SCHOOL INFORMATION

Notes:
All group classes require pre-registration.

Group classes require minimum of 6 people, anything less will be canceled
We recommend to call first to confirm studio hours and schedule.
Private class & semi-private class -- by appointment
STUDIO IS CLOSED : Sept 4 Monday (Labor Day), Sept 22 - Friday, Oct 21 - Saturday (No Lessons & No Dance Party)

Quick Step
Amer. Cha Cha Cha
Amer. Foxtrot

SATURDAY DANCE PARTY
Open to Public

Amer. Rumba
Argentine Tango

Nightclub 2 Steps
Int’l Rumba

Int’l Cha CHa Cha
Amer. Waltz
DANCERCISE
Int’l Tango

Argentine Vals
Bolero

Country Western Formation Line Dance.

Salsa

Learn Ballroom , Latin & Popular Dances:

 

Amer. Viennese Waltz
Amer. Rumba
Amer. Cha Cha
Jive

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00

7:00 - 8:00
8:00 - 11:00

6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 8:00
8:00 - 9:00

9:00 - 10:00

6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 8:00
8:00 - 9:00

9:00 - 10:00

6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 8:00
8:00 - 9:00

9:00 - 10:00

6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 8:00
8:00 - 9:00
9:00 - 10:00

Saturday

Friday

Thursday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Monday

Standard
Foxtrot

Quickstep

Tango

Viennese Waltz

Waltz

Latin
Cha-Cha

Jive

Paso Doble

Rumba

Samba

International Style

Smooth
Waltz
Tango

Foxtrot

Viennese Waltz

American Style

Rhythm

Bolero

Cha-Cha

Mambo

Rumba

Swing

W.C. Swing

Hustle

Nightclub 2 steps

Salsa

Merengue
Bossa Nova

Argentine Tango:
- Salon

- Milonga

  1. -Vals

Cumbia
Polka

Popular Dances

Learn Dance Choreographies for:

 

Weddings

Anniversaries

Cotillions
Birthdays

6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 8:00

8:00 - 9:00
9:00 - 10:00

Dance Time With Friends is located at

8800A W. Dempster St.

Niles, IL 60714

847-966-1671

847-298-5795

dancetimewf@yahoo.com

10 REASONS TO JOIN

1.Experience and Credentials of the dance instructors - The husband- and-wife team of Ed and Luming de la Cruz has been dancing for sixteen years now and are highly qualified to teach ballroom dancing.  On a regular basis, they seek coaching from nationally renowned professional ballroom dancers in California, Las Vegas, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

  A list of all the Champions we've studied under.

2.Well-organized system of teaching _ Dance levels are designed for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advance.  A well - crafted syllabus covers each level consisting of 10 dance patterns.

3.Variety of Ballroom, Latin, and other Popular Dances - Rumba is a mainstay; salsa, is a close second.  The popularity of Argentine Tango (Salon, Milonga and Vals) is on the rise!

4.Dance Music - Ed's huge collection of CD's consist of hard-to-find selections and the latest in dance music.

5.Facility - Clean and spacious, 2400 sq. ft. dance area with wooden floors and mirrored walls specifically designed and built for ballroom dancing.

6.Location and Parking - Accessible from major highways and there is ample parking.

7.Meet New Friends - A fun place to meet interesting people. 8.Saturday Night Dance Party - Open dancing from 8 pm to 12:00 midnight with refreshments at a nominal cost ($10 per person). Refreshments and the company are great!

9.Private, semi-private, and group lessons - Group lessons (at least six people make a group) and are based on the schools schedule.  Semi-private and private lessons can be arranged easily. 
10.A GOOD EXERCISE FOR THE BODY AND THE SPIRIT - Everyone agrees dancing is one of the best forms of exercise.  Dancing helps improve the physical, mental, and emotions between dance partners, whether they're married couples or just friends.

"We have been dancing socially in the Chicago area for about 10 years and discovered Luming & Ed de la Cruz, Dance Time With Friends in Niles by accident about 3 years ago. From the first visit, we were very impressed not only with their high standard of dancing, especially the latin numbers but also how warm, friendly and courteous every body is.


Luming & Ed de la Cruz are accomplished teachers and dancers in their own right in all the techniques as evidenced by the general dancing. Both Luming & Ed take the time to help their students understand the many different dances and lead by example and have a lot of fun doing so. This is apparent by the distances many of the students and guests travel to attend the dance parties and lessons. 


Ed's library of music is extensive and he has a great sound system. His choice of music literally draws the people onto the dance floor. It's also as much fun to watch all the dancers. There are also a number of hosts at the Saturday night parties, so everybody gets a chance to dance. Even if you have two left feet, or by yourself, you will feel very much at home at Dance Time With Friends.


Saturday night parties are also a lot of fun because there is usually a birthday celebrant and everybody sings "Happy Birthday" There is also usually a small buffet available.


We would award Luming and Ed's Dance Time With Friends a big "10" for warm friendly people, great dancers,and lots of fun.


by Linda & Tom Hammerton/ Glenview, IL

Dancing is one of my passions in life with golf, tennis and travel.  Being a single mother for 24 years I was intimidated to take lessons alone but in August, 2010, I took the courage to join Arthur Murray Dance Studio near my house.  It was good place for a single woman like me but the fee was outrageously too high and I felt I was held back and not challenged to reach my potentials.

 

After 13 months I left and joined Dance Time With Friends.  The fees are very affordable but the studio has a special asset which cannot be duplicated.  The couple and also the teachers have the passion for dancing.  Their desire to share what they have learned studying from several dance masters and champions exudes!  They teach from their hearts which is a rarity to studio owners who want to make themselves rich.  Their attention to details in teaching is exemplary. At 68 years old, they make dancing fun and great way to exercise my mind as well as my physical body.


by Ana Anita Moral / Glenview, IL

 
It was
five years ago when my wife and I had our first ballroom dance lesson from DTWF.  Because of the friendly atmosphere at the studio, we've kept coming back regularly for the dance lessons and practice nights.  Dancing has added excitement to our lives.  Aside from improving our dancing skills, we also improved mentally, physically and socially.  If you are considering learning to dance or want to brush up on it, try Dance Time with Friends.  There is nothing to lose. You will be surprised at how much fun and how easy it is to learn how to ballroom dance at DTWF.


by Dottie & Jake Reyes / Morton Grove, IL

We are a couple who have been self-employed for over 20 yrs. and can easily make an excuse of being so busy to take dance lessons , but we never did. Dancing became a part of our lives. 

There's so much positive to say about DTWF. First of all, since we started in DTWF , we have built numerous valuable friendships , foremost of our close relationship with our patient, understanding and talented dance instructors , Ed and Luming de la Cruz. We have been dancing for a number of yrs. , but we never imagined we can do the complicated patterns of Advanced Rumba,Samba, Bolero,Cha-Cha,Tango which are both available in American and International Styles . People are in awe with the hand styling and dance techniques . These are all possible because of the diligent, patient teaching and coaching of Ed and Luming de la Cruz. They're so generous in sharing what they learn from the other professional coaches. 

Lately of course, we started learning the Argentine

Tango. We become so rich in culture, I should say , because we learn so much of the dances of other countries. 

by Shannon & Phil Reid

IT'S BEEN MY DREAM EVER SINCE TO  BE ABLE TO  DANCE , I WAS LOOKING FOR A PLACE BEFORE WHERE SOMEONE CAN TEACH US , ALBERT AND MYSELF, THE RIGHT STEPS, MOVES AND TECHNIQUES AND IT WAS AN ANSWERED PRAYER, WE WERE LEAD TO DANCE TIME WITH FRIENDS. AT FIRST

IT WAS OVERWHELMING, WHEN WE SAW THE VETERAN DANCERS , THEY  ARE REALLY GOOOD !. BUT BEACAUSE WE HAVE  EXCELLENT TEACHERS, LUMING AND ED, NOW  , I'M PROUD TO SAY  I CAN DANCE ! ICAN MOVE MY HIPS , AND I CAN RAISE MY HANDS WITH STYLES. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE  TEACHER S LIKE THEM. AND BESIDES , WE MET A LOT OF FRIENDS IN THE STUDIO, WHO ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE, TELLING US THAT WE  WILL BE ABLE TO DANCE LIKE THEM. WE ARE LIKE ONE FAMILY WITH THE SAME INTEREST AND PASSION WHICH IS DANCING! MORE POWER TO LUMING AND ED, AND PRAYING  FOR  THEIR GOOD HEALTH , STRENGHT AND ENERGY TO TEACH US, AND MORE STUDENTS TO COME.    LASTLY , WE LOVE YOU  AND CARE FOR YOU . WITH YOUR PATIENCE AND DEDICATIONS TO YOUR STUDENTS  , THE  GALA  EVERY YEAR IS A SUCCESS. CONGRATULATIONS AND LOOKING FORWARD FOR MORE YEARS OF GALA EVENTS.


by Estrella Carcia


Would you like to bring joy into your life while becoming the best dancer you can be?  If yes, then Dance Time with Friends is the place for you.

 

Personally, I have found the DTWF studio to be a positive and encouraging environment. The students and the teachers, Ed and Luming, are welcoming, uplifting and respectful.  As teachers, Ed and Luming, are experienced, lovingly patient and deeply passionate about dance.  And they are passionate about sharing their love of dance with others. 

 

Recently, I learned the American Rumba.  Luming and Ed brought new life to what I thought this dance of love was about.  I learned at a truer and more precise level than I ever have about footwork, arm styling, Latin hip motion, technique, application, execution, and even the expression of music and dance from within myself . . .  All these intricate and “artistic details” brought a natural beauty to the American Rumba.  (I couldn’t believe my progress!)

 

I truly feel great joy and satisfaction when I learn just one basic dance step well.  I can learn each step well at DTWF, because it is taught the right way.  No shortcuts . . . no hurry-throughs.  Ed and Luming are there to help you be the best dancer you can be right where you are – one beautiful step at a time.


by Mary J.

TESTIMONIALS

WHERE ARE WE LOCATED

WHEN ARE CLASSES?

WHAT ARE RATES?

1.  Do I need to sign a long term contract in order to join? 
     There are no long term binding contracts at Dance Time With Friends, you decide how many classes you want to take.  We offer different price packages to fit your    needs.

2.  What are the prices?
    
People are often surprised at how affordable our classes are, and even more so when compared to other schools that have long term contracts. There are three options;
a) Dance packages of 4, 8 and 12 
For more information on prices, call 847-966-1671 or 847-298-5975.

3.  Do you need a partner to learn how to dance?
    
Because of recent request we recently started a singles class on Monday from 8pm - 9pm.  Since the popularity of the class exploded we now offer a 2nd night for singles, Tuesday from 7pm - 8pm.

4.  What do we need to wear?
    
Simply wear comfortable clothing and dress shoes.  If you don't have any shoes to dance with we also offer a large selection of dancing shoes for purchase.

5.  Do you choreograph dances for special events?
    
We can choreograph dances for any kind of event that you might have.  People most commonly request to learn unique dance choreography for weddings, cotillions, anniversaries, and birthdays.

6.  How long will it take me to be good?
    
The key is being consistent in classes and practicing.  We've had students who have never danced before, show incredible progress in only after a week.  While others took their time and improved considerably after a couple of months. . In the end, everyone can progress at the speed they feel comfortable with.

7. I really don't have a place to practice at home, where can I work on my dancing?
    
Every Saturday night from 8:00pm - 12:00am is dance practice/party.
8:00pm - 12:00am - Ballroom and Latin Dancing
All this for only $10 per person.  Our Saturday night dance party is open to the public. Light refreshments is served.

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Int’l Tango
Salsa
Argentine Tango
Amer. Waltz

PLEASE NOTE: CLASS REGISTRATION CAN ONLY BE DONE THROUGH DANCETIMEWITHFRIENDS - either by email dancetimewf@yahoo.com or call us 847-966-1671 or 847-298-5795.