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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The Dance Pavilion

Our “outdoor dance studio and events area!”

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Check out all the photos on our facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dance-Castle-Jim-Ilene-Tassano/103779559679869

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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Dance  Classes:   2021

So awesome to get moving and shaking again!

Safety Format:  All classes will be held outside on our dance pavilion.  Every student will be responsible for their own comfort level, including optional mask wearing, distancing and staying with your same partner.  Hand Sanitizer, bathrooms, and masks available.    Please do not attend if you are ill or have a fever.

for more information, click on the tab under the header photo!

WELCOME MICHAEL MARANGIO!

I am so excited to present our newest dance instructor, Michael Marangio, specializing in all the 1920’s and 30’s Swing Classics, such as East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Shim Sham, St. Louis Shag, Balboa and Charleston!   

Michael will start us off with beginning East Coast Swing, single rhythm.  This four week class is for all new, beginning dancers!   

Tuesdays 7- 8 p.m., MAY 11 – JUNE 1, 2021:   Beginning East Coast Swing with Michael

Cost:  $10 per person per class

Place:  The Dance Castle, outdoor studio, 23496 Gold Springs Drive, Columbia

Registration:  please contact Michael to reserve your space at:  (510) 684-1192 or mmar@earthlink.net


 

Review Classes on Thursdays

Ilene and Jim will be doing some face-paced review classes to help you brush off the cobwebs from the last year!   If you have taken our beginning level classes and would like a four week review, then this is for you!

DATE:  May 13 – June 3  (4 Thursdays)

LOCATION:  The Dance Castle, 23496 Gold Springs Dr., Columbia, CA, outdoor studio

TIME:   6-7 p.m. for Ballroom Class

               7-8 p.m. for Swing Class

BALLROOM Class will cover basic steps in Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba and Cha Cha.   

EAST COAST SWING Class will cover basic patterns, single rhythm only

COST:  $5/person/class

REGISTRATION can be done at the first class 

 
 

Folk Dancing begins on Friday, May 28th:

7 – 9 p.m.:  Folk Dancing has been traditionally on the first, third and fifth Fridays with Carlos.  We’re going to play it week-by-week, depending on Carlos’ availability.  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!


Saturday Workshop with Michael:

May 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.:   St. Louis Shag workshop for all levels at the Dance Castle outdoor studio, followed by open practice until noon!    $10/person

St. Louis Shag is a very lively dance, goggle it or go to youtube.

Registration:  please contact Michael to reserve your space at:  (510) 684-1192 or mmar@earthlink.net

 


BEST EVENTS . . . . .

If the Beat Fits, JUST DANCE!

Hope to start JUST DANCE again in June 2021, at the Dance Castle Pavilion!

more updates to come!


Events are popping up; looks like a wonderful year for dancing!
 
Wednesday, June 16, 6-8 p.m.:  Rusty Rockers at the Tuolumne Music in the Park.  One of the best bands with plenty of room to dance and enjoy the Farmer’s Market.
 
Saturday, July 3, 6-8 p.m.: California Creedence at Concert in the Pines, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.
 
Saturday, July 10, 6-8 p.m.:  Jana & Friends at Concert in the Pines, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.
 
Saturday, July 17, 6-8 p.m.: Agents of Rock (70’s, 80’s) at Concert in the Pines, Eproson Park, Twain Harte.
 
 

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)

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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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