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. Singles are welcome. note: We will meet in our air conditioned studio when temperatures are over 90 degrees.
CLASSES FOR SEPTEMBER 2021!
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 continues with some amazing classes:
Tuesdays 6-7 p.m., July 20 – September 28, 2021: East Coast Swing for all levels
Tuesdays 7-8 p.m.: July 20 – August 31, 2021: SHIM SHAM ROUTINE! Shim Sham is a classic swing/tap line dance popular in the ’30s and ’40s and still danced today. We are hoping to start a revival and dance this at many local events plus even as a flash mob! It will be so much fun; join us!
This is what we’re aiming for:
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 email@example.com
Class is subject to cancellation if there are not enough students
***NEW*** For October with Michael!
OCTOBER 5 – 26, 2021
6 – 7 p.m.: Beginning Triple Rhythm East Coast Swing
through September 30th, 2021
KAYLA NORTHINGTON CLASSES
6 p.m.: Beginning West Coast Swing
7 p.m.: Beginning Salsa
Classes are $10/person/class
8 week series
OCTOBER CLASSES with Kayla: Social Basics
October 7 & 21: 6 p.m. Rumba, beginning level
October 7 & 21: 7 p.m. Waltz, beginning level
October 14 & 28: 6 p.m. Hustle, beginning level
October 14 & 28: 7 p.m. Foxtrot, beginning level
Classes are $10/person/class
4 week series
FOLK DANCING with Carlos
Next Class: Friday, September 24, 2021, 6 p.m.
After September 24, Folk Dance Class will move to Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.
Next Class: Wednesday, September 29, 6-8 p.m.
Some Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.: Folk Dancing Class will now be meeting on Wednesdays when Carlos is in town. I’ll be updating this website and sending emails to keep your calendars current! 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! No charge to get moving while having fun!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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.