Waltzing through winter

Dance is a wonderful winter activity with music, movement, laughter and the company of friendly folks.

If you are looking to brush up on your dancing skills, get more comfortable on the dance floor, or just love to dance, please join us Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The Let’s Dance Club would like to thank the many dancers who have joined in the dance. Our thanks to club members Jerry Granok, Wayne Lauffer, Les Linton, David McGee, and the ladies who have stepped forward as their partners for leading the current mix of lessons. Our appreciation also goes out to Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA), for they allow us to dance on one of the biggest and best dance floors in the area.

Waltz is the dance of the week, Tuesday, Jan. 20. This dance comes in handy, whether you are dancing at a western tavern, a wedding, or with the stars in your living room.

Nightclub two-step is the dance for Tuesday, Jan. 27. Nightclub two step is danced to mid-tempo popular and country ballads and love songs such as “Lady in Red,” Eric Clapton’s, “Tears in Heaven,” Lonestar’s, “Amazed,” and Lee Ann Womack’s, “ I Hope You Dance.” Developed in the late 1960s as a modification of the “Surfer Stomp,” it is no surprise that this social dance has a more relaxed hold than typical ballroom dances. Come and try it out.

On Feb. 8, Darla Hill will lead a three-hour workshop on the waltz from noon to 3 p.m. Currently living and teaching in Durango, Darla has danced and taught dancing for 23 years. She will teach eight to 12 waltz dance steps during the workshop. Darla’s husband and dance partner, Jim Hill, helps with instruction. The fee for this workshop is $20.

January through March, learn the basics of a different dance on each Tuesday of the month: first Tuesday — cha-cha; second Tuesday — country western swing; third Tuesday — waltz; fourth Tuesday — night club two-step. After about 40 minutes of basic instruction for the dance of the week, there will be a variety of dance music. Dancers without partners are welcome. Shoes that have smooth or leather soles make dancing easier.

Although donations are accepted, the Tuesday classes are free. Lessons and waltz workshop are at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Ave. For more information, call Jennifer (731-3108), Jerry (731-0676), or Wayne (264-4792).