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‘Spring Fling’ Quickstep and Cha Cha workshops

A reminder to all Pagosa area dancers: get ready to for an exciting day and evening of dancing and fun at In Step’s “Spring Fling” workshops, dinner and dance on Saturday, April 21.

Come and learn the basics in Quickstep or advance your knowledge and technique of the ever-popular Cha Cha.

Bob and Cindy Long, co-owners of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Albuquerque, N.M., will be here to share their expertise; an opportunity you won’t want to miss. For those of you who might have missed last week’s writeup about this worldwide, sought-after dance duo, let me review.

Bob Long is former North American Professional Ballroom and Arthur Murray Professional Ballroom champion, several-time U.S. Professional American Ballroom and Ohio Star Ball finalist, recipient of the Feather Award for the Most Outstanding Male Teacher in the U.S., an Imperial Society Licentiate in Theatre Arts, and past chairman, now on the board of the National Dance Council.

Cindy Long was four-time U.S. Professional Standard champion, U.S. Professional American Ballroom finalist, North American Professional champion in both Standard and American styles of Ballroom, British Open Rising Star Standard finalist, British Open Standard semifinalist, World Championship adjudicator (all styles), Imperial Society Associate in Ballroom and Licentiate in Theatre Arts, and six-time Feather Award recipient for Most Outstanding Female Dance Teacher in the U.S.

Together, they are past North American and Arthur Murray Professional Ballroom champions, traveling consultants and examiners for Arthur Murray Dance Studios and adjudicators for all levels including World Championships.

Through the years, Bob and Cindy have co-authored all of the syllabi for Country Western dances, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Lindy, and full Bronze and Silver in 12 additional dances. More recently, they have co-authored new syllabi for Full Silver and Full Gold levels in the six standard dances: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha and East Coast Swing; plus new syllabi for West Coast Swing, Night Club 2-Step, and are working on many others.

Registration for the workshops begins at 2:45 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230A Port Ave. You can sign up for either beginning Quickstep or intermediate to advanced Cha Cha, which will begin promptly at 3 p.m. There will be a half-hour refreshment break midway, with the workshops ending around 6. There will be a break from 6-6:30 for everyone to change into dressier attire for party mode if they wish, and a full kitchen is available for any food preparation you might have. We will enjoy cocktails and appetizers from 6:30-7, with the potluck dinner following. DJ Dusty will play our favorite tunes from 7:30-10:30, and some entertainment in the form of dance exhibitions is slated throughout the evening, as well.

You do not need a partner to attend, however, there is a gentleman who would prefer to take the Quickstep workshop with a partner if there is a lady hoping for the same arrangement. Contact Deb for details on that.

The cost is $25 per person, and if you attend a workshop, the dance is free. If you are unable to attend a workshop, but wish to come to the dance, you can purchase a $5 ticket in advance or pay $7 at the door. This will pay for the DJ and the cost of putting on the event. It is a community dance, for anyone over 21, so you do not have to be a member of any dance organization in town. Just bring your dancing shoes or boots and your own adult beverage if desired. Refreshments, punch, coffee, teas, bottled water, and cups, etc. will be provided.

Contact Jennifer Matcham for tickets at 946-7368, or Deb Aspen at 731-3338 for tickets, to preregister for a workshop (appreciated but not mandatory), to R.S.V.P. for the dance or for more information.

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