Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center
Sapphire Dance News - 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. With great attendance, fun classes, excellent dancing, delicious BBQ (thank you, Hethwood Market!), and awesome music (thank you, Doug Woodson!), we would be fools to not do it again.

While it would be nice to sit back and kick up our feet, it's time to shift it into high gear to prepare for Sapphires & Diamonds, the 10th Anniversary Gala! The excitement and anticipation is building! Mark your calendars for THE dance event of the summer and read below for more details.

1. Sapphires & Diamonds, Showcase & Dance Party, Saturday, July 26 (read more)

2. New Group Classes in Blacksburg, July 8 & 9 (read more)

3. Summer Sizzle Dance Party, Saturday, July 12 (read more)

4. Advanced Ballroom Medley, Monday, July 14 (read more)

5. Hip Hop Fitness Summer Boot Camp starts July 7 (read more)


calendar Dates to remember:

Monday, July 7 - Hip Hop Summer Fitness starts
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 8 & 9 - Blacksburg Group Classes Start
Saturday, July 12 - Summer Sizzle Dance Party
Monday, July 14 - Advanced Ballroom Medley begins
Saturday, July 26 - Sapphires & Diamonds
Saturday, August 9 -World Tour Dance Party
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 12 & 13 - Blacksburg Group Classes Start

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1. Sapphires & Diamonds, 10th Anniversary Gala: Showcase & Dance Party, Saturday, July 26

80's ExplosionThis event is for everyone! Whether you dance or not, you will find something at this celebration to delight and inspire - it might even turn you into a dancer (or a better dancer) just by seeing what your friends have achieved.

The Showcase will begin at 3:30pm. In addition to 17 dance performances (more details available on the webpage), there will be mini-lessons and chances for the audience to dance, too.

Then, beginning at 7:30, the next part of the celebration will kick-off with a half-hour beginner lesson for any family and friends that may want to try this partner dancing for themselves. Then we will dance the night away! Dressy attire is encouraged, so be prepared to reminisce about the last ten years with us.

Spectator Pass to come and be dazzled at the Showcase is $15 a person or $18 includes the Anniversary Dance Party with beginner lesson. Full time high school/college students can get a Spectator Pass for just $5 ($8 includes Dance Party). If you are just coming to the dance it is $15 per person and $5 for full-time high school/college students.

Are you a member of the Sapphire family? What's your first memory of Sapphire? Maybe Linda teaching at a dance party. Could be Debbi learning how to Samba. Or Lane back before she was better than the rest of us at West Coast? How about Dennis - he was here before Sapphire had a home on Main Street. Or maybe Liz coming over to chat at a dance party. Comment on our facebook page - let us know what your first memory of Sapphire is and we might use your contribution in the Sapphires & Diamonds Showcase Program.

More details available on-line at

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2. New Group Classes in Blacksburg, July 8 & 9

ShagginA brand spankin’ new set of classes will be starting in Blacksburg on Tuesday & Wednesday, July 8 & 9. For 10 month-long session every year, we offer a variety of group classes at the Community Center on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings...2 to 3 hours of dancing each night. You can always find your beginner friendly styles, styles offering a little more challenge, and frequently higher level classes as well.

For this session we have Hustle and Rumba if you want to ease your way in….
West Coast Swing, and Tango if you want to bite off a little bit more…
And the Class-By-Requests this session are Level 1 Carolina Shag (Wednesday at 6:00) and an advanced (Level 3) Carolina Shag for seasoned shaggers (Tuesday at 6:15).

A beautiful blend! Find details at

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3. Summer Sizzle Dance Party, Saturday, July 12

summertimeIt’s summer time and the livin’ is easy…..or at least that’s what they say. Full of vacations, festivals, camps, etc., you could argue that “the livin’ is busy!” But that’s no reason not to make time for dancing this summer. Our July Dance Party, Summer Sizzle, is a great thing to do as the sun is going down Saturday, July 12. Try out the spicy Bachata lesson at 7:30 to start things off, sample from the table of snacks and drinks to keep you going (brought by any of you dancing chefs), and a selection of hot summertime music to make it an “easy” evening. So, get out of the sun and make some sizzling heat with us!

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4. Advanced Ballroom Medley - Starting Monday, July 14

smooth dancersWe have a groundbreaking class for you this July! The line up: the twirly Viennese Waltz, the peppy Quickstep, and an introduction to the intense Paso Doble. This class is for all you die-hard ballroom dancers. You will want to have basic knowledge of Viennese Waltz and Quickstep but no experience in Paso Doble is necessary. It starts Monday, July 14, so you still have a little bit of time to brush up, if you are not already prepared.

Find details at

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5. Hip Hop Fitness Summer Bootcamp

Hip Hop FitnessFor any dancers, friends, or family members looking for a fun dance workout! Sapphire Dance Center is offering over 8 hours of fitness, conditioning, and hip hop dance combinations, tauight by Hollis. Classes will run from July 7th - 10th and July 14th - 17th. Choose between an hour long hip hop/fitness class or a half hour of targeted toning and core conditioning workouts - or both!

Can't make it for all 8 classes? We have drop in rates and discounts available for 3 or more classes. Class times and rates are as follows:

5:15-6:15 Hip Hop Fitness Drop-in $10 each
3 or more classes $8 each
All 8 classes $59
6:15-6:45 Conditioning Drop-in $8 each
3 or more classes $5 each
All 8 classes $40
Take all 16 classes for only $99!

Get ready to get energized and toned, all while having fun! Email if you are interested or have any questions.

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