Ballroom dance lessons offered

This fall, community members have the unique opportunity to revisit a chapter of local history with American Ballroom dancing lessons at Collage Performing Arts Center on Eagle St. in Fredonia.

Dancing has always reflected the times and music of each generation, resulting in a rich fabric of styles ranging from Hip Hop to “The Twist” and Swing to “The Charleston,” as well as Ballroom dancing. Ballroom is the most formal of styles, and its structure is the foundation upon which most subsequent dances were based.

Although less popular today than it was in the past, for many years Ballroom dance was a common form of recreation. Dance halls were a fixture of communities and neighborhoods. Even today, many local clubs still have dance floors, though contemporary dancing is quite different than its predecessor.

Ballroom dancing is the perfect antidote for today’s hectic times. It channels dancers’ energy and allows them to focus on an activity. It provides mental stimulation, physical exercise, artistic expression and social interaction.

The focus of these classes is to stimulate an interest in Ballroom dancing, to develop overall skill level and to foster greater confidence on the dance floor. This often becomes a life-long interest for participants. These classes are for those who already have an interest in Ballroom dancing and for those who are curious about and want to explore Ballroom dancing.

Classes beginning in the fall include the traditional Ballroom Smooth, the Waltz, Fox Trot, Peabody and Tango. Dance I classes will be held Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will run Sept. 16 to Nov. 18.

Dance IV review and practice classes will be held Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will run Sept. 19 to Nov. 21.

Classes will continue in the spring with American Ballroom Latin, the Rumba, Mambo, Cha-Cha, Samba and Meringue, as well as East Coast Swing.

To register, call the Center at 672-8678. The cost is $20 per person for 12 weeks.