Carol first started dancing when she wanted a change in career. A friend asked her if she could do anything she wanted, what would it be? For her the answer was simple. “Dance”. Dance is in her soul, she would say if asked, always has been, always will......Now she has over Twenty Years teaching experience with DC Dance Club, teaching Latin, Ballroom, Swing, and Country & Western.
Owner, Fun Dancing, Professional Dancer, Professional Champion, Performer, Coach, and Choreographer
She has won and represented Canada in Championship Finals around the world in Country, Swing, Latin and Ballroom. Carol now trains students to compete in Latin & Ballroom. Her students have enjoyed placing in many top scholarships with honours such as first place overall, first place solo awards in top competitions all over the United States and Canada. Besides preparing students for competitions Carol also enjoys teaching at the social level, fun dancing and loves helping students to just have fun. She has been teaching children of all ages Latin and Ballroom and Country at the studio and in Private and Public schools. In the past she has worked several years with kids and adults from the Special Olympics dance programs and coordinated the Special Olympic games entertainment. Social dancing is always on DC's agenda.
Get to know Carol with a local Interview from Emmeline Noblet.
Born out of passion and dreams DC Dance Club dedicates itself in providing the best experience in personalized Latin, Ballroom, Swing, HipHop, Breakdance, Country dance instruction in Calgary. We've dreamed of creating the perfect place to dance, a place that would be more than just a dance studio, where people come to have social dances and a fun time.
Describe your business.
We teach Latin, Ballroom, Hip-Hop, Break-dancing, Swing, Country.....pretty well every genre. A very wide variety.
Do you have a favorite dance to teach?
That is hard for me to pick just one dance. I would say it's between 4. It would depend on my mood. I love west coast swing, latin but then there's times I just want to have the ballroom as it's just so beautiful. Then there's the swing and country side. It all depends on my mood that day! You develop a stronger love for the dance you had the most struggles with. You start to gain a passion for the music. It's really nice to have the variety.
Do you find dance is more popular now with a certain demographic?
It varies. We have a lot of young kids who get very excited about it, to teens and young adults. And then we have younger adults learning for the first time and of course our older adults who have been with us for 30 years! Our demographics are all over the place. We see a lot of younger children with a European background because the parents like the discipline part of it. The Hip-Hop and Break Dancing we find of course the teenagers like it because the freedom of it. The freedom of movement. It's not as restrictive as say the other dances. Less rules. And that's fine. We just want them to feel what it's like to move to the beat. We cater to all ages.
Have the TV shows like "Dancing with the Stars" changed things for you?
The biggest thing was the exposure on dancing. Especially for the men. We've always had a lot of guys that danced, but now they admit it! The biggest change we see is people know it takes more than one hour before stampede to learn the two step! We don't get a lot of that anymore. They will book months in advance for weddings, stampede etc....
Are "newbies" with two left feet like myself teachable?
Lots of laughter... :) Carol- YES! A very firm yes! That is the most common question we get. Absolutely! Everyone is different. Newbies in a group class are put in the proper level all together.
Do you have a most memorable experience working here?
Oh boy! So many! Miro - I can say that speaking of those with two left feet. The most memorable is when you have someone who comes in for the first time very reserved and shy and you see them develop confidence over time. And if they start competing as well. It's very rewarding to see them change and develop their skills. It's why we love teaching. That's our reward. Carol- Yes I agree. I think one of the biggest thing is the friendships we develop as well. Those who have stuck with us and are still here. That's huge for us. That tells us everything. We have those who are still with us from the very first day! 30 years!
What has surprised you most when owning a business?
I think its like any other business... just when you think you have it all figured out you can be surprised and realize you don't. Maybe a downturn in the market will throw you for a loop. For us we must always keep learning so we can progress. There are different styles that come and go, and we need to know them and offer them so we don't fall behind.
How many instructors do you have?
We have one other than ourselves that we employ but we have many independent instructors that teach out of our space because they love our space. We have a specialized floor. In fact we are starting a full time training in Sept where we will bring on several teachers that we will train ourselves and bring experts to train them in specific areas.
Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you want customers to know about?
Carol- It would be to let everyone know about the events and that it's more of a dance central. That we have opened it up to independent teachers to showcase different genres. That we put on amazing shows for family and friends to watch.
What is something most people don't know about the business?
Miro- I think perhaps since we moved to this location, they don't realize that we catered so much more to holding events and allowing independent teachers to teach. We have a facility to accommodate a very good sized event. Carol- And a big thing for us, we started getting corporate and wedding events since we moved to this new location. This was our dream to have a true full dance studio. More than mirrors and a floor. With our beautiful lounge area, and huge dance floor, and we are now the only licensed studio in Calgary which helps us host really fun events. Dance school during the day and more of a dance club in the evening! We have an 80's night with a DJ and everything!
What do you love about this neighbourhood?
We've been in the Inglewood/Ramsay area since Dec 2013, and we love how the community has welcomed us and the direction it's growing. So many vendors below us in the crossroads market. We'd love to involve the Inglewood / Ramsay neighbours and businesses together to come down to our studio and co-host events together.
The joy of Dancing can now be yours too. All it takes is a body that’s willing to move, and a soul that’s ready to groove.