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October 23, 2013

Ballroom dancing TV shows increase attendance at local dance studios

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Niagara Gazette — While the most popular television dance shows may entice couples to consider ballroom dance classes, they have also impacted local wedding celebrations.

At Onstage Dance in Lockport, owner Shara Ellinger once instructed a whole team of bridesmaids to perform to ‘N Sync’s tune, “Bye Bye Bye,” at the reception.  And Ellinger and other dance studios are reporting more brides and grooms are seeking to learn to dance for that first song at the reception.

But, not all the dance shows are good for the industry, Ellinger added, pointing out that shows like Lifetime’s “Dance Moms,” which features hellicopter mothers, dance-obsessed little girls and what might be the world’s bossiest dance teacher, don’t give a true picture of dance lessons. 

“I think that show hurts the industry. Parents get a negative view of what dance studio life is like. And it’s quite the opposite for us. We have a very family oriented, fun environment,” she said.

Ultimately, despite the occasional over-the-top hyper-competitiveness and desperation on some of the dance television shows, most do encourage people to go out and have a little fun on the dance floor.

That sentiment has likely never been better expressed than by Harper, who at 74, with bad knees and in a clearly weakened state from her cancer battle, danced her heart out on “Dancing with the Stars.”  

Her smile was bright just prior to learning she was eliminated from the show, where she had expressed a desire to be an inspiration to others facing battles of their own. She simply said, “I’m here for the party.”

COUPLES DANCE • Nickel City Dance and Fitness, 712-4623, 2454 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore www.nickelcitydance.com • Dance Like a Star with Serge, 222 Portage Rd., Lewiston; Call 405-7009; or visit www.dancewithserge.com • Danceamour, at Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. Call 418-4598 or 425-0342; or visit on Facebook • Onstage Dance, 6606 Lincoln Ave., Lockport. Call 439-1967 or visit www.onstage-stars.com

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