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LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

FEBRUARY ANNOUNCEMENT


Urbanity Studios has reopened for in-person Group Classes! Cook county and Chicago have reached Tier 1 Mitigation Measures, which allows us to dance in the studio at 25% capacity.

Starting January 25, Urbanity has reopened it's physical doors once again for in-person class participation! Only 9 in-person spots will be reserved for both solo dancers and non-rotating couples per class, so reserve your spots today! Classes will also be available virtually via Zoom.

Registering online? Make sure to update your attendance type on your profile for your next visit! Already registered? For previously registered students, please contact us if you want to switch your attendance from virtual to in-person.


The pandemic brought a slew of challenges to us all throughout 2020. Whether it was changes in our personal or professional lives, pivoting and adapting to our new climate was necessary for survival.


To make dance more accessible for individuals under strain, we lowered our prices and adjusted our offerings to match the current circumstances; and our instructors were understanding enough to accept a cut in pay to help keep the studio afloat. Our efforts were successful in keeping us open throughout 2020, but the changes we made are not sustainable long term.


In order to recover from the massive financial strain that we suffered last year and also reinstate the original payrates for our hard-working instructors, we need to start returning to our pre-pandemic pricing. It is important to us to be upfront, fair, and affordable for our clients, which is why we’re giving advance notice and have done our best to make increases as modest as possible. We hope that you understand and that we continue to have your support throughout this transition.


Since we are not completely full-service yet, our pricing adjustments will happen in 2 phases to ensure fair pricing that falls in line with the amount of services being offered. Phase 1 will be in effect at the start of the March session. Phase 2 will not be implemented until we are able to offer all pre-pandemic services and ample notice will be given before those changes are made. Please see below for our new updated Phase 1 pricing as well as some special sales and new membership perks we hope you’ll be excited about.


Drop In Classes: $20 4-Week Classes: 1-Pack $65 | 2-Pack $120 | 3-Pack $150


SPECIAL FLASH SALE ON 10-CLASS PASS: Stock up on 10-Class Passes for 2021 at the $95.00 rate before our pass price increases to $140 starting March 1st! No limit, no minimum! Passes will not expire.


NEW FULL PASS MEMBERSHIP PERKS: For $200/month, not only will you recieve access to all classes, you'll now also receive 50% off special workshops and performance challenges taught by Urbanity staff PLUS 15% off all Urbanity Gear.


Please do not hesitate to come to us with any questions or concerns. We value each and every one of you and want you to feel comfortable with this transition. Stay warm!

— Sarah Z.

LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

FEBRUARY ANNOUNCEMENT


Urbanity Studios has reopened for in-person Group Classes! Cook county and Chicago have reached Tier 1 Mitigation Measures, which allows us to dance in the studio at 25% capacity.

Starting January 25, Urbanity has reopened it's physical doors once again for in-person class participation! Only 9 in-person spots will be reserved for both solo dancers and non-rotating couples per class, so reserve your spots today! Classes will also be available virtually via Zoom.

Registering online? Make sure to update your attendance type on your profile for your next visit! Already registered? For previously registered students, please contact us if you want to switch your attendance from virtual to in-person.


The pandemic brought a slew of challenges to us all throughout 2020. Whether it was changes in our personal or professional lives, pivoting and adapting to our new climate was necessary for survival.


To make dance more accessible for individuals under strain, we lowered our prices and adjusted our offerings to match the current circumstances; and our instructors were understanding enough to accept a cut in pay to help keep the studio afloat. Our efforts were successful in keeping us open throughout 2020, but the changes we made are not sustainable long term.


In order to recover from the massive financial strain that we suffered last year and also reinstate the original payrates for our hard-working instructors, we need to start returning to our pre-pandemic pricing. It is important to us to be upfront, fair, and affordable for our clients, which is why we’re giving advance notice and have done our best to make increases as modest as possible. We hope that you understand and that we continue to have your support throughout this transition.


Since we are not completely full-service yet, our pricing adjustments will happen in 2 phases to ensure fair pricing that falls in line with the amount of services being offered. Phase 1 will be in effect at the start of the March session. Phase 2 will not be implemented until we are able to offer all pre-pandemic services and ample notice will be given before those changes are made. Please see below for our new updated Phase 1 pricing as well as some special sales and new membership perks we hope you’ll be excited about.


Drop In Classes: $20 4-Week Classes: 1-Pack $65 | 2-Pack $120 | 3-Pack $150


SPECIAL FLASH SALE ON 10-CLASS PASS: Stock up on 10-Class Passes for 2021 at the $95.00 rate before our pass price increases to $140 starting March 1st! No limit, no minimum! Passes will not expire.


NEW FULL PASS MEMBERSHIP PERKS: For $200/month, not only will you recieve access to all classes, you'll now also receive 50% off special workshops and performance challenges taught by Urbanity staff PLUS 15% off all Urbanity Gear.


Please do not hesitate to come to us with any questions or concerns. We value each and every one of you and want you to feel comfortable with this transition. Stay warm!

— Sarah Z.

Wedding Dance Series Part 1: Pick the Best Dance Style for Your Wedding Song

If you want to pick the best dance style for your wedding song, there’s a lot to consider.

Whether it be your first dance, parent dance, or bridal party routine, consider these things when making your decisions:


First, make sure you know ALL possible options. 

You’d be surprised at how creative you can get with matching a dance style to your wedding song.  Some Afro-Latin dance styles are great for both popular music and their specific cultural music. Some examples would be Bachata, Kizomba, and Cha Cha.  They’ll be a great match as long as the song is slow to medium tempo and in 4/4 timing.

Waltz songs have a 3/4 time signature and might lead you to believe that your options are limited to Waltz only.  However, that is not the case!  Hesitation Canter timing can be used to adapt dances with “Quick Quick Slow” rhythms to Waltz music. 

At Urbanity, we have dance instructors trained in Ballroom, the Afro-Latin styles, and everything in between so you’ll have all possible partner dance styles presented to you!

Second, consider what you’ll dance most with your partner in the future. 

Your wedding dance training doesn’t have to be limited to just your wedding dance.  Learning to partner dance is a skill you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life!  You can use it as a date night out, or date night in with candle light and no shoes! It can also create an opportunity to show off at your company Christmas party or other weddings! You can even use dance as way to exercise together. 

Ask your dance instructor how each dance style is used socially, what type of music the dance is usually danced to, and what settings is the dance style appropriate for.

Third, know the vibe you want.

There’s a tendency to resort to generic song suitability when picking a dance style for your Wedding dance.  This can make the experience impersonal and not as fun.  If you want to pick the best dance style for you, it’s important to consider your personalities and the vibe of your event as well!  The best way to do this is to know the descriptors, or the “vibe”, that each dance style represents.  For example:

    • Waltz = elegant, romantic, and sweeping.
    • Foxtrot = old-school “jazzy” feel.

Other partner dances can adapt to the type of music you choose, therefore changing their “vibe”. 

    • Brazilian Zouk to John Legend’s “All of Me” =  flowy and sensual.
    • Brazilian Zouk to “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge = urban and edgy. 

Make sure you communicate your desired vibe to your dance instructor so that they can keep it in mind when planning your wedding dance choreography.


VISIT OUR WEDDING PAGE TO SCHEDULE A FREE 15 MINUTE CONSULTATION WITH OUR WEDDING PROGRAM SPECIALIST!  During your virtual meeting, we will discuss your wedding song options and what dance styles make a great match.  We will present video examples for each dance style and answer any questions you have.  We look forward to getting to learn more about you and your Wedding Dance Vision!  

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