Local Dance Events

Hi Dancers!    I try to pick out the events best suited to ballroom, latin and swing dancing. 

Let me know if there is anything you would like to add!

On-going Events in the Community:

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 open dancing at 8 p.m.  $10 donation.

Second Saturdays:  Second Saturday Art Night in historic downtown Sonora offers art shows, music and refreshments, at no charge from 5 to 8 p.m.   Visit www.2ndsaturdayartnight.org  for details for each month.

Third Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.:  Contra Dancing at the Aronos Club, 37 E. Elkin Street, Sonora.  Live music; no experience necessary.  Adults $7, Children $3.  For more information, call 532-6025.

Fridays (first, third & fifth), 7 p.m.:  Folk Dancing with Carlos at The Dance Castle, 23496 Gold Springs Drive, Columbia.  All levels; free!

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2019

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 1-4 p.m.:  JUST DANCE

JUST DANCE is usually held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church (of the 49’er’s) in Columbia.  Meet wonderful dancers and have a place to practice and dance to awesome live music.  We love the wonderful talent and energy the musicians bring for our listening and dancing pleasures.  Les Olson of Les’ Entertainment will be providing us with the best dancing tunes.

$5 donation goes to the church’s Historic Building Fund.  Light refreshments available . . . and of course we love it when people help with bringing something to share!


SATURDAY WORKSHOPS with Nathan Ahlgrim:

Saturday, January 25th Workshops:
Our first event of 2020 will be a pair of Salsa workshops on January 25th. This is a great opportunity for anyone just starting the dance, looking for a refresher, and hoping to expand their moves and style!
Salsa Level I: 10:00 – 12:00. Here, we will cover the fundamental footwork and technique to get everyone out on the dance floor whenever a Salsa song comes on.    $10/person
Salsa Level II: 1:30 – 3:30. We’ll be spicing it up this time, with more advanced figures, partnership work, and styling.   $10/person
Dancers are welcome to attend both workshops for a more comprehensive Salsa-filled day! Anyone in attendance is welcome to join us for lunch somewhere near Columbia Historic State Park (location TBD based on popular demand).
As always, please contact me (nathan.s.ahlgrim@gmail.com) if you plan on attending one or both of the workshops.

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 1-4 p.m.:  JUST DANCE

JUST DANCE is usually held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church (of the 49’er’s) in Columbia.  Meet wonderful dancers and have a place to practice and dance to awesome live music.  We love the wonderful talent and energy the musicians bring for our listening and dancing pleasures.  Les Olson of Les’ Entertainment will be providing us with the best dancing tunes.

$5 donation goes to the church’s Historic Building Fund.  Light refreshments available . . . and of course we love it when people help with bringing something to share!


Fabulous Fifties SWING DANCE, hosted by Bryce Williams and Matt Foster for their Senior Project will benefit “No Wildcat Left Behind” program.

Friday, February 21, 7 – 10 p.m.

Sonora Opera Hall

Music by the Rusty Rockers

Tickets:  Adults $20 presale or $25 at the door.   Under 21, $8    Call (209) 981-3578 for tickets and more information.   The Dance Castle will have tickets available; just let Ilene know how many you would like.

AND, tickets include four Beginning East Coast Swing lessons at 5 p.m. at Sonora High on January 29, February 5, 12, and 19.

Fabulous Fifties Swing Dance


SATURDAY WORKSHOPS with Nathan Ahlgrim:

February Workshops will be at the Dance Castle from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.   $10/person
February 22nd from 10 – 12:
Bolero Fundamentals!
Please join me in learning this beautifully unique dance: the Bolero. This flowing, sensual dance combines the technique and patterns of Rumba and Waltz to challenge and connect dance partners unlike any other dance! We will be covering the fundamental steps and technique of the dance as well as some patterns to keep it interesting for years to come.
Please email Nathan if you are planning to attend this workshop at nathan.s.ahlgrim@gmail.com]
February 29th from 10-12:
Spins and Turns!
In this intermediate/advanced workshop, we will be covering the technique to get you spinning and turning (and guys, this means you, too!). Spirals, forward walk turns, spotting, we’ll cover it all! Once we learn it, then it’s time to get dizzy.
*Please note, this workshop is not for beginning dancers. It will assume a base level of dance knowledge, and a moderate level of comfort with diverse steps.
This workshop will focus on spins and turns as they directly apply to Latin dances (think Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Salsa)
Please email Nathan if you are planning to attend this workshop at nathan.s.ahlgrim@gmail.com]

for more information, contact Nathan at (630) 363-4305, nathan.s.ahlgrim@gmail.com