Enjoy learning to dance

SaddleBrooke dance instructors

SaddleBrooke dance instructors

Bob Osborne, Chair, Dance Lessons Committee

Bob Osborne, Chair, Dance Lessons Committee

Wanda Ross

We are hugely fortunate in SaddleBrooke to have a large cadre of experienced dancers who volunteer their time to teach ballroom dancing. Lessons that would easily cost $60-$75 per hour at studios are free to members of the SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club. How nice is that? Instructors for each class spend many hours determining how best to teach dancing for each level of instruction, choosing music that will enable learning, and practicing the dance moves in the way they will teach them. It is a labor of love for the instructors know how fun and healthful ballroom dancing is for us.

Dance is absolutely great at improving our overall health; it improves your cardiovascular fitness, strengthens muscles, and lifts your mood! There are so many styles of dance nowadays that there is something out there for everyone. While ballroom or Cha Cha, the dance styles mentioned on this page, may not be for you, hip-hop, contemporary, or ballet are other styles you might like to try. It’s best to scour around for the best local dance classes in your area to get started.

Dance classes are offered year-round. In November, participants learned how to dance Argentine Tango and Salsa and also learned to interpret the music tempo of songs as they apply to various dances in Musicality in Dance. No classes are offered in December during the holiday season but a full schedule of classes starts again in January. You may attend one dance lesson without joining the SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club. If you wish to continue taking additional classes, then join our club. All our dance classes are offered to men and women with or without partners and are free of charge. What a deal!

Cha Cha will be taught by Bob Osborne assisted by Dottie Adams. The most popular Latin dance, Cha Cha is a lively, fun dance. You can easily learn enough steps for the dance to be fun. This class will have two levels. Cha Cha 101 will start with beginning moves to learn basic steps and movement of the dance. Each class will progress so that you feel comfortable dancing the Cha Cha. This is a good class for those who are starting out new to dancing and also for those who haven’t danced it in a long time. The Intermediate class is for those who already dance basic Cha Cha and want to progress into more dance patterns. Cha Cha music CDs will be distributed so you can practice on your own.

Cha Cha dance classes will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, and 22 in the Vermilion Room at SaddleBrooke One. The Beginner class is from 10-10:55 a.m. The Intermediate class is from 11 a.m.-noon. To register, email Bob at [email protected] and indicate Beginner or Intermediate class. Cha Cha is a fun dance, come see for yourself.

Would you like to try a swing dance? Accomplished swing dancers Diana Durham and Lee Wille will be teaching Beginning and Intermediate East Coast Swing on Wednesday evenings in January. Diana is a certified DIVIDA Dance Instructor, and was named National Ballroom Dance Champion at the National Pro/Am DIVIDA Ballroom Dance Competition. East Coast Swing traces its roots to the original swing dance, Lindy Hop. This dance was created at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, where the swing and jazz music of the big bands such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Benny Goodman was heard every night. Today we enjoy dancing East Coast Swing to sock hop music, rock and roll, jazz, and rhythm and blues tunes.

East Coast Swing dance classes will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29 in the Mariposa Room at the DesertView Performing Arts Center. The Beginner class is from 6-7 p.m.; the Intermediate class is from 7-8 p.m. To register, email Diana at [email protected] and indicate Beginner or Intermediate class or call her at 602-769-5463.

Optional guided practice sessions are offered on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon in the Vermilion Room in SaddleBrooke One and on Sundays from 4-5:30 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom. To join the SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club, go to our club website www.sbballroomdance.com.

Upcoming classes are:


10 a.m. – Cha Cha with Bob Osborne and Dottie Adams

6 p.m. – East Coast Swing with Diana Durham and Lee Wille


10 a.m. – American Rumba with Diana Durham and Lee Wille

6 p.m. – Night Club Two Step with Roger and Linda Shamburg


10 a.m. – Beginner West Coast Swing with Dave Poferl and Mary Borkovec

6 p.m. – Intermediate Night Club Two Step with Brian Hand and Sheila Honey


10 a.m. – Bolero with Bob Osborne and Mary Borkovec

6 p.m. – Beginner New York Hustle with Phil Doyle.