Register Soon for Fun and Free October Dance Classes

A SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance class

Diana Wille

It is time to register for SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club (SBDC)’s free October dance lessons. We will offer two different dances, Samba and Viennese Waltz. Ann and Dale Pizzitola, our professional dance instructors, have said, “Neither the Samba nor the Viennese Waltz are the first dances you will learn when taking lessons. But both are unique, beautiful dances and worth the effort to get to know. We will start at the beginning and slowly work through the basics of these dances so that all attending the class will feel comfortable getting up at the next party when the music comes on. Attend one or both classes. We’ll make it fun!”

What Is Samba?

Samba is a little bit of this and a lot of that. Originating in Brazil, Samba began as African slave dances on 19th century Brazilian sugarcane plantations. Samba proved irresistible, spilling across social classes and borders, its gyrations richly colored by regional and international influences. Carmen Miranda, a Brazilian dancer featured in That Night in Rio, became synonymous with the dance worldwide. The Pizzitolas’ classes will occur in the DesertView Mariposa Room on Mondays and Thursdays in October, beginning Oct. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m.

What Is Viennese Waltz?

From a historical perspective, the Vienna Waltz is one of the oldest ballroom dances. In the 16th century, French, and probably also Italian, peasants danced the Volta. Time passed, and 200 years later, the English and French Courts of Elizabeth I and Louis XII were shocked by closely held revolving dances called Waltzen und Ländler, loved by Germans and Austrians. Today Viennese Waltz is widely popular. Once you have received a proper introduction, you will find the basic steps easy. The Pizzitolas will teach Viennese Waltz in the DesertView Mariposa Room from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays in October, beginning Oct. 6.

But Wait, There’s More!

SBDC now offers Novice dance classes. We will be introducing new patterns to you for the six dances you will be dancing at the Novice Party. For those who have never danced before, we’ll teach you the basic pattern of the dance. Classes are scheduled Tuesdays, Sept. 6 and 20 and Oct. 4 and 18, at 4 p.m. in the Vermillion Room. Novice Dance Parties are scheduled Sept. 23 and Oct. 21.

How Do I Attend These Classes?

SBDC is noted for its dance lessons. They’re a great way to start dancing, learn a new dance, or refresh a style you haven’t danced in a while. Classes are free to members of SBDC. If you’re not a member, you may attend your first class without membership to make sure it’s a fit for you. Then join up! To sign up for Viennese Waltz or Samba, email Ann Pizzitola at [email protected]. Be sure to let her know which class(es) you want to attend. SBDC, where the learning continues and the fun never ends.