Still time to sign up for dance camp

This is the final announcement for the Arthur Murray Pagosa Springs Dance Camp slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave.

Pre-registration is necessary for the dinner/dance/show in the evening, and there are still several seats available.  Call Deb or Charles at 731-3338 so they can have your tickets ready at the door. 

There is also still room in all of the classes, which will run from noon until 5 p.m. and you can either call ahead to register or sign up at the door for these.  The classes offered are as follows:

• Beginning to Intermediate Foxtrot, or Advanced Foxtrot from noon to 12:50 p.m.

• Beginning Salsa, or Intermediate and Styling Salsa from 1-1:50 p.m.

• Beginning to Intermediate Cha Cha, or Intermediate Argentine Tango from 2-2:50 p.m.

• Beginning Hustle, or Intermediate West Coast Swing from 3-3:50 p.m.

• Beginning CW Swing, or Intermediate CW 2-Step from 4-4:50 p.m. 

Each class is only $10 per person, and you do not have to have a partner to attend.  The instructors will rotate students so that everyone will get the chance to practice.  As a rule, dance classes usually end up pretty closely matched in the number of guys and gals.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that have smooth or suede leather soles (something that does not leave black marks or mud).  Rubber or lugged soles, sandals or slings can be dangerously inappropriate and very hard to dance in.

There will be a break between 5 and 6 p.m. when everyone will be able to change into something more suitable for the formal dinner/dance/show.  Everything from creased jeans, dress western shirt and bolo, to tux and tails will do for the gents.  Ladies, here’s your chance to go all out if you like: wear all the glitz and glitter you wish!  If you are traveling from afar, there will be changing rooms available, complete with clothing racks for your convenience. 

Wine, coffee, teas, non-alcoholic punch and filtered water will be provided, and will be served starting at 6.  If you prefer something else, please BYOB.

Eddie B Cookin’s Pasta Bar and Spring Mix Salad, complete with a variety of meats, vegetables, and sauces will be fabulously displayed and prepared to your personal order, starting about 6:30.  To round out the menu, the Let’s Dance Club will provide fruits and ice cream or whipped topping to go with Deb Aspen’s homemade apple-raisin, peach, pumpkin or pecan pies.  Cost per person for the Dinner/Dance/Show is just $40. Where else in town can you have a gourmet dinner, homemade pie, wine, general dancing, and an awesome professional dance show for that price.  Plus, your ticket will enter you in drawings for exciting dance videos of the 2008 Blackpool International Dance Championships.  Come and eat, drink, be entertained and “boogie ‘til the cows come home” (or at least until 10:30).  There will be a variety of CD music, including Waltzes, Foxtrots & Tangos; all your favorite Swings, many Latin styles, slow dances and, of course, your favorite Country Westerns.         

For all participants in any of Saturday’s events, there is a special rate of $9 to join the teachers and fellow students at The Springs for a social soak on Sunday.  The gathering time and instructions will be announced throughout the  day and evening, Saturday.

In Step Dance Associates’ Deb Aspen and Charles Jackson have been organizing this event with Arthur Murray, and are proud to continue their special introductions of the teachers. 

Featured this week is the beautiful Charity Toya, who is also certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association.  She has been teaching at the Albuquerque studio for nine years, and as top counselor, Charity takes care of new students’ registration and promotion.  Multi-faceted and multi-talented, Charity is currently training to be a competitor in the Professional American Rhythm style dances in International competitions.  We are indeed privileged to have her share some of her expertise and unique  Latin styling with us.

For more information and to register, call Deb or Charles at 731-3338.