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Dancing Lessons

Find yourself a partner and try a dance lesson or two.  

Olivia and Daniel are a husband and wife dancing duo and parents of 3! Both coming from a background in competitive Latin ballroom dancing, Olivia and Daniel met and married while attending the same ballroom class in 2016. They both went on to compete on the national level from 2016-2019. Additionally, Olivia has over 20 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz,  contemporary, tap, lyrical, character dance and hip hop and is currently a ballet teacher at the Just for Kix Dance Studio in Thief River Falls. Olivia and Daniel are both California natives but traded sunshine for snow when they moved to Roseau 3 years ago! This October they are starting to offer dance classes in Roseau. Whatever music you tap your toes to this couple will teach you a few new moves.  

Below are the classes that they will be offering and details on attire.

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SWING DANCE

Swing dance is a style of American social dance that originated in New York City between the 1920s and 1940s. It is characterized by its “swinging” rhythm and medium to-quick paced steps. Swing dance is always performed to swing music in a 4/4 time and can include lots of lifts, flips, and jumps. Though there are many types of swing dances, for this course we will be focusing on 6-count swing, also known as East Coast  Swing.  

LADIES SWING ATTIRE: Comfortable flat shoes or shoes with a low heel. Dress, skirt, or pants as desired!  

GENTLEMEN SWING ATTIRE: Comfortable flat shoes. Pants with a bit of stretch!  

SALSA

Salsa is a fusion of several styles of Latin dance including the Mambo, Rumba,  Bachata, and Tango that was developed primarily by Cubans and Puerto Ricans in  America. Salsa dance is popular for its rhythmic Latin music, hip action, and flirtatious tone. It is usually performed by taking three steps for every four beats of music. For this course, we will be exploring the basics of American Salsa.  

LADIES SALSA ATTIRE: Comfortable, open-toed heels that won’t slip off your feet  (preferably something with a strap). A skirt of your choosing–fringe, sequins and bangles are all encouraged!  

GENTLEMEN SALSA ATTIRE: Comfortable flat shoes or men’s Latin heels. Pants with a  bit of stretch!  

CHA CHA  

Cha cha is a Latin dance of Cuban origin made popular by the quick shuffling sounds of dancers’ feet. It is popular for its fast rhythm, quick footwork, and rapid hip action. Also known as the “cat and mouse chase”, Cha Cha is known for its coquettish tone and sense of playfulness between partners. Cha cha is danced in 4/4 time and includes 5 steps for every 4 beats. Though there are two main factions of Cha cha dance, or this course we will be learning the American style Cha Cha.  

LADIES CHA CHA ATTIRE: Comfortable, open-toed heels that won’t slip off your feet  (preferably something with a strap). A skirt of your choosing–fringe, sequins and bangles all encouraged!  

GENTLEMEN CHA CHA ATTIRE: Comfortable flat shoes or men’s Latin heels. Pants with a bit of stretch!  

COUNTRY SWING  

Similar to certain styles of Swing dance, Country Swing is a stylized form of swing dance performed to American Country music. It is heavily influenced by the American  West and includes undertones of Blues, Jazz, and Polka. Country Swing dance is always performed as pairs and can often include many lifts, dips and partnered spins.  For this course, we will be learning the basic lead and follow steps of Country Swing!  

LADIES COUNTRY SWING ATTIRE: Comfortable flat shoes, boots, or cowboy boots.  Pants, shorts, or skirt as desired– cowboy hats encouraged!  

GENTLEMEN COUNTRY SWING ATTIRE: Comfortable flat shoes, boots, or cowboy boots. Pants or jeans–cowboy hats encouraged!  

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Are you ready to get a little swing in your step?  

Pricing is $75/ couple for the 4-week course or $25/ couple for a single drop-in.  

Every Thursday in October at 7 pm. The first class starts October 6th!  

Register soon by emailing roseauballroomdance@gmail.com or calling or texting Olivia at  (818) 584-5530. You can also check them out on Instagram @roseauballroomdance

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