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January sessions offer four dances

In Step Dance is offering four different dances to kick in the New Year.

On Sundays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, the smooth/slow dance of the month is Beginning to Intermediate Night Club 2-Step. Instruction will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Beginning to Intermediate Bolero will be the Latin pick and starts at 3. Beginning West Coast Swing swings in at 4:, and Beginning Country Western 2-Step with an introduction to 3-Step is slated for 5.

What is Night Club 2-Step? Have you ever gone to a dance and realized that you don’t have a clue what to do when they play a slow song? Now is your chance to find out. NC 2-Step is a versatile and practical social dance, not to be confused with the Country Western 2-Step. It is danced primarily to contemporary soft rock or love songs such as “Lady in Red” by Chris DeBurgh and “2 Become 1” by the Spice Girls.

This uncomplicated, romantic dance has evolved from the old surfer stomp, and was developed by Buddy Schwimmer back in the late 1960s before the Hustle. It gives the dancer, either beginner or advanced, the opportunity to express and create without rigid technique being required. The Night Club 2-Step is an attractive dance that is easy to learn and can be danced often.

Bolero, as we know it in this country, was born in Cuba toward the end of the 20th century as an heir to the Spanish Bolero. It has evolved into a beautiful combination of Rumba, Waltz and Tango. The romantic Bolero is the slowest of the Latin dances and has some different characteristics from its Cuban relative the Rumba.

The Bolero is usually played in 4/4 time and its tempo is slower than that of Rumba. While Rumba music is very rhythmical, the lyrical Bolero sounds more like a Latin ballad.

West coast Swing was voted in as the swing class of the month, with focus on review and refinement of the basics. This is also a club-style dance, where improvisation is the name of the game. There are no set rules, so once you learn the basics, the dance is all yours.

You will find dancers WC Swinging to wide range of tempos and styles of music: Blues, contemporary rock, or even oldies from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

Our Country Western selection for January is Beginning to Intermediate CW 2-Step with an introduction to 3-Step. The 2-Step that is now the main dance in Country and Western probably started in Texas, although the exact history is unclear. In the late ’70s to early ’80s, a group of instructors running a disco dance school changed with the trend and moved into teaching Country & Western. Because the instructors had a background in teaching ballroom, many of the early patterns of the 2-Step were founded in the Foxtrot.

At the last session, Jan. 29, we will have an introduction to the CW 3-Step, which is danced to faster music, has a different timing; but can incorporate the same patterns as in the 2-Step.

In Step Dance will continue sessions in 2012 at 450 Lewis St., upstairs in room 3F. It’s a lovely room with mirrors, which are a great compliment to dancers. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that do not leave black marks or mud. Sessions start on time, so come a few minutes early to register and get ready to dance. You do not need a partner, and anyone 16 or older may attend.

For more information, call Deb at 731-3338.

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