Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center
Sapphire Dance News - 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.

1. 80s Explosion Dance Party - Saturday, June 14 (read more)

2. Shaggin’ @ Sapphire - Saturday, June 28 (read more)

3. Advanced Ballroom Medley - Starting Monday, July 14 (read more)

4. Cha Cha and West Coast Swing Upper Level Workshop (read more)

5. Sapphires & Diamonds - Update (read more)

6. Tying the Knot, with Rhythm and Style (read more)


calendar Dates to remember:

Saturday, June 7 - Sapphire Dance Center Recital
Monday, June 9 - Silver Waltz - THIS MONDAY!!!
Saturday, June 14 - 80s Explosion Dance Party
Saturday, June 28 - Shaggin’ @ Sapphire
Friday, July 4 - CTAM Beginner Workshops canceled for holiday
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 8 & 9 - Blacksburg Group Classes Start
Monday, July 14 - Advanced Ballroom Medley begins
Saturday, July 26 - Sapphires & Diamonds

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1. 80's Explosion Dance Party, Saturday, June 14

80's ExplosionYou have to admit that 80’s music is fun to dance to, even if you are not a fan. If you are a fan, then we don’t have to tell you what a fun night we will have on Saturday, June 14, as we dance the night away to all the synthesized pop, funk, and new wave hits that made the 80’s so great.

MTV... big hair…leg warmers…long play records (aka - LPs) ... whatever make your fond memories from the 80's "totally tubular," get ready to bust a move with us, starting with an East Coast Swing lesson at 7:30. More at

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2. Shaggin’ @ Sapphire - Saturday, June 28

ShagginSummertime, beach music, BBQ, and Carolina Shag: a combination sure to make feet, heart, and mind happy. Don't have the Carolina Shag yet? Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center, in the heart of downtown Christiansburg, has got it covered. On Saturday, June 28, Sapphire Ballroom will be hosting Shaggin' @ Sapphire, a day of Carolina Shag workshops, dinner, and dancing.

Starting in the early afternoon, Shaggin' @ Sapphire features a full 3 hours of Carolina Shag workshops, for both the brand-new beginner and the confident old-pro. There is something in the schedule perfect for everyone interested in dancing the Shag.

After the workshops, Sapphire will host a BBQ dinner catered by Hethwood Market, complete with a variety of sides, desserts, drinks, and kettle corn for everyone. It's a chance to relax, chat with other dancers, and make some new friends.

Then as evening sets in, Shaggin’ @ Sapphire will open up their excellent dance floor and welcome workshop attendees as well as the general public for a Carolina Shag Dance Party with special guest DJ Doug Woodson. There will be a 50/50 with proceeds going to sponsor Sapphire’s Junior Ballroom program and a raffle for a new pair of dance shoes.

Anyone looking to celebrate summertime and to finally get up and dance to all those great summertime songs, should try Shaggin’ @ Sapphire. For for schedule, pricing, registration, and more, visit (Discount for registration before June 23. Early registration required to join the dinner.)

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3. Advanced Ballroom Medley - Starting July 14

Like high energy dances? Love the speed and elegance of traveling dances? Do you get a thrill out of the passion and drama of Ballroom dancing? Well search no longer, the perfect class has just found you! Starting July 14th we will be spending 8 weeks enjoying the Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, and Paso Doble. Students should know the basics of Viennese Waltz and Quickstep but don't need any experience in Paso Doble.

You have over a month to get prepared if you want join the fun. It’s never too soon to sign up,

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4. Cha Cha and West Coast Swing Upper Level Workshops on Mondays

Monday nights are being peppered with peppy pleasures. Cha Cha and West Coast Swing will be featured for your summertime fun! We will start with lower levels of these dances in June and continuing to advance through August. Having this Latin and Swing workshop combo will compliment and balance out the smoothness of Silver Waltz and Advanced Ballroom Medley running on the same nights. Check out the full line up and plan your Monday nights accordingly,

There are a few really approachable levels coming up. So, if you are new to the Upper Level Workshop scene, check out these workshops: they would be a great place to start!

Cha Cha, Level 2-3 - June 9
Cha Cha Technique - June 23
West Coast, Level 1-2 - June 30

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5. Sapphires & Diamonds Update

AnniversaryAs the weeks roll by, and the Anniversary gets closer and closer, you can see excitement all around the studio. On the dance floor, you might see one couple working on an elegant Night Club 2-Step, another student practicing what looks like a fun Viennese Waltz. The next night, an intense Tango and light-hearted Fox Trot share floor space and music. In the office, Lane and Debbi are working the design for the souvenir totes, programs, and the web page, while trying pin down final details. And all the instructors are thinking up choreography and editing music. The excitement is spreading and anticipation is building (and contagious).

Even if you’re not performing in the showcase, you can still be a part of the celebration - plan on attending the Showcase to cheer your friends (or people you've never met before) as they put their feet forward and display what they have been working on for the last few months. Then come back for the Dance Party as we really let loose and celebrate by dancing the night away. All the details will be available online as soon as Debbi can get them put together into a web page!

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6. Tying the Knot, With Rhythm and Style

Rachel & JohnWhether you want something cute and playful or classic and elegant, dance lessons can help you have a first dance that you'll enjoy watching, remembering, and dancing again, time after time.

“I love taking a nervous wedding couple and showing them how to feel at home on the dance floor. There are so many little tricks that can help them feel and look good,” says Lane, dance instructor and Co-Director at Sapphire. “Then to hear from them afterwards about how much fun they had and how impressed everyone was; that is the best part!”

To get started, all you need is the desire to learn. If you are hoping to do more than the “clutch and sway” on one of the most memorable days of your life, contact us. And your first dance as husband and wife won't be your last... it will be something you can do together for the rest of your lives!

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