Keep Austin Dancing!
Few things in my life can make me forget about all that’s wrong with the world, my stresses and all the ways life could be so much better. One of those things is dancing.
Dancing is as universal as music. No matter what your favorite style is, most people, at some point in their lives, have danced, whether it be with a group of friends, in a crowded place with strangers or in the privacy of their home. The great thing about dancing is it doesn’t have to be too technical or make sense because it’s about a feeling.
As much as I enjoy to dance, I am NOT a professional dancer. Honestly, I am not even a good dancer, although if I had private dance sessions with Maksim or Val Chmerkovskiy, from Dancing With The Stars, I would definitely work extra hard to become an excellent dancer!
Sorry…where was I???
Ah, yes…Other than ballet and modern dance lessons I had when I was a kid, I have no formal training in dance. I just like to move when the rhythm of the beat prompts me to, and I’ve been lucky enough to find Dance Austin Studio, a place where I can meet new people, forget about the world and just dance!
Dance Austin Studio is a full service dance studio located in Austin, Texas. It’s owned and operated by Chi Chi Randolph, a humble Texas gal who has danced for pop artists such as The Black Eye Peas and Nelly, to name a few. I took my first class at Dance Austin Studio over a year and a half ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. I go almost every week. On my way there, I usually toss my worries out the window, so once I arrive, for 55 minutes, nothing else matters but moving my body to the music.
Starting the new year off right, last weekend, Dance Austin Studio held a Free Day of Dance to celebrate 2 years of welcoming women, men and kids of all ages from the greater Austin area who love to dance. All day all classes were free and new and old students got a chance to try out different classes. I was there, and I got a chance to see old friends, meet new people, shake my tail feather and of course, take a few photos !
Here’s Chi Chi having fun leading and taking a class:
This week, I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about how her dream of opening Dance Austin Studio, became a reality.
Starling: When did you start dancing professionally?
Starling: When did you decide that opening a dance studio was something you wanted to do?
Starling: What makes Dance Austin Studio different from other local dance studios?
Starling: In five years, where do you see Dance Austin Studio?
Of course, I had to ask a few questions to get to know a bit more about Chi Chi when she’s not dancing and running a successful dance studio.
Starling: If you weren’t dancing and busy handling the day-to-day operations for Dance Austin Studio, what would you be doing?
Starling: What motto do you try to live by?
Starling: What book are you currently reading?
Starling: What’s your favorite reality TV show?
Starling: Tell me one thing most people don’t know about you.
And of course the last question is one I try to ask myself daily, so I have to ask:
Starling: What made you smile today?
Since I’ve been going to Dance Austin Studio for classes, I’ve noticed that Chi Chi is more than a dance instructor, choreographer and entrepreneur. She is a great source of inspiration. Her goal is to ensure every single person who takes a class has a great time and leaves encouraged to Keep Austin Dancing!