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.
Dance Classes: 2022
So awesome to get moving and shaking again!
MONDAY Classes with Kayla
STARTING MONDAY, May 2nd, 2022
6 p.m.: Beginning Cha Cha
7 p.m.: Beginning Waltz
Register at any time.
Contact Kayla for any questions: email@example.com or (209) 403-2983
Introductory Dance Classes in April
Ilene and Jim will be teaching basic dance classes designed for first-time dancers and anyone needing a review class. No experience needed. No partner needed.
Tuesdays, April 5 – May 24 (8 weeks)
6 p.m. Beginning Ballroom includes Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba and Salsa
7 p.m. Beginning Swing includes Single and Triple Rhythm East Coast Swing. This is the most valuable dance to know! You will be able to dance to 80% of music played in Tuolumne County! Just think of joining us at the dances in the parks, Columbia Street Dance, the casino, and anywhere there is music!
Come have a fun evening with us!
Cost: $5/person/class. Register at first class
Folk Dancing continues in 2022
2022 Folk Dance Classes at The Dance Castle
Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
More dates to be announced. I’ll post the dates on this site, so keep checking back! 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!
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 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.