Welcome to the Dance Castle, Ilene’s dance website!

DANCE . . . . . is a beautiful form of art to which each artist can feel and interpret the magic of the moment.   I love to feel music and I am so grateful for all those who brought dance into my life, especially Paul and Elsie Miller.    Some people say that I was born to dance, but I think I was born to share dancing with you. 
Jim and I dance.  We have been dancing together for over twenty years.  I started dancing 30 years ago with such great inspirations from line dancer Rayma Garcia, choreographers Cam and Lori Wong, and dancers extraordinaire Carlos and Karen Canto.   I went on to study ballroom, latin and swing dancing from ISTD professional Paul Miller and his wife, Elsie.    I taught Ballroom and Swing dance classes at Columbia College with Paul Miller for five years, then another fifteen years with Jim.  We continue to teach through the Community Education program at Columbia College, in addition to our private home studio. 
We opened our own home studio, The Dance Castle, in September 2010 at the request of our students and friends.  Our mission is to share our love, provide low-cost lessons and have a place to dance.   The lesson donations are used to help finance the Dance Galas and overhead.  Everything gets invested back into dancing.   We do have a day job as Owners-Biologists for our company, Foothill Sierra  Pest Control.  Our evenings are filled with teaching and dancing in our community.
Love and Dance,
Ilene and Jim

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Dance  Classes:   2023

Put Dancing on your New Year’s Resolution list!  Dancing is good for the body and mind.  Ballroom dancing is one of the best ways to prevent dementia – a scientific fact!   Being social increases longevity.  And, it’s just plain fun, fun, fun.   

We’ll be offering lots of new classes starting in January; keep posted!

For more information, click on the “classes” tab under the header photo!


Hot Salsa Friday!

with Erika & Tom

Continuing every other week

January 27th Classes:

6 p.m – 8 p.m.:  HIP MOTION WORKSHOP

Erika and Tom will focus on the most important part of the salsa basic step, the hip motion.  In these two hours we will practice hip motion in depth.  We will separate into groups and each person will get personalized individual coaching.    This workshop will elevate  your dancing and is vitality important to any Latin dance.

Note: Depending on the level of students, this may turn in to an advanced beginning or intermediate class.

Cost:  $15/person

For questions, please contact Tom at sonorasalsaclub@gmail.com 


2023 Folk Dance Classes at The Dance Castle:

Save the second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. for Folk Dancing!

NEXT CLASS will be on Monday, January 23rd at 7 p.m. at The Dance Castle!

Dancers and non-dancers of all ages will have fun learning these beautiful international dances.  No partner is needed.  We are loving the music, the dancing, and the wonderful time together with other dancers.  Join us!  There is no charge to be with this fun group!


Swing Classes Starting on Tuesday

Our new instructor, Natasha, will be teaching East Coast Swing with Michael for a four week session starting January 10th!!!  Natasha’s passion is dancing Lindy Hop.  The Fundamentals of Swing Class will give you the basics of swing so you will be ready for the Lindy Hop class.

Tuesdays, January 10 – 31 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.:  Fundamentals of Swing.  This class is a first building block to learn swing dance.  Students will learn the east coast swing steps and the Charleston and multiple turns from an open position to a closed position.   $40/person (for the 4 week class)


The Dance Pavilion

Our “outdoor dance studio and events area!”


We are planning to have 2023 galas!   More details to come!


Check out all the photos on our facebook page:


My daughters manage my facebook page.   I’m totally fb-phobic, so please continue to email me directly or through this website.   Oh . . . I’m told to ask friends to “like” us on facebook . . . .


Inspiring videos for our next flash mob! (the second video takes great creative liberties with the basic steps (fun!):


See you out dancing!

Big hugs from Jim & Ilene


just to share . . . .

2016 was a BLAST and full of dance!

Congratulations to the West Coast Swing Flash Mob group under the direction of Stephanie Merfeld and Jim Clapp:

We had an amazing time performing all over the county for the International West Coast Swing Flash Mob Day!    Dancers:  Jim Duffy with Ilene Tassano, Kyle McDonald with Colleen McHenry, Mark Wright with Lisa Reza, Quentin Jongejan with April Foster and Jim Tassano with Bonnie Brunk.


The Thriller/Zombie class entertained the living in October.  Big thanks to Heather Nordstrom for the classes!  (see photo below)


Dance Fitness Instructor, Susan Forbes, has been amazing at instrumenting our Witchy Dances in October.  The “Dance Castle Witches” had their All Hallow’s Faire Debut on October 22nd as a pre-show for the Tinder Fire Dancers:

The Fire-Dancers were amazing:


I was honored to work with this talented group of young men and women:

Teresa’s Quinceanera, choreographed September, 2014:

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