Let’s Dance Spring Workshop, dinner and dance

In Step Dance Associates Charles Jackson and Deb Aspen are pleased to announce the return of the Pink Panther! 

The Let’s Dancers of Pagosa will host their Spring Workshop, dinner and dance on Saturday, April 4, at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave.

This will be an introduction to the bolero. It’s a beautiful, romantic dance; like a hybrid rose. The bolero is mostly influenced by waltz and rumba, but has a little American tango thrown into the pot.   

Some of you may well remember Bob and Cindy Long from past workshops and the Arthur Murray Pagosa Springs Dance Camp held last October.

For those who are new to the area, let me tell you how privileged we are to have two of the most talented and accredited dance teachers this close to us. Bob is chairman of the Arthur Murray National Dance Board, three times U.S. Pro American Ballroom finalist, three times Ohio Star Ball finalist, Championship adjudicator in all styles, Imperial Society Licentiate in Theater Arts, and recipient of the Feather Award for the Most Outstanding Male Teacher in the U.S.

Cindy was four times U.S. Professional Standard champion, U.S. Professional American Ballroom Finalist, North American Pro Champion in both Standard and American styles of ballroom dance, British Open Rising Star Standard Finalist, British Open Standard Semifinalist, World Championship adjudicator in all styles, Imperial Society Licentiate in Theater Arts, six-time Feather Award recipient, and most outstanding Female Dance Teacher in the U.S.     

After teaming up, the Longs have impressively added to their biographies in the world’s dance arena. Together, they have received the special Feather Award representing “The New Wave Spirit of Dance.” They are also Arthur Murray and North American Professional Ballroom Champions, traveling dance consultants and examiners, adjudicators for all levels including World Championships, and co-authors of many Arthur Murray dance syllabi.

As well as current co-franchisees of the studio in Albuquerque, Bob & Cindy travel extensively for professional and Pro/Am coaching, teaching and choreography, and are highly sought after adjudicators. This exceptional team is highly respected and coveted all over the world of dance. We are extremely fortunate to welcome them once again to Pagosa.  Don’t’ pass this opportunity to learn from the best, the ever graceful and romantic bolero. 

Registration will begin at 2:45 p.m. with the workshop starting promptly at 3. The cost is $20 per person. The Longs will begin with a few fundamentals of rumba and waltz, which are the two dances that bolero resembles the most, before they move into the main dance of the day. A refreshment break (provided by Let’s Dance) will take place around 4:15, followed by more bolero, until 6. Everyone will then have a chance to change clothes if desired, or do any preparations for dinner that are necessary. Anyone 16 years of age or older may attend the workshop, but the dinner and dance is adult only.

BYOB cocktails will start at 6:30 with a potluck dinner at 7. There will be lots of general dancing throughout the evening’s festivities, which also include some exhibition dances and a short video of some of the highlights of the Winter Showcase last month in Albuquerque. If you can’t make it to the workshop during the day, we heartily encourage you to come to the dinner and dance (donations will be greatly appreciated). Bring your own adult beverage, and one of the following: main dish, side dish, salad or dessert.  There is a full kitchen available, for our convenience. Plan to kick your heels up and have a good time.

Your choice of attire is optional. Comfortable, more casual clothing is best for the workshop, but there are restrooms to change in if you wish to bring something dressier for the evening. Please wear shoes that have smooth or suede leather soles, something that does not leave black marks or mud.

For more information, call Jennifer at 731-3108 or Deb at 946-1081.

Oh, the Pink Panther?  You’ll need to find that out for yourself.


Photo courtesy Deb Aspen
Let’s Dance Club will sponsor a bolero workshop on April 4, with instructors Cindy and Bob Long, Arthur Murray and North American Professional Ballroom Champions from Albuquerque.