“Come on, Tyler,” Julie Berger calls, walking through grass to the parking lot. Tyler is sniffing the ground, but moves closer to Julie when she calls. He follows her up the dark wooden stairs of a « Continue »
“Salsa in the Suburbs Dance Studio Continues to Share Happiness” By: Linda Pang
When it comes to salsa dancing, Every Step Counts
Being an Accountant means everything needs to add up. And for Donna McCoy, that holds true as well. As an accountant by day- and now a Salsa in the Suburbs (SITS) dancer by night, Donna McCoy understands the importance of calculating risks and taking the right measures to get it right. Owning your own […]Continue
People From All Walks of Life United by Salsa
Ashish and Neelohita from India and Sandy from Wisconsin discovered the joy of Latin Dancing. Your favorite celebrities have performed it on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ children chant ‘cha-cha-cha’ during birthday songs, yet the roots of the social dance style, salsa, are often misunderstood. Originating in New York during the 1970s, this quick, upbeat dance […]Continue
Zumba Changes Lives, from Teachers to Rock Stars – Literally!
My friends and I tried Zumba at other studios, but nothing could compare to the classes at Salsa and the Suburbs. I couldn’t imagine going anyplace else! Zumba Changes Lives Since its inception in the 1990s, Zumba has forever altered the dance fitness industry. This workout implements movements and rhythms from traditional dances, like the […]Continue
From Two Left Feet to Salsa Blackbelt: An Intimate Look at a Loyal Supporter
Wes Sturgis has been an indispensable volunteer for Salsa In The Suburbs Dance Studio and one of its most loyal supporters. Wes helped founder and artistic director Julie Berger paint the studio before its opening. He helped transport and set up sound equipment when salsa socials were held at outside venues, routinely arriving home just […]Continue
Salsa Helps to Reclaim Personal Power after Traumatic Injuries
A vehicle operated by a hit-and-run driver changed her life but salsa dancing became the vehicle by which she reclaimed her personal power. Two of Julie Berger’s students, Darren Hepke and Kristen Gilia, turned to salsa dancing after undergoing traumatic experiences that changed their perspectives about life. Salsa dancing was revitalizing on multiple levels, helping […]Continue
Salsa Dancing & Weight Loss: 2 Success Stories
Dancing Off the Pounds Two women who struggled with weight loss have turned to salsa dancing to help them keep off the pounds and they have found a new zest for life along the way. Cathy Moretti and Monika Barman, who take dance lessons at Salsa In The Suburbs Dance Studio, say they feel more […]Continue
Happy Hour Dance Party!
You asked, we answered! Whether it’s a busy schedule or lack of a dance partner, many of you have been asking for practice time at the studio so we offer an instructor-supervised practice session at the studio one select Thursday of the month from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.! Practice sessions offer Salsa and Bachata songs […]Continue
Dance Your Grief Away; How Dance Can Help with Loss
A pretty, tall blonde walked into tap class for the sixth class of a ten week session. She was wearing a worn pair of tap shoes, which had one very long shoelace looped around one of the soles of her leather tap-shoes. “Hi. I’m Julie, the instructor. Welcome to class. You’ve tapped before, right?” I […]Continue
The Women Who Lead!
Typically in salsa dancing, the man is the leader of the dance and the woman is the one who follows. However, Carey Buck wanted to try something different so that she could dance with her wife. Something funny happened in Carey Buck’s salsa performance class recently. Instructor Shauna Belizéando asked one of the dancers in […]Continue
Yes! There are Great Guys, Waiting to Dance with You!
Scores of single people have passed through Julie Berger’s dance studio since opening the doors more than six years ago. The founder of Salsa in the Suburbs Dance Studio says she strives to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that encourages friendly interactions and creates “low-pressure opportunities” to meet and mingle with other single people. Two […]Continue