I fell in love with music at an early age. I believe songs are like time machines that can take you back to a specific place and time. They are mood lifters and capable of evoking strong emotions of sorrow, love, or pure happiness. Music and dance is a universal language that has shaped generations and eras. And to me, music and dance fulfills my soul and makes me incredibly happy.
I took my first swing dance lesson at the age of 20 and immediately became hooked on dance! As soon as I turned 21, I began to seek out live swing and rockabilly bands in order to practice and pick up more dance moves. All through my 20s you could find me dancing at places like The Green Mill, Martyr’s, The Pontiac, and The California Clipper.
In 2005, I had an opportunity as a Chicago Public Schools teacher, to take a dance workshop taught by the incomparable, Pierre Dulaine. I learned his methods for teaching dance to children and many basic steps and routines for a variety of ballroom dances. No matter where my teaching career has taken me, I have run an afterschool ballroom dance club at each and every school. I think providing opportunities for dance to children is not only fun but incredibly valuable. I only wish I had such an opportunity at a younger age.
In 2015, I had an opportunity to dance in a flash mob outside the Civic Opera House. From there evolved a chorus girl dance troupe that I joined called the Chicago Chorus Girl Project (CCGP). Being part of the Chicago Chorus Girl Project for several years has been a positive experience that allowed me opportunities to perform and teach. I have several dear friends because of being part of the CCGP. I have truly enjoyed dancing like a Rockette and will forever have dance memories that I can look back at and smile. I’m really grateful for the Chicago Chorus Girl Project for expanding my dance skills and embracing dancers at all levels to be a part of something unique.
Now, I’m excited to take my 20 years of dance experience and exploration to a more creative place. I take pleasure in breaking down dance routines and creating new choreography. I enjoy mixing classic dance styles with modern music or music not of the same genre. Mostly, I think it is fun to take a seed of an idea or vision then bring it to life with a group of people. I’m feeling inspired and imaginative and I’m very excited to start the Lake Shore Dames (LSD). I’m looking forward to expanding my creativity and exploring more communities around this great city of Chicago, where I was born and raised.
Lake Shore Dames Secret Admirer: Hi, I heard there is a new cool dance group in town, have you heard about it? It’s called Lake Shore Dames.
Magda: Wow?! What a neat name for the group! Seriously. It sounds like someone gave a lot of thought to paying homage to the beautiful city of Chicago and it’s citizens. And how about those D-A-M-E-S!
Lake Shore Dames Secret Admirer: Ah, I’m glad you mentioned that. Who is a Lake Shore Dame and where can I meet her?
Magda: You will know when you see her. Lake Shore Dame is dynamite! She is an empowered girl who funnels her dancing spirit, inner charm, and love for the local community, to make the world a better place. And she likes to have fun along the way.
Lake Shore Dames Secret Admirer: So what’s the Lake Shore Dames’ secret sauce? Chicago is a big pond, if you know what I’m sayin’
Magda: Yes. Chicago is an ocean of talented musicians, dancers, performers, local community lovers and Dames are very proud to be a part of Chicago’s music scene. While every Dame might give you a slightly different answers to what she aspires to, we all align on 3 integrity pillars: love + dance + giving back
Lake Shore Dames Secret Admirer: This all sounds just great. So what do you think LSD founders had in mind when they created Lake Shore Dames?
Magda: Lake Shore Dames is a labor of love and a perfect “escape” for those who can't resist a little shoulder shimmy when the beat hits just right!
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