Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tea time for the Leopard Ladies!

Excuse me, your Lordship, but this table is reserved for the Leopard Ladies!  It was off for a little English culture at Brambles' Tea Room on Wednesday, July 27, for the ladies of Modern Steps.  If you have never enjoyed an afternoon tea, someday you should enter the land of fine china and tiny sandwiches and pastries.  There you will experience the calming effects of warm tea and delightful friends, while sharing in one of Britain's most enduring traditions.
Cindy Swanson, with our hostess, Tammy Clemens

The ladies waiting enjoying their tea-Pat Vautrinot, Susan Grigsby, Carol Speidel

Some of our Leopard Ladies!
Deborah Jansen, Brenda Griebahn, Pat Vautrinot

The whole group, except our photographer, Jennifer Schooley

The Leopard Ladies' next Girls' Night Out will be Friday, September 16 at 5:30pm at Modern Steps.  Come and join us for a relaxing cocktail hour and fashion show, featuring Cabi fall fashions presented by Carla Bobka

Saturday, July 23, 2016

He Dances, He Sings, He's our very own Jim Clemens!

Sometimes we have diamonds in our very own backyard and we never really see them.  One of our shining, multi-faceted diamonds is Jim Clemens, owner and instructor at Modern Steps School of Dance.  You have probably seen Jim at the studio teaching lessons, or dancing at a competition, winning great accolades with his students and for the studio.  But you may not know that he is also a popular singer with a local group of entertainers called the Consecutones.  The trio of Jim, Antoine "Motown" Walker and Steve Fenntiman perform a wide selection of favorites from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's and you can see them on Friday nights in July at Bill's Steak and Seafood Restaurant, located at the corner of Lakewood Blvd and Tamiami Trail East in Naples.  Not only can you get a great meal at Bill's, but you can enjoy this talented group of gentlemen as they bring back oldies and our favorite love songs from 6:30-9:30pm.
Social dancing is one of Jim's passions, and you usually see him on Friday night dancing with students at Bill's and enjoying the music from the dancer's shoes he wears so well.  He has another side that we don't see as often, but his wonderful renditions of our favorite songs are a testimony to the shiny facet that you don't want to miss on this gem we are proud to call one of ours
Jim and Tammy before the show.

Steve Fenntiman and Antoine "Motown" Walker are
the other two thirds of The Consecutones.

The Consecutones at Bill's Steak and Seafood Restaurant

In addition to enjoying the great music, friends get together to dance and enjoy an evening out at Bill's.  You will often see students and friends of Modern Steps out enjoying the music and dancing around town at various venues.  Social dancing is just that--a great way to meet friends, dance and feel the joy of the music, all wrapped up in one great package.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Part 2 of "An Evening in the Spotlight"

Here are some more great shots by Joe Parisi of Frame, Focus, Shoot from our Spotlight performance on April 29. 2016.  Enjoy!!
Jennifer sets the Paso Doble on fire!

Nancy and Mac connect in the ChaCha

Cindy-our lady in blue!

Tango time for Thelma and Jim!

Deborah strikes a pose in her tango

Brenda and Lynn loving the waltz


Tammy and Mac

The Greggs take their bow

Saturday, July 2, 2016

"An Evening in the Spotlight":Taking a Look Back (Part 1)

Time flies when you're having fun, but time also flies once the fun is over!  It's hard to believe it has already been 2 months since our "Evening in the Spotlight" student performance night.  As we reflect on the fun and the fabulous performances of our students from this distance, we know that it was a night we want to remember.  Thank you to our students, and teachers--Jim Clemens, Tammy Clemens, Mac McCord, Jennifer Schooley and Justinas Maliaskus--for beautiful selections that were both moving and entertaining.  So without further ado, and because a picture is worth a thousand words, here is the first installment of some memories in pictures that we want to share!
Our Emcee for the Evening-Jim Clemens

Dancing the Samba-Thelma Negley and Justinas

Cindy Swanson and Justinas dancing American Rhythm

Brenda & Lynn Griebahn dance their competition Bolero

Pat Vautrinot tunes in her inner cowgirl with Mac in the West Coast Swing

Mike Assaf debuts at Modern Steps in the Hustle with Tammy

Rose Mahoney and Jim take the Foxtrot to the floor

Deborah Jansen takes her Vienesse Waltz off the floor with Mac

High drama from the Paso Doble by Jennifer and Justinas

Barbara and Russ Gregg looking lovely as they perform the Waltz

Joanne Bates shines when she dances the Bolero with Justinas

Things get steamy when Nancy Goodchild dances the ChaCha with Mac

The best of the best-Jim and Tammy show how it's done in an impromtu performance