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PRIVATE LESSONS
Getting married? Would you like to feel more comfortable dancing that very special "first dance" on your wedding day? Or would you like to gain a new skill for personal enrichment in an individualized setting? We offer private lessons tailored to your specific needs! Call 286-6011 for more information and to schedule a lesson.

Traveling this summer?

In order to accommodate summer travel plans, we will prorate class fees if you will miss two or more classes and tell us the dates you will miss at the time of registration. This policy is only in effect during the summer session. As always, you may also choose to make up missed classes in any other class we offer; make-ups must be taken within the same session that they are missed.

Blues

Blues dancing is a partner dance that originated in black communities and juke joints in the early 1900s. You’ll learn the basics of this fun, improvisational dance while practicing to a variety of styles of blues music. Session 2 will focus on different styles of blues dancing and will build on Session 1. Previous dance experience recommended if starting with Session 2. No partner necessary!

Summer 2017

Sundays, 7-8 pm, June 11-July 16 (Session 1) cancelled ; July 23-Aug. 27 (Session 2)

Instructors: John Graner and Caroline Leitschuh
Fees (6 weeks): $66 per person per session

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East Coast Swing


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Come learn this fun, energetic partner dance and join the swing scene! In this beginning-level class, you’ll be introduced to lead/follow techniques and basic footwork and then progress to more complex moves as you become more confident on the dance floor. Session 2 builds on Session 1. Previous dance experience recommended if starting with Session 2. No partner necessary!

Summer 2017

Sundays, 5-6 pm, June 11-July 16 (Session 1); July 23-Aug. 27 (Session 2)

Instructors: John Graner and Caroline Leitschuh
Fees (6 weeks): $66 per person per session

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Lindy Hop

Lindy is an 8-count swing dance originating in Harlem in the 1920s and 30s. This class introduces fundamental material, including syncopated triple steps and the Lindy basic, and then progresses to more complicated moves. Previous East Coast Swing or other social dance experience is helpful, but not required. Session 2 will build on Session 1 (if not taking both sessions, knowledge of a Swing-Out is recommended for taking Session 2). No partner necessary!

Summer 2017

Sundays, 6-7 pm, June 11-July 16 (Session 1); July 23-Aug. 27 (Session 2)

Instructors: John Graner and Caroline Leitschuh
Fees (6 weeks): $66 per person per session

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Salsa

With its irresistible Latin rhythms, salsa is one of most popular partner dances worldwide. This class is suitable for true beginners, but experienced dancers who would like a review will also benefit. Sessions 1 and 2 will cover different steps, so students may wish to take both. No partner or experience necessary; smooth-soled shoes recommended.

Summer 2017

Beginning: Fridays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 9-July 14 (Session 1); July 21-Aug. 25 (Session 2)

Intermediate Fridays, 7:30-8:30 pm, June 9-July 14 (Session 1); July 21-Aug. 25 (Session 2)

Instructors: Michelle Draughon
Fees (6 weeks): $66 per person per session

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Social Dance Sampler


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This is a great class for the novice who wants a taste of a variety of dances. You’ll learn basic lead and follow techniques as you are introduced to some of the most popular partner dances, including foxtrot, waltz, swing and salsa. Different beginner-level dances will be covered in each session, so come to one or both, with or without a partner.

Summer 2017

Thursdays, 7-8 pm, June 8-July 13 (Session 1); July 20-Aug. 24 (Session 2)

Instructors: Carol Ryner
Fees (6 weeks): $66 per person per session

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West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing is more complex than East Coast Swing and can be danced to a variety of music, including pop, blues and country. The level 1 class is open to total beginners; students in the higher-level classes should have some swing dance experience. Come with or without a partner.

Summer 2017

Level 1: Sundays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 11-July 16

Level 2: Sundays, 5:30-6:30 pm, July 23-Aug. 27

Level 3: Sundays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 11-July 16 (Session 1); July 23-Aug. 27 (Session 2)

Instructors: Jasson Phillips
Fees (6 weeks): $66 per person per session

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CLASSES

Blues
East Coast Swing
Lindy Hop
Salsa
Social Dance Sampler
West Coast Swing