"To dance is to be free..." Olivia
On Stage Studios at the Zebra Room Ballroom Dance Studios
2609 Gowen Street, Orlando, Florida 32806
Wedding Couples First Dance Choreography and Instruction
Make your Wedding Day special with original wedding first dance instruction and choreography created just for you...by Olivia
"Dance from the heart, touch, connect, love for a lifetime...Make your first dance more than memorable, make it a perfect expression of who you are"
Go Beyond the Box!
Link to Reviews on The Knot
"We are proud to announce that Olivia Gale and The Zebra Room has been rated by local brides and voted The Knot Best of Weddings 2011, 2013. 2014 & 2015 Pick and now a member ot The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame"
Olivia and The Zebra Room Ballroom Dance Studio has made the 2011 HOT LIST. The Hot List is made up of wedding professionals that received the top reviews on www.momentville.com in their respective categories/locations in the past year. Click this link to read the press release www.vendors.momentville.com/hot_list
Christine van Blokland of FOX35 TV featured Olivia Gale and her work with Wedding Couples First Dances on Fox 35 news at 10:00 PM Thursday July 10th. Heidi and Tommy Weclew were a big part of that interview along with a first hand look at how Olivia works her magic with brand new wedding couple Kelly Kauff and Jose Ortiz. CLICK HERE to see the broadcast. The next morning Heidi and Tommy were interviewed again by Fox News on air personality Lauren LaPonzina. Fox 35 Morning Show Interview
Olivia was interviewed for Orlando Magazine's newest Publication Orlando Wedding on news stands now, January 2011. Read Nicole Ostertage's article on page 30. You can go online for more information about Orlando Wedding at www.orlandomagazine.com/OrlandoWedding
Joie de Vie Weddings and Events Wedding Professional Wednesday April 2010 Blog Featuring Olivia Gale Choreographer and Instructor
Listen to what Olivia's Couples have to say about her work in their own words...
"We wanted to do something special for our wedding day, so we decided to take dance lessons and prepare a nice first dance that we would remember forever. We needed help though, as neither of us had any experience dancing. We booked our first lessons through a nationally known franchise studio, but we were quickly turned off by their politics and pricing practices. We felt they were more interested in signing us to another lesson rather than getting us through the ones we already paid for. We came across Olivia's website and were immediately impressed with her qualifications and dance history. We called her to inquire about lessons and from minute one, we could tell we had found our teacher. She was immediately focused on what we wanted to accomplish and how she could help get us there. Our first impression was great, but it didn't stop there. Her teaching techniques and vast knowledge of dance made us feel comfortable from lesson one. After two lessons, we had learned more than we did in 5 lessons at the other studio and were doing moves neither of us ever imagined doing. If you are looking for a dance instructor, call Olivia today. Not only does she have the background and experience of a pro, but her lessons are one on one and very affordable. We couldn't be happier with our decision to learn the art of dance through Olivia Gale..." Eric and Jessica Hall
No Sharing the floor, your lessons with Olivia are completely private
Your lessons are a full hour NOT a 45 minute hour as with some studios
No high pressure salesmanship, it's all about you and what you want
Your lesson is spent from moment one taking you to your goal
Olivia brings a unique combination of talents to her creative process. She has a BA from Florida State University where she majored in both Theater and Dance. As a teacher, her students range in age from three to adult, with dance experience from beginner through professional. She has choreographed and performed professionally in musical theater, theater, television, and video, as well as for convention shows and events. Her dance experience runs the gamut from ballet, tap, contemporary and jazz, to ballroom, Latin, swing and more. So as you can see, whatever your needs, Olivia is well equipped to take you successfully and creatively on the journey to reaching your goals. Whether you want to just learn some dance moves to your special song with an introduction and a finale crafted for you, or a full blown piece of choreography, Olivia will put her creativity to work to make your day even more special.
Sarieha Alsawaf and her fiancé Jorge Pena came to me with a project for their Engagement Party that included their best friends. The theme was Masquerade and since she had loved Phantom of the Opera since she was a girl she wanted the first piece to be from the musical moving into a real surprise for the audience of friends and family. She had edited music together from Phantom, Thriller, Dirty Dancing's "The Time of Your Life" and The Black Eyed Peas. It was to become a production number with many aspects of dance and acting that had a major WOW factor.
Don't Ever Let Anyone Tell You You Can't Do It...
It's Not About What You Can't Do, It's All About What You Can!
Jennifer found Olivia after being turned down over and over, trying to find someone to work with her and her fiancé Chris. Chris had some special challenges, but in reality he is the kind of person who never let his challenges get in his way and what's more he is a true inspiration to us all. Hi energy and positive spirit was amazing. When told what an inspiration he was, he humbly replied, "I don't see that, the real inspiration is Jennifer, she's been at my side through it all, she's the one who's the inspiration"
"Olivia is wonderful!!! My future husband is seriously ill. He also has (1) prosthetic leg and the other is in a cast. She is incredibly patient and encouraging with us both. We have enjoyed the class so much that we have decided to continue with private lessons after the wedding. We learned of Olivia only after calling numerous dance instructors who were not up to the challenge. Olivia not only accepted us as clients but has been flexible with scheduling around his many doctors appointments. We practice / study with Olivia 1-2 times per week, and would not miss it for the world!!! Word of advice to those looking to learn: Go. Enjoy. You will love it - we wish we would have done this years ago!!!” Jennifer Horn.
They did themselves proud on the dance floor as Mr. and Mrs. Chris Stafford!
Heidi and Tommy Weclew / February 10, 2007
"Total Eclipse of the Heart"
Heidi and Tommy Weclew came to Olivia Gale with a song and a concept that fit their personalities to a "T". Their first dance combined theater, comedy and ballroom dance to the delight of family and friends. With smoke wafting over the dance floor, the couple entered to the flash of lighting and the sound of thunder as The Dan Band's version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" filled the air. Their first dance got the attention of the media and Ms. Gale was interviewed about her choreography and the new trend toward first dances that didn’t quite fit the traditional mold. There has been an amazing increase in the frequency of requests for first wedding dances that step outside of the box, so to speak. Shows like “Dancing with the Stars” have shown men they can have fun dancing too, and opened their eyes to the possibilities. It has been Olivia's pleasure to work with couples who have requested something different, when it comes to taking the floor for the first time as husband and wife. It becomes a wonderful expression of who the couple is and their relationship with each other. It is a very special way of sharing it all with friends and family.
Mandy and "Zeus"
Mandy and Zeus Salgueiro showed off their fabulous "Dancing with the Stars" choreography, a Cha Cha to Michael Buble's "Sway" created just for them for their special day at Ponte Vedra Lodge & Inn in Jacksonville. There's nothing like the romance of moonlight on the beach.
"Olivia did my dance choreography for my wedding. It was amazing and she was fantastic to work with! We WOWed our guests and have Olivia and the Zebra Room to thank!" Mandy Taylor
Sarah and Tom Lostocco
"We got married in November and our first dance was a HUGE hit!!! Thank you so much for everything you did to get us prepared. Tom and I had a blast learning from you and our friends and family still talk about how great our dance was. This is the review that I posted on The Knot, Dance Lessons: Olivia @ The Zebra Rom A+...Olivia was AMAZING. We took six lessons in total and she was by far the cheapest that we found in town and we got one on one private lessons. DH and I are not good dancers and she put together an awesome choreographed dance for us that even included two lifts!! I have to say if you have any extra room in your budget, call Olivia. She's so worth it. Our Guests had fun watching us and we are still hearing compliments. Not to mention, out of the entire planning process, these lessons were Mine and Tom's favorite thing that we did. It was truly a fun and unique activity for us and brought us even closer. " Sarah Lostocco
Lisa and Fernando Sosa
"Fernando and I decided we wanted to impress our guest with a sexy tango. The tango is not easy to learn, but Olivia was very willing to work with us. Olivia was patient and kind. We always had so much fun at our lessons. Sometimes I'd go to the lessons stressed out from work and the lessons actually helped me to de-stress. Olivia was not only an great instructor, but also a wonderful person. I definitely recommend dance lessons to all couples, if time and budget permits. It was fun to learn something new together. Plus, our guests were all very surprised and impressed. We got a log of Oohs, ahhs and applause." Lisa Sosa
Nick and Nicole Moore
“We could not be more pleased with Olivia’s services. Because of her, our guests will be talking about our wedding forever. Nick and I received a standing ovation. Everyone said our dance made the event absolutely unforgettable and suggested we try out for Dancing with the Stars. Olivia is passionate about her work, dedicated to her clients, and kind-hearted and patient. Thanks Olivia for making our wedding day one we will never forget!” Nicole Moore
Colby and Kyle Ferris
Colby and Kyle Colby and Dad, Doug Hillis
"I just wanted to say thanks again for making the dances at our wedding so memorable. Kyle and I had so much fun practicing and performing our first dance, and it was a great experience for both of us. The father-daughter dance was a huge hit and so many people told us how special it was. We really had a great time!" Colby Ferris
Sallie Anne and "Binky" Walsh
Literally "By the Sea" to the mellow tones of Bobby Darin's "By the Sea"
When I met Sallie Anne and "Binky", I knew that they were a couple with a great sense of humor and wanted their first dance to express that humor and how they play off each other. When we began working on "By the Sea" I visualized combining several dance styles in one, along with a little soft shoe to add a little "Zing". They were game to try everything and their comedic timing was perfect!
"Everyone loved it. They were clapping and cheering the entire way through!! We still get comments on how our dance was so wonderful and how it was the favorite part of the evening. Thank you so much for choreographing our dance and working with us we had a blast. You allowed us to be ourselves and let our funny personalities come into play" Sallie Anne Walsh
Rob and Amanda Whetstine
“We loved Olivia the moment we met her! Our first lesson was so much fun we couldn't wait until the next one and booked more lessons than we originally planned. Olivia was patient and understanding with us and worked around our schedule to make the lessons fit in the time we needed them to (honestly, she bent over backwards to fit our hectic schedules). Our dance was such an amazing experience for both of us and we had so many compliments on it at the wedding. My husband fully admits to having 2 left feet and yet Olivia made as look as though we had been dancing together for years. We have recommended her to a number of friends already and will continue to do so. We hope to go back and learn some more dance steps in the future. Olivia made our first dance a very memorable one!” Posted on Wedding Wire by Amanda Myers Whetstine
Keri and Roy Johnson
"Olivia at the Zebra Room is wonderful and was so patient with us. When we started, the basic basic box step was difficult for us but by the time we had our last lesson, my husband was able to confidently lead me around the dance floor. Olivia really worked with our abilities and made our first dance so special and one we will never forget! Thanks again Olivia for everything." Keri and Roy Johnson
Aimee and Kurt came to Olivia with a beautiful song, "The Book of Love" and a beautiful concept for their first dance. "Our first dance really made the night. We wish you could've been there to see it live. We really appreciate those lessons. I recommend you to all my friends down here getting married." says Aimee Bressler. This Jeffery Stoner video is amazing so check it out. Stoner Video Production Aimee and Kurt's Wedding Montage.
WE WON!!! THE ZEBRA ROOM GOT THE BRONZE MEDAL 2008!
The Zebra Room was nominated as one of the Orlando area's top businesses in the WESH 2/ CW18 A-List Contest two years in a row. Click on A*List Link to read our great reviews.
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The Zebra Room is registered with the State of Florida as a Ballroom Dance Studio Registration #DS-00387
On Stage Studios LLC, PO Box 1453, Winter Park, Florida 32790
Studio Location 2609 Gowen Street, Orlando, Florida 32806