Safety Format: Classes may be meeting indoors or outdoors, depending on the instructor’s discretion. 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. Singles are welcome.
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.
For questions, please contact Tom at email@example.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)
TUESDAYS with Kayla
firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 403-2983
MORE THURSDAY CLASSES
We are on Holiday Break; more classes after the New Year!
Contact Ilene for any questions or information: email@example.com, (209) 532-1859
Returning in 2023:
We are so grateful to offer extraordinary classes with Glenn & Sue Cravalho, six time winners of the UCWDC Worlds Championship First Place Competition Titles!
You have elevated us with your amazing instruction and fun patterns! Can’t wait until your return in June 2023.
For more information, contact Sue at 209-608-1414, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.gonedancin.info
Next Flash Mob . . . . coming soon!
links & videos: A vault of memories . . .
Many thanks to our former instructors; we’ve had so much fun learning so many forms of dance from them . . . .
Video: we’re learning a dance combination, choreographed by Angela!
Reverence Routine, choreographed by Angela Cordes:
Photos from July 14, 2014 class: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.729045513819934.1073741833.103779559679869&type=
***Links for FOLK DANCING:
The Dance Castle is at 23496 Gold Springs Drive, Columbia.
From Sonora, take Highway 49 towards Columbia. Turn RIGHT onto Parrott’s Ferry Road and go past he State Historic Park. Drive about another mile and turn LEFT onto Gold Springs Drive. We are the 2nd house on the RIGHT.
All dance classes (except Community Education) at The Dance Castle are on a donation basis ($5 to $10/person) to help support our instructors, the overhead and the the Dance Galas. Join in the fun!!!
Call (532-1859) or email Ilene if you have any questions. You have to go through the “Contact” tab so I don’t get spammers!
I wanted to share Teresa’s Quinceanera Dance with you; we loved choreographing the dance for her celebration.
Previous Flash Mobs:
Choreographed and taught by Lia Metz
“Classic” West Coast Swing Flash Mob at Columbia College’s Cram Night, December 8, 2016:
“Let It Snow” at Columbia College’s Cram Night, December 4, 2014:
Sing Sing Sing, Flash Mob performed at Columbia College (youtube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6_CVGA1koc&feature=youtu.be
Sing Sing Sing, Flash Mob performed during Spring Festival (photos by Heather): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152337975561049.1073741852.590826048&type=1&l=4498d7883d
“The Clapping Song”, Flash Mob photos from July 26, 2014, Twain Harte Arts & Wine Festival: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.737548492969636.1073741835.103779559679869&type=1
“The Clapping Song”, Flash Mob photos July 12th, 2014, Downtown Sonora’s Second Saturday Arts Night and KASA Open House, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.729048063819679.1073741834.103779559679869&type=1
Flash Mob Practice Clips:
“The Clapping Song”
Back View from July 7, 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjA7x0X-yRg&feature=youtu.be
“Sing, Sing, Sing”
“Just One Person”
Practice Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Tzu1a1om8&feature=youtu.be
“Let It Snow” Practice Link:
2014 Version: http://youtu.be/SPO-8kjjLqU
Whole Dance review: http://youtu.be/1vzz3UmwrfA
Review Clips from Cari’s Class: Keep practicing!
Shim Sham, Back View: http://youtu.be/uMBdct8Ki4Q
Thriller (zombie walk and Michael Jackson routine) Review:
The “Thriller Zombie Walk” uses 8 classic moves from the “Thriller” choreography and is fast and easy to learn. Previous “Thriller Walk” videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbH0AauiGZM,
For more of a challenge, this is The Official “Thrill the World” Choreography that we’ll be learning:
More information at the “Thrill the World Sonora” group page:
Other Classes in Sonora:
note: I have no idea if these have opened up yet in 2021
Fridays, on-going, 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Sonora Ballroom Dancing meets at the Aronos Club, 37 E. Elkin Street, Downtown Sonora for community ballroom dancing. Lessons at 7 p.m. followed by dancing and refreshments at 8 p.m. $10 per person
Every third Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m.: Contra Dancing at Aronos Club, 37 E. Elkin St., Sonora. Optional potluck at 6:30. For more information: www.squaredancer8.wordpress.com.
Tuesdays, on-going, 7 p.m.: Twain Harte Twirler’s Square Dancing at Soulsbyville Elementary School. New classes start every September. $28/month;couple, or $5 at the door, plus $11 yearly insurance and dues. Contact Bill or Diane Kinsinger at 586-7250 or email@example.com.
Wednesdays, on-going, 7 p.m.: Round Dancing at the Sonora Senior Center on Greenley Road. Beginners class starts at 6 p.m. 2013 classes start on October 9th. $4/person. For more information contact Mike or Carolyn Wunder, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Line Dance Classes!!!
Mondays, on-going, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Introduction to Line Dance at Black Creek Center in Copperopolis, 920 Black Creek Drive. Free class to learn the basic steps and terminology for line dancing. All ages welcome. Call Tess for more information, 785-6176.
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.: Line Dancing at First Presbyterian Church (49’er Church) in Columbia, 11155 Jackson Street, with Carolyn Sylva. Free. Call Carolyn for more information: 984-4546.
Thursdays, on-going, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Beginner Line Dance Class at Black Creek Center in Copperopolis, 920 Black Creek Drive. Free classes for all ages. Call Tess for more information, 785-6176.