2019 set us up for a great year to come!
Everyone is experiencing the end of a year, and the end of a decade, for us at Heart & Sole Dance, it’s also the end of an era – we are in a new space in a new location!
Looking back over 2019 – it was an amazing year of change and transitions at the studio (all of which set us up for an exciting beginning to this new year and new decade).
After the World Championships in January, our competitors got down to work, most of them stepping up to the next level of competition while social dancers came out to new classes and monthly dances.
In the first part of the year, the our search for a new home continued as the situation with the landlord in Tinley deteriorated, and we added Daisy to our front desk team with the plan for her to become our event manager once we found our new, larger home. Throughout the year we welcomed lots of new faces to the studio (great to have you with us!)
The rest of our amazing team also made some shifts, Kat took on the lead role for our Wedding Dance Experts (in addition phenomenal instructor), Eli began doing pro-am and took over teaching all the beginner and Level I classes, Harrison began co-teaching with Maren (and teaching on his own at West Coast Wednesdays) and Monica built us a new website and took on training front desk associates.
Regulations and high rents in and around Tinley (Mokena, Frankfort, etc.) along with a 30 day notice from the landlord meant it was time to look a bit further than our original plan. In that moment, preparation met opportunity and we found a space, AND moved everything – all within that 30 day window (HUGE thank you to the volunteers that showed up to make that possible!)
If you’ve been to the new space, you know that we’ve almost tripled our size and the build out married some of the original industrial look with a bit of glam to make the space welcoming, practical and chic.
What’s in store for 2020???
Our event planning has already taken off with three new events (and more in the works) in addition to our regular monthly dances. We’ve also added Monday classes and Wednesday Park District classes, which is just the tip of the iceberg!
We are super excited to have the space and amenities to allow us to offer you more and serve you better. If you haven’t been into the studio lately, please drop in and see us. We’d love for you to be a part of making our fresh new year (and decade) one that’s full of joy and dance!
May your 2020 be a dance… filled with lots of great steps – forward, backward and side to side!
Country 2-Step • Waltz • Park District Ballroom • West Coast Swing • Social Country
January 18 – Studio Dance Party
January 31 – Country Dance Party
February 14 – Valentine Dancing, Drinks & Desserts
February 15 – Studio Dance Party
February 28 – Wedding Workshop