Customers Say It Best
We just wanted to thank you for all your help getting our first dance together. It was a great success, we even got some applause.
Thank you again, Lizzie & Levi
Dear Mr. Whipple,
I wanted to write a letter to express my appreciation for the enjoyment that I have experienced since taking dance class at your studio.
I never thought that I would ever learn to dance, particularly because I was never the "dancing type", but dancing at your studio has been one of the most enjoyable and educational experiences that I have had.
Thank you for the time that you have spent with me and others while teaching us to dance. You provide a welcome, comfortable atmosphere that is easy for all to enjoy. I always look forward to coming to a class, or to a dance party, because I know that I will have a good time, met someone new and learn something new. I have many fond memories of the dance studio and I look forward to taking new classes.
Again, Thank you for all that you do!
Wow what a night. Thank you for all your encouragement and enthusiasm. It really was a night to remember. All the hard work paid off in my book. We had so much fun.
Sincerely, Jennifer H.
The dance studio is easy to find on Rte. 301/441. The staff was very friendly and put everyone at ease. Instructor John Whipple is true professionalism in action. He is patient with beginners, has an engaging personality, and is pure grace on the dance floor. He's willing to answer any questions, and is encouraging to those who don't "get it" right away.
The cost is quite reasonable, and the Wednesday night dance party allows everyone to practice what they learned in class, and is open to the students and the public for a nominal fee.
There is a substantial selection of dance shoes available on the premises for purchase, and an extensive catalog to order from. Students consisted of younger, older, and everything in between, most casually dressed. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
I definitely recommend Dancin' Around!
You are a wonderful teacher, an inspiration. You have enlightened my life with the love of the dance again. Dancing has been a true love of mine through out my lifetime. It just slipped away from me for awhile. Dancing has always been apart of my soul, the highlight of my life and I want to thank you for adding and being apart of restoring the joy and the happiness you have given back to me, my dancing. Thank you again, John.
|Dancing with the Ocala Stars first came to Ocala in 2007 as a fundraiser for the Ocala Civic Theatre. Held at the beautiful Klein Conference Center on the Central Florida Community College Campus. "The evening included dinner, dessert, a silent auction and the dancing competition. Local celebrities danced with professional dancers like the television show, Dancing with the Stars. Top picture is Frame DeLuca and his instructor Quanita, the lower picture is Jennifer Hoyles and her instructor John Whipple of Dancin' Around Studio.|
|At age 5, Natasha Overcash was a big fan of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars", so she asked to take dance lessons. Natasha went on to win the title of overall chapion in the primary newcomer division at the UCWDC World Championships. She danced polka, nightclub, cha-cha, waltz, two-step, east coast swing & west coast swing.
Pictures show Natasha and her instructor John Whipple of Dancin' Around Studio and her parents; Todd & Lori.
Rayna Chandra started out taking lessons for ballroom dancing, when the opportunity came to do an exhibition at the local Dancing with the Doc's she was ready. She preformed a Cha Cha with her instructor John Whipple.
Next she attended a dance competiton and was ready to try that. After several competitions she won third place overall champion at the UCWDC World Championships.
|Harold and Edith Carter met and married; Edith already a dancer encouraged Harold to take lessons. Of course he said yes; taking group lessons and private lessons at Dancin' Around Studio. After several years there weren't many dances they couldn't do; they stay on the dance floor for almost every dance.|
Dancing event kicks up nearly $80,000 for youth programs
Ocala dance instructor John Whipple spins Rayna Chandra, 11, at the Dancin’ Around Studio in Ocala. The two performed in the Dancing with the Doctors fundraiser at Jumbolair on July 16.Doug Engle/Staff photographer -
By Kathy Mancil, Correspondent - Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 6:30 a.m.
Ocala's fourth annual Dancing with the Doctors was once again a huge success, drawing nearly 400 attendees and raising $77,700 for the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County and the Ocala Police Department's youth programs.
That's more than triple the amount of funds raised last year from the event, a show modeled after TV's "Dancing with the Stars."
Dr. Justin Ferns, the presenting sponsor of the mid-July event, said the increased success was partly due to parties involved going "beyond donating money.
Everybody had a hands-on approach." Over the previous four or five months, Jerry Lane, director of the local Boys & Girls Club, and his staff were involved on a weekly basis, preparing for the event, said Ferns. Lane said when he and the club's board learned they were one of this year's beneficiaries, they were "simply ecstatic."
Event: Dancing with the Doctors
Number attending: 396
Ticket cost: $125
Results: $77,700 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County and the Ocala Police Department youth programs
Rayna Chandra, 11, cracks a smile while practicing with dance instructor John Whipple on Tuesday at the Dancin’ Around Studio in Ocala.
The two will be performing in the Dancing With the Doctors fundraiser exhibition at Jumbolair on Saturday. The event is sold out, but any additional donations would also go to the Boys & Girls Club and to the Ocala Police Department youth programs.
Doug Engle/Staff photographer - By Marian Rizzo, Correspondent Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011
Rayna Chandra, 11, already has won several ballroom dance competitions and will perform Saturday in the Dancing With the Doctors ballroom exhibition. Already an accomplished participant in modern and traditional Indian dance, Rayna began taking ballroom dance lessons three years ago at John Whipple’s Dancin’ Around Studio.“I was 8 years old when I came here,” she said. “I did not know what to expect. I had ballet flats on. From then on, I loved the cha-cha. That was my first Dancing With the Doctors dance.”