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Private dance lessons for my husband and me
I would like to buy my husband and myself some private dance lessons
for our anniversary- probably swing and/or salsa. Does anyone have a
recommendation for 2 shy, no confidence on the dance floor people?
I'm glad I can refer you to a terrific dance teacher-Laurie
Ann Lepoff. She's in Oakland and teaches all kinds of social
dance for, as she says, ''shy people and klutzes.'' Her
website is www.stepsontoes.com and her phone number is 444 4621.
My husband took classes from her and he no longer
Laurie Ann at http://stepsontoes.com/ is the person for you
both. I have known her for a while and have met several of
her clients who speak so highly of her. Visit her website to
find out more.
Laurie Ann Lepoff (social dancing for shy people and klutzes) is
great. My husband and I took lessons leading up to our wedding so we
would be ready for the first dance. My husband is not a dancer. At
all. Really, he pretty much never dances, and neither of us had done
any ballroom dancing. We ended up wowing the wedding guests. I
highly recommend her. Her website is: http://www.stepsontoes.com/
I know a wonderful swing dance instructor named Carla Heiney who
gives privates and is phenomenal with beginners. You will love her!
Check out her website and tell her I sent you!
415 225 8570
Try Allegra Ballroom in Emeryville. It is a cooperative. I think
group salsa is Wednesday and Sunday evenings, but you can arrange
private lessons. It is across from the B of A off the Powell St
exit. The parking lot entrance is on Christie. They also have
frequent dance parties which are well attended. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Ann Lepoff teaches social dance for shy people and clutzes.
I've seen her dance and she's incredible. Best of luck to you. Her
number is 444-4621.
Ballroom dance lessons during the day?
I am in my mid-thirties and have never taken a dance class in my
life but have such a desire to learn ballroom dance - the cha cha,
tango, swing, etc. I am looking for a dance instructor or studio
that teaches during the day. I live in Berkeley and would like to
stay as local as possible. I think I prefer private lessons, but am
open to smaller group lessons as well. Any suggestions?
Want to dance
Laurie Ann Lepoff is a dance instructor with a studio in Oakland. She
teaches all types of dancing including ballroom. For my son's senior
project, he wanted to learn ballroom dancing. Although Laurie Ann
offers a variety of class structures, my son's lessons were private. He
enjoyed his lessons and felt comfortable with her. She offers her
lessons during the day in addition to evening hours. Her number is
510-444-4621. Web: www.stepsontoes.com
Ballroom Dance Class for Teens
I am looking for Summer Ballroom Dance Class for Teens. Can anyone give
me some suggestions?
Look online for the many ballroom dancing opportunities in the
greater Bay Area: There is a Gaskell Ball in Oakland every other
month. The next is Sat June 18th, with a three-hour dance class in
the afternoon that only costs $10. While many Dickens Fair and Civil
War reenactors wear period clothes to the actual ball, modern
dressup clothes are perfectly fine, and lots of college folk attend.
There is also a Second Saturday Waltz at Lake Merritt, preceded by
For English Regency dances, Google PEERS.
For waltzes and traditional American line dances, check out the
contra dance schedules (www.sffmc.org).
Looking for intro, fun ballroom dancing classes for my husband and me -
preferably in Walnut Creek or Lamorinda. Preferably weekends.
The Lafayette Dance Center at 3369 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette has
Argentine Tango group lessons Friday nights at 8:00pm
I would like to find a school that gives dance classes for
adults preferably in the East Bay (but SF is ok too). My
husband and I need to learn how to dance together to
contemporary music and perhaps some classics like
walzer, etc... I checked older referrals but they are very
My husband and I have taken good beginning classes from Charlene
Van Ness at the Albany Community Center. She also teaches other
places so check for her flyers at the Community Center. Another
friend is taking lessons at the Dance Easy on San Pablo near the
El Cerrito Mall. People seem to enjoy them although I personally
have not taken there. Have fun!!
I don't know much about resources in the east bay, being a recent
SF transplant, but Metronome Ballroom in the Portrero
neighborhood, has a variety of different partner dance class
offerings, and they offer private lessons as well. I don't know
if they address your specific issues, but perhaps they could
refer you. Their website is http://www.metronomeballroom.com/
I am so glad to be able to steer you to Paul Overton and Sharon
Ashe at http://www.paulandsharon.com.
Paul and Sharon specialize in
swing and lindy hop (what fun!), but also teach foxtrot, waltz,
etc. (no latin, sorry) They start everyone off with a session
of ''moving together'', which we found to be the most rewarding
part of the whole session. Paul and Sharon are VERY patient
teachers, and do both large group and smaller seminars. They
also have a DVD out called ''The Wedding Dance'' that helps
couples prepare for partner dancing at their wedding. I highly
recommend the DVD too! They teach in Glenview, just off Park Bl.
and also in San Francisco (I think at the Metronome Ballroom).
i'm not sure what sorts of dance classes you mean, but
ballroom (which usually includes swing and salsa and tango)
classes for complete beginners are available at both the
danceasy (el cerrito) and the allegro ballroom (emeryville)--
if you look at their schedules they say what they have for total
beginners and when, as well as other stuff....
Check out the Berkeley Adult School. They have a bunch of
ballroom dance classes and it is a very informal comfortable
setting. Gil Chun is the instructor and is very patient. The
website is: http://bas.berkeley.net/comm.html.
Also it is
relatively inexpensive. Once you learn some steps, check out
the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville
(http://www.california.com/~allegro/). Enjoy and happy
Is anyone familiar with the ballroom dancing classes
for adults in East Bay ?
The Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville is a fun start. My husband
and I went for a date to a group dance class on a Friday evening.
The location was spacious and well ventilated which is crucial
because you would be amazed by the sweating you do! We initially assumed
we would be dancing together the whole time, but instead the class is
organized so you end up dancing with every other partner with each new
increment of steps learned. It's located behind Wells Fargo and Denny's
at Powell and Christie. I found a web site:
The Allegro Ballroom located at 5855 Christie Avenue in
Emeryville is the place to learn social dance: Fox trot, Swing, Tango,
Nightclub 2 step, Lindy, Salsa & more
I highly recommend Charlene VanNess, though I don't know where she is teaching classes
currently. You might check either the Berkeley or Albany YMCA, and I think she might also teach an
exercise class at Jazzercise in El Cerrito. She has a mailer she sends out for her dance classes. She makes
the classes fun and never makes you feel self-conscious. And you don't change partners like you do in
other classes. My husband and I found going to dance class on Friday night to be a great way to transition
from the work week to the weekend. Of course, this was before children... K.
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