Free Dancing Opportunities in SaddleBrooke

One of the tables at a recent Dine and Dance. Front and center is Dave Poferl, this month’s West Coast Swing instructor.

Diana Wille

The SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club (SBDC) is excited to be preparing for our new season of enriching, fulfilling, and always pleasurable dance events. We sponsor several free dancing opportunities for our members and guests.

Our popular Dine and Dance evening is on the move!

The fun, social dance that used to be held on the first Thursday of each month is on the move! Dine and Dance will now be held on the first Friday of every month, starting Sept. 3. We will have a no-host dinner that you can order off the menu in the MountainView East Room, followed by a DJ-hosted dance in the wonderful MountainView Ballroom, one of the best dancefloors in Tucson! The event is open to all SBDC members.

Need to brush up on your footwork? Or maybe just get started dancing?

SBDC also offers free dance lessons to its members. Any SaddleBrooke resident can come and try out a class before joining to make sure it’s a fit! Lessons are held Monday and Thursday evenings each week, and a different dance style is taught every month. For September, here’s what the schedule looks like:

Dave Poferl and Mary Borkovec will teach West Coast Swing on Thursdays in September from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mariposa Room at the SaddleBrooke TWO DesertView Performing Arts Center. West Coast Swing is a partner dance that is characterized by an elastic look that results from the partner connection. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together.

Also, on Mondays in September, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mariposa Room at the SaddleBrooke TWO DesertView Performing Arts Center, we will be teaching. The dance and instructors are still in the planning stages. Go to our website at to get the latest news!

In a recent article by Fang Sheng entitled “I’m Glad I Took a Chance on Ballroom Dance,” published by The Globe and Mail, the author gave some good insights about becoming involved in a dance community. Sheng wrote, “Learning to dance doesn’t bring you career advancement. But it does bring joy, and elevates us from daily frustrations, mundaneness or boredom. In our studio, there are couples like Jackie and Jimmy, who have danced together for more than 50 years. Yet they still take lessons, practicing every move.”

How do you get information about these events?

As a member of SBDC, you would be on the email list that keeps you updated as to where and when events will occur. So do yourself and our members a favor by joining SBDC! You may email [email protected] for further information. We look forward to meeting you in the SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club, where the learning continues, and the fun never ends.