The Rocky Mount chapter of USA Dance is offering a four-hour dance workshop Saturday, at the Imperial Centre. USA Dance, which is the official member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee for DanceSport, is a nonprofit, nationwide organization whose only mission is to promote ballroom dancing.
USA Dance will show participants how to get up, get moving and get grooving.
The workshop is structured to benefit people who have never danced a step as well as the more advanced who are looking for a little more panache in their polka. None of the classes require a partner, as participants will rotate partners during classes and make sure everyone has plenty of practice time.
Leah Long will get beginners moving in the right direction with classes in the popular dances of rumba, waltz, merengue and East Coast swing.
For the intermediate to advanced dancer, Jonathan Medlin and Malin Alert, nationally ranked competitive dancers, will help improve lead and follow skills while refining attitude and flair on the floor. Dances offered are Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Cha-Cha.
For those who want a slight departure from “strictly ballroom” but who still enjoy partnership dancing, Joan Caviness, former world-champion line dancer and pro-am country-western instructor, will teach: West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha Line Dancing and Two-Step.
Workshop format offers three different 50-minute classes each hour, starting at 11 a.m. A one-hour lunch break will occur at 1 p.m., and the workshop will end at 4 p.m. Participants can mix and match from the three instructors; pick and choose which dances and techniques appeal to them the most.
Pricing is extremely low because USA Dance, as a non-profit group, has a mission to get more people dancing.
Classes will be $15 each. Registration through the Imperial Centre. Call Jennifer Rankin at 252-972-1632.