News and Events at Fatcat Ballroom
After almost two years as friend, student, and studio manager, our beloved Sarah is moving to Nantucket to pursue new goals and adventures. We wish her all the best!
|3-13-11||Fatcat Classifieds - Looking for a Dance Partner? How about a great deal on dance shoes or ballroom gowns? Here's the place to find them! In an effort to provide even more service to our fabulous customers, we are now providing a "Classifieds" section to our website. Here you can post or find ads for Dance partners, dance wear, lost and found and even jobs. And the Fatcat is never shy, so we don't mind telling you we think it's the only studio in the country that's providing this service. MEOW! See it here!|
|1-22-11||Fatcat celebrates their 3rd Anniversary! See the pictures and videos on our Gallery|
|12-12-10||Sunburst Ballroom competition. Fatcat won Top studio, Top teacher, Top competitor, Top silver competitor, Top professional for the West Coast region...Fatcat Ballroom does it again! Pictures coming soon|
|12-4-10||Toys for Tots charity benefit. We raised over $400 and about 100 toys for Toys for Tots! Thanks to the "Dance Time" studio for teaming up with us, and thank you to everyone who performed. The night was a huge success thanks to all of you! Pictures are here|
Tournament of Champions Begins!
We are going to hold a six-week competition between our students and staff. Our theme for the six weeks will be “Dancing Through the Ages”. Each will include different themes leading up to the Celebration Ball. Students can win points through all of our contests and try to win prizes! To get into the tournament you must sponsor your teacher for $35. Join the Contest this weekend by bringing a friend and sponsoring your favorite teacher!
See our Tournament of Champions page to see the progress and videos
|9-25-10||Breast Cancer Benefit held at Fatcat raised over $4,000 and had over 200 dancers and participants in attendance. Good job! See the pictures on our Gallery|
|8-14-10||Party like a Rock Star! The pictures from the theme party are in and can be seen here|
|8-4-10||See the pictures from the day of instruction and the Milonga that followed. Some are by the Fatcat staff, and some are courtesy of Stephen Marino! Start at the Gallery|
Weekly Videos are back! After a brief summer absence, the weekly videos are back in production. The latest is East Coast Swing, with a surprise (and cute) ending. You can find it on our weekly video page.
Don't forget our Monday review class that let's you practice and ask questions about the Friday and Saturday dances.
Proyecto Tango - the all day Argentine Tango event held at Fatcat Ballroom was a great success. Each of three different instructors presented two hour classes to a wide variety of students - those experienced with Argentine Tango and those who were new to it. Each instructor had a different style, leaving no doubt that this dance is truly a Performing ART. Several of the students took all classes from all three instructors, and were - well - TIRED at the end of a day, but it was a good tired.
The Milonga (dance party for the Argentine Tango) began at 8 PM and most of the students stayed for it, as well as some who came for the party alone.
In short, it was enjoyable, well attended, and well produced. Thanks to Stephen Marino, Julie DeBacco, and all the Fatcat staff that helped organize and host this event. Well Done!
Pictures will be available soon.
Fatcat Purrs in Vegas!
At the recent ballroom dance competition in Las Vegas Fatcat Ballroom ...well...we cleaned house! We competed in over 400 heats and here's the awards:
Congratulations to all the teachers and students who attended and competed. And to all the Cats back in Phoenix who helped, supported, encouraged and danced with them, Thanks!
Pictures are on the Gallery
|7-4-10||A Sign up page is now available for the Proyecto Tango event|
|Coming event: August 2||A new AZBTA semester begins August 2 and runs through November 27th. This Bronze Level 2 course includes West Coast Swing, Mambo, Samba, and Merengue. For more information click here|
Dancing, Passion, and Art with...
...The Argentine Tango!
Stephen Marino Photography and Fatcat Ballroom present on July 23rd, 2010 a day of dancing, passion and photo art with the Argentine Tango.
Luau Party Pictures
Yes we had another one of our crazy theme parties, and we had a great time. Check out our Gallery page for more
July 10,11 2010
"Viva Las Vegas" Dance Competition
What happens in Vegas... well it won't stay there when Fatcat brings home the trophies! Fatcat students and teachers will be going to Las Vegas on July 10 -11, 2010 for the "Viva Las Vegas" dance competition, put on by World Promotions Inc. Newcomer through Championship levels in all adult age categories are available for adult dancers of all skill levels. The event will be held at the newly renovated Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and each night will leave you time to enjoy the Vegas night life. For more information, contact the studio at 602-324-7119 or email us at email@example.com .
Fatcat Ballroom on Arizona Highways Television
On May 8th, 2010, Fatcat Ballroom was featured on a segment of Arizona Highways Television. The episode covered the popularity of the "Lindy Hop" and feature s Steve Conrad, Terry Schmoyer, and several of the Fatcat regulars in the background. It's a great segment, and we should all be proud! View the segment here!
New Sunday Workshop Classes for the Summer
With Swing Sunday School on hiatus until mid-september, Fatcat will be offering progressive workshops in Charleston, Lindy Hop, Foxtrot and East Coast Swing. Starting Sunday, May 2 and continuing through May from 2pm to 6pm. The dances will start off with the basic mechanics and timing and new elements and techniques will be added as the weeks go by. Each class will include a review of previous classes and a preview of subsequent classes. It will be at the instructors' discretion whether someone may enter the class after the 3rd week.
Pricing for May will be:
Julie and Terry rank 4th in the World!
During the weekend of March 27th, 2010, Terry Schmoyer and Julie De Bacco competed against other Pro-am couples from around the world in the Bahamas. After long days of dancing and tough competition, Terry and Julie finished 6th place in Smooth and 4th place in Rhythm! The competition was held at the internationally renowned Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island, Bahamas - a tropical, beautiful setting perfect for an international event!
Terry and Julie were also selected to be models for "Proyecto Tango" , the newest project of photographer Stephen Marion. You can see the photos on our web site gallery.
Congratulations to Julie and Terry, now ranking 6th in the world for Smooth 4th in the world for Rhythm Ballroom Dancing, and sending the Fatcat reputation around the world!
Disney Showcase Pictures are here:
Disney showcase Videos are here:
|2-26-10||Valentine's Day VIDEO is HERE|
|2-20-10||Valentine Day's Pictures are HERE!|
Terry's Argentine Tango returns to Fatcat! Due to popular demand, Terry is resurrecting his Argentine Tango class. Class begins again on Monday at 5:30; Cost is $10
|2-18-10||Valentine's Day Survey - If you attended the Valentine's day party, we would like to hear from you. We put together a short survey that will let you give us feedback, and help guide us for our next event. Please give us your candid opinion by filling out the survey here|
Fatcat begins weekly video series. See it here
Hip Hop Show - find it on the Gallery
|1-28-10||Fatcat Video taken at the 2nd anniversary party. View Here|
|Saturday, January 23, '10||
Fatcat Ballroom celebrated it's second anniversary. Complete with two live bands, potluck, and a Masquerade theme, the evening was a great success. You can view pictures here. Be sure to check back as we collect more pictures and upload them.
New Years Eve Party - Let's ring in the New Year, and dance the night away! Join us, along with Steve Conrad for an evening of East Coast Swing and Ballroom dancing. Champagne toast at midnight.
Fatcat Ballroom had great success at Sunburst Ball. For more information click here .
If you would like to share your pictures with us, please attach them to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org, or put them on a cd and drop them off at the studio. We'll post them for all to enjoy!
|12-12-09||The latest issue of Fatcat's Newsletter.|
|11-30-09||Halloween '09 Check out all the pictures from the gallery|