Private Lessons

Most our private lessons we teach at Carilion Wellness, formerly known  as the Roanoke Athletic Club. There are two exercise studios with nice wood floors. Studio A is approximately 48×48 therefore 2,300 square feet and Studio B is 33×43 therefore 1,400 square feet. We set aside Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7:30 or later […]

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Private dance lesson locations?

Most of our private or semi-private dance lessons are taught at Carilion Wellness, formerly known as the Roanoke Athletic Club. Other possibilities are your home or business. An example of that is a series of private lessons we are doing now with a couple who have 3 young children. We go to their home after […]

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Other dance instructors in the area

Jose Zuniga from Danville comes almost every Sunday to teach private lessons. Likewise Bonny Branch is another great instructor in the Roanoke area. If you are interested in lessons with either let us know and we will provide contact info.

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Different Dancers, Different Motivations

We often hear dancers wish everyone would rotate partners or that folks would dance more and talk less or that some folks would not request line dances or mixers, etc. The obvious but forgotten truth is that everyone is so different. Therefore, everyone’s motivation for dancing and what they enjoy at a dance also is […]

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Songs for Different Dances

To give you an idea of the types of music suitable for the various dances, we’ve included examples of songs below. Each dance includes a few oldies songs, a country song when appropriate, and several contemporary songs. You will find some songs work for a variety of dances. For example, you can dance a slow […]

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Dance Etiquette

Just as in all other areas of life, there are rules of etiquette that govern the dance environment and community. Here are a few of the basics which if followed, should avoid hurt feelings, blunders and embarrassment. Follow the correct line of dance which is counter clockwise in the smooth dances. If you are a […]

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Dance Dress Codes

Many dances often specifiy the type of attire appropriate for that dance. In case you get confused, we are here to help explain the definitions. White Tie means ultra-formal. Men wear full dress with white tie, vest, shirt and cumberbund. Ladies wear long gowns. Black Tie means formal. Men wear tuxedos. Ladies wear cocktail, long […]

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Order of Learning Dance

First learn the steps. This is where the body and feet are moving: forward, back, side or diagonally and the number of steps in each direction. Don’t worry about learning arm styling or Latin motion at this point. Next learn the timing. Some dances are slow, quick, quick such as rumba, bolero, mambo, salsa, silver […]

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