Welcome Dance Enthusiast!


What does an Engineer, Airline Pilot, Mom, Student, and Cook all have in common? They all love to dance! ...and they are all students in our specialized dance classes. Dancing is a great way to relax, exercise and unwind from a stressful day with others who love to dance. We teach the largest selection of dances in Chicago. That's why our classes are so exciting! Start with Salsa and Merengue, then try Swing! Or start with the traditional ballroom dances of Waltz and Foxtrot, then progress to Tango . It's your choice. Why get into a rut learning only one dance when you can learn enough to suit every dance occasion?

                   We're on TV and you could be too! We invite you to watch our show called "You Can Dance! with DanceMatesâ " every Friday nights on Channel 19 at 10PM where we feature a dance lesson, intriguing student and celebrity interviews, current music videos and our students dancing! Contact us for more information.

                   We have already served 42,892 students! Our classes have been featured in Channel 5 and 9! We also assisted Channel 9 in producing a segment about the "Best Dances of the Century" shown on December 30, 1999 from 6-9AM.

Fran Strain, the most versatile or all-around (she teaches proficiently 18 partner or social dances and 42 old and new party line dances including Hip Hop and Belly Dance) Dance Instructor in the Midwest originally choreographed the “Superbowl Shuffle” (inspired by the 85 Chicago Bears and with the assistance of Eli’s Cheesecake) which was featured on ABC Channel 7, WGN Channel 9, and NBC Channel 5 during lunch time hours the weeks of January 14 thru February 1, 2007.

The publication "Ritmo a Chicago" recently hailed us as the "friendliest dance instructors in town!" We've also been featured in "Dancing USA". The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs says, "You made our "Dancing Under The Stars Program" a big success!"

                   Norm Viray and Fran Strain, co-owners of DanceMatesâ and now co-founders of DanceMates Educational Arts, NFP, a tax-exempt 501( c )( 3 ) not-for-profit organization, have been serving the Chicagoland dance community for the past 12 years. You may have seen our commercials on Channels 19, 21, 27 and 42. We are located in convenient studios near you. In most cases, we are only 20 minutes from your work or home. Our fee is so nominal, you can't find more reasonable prices. Reward yourself & enroll TODAY! Call any of our locations and register over the phone. We look forward to meeting you soon! Remember, all of our students get special invitations to our popular fun-filled "DanceMatesâ Family Dance Parties" every month. Don't delay, Call TODAY!

 (Remember! We're available for private lessons, corporate functions, fund-raisers and private parties.) For information and inquiries, call (773)286-6879 or mailto:dancemates@dancemates.org

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