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Sonia’s world of Dance was established in 2005 by director Sonia.  The studio specializes in teaching beginners how to dance social, ballroom and Latin dances.  It also offers variety of other services, such as choreography for wedding dances, organizing special group dance lessons for social groups, and performing dance demonstrations for charity balls or other special events.  Personable and talented instructors take pride in their knowledge of ballroom dancing and instructional expertise.  Their teaching method involves putting students at ease, so they have the confidence to relax, and therefore, learn at a much faster pace.

  Studio Facts…

–                   Dance Studio that specializes in private and semi-private lessons, as well as group classes in Latin, ballroom and country western styles.

–                   Offers instruction in Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, Rumba, ChaCha, Samba, Jive, Jitterbug, Two-Step, Country Waltz, Polka, Foxtrot, Waltz, Argentine Tango, American Tango, Swing, Hip-Hop, & Stripaerobics.

–                   Classes offered to ladies: ages 25-80, Gentlemen: ages 35-80, Children: ages 5-18

–                   Established a well-respected rapport in the Houston wedding industry through choreographing wedding dances, father/daughter dances, etc.

–                   Stripareobics (An Exotic Dance Workout)

o    Increases women’s self-esteem.

o    Students are given the ability to become one with their body.

o    This class tones up a student’s target areas and builds long, lean muscles.

o    Popular with women of age ranging from 25-80.

–                   In business for 5 years.

–                   We are located at 4150 Westheimer, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77027(Galleria area).  This location is in the busiest part of central downtown Houston.  The River Oaks area is one of the most well-established communities in Houston, with a number of high-end retail companies.

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–                   Owner:  Sonia

Studio Manager:  Rahel Ogbamichael

–                   Employs 8 dynamic instructors who are specialized in a variety of dance styles.

–                   50+ students come through our doors each week.

–                   Channel 45 Univision covered stories on Salsa classes and Stripaerobics:

–                   The highly-acclaimed Leisure Learning program is one of our affiliates and endorses our dance classes to their students.  Leisure Learning Unlimited is a program enhancing Houstonian’s lifelong learning opportunities through quality, low-cost, non-credit classes.

–                   The Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) has chosen our studio to help keep employees healthy and fit through their employee wellness program.  The HCHD has had dance class at our studio once a week, for the past 3 years.

–                   Hosts a charity event at least once a year to benefit a good cause

o    In 2006, hosted a fashion show and silent auction, benefiting and raising awareness for the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC).

o    Co-hosted “Dance for a Cure” with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in May 2010.

o    Hosted a fashion show benefiting the Rose Breast Cancer Association

–                   We have a party every 2nd Friday of the month that gives students the chance to socialize and network, while practicing the skills they’ve learned.


“Signing up for private lessons was the best decision I made…Learning to dance has been very rewarding. Not only am I learning about different dances, but I am learning more about myself and life lessons. Dancing is one of life’s unexpected gifts to me that I really enjoy and will treasure in years to come.”

-Student, Patricia Martinez

“Everyone raved about your class and told me how they were going to look in to taking lessons with you in the future.  Thanks to you and your great dance moves, my staff can now see that dancing is not only enjoyable, but it’s a great way to release energy and burn calories.  Thank you again for making this one of our most memorable trainings!”

-The Oliver Kids Team

“I love performing.  It is mentally challenging.  I like to win the trophies.  My Hip Hop teacher, Brette, is so nice. She’s great.  My dad’s teacher, Sonia, is nice too.  I want to be on stage all of the time because I love the feeling it gives me. Go to Sonia’s World of Dance.  It’s awesome.”

-Student, Robbie Ward (age 8)

“I’m a little bit shy, and taking dance class at Sonia’s has been very good for my self confidence.”

-HCHD Wellness Program member, Arnold Agustin

“Sonia is one of the instructors of Stripaerobics in Houston.  Her academy teaches all types of dance, but this technique has become one of the most requested.  She says that in the beginning, many people even make fun of Stripaerobics.  She goes on to say that in reality, this form of dance is far from what be performed at a cabaret, and that it works as a therapy for body and mind.”

-Univision 45 news reporter, Andrea Gómez

“It wasn’t as frightening as I thought it would be.  Sonia helped me to feel relaxed, so I could perform much better.”

-Widely-acclaimed French Chef

 Charities, Events, & Residencies

River Oaks Country Club- A S.W.O.D. Instructor is sent to the club every month to teach its members their choice of dance.

Harris County Hospital District- The HCHD dance class is held every Thursday from 6p.m. to 7p.m at Sonia’s World of Dance.  Employees are given the opportunity to learn a variety of styles, including Latin and country western.  Dance styles to be learned are voted on by HCHD employees and taught within 6 to 8 weeks.  Harris County established has been in contract with Sonia’s World of Dance since 2006.

Houston Museum of Natural Science- The studio was featured in Mixers, Elixers & IMAX (2006).  Instructors would perform for the crowd and teach a lesson, while attendees danced beneath the dinosaur exhibit.

AVANCE- S.W.O.D. provided “dance therapy” as a way for participants in the Marriage Strengthening Project to help manage their stress on July 5, 2006.  Dance therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement anddance for emotional, cognitive, social, behavioral and physicalconditions.  When one is being forced to scrutinize, create, and pursue ways to get through a difficult situation, dance therapy can help you ease back into an active state being.

Houston Area Women’s Center-

On June 10, 2006, a charity fashion show was held at the studio, featuring haute tropical resort wear from “TropiCouture by Suzanne B” and sizzling swimsuits from “Premiere Swimwear.”  There were dance numbers in between fashion sets.  The evening also included a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting HAWC.

Rose Breast Cancer Society- A fashion show was held in 2007 in honor of and benefiting the Rose Breast Cancer Society in their attempt to protect women from the devastating effects of breast cancer.

International Festival- On April 21, 2007, Sonia and students represented the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association (Houston’s twelfth sister city partnership) in the annual International Festival.  For the German side of the partnership, the team did the German Polka, Waltz and the classic Chicken Dance.  For the Americas’ side, the team performed Rumba, Cha Cha, Tango, Hip Hop & Salsa.  This was the studio’s second appearance at the Houston International Festival.

Unity Festival- On Saturday, August 18, 2007, Sonia’s World of Dance was invited to perform at Houston’s Unity Festival.  Unity Day is a cultural festival to bring together the communities of Houston in celebration of their diverse heritages.  Sonia’s World of Dance did performed numbers in Cha Cha, Waltz, Rumba, International Tango, Salsa, Paso Doble, Argentine Tango and Hip Hop.  It was a nice afternoon in support of a great cause, and the participants had the opportunity to get to know one another better and make new and lasting friendships.

Chinese Culture Center-

In November 2007, the studio was invited to perform at Houston’sChinese Community Center.  Students performed with each other in amateur/ amateur dance exhibitions and instructors performed with students in professional/amateur dance exhibitions.

M.D. Anderson- In December of 2007, Sonia’s World of Dance was invited to entertain at the MD Anderson Internal Medicine Department’s Christmas party at the Downtown Crown Plaza Hotel.  Guests applauded with standing ovations to Tango and Mambo performances.  Group class instruction was then given in Salsa, Merengue, and Batchata.  The night ended with the disbursement of a few gift certificates.

Acergy Oil Company- On December 8th, 2007 Sonia’s World of Dance provided entertainment for the Acergy U.S. Inc. Company Christmas party at the Houstonian. There was a tango performance, followed by Salsa and Merengue group class instruction.

American Diabetes Association- In 2008, a Private School ran fundraiser benefiting the American Diabetes Association.  Students who raised the most funds were rewarded by getting to attend a father/daughter gala. S.W.O.D. instructors donated their time and expertise to help students prepare for the event through dance lessons in Foxtrot and Swing.

WE tv’s Bridezilla- In Season 5, Episode 3, Owner Sonia was featured as the dance instructor for the bride-to-be.

American Heart Association- In February 2009, S.W.O.D. donated lessons to a silent auction for the annual “Heart Ball.”  Instructors performed an Argentine tango routine before the gift certificates were auctioned off.

Christus Stehlin Foundation- S.W.O.D. was invited to in the 29th Annual Friends of Stehlin Foundation gala on November 14, 2009. Instructors danced Two-Step on stage and with gala attendees as country music legend Robert Earl Keen performed live.

Maersk Drilling Company- In December 2009, Employees from franchises all over the world traveled to Houston to celebrate the holiday “TexasStyle.”  S.W.O.D. provided entertainment for the corporate Christmas party by teaching Texas Two-Step and dancing with Maersk employees.

Word of Power- In February 2010, the church hosted a mixer at the studio for their singles group.  A variety of dance styles were taught, while singles were able to mingle and get acquainted with each other on a whole new level.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- The studio hosted “Dance for a Good Cause” on May 14, 2010.  Donations included a group class, admission to social and dance party, and raffle ticket to win private dance lessons.  All proceeds went to research funding for finding a cure to this catastrophic disease.

Second Baptist Church (Houston, TX)