All About Ballroom

What do The Sound of Music, Carousel, My Fair Lady and Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella have in common? All of them include dance sequences of traditional American style waltzes! Want to perform in West Side Story? You’ll need to mambo! How about Chicago? You’ll need to tango! Maybe you’d simply like to challenge yourself, know what to do on the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, or carve out an hour a week to dance with your spouse or friends. Whether your goals are recreational or professional, ballroom dance can be a great addition to your schedule!

Dating back to the royal courts of the 16th century, ballroom is formal social dance, popular as both a recreational and competitive style of dancing. The ballroom repertoire includes styles developed from European folk dances like the waltz, Latin dances like the tango and rhumba, and 20th century adaptations like the foxtrot and quickstep.

Want to give it a try? Here’s what Turning Pointe has to offer:

Ballroom Variety
Fridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Turning Pointe’s Ballroom Variety class will introduce the basics of the American Smooth and American Rhythm styles of ballroom dancing. Students will develop posture, coordination, balance and control through a series of steps designed to carry each couple effortlessly across the dance floor, including the waltz, Viennese waltz, foxtrot, tango, cha-cha, rhumba, salsa and swing dance. Upon completion of the class, each student will have the ability to recognize and match each style of dance to the appropriate style of music and perform the basic and beginning supplemental steps of each dance. It’s the perfect way to diversify your dance resume with an understanding of eight different ballroom dances, prepare for social dancing at events, or get a unique workout. All ages welcome; no partners necessary!

Swing Dancing
Ages 8-12: Mondays, 5:15-6:00; Teen/Adult: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30

Swing dancing is a fun, social dance that involves easy to learn movement, exciting steps and great music. It dates all the way from the Jazz Age, the 1920s, and has continued to be a popular form of dancing across social settings. There are many different styles of swing dancing, and each has it’s own tempo, steps and tricks. In Turning Pointe’s Swing Dancing class, students learn the basics of East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and Charleston. Bring a partner or show up solo!

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