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The Dance Pavillion
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 . . . .
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As this is a summary page, please also check out the links under the header photo to keep informed about our classes, galas and the local dance events.
NOTICE: Jolly Hanson’s Celebration of Life
Fabulous Fifties SWING DANCE, hosted by Bryce Williams and Matt Foster for their Senior Project will benefit “No Wildcat Left Behind” program.
Friday, February 21, 7 – 10 p.m.
Sonora Opera Hall
Music by the Rusty Rockers
Tickets: Adults $20 presale or $25 at the door. Under 21, $8 Call (209) 981-3578 for tickets and more information. The Dance Castle will have tickets available; just let Ilene know how many you would like.
AND, tickets include four Beginning East Coast Swing lessons at 5 p.m. at Sonora High on January 29, February 5, 12, and 19.
Thank you for all your support; galas return in 2020!
see the “gala” tab above for all the details and photos of past galas!
Dance Classes: 2019
for more information, click on the tab under the header photo!
Classes are $5 – $10 donation, as noted!
through January 14th:
6:30 p.m.: Beginning Hustle (no experience required)
classes are $10/person/class
Adult BALLET CLASS on Tuesdays
5:15 – 6:16, on-going: Join Angela’s Adult Beginning Ballet class for a mix of barre, floor and routines. Great fun and a great workout! ($7.50/class)
Note: classes resume on January 7th
Thursdays with Peter Baldridge:
Peter will teach the basics of social tango as it was danced in Buenos Aires during its Golden Age.
6:00 – 7:00: Beginning Argentine Tango, on-going
7:00 – 8:30: Intermediate Argentine Tango, on-going
no class on Thursday, November 28; Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Fridays at the Dance Castle:
7 – 9 p.m.: Folk Dancing is on first, third and fifth Fridays of the month with Carlos. 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!
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS with Nathan Ahlgrim:
Saturday, January 25th Workshops:Our first event of 2020 will be a pair of Salsa workshops on January 25th. This is a great opportunity for anyone just starting the dance, looking for a refresher, and hoping to expand their moves and style!Salsa Level I: 10:00 – 12:00. Here, we will cover the fundamental footwork and technique to get everyone out on the dance floor whenever a Salsa song comes on. $10/personSalsa Level II: 1:30 – 3:30. We’ll be spicing it up this time, with more advanced figures, partnership work, and styling. $10/personDancers are welcome to attend both workshops for a more comprehensive Salsa-filled day! Anyone in attendance is welcome to join us for lunch somewhere near Columbia Historic State Park (location TBD based on popular demand).As always, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan on attending one or both of the workshops.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~February Workshops will be at the Dance Castle from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. $10/personFebruary 22nd from 10 – 12:Bolero Fundamentals!Please join me in learning this beautifully unique dance: the Bolero. This flowing, sensual dance combines the technique and patterns of Rumba and Waltz to challenge and connect dance partners unlike any other dance! We will be covering the fundamental steps and technique of the dance as well as some patterns to keep it interesting for years to come.February 29th from 10-12:Spins and Turns!In this intermediate/advanced workshop, we will be covering the technique to get you spinning and turning (and guys, this means you, too!). Spirals, forward walk turns, spotting, we’ll cover it all! Once we learn it, then it’s time to get dizzy.*Please note, this workshop is not for beginning dancers. It will assume a base level of dance knowledge, and a moderate level of comfort with diverse steps.This workshop will focus on spins and turns as they directly apply to Latin dances (think Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Salsa)
for more information, contact Nathan at (630) 363-4305, email@example.com
BEST EVENTS . . . . .
If the Beat Fits, JUST DANCE!
The Sunday community dance continues on the third Sundays (some dates have been changed due to holidays and scheduling conflicts). See Events tab for all the dates.
JUST DANCE is held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church (of the 49er’s) in Columbia. Meet wonderful dancers and have a place to practice and dance to awesome live music. We love the wonderful talent and energy the musicians bring for our listening and dancing pleasures. Les Olson of Les’ Entertainment will be entertaining us this year. $5 donation goes to the church’s Historic Building Fund. Light refreshments available . . . and of course we love it when people help with bringing something to share!
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: