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Nathan Ahlgrim

(630) 636-4305

Nathan Ahlgrim has been immersed in the world of Ballroom Dance for close to a decade.  He joined the Ballroom team at UNC-Chapel Hill with only two hours of previous dance experience, and he never looked back.  Since then, he has competed nationally in Standard, Latin, and Rhythm dance styles in the USA Dance circuit, being a finalist in all three styles at Open levels.  He now works at the Sierra Outdoor School, and is eager to add his talents to the growing Ballroom community in the Sonora and Columbia areas.

Nathan will be offering weekend workshops and private lessons at The Dance Castle.  His employment with Sierra Outdoor School ends in June 2020, so let’s enjoy Nathan’s talents before he returns to his fiancee in Atlanta!

Contact Nathan for your private lessons!    Introductory private rate is $20/hr.

Kayla Northington

(209) 403-2983

Kayla Northington has been teaching and competing in ballroom dance for ten years. She started her career at Arthur Murray Redwood City in 2008. She later moved to the Carmichael studio in 2014 and made her last move to the Millbrae studio in 2016. Through her competitive career and the training of her students, she’s had the opportunity to work with world renowned competitors and coaches. She’s been trained by Julia and Bob Powers, 12 time rhythm world champions, as well as Emmanuel Pierre Antoine, the rhythm world champion of 2013-2015.  Additionally, she’s had training from smooth champions, Nick and Lena Kosovich, and Urs Geisenheiner and Agnes Kazmeirczac.

Kayla has received certifications through advanced Silver and has been teaching students through the Gold level for five years.

Born and raised in Calaveras County, Kayla is glad to return and share her dance expertise with the community.  Kayla is excited about working with both new and experienced individuals, and her specialty is teaching people with “two left feet” syndrome.  To schedule a private lesson email her at

Kayla’s group lessons are held on Mondays and can be found on the “classes” tab, above.

List of Dances to take with Kayla (ask for private or group):

American Smooth:  Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz

American Rhythm:  Rumba, Cha cha, Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Specialty Dances:  Peabody, Argentine Tango, Tango vals, Milonga, West Coast Swing, Merengue, Hustle, Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, Zouk, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, Night Club Two Step

International Standard:  Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep

International Latin: Rumba, Cha Cha, Jive, Paso Doble, Samba

Country:  Two step, Three step, Waltz, Shuffle, Swing

Henrietta Plessas


Henrietta grew up with the love of dancing starting from a very young age. Her mother put her in Ballet classes which she truly enjoyed, but knew something was missing.  As Henrietta endlessly watched Fred Astaire films, she longed to be able to dance like THAT!!

At the age of 16, Henrietta moved on her own from England to San Francisco.  The person she was staying with insisted on two things from her:  running each day and learning to ballroom dance.  Well, needless to say, Henrietta “walked” every morning (and said she ran), but fell in LOVE with ballroom dancing.  At the age of 18, she started dancing at the Metronome Ballroom in San Francisco, and at the age of 20, she was teaching there under the instruction of Diane Jarmalow for Ballroom and Latin and Rosemary Zachary for swing.  With a long beak in between, Henrietta resumed her career of teaching swing, ballroom and Latin at Dance Arts ballroom San Rafael.  And, with her passion for West Coast Swing, she has the privilege and honor to call Kelly Casanova (look her up, too many titles to list!), her Mentor and coach; substituting for her when asked and teaming with her to teach the beginning class before her monthly parties.  Henrietta has now fulfilled her dreams of living in her Twain Harte cabin which she and her family have been coming to for years.  Henrietta can’t wait to share her love of teaching and dancing with you all and hope you will soon join her on the dance floor . . .

Henrietta teaches on Tuesdays, but will be gone RVing this winter.  Check for her classes under the above tab, “Classes”, or give her a call!

Glenn & Sue Cravalho, UCWDC World Champions, teach in Hughson.  For schedule, see: (click on Hughson classes on the right).  For more information, email Sue at or call (209) 608-1414.

USA Dance, Modesto Chapter has monthly dances on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Oddfellows Hall in Hughson from 8 to 10 p .m. (except January 10 @ 7 to 10 p.m.).  6941 Hughson Avenue, Hughson, CA; 2nd floor.   $7/non-member.

Modesto Ballroom Club meets at the Modesto Senior Center on the 3rd Fridays of each month from 8 to 10:30 p.m. with lessons from 7:15-8:15 p.m.  211 Bodem Street, corner of Scenic, Modesto.


Alissa Nordstrom, Certified Massage Therapist, 770-2195

Swedish Massage, $45/hour

Reflexology, $30/40 minutes

Swedish Massage plus Reflexology, $65/1.5 hours

Alissa’s Fire Creations, Metal Art and Fire Poi (classes and demonstrations):  770-2195

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Heather J. Nordstrom, Portrait & Event Photography

Jim & Ilene Tassano, Biologists, Foothill Sierra Pest Control:  532-7378 for service information

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