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Ballroom ballroom dancing, also known as dance, dance dance, social dance, ballroom dancing. Originated in Europe, in the ancient folk dance evolved on the basis of the development. Since the 16,17 century, dance has become a common practice in Europe's social activities, it is a "world language," said. 20 years after the 20th century, social dancing all over the world to chill out, it is also called "international dance."
CY-FAIR ENTERTAINMENT THIS SECRET IS CATCHING ON LIKE WILDFIRE. CY-FAIR FOLKS OF EVERY AGE AND BACKGROUND Ballroom D ARE LEARNING TO BALLROOM DANCE. CY-FAIR STYLE written by STEPHANIE DONOVAN photography by DEB COLSON and SUZI ISSA Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya from Dancing with the Stars 58 • CY-FAIR MAGAZINE Visit CyFairMagazine.com for Cy-Fair jobs, events, news and more. m Most attribute the nationwide gain in ballroom dancing popularity to hit shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. But, what you may not know is that the Cy-Fair area can now claim a world-champion ballroom dancing duo in its midst who are ready to help even the most novice of steppers learn how to tango with the best of them. CHA-CHA COMES TO CYPRESS By the time Hunter and Maria Johnson moved into their Blackhorse Ranch home in February 2006, the pair had already raked in an impressive list of dancing accolades. The two met in California after dancing separately for several years. Maria had trained as a ballet dancer for more than a decade prior to finding ballroom. Hunter graduated from Waller High School in 1989 and stepped into dancing with entirely different motives in mind. “I walked in a dance studio to Dancing take country and western lessons because I was young and wanted to go dancing at bars and pick up girls,” admits Johnson with a grin. “I didn’t even know what ballroom was. I got pretty good at it and they ask me to stay around and be a teacher and that was 15 years ago.” TANGO INTO TEACHING After marrying and competing for some time, the couple realized California was not where they wanted to raise a family and moved to Cypress once they found out Maria was expecting. Baby Parker was born in April 2007, and soon after Hunter and Maria competed and won the Arthur Murray Ballroom Championship that same year. That’s when the pair chose to step away from the high stress and constant travel associated with competitions and stepped onto the teaching floor instead. That teaching has also included two seasons as Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya choreographers on the hit Fox show, So You Think You Can Dance. When they are not helping mold amazing new talent on the small screen, Maria and Hunter can be found introducing their passion for dance to Cy-Fair dancing wanna-bes. Dancing at Arthur Murray BALLROOM’S VAST APPEAL One visit to the couple’s Arthur Murray Dance Studio, which opened in January 2008, and you can see that the success of ballroom dancing lies in its broad appeal. “We have teachers, business people, people in the oil business, and insurance agents,” explains Maria Johnson. “Most people who come in and take dance lessons just want to be able to get up and not make a fool of themselves. So, we cater to the social side. And, then some come in and want to do more with the competitions.” A principal at an HISD magnet school, Theresa Campos says ballroom dancing has impacted her life in ways she could have never expected. Campos was hesitant to give dancing a whirl when her husband, Jose, suggested it. However, since January, Campos has not only lost 25 pounds and gained more self-esteem, but she says dance lessons impacted her job performance as well. “For me, it has actually helped me to do my job better—dancing is a great stress reliever,” says Campos. To advertise, call 281-579-9831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CY-FAIR MAGAZINE • 59 Hunter Johnson with student at the Arthur Murray Studios Hunter and Maria Johnson dancing 60 • CY-FAIR MAGAZINE Visit CyFairMagazine.com for Cy-Fair jobs, events, news and more. Hunter and Maria Johnson at the Arthur Murray Studios “Sometimes the hardest step is just coming in the door, but once they get in the door, then it is easy for them. It’s not just about the dancing; it is a social gathering.” - Hunter Johnson To advertise, call 281-579-9831 or email email@example.com CY-FAIR MAGAZINE • 61 Ballroom dancing students practicing their routines 62 • CY-FAIR MAGAZINE Visit CyFairMagazine.com for Cy-Fair jobs, events, news and more. “Dance brings absolute joy into your life. It is such a New students cutting a rug and learning to ballroom dance beautiful art form” - Susan Dew more info A COUPLES CONNECTION “There are very few activities that you can do as a couple and this is one of them,” agrees Maria Johnson. “Even in tennis you can play together, but you’re still against one another.” She adds, “Ballroom is an activity in which you have to communicate with one another to succeed.” Already starting off on the right foot, engaged couple Andrea Hernandez, 27, and Phil Guerrero, 32, took their first ballroom LEARN TO DANCE LIKE STARS class in June and say they liked the atmosphere immediately. “We don’t have a first song for our wedding reception, and we want to do ARTHUR MURRAY STUDIOS (Between US 290 & Hwy. 6 next to Cy-Falls High School) something nice,” says Hernandez. “And, they have wedding packages 9521 Huffmeister Rd. where you can have lessons a few months before the wedding.” Cindy Houston, TX 77095 Martin, 46, says her husband Kerry, 50, gave her the lessons as a arthurmurraycypresstexas.com Valentine’s gift and jokes that it is “the gift that keeps on giving.” 832-593-0090 TREAT YOURSELF TO DANCE Susan Dew started taking ballroom as an empty nester, when her daughter, Marissa, left for college. “I got to come and do something where I’m not somebody’s mom, somebody’s wife, somebody’s anything,” says Dew. “It was just for me. I’m doing something that I’ve enjoyed watching for 10 years now.” Maria Johnson says that even those with no dancing experience should try a class as most of her students enjoy it more as a social activity. “I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met,” adds Maria. “Just seeing the transformation--whether it’s someone’s weight, their confidence, their posture--there’s so much that you can get from ballroom dancing that you can’t sometimes put into words.” Studio Owners Hunter and Maria Johnson Her husband and dance partner, Hunter, agrees and encourages anyone who is interested to not be shy about giving ballroom a spin. HUNTER AND MARIA JOHNSON “Sometimes the hardest step is just coming in the door,” says Johnson. 2007 Arthur Murray Ballroom Champions “But once they get in the door, then it is easy for them. It’s not just 2006 Open to the World Ballroom Champions about the dancing--it is a social gathering.” CFM U.S. Open Finalist 2000-2007 Featured dancers on America’s Ballroom Challenge (PBS) STEpHANIE dONOvAN is a freelance writer living in Cypress with her husband and two kids. Choreographers/Coaches on So You Think You Can She has not talked her husband into taking ballroom dancing lessons... YET! Dance (FOX) Former Choreographer for Dancing with the Stars (ABC) Combined total of more than 30 Championship Titles To advertise, call 281-579-9831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CY-FAIR MAGAZINE • 63
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