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Social Ballroom Dance Class with Bruce and Peggy Amrine

  • Hessel School House (map)

Fridays 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. $5 per student. Proceeds benefit Hessel School House.

This class will teach how to move around the dance floor in a smooth and graceful way. Participants will learn how to hear the beat, step to the music, lead and follow with a partner in a close dance frame, and travel around the dance floor with a variety of dance steps and patterns. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Peggy and Bruce Amrine have been summer residents in the Les Cheneaux Islands for more than 50 years and have been social dancing for 30 years. While not professional dance instructors, their experiences with both modern ballroom dance and historic vintage dance give them a unique perspective into teaching basic couple dance and how to have fun and look good on the dance floor.

This material will be presented in an easy, not-threatening way. There is an old saying in dance: If you can walk, you can one-step. The one-step was a very popular dance in the early 1900’s and gradually evolved into what we know today as contemporary ballroom dancing. Students will start by mastering the one-step and then move into the waltz and foxtrot. The class will be in a drop-in format that will allow for joining the group at any time. It will not be necessary to be involved for the entire summer.

This is presented as couple dancing so it is preferred, although not absolutely necessary, that students participate as couples. Students will need comfortable shoes, preferably with smooth leather soles. Flip-flops or boating shoes are not good choices. Otherwise, the dress code is ”Hey, we’re on vacation” so wear whatever you find comfortable.