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Sam & DeniseSam & Denise Miller

Saturday & Sunday
July 18 & 19, 2015

Always fun, and soooo informative, we are thrilled to welcome them back to Sapphire. Don't miss your chance to learn from these wonderful dancers!
Don't wait - Register today!

Weekend Schedule

Workshop space is limited to 16 leaders and 16 followers.
Please reserve your spaces by Wednesday, July 15, 2015.



10:30 am -
12:30 pm

Private Lessons

Limited availability - reserve your time today!

2:00 -
3:30 pm

West Coast Swing, Part 1

Minumum Level 1 West Coast Swing, plus Whip experience.


4:00 -
5:30 pm

West Coast Swing, Part 2

Participants should have taken the earlier workshop.

8:00 pm

Miller Mania Dance Party *

Open to everyone ready to dance the night away, both workshopper and not.

We'll start the evening with a happy bounce and an East Coast Swing Lesson by Sam and Denise, then starting at 9:00, dance the night away to tunes specially chosen to complement the lessons you're taking from the Millers. The music is sure to be rocking, the dancers will be smokin' (figuratively, not literally), and party will be hopping, so come out and strut your new moves!



10:30 am -
12:30 pm

Private Lessons

Limited availability - reserve your time today!

2:00 pm -
5:00 pm

Private Lessons

Limited availability - reserve your time today!



Early Registration

90 Minute Workshops $22/person $27/person
Private Lessons (55 minute) $80/person or couple N/A
Semi-Private Lessons (55 minute) $20-$25
(Varies by attendance)
Dance Party Admission $15/General & $10/FT Students

Save extra money by preregistering!

Workshop space is limited to 16 leaders and 16 followers.
Please register by Wednesday, July 15, 2015, to receive Early Registration pricing.
Registration available at the door only while space is available

Don't wait - Register today!  


- Private lessons

Sam and Denise are available for private lessons on Saturday, and Sunday. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-choice basis - so don't wait to reserve your spot.

The Millers, awesome at every dance they do, would be especially good to work with in the following styles: West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hustle, Cha Cha, Waltz, Polka, Night Club Two-Step, Country Two-Step, Salsa, Argentine Tango, and more. Or, rather than limiting yourself to one style, work on general movement, turn techniques, lead and follow connection, or (of course) posture.

Singles, couples, or small groups of students with similar interests and dance levels are all welcome. While we'd be happy to make suggestions for small groups, we do ask that you organize/coordinate your own partners and groups.

The cost is $80 for an hour-long private lesson, made payable to Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center. Cost of semi-privates is determined by participation.

Please contact Sapphire as soon as possible if interested: or 540-382-8782.

About the Millers' "Mechanics" of Dance

Sam and Denise split their dancing into a few levels, the first of which is called "Mechanics." The workshops all address Mechanics concepts and are designed to help you achieve results that follow natural movement and the laws of physics. The wealth of concepts, techniques, and types of patterns at this level include the following:

  • Language (dance in place, walk forward, walk back)
  • Posture, frame, and leading through posture and core movement
  • Rhythm and leading patterns with alternate timing
  • Connection and embrace, dealing with patterns that require several changes or alter the basic flow of the dance
  • Positioning, focusing on some patterns that require precise, detailed positioning
  • Spacing (personal vs. intimate) and moving in & out of closer body connection or embrace
  • Leading and following direction, distance, and head positions
  • Turning, foot placement, timing weight changes, spotting and head position, open arm versus closed arm, and meeting the lead
  • Leading turns, timing, 4 energy points, turn position with hands, and more
  • Footwork, foot articulation, and other concepts related to the characterization of the dance
  • Vertical preps, linear preps, and contra body preps

Our goal is to rotate through these concepts, adding some new ideas and having some overlap and review with each visit from Sam & Denise. Varying material each time will allow you to apply the familiar concepts in a new context, in addition to mastering each workshops' highlighted concepts.

We hope that you'll come back over and over again: there's always more to learn and room to get better and better.


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