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September 2022 - It's Classic

What's nextThere are so many considerations that go into creating our schedule (days, times, venues, staffing), it is just about impossible to declare (and stick to) a theme. Which is why it’s so cool when the themes happen on their own - like for some reason the cosmos is in the mood for retro music. Let's just go ahead and blame it on Top Gun 2.

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August 2022 - On The Road to Dance

What's nextDo you feel like Summer is over? It's not! But for some reason I feel caught in that "let's have one last fun thing" and still "get ready for fall" dilemma. Truthfully, there's still lots of summer left to have fun with. This month we are having an outdoor afternoon of Swing lessons and dancing, a fun Happy Hour Practice Party, Date Night Dance Class, and more.

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July 2022 - On The Road to Dance

What's nextWe have tons going on this month - a Dance Party, Date Night Dance Class, Happy Hour - and even more coming next month - a new event with Nesselrod on the New, IRWCS, and another Date Night Dance Class. See all the details below or on our webpage at

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June 2022 - Let's Get Started

Hello, It's a new month!  That means more dancing. Enjoy!So much going on - we're gonna just cut to the chase, or to the dancing, as the case may be.

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May 2022 - "May" I have this Dance?

Hello, It's a new month!  That means more dancing. Enjoy!

This Month we are trying to get back to the social part of social dancing. And so, we are inviting you to several fun, social events, not the least of which is our first full-fledged Dance Party in years! This weekend, rock Main Street Christiansburg with us.
Next weekend, pull out your sparkliest dress (or the good yoga pants) and join us for the Black and White Ball.
Then the weekend after, finish the month and kick off summer with a beachy Happy Hour. Remember when you came dancing for fun, not just for lessons? Let's do it again! Don't get me wrong, lessons are fun, but social dancing should be danced socially! I hope we see you you this month, and maybe you could save a dance for me?

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April 2022 - That is the question, isn't it?

What's nextAs we reach for Spring, warm weather, and sunny skies with our region’s very typical off-and-on approach, I feel like I start every day with uncertainty. Should I wear fuzzy socks or shorts? Should I slide on berks or ugs? Should I stay or should I go… oh, wait. That one is a song. Do you see the problem? It’s not a bad one to have. Questions mean options, and options mean potential fun, especially when it comes to dancing.

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March 2022 - Some People March to a Different Drummer (others polka)

Hello, It's a new month!  That means more dancing. Enjoy!

I've always been fond of March - not only does it get my gardener side excited (I always plant more than I can deal with!!), but I love getting the chance to eat lunch outside again. And maybe best of all - it shares it's name with a dance! When I was in college, I loved participating in a "Grand March" - everyone of all skill levels dancing together in a very follow-the-leader fashion (here's a lovely example). It's invigorating, inspiring, and down-right fun.

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February 2022 - Sweet ideas for celebrating with your special someone

What month is it?Valentine’s Day is coming up and you need something romantic to cap your weekend.
Or maybe your child is getting married and you would like something to express how wonderfully special that is.
Ah - your sweetheart/parent/best friend is turning 39 (again), and you want to find a way to say how lucky you feel to be a part of their life.
There are sweet moments happening all around us, making life with our loved-ones so delicious - let’s talk about how to savor those moments with something a little more special than a box of chocolates.

Read on!

~ 2021 ~


December 2021 - Preview 2022

What month is it?

As we kick 2021 to the curb, and hop on board 2022, I’d like to shine a light on what’s coming next year. There are going to be significant changes in some of our programs. I hope you like the new approaches and that you’ll find something exciting to look forward to.

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November 2021 - Relax with us

What month is it?In with the dance; out with the stress. - our 7pm
It's so lovely to have a stretch of low-traffic, low-stress road on the way into the new year. Come join us for an hour of chill this month and get that time of calm amusement that your soul needs.
Before wrapping up 2021 and putting a bow on it, we still have plenty of time for private lessons and lots of group lessons to choose from: a few Friday Beginner Workshops, a couple of beginner Line Dance Lessons, two Happy Hours, and a bunch of What's Next Workshops.

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October 2021 - Getting Back in the Swing

MonthHey dancing folks - are you ready to swing on to the dance floor? We always try to respond to your requests when scheduling our classes and this season you have requested swings - all the swings! So let’s head to the playground. With West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag, and Hustle dominating the schedule over the next two months, you might think Swing is all we do, but I promise we have lots of Latin and Ballroom for you too. Nothing like a fast latin dance to warm up a rainy fall evening, right?

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September 2021 - Dance All Night

MonthHey dancing folks - This newsletter is going to be a little sparse. It’s been a crazy month/summer and I am behind in my work. But we have some awesome stuff happening next week that you need to know about, so I don’t want to wait to share the details until I have a fuller, more developed newsletter for you. So, you’re getting an abbreviated version that still contains lots of lots of info for your dance development and enjoyment.

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August 2021 - The Scoop on Groups

MonthIf you didn’t already know, these newsletters are frequently a byproduct of conversations had at the studio over the course of the last few weeks. Of course I want to let you know about the cool classes, wonderful workshops, and other sweet opportunities coming up, but then I also want to inform you in some way that is just helpful. And I usually take my cues from actual questions asked by real-life students.

This month has been full of “what are you doing for COVID now,” “will dance parties ever come back,” and “how is a workshop different from a group class.” While we may not have all the answers, we have a bunch. I hope they are helpful!

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July 2021 - Splash-o-Rama


 It's a tidal wave of fun news and churning full of good information on how to stay cool without going for a dunk in the nearest mountain stream (that does sound lovely, but it would ruin my dance shoes), as well as several of the sparkling dance opportunities flooding Sapphire’s calendar this month. And don’t miss the River Cruise Playlist - it’s a wonder-pool of different dance styles with a distinctly watery theme.

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June 2021 - Take a Break


Hello my dancing friends! I hope the summer weather and COVID improvements have you anticipating trips to the beach (where you will do a little Shag dancing), family get togethers (where a some Swing dancing might pop up), and weddings (where Hustle and Rumba are your best friends). Whether your life is filled with exciting outings, or chilling at home, there's good music and dancing that will go with that.

In this issue, we continue discussing what is musicality in dancing, as well as get a fabulous playlist highlighting songs that make musicality just a bit easier, a few announcements about changes in the studio, and of course a list of exciting dance opportunities coming up in the next several weeks.

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May 2021 - May the Fourth be With You

May the Fourth

I was once asked to name something interesting that I like about the people I work with. I said, we are all nerds in some way. We have science nerds, computer nerds, and (of course) music nerds. We have Star Wars nerds, Doctor Who nerds, SciFi nerds, Urban Fantasy nerds, and several MCU nerds. We all have things we're really into, in addition to dancing. In your next lesson, ask your instructor about what they're into and share your interest in return - it is after all social dancing.

This month, in honor of May the Fourth, we are embracing the nerdy side of dance with a wonderfully nerdy playlist and an article that really gets into the science of musicality. Think that musicality is art not science? You might be right, but read on anyway - I promise you will get something out of knowing the nerdy details.

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April 2021 - Keep On Keeping On

Hello, It's a new month!  That means more dancing. Enjoy!

We’ve had a lot change over the past month, mostly for the better! People are coming out more, enjoying the dancing, and getting to see each other in our clean and spacious studio. At the beginning of April, the 10 person limit to social gatherings increased, but other requirements did not and so our limit has moved to 12. It may not seem like a big change, but we really aren’t ready for big crowds yet. 12 is a good place to be for now.

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March 2021 - Adventures in Dancing

It's a new month. Enjoy!

Listening to the news, everything is about “a year ago this happened.” The Coronavirus was discovered in the US. Schools and businesses shut down, and on and on... Well, we survived (and I don’t make that statement lightly). This coming year is also going to be tough for the studio, but I have faith that with your help and enthusiasm, we will survive that "adventure" too.
And now it’s time to take a break from all that and maybe make some plans for some nicer adventures that will help us though the home stretch of this crisis without going too crazy.

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February 2021 - Sweet Ideas for Special Occasions

Hello, It's a new month!  That means more dancing. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day is coming up and you need something romantic to cap your weekend. Or maybe your child is getting married and you would like something to express how wonderfully special that is. Ah - your sweetheart/parent/best friend is turning 39 (again), and you want to find a way to say how lucky you feel to be a part of their life. Here’s to all those sweet moments happening all around us that make life with our loved-ones so delicious - let’s talk about how to savor them.

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January 2021 - Beat the Winter Blues

It's a new month. Enjoy!

The excitement of the holidays is done, and now it's time to bring all those decorations down. (And why did we put so many up to begin with?!) We still have long, dark days and too much time sitting and staring at computers. And the next season of the Mandolorian won't be out for aaaagggges. It's very tempting to give in to dark thoughts and let the winter blues takes over.
But, then you gotta think about all those new beginnings that the new year represents - chances to try new things, learn new skills, discover new solutions to old problems. You just gotta get over the last year. You can do it - "every journey starts with a single step." You get to decide what kind of step it's going to be.

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~ 2020 ~


December 2020 - Let's Celebrate

It's a new month. Enjoy!

Yeah, we’ve been bit by the holiday bug. Even though everything is weird this year, the upcoming holidays are a source of happy anticipation - a needed spot of glorious brightness in the midst of the COVID exhaustion. That’s a part of what many winter holidays are about - spots of joy when the days are dark and dreary. So, whether you light special candles, plug in bunches of string lights, or coat your house top to bottom in tinsel, your holiday is coming. I celebrate you and your holiday traditions. Let’s all find ways to celebrate in any way we can. And let Sapphire help by adding our dance-inspired cheer into your holidays.

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November 2020 - Time for Family Fun

It's a new month. Enjoy!

This month we are celebrating family in all its forms. Whether you’re talking about the people related to you biologically, emotionally, or spiritually, family are the people who make you who you are.

Yes, sometimes they drive you crazy, but sometimes they keep you sane in a crazy world. In all cases, they are worth celebrating. So, we’ve got an article about dance families, a family-fun special to share, and a playlist that’s all about the relationships that make our lives go.

Stay safe and keep dancing with those you love, in whatever way works for you.

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October 2020 - Opening up a little more

It's a new month. Enjoy!

We see ya - you there, sitting on your sofa, itching to get out of the house, but not really comfortable with or interested in most of the adult social opportunities around. And we hear ya - the disappointment in your voice when you ask if we are offering in-person classes yet.

And we’re gonna try to help you.

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September 2020 - Line Up for Dance Time

Special Event

Hey there past, present, and future dancers! I’m sure that you have been watching the COVID numbers, just like us and wondering what the Fall has in store for us.
While we are slowly getting used to the new environment in our day-to-day activities, it can still feel pretty strange to partner dance right now. We are doing our best to provide a safe and clean space for you to dance, lots of options for dancing online, and ways to have fun dancing on your own.
It’s not perfect, and we definitely miss seeing all you at dance parties and such, but with your help it will get us through to the other side of this crisis, however long it takes.

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August 2020 - August Just Got a Lot Cooler

Special Event

Hello August! Not a lot has changed in the last month, and yet it seems like we are making just a little bit of progress.

Sapphire has started having in-studio, in-person lessons and that means we have COVID-19 policies to share. Everyone has gotten kind of tired of looking at screens (sorry, Netflix), so we’ve got date-night and girls-night options to get you out of the house.

And because of the power of those screens I just insulted, we get the pleasure of working with a teacher from across the country. Check it all out below, plus a cool summer playlist to help battle the heat.

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July 2020 - Closer to "normal"?

Special Event

This month is starting with a boom, and it’s not slowing down. With the progressive opening up of the state, we are starting to offer in-person options along with several on-line classes. If you’re game, it’s time to venture outwards!

- July: Closer to “normal”?
- October is the new June, wedding-wise
- Hot Summer Playlist
- July Dance Classes

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June 2020 - Sweet, sweet summertime

Special Event

Hello my friends. With the state opening back up, and businesses returning to some variation of normal, everyone is asking when will we get to dance together again? I’m going to talk about that in depth below, but let me warn you - I don’t have concrete answers.

What I do have for you is some wonderful, feel-good music; exciting news about a new series of online drop-in Shag lessons; and advice on how to have your own at-home dance party. It's summertime: it's a great time for dancing. Read on!


May 2020 - Hello Dancers - Past, Furture, and Present

Special Event Let me start by saying thanks to all our devoted dancers who keep coming back, even though everything has changed. I love you guys, and always will (even if we go for weeks/years without seeing you!). You faithful dancers are irreplacable, but I miss seeing new people in our classes...

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April 2020 - Get moving to keep going!

LAptop dance loveHello Dancers! Are you enjoying all that isolation? I’m not either, but to take a line from what might be my favorite song right now “we can’t get on each other’s nerves if we're dancing constantly.”

In this newsletter, we’re gonna give you the resources to do just that, and lots of reasons (beyond the one above) why you should..

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March 2020 - Turning over old leaves and finding treasure underneath

MarchSpring is just around the corner: the sun is starting to gain strength, the daffodils are blooming, and it’s time to turn over some old leaves to see what’s growing underneath.
Yup, March is here, bringing it’s exciting combinations of new growth and stormy weather.
Here is a little of what’s exciting going on at Sapphire right now...

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February 2020 - Love = Dance

Share the LoveAs John Paul Young sang in the 70's “Love is in the air, everywhere I look around” ... in the stores, on the television, social media... even the studio is dolled up in big red hearts. But what does it mean? To me, I love my family, even when they make me crazy. I love my job (even when I'm lazy). I love teaching people stuff. And I looooooove to dance. Sorry about that rhyme earlier- it was there and I had to do it. So... What does love mean to you?...

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January 2020 - Looking Forward

SeptemberIn this newsletter, we're both looking forward and looking back. Thinking about the good over the past decade and looking forward to new ways to improve or start dancing this year. It's a good time to make plans and enjoy memories - so let's get to it! Highlights: here are three events from the list that you don't want to overlook: The Winter Luau Dance Party (Jan 11), Sweetheart's Special Dance Class (Jan 13), and Line Dance Workshop with Lisa (Jan 25). Details are below!

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~ 2019


December 2019 - JOY

SeptemberWe hope you will make many happy memories this holiday season, finding joy in family and friends, catching up and trying something new, keeping warm and chilling out, reminiscing and making plans for 2020. We also hope that several of those memories (and future plans) involve gliding, bouncing, and spinning across the dance floor with friends. At the end of the letter is a quick list of when things get back in the groove for 2020. Read on!


November 2019 - A Smorgasbord of Dance

SeptemberIt has started. With the end of October begins the “season of eatin’.” Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and every weekend in between: they all conspire to fill your belly with luscious treats … with drawbacks. What can you do to battle the onslaught of edible temptations? Find something equally satisfying and sweet, without the caloric backlash. You know what I’m thinking, right? It’s time to indulge your happy feet and partake in a smorgasbord of dance this month.

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October 2019 - Finding Better Balance

SeptemberWell. Fall has not delivered on the weather (yet!). But regardless of the neverending summer, signs of Fall are everywhere. Pumpkins in the garden (pretty!), candy in the stores (yum!), and bunches of holidays on the way to consume your time and energy.

In this newsletter, we're going to talk about how ballroom dancing can help your balance (mental and physical) as you approach the "happiest" and busiest time of the year. You'll also get to hear another Sapphire Story, this one tells of a couple that danced around a bit before they made Sapphire their dance-home. And to lighten the mood a bit, some seriously goofy music that is great to dance too.

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September 2019

SeptemberWelcome to Fall, y’all. I know it’s still officially summer, but the kids are back in school, pumpkin spice is in the stores, and we actually got a little break from the hot and humid weather. Sounds like Fall to me!

Even more than the beginning of a new year, I’ve always felt that Fall is a great time to start something new. You have to change gears anyway - the summer fun stuff won’t work for much longer - so maybe it’s time spice up your life with a new hobby.

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August 2019

Hello JuneThe fourth Saturday of July in 2004, Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center hosted its first Dance Party - our “Grand Opening.”

In writing the newsletter for this month, looking for ways to honor Sapphire’s 15th Anniversary, I had to ask - what are we celebrating? The ever-increasing number of dances and classes we offer? Our unique, low-pressure, non-contract studio? Our very inclusive environment? Well, yes all of that, but mostly we are celebrating the people who make up our extremely wonderful, couldn’t-replace-it community.

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July 2019

Hello JuneWell, summer is officially here and with it all the fun activities of the season. Here at Sapphire, our summer is full of couples getting ready for their wedding dances, preparing for our 15th birthday next month, starting to make plans for the fall, and of course, lots of classes. (If you know someone getting married soon, dance lessons make a great, creative gift. Just sayin'.)

This summer, as you head to the beach, take in an outdoor movie, or have a drink on the deck, remember that dancing can go with you. All it takes is a bit of music, comfy shoes, and some adventurous friends.

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June 2019

Hello JuneMay was full of fun and adventure: a big thanks to everyone who danced with us at the downtown Christiansburg Wine and Artisans Festival, one of the three dance parties, or at any of the workshops held at the Studio this month. We are working on getting pictures up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so watch that social media in the next few weeks. Yes, May was lovely, but now we're ready for June.

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May 2019

Your busy LifeWell folks, we have another busy month ahead of us. Another fantastically fun semester of dance classes at the Blacksburg Community Center has just wrapped up, but instead of taking it easy this month, we are packing in more than ever!
There are two special dance parties this month: one geared especially towards dancers in their teens and one for dancers 55 and older. The second class in the Sapphire Wedding Series is starting this Saturday at 10:30am; this one focusing on Rumba, one of the most versatile dances around...

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April 2019

Inigo ExplainsWe feel like we have some explaining to do.
With all the fun things we have in store for you this month including Group Classes (new sessions starting this week in Blacksburg and Christiansburg!), new kinds of group classes on the schedule, and a new Dirty Dancing Dance Party, we thought we'd take a minute and explain what these new classes are, how they are different, and why we still need the traditional classes.

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March 2019

DecemberWe have some big plans in 2019 for wedding couples. Help us spread the word: new classes tailor made just for couples ready to make their first dance incredible! Please forward this email to any of your friends getting hitched.

This email has stuff for everyone else, too, so don’t stop reading if your future doesn’t involve a wedding.

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February 2019

DecemberWe hope you have all had a chance to check out our schedule of classes this year and begin planning how to add a little dancing to your life. If you have been following our Blacksburg Group classes and also have read the “About Town,” you might notice some inconsistencies. We want to take this opportunity while we have your attention to clear up any confusion.

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January 2019

DecemberWith it being the beginning of a new year full of new possibilities, this newsletter is going to be really getting into the NEW: new classes, new challenges, and (best of all) new dancers. This year, we are hoping to entice you to try something new. If you’re already a dancer, try out a new style. If you’re new to dancing - try anything! Read on!




December 2018

presentsWe truly hope that this holiday season is a time of peace and rejuvenation for all of you: a time to enjoy the end of the year and all that we have around us as well as to prepare for an awesome new beginning right around the corner.

With 2018 coming to an end, we want to give you all the information you need to dance your way through the holidays as well as how to start your new year moving and grooving. Read on!


November 2018

presentsWith the end of the year approaching, and all the crazy fun and stress that goes along with it, social dancing is here to lend you a helping hand. Don’t underestimate dance’s ability to to take your mind off of your “to-do” lists for an hour, to give your brain and body some nice exercise, and to get you out of the house and mingling with friendly people. Want to know more about how social dance can help you to do something nice for yourself, or someone else, and help you stay sane this season? Read on!


October 2018

SeptemberIf you are looking for ways to get out on the weekends, October is your month. We have something happening at the Sapphire Studio in Christiansburg 3 of the 4 weekends this month. One - maybe all three - of them is going to be just the event for you. Keep reading for detailed descriptions below about the Senior Social & Dance Party hosted by LLI (Lifelong Learning Institute), the Monster Bash Dance Party which is always a scream, and West Coast Swing workshops led by Eddie and Adela from Charlottesville. Of course, you don’t have to pick just one: you could come to them all. Read More...


September 2018

SeptemberHappy “Back To School” Days! While September might mean adjusting to new schedules and new routines, we hope we can make it easy for you to add a little dancing to your month. Don’t forget to carve out some time to do something special for yourself!

We have, not one, but TWO free dance opportunities for you to give dancing a try this month. Also, we are going back in time to the 80’s for our Dance Party this month, and getting “classy” for upper level workshops. Looking ahead to October, we also are super excited to be welcoming Eddie and Adela from Charlottesville for some workshops to help all of us up our West Coast Swing game. So much to choose from, and that was just to name a few.



August 2018

Summer SamplerMan, this summer is flying by. If you have any summer dancing goals, I hope you are on your way to reaching them. If not, there is still time to get started. With one more set of summer group classes in Blacksburg, Friday Night Beginner Workshops, and one sizzling-hot dance party, August is ready to fulfill all your dancing needs!


July 2018

Summer SamplerWe hope this email finds everyone rested and refreshed after a fun Fourth of July holiday! We also hope you are excited to try something new and out of the ordinary this summer. There are lots of ways to make that happen listed below including TWO flash mob opportunities, yes TWO! Check it all out, stay cool out there, and come dancing with us!


June 2018

Summer SamplerThe weather is heating up and so is our summer schedule! We have cooked up a whole new set of classes for you in Blacksburg, got the sultry Latin styles being featured in Monday Night Upper Level Workshops, and a Beach Blanket Dance Party for you this month. Keep reading to find details on all of these things and more.



May 2018

SweetheartsHappy May! Now that springtime is finally showing it’s sunny face, let all the “newness” of this season inspire you to try something new at Sapphire. We have a new Group Class schedule ready for the summer, the Summer Sampler to preview those classes, and new styles featured every week at Monday and Friday night workshops. This is a great time to try an Upper Level Workshop (challenging, but maybe not as challenging as you think), a “Cheaper-Than-A-Movie” Beginner Workshop, or private lessons. And how about a new date-night activity? Read More...


April 2018

SweetheartsHello to all you dancers!

Some of you have only started to think about dancing and some of you have been doing it for years. Some of you might be considering dance because of an event… or maybe you have been looking for the event that will give you an excuse to dance.

No matter what your situation, all you need in order to be a dancer is a desire to try. Read More...


March 2018

March is hereMarch is here, and while this month brings much uncertainty with the weather, one thing is for sure...this is a great month for dancing! With new group classes; an 8-week Rumba routine class; visiting coaches; and all the regular workshops, private lessons, and dance parties. There is no shortage of options for you to choose from. Take a look below and see what tickles your fancy. We hope to see you on the dance floor! Read More...


February 2018

SweetheartsWhether it is the fact that Spring is getting closer by the day, or that you are a romantic and love Valentine's Day, or just that you have looked at our schedule and seen all the fun things we have planned for you… it's time to get excited about February!

Here's a few more reasons to love this month. Read More...


January 2018

July2018 has a nice ring! Hello to you all in this brand new year. We hope you have had enjoyable holidays with family and friends… Now, are you ready to jump back into dancing?!?! There is a ton of stuff listed below: what do you expect when you're starting a new year full of new possibilities and great options for dancing? It's all there to help keep you in the loop and your dance calendar up to date. Read More...




December 2017

JulyWe are officially in the holiday season where parties are abundant, shopping is a must, and good times and memories are what it’s really all about. At Sapphire, we have planned a holiday party for you packed full of festive cheer, have prepared gift packages to make your shopping EASY, and have so many opportunities to create good memories and have a good time. Whether you’re looking to celebrate or to fill out your gift list, make dance part of your holidays! Read More...


November 2017

JulyTimes, they are a changin’ the temperatures and leaves continue to drop, you can feel “change” in the air. While we at Sapphire are always trying to mix things up and put a fresh, new spin on your dancing, ultimately the wonder of social dance never changes. We are so thankful to be in a business that is all about having a good time, enjoying movement and music coming together, and connecting to those around you. Read on to see what new things will come with this wonderful new season, but remember that dance, which is as old as time, is always there for you to enjoy! Read More...


October 2017

JulyThis slightly early email comes to you brimming with excitement and anticipation as we prepare for Karen and Tate to rock our world with their love and knowledge of Argentine Tango! Glad to have one more chance to lay out the details of the very special event, we are also want to share details regarding a brand-spankin’-new set of group classes in Blacksburg, a very special STAR WARS Dance Party in October, and what is up with the Tweens’ classes. Please keep reading to find more information... Read More...


September 2017

JulyThis month seems to be filled with new beginnings. As students and faculty get in the swing of a new academic year, Sapphire begins new sessions of Junior Ballroom, a new season of Upper Level Classes, a new semester of Blacksburg Group Classes, a new collaboration with Moss Arts Center, and more. This is not to say that we’re feeling at all “out with the old”: we’ve got a favorite Dance Party Theme back on the agenda, the return of Karen Jaffe and Tate DiChiazza, and old friends at Friday Night beginner workshops. Read More...


August 2017


Is it just me, or is the summer FLYING by! Don’t let this summer eclipse you (hehe)....get out of those summertime shadows and get dancing. We still have one more set of Blacksburg Group Classes, lots of great, upper level workshops and classes, and two more social dances before summer is officially over. The solar eclipse should not be the only epic thing you experience this month...experience dance! Read More...


July 2017


Summertime may mean beaches, barbeques, fireworks, and pool time for most people, but for dancers… Well, we think of Carolina Shag! Be sure to check out the details of the Back to the Beach Dance Party below, where you can get your fix of this classic swing style, the perfect addition to all those summertime events. Read More...


June 2017

Dance ShoesHappy June Folks!
Our monthly newsletter is coming to you with info concerning our new classes, workshops, and events as well as some food for thought on dance shoes. We try to get as much crammed into one email as possible so you don’t miss out...but we don’t want you to be overwhelmed either. Check out our table of contents and Dates to Remember to navigate through and see what pertains to you.


May 2017

Wedding funAlright folks, we are entering wedding, cruise, outdoor festival (etc) season. And you know what that means… dancing! Whether you are the bride and groom, mother or father of the bride or groom, or just friends of the bride and groom, you don’t want to get caught on the sidelines wishing you had taken some dancing lessons. We have all kinds of simple moves to fit almost any dance style. We also have all kinds of classes to fit almost any schedule or budget. Read on to learn some of the many ways to get ready for all the summertime dancing-fun coming just around the corner! Read More...


April 2017

New Year = New OpportunitiesAhhh, April….how we love thee! (No foolin’!) You bring warmer weather, put some extra “spring” in our steps, and sprout so many fresh opportunities to dance. This month, Sapphire has an exciting line-up of beginner friendly, Level 1 group classes in Blacksburg, perfect if you are looking to try something new. Plus several intermediate/advanced group classes are also available to push you into new, higher levels. Add in a fun dance party and a guest instructor, and this month has dancing popping up everywhere. Read More...


March 2017

New Year = New OpportunitiesIf sunny days and warm temperatures are making you feel lucky, you’re not alone. But even if the weather goes south (what? Snow this weekend?!), we’re fortunate enough to share a passion for indoor fun that won't let you down. See below for all the excellent chances to dance available to you this month. PS - The Summer Class Schedule is under way. With any luck, it will be ready for you by the next newsletter. Read More...


February 2017

PrognosticatorThe verdict came in... Punxsutawney Phil said 6 more weeks of winter. But hey, we are okay with that. We will be keeping warm *indoors* and having lot’s of fun dancing.

Look below for multiple awesome, weather-free ways to fill the rest of your winter! Read More...


January 2017

New Year = New OpportunitiesAre you enjoying that fresh, invigorating feeling a new year brings? We hope you are - the possibilities are endless... We have some really exciting additions to our schedule like a Lindy Hop routine, a new version of Junior Ballroom @ Sapphire designed for the tween in your life, and a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with or without a partner: Sapphire’s second ever Wine Tasting and Dance Party...Read More...




December 2016

FallThis is your official holiday newsletter with your guide to dancing for the last of the year. We are a little early sending out the December newsletter to let you know about an awesome holiday sale that you don’t want to miss out on!

We hope each of you has a blessed and merry holiday season filled with lot’s of love….and hopefully some dancing, out and about or just around the Christmas tree.…Read More...


November 2016

FallWe hope this email finds you all invigorated by this beautiful season and the all possibilities that lay ahead! With the holidays around the corner, we are looking forward to all the festivities surrounding that. Plus, exciting classes and events are on the way in 2017. Catch the highlights and last “hoorahs” of this year as well as a taste of what the new year has in store for you by reading on…Read More...


October 2016

Dance of LeavesIt’s Fall, y’all, and we are sending out our October Newsletter a little early to help you get the jump on the season’s dancing. Polka seems to be the theme this month: there are no less than FOUR opportunities to learn Polka during October. It’s almost like there’s a tradition linking Polka with October celebrations…Read More...


September 2016

Dance of LeavesIt's usually sad this time of year to see summer go, but after this brutally hot one and after seeing all that this fall has to offer on the dancing front, we are ready to usher summer out the door and say “helloooooo” to fall. Labor Day can’t come too soon! We are canceling our regular Friday Night ....Read More...


August 2016

summerWe’ve been having some “hot fun in the summertime” and hope you have, too. Between an Dirty Dancing Weekends up at Mountain Lake Lodge, a smooth 4-week class on Silver Waltz, and a fantastic set of Group Classes in Blacksburg, this July has flown by!Check out what August has to offer including Junior Ballroom @ Sapphire, as well as another High Power Dance class on Mondays... Read More...


July 2016

It is officially summer! Isn't it funny how by the time it's officially summer, summer feels like it's halfway done? Make the most of your summertime by adding some dancing to it. You can dance some Carolina Shag during your beach trip, do a little Swing at your neighbor's BBQ, or glide around the dance floor with Ballroom style on your cruise. .... Read More...


June 2016

New YearThe month of May came and went so fast, it's hard to believe it’s June!! Group Classes will be back in session starting Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s time for our Summer Sizzle Dance Party, and we are cleaning out our closets with a sale. We hope June slows down a little bit so we can smell the roses...and dance in the sand...... Read More...


May 2016

New YearDid you know that the United Kingdom celebrates the month of May as National Smile Month? We think that’s awesome... and appropriate! Everyone is smiling around here having just come off an awesome weekend with Sam & Denise Miller, anticipating a really fun (and brand new to Sapphire) dance party this weekend, and gearing up for... Read More...


April 2016

New YearApril is turning out to be an amazing, awesome, astronomically astonishing month. We are psyched about this month because it holds so many incredible events, not the least of which is a visit from Sam & Denise Miller! In addition to all the joys that come with spring-time, ... Read More...


March 2016

New YearLet's welcome March as it “comes in like a lion” as long as it includes lots of dancing! February had us dodging the weather, but now we’ve made up almost all of our canceled classes. As we continue through the end of winter weather (yay, the end is in sight!), keep up the dancing and... Read More...


February 2016

New YearKaren is coming! Karen is coming! We are counting down to this weekend when we will finally have the pleasure of dancing with Karen Jaffe as she shares her love of Argentine Tango in Workshops, private lessons, and dance party (practilonga). Right now, the weather looks clear this weekend, so make plans to join us for a lovely time dancing with friends... Read More...


January 2016

New YearHappy New Year! It’s exciting to be writing to you in a brand new year with lots of possibility….and lot’s of dancing. We already have some really great things on the calendar for this year and many other things are in the works. If there is something you would like to see on the schedule, there is no better time to let us know than now. We wish you all happiness, health, and great dancing in 2016!... Read More...



December 2015

The holiday buzz is in full effect!  The studio is decorated and ready to go for our December Dance Party:  the Peppermint Ball on Saturday, December 12 (more details below).  Also another important date to remember is Friday, December 11, when Christiansburg is having a holiday farmers market starting at 4pm and a Christmas parade at 7pm.  We will not be having our Friday night “Cheaper-Than-Movie” beginner workshop ... Read More...


November 2015

It’s fall ya’ll! We tried to think of way to incorporate a Pumpkin Spice something into our fall offerings but, alas, it couldn’t be done. But, we do have dance parties, group classes, and a performance from our Junior Ballroom Club for you this November. Maybe you can bring the Pumpkin Spice? ... Read More...


October 2015

Now back to October with all the pumpkins, goblins, and colorful leaves. The Monster Bash Dance Party is a great way to usher in the fall season. Check below for more information on that and more. Monster Bash Dance Party, this Saturday, Oct 10 Swing & Night Club 2-Step Rounding Out .... Read more...


September 2015

It seems like we are always saying this, but this time we mean it…..This is an incredibly, wonderfully eventful month! September is a month full of dance opportunities culminating with Karen Jaffe joining us for an entire weekend of Argentine Tango September 25-27. Be sure to check out the details below and on our website because we will be sharing Main Street with the delicious Food Truck Rodeo, and we’ve made special arrangements for parking for our students...and then come dancing! Read more...


August 2015

We’ve been having some “hot fun in the summertime” and hope you have too. Between an exhilarating visit from Sam and Denise, a smooth 4-week class on Carolina Shag Pivots, and running our new Teen Dance Camps, this July has flown by! Check out what August has to offer, along with a few announcements for the Fall... Read more...


July 2015

Happy Independence Day to all our dancers out there! We have lot’s of fun things to keep you dancing through the summer… some sad news regarding our Performing Arts program… and lots of GOOD news with new teen programs, the Millers visiting this month, and a Dance Party to celebrate living in America! Keep reading for more information….and as always, keep dancing! Read more...


June 2015

As we head toward the end of May, and summer starts ramping up, we have a calendar brimming with fun events for you to sample! Carolina Shag plays a starring role in the summer line-up along with lots of old friends and new faces. We hope all of you, our wonderful dance community, are enjoying the brand new events, and as well as the ... Read more...


April 2015

It’s officially Spring and we have a fresh new line-up of Upper Level Workshops popping up on Monday nights, another crop of group classes beginning in Blacksburg ripe for the picking as well as our ever cheerful and refreshing Friday Night Beginner Workshops for our blossoming new dancers. There's something for everyone during this vibrant time of year, so full of possibility! ... Read more...


March 2015

The weather in March may be unpredictable, but the warm feelings that dancing brings is always a sure thing. As usual, we have fun classes, dances, events and dancing tidbits to keep you going this month. And if you are dreaming of summer time (and we totally understand), you can look forward to a summer special we are cooking up: $10 off all group classes for any full time student! But don’t wait until then to get the dancing started!... Read more...


February 2015

We are so excited: our 2nd Saturday Dance Party this month is going to fall on Valentines Day! That’s Amore is the theme and Viennese Waltz is our pre-dance lesson. Whether you are feeling like a romantic evening for you and your sweetie or you are looking for a place to mingle with friends, our Dance Parties are always great for meeting people, hanging out, and having fun... Read more...


January 2015

The first Sapphire Dance News of 2015 is here! We hope it finds all of you happy and healthy while wrapping up the holiday season. We also hope that you have lots be thankful for in this past year and lots to look forward to in the year ahead. You can find some of the highlights of our 2014 in the December GroupMail. We are looking forward to another year to make memories of dancing, learning, friends, and community. See ya dancing!!! Read more...



December 2014

As this year is winding down we are having one last surge of events! Mark your calendars for our early December happenings. Then things studio-happenings will quiet down as the holiday season kicks into high gear. But, remember, you don't have to stop dancing over the holidays! We are available for your private and semi private lessons and impromptu, create-your-own, ... Read More...


November 2014

Happy Halloween everyone! And Happy November, too! We had a “spook-tacular” time at our October Dance Party and were very impressed with the costumes this year. Check out the pictures from our Monster Bash on our Facebook page. We also want to give a shout out to Old Man Kelly & The Streetsweepers, for putting on a great show for us dancers. There will be pictures up soon from that one, too. :^)
October was awesome; let’s see if November can keep up the pace! Read More...


October 2014

Fall is in the air! The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing, and we are gearing up for Fall schedule packed with treats and a few cool tricks. With new classes in Giles, live music, guest instructors, and more, we have lots of fun stuff to “spice” up this exciting season. There’s no better time to start dancing than right now as we head into to colder days. Plan to keep cabin fever at bay by burning up the dance floor this Fall! ... Read More...


September 2014

I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for … ice cream! And dancing!! We can’t think of any better combination to say farewell to summer and welcome to students returning to town. It’s also a great excuse for kicking up our heels. Find details below about our Ice Cream Social on September 6th and lots of other fun events for this Fall... Read More...


August 2014

We made it to 10 years! Thank you to all that participated in our 10th Anniversary Showcase, those who celebrated with us at our Dance Party, and most of all, we want to thank every person who has come through our doors and made teaching dance a true pleasure these many years. Here’s to many more! Let's keep the floor crowded as we head into the end of the summer with these awesome, upcoming opportunities... Read More...


July 2014

We are taking long, deep breaths coming off the whirlwind month of June. The first ever Sapphire Dance Center Recital went off beautifully: both the performers and folks in the audience have been saying how much they enjoyed the show. The first, and hopefully annual, Shaggin’ @ Sapphire Carolina Shag weekend, was also a hit.... Read More...


June 2014

It’s June and that's exciting! Brides and grooms are learning their wedding dances; the Silver Waltz class is starting; the most radically awesome dance party of the year is right around the corner; and to top it all off, it's time for the very first Shaggin’ @ Sapphire: your chance to immerse yourself in the "swing of the south." Keep reading for information on this and more. Read More...


May 2014

How does ballroom news get spread? Through the GRAPEVINE! Get it? Or, through our fun, sometimes cheesy, but always informative newsletter. This is where you can find all the important upcoming dates available at-a-glance with our new “Dates to Remember” feature, details on new additions to our already packed schedule, and other interesting tidbits about the dance community. Oh, and how do hens dance? Read More...


April 2014

Spring has sprung! Thank goodness. And not only do we have “Spring Fever,” we have “Miller Mania,” too. These are afflictions we don’t want to recover from! 1. Lucky Draw Dance Party - Saturday, April 12. 2. We’re shooting a video and need your help! 3. Sapphires & Diamonds - 10th Anniversary Gala -Read More...


March 2014

As we forge on through the rest of this winter, enjoy the spots of spring here and there, and gear up for all the fun things ahead of us (read below), join us this weekend for our monthly Dance Party, next weekend for more Carolina Shag in Pulaski, and many more dance opportunities in between. Read More...


February 2014

All we can say is “Wow....what a blast we had in January!" First we had the wacky fun of the Winter Luau dance party. Then the Junior Ballroom Kick-Off brought fresh energy to the studio with so many young people enjoying partner dance. Finally, our live-band dance packed the house and had everyone toe-tapping and swinging the night away! If it wasn’t for all the cold weather we might be sorry to see January go. Regardless, February here we come! Read More!


January 2014

2014! Don’t you love the sound of that? It’s a new year with so much possibility. Please keep reading because we have so many fun, new things to tell you about. With new classes popping up, special events with live bands (yes LIVE music for the first time ever!), our new Junior Ballroom program, and so much more, 2014 promises to be an exciting year. We look forward to sharing it with you! Read more...



December 2013

The culmination of 2013 is upon us and we are all about what's coming next! What to give our loved ones for Christmas, what fun and exciting things we want to see in 2014, and what changes a cool, new Junior Ballroom program might bring....Read more...


November 2013

The nights are getting longer which means more time for dancing!  Read on to find the best ways to fill your evenings (and days) with dancing!
1. Gobbler's Gala Dance Party 2. Quickstep Class: Using the Third Dimension 3. Ribbon Cutting for the Sapphire Dance Center (Studio A) 4. December Group Classes in Black.... Read more...


October 2013

Fall is here and we have tricks (cool moves and savvy techniques), and we have treats (fun dances, great offerings, extra giveaways, and holiday ideas), and lots of dancing for you. To get grooving the Sapphire way, check out all that we have going on in October and beyond! 1 - Monster Bash Dance Party   2 - Blacksburg Group Classes - Cha Cha, Tango, and more!   3 - Upper... Read more...


September 2013

August has been a fabulous month!  Group classes, workshops, and social dances - all have been brimming with enthusiasm and fun. Our monthly Dance Party, “Night Groove”, was packed out with a high energy crowd which made for great evening of dance: check out these pictures!  We hate to see August and the end of Summer go, but we are falling all over ourselves (gracefully of course) with excitement for what's to come... Read more...


August 2013

Our heads are spinning faster than a Viennese Waltzer, we’ve got so much happening at Sapphire these days!  Read below to hear about all the exciting changes for Sapphire Ballroom and check out all of our offerings, old and new. 1. Sapphire is expanding! 2. Merengue Variations: Smokin' .... Read more...


July 2013

Jumpin' Jeepers, it's July!
As the Summer heats up, so is the dancing at Sapphire.  Check below to find all your up upcoming dance opportunities and read the story of one of our newly devoted students. Read more...


June 2013

Do you know about our “Super 7s, Awesome 8s” deal?  It happens when the stars align to allow us to have a Dance JAM on the 7th of the month and a Dance Party on 8th.  Two awesome social dances, two nights in a row! Read more...



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