Meet Justine Kawas – one of our newest eco-system partners – and her business, Justine Time to Dance. Located within the tranquil setting of Serenity Day Spa in Doylestown, Justine Time to Dance offers Ballroom and Latin Dance instruction, private and semi private lessons, social events, and private event hosting.
I had the pleasure of not only meeting with Justine at her studio for an interview but also observing – and then participating in – one of her adult special needs dance classes. Witnessing the elegance of the dancers performing a waltz accompanied by the song, ‘Let It Be Me’ by Ray LaMontagne was simply magical. A moment marked with grace.
Dancing is Justine’s passion. A New York native, she has been a professional Ballroom and Latin dance instructor for 28 years. Justine’s grandparents, Buddy and Betty, were one of the first Arthur Murray Dance Studios franchisees in the country in 1954. In 1987, Justine joined the studio as an instructor and manager. In addition to being a certified Imperial Society of Teacher of Dance (ISTD) instructor, Justine was a finalist in the National American Style Ballroom Championships for years. Using her dance experience and passion, Justine prides herself on making her art of teaching “fun, realistic, and accessible for all.” The emphasis of the instruction is on “learning skills that will last a lifetime.”
How did Justine “land” in Doylestown? Visiting her best friends who had recently relocated from Brooklyn to Doylestown in September of 2006, during Arts Festival weekend, she fell in love with the charm of the town and a year later decided to move. She knew she wanted to find that special new dance home, which she did with the connection of Serenity Day Spa. “The dance program is purely about beauty – feeling beautiful, elegant, graceful and confident.” The connection with her students is also of utmost importance. “I love the confidence I see take shape in people when they dance. I love to facilitate communication with people through dance. I love the happiness and connection that people have with music and each other. I truly get a gift back every time I teach a lesson and I will always be grateful for this opportunity.”
Remember to take advantage of Justine’s special for co-op members: a one-hour free private lesson for 1-4 people. Learn more about Justine and her business at her website: http://www.justinetimetodance.org.
Co-op members and friends will have an opportunity to experience Justine’s fun class style. Join her for a Harvest Moon Dance at her studio on Saturday, September 26, from 4 – 7 pm. The event is free! Start with a 45-minute intro to Ballroom & Latin Dance class followed by an evening of general dancing and socializing. All attending are invited to bring a simple appetizer or dessert that represents the seasonal flavors of Autumn. Location: Justine Time to Dance Studio within Serenity Day Spa, 64 Swamp Road, Doylestown. (Note: the entrance to the studio is via the lower back parking lot, not the main Spa entrance.)
(Photos provided by Justine Kawas of Justine Time to Dance)