dancing with Matt Karr two years ago. I'd forgotten how
much I loved (and missed) dancing until I attended one
of Matt's group lessons. Now I dance with Matt twice a
week for an hour and attend his Friday night dance. I've
lost 10 pounds since I started dancing and during a
heart check-up, my cardiologist said I had the heart of
a teenager (which I am definitely not)! Under Matt's
instruction my dancing has improved immensely, but even
more than that, my attitude and outlook on life has
changed. I feel great; look good, and love life. Try
dancing, you'll love it too!
Canyon Ridge Elementary
Dysart School District
Matt Karr has lived a life with dance woven through it
in everyway. As a professional performer, he has amazed
audiences with the beautiful intrigue and flow of
dancing. His flawless performances were carried out with
the strength of an athlete and the flow of an artist.
The music simply provided the movement and took to
flight with a combination of his artistry, choreography,
execution and passion.
Matt has transitioned in his dance life to one of
instruction.....giving others the gift of dance! We were
the watchers on the sidelines and he brought us to
center stage giving us no other choice but to dance. All
of a sudden we were moving simply but with form and a
new found grace. The music we love came to life in our
dancing and now we were on the center stage with our
audiences to their delight and applause. This happened
out of the caring passion of a performing dancer who
stepped in a different direction to share with us a
portion of his talent, patience, and vision.
I have known Matt for 8 years and this sharing of the
gift of dance has changed my life. After a difficult
divorce and a new life trying to unfold, I decide to try
some things I had always wanted to do, mainly dance. My
parents could only afford music lessons, the expensive
costumes and all made dance unaffordable, so I became a
superb musician yet longed to dance. In one lesson that
I almost cancelled, I was with his strong lead and
simple directions, I had the basics of swing, and AZ two
step moving within an hour. Of course I was hungry for
more and then moved into learning the basics of each
type of dance.
Matt then challenged me a step further....to perform in
an exhibition. The stage seemed scary and huge the first
time. I have grown now to loving the art of performing.
I have now performed in 6 exhibitions challenging myself
with each new dance each time, costume and stage
presentation. An event I look forward to twice a year. A
type of life I never thought could be mine for a night
or ever. Matt's students do not dance 8-10 hours a day
like Dancing With the Stars. We work usually
weekly....it is fun, fantastic exercise, creative and a
source of stress relief. All because a dancer now shares
his performing talents as a teacher. Matt you have
brought many smiles to many faces. What a gift......life
is a stage.....dance all over it.
God Bless and Thank You,
My hobby of dancing began in January 2007, when I
enrolled with Fred Astaire Dance Studios for a few
lessons. Once I stepped into that dance studio, and in
the words of my sister, "it's like you become a
different person." And, to this very day, I feel the
same way when I step into Matt Karr's studio.
I began dancing and learning from Matt in late December
2007. I have found "just the right" match with Matt in
that I can continue learning and improving on my dance
steps at my pace, but also be able to participate in
shows (Matt does 2 shows a year: April and November).
From the moment that Matt took me into his arms on the
dance floor and we practiced a few steps, he knew
exactly where I was in what I had learned previously at
Fred Astaire. Since then, I have learned new steps in
various dances and performed in 3 shows.
I do not feel pressured with lessons; one takes lessons
with Matt at their own pace and you are not under
contract for a certain number of lessons within a
certain period of time. And, Matt works with your
schedule and will try his best to meet your dance needs.
He is a strong lead and if he feels you can be
challenged with a new step, he will challenge you.
The "bonus" is the weekly dance parties. Matt is
committed to bringing dance to the West Valley and he
has once a week a dance party in the evening for
beginning and advanced students. It's a great way to
meet other dancers (or soon-to-become dancers), learn a
few new steps and practice those steps, and just enjoy
dancing...and all this for $15!
I plan to continue my dance "program" with Matt until he
or I retire! If you think you have two left feet (or two
right feet) but have always wanted to dance, give Matt a
"just the right"
match with Matt...