With 30+ dances in our repertoire, you’re sure to find one you’ll love!
See for yourself how our unique approach to teaching– that taps into creative thinking and sense modalities -- can accelerate your learning and makes dancing cosmically more fun!
Portland Studio Overview
- No special shoes needed. We recommend closed-toe, leather bottomed shoes to start.
- No special clothing requirements– wear something that allows you to move comfortably.
- No partner needed.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your first class to fill out a new client form. [See below]
- You can start a group class on any date – we do not limit you to start on a specific date and will work with you to ensure you fold into our lessons easily.
- Need to miss a class? No problem. You will pick up a punch card on your first class -- it does not expire and allows you to complete a set number of classes any time you like.
- Private lessons – call (207)671-7644 to schedule. Many of our students like to start with a private lesson before doing a group class; others use them to augment their learning at key points along their dance journey or to explore a new dance style entirely. NOTE: when you take a private lesson, you may join any group class during the week of your private lesson, Monday through Sunday. free of charge.
- Detailed information on each dance style is available in our ARCHIVE.
We also offer customized instruction for individuals, couples, groups, associations and businesses. Call (207) 671-7644 for details.FAQs
Check out frequently asked questions concerning our dance programs.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS:
Sergei Slussky: who can mix a “wild ‘n crazy fun guy” approach to teaching with his formal accomplishments and knowledge of 35+ dances.
“The most important lesson dancing has taught me is to be resilient and persistent!” says Sergei Slussky, owner and instructor at Aquarius’ Dance Studios.
To learn and excel at dance, he would need both – in large amounts – as he started dancesport later in life and needed to catch up to competitors who had studied from a very young age.
“At 18, when I was a student of fine arts in Yaroslavi, Russia, I came upon a large crowd gathered at the Palace of Culture. They were watching a dance exhibition. I was immediately fascinated. At one point, one of the lady dancers came up to me with a rose and invited me to dance with her. Sadly, I had to refuse because I did not know how.... but that gave me an incentive to learn! A week later, I signed up for lessons in International Waltz, Tango and Cha Cha.”
Yunhee Keough – whose beginning may have been in ballet, but now ballroom, Latin and New Age dances keep her on her toes.
It started at a young age -- with her tiny toes perched on top of her Dad’s. “He’d waltz me around the house. He didn’t count or formally show me steps, just move me around to the music.” And she loved it!
The next step for young Yunhee was ballet. A stern teacher made this a short, scary experience for the child, however.
Years later, she found herself living close to the Portland School of Ballet and decided to give it another try. This time, she found great joy in the dancing. Later, stress on her joints and repeated injuries re-directed her dancing to ballroom.
Brian LeVay – whose love of Latin-African dance styles helped establish the Kizomba and Bachata development in Maine.
While dancing is in Brian’s DNA -- his grandparents danced ballroom and an uncle competed in it for many years - it still did not come easy to him.
“I took a group dance class with a friend after college and quite frankly, struggled with it. With no musical background, I had trouble picking up the counts.”
A few years later, he once again stepped on the dance floor – with a renewed determination to learn. Dance instruction at Aquarius, Brian says, worked better for him and he found himself progressing and enjoying it. “Sergei brings a fun, laidback approach to learning – yet has the technical knowledge to keeps it challenging and professional.”
Gail Grant: (aka “Hollywood”) has been dancing, choreographing and teaching here in Maine for more than 25 years -- mostly from her own studios in southern and central Maine.
Then she retired.
“Retiring was one of the worse decision of my life,” she claims. She missed teaching. She missed choreographing. She missed dancing. Now, out of retirement and into the dance studio of Aquarius, Gail once again showers her students with support, encouragement and passion for dance.