Dance Classes: 2023
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.
Wednesdays with Ilene & Jim . . . .
Ballroom Dance Classes will resume in the Spring of 2024
Swing Dance Classes will resume in the Spring of 2024
Hot LATIN Fridays!
with Erika & Tom
Continuing every other week
Now doing Bachata and Salsa at The Dance Castle
Next class will be on November 17th!
6 p.m – 7 p.m. Bachata: Come learn a very popular Latin dance from the Dominican Republic. The class is for those with little or no Bachata dance experience. You will learn the fundamentals of timing, rhythm, footwork and introduction to partner dancing.
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Salsa Dance Pattern: We will practice the basic step and learn a salsa dance pattern.
For questions, please contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Folk Dance Classes at The Dance Castle:
Mondays, 7-9 p.m.
7 – 8 p.m.: Beginning Folk Dance
8 – 9 p.m.: Intermediate Folk Dance
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! You can find us on the outdoor pavilion in lovely weather!
Tuesday Swing Classes at The Dance Castle
Lindy Hop Instruction or Practice
Join Natasha and Michael on Tuesdays . . . .
Come learn Lindy Hop, the swing dance that is the most popular dance in the swing world! It’s energetic and fun! Beginner friendly and partners not necessary.
Tuesdays, on-going, 6 – 7 p.m.: Beginning Lindy Hop.
Come and practice for free!
Instruction available at $10/person.
The Lindy Hop is the ballroom dance considered to be the father of all swing dances. It is known for its athletic style and can contain aerial jumps, twists, and flips. It was named for Charles Lindbergh’s (Lucky Lindy) transatlantic flight and popular in the 1930s. $10/person/class
Kayla’s Private Classes
email@example.com or (209) 403-2983
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.
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 (usually $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: Please contact the instructors to verify dates and times
Second Saturdays, 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. $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, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.: Twain Harte Twirler’s Square Dancing at Soulsbyville Elementary School. New classes start September 12, 2023. 20300 Soulsbyville Rd, Soulsbyville, CA 95372. 12 week class is $60/person. For more info call Kelly Michel at 209-586-0175, 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.
Mondays, on-going, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Beginning Line Dancing with Pat Lincoln at the Sonora Senior Center. $2 donation
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.