard! This course also prepares you for any Pre-Bronze Medal Exam,Competition, or Student/Trainee Teacher exam.

12 Sessions -   1 1/2 hr Sessions) PLUS an opportunity for Certification exam (optional/extra).


You will learn the fiveLatin Dances!

Cha Cha Cha – Exciting, rhythmical, staccato dance from Cuba.

Samba – Sexy, percussive Brazilian dance depicting theCarnival of Rio De Janeiro.

Rumba – Slow, sensual, romantic dance of Cuba.

Paso Doble – Dramatic, Spanish dance depicting the bullfight andthe Matador and his Cape.

Jive – Our National Dance! A lively, fun and energetic party dance from the U.S.A.

ISTD, IDTA & DVIDA, Pre-Bronze Syllabus Figures Covered:

* Basic movements, Popular Variations, Spins and turns

Body Positions, Posture, Poise & frame:

* Closed, open, promenade and counter promenade positions.

* Lead and follow (use of shaping, physical and allowing leads.)


* Walks, turns, rocks,chasses, locks etc.

Your Teacher Stephen Thomas:

Holds the equivalent to a Master’s Degree in student and teacher/training in the formof a Licentiate Degree with the IDTA (International Dance Teacher’sAssociation), and is a qualified judge on theInternational Latin Dance Championship circuit. He has been trained by the masters and pioneers of Latin Dance, and is eager to pass on all of his valuable information, tips and secrets to you! 


A minimum of 15 students will be required. 

Please pre-register your interest via phone or e-mail. Once we have the required number of students, we will liaise with all interested students, and then announce the dates & times,and accept payments.

Contact Stephen Thomas:
Phone: 07-482-914-458
Facebook Fan Page (Stephen Thomas Dance)



Lifetime Weddings Wedding Expo 2012

Posted by Dance Instructors in Orange County, Party Entertainers in Los Angeles, Dance Studio in Brisbane on March 23, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Stephen and Angel will be guest performers at the 2012 Lifetime Weddings Bridal Expo in Westminster, Orange County, next Friday evening. They will be performing an up tempo Mambo on the center stage and entertaining guests with their world class choreography. This dance show will give bridal couples an idea of Stephen and Angel's Wedding and Events entertainment services. In addition, Stephen Thomas Dance will have a wedding dance booth at the wedding show, and we will be giving away some free and discounted dance lessons. This is a great opportunity for couples to sample products and services from a host of wedding vendors as the wedding season approaches. Anyone interested in attending should contact us so that we can give you the details.

The Rise in Popularity of Dance From "Dancing With The Stars" And Other Reality Television Shows and the Resulting Health Benefits

Posted by Dance Instructors in Orange County, Party Entertainers in Los Angeles, Dance Studio in Brisbane on March 22, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The current dance craze inspired by "Dancing with the Stars" actually can be traced back to the return of the 1980's "Come Dancing" show in England, which was re-vamped and brought back to British television in the mid 2000's. The re-vamped show, titled "Strictly Come Dancing" was modernized with the concept of celebrities dancing with professional dancers, to capitalize on the current trend of reality television. The inclusion of the world "Strictly" in the title, comes from the Australian movie, "Strictly Ballroom", which sparked a similar rush in popularity of ballroom dancing in the early 1990's.


Within a year of the comeback of "Come Dancing" on British television, the concept had been sold to numerous countries around the world by the BBC, including the United States. The show in America, and many other overseas countries was re-named, "Dancing with the Stars".


Since the start of "Dancing with the Stars" in America, hundreds of thousands of people have taken up this exciting activity in the United States. They take it up for many different reasons, but in many cases, it's the popularity of the television show that has inspired and encouraged people to start dancing around the nation, particularly in Southern California, where there is a high concentration of salsa clubs, dance studios and instructors.


Venues range from casual dancing in salsa and tango bars, to formal lessons in ballroom and Latin American studios. Whatever the setting, dancing offers the chance to build confidence and social skills, learn new skills, and get fit or lose weight. The appeal of the fitness element can be observed in the current fitness craze of "Zumba".


"Zumba", other dance fitness classes, social salsa and all types of Latin and ballroom, offer the opportunity for dancers to improve their fitness, while having fun and learning new skills. Many people prefer dancing than going to the gym because of the element of fun and social interaction. Other recognized benefits of dance include improving posture, grace and poise, meeting new friends and improving self-confidence and existing relationships.


Wedding dance preparation is one such example of dancing for relationship reasons. In fact, the "Wedding First Dance" has become a modern trend in itself. It is now extremely common for newly married couples to perform a choreographed first wedding dance at their wedding reception. Popular wedding dance genres most notably include waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango and salsa, among many others. Many couples are coming to studios now for a package of 10 - 20 wedding lessons to learn the basics and fundamentals, and have a routine choreographed to their special wedding song. It really is a positive bonding experience for the bridal couple, and is often great entertainment for the reception guests, as well as enjoyable for the couple.


In addition to all the positive social benefits, the medical and health benefits of dance can be seen by all. Scientists have done studies which show that Latin dancing can be comparable to running an Olympic race in terms of calories burned, energy exerted and muscles used. Medical studies have even shown that dancing can prevent and decrease dementia and heart conditions.


These health benefits can also be seen when you watch "Dancing with the Stars", and witness the fitness of the celebrities improving over the course of the series. In many instances, you can observe the celebrities losing weight, becoming more toned in their bodies, improving their energy and fitness levels, and showing off new body shapes.


We should be very thankful for television shows such as "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance", as well as movies like "Strictly Ballroom", "Dance with Me", "Take the Lead", and "Shall We Dance" for inspiring people to take to this exciting activity. These television shows and movies have made dancing fashionable again, and introduced so many of us to the social and health benefits of dancing. I hope that reading this article will encourage others to look for an instructor or studio in their area and take up dance.

Wriiten by Stephen Thomas




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Strictly Come Dancing - Entertainers & Latin Dancers in London and Essex

Posted by Dance Instructors in Orange County, Party Entertainers in Los Angeles, Dance Studio in Brisbane on March 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

"Strictly Come Dancing" is back on BBC TV again in London, Essex and around the United Kingdom, so now is the perfect time to plan your Latin and Ballroom Dance Entertainment for your upcoming Event, Party, Wedding or Function. We are professional Latin dancers and entertainers in London and Essex, and we specialize in all the different types of dances you see in the hugely popular television show, "Dancing With The Stars". We are professional dance entertainers in London, and Essex with over 30 years experience in performing and entertaining at major world class events all over the world.


We are London entertainers, Stephen Thomas, and we have performed at the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in front of 125,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium, as well as hundreds of millions of spectators on television around the world, and of course in front of millions of Americans on NBC Television. We have also performed in famous places such as Trafalgar Square and Cafe De Paris in London, United Kingdom, and in the last two years we have entertained guests at hundreds of parties, events, weddings and function in Southern California. We deal both direct to the public and with event planners, wedding planners, party planners, entertainment agents and casting agents.


We have a large array of dance shows, styles of music, costumes and themes to fit the theme, atmosphere, setting and type of your event. Some of our most popular dancing shows include Salsa, Latin, Mambo, Swing, Jive, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero and Ballroom. So whether you have a preference for the slow, romantic and sensual dances, the elegance of some of the other slower dances, or the exciting and fast moving Latin dances, full of spins, tricks and dips, we can do it all!


We also offer an optional audience participation group class on stage or on the dance floor for your guests. Alternately, we have also organized "Dancing With The Stars" themed dancing contests for guests at events. This is particularly popular for corporate events as a team building and morale exercises, as well as at social events and parties just for fun!


Please contact us at:


or call us on our London and Essex phone number: 07-482-914-458


Contact us to discuss your requirements and possible themes of your event with one of our custom made Latin dancing entertainment shows!

Sothend-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom

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We now appear on thumbtack, as Entertainers in Los Angeles

Posted by Dance Instructors in Orange County, Party Entertainers in Los Angeles, Dance Studio in Brisbane on March 17, 2012 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Latin dance shows with world class choreography

We are available to dance and entertain guests at any type of event, party or function in Southern California. We now appear in Los Angeles on a regular basis, and our info can be found on many Los Angeles directories and websites, including

Please contact us if you are interested in our entertainment services in Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego.

*Inro. to Latin & Ballroom Workshop!*

Posted by Dance Instructors in Orange County, Party Entertainers in Los Angeles, Dance Studio in Brisbane on March 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Intro. to Latin & Ballroom Workshop

Sunday March 18, 2012 1 PM - 6 PM

$25 pre-paid - $35 at the door

Taught by Stephen Thomas & Angel Dumapias

This workshop is a series of Latin & Ballroom classes which will cover the basic fundamentals and techniques of Latin & Ballroom Dancing; great for students who want to learn to dance for the first time or improve their current skills.  Open to the public and suitable for adults of any age and skill level. 

Schedule of classes:

1 PM - 1:45 PM: Rumba

2 Pm - 2:45 PM: Samba

3 PM - 3:45 PM: Argentine Tango

(3:45 PM - 4:15 PM 1/2 BREAK)

4:15 PM - 5 PM: Cha Cha

5:15 PM - 6 PM: JIve

Please contact us for more details or directions for this workshop. 

Phone: (949) 870-7826


Register in advance and save $10 on your tuition!

For pr-registration, please contact the studio (714) 638-5601 and mention our "Intro to Latin & Ballroom Workshop".

Share the Gift of Dance - Gift Certificates NOW Available!

Posted by Dance Instructors in Orange County, Party Entertainers in Los Angeles, Dance Studio in Brisbane on March 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello fellow Dancers and Bloggers! 

Share the love of Dance with your family & friends! Gift certificates are now available at Stephen Thomas Dance.  Great for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Valentine's day or any other Special Occasion, Holiday or Event! 

Please contact us at (949) 870-7826 for a printable version of your Certificate along with the details of your purchase.  If you are unable to print, let us know, and we can send you a Certificate in the mail (via: USPS ground). Please note that the postage will be added to your total purchase.

You can also e-mail us with your purchase requests and we will get back to you as soon as possible:

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