(Last Update 5/25/2011)


Selected footages from the “You Can Dance with DanceMates” TV show is now on http://youtube.com/dancemates  Check it out for your viewing pleasure! Remember, with DanceMates, just real people doing real dances and really having fun!


Upcoming Show Highlights on Chicago Access Network TV 19:

5/13/2011 and 5/20/11  Fran’s American-Style Tango Dance Instruction at Copernicus Center;  Norm’s American-Style Tango Dance Instruction at Irving Park YMCA; American-Style Tango “Running Promenade to the Grapevine” combination as taught by Norm and Fran; Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, East-Coast Swing, and Bachata dancing at Truman College, Oakton Community College and Wright College; “I love to dance” in several languages; Norell, Assistant  Dance Instructor dancing Salsa, Cumbia, and Merengue with the dance students; and Norm and Fran Salsa demo  

5/27/2011 and 6/3/2011  Norm and Fran’s Salsa Dip Instruction at Niles North and Oakton Community College; Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Cumbia dancing by DanceMates dance students across all locations listed at http://dancemates.org/web1.html ; What ladies say about men who dances; “I love to dance” in several languages; Norell, Assistant Dance Instructor dancing Cha Cha Cha, Tango, and Slow Foxtrot/Ballad with the dance students; and Norm and Fran Salsa demo  


   Popular video segments from the “You Can Dance with DanceMates” TV show series:

Salsa Dip Instruction & Testimonials

2 women 1 guy Salsa dance lesson by Norm

DanceMates Youth & Teen Annual Fundraiser -- CarpachoSupercombo band

Wade and Nancy is the dancing couple! Watch what they have to say

Cupid Shuffle Line Dance Lesson & Dancing with Fran

Norm and Fran’s Cha Cha Cha Lessons Part 1 at Chicago Summerdance. Norm and Fran are the best kept secret and the best Master Social Dance Instructors in the nation: www.dancemates.org/chachachalessons.wmv or to download to your ipod: www.dancemates.org/chachachalessons.mp4

Bachata Dance Instruction & Testimonials

Pretty Woman line dance lesson & more with Fran

What does a loyal DanceMate student has to say (Full Interview with Tony Lugo)!

Salsa Dance Instruction & Testimonials

What women say about men who dance?

Hip Hop dance lesson with Jennifer of DanceMates

Norell Dancing

“I Love to Dance” in several languages

AfterSchool Dancing at High Ridge YMCA with Asra of DanceMates

  Fran’s Classic and Popular Line dancing class for youth and teens in the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival. Fran is the best Line dance instructor for youth, teens, adults, and seniors of the world and in the USA: www.dancemates.org/franlinedancewithkids07.wmv or to download to your ipod: www.dancemates.org/franlinedancewithkids07.mp4        


Fran not only teaches Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Belly Dance, West African Dance, Polka, and Party line dances, She is also a singer! Watch sample video footages of her performance at the Taste of Chicago 2005 on Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25, 2005 (Her fabulous guitar accompanist is Mike O’Leary):

Bye Bye Blackbird

Oh! What a Beautiful Doll

Somebody Loves Me

Write Myself a Letter

Five foot two

Fran’s Acapella Samples

By The Light of the Silvery Moon

Goodnight Sweetheart

Marisa Cabrera’s Quincinera celebration

Marisa’s first formal dance with Dad Juan (Rumba/Bolero Dance)

Marisa’s Quincinera court dancing the Waltz

Entrance with Marisa and her Quincinera court

HOT! Marisa’s Quincinera court dancing Cha-Cha


Ronda de Salsa, also known as Manila Ronda or simply "Ronda," is a group dance inspired by Casino Rueda. The dance was invented at the Asian Social Institute in an attempt to energize a disintegrating Filipino Hispanic culture through a fusion of a local hispanic dance called Pandango and a popular modern dance, Salsa, which for decades is making waves in other hispanic countries. Ronda brings to the world, Philippine's contribution to the development of Casino Rueda and Salsa. Ronda is a dance that follows basic salsa steps and rhythm. It is meant to be danced in a group with an equal proportion of men and women. Just like Rueda, Ronda is a round dance. Similar to Rueda, there is a caller that gives the call or the steps.


Ronda's uniqueness is based on a Filipino tradition that put a story in a dance, the story of its people. There are five simple basic combinations or combo, or ronda: Gising, Pule, Patria, Lakambini and Dolorosa. Gising in Filipino means "wake-up".The Gising ronda is a combination of steps which tells of a people being called to wake up. Pule ronda is a combination of steps which mimic an act of prayer and tells of a people deeply rooted in their tradition. Patria Ronda is a combination of steps which mimic an act of commaraderie and tells of a people searching for solidarity. Lakambini is a combination of steps that imitates reverance of nature and tells of a story of a people being ecologically conscious. Dolorosa is a combination of intricate steps which tells of life's ambivalent reality and therefore calls for vigilance. While the meaning of the dance may contain serious themes, the jollity that the dance elicits compensated for a somber motif. Designed to be a community dance, the five steps serve as the basic combinations and each community that dance the ronda is encourage to develop new rondas or combinations that tells about the unique character of their group. The dance is also meant to be a social icebreaker during community gatherings. Other new combinations have been introduced by different groups such as the Antonio ronda (by Grupo Filipino Salsa) and Accompania ronda (by ASI employees). New groups that will dance the Ronda are advised to develop their own rounds and add the new combinations with the basic rondas. Groups that have contributed to the growth of the ronda celebrate and share their unique contributions through a Salsa Festival done twice a year. The dates of Salsa Festivals are November 26, 2005, May 6, 2006, and December 2, 2006.


At present, the Asian Social Institute, with the cooperation of Grupo Filipino Salsa and international and local supporters, have been promoting the Ronda by providing free salsa lessons in the school and in local communities. The Ronda will be featured in the show called "You Can Dance with Dancemates" on Friday July 29, 2005 and September 16, 2005 from 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM. It will be shown in ComCast Chicago Cable Access Network TV Channel 19.  The instruction to dance the Ronda and a sample on how the Ronda is danced by the core group are available online (Click on any of the link below to get a video footage):


RONDA Interview (Ronda as explained by ARES)  

RONDA Dance Instruction by ARES ARTEMIS

RONDA Dancing in Manila




The videos above was shot and authored by Norm Viray


ARES ARTEMIS SAYS, “If anyone in the US would like to learn to dance the Ronda, we have given Dancemates permission to teach the dance. Please contact Norm and Fran Strain-Viray of DanceMates Educational Arts. Norm is one of Chicago's finest American-Style Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango), East-Coast Swing, Polka, 2-STep, and Latin Dance(Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, Cha Cha, and Samba) instructor since 1992. Frances Strain is also a dance instructor not only for American-STyle Ballroom, East-Coast Swing, Polka, 2-Step, and Latin Dances but also for various Party LIne Dances, Hip Hop, Belly Dance, and African Dancing. She has been teaching since 1994. They are Co-Producers and Co-Hosts of the "You Can DAnce with DanceMates" TV show. The show Director and Editor is Chris Kaesberg, with Norman and Fran as Assistant Editors”.



Watch Norm & Fran with their Salsa, Swing, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Cumbia, Lambada, Bachata, Samba, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Texas 2-Step, Polka and Tropical Rhythms Aerobics dance students in this fitness-related, entertaining and educational dance show! Viewer bonuses include guest music videos, interviews/testimonials, dance instruction and social dance tips. Watch every Friday 10:00 P.M. at Chicago Access Network TV Channel 19 and experience the excitement. Join the friendliest & the most talented & versatile dance instructors in Chi-town!



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