Partners Western Dance Activities This Fall

Club members enjoy a club dance in the MountainView Ballroom.

Jane Gromelski, President

Our Texas Two-Step and Western Waltz classes will start on Oct. 11 in the MountainView Ballroom. The beginner’s class will meet at 6 p.m., and the intermediate class will meet at 7 p.m. The series of classes will end on Nov. 15. After dancing on the volleyball courts in the spring, we are excited to be back on a wood floor, which is much easier to glide across. We recommend leather-soled shoes or cowboy boots; the leather soles also help our feet glide. Sandals are not recommended, as they put our toes in peril! We try to make our classes fun because dancing is fun, so learning to dance should also be fun. Dancing is a great aerobic activity that allows you to hold your partner in your arms at the same time. The Texas Two-Step is the easiest dance to learn—four steps forward, repeat. Since we do many of the same dance steps in the waltz, there is a logical progression to learning that next.

Our Partner Pattern dance classes will meet on Tuesdays, starting Oct. 12 in the Mariposa Room in DesertView. Our beginner’s class starts at 6 p.m., and our intermediate class will start at 7 p.m. These classes run into December. They are a fun alternative to our two-step and waltz classes. Partner Pattern dances progress around the floor, usually with the lady beside her partner on his right. We learn cha-chas, waltzes, and swing pattern dances that can be danced to a variety of songs. The counts vary from 10, 16, up to 64, then repeat. We go slow, take the time to make sure our dancers learn the combinations, and repeat. Learning these dances is fun!

Partners Western Dance Club will try to have a DJ dance monthly, and dances with Wild Ride playing for us also are scheduled monthly. Our first club dance will be on Nov. 18. Tickets are $10 per person for club members. We have a great group of country western dancers, and we are all anxious to get back on the dance floor. Club membership is $15 per person. Come, grab your partner and your neighbors, and learn how to have a ground-pounding, boot-stomping good time! Yee Haw!

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