Day & Time: Tuesday 12:30-1:40
Mentor: Ruth Hinds
Don’t let a good beat pass you by!
Teenagers are at a delightful time in their lives when they are exploring the world of figuring themselves out, being comfortable in their own bodies, managing their emotions, and navigating the game of social life.
Did you know that DANCING can help with all of that?
Learning to dance improves confidence, physical fitness, rhythm, flexibility, posture, memory, creativity, communication, and teamwork! And it's a whole lot of FUN! Social dance may even become a life-long hobby.
In our safe and encouraging Social Dance class, beginners are welcome; no experience is needed!
Our dances will include swing, waltz, foxtrot, lindy hop, and salsa over the course of two semesters. We will also learn dance etiquette, the social side of dancing (how to ask/accept, converse while dancing), hygiene, and how to lead/follow.
Each week we will focus on Partner Movement skills- social dance combinations and leading/following. We will start with basic dance steps and give plenty of opportunities to practice so that we begin with strong foundations. We will then add in the extras that make dancing interesting and fun. We will build up to having confidence in enjoying spontaneous, non-choreographed, partner-led dancing.
At the end of each semester, we will enjoy an evening dance event where students can apply their new skills!
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you can move in.
We will begin by learning East Coast swing. It is a good way to teach rhythm, dance position, and the technique of leading/following. It’s a fun, casual dance.
When the students are comfortable with the basic steps and turns in swing, we will introduce Waltz. We will be learning a simplified version of the Viennese waltz. Next will come foxtrot, lindy hop, and salsa.
I plan to build on the foundations of each dance with additional moves and tricks, while alternating learning new dances and their basic steps. For example, after the first month of learning swing, we will learn the basics of the waltz. Then we will go back to swing for a whole or half class period to learn a more advanced swing move. This will help commit each of the dances to memory and keep the students from getting tired of a single dance. The dances that appeal to the students the most, we will spend more time on and learn more of those advanced steps. The progression and advancement of skill will be determined by the students; we will move at their pace.
I also plan on teaching how to lead in “normal” slow dancing, even when dancing with a partner that “doesn’t know how to dance.” We may even introduce a couple of the modern line dances, such as The Cupid Shuffle and Cottoneye Joe which are popular at dances right now.
All classes are full-year classes. Students enrolled in a Fall Semester class will automatically enroll for Spring Semester in December to ensure their place in the class. Pricing is per semester.