BRANDON — Some couples call upon Tatyana Frost's expertise to prepare them for their wedding night. Other couples are just looking for a fun activity to occupy their time. Singles also seek Frost's guidance for many reasons, ranging from loneliness to health and wellness concerns.
No, Frost is not a counselor or doctor — she is a dance instructor and she is celebrating 10 years in business as the owner of The Way 2 Dance in Brandon. Despite not having a medical background, Frost says that because of the positive results she has seen in her clients, perhaps doctors should look to dancing as a complement to medication for various conditions from depression and stress to menopause and strokes.
"Doctors should prescribe dance lessons," she said in her Lithuanian accent, reflecting on the personal success stories she's witnessed in her studio at 610 Oakfield Drive.
Frost has instructed engaged couples ranging from their 20s to 70s who want a memorable first dance at their wedding reception. She also has taught salsa, ballroom and swing to singles trying to score "brownie points" with their dates, enter competitions or just stay active. She said reality TV dance shows such as Dancing with the Stars and others have changed the landscape for dance.
"(Those shows) have inspired them to get out of their home and do something," she said. "People are so busy, but they squeeze in a lesson and it rejuvenates them and it improves their relationships."
The Way 2 Dance has offered 17 types of dances since opening its doors for lessons in June of 2009. That was the last month of the Great Recession, but despite the down economy Frost said she had to open a brick and mortar business after spending the previous couple years as a mobile dance instructor.
"I had no choice," she said. "I saw the roof and it was like a fairy tale second home."
Frost says she focuses on teaching her clients various dances quickly via quality and quantity.
"A lot of times they think they know what they want, and they don't. So I ask them to come try something with me and then they realize what they need to concentrate on more," she said. "It's not about the step. It's an individual approach and you have to find why they are there."
Frost invites new students to try a 30-minute private lesson for free before signing up for group classes or private lessons at The Way 2 Dance. For $88 per person, students are entitled to unlimited ballroom group classes for a month along with one private lesson. Couples can choose a $149 dance package that includes two private lessons, two group classes and two theme parties.
Visit www.theway2dance.com or call (813) 966-4788.
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