In one night, guests at Dance With Me in Southlake can be taken around the world—at least that is how the studio’s manager, Raphael Abel, said dancers will feel as they do dances such as the waltz, the cha cha, foxtrot and the East Coast swing.
Although the studio may have been founded by “Dancing With the Stars” cast members Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy and Valentin “Val” Chmerkovskiy along with their father, Aleksandr, and Jhanna Volynets, the studio is not just for advanced dancers.
Abel said the New York-based dance studio teaches all types of ballroom and Latin dances in both American and international styles for couples, groups and individuals.
When Dance With Me opened in Southlake in February it became the first studio the owners opened outside of the New York City area.
“The response has been amazing,” Abel said. “Guests have said they are happy we are here and that Southlake really needed something like this.”
Abel said the difference between Dance With Me and other studios is the quality. Although the studio is located in Texas, he said it is the same as the New York City-area studios.
“We are not a chain school, and we are not a franchise,” he said. “We are all corporately owned, and that’s the only way we make sure that the quality is there in every single studio.”
Abel said he knows each dancer comes in for various reasons, which is why lessons are individually prepared.
“Some come for social reasons—they want to belong; they want to be a part of something,” he said. “Some people come here for competitive reasons because they want a sport they can compete in. Some come here because of artistic reasons, and some come for fitness reasons because they can’t stand the gym but want to do something that keeps them active but at the same time doesn’t bore them to death. Time flies on the dance floor.”