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‘Autumn Swing Thing’ dance workshops on Nov. 5

Have you got your dancing shoes ready to rock and roll with Deb Aspen and new dance partner, David McGee, as they host “Autumn Swing Thing” workshops on Saturday, Nov. 5?

This event will be a combination of Intermediate West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing workshops and is sponsored by Let’s Dance of Pagosa.

Dancers can choose to take one or both of these workshops, as Deb has re-structured this type of training session to include the option of taking half the usual workshop time, or all, depending on the student’s ability and preference.

Join them at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230A Port Ave., at 2:45 p.m. to register for the West Coast Swing Workshop which will run from 3 to 4:15.

Then, In Step Dance is providing a refreshment break from 4:15-4:45 for anyone attending either or both of the workshops. This will also be a good time to register for the East Coast Swing Workshop which will run from 4:45-6, if this is the only workshop you are attending. The cost is $12 per person for one workshop or $20 for both, and proceeds will go towards the promotion of ballroom dancing in our area.

Due to popular request, the West Coast Swing Workshop will be a review of the patterns taught by Arthur Murray champion Cindy Long last April. Then, Deb will switch gears and swing into some brand-new silver-level East Coast Swing patterns. Remember both workshops are designed for intermediate level dancers. You must be able to perform the basics of the dance(s), and have a good grasp of timing and lead-and-follow.

While coming with a partner is beneficial, it is not mandatory; and anyone 16 or older may attend. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that have smooth or suede leather soles, something that does not leave black marks or mud.

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 workshops, and a suggested donation of $5 for those who do not attend. We will review the patterns covered at the workshop and more.

The Saturday workshops are a kickoff to other workshops coming up throughout the winter months, if the interest is there. Also, Deb is setting up a new Sunday schedule starting in November. Four different dances will be offered every Sunday afternoon: 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 who attend.

For more information, Call Deb at 731-3338.

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