Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center
Sapphire Dance News - 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!

1. FREE Spring Sampler @ Blacksburg Community Center, Jan 8 - read more

2. Yoga @ Sapphire, Jan 8 - read more

3. Winter Luau Dance Party, Jan 11 - read more

4. Kick-Off Celebration For Junior Ballroom @ Sapphire, Jan 18 - read more

5. Group Classes @ Blacksburg Community Center and Sapphire, Jan 20, 21, & 22 - read more

6. Old Man Kelly And The Street Sweepers @ Sapphire, Jan 25 - read more

7. Carolina Shag @ the Pulaski YMCA, Jan 31 - read more

8. Dance @ Sapphire every Friday - perfect for a New Year’s resolution or for Valentine's Day - read more


1. FREE Spring Sampler @ Blacksburg Community Center, Jan 8

Special EventWhat better way to begin a new year of Group Classes at the Blacksburg Community Center than with our FREE Spring Sampler?

On January 8th at 7pm Lane, Liz, & David will be there teaching some mini lessons, demonstrating dance styles, and answering any questions you might have about Group Classes. Even if you are a regular Group Class attendee, you should still come out and take advantage of this FREE event. Plus, if you register for one of our Spring classes that night, you get $6 off the class! Don’t miss this free lesson and chance to save big on your choice of group classes.

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2. Yoga @ Sapphire, starting Jan 8

yoga ladyWe are now offering Yoga classes here at Sapphire Ballroom! We are starting with just one 4 week session, but hope to offer more after that if we get a good response. The session will start Wednesday, January 8, 9:30-10:30am. It will be $40 for the 4 weeks or $15 for a walk-in. These classes will be taught by Jennifer Speiden. Jennifer, in addition to being a student at Sapphire, is a Yoga Alliance registered 500-hour yoga teacher as well as a licensed physical therapist, certified Pilates instructor, and dance instructor.

If these days and times don't work for you, but you are interested, PLEASE let us know. We may be able to offer different or multiple times in the future.

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3. Winter Luau Dance Party, Jan 11

flowerWant to shake off the cold and pretend you are at some balmy, tropical destination, dancing under the palm trees? That is exactly what we are doing on Saturday, January 11, starting at 7:30 with a toasty Rumba lesson. Dig out your flowered shirts, wear them over your long-johns if you have to, and get ready to luau!

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4. Kick-Off Celebration For Junior Ballroom @ Sapphire, Jan 18

teensOn Saturday, January 18, 7:00-9:00p, Sapphire is hosting a FREE party- for teens and tweens- with games, lessons, music, food, and friends. This event is to celebrate the start of a brand new program... "Junior Ballroom @ Sapphire," ballroom, latin and swing dance lessons for our local youth. Since there is no obligation to sign-up for the full program, this super fun event is open to EVERYONE 18 and under. Invite anyone you know that is a teen or tween, and tell their parents to save the date.

Also, parents can learn more about the program while students get a FREE intro lesson at the Open House on January 23. Classes start January 30.

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5. Group Classes @ Blacksburg Community Center and Sapphire, Jan 20, 21, & 22

Ballroom, Latin, Swing - we’ve got them all!

The first session of group classes in Blacksburg is starting soon, and they’ve got a little something for everyone. For you returning dancers, we have Level 3 Waltz and Level 4 Hustle. For new folks, there’s Night Club 2-Step (a great slow dance for weddings and special occasions), Merengue (a feisty but easy, Latin party-time dance), beginning Waltz (graceful and romantic), and East Coast Swing (energetic and full of spins).

To add to the fun, we’re adding a new face. Liz will be bringing her know-how, enthusiasm, and quirky sense of humor to Wednesday night classes as she takes over teaching them starting in January. Yay, Liz!

And in Christiansburg, we’ve got Lane teaching a fantastic Night Club 2-Step Technique Class, starting at 8:00 on Monday, Jan 20. It’s going to be an exciting part of our already hopping Monday night line-up of intermediate and advanced workshops.

Check out all these awesome classes starting January 20-22:

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6. Old Man Kelly And The Streetsweepers @ Sapphire, Jan 25

OldManKellyHere is what so many of you have been waiting for ... a live band @ Sapphire! For the first time, you will get to enjoy live music and our awesome dance floor at the same time. Come hear Old Man Kelly and The Streetsweepers featuring Matt Labarge on piano, Nathan Bowles on drums, Chris Printz on the doghouse bass, and Old Man Kelly on guitar, banjo, vocals, and shenanigans. They will be throwing down honky-tonk, rockabilly, jump blues...all great music for dancing.

Start the night with a fantastic Single Time Swing lesson taught by Linda Stancill from 7:30-8:30p and dance the night away on our sweet, spacious floor from 8:30-11:30p. $14 per person or $10 per person if you come with a group of 5 or more people.

There will be snacks and drinks provided but feel free to add your culinary delights to the table. We will be giving away a prize for the best snack.

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7. Carolina Shag @ the Pulaski YMCA

You ask for it, we bring it! The YMCA in Pulaski is excited to be hosting Sapphire Ballroom for a beginner series of Carolina Shag classes. Starting Friday, January 31, at 6:45, Debbi will be showing how to glide effortlessly through the easy, breezy Carolina Shag. The class will run through February, skipping Valentine's Day. To register online you can go the Pulakski’s Y website at and click on the “programs” tab or stop by the Y’s front desk to sign up; deadline to register is Friday, January 24.

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8. Dance @ Sapphire every Friday - perfect for a New Year’s resolution or for Valentine's Day

sweetsheartsSo, you decided to try something new this year. To learn something, meet new people.

Or, you’re thinking your sweetheart really deserves something more creative than a greeting card or box of chocolates.

Either way, Sapphire has your solution: beginner workshops every Friday night! (Ok, so we cancel them sometimes for a holiday or special event, but really, almost every Friday.)

What’s so cool about these workshops?

  1. They’re affordable - Cheaper Than A Movie is their name, and it is definitely true.

  2. They’re flexible - because they are workshops, every week we start at the beginning - you can come when you want, miss when you need to. No commitments, no worries.

  3. They’re fun - great teachers, interesting people, and beginner-friendly instruction make these workshops a party waiting to happen. They make a great date-night event or group outing.

So, come out this Friday (and the next) at 7:00 to Sapphire Ballroom on Main Street in Christiansburg and try something new, meet some friendly people, learn some dancing, and have some fun:

And on Valentine’s Day, join us for a special deal and sweet social after the workshop:

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Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center

30 W Main Street, Suite C, Christiansburg, VA  24073 - 540-382-8782