Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Happy Feet' Go Dancing in Riverside; New Studio Hopes to Show That Lessons Can Be Fun, Affordable

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Happy Feet' Go Dancing in Riverside; New Studio Hopes to Show That Lessons Can Be Fun, Affordable

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Byline: AMANDA ST. GERMAIN

Christopher Crisp and Kristine El-Kourl figured if Arthur Murray could create revenue during the Great Depression teaching dance, then so could they.

"When everyone is feeling bad, entertainment helps people cope," Crisp said.

The arts provide an emotional high, El-Kourl said.

Crisp grew up "street break-dancing" and El-Kourl has been dancing since she was 3 years old. About six months ago, the duo opened Happy Feet Dance studio on Hamilton Street in Riverside. They hope to redefine the ballroom experience and show people that dance lessons can be affordable and that anyone can dance.

While cost may be a factor in preventing people from taking lessons, the bigger hindrance is the perception that someone doesn't have rhythm, Crisp said.

Crisp said the two are teaching an art, which will always look good. It's all about expressing yourself.

"It's all about having fun," he said.

Crisp and El-Kourl offer different types of lessons: private, group, social, parties - they even go on "dance vacations. …

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