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South Tampa dance studio lets students pick a style


Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2013 at 08:29 AM

Michael Jackson. Gene Kelly. Both were considered great dancers – but that’s about where the similarities end.

At SoFusion Dance Studio, students may express themselves either way: with explosive street moves, a la Jackson, or with more traditional grace, a la Kelly.

Carrie Cameron, the owner of SoFusion, 3675 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, said she wanted to bring together modern and traditional dance classes under one roof when she opened the studio in May.

The South Tampa resident recently updated the business website to represent the image of the two styles of the ballroom and dance floor. The question posed: “One studio, two styles … What is yours?”

“With the ballroom side we offer the traditional smooth dances like the tango, waltz and foxtrot and also Latin and salsa classes,” said Cameron said. They also offer private and group lessons as well as practice parties where students can mingle and interact with other students. “Many people think they need a partner to participate in this; however, you don’t. Ballroom dancing is exciting.”

She said some people take classes to prepare for a special event, such as a wedding. Others train so they can participate in local and national competitions.

On the dance floor, students take everything from hip-hop and pop to African, Zumba, Crump and Krunk classes. “Krumping” involves free and highly energetic urban street dance moves.

“The dance floor is a high-energy, fun way to get fit and shake off the stress of everyday life,” she said.

Other classes include Zumba, belly dancing and yoga for dance.

“We’ve found once someone experiences our unique dance environment and amazing instructors, they’re hooked,” said Cameron, adding her classes have been growing rapidly since she opened. “It’s a mix of people who want to get in shape and just dance without the traditional club scene. All of the classes can be done at the students own fitness level. We have a mix of ages and people can participate from low, medium or high impact based on their fitness level and abilities.”

April Catalano of South Tampa said the social aspect of the dance classes kept her motivated. She burned calories, but never felt bored.

“I have always had a passion for dance and SoFusion let’s my inner-dance diva free,” Catalano said. “Finally, a place that lets me feel like I am having fun and not ‘working out.’ I have made some fabulous new friends and lost 14 pounds in six weeks.”

Cameron grew up in Pinellas County, but lived in Cincinnati for a few years before moving back to Florida in January. She has competed in amateur ballroom dance competitions.

She said it’s been a lifelong dream to own a dance studio. After some research, she found most adult dance studios focused on ballroom dance, but didn’t incorporate hip-hop and more modern dances. If a person wanted to take Zumba or belly dancing classes, they had to go to a gym.

“I decided to open an adult dance studio where dancing and socializing come together, hence the name SoFusion,” she said. “My goal was to create a fun environment for adults to socialize, learn to dance and get in shape.”

Her motto in describing her studio is “where socializing and dance come to play.”

Cameron said she is always looking for new and innovative dance styles to include in her offerings. Some of her new upcoming classes will include African and Indian dances.

Although people may purchase a package program or pay monthly, she also allows people to attend a group fitness class for as little as $5 per sessionn.

For more information on SoFusion Dance Studio, 3675 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, call (813) 837-1900 or visit sofusiondancestudio.com.

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