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Let’s Dance sponsors Swing workshops

Attention all ballroom dancers: Deb Aspen is back and ready to “rock and roll.”

To kick things off on Saturday, Nov. 5, she will host “Autumn Swing Thing” workshops at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230A Port Ave. This event will be a combination of Intermediate West Coast Swing/East Coast Swing and is sponsored by Let’s Dance of Pagosa.

There will be a different format this year, developed from comments and suggestions concerning the length of former workshops. During past workshops, it was duly noted that about two-thirds of the way through the day, the “deer-in-the-headlight” look started to appear on some faces. By the end of the three hour intensive training session, “brain death” was mentioned among the masses. Not good signs. So, Deb is re-structuring this type of training session to include the option of half the usual workshop time, or all, depending on the student’s preference.

Due to popular request, the first workshop on Nov. 5 will be a review of the West Coast Swing patterns taught by Arthur Murray champion Cindy Long last April. After a refreshment break, provided by In Step Dance, we’ll switch gears and swing into some brand-new (to Pagosa, anyway) East Coast Swing patterns. Both the ECS and WCS steps covered will be intermediate level for dancers who can already perform the basics of these two dances.

Registration is slated to begin at 2:45 p.m. with the WCS workshop starting promptly at 3 and running until 4:15. The refreshment break will be for anyone attending one or both of the workshops and will take place from 4:15 to 4:45. This will be followed by the ECS Workshop from 4:45 to 6. The cost is $12 for per person for one workshop or $20 per person for both. All proceeds go towards the promotion of ballroom dancing in our area.

It is not necessary to come with a partner; singles are welcome, and anyone 16 or older may attend. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that have smooth or split leather soles (something that does not leave black marks or mud).

There will not be a potluck dinner and dance after this event. We will, however, discuss this topic for future workshops, as there are plans for subsequent workshops of this type throughout the winter.

On Sundays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, there will be continued swing classes offered from 4 to 5 p.m. There is no charge for those who attend the workshop, and a suggested donation of $5 for those who do not attend. We will review the patterns covered at the workshops and more.

Also, starting this November, there will be a new schedule for Sunday afternoons. Four different dances will be offered every Sunday: a Smooth or Slow Dance class, a Latin class, a Swing class and a Country Western class. These categories will depend on consensus opinion, and will change every month. We’ll start on Nov. 6 with American Tango from 1-2 p.m., Cha Cha from 2:30-3:30, WCS/ECS from 4-5, and Country Western Swing from 5:30-6:30. The level of these classes will depend on the level of dancers that attend.

For more information, call Deb at 731-3338.

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