. Introduction to Social Ballroom Dancing

A new course from U3APP, run at the South Melbourne Community Centre, from 3.30 till 5.00 on Friday afternoons.

This is straightforward course aimed at giving everyone the confidence to enjoy dancing together in a social setting.

In the cartoon film Toy Story, the character of Buzz Lightyear, in the style of a “Superman Hero” is disappointed to discover that despite the rumours, he is actually not able to fly. However, at the end of the film, you see him with his cape extended, passing through the sky.

“Are you flying? They all shout. He replies, “No, I am falling, with Style!”

Ballroom dancing is just like walking, with music; simply putting one foot in front of the other, and in this class, no one will be falling. We will all be walking, with music, and “With Style!”

After this course you may not aspire to being Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, or even Scott Hastings (Strictly Ballroom), but you should be able to give Patrick Swayze a run for his money.

This class will give you the style and presence to be able to step away from the bar, from the talk of cricket, golf, or footy, walk across the room, and utter those classic magic words, “Would you like to dance?” and the ability to throw away those two left feet, smile, and say “Yes, I would.”

The class will include the basic steps of the most popular social dances, including the waltz, quickstep, cha cha cha, jive, and a few more, with popular traditional social dances like the Barn Dance thrown in. Once the basics have been comfortably mastered, we will add one or two extra little steps to add a touch of flair, and to maybe create a subtle illusion, designed to impress.

David Sharples - Tutor

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5D01 Introduction to Ballroom Dancing