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Aura Maurice-Figueroa

Professional Ballroom & Latin Dancer

Aura is originally from San Salvador, El Salvador.  She has been performing since the age of three, and dancing professionally for over 25 years.

Aura has performed in several different countries representing many companies and organizations in dance competitions, beauty pageants, corporate events and more.

Aura moved to the United States in 2006, to pursue her dream of opening her own dance studio; and she has been operating in Northwest Arkansas since then. Now she owns Dance with Me Studio by Aura in downtown Rogers and has been recognize as the premier dance instructor and performer in the area.

Aura is not only a dance instructor, performer and choreographer but she is also a singer, actor and model.  Some of her achievements include modeling for the Hilton hotel Wedding Club; singing with an international singer; acting for the international series “La Urbe”.

Aura’s hard work took her to be part of Ballet Teatro de El Salvador (well known as Ballet Teatro of Mauricio Bonilla), the most prestigious dance company of her country.Aura also participated for several years in Dancing with The Stars of NWA; a fundraising dedicated to build The Amazeum in Bentonville, AR.

She has also had the opportunity to judge national and international beauty pageants and dance competitions.She has been professionally trained by World dance champions like: Louis Van Amstel from Dancing with The Stars, and David Elkins.

Now, Aura dedicates most of her time sharing her passion for dancing through local performances and teaching social dancing.

Dance with Me Studio by Aura

Ballroom, Latin Dance Studio and Club.

Dance with me Studio by Aura started in 2016.  After 9 years' operating in Northwest Arkansas, we decided to re-design our concept.  Our studio offers an extremely welcoming environment for everyone to learn how to dance and also practice what they've learned. 

Dance with Me Studio by Aura offers a variety of dance styles besides Ballroom and Latin, with the intention to satisfy our clientele looking for different options. 

Our instructors are highly trained. We provide the best experience on the dance floor for all ages and levels. 

Ballroom, Latin, Country, Hip Hop, Belly dance, Jazz, Flamenco are some of the rhythms we offer.

Dance lessons for adults (social dancing, wedding dances, Quinceanera dances, surprise dance, etc.), choreography, professional performance and Competition, are other services.

Contact us now and let us make the difference for you on the dance floor. 

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Renaissance Woman Wows NWA with Enthusiasm and Passion for Dance

tags: Creative EconomyDance LessonsDowntown RogersWoman Owned

Posted by: Karen Wagaman on Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Dance with Me Studio by Aura is a ballroom & Latin dance studio and club located at 210 E. Chestnut Street in Downtown Rogers, Arkansas. Owner Aura M. Maurice is a Renaissance woman with an incredible amount of talent. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for dance as a professional performer and instructor. She brings social dancing to her students using a fun, fast and easy learning process. Her studio offers group and private lessons for adults and children as well as social dance nights. 

Aura was just three years old when she performed for the first time and she loved dancing before an audience. She has vivid memories of a beautiful red dress made by her mother—and she wanted to dance every day after from that point on.  

 

 

 

 

While in middle school, she saw “Ballet Teatro de El Salvador.” Their costumes and performance were spectacular. “I felt so inspired and I knew then,” she explained. “I was on my way to follow what I started calling my dream.” Remarkably, Mauricio Bonilla, director of Ballet Teatro, was hired at her school to teach a fitness/dance class. He recognized her talent and soon after invited her to become a member of his dance company.  “I was thrilled with the opportunity to become a professional dancer, and to be able to show my talent, and my journey began.”

Following High School, Aura continued to pursue dance as well as a career in marketing. She taught dance to young children, her very first experience as a teacher, which she continues to love. As a woman in constant pursuit of new challenges, she also pursued other opportunities including: modeling, singing and acting.

 

 

Aura is naturally gifted in many areas and danced at national and international level, sang with an internationally known singer, acted in a new TV show, and performed as a dancer for several international singers during their tours in El Salvador. After graduating from college with a degree in marketing, she had the opportunity to come to the United States and pursue a career in a new country. 

“I moved to Arkansas in November of 2006 and began looking for opportunities to teach dance,” she explained. She secured an opportunity to teach ballroom and Latin dance at a studio in NWA while using her marketing skills to grow her reputation as a teacher and build her clientele and opened her own dance studio in 2014 and continued to study dance and trained with national and international championship dance partners.

“After 16 years of being in the United States, I have been able to bring my passion to so many people of all ages in NWA, Central Arkansas, and Missouri,” she beamed. “It fills me with joy to hear the impact that I am able to make in people's lives.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, her studio offers a diverse array of dance and networking experiences as she continues making a difference in the community teaching social dancing, performing at corporate and special events, choreographing and teaching brides and grooms for their “first dance,” and volunteering in the community. “I love what I do, and I find full joy in sharing my passion for dancing with others.”

Creative Economy Series Part 1: Experiential Events Impacting Retailers’ Bottom Line

Posted by: Justin Freeman on Monday, May 10, 2021

 

 

 

As Northwest Arkansas continues to experience rapid growth, we are privileged to become acquainted with entrepreneurs and small business owners who offer innovative, interactive experiences to enhance our quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. The following stories are from our local creative economy.

Dance with Me Studio by Aura
This dance studio is located at 210 E. Chestnut St. in Downtown Rogers. Owner Aura Figueroa is dedicated to share her passion for the art of dancing. She teaches social dancing as well as competitive and performance dance. She also choreographs all types of ballroom and Latin dances.  With 24 years of experience, her system of teaching is friendly and designed to offer students the opportunity to quickly learn dance steps using a fun and easy-to-learn instruction. Dance with Me Studio by Aura offers a variety of programs for students at any age and any level. Their instructors have been professionally trained to offer the best experience on the dance floor along with exceptional customer service. 

Dance with Me Studio by Aura customizes packages according to the students’ needs with instruction offered in their downtown studio or other locations convenient to their clients. The programs and services offered include private and group dance instruction for kids and for adults, wedding dances, entertainment (performances for all type of events), choreography of all types, Quinceanera dances, Friday dance nights, bridal showers, birthday parties, and date nights.

When asked what led Figueroa to bring her business in Downtown Rogers, she responded, “I have always found Downtown Rogers to be an attractive part of the city.  It caught our attention due to the beautiful, historic buildings, numerous community and family friendly activities and potential for growth,” she explained. “We saw opportunities for our business to grow when located in a spot that is in pure development mode,” she continued. “Something else that we enjoy about Downtown Rogers is the support and celebration of diversity and inclusion. It is a fun city that always have something to offer.”

Figueroa recognizes the economic opportunities found in services that are fully interactive.  In addition to their group and private dance instruction for singles and couples, they provide social dance nights where the public is welcome to participate and “get their feet wet” when it comes to trying out structured dance. Their socials offer a welcoming and safe atmosphere to enjoy a fun activity while meeting new friends.

When asked whether she recommends other businesses offering ticketed experiences that customers reserve and pay for in advance, Figueroa responded, “We encourage other businesses to consider including ticketed experiences in their business model. This is a great way to evaluate ahead of time the success of the event and the commitment of the costumers.” Learn more about this locally owned business and how she is enhancing the creative economy through ticketed experiences in Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding region. https://www.facebook.com/dancewithmestudiobyaura/

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