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Ballroom  -  LatinSwing  -  Variety  -  Technique

Please call us at 540-382-8782 with any questions.

No partner necessary. Registration and fees vary by location. Please check the Registration Information page for details. Group classes are 4 lesson-hours long. Most classes meet for 1 hour per week.

Workshops are classes that require only a 1-day commitment. These can vary in length from 1-3 hours, and vary in skill level necessary to participate.

Prerequisite classes can be replaced by private lessons. Contact us for details or to schedule your private lessons: 540-382-8782, info@sapphiredance.com.

 


~~ Ballroom Classes ~~


Argentine Tango

The free spirited Argentine Tango was developed in the ghettos and brothels of Buenos Aires during the latter part of the nineteenth century. This dramatic dance has since hit North America, as well as the rest of the world, and grown to be a favorite on dance floors today!
We offer up to Level 4 Argentine Tango in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


Ballroom Medley

A compilation of different dance styles, this class will sweep you off your feet while adding variety to your steps, technique, and patterns.
 


Fox Trot

Breezy and fun for beginners! Step out with your baby and swagger like Astair onto the dance floor with this Ballroom classic, perfect for dancing to to the old crooners. Frequently done to big band favorites, Fox Trot makes a great wedding dance.
Once you've embraced Fox Trot, try gliding through Waltz or Tango.
We offer Levels 1-4 Fox Trot in group classes and in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
Prerequisite: None - a great dance to get dancing with!
Activity #3012100-B1
        Tuesdays, 6/05 - 6/26, 7:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Liz   Registration Details

Upper Level Workshop
Receive a one-night blast of information in this workshop! Prerequisite: varies - see description
Fox Trot - Unboxing the Box
Demystifying the 8-beat basic in Fox Trot and opening the door to a whole new world of moves.
Level 2 prerequisite.
        Monday, 4/23, 8:00 pm, Sapphire Studio C, Staff   Registration Details


Nightclub 2-Step

Looking for something interesting to do to all those slow songs at weddings or office parties? Here's your dance. Night Club 2 is a slow, romantic dance suitable for proms, banquets, weddings (especially the First Dance), and any other special occasion.
We offer Levels 1-6 Night Club 2 in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


Paso Doble

Get swept up in the drama of the matador! This dance starts deceptively simple, but adds flash and passion in quick movements, exciting and variable timing, and lots of complex partnering.
 


Polka

Tired of watching other people Polka? You’ll find this fun dance at family reunions, festivals, and (of course) Oktoberfest - really anywhere there’s a fiddle. This class will take bits and pieces of several traditional polka styles and combine them into a fun, socially dance-able ensemble that will serve you well in lots of environments. Learn the basics, stop watching, and start dancing!
 


Quickstep

On your mark, get set, DANCE! Get ready to fly across the floor in the fun, fast-paced world of Quickstep. We'll cover a selection of traveling and cornering steps which will leave you prepared for take-off.
We offer Levels 1-4 Quickstep in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


Silver Waltz / Fox Trot

We're taking Waltz and Fox Trot, the quintessential Ballroom styles to a whole new place: more travel, more flow, more silvery shine!
 


Tango

One of the standards of the Ballroom world, the staccato timing and stalking grace of Tango create a passionate energy perfect for avid dancers.
Once you've embraced Tango, try gliding through Waltz or Fox Trot.
We offer Levels 1-4 Tango in group classes and in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
Prerequisite: Open to all, but dancers would benefit from trying Waltz or Fox Trot first.
Activity #212100-B3
        Wednesdays, 4/11 - 5/02, 6:15 pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details

Upper Level Workshop
Get a one-night blast of information in this workshop! Prerequisite: varies - see description
American Tango - Rocking the Casbah
Getting more out of a simple rock step by turning it, repeating it, changing the rhythm, or using it in cool positions.
Level 2 prerequisite.
        Monday, 4/30, 8:00 pm, Sapphire Studio C, Staff   Registration Details


Viennese Waltz

Get swept up in a whirlwind! This fast, traveling dance will intoxicate you with its constant rotation as you glide across the floor.
We offer up to Level 4 Viennese in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
Prerequisite: see description
Activity #302100-B3
        Wednesdays, 8/15 - 9/05, 6:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details


Waltz

The light and airy grace of Waltz will have you gliding across the floor - whirling like you're in a classic romantic movie! Excellent for beginners, Waltz will sweep you off your feet.
Once you've embraced Waltz, try gliding through Tango or Fox Trot.
We offer Levels 1-4 Waltz in group classes and in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
Prerequisite: None - the perfect class to start with!
Activity #302100-B2
        Wednesdays, 7/11 - 8/01, 6:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details


~~ Latin Classes ~~


Bachata

Slower than Merengue and Salsa, Bachata is a Latin Dance Club must. The step patterns and rhythms are easy enough for new dancers to try and a great lead up to faster Salsas.
We offer up to Level 3 Bachata in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
Prerequisite: NONE! Perfect for beginners.
Activity #212100-L5
        Wednesdays, 4/11 - 5/02, 8:15 pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details

Activity #312100-H1
        Tuesdays, 8/14 - 9/04, 6:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Liz   Registration Details


Bolero

Bolero is a beautiful and dramatic dance, characterized by its smooth styling and drop & drift action. Testing our control and balance, this dance is suited for slower Rumba rhythms.
We offer up to Level 4 Bolero in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


Cha Cha

Fast and sassy, Cha Cha is an energetic, sexy dance which works well with club, hip hop, country, and classic rock as well as popular Latin music. .
After the excitement of Cha Cha, try the romance of Rumba or the fun of Merengue.
We offer Levels 1-4 Cha Cha in group classes and in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
Prerequisite: Pervious experience with Latin Dance beneficial.
Activity #302100-L1
        Wednesdays, 6/06 - 6/27, 6:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details


International Rumba

A slow and passionate dance, International Rumba shares many figures with its American cousin, but has a style and grace all its own.
We offer Levels 1-2 International Rumba in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


Merengue

Fun and easy for new dancers! Get the party going with this fast, flirty Latin dance, full of hip action and great for Latin, club, and other fast music.
After you've partied with Merengue, try flirting with Cha Cha or falling for Rumba.

We offer Levels 1-4 Merengue in group classes and in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


Rumba

Great for beginners, Rumba is the Dance of Love. Slow and romantic, Rumba's casual luxury suits many popular music styles making it a favorite with new dancers and a great first dance for a wedding.
Once you've fallen for Rumba, try flirting with Cha Cha or partying with Merengue.
We offer Levels 1-4 Rumba in group classes and in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Beyond the Routine
Prerequisite: Level 4 Rumba or equivalent experience
        Mondays, 3/12 - 4/30, 7:00 pm, Sapphire Studio C, Lane   Registration Details

Level 1
Prerequisite: None - a fun, romantic dance to start with!
Activity #212100-L4
        Tuesdays, 4/10 - 5/01, 8:15 pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Lane   Registration Details

Activity #312100-L2
        Tuesdays, 7/10 - 7/31, 7:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Liz   Registration Details


Salsa

Learn the hottest dance around! Kick up your heels and make sparks fly as you spin and shine on the dance floor. This fast, sassy dance is the epitome of the Latin dance-club experience. We offer Levels 1-6 Salsa in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
We recommend that dancers have some prior partner dance experience before taking Salsa. Prerequisite: None
Activity #302100-L3
        Wednesdays, 8/15 - 9/05, 7:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details


Samba

Samba is an exotic, fast-paced dance based on Brazilian rhythms and sporting a look and style unlike any other Latin dance.
We offer up to Level 4 Samba in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 

~~ Swing Classes ~~


Carolina Shag

Who doesn't love Beach Music? Wouldn't you love to be able to dance to it? Carolina Shag is all about beach music, groovin' in the sand, and fancy feet. The material will mostly be lead/follow patterns, with only a few "mirror patterns."
We offer up to Level 4 Ca. Shag in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
Prerequisite: Previous Swing dance experience suggested.
Activity #212100-S4
        Tuesdays, 4/10 - 5/01, 6:15 pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Lane   Registration Details

Activity #302100-S2
        Wednesdays, 6/06 - 6/27, 8:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details


East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing is done to groovy rock n' roll, new wave, and up-beat blues. These classes/workshops will talk about how to get that swingin' style as well as the turns and timing changes which make East Coast Swing the big daddy of swing styles.

Looking for more swingin' styles? Give Single Time Swing or Hustle a spin!
We offer Levels 1-4 East Coast in group classes and in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


East Coast Swing/Lindy Hop


 


Hustle

Get down and boogie - Disco Fever is still raging and there's nothing like Hustle to get you groovin' and movin'. 4-Count Hustle is done to fast music and danced with a steady, driving rhythm. 3-Count Hustle speeds the steps up for slower music and adds some excitement and syncopation to the rhythm. These classes/workshops will cover both styles as well as the turns, turns, and more turns which made the Disco Inferno Hot! (4-week Classes focus more on 4-Count, while workshops address both styles equally.).
Looking for more swingin' styles? Give East Coast Swing or Single Time Swing a spin!

 
Level 1
Prerequisite: None - a fun-tastic class for beginners!
Activity #3012100-S4
        Tuesdays, 6/05 - 6/26, 6:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Liz   Registration Details


Lindy Hop

Any Hep Cat can tell you this dance is smooth and sophisticated! Lindy Hop is a flashy swing dance often shown in movies and commercials. While there are many different types and styles of Lindy today, we will focus on a slotted 8-count dance with a healthy dose of 6-count mixed.
We offer up to Level 4 Lindy Hop in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


Single Time Swing

Fast and fun for new dancers! Jive and jitterbug to big band swings with this hip, happy dance filled with exciting twists and turns sure to get your toes tapping.
Looking for more swingin' styles? Give East Coast Swing or Hustle a spin!
We offer Levels 1-4 East Coast in group classes and in workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 


Swing

Single Time and East Coast Swings - two of our most popular swinging styles pair up to make this class fun and energetic full of bounce, rhythm, and groovy moves.
 
Level 1
Prerequisite: None - a great class for beginners!
Activity #312100-S3
        Tuesdays, 7/10 - 7/31, 6:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Liz   Registration Details


West Coast Swing

Slinky, sassy, and sexy - what more can you ask for in a dance? Slightly more challenging than East Coast or Single Time Swing, West Coast is a swing style that's all about music and attitude.
We offer Levels 1-6 West Coast in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 

~~ Country Classes ~~


Country Line Dance

Learn to dance the Cowboy Way! Country line dance is an easy and fun way to get your feet moving and your toes tapping. As sassy or as reserved as you decide to make it, this “solo” style of dancing gives you the moves and then the freedom to let your own personality shine through.
 


Country Two-Step

Country two-step is a fast-paced dance that really travels around the floor, and is all about turning the girl. So, if you like to spin or be spun, this dance will knock your socks off! Boots and Hats not required.
We offer up to Level 4 Two-Step in group classes and workshops, but private lessons can continue even further. Don't see the level you're looking for? Check out the Class-By-Request listings.
 
Level 1
Some prior partner-dance experience suggested. Prerequisite: None
Activity #302100-C1
        Wednesdays, 7/11 - 8/01, 7:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details


~~ Variety Classes ~~


Class-By-Request

These time slots are reserved for students to request specific classes. If you have a class in mind, look for a couple time slots that work for you and contact us. Well try to find at least 5 other people who want that class, and presto! We have a new class (by request). Note - CBRs must be organized no less than a week before the class starts.
 
Prerequisite: Varies
Activity #212100-Q4
        Tuesdays, 4/10 - 5/01, 7:15 pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Lane   Registration Details

Activity #212100-Q5
        Wednesdays, 4/11 - 5/02, 7:15 pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details

Activity #302100-Q2
        Wednesdays, 6/06 - 6/27, 7:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details

Activity #302100-Q3
        Wednesdays, 7/11 - 8/01, 8:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details

Activity #312100-Q4
        Tuesdays, 8/14 - 9/04, 7:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Liz   Registration Details

Activity #302100-Q5
        Wednesdays, 8/15 - 9/05, 8:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details


Intro to Social Dance

Don't spend another evening watching others dance! This class will take you on a tour of some of our most popular social dance styles. You will learn the basics of lead and follow, dance position, and a mix of slow and fast dances. Material can be partially determined by class requests.
 


Junior Ballroom

Learn to glide across the dance floor and twirl with your partner to incredible music, both current and classic.
Intended for teens ages 12-18, these classes will cover the basics in social dancing in 2-3 styles, including some fun figures, as well as prepare one piece for performance.
More information available at http://www.sapphiredance.com/juniorballroom.html.
 


Sampler

Absolutely perfect for new dancers, the Sampler is for everyone interested in dance classes, but not sure where to start. Come out to see styles featured in the upcoming classes, hear about discounts, ask questions, and learn a little dancing. This one-hour class is your chance to try us out before committing to a 4-week class.
 
Prerequisite: None
        Wednesday, 5/23, 7:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Debbi   Registration Details

        Tuesday, 9/18, 7:15pm, Blacksburg Community Center, Staff   Registration Details


~~ Technique Classes ~~


First & Final Flourishes

Ever feel awkward at a dance? Not sure how to start dancing, and not sure what to do when the music ends? This class is for you.
 

   
540-382-8782 - info@sapphiredance.com