Success Stories

Public Speaking & Life Coaching

"I worked with Back to Basics in the area of public image, social skills, professional development and personal growth. Deborah Block helped a once shy guy develop and acquire the confidence, style and and professional tools to transition out of a comfortable and traditional field and become a successful entrepreneur, leader in the community and entertainer. She also inspired me to explore a variety of hobbies and sports that have contributed to my enhanced health and enlarged social network of support. I am grateful for her patience and support." - - Anonymous

Relationship & Image Consultant
Back to Basics helped me with developing and exuding confidence in the social and romantic sphere so I could capture and keep a woman's interest. Their approach is holistic so they tackle many layers and various areas including the mental, emotional, physical, social, artistic and spiritual. I learned the values and characteristics that constitute a priceless partner and how to recognize and be worthy of that partner when we meet. When I get engaged, I will also look forward to using my newfound dance skills during my First Dance at my wedding! -- Anonymous

Public Schools - K-12 Afterschool Programs

"Everything was great! The students were introduced to a new activity that got them to interact in a different way with each other. I also liked how a variety of different cultures were emphasized and shown as being important and worthwhile. We had an excellent experience with the instructor. She was punctual, great with the kids, energetic, a good teacher, and easy to work and communicate with. The students were instructed well in all areas. How to be a polite dance partner was emphasized. On a scale of 1-10 you get a 10 for Professionalism, Enjoyment and Instruction Quality! We would definitely be interested in using your services again in the future for our Spring and Fall Clubs."
- Lauren Gardner, Enrichment Program Sponsor, Arlington, VA

"My daughter tells me that she enjoys the Ballroom Dance Club. She is a big fan of Dancing with the Stars so I am glad that she likes it and hopefully she will continue with it. I would love to see her doing the stuff they do on TV!" - Melissa Perry-Lawrence, Enrichment Program Sponsor, Arlington, VA 

Private Schools

"The Back to Basics program is a great opportunity for students to expand and improve their social skills.   Mrs. Block is a wonderful teacher and our students are lucky to have such a unique and exciting program available to them." - Tara Quaadman, Enrichment Coordinator, Arlington, VA

Non-Profit At-Risk Youth Programs

Back to Basics was a fantastic program provided for our high school. The instructor worked with over 30 high school students and was very patient with the students as she provided them a chance to learn while having fun." - Deena Disraelly, Director of Building Better Futures College Leadership Program for At Risk Youth, Alexandria, VA

Homeschooling Father-Daughter Tea Dance

"Thank you so very much for making the "Father-Daughter Tea Dance" such a huge success!! I know all the fathers and daughters thoroughly enjoyed their evening together and it will be one they will always remember. You are so graceful and fluent in all your dancing movements! I really enjoyed your demonstration of the Swing with helpful tips. I know the girls appreciated the arm sytling sesson as they learned to move with artistry and grace. It was particularly fascinating to learn about Leading and Following and watching you follow your partner's lead with your eyes completely shut! Your choice of words were wonderfully matched for the evening too. Thank you, especially for your perfect example of how a young lady can dance with spunk and spirit without a flirtatioous or seductive air about it. I would have thought this hard to convey, but you showed the fun and "sassy" side of dancing with such a natural ease and grace. I am sure you have inspired some families to continue taking dancing lessons. Thank you again so much for giving my girls and husband the opportunity to learn the finer points of dancing and to learn from an expert. They really had a fantastic time together. " - Therese Lawless, Virginia Homeschooling Association

Church Events

"The lessons were definitely worthwhile, excellent quality lessons. What I liked most about our experience with instructor was she was able to keep middle school students engaged and serious while still enjoying the dancing, all at the same time. Meanwhile the curriculum also covered teamwork, etiquette, and consideration of others. We definitely would like to use the services of your company again in the future. Even the kids say they want you back for next year's Promenade Dance class in 2008-09 school year."
- Amanda Upton, parent co-chair for Victorian Society, January 2008

Summer Camps

"I was delighted and surprised to see how engaged the kids were thanks to your supportive yet structured teaching style. By accommodating different learning styles the children participated while having fun!" -- Catherine Aselford, Director: Gunston Summer Theatre Arts Camp

Birthday Parties

"My daughter, who is normally shy and reluctant, looked forward to your classes thanks to your engaging personality. She enthusiastically recounted her experiences with me each day."-- Colleen Nevius, Mother of Maureen Nevius


"We were so glad we used the services of an wedding dance designer, Deborah Block. She was very personable and new exactly how to pick the right dance for our difficult song choice. If you're looking for something other than a generic sway, Deborah Joy is definitely the person for the job!"  The experience was great! We learned out first dance in just a couple of lessons and made quite an impression at out wedding in South Africa. I have since then referred Deborah Block and her company every chance I get to all my clients!"

-- Jake Ritchie, President of the Disc Jockey Association of Virginia







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