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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.

American Tango New!

Like watching a romance unfold in rhythm, American Tango is a ballroom dance originating in Argentina but with European and Hollywood-inspired influences. A dramatic, sensual dance, the movements alternate between slow and slithery steps and sharp, staccato moves, such as foot flicks and head snaps. Danced to passionate tango music, it’s a fun and eye-catching addition to your ballroom repertoire!

Spring 2017

Beginning: Sundays, 4-5 pm, March 19-April April 23 (no class April 16)

Intermediate: Sundays, 4-5 pm, April 30-May 21

Instructors: John Laible
Fees (5 (Beg.); 4 (Cont.) weeks): $55 per person (Beginning); $44 per person (Continuing)

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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; it builds on Session 1, but steps will be reviewed so that newcomers may join. Come with or without a partner.

Spring 2017

Sundays, 7-8 pm, March 26-April 23 (Session 1 - no class April16); April 30-May 21 (Session 2)

Instructors: John Graner and Caroline Leitschuh
Fees (4 weeks): $44 per person

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East Coast Swing

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, but steps will be reviewed so that newcomers may join. Come with or without a partner.

Spring 2017

Sundays, 5-6 pm, March 26-April 23 (Session 1 - no class April16); April 30-May 21 (Session 2)

Instructors: John Graner and Caroline Leitschuh
Fees (4 weeks): $44 per person

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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 builds on Session 1, but steps will be reviewed so that newcomers may join. Come with or without a partner

Spring 2017

Sundays, 6-7 pm, March 26-April 23 (Session 1 - no class April16); April 30-May 21 (Session 2)

Instructors: John Graner and Caroline Leitschuh
Fees (4 weeks): $44 per person

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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.

Spring 2017

Beginning: Fridays, 6:30-7:30 pm, March 24-April 21 (Session 1); April 28-May 26 (Session 2)

Intermediate: Fridays, 7:30-8:30 pm, March 24-April 21 (Session 1); April 28-May 26 (Session 2)

Instructors: Michelle Draughon
Fees (5 weeks): $55 per person

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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.

Spring 2017

Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, March 20-April 17 (Session 1); April 24-May 22 (Session 2)

Instructors: Carol Ryner
Fees (5 weeks): $55 per person

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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.

Spring 2017

Level 1: Sundays, 6:30-7:30 pm, March 19-April 23 (no class April 16)

Level 2: Sundays, 6:30-7:30 pm, April 30-May 21

Level 3: Sundays, 7:30-8:30 pm, March 19-April 23 (Session 1- no class April 16); April 30-May 21 (Session 2)

Instructors: Jasson Phillips
Fees (5 weeks): $55 per person

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CLASSES

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