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Happy Birthday TTL 2015!

Posted by Obi Simpson on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, In : Free Dance 

Celebrating Four Years of Dance!

Saturday October 17th
Open House & Performances: 5pm
Social Dance Party: 7pm

    You are officially invited to a celebration at Take the Lead! It seems like it was only a few short weeks ago that we opened our first tiny private lesson studio, yet here we are four years later in our fantastic 4,000 square foot facility with an ever growing dance family who helps make it all possible. More than just a business anniversary party, this is a celebration of the talent,...

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Free Blues Dance Class

Posted by Obi Simpson on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, In : Dance Lessons 

Join Laynee Day as she debuts the newest class at Take The Lead: Blues! Blues is a one of a kind social dance that is both creative and playful. Utilizing improvisation based on a set of standard patterns and techniques, this dance is built on strong partner connection, spins, rhythm changes, and compression to name a few. Blues can be an intimate slow dance or develop into a faster paced and energetic style.

Often danced to blues music (duh!), it can also be danced to many different genres ...

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Shane & Keri Workshop Weekend 2015

Posted by Obi Simpson on Thursday, July 16, 2015, In : Dance Lessons 

Are you looking to improve your current dance skills? Good news Springfield, the accomplished Shane & Keri will be in town August 21st-23rd. They will be teaching Workshops, Private Lessons, Private Groups, and even hosting a dance party! Mark your calendars, and be sure to take advantage of the "early bird" deals, this is an event you don't want to miss!

Friday August 21st 

7pm Lesson & Dance Party 

$15 per person

Saturday August 22nd

Private Lessons & *Private Groups*

Sunday August 23rd


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Free Bellydance Class!

Posted by Obi Simpson on Thursday, February 12, 2015, In : Bellydance springfield mo 

Free Belly Dance Class 
February 27th, 6:30pm
Instructor: Brittney Banaei

Beginning Friday, February 20th, Take The Lead will be offering Belly Dance Classes! To welcome our newest style of dance class, we will be offering a free demo at 6:30pm on Friday, February 27th! Space is limited, so if you plan on attending, please sign up in advance. To register for this free class:

Call 4172347511
Register Online
Visit us at 4235 S. Charleston

Comfortable clothing is recommended (remember dancing is ex...

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2015 Dance Recital - General Information

Posted by Erin Garner on Thursday, January 22, 2015, In : Dance Recital 

2015 General Information for Take the Lead Dance Recital

Thank you for being a part of the first annual Take the Lead Dance Recital!


A production fee of $30 per family is due by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. This fee goes toward renting the stage, equipment, and various recital costs. Please pay at the front desk at Take the Lead. Your card is on file so it should be very convenient.

A costume fee for each costume is also due by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Costume fees vary based on each class’ c...

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West Coast Swing & Social Dance Parties - December 2014

Posted by Obi Simpson on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : Dance Classes Springfield Missouri 

     During the Month of December, we will have two special dance parties for you to enjoy!  That's right, you will have two opportunities to join us as we dim the lights, crank up the music, and dance the night away!  

Social Dance Party, December 12th 2014

On Friday the 12th, we will have our mixed social dance party featuring music for all of the different styles that we teach in our social dance classes and lessons.  Speaking of lessons, we will kick off the party with a basic social dance ...

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Thanksgiving Feast!

Posted by Obi Simpson on Thursday, November 13, 2014, In : Dance Classes for Kids 

Thanksgiving Feast!
Saturday, November 22

We are preparing our first ever Take The Lead Thanksgiving feast!  Join us for a very special afternoon for our very special dancers. Although this feast is aimed at members of our youth program, any and all of our dancers and their families are more than welcome to come and hang out with us!  Please Let us know if you plan on attending.  We have a sign up form located at the front desk.  
 There is no cost for our dancers to attend this party...

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West Coast Swing Party, November 2014

Posted by Obi Simpson on Thursday, October 23, 2014, In : West Coast Swing Springfield Mo 

Party for All Levels

7pm-10pm or later

     Join us Saturday, November 15th for an evening full of some of the best West Coast Swing dancing around!  Featuring the talents of Travis & Kylie Herman, this is your opportunity to get your West Coast Swing fix!  At 7pm, we will kick the evening off with a special class followed by food and open social dancing.  Although the playlist will prominently feature West coast swing music, other requests are welcome!


  • Dance Lesson
  • Pizza
  • Social Dancing...

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Dancing and Your Brain!

Posted by Obi Simpson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, In : Benefits of Dancing 
Dancing was proven to increase intelligence more than any other exercise included in this get to a dance class, future geniuses!

Mental And Cognitive Benefits Of Dancing Makes You Smarter

SUNDAY, 11 NOV 2012, 1:07:00 AM
By Mark Underwood

If you’ve ever watched ABC’s hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” then you know that dancing is hard work. Dance has long been known as being an excellent way to stay physically fit. But could there be mental and cognitive...
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10 Benefits Gained Through Social Dance

Posted by Obi Simpson on Friday, July 11, 2014, In : Benefits of Dancing 

Why should you learn to dance? 

I don't think there is a way to overstate the benefits of social dance.  More than just a fun new activity, learning to dance improves people in many different ways, both on and off of the dance floor.  From physical fitness to enhancing relationships, social dancing is perhaps the most fun and fulfilling method of self improvement!

 Here are some of my favorite benefits of social dance:

  • Improves overall health and physical fitness
Whether you are looking to lose w...

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West Coast Swing Music (May 2014)

Posted by Obi Simpson, Springfield Mo on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, In : Dance music 
It is no secret that one of our favorite social dances here at Take The Lead is West Coast Swing.  This particular dance is most interesting when paired with awesome music.  So, here are a few of my favorite songs that have been making their way into our dance classes and dance parties.

"On The Rocks" - Grieves

Everything from the slow build in the beginning, the vocals, and the hard hitting beat, this song is just dripping with cool.  In fact, it even leaves a residue of awesome around the the...

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2014 Tulsa Spring Swing

Posted by Obi Simpson on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, In : Dance Competition 

Another great weekend at this year's Tulsa Spring Swing!  Our Springfield Dancers made quite a splash: we had several make it to the final round, and even a first place win!  Go Springfield!  The hotel was great, the music was fantastic, and the dancing was amazing.  You simply cannot ask for a better way to spend a weekend!

Anyway, below are a few videos of the final round in the novice Jack and Jill.  As I find time, I will upload some more of the videos we shot from the competition.


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2014 Mad Jam

Posted by Obi Simpson on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, In : Dance Competition 

Social dancing until 4am, dancing in the competition, and meeting new friends, wow, what a weekend! If it wasn't for caffeine and midday naps, I don't think I would have made it! Here a few videos of the Novice Final round Jack and Jill. 

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Take The Lead on Live TV!

Posted by Obi Simpson on Monday, February 24, 2014, In : Dance Lessons 

In Case you missed it, Take The Lead was featured on Ozarks Live on Valentine's Day!  We had to opportunity to teach Tom and Shannon the basic step to Rumba!

We always have so much fun being on this program.  I love how they are up for anything!

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Take The Lead Dance Classes in Springfield Mo

Posted by Obi Simpson on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : Dance Classes Springfield Missouri 
What Styles of Dance Classes Are Offered at Take The Lead?

Our Adult Fitness Dance Classes consist of many different styles across a diverse group of dance genres.  Currently, our program includes:

Adult Hip Hop Fitness:  Primarily a cardio-workout class, this class focuses specifically on fresh, fun choreography each week.  Hip Hop Fitness is a high energy fitness class that will have you moving, grooving, sweating, and laughing!

Adult Hip Hop Technique:  Incorporating more street dancing and b...

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How Long Does it Take to Get Good at Zumba?

Posted by Obi Simpson, Take The Lead Dance Studio, Springfield Mo on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Zumba FAQ 

How Long Does it Take to Get Good at Zumba?

     Every person has a different learning style, level of fitness, and self esteem.  We find that all three factors greatly influence how a person feels while dancing in a Zumba fitness class.  Many of our classes are danced in a dimly lit room with our "party lights."  Our students, including beginners, find that they feel more inclined to let loose when the room is darkened.  If a regular Zumba Fitness class is still too much, try a Zumba Gold cla...

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What I Can't Do All of the Moves Due to a Recent Injury/ Surgery?

Posted by Obi Simpson, Take The Lead Dance Studio, Springfield Mo on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Zumba FAQ 

What I Can't Do All of the Moves Due to a Recent Injury/ Surgery?

      Zumba teachers, especially ours, are encouraged to know the participants in their classes.  There are many things they can tell about an individual, but it is best if you alert your teacher to any specific injuries or limitations.  Once known, our teachers will do their best to modify problematic dance moves to better fit your needs.  

     Another great way to participate in a Zumba class with reduced impact is a Zumba Gol...

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What Kinds of Zumba Classes Are Taught?

Posted by Obi Simpson, Take The Lead Dance Studio, Springfield Mo on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Zumba FAQ 

What Kinds of Zumba Classes Are Taught?

     Zumba encompasses many different class formats each with its own fitness emphasis.  At Take The Lead, we offer some of the most popular variants including Zumba Fitness Party (the original style class), Zumba Gold, and Zumba Sentao.  

Zumba Fitness Parties are the class that started it all.  Featuring exercise that is disguised as the most fun and accessible dances on the planet make it no surprise that it has grown in popularity every year since its...

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Do You Need to Know How to Dance/ Already Be In Shape to Enjoy a Zumba Class?

Posted by Obi Simpson, Take The Lead Dance Studio, Springfield Missouri on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Zumba FAQ 

Do You Need to Know How to Dance/ Already Be In Shape to Enjoy a Zumba Class?

     Not at all!  Our whole program including the Zumba Classes are designed to be accessible to beginners of any fitness level.  Some of our classes do offer a more intense workout than others, so it is important know your class and what kind of workout to expect.  Since all Zumba choreography is taught in a "learn as you go" manner, there is no need to have an understanding of Zumba prior to jumping in.  However, f...

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What Are Zumba Classes?

Posted by Obi Simpson on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Zumba FAQ 

What Are Zumba Classes?

     Zumba Classes are a fusion of Latin dance movements and exercise that provides the ultimate fun workout experience.  Our Zumba classes here at Take The Lead are an hour long, so plan for at least 60 minutes from start to end.

     The first part of the class is an energetic warm-up that is done to an upbeat song and gets students in the mood to dance followed by a transition into actual dance songs across various styles.  Each song has its own choreography/ dance r...

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What Styles of Dance Make up Zumba?

Posted by Obi Simpson on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Zumba FAQ 

At it's core, Zumba classes are inspired by different latin dance styles and music including: Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Flamenco, Samba, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Soca, Tango, and can even sometimes include HipHop. Pop, or Rock.  In other words, there is pretty much some kind of dance for everyone.

     The "Marching Dance," Merengue originates in the The Dominican Republic and is the country's official dance and official music.  Usually a fast paced, energetic dance, music is o...

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Benefits of Learning to Dance

Posted by Obi Simpson on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : Benefits of Dancing 

Benefits of Learning to Dance:

As a life skill, the ability to dance is totally unlike anything else.  It is much more than simple movement to music.  There is not a single activity or hobby that comes even close to matching the overwhelmingly positive influence that dance has on an individual.  There are many who can understand a few of the simple aspects such as exercise or spending time with a significant other, but only a relative few who recognize this ability for what it adds to a perso...

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Wedding Dance Tips (A brief Guide to a Great First Dance)

Posted by Obi Simpson, Take The Lead on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : Wedding Dance Lessons 
I know as well as anyone that the stresses of orchestrating a wedding are much easier to handle when Brides and Grooms have a clear plan concerning their big day.  For all of the pre-wedding crazed brides, I hope these tips help you make your special day even better!


5 Wedding Dance Tips:

We all know how wedding dances usually go: The first dance is announced. The bride and groom awkwardly shuffle to the dance floor, looking embarrassed and sometimes exuding terror. The music starts and the...

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Wedding Dance Lessons

Posted by Obi Simpson on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : Wedding Dance Lessons 

Wedding Dance Lessons at Take The Lead

     The big day is looming closer and closer every day.  No worries though, you have taken extra time to knock out the big stuff and hammer out the little details. Everything is in order; The  perfect dress is picked out, the caterer is booked, the venue is set, and you are completely going to rock the "middle school sway." Wait, what?
     As it so happens, the terms "impressive" and "awkward sway" rarely fit nicely in a sentence. Instead, let us help yo...

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Salsa Dance Lessons

Posted by Obi Simpson, Take The Lead on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : Dance Lessons 
Intro to Social Dance
August 1st - August 24th

     For the month of August, we will be studying basic Salsa.  As a Latin dance, Salsa tends to be on the fun and flirty side of social dancing.  It emphasizes upbeat rhythms and movement of the hips called Cuban Motion.  The cost for this class is $129 per couple and includes one free private lesson in addition to free open practice nights!  No prior dance experience necessary!  Registration for this series is required: Call 417-234-7511 to check...

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Dancing With a Disability

Posted by Obi Simpson on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Dance Lessons 
One of my greatest joys of being a dance instructor comes from getting to share these skills with everyone, especially those who need it most.  I love my Arc kiddos, and it brings a huge smile to my face every time I think about the massive improvements to their social abilities dancing has brought.

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