Have you ever wanted to learn how to ballroom dance? Well here is your chance! Did you know that the latest studies suggest that regularly engaging in social dancing lowered the seniors' risk of dementia by a staggering 76%? And you can be any age to start dancing. Instructions will be given on technique and basic dance steps. The first 15 minutes of each class will be warming up the body in preparation for dancing. Music will be chosen specific to that dance. Be prepared to have fun while you learn to dance! These classes are for beginners. No partner is necessary. Tuition fee is per student, not per couple. Please bring dancing shoes if you have them.
Weeks 1 and 2: Merengue- The Merengue is a vibrant Latin dance that is extremely popular in the United States and throughout the world. The Merengue is a fantastic dance for new dancers because it is very easy to learn! The Merengue is danced with “walking steps” with a step taken on each beat of music. While dancers typically use hip motions with this dance, the amount of hip movement varies with personal preference. This dance is considered to be in the same “family” as Salsa and is popular in the night club and social dance scenes.
Weeks 3 and 4: Rhumba- A rhythmic dance with Spanish and African elements, originating in Cuba. The basic repeatable pattern of the Rumba is the Box, a sequence of 6 steps which form the shape of a box on the floor.
Weeks 5 and 6: The Swing- Swing is a quick,fast-paced dance. Couples hold hands as opposed to placing hands on the shoulders or around the waist, as in ballroom. The Swing is a classic dance that is entertaining, fun, and versatile. There are many variations of Swing dancing styles and some include: Lindy Hop, Jive, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Jitterbug and Charleston. Although traditionally performed to big band style songs, many are Swing dancing to current pop and country tunes.
Weeks 7 and 8: The Hustle-The Hustle gained popularity and was developed during the “Disco era” of the 1970s. It is a fast, upbeat dance that has many similarities to the swing dancing of the 1930s and 1940s. It’s a thrilling dance that is still danced in many ballroom dancing and social dance communities today.