We’ll be concentrating on review in April. On Thursday nights we will review a different dance in the Vermilion Room in the SaddleBrooke clubhouse. We’ll spend one night on the Western Waltz, one night on the Arizona 2-Step, and one night on the old favorite, the Texas 2-Step. And we will have a DJ dance to utilize our proficiency! The aspect of teaching I enjoy the most is seeing our students gain confidence as they learn the dance steps. They are so beautiful having a “ball” dancing.
As a special class, we will teach Night Club 2-Step (NC2) at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Vermilion Room. The NC2 is a three-step to four beats—not really a two-step—but I didn’t name it. It is great for ballads and those “What do I do for this song?” songs. We stay in the center of the dance floor, since it is stationary and doesn’t progress. There are some unique steps, so this is another fun class. This class will begin on Thursday, April 13.
On Mondays we will continue our Partner Pattern classes. These are similar to line dances. The pattern is a series of steps that are repeated. You dance with your partner beside you in the sweetheart position. Some are very easy, like the 10-step, and others are more challenging. These classes will be in the Mountainview Ballroom at 6 p.m. for the easiest dances and 7 p.m. for the more challenging patterns.
Our teaching philosophy is not just to show you steps, leaving it up to you to pick them up, but we analyze the steps, which is the best way to teach them, then review, and review again. I have several sidekick couples who are there to help students learn individually. We want our students to learn the dances so they can get on the dance floor and enjoy dancing! We have been teaching here in SaddleBrooke for 17 years. We will try to add a few DJ dances before our dancing season ends. Our group has a ground-pounding, boot-stomping good time at all of our dances.
For more information and to sign up for classes and the club, please email me at [email protected]. It is necessary to register before classes, as the venue may change.
We are fortunate to be able to attend different dance venues and dance to various bands, old favorites and new. In the past, we had the Lariat, then the Oracle Inn, but they are now kaput. Whisky Roads is a longer drive, but fun. You can easily gather a group to go dancing there. SaddleBrooke Ranch and Rancho Vistoso also host dances. Let’s dance everywhere we can, while we can!