Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center
Sapphire Dance News - December 2014

As this year is winding down we are having one last surge of events! Mark your calendars for our early December happenings. Then things studio-happenings will quiet down as the holiday season kicks into high gear. But, remember, you don't have to stop dancing over the holidays! We are available for your private and semi private lessons and impromptu, create-your-own, group classes. And our workshops keep going in December and start up really early in January. Contact us to schedule a fun time for just you or you and your holiday guests. Don’t forget that we also have gift certificates as well!

Happy Holidays Everyone!


1 - Snowflake Ball, Saturday, December 13 - read more
2 - Give the Gift of Dance - read more
3 - 2015 Spring Schedule & Sampler - read more
4 - Dancing at Dance Motion - read more
5 - Attimo Wine Tasting and Dancing - read more
6 - A Year to Remember - read more


calendar Dates to remember:

Friday, Dec 12 - Christiansburg Christmas Parade, CTAM Canceled
Friday, Dec 12 - Dancing with Dance Motion, Pearisburg
Saturday, Dec 13 - Snowflake Ball Dance Party
Friday, Dec 19 - Last CTAM of 2014
Friday, Jan 2 - First CTAM of 2015
Monday, Jan 5 - Upper Level Monday nights start back up with Salsa and Single Time Swing workshops
Saturday, Jan 10 - Winter Blues Dance Party
Tuesday, Jan 13 - Spring Sampler: FREE Intro Lesson , Blacksburg
Tuesday & Wenesday, Jan 20 & 21 - Group Classes start, Blacksburg
Saturday, Jan 31 - A Taste of Elegance: Attimo Wine Tasting and Dancing

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1 - Snowflake Ball, Saturday, December 13

HolidayIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Sapphire Ballroom, and everyone is getting excited about the last Dance Party of the year: our annual Snowflake Ball, this Saturday, December 13.

With a dressy/semi-formal attire encouraged and festive holiday music, this dance always has charm like no other. So, come shake off the cold with us at 7:30 this Saturday. We'll be starting with a lesson by Lane where you can learn to dance like a Sugar Plum Fairy in the elegant Waltz.

We look forward to seeing you in your holiday best!

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2 - A Gift of Dance

GiftsDon’t deprive your friends and loved ones any longer, give them the gift of dance! It's a great idea for singles & couples, co-workers and family, kids and adults. Did we miss anyone? Dance lessons are good for everyone!

Dance lessons from Sapphire
~ are always the right size and color,
~ never cause cavities or weight gain,
~ don’t require installation, assembly, or batteries

But, they have been known to cause
~ spontaneous displays of affection and fits of laughter,
~ an incurably cheerful disposition, and
~ a life-changing desire to go out dancing.

Check out all the packages we offer and place your order anytime from now until December 23rd at

Also, all a Sapphire Ballroom T-Shirts are on sale through the end of the year for only $16. Sapphire Dance Center tote bags Sapphires & Diamonds Tote bags are only $15. These goodies are so cool, you may even want to keep them for yourself! ;)

Note - if you are looking for lessons for Tots, Tikes, or Teens, be sure to check out the offerings on Sapphire Dance Center's webpage or talk to Linda. All of the performing arts classes are still accecpting registrations and make wonderful gifts, but they just don't have a webpage set up for it yet. :)

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3 - 2015 Spring Schedule & Sampler

Swing classWhat’s that you say?! Spring?!

I know, it’s hard to imagine, but the Spring semester of classes at the Blacksburg Community Center begins in January - just a month away. With a few brand new, never seen before classes, some of our old favorites, a handful of higher level classes, and a heathly helping of beginner classes, there's a great selection of classes for you to choose from. We hope you like it!

It will all be up on the web very soon at

To kick the season off, come out to the ever popular and FREE Intro Lesson on Tuesday, January 13, at 7:00pm. We will be there to dance with you, demonstrate styles, answer questions, and help you decide which classes are for you. If you register for a Spring class that night, you get $6 off your class fee.

If you you haven’t danced with us before, this is perfect for you! It’s a great way to try it out with no cost to you and no obligation. Even if you have danced with us before you should still come to get you discount and a free night of dance-fun.

Tell all your friends!

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4 - Dancing at Dance Motion

Lane- LewisHave you heard that we are teaching in Giles? Dance Motion in downtown Pearisburg has been inviting us out once a month to bring partner dancing to the area. You will find us there Friday, December 12, at 7pm, teaching a beginner friendly class featuring two dance styles. What better way to spend a Friday night! Out of the cold, trying something fun and easy with a great group of people.

It is $20 a couple or $12 for singles. And, if you pre-register, it is $18 a couple or $10 for singles. Contact us and let us know if you are coming. Help spread the love of dance in Giles by letting your friends know we are there!

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5 - Attimo Wine Tasting and Dancing

wineFor the first ever, in 2015, Sapphire Ballroom will be hosting a Wine Tasting and Dance Party. We are teaming up with Attimo Winery, for an exciting evening sampling and learning about their wines, as well as dancing and visiting with friends.

While details are still very "in the works," we do know a few things. It will happen Saturday, January 31; pre-registration will be required (because of ABC laws); and it will have great wine as well as tasty treats to sample.

Watch your email, our webpage and Facebook page, as well as at the studio for details and how to register. What a great way to start a new year of festive event at Sapphire!

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6 - A Year to Remember: 2014 at a glance

This is always a bittersweet time of year for me. It's all out with the old and in with the new. While it's never good to live in the past, it's still worthwhile to reflect on what a year it has been.

So, here's a quick recap of some of the crazy, adventurous, hilariaous, and wonderful times we've had at Sapphire in 2014.

George- Old Man Kelly and The Streetsweapers, January. These great guys played for the Sapphire's First ever Live Band Dance in January. With an essentially sold out crowd, we had more people have more fun than we ever thought possible.

- George Gammon's Birthday Party, February. George has been dancing with Linda since before the studio even opened and we were honored to be able to host his 100th birthday party in February this year.

Darren and his camera- Dancers are Video Stars, April. One of our students, Darren offered his services in making a promotional video for Sapphire (yes, it's still in the works - it's coming, really). The result was a night of dance lessons, with a man and a camera. It was a little odd, but ultimately fun, and (someday) will look totally awesome.

- Miller Mania Dance Party, May. Sam and Denise Miller join us, usually about once a year, for a mind-blowing weekend of workshops, private lessons, and dancing. This year, they offer to DJ the dance party and brought some great music that kept me dancing until my feet were ready to fall off. Even then, I didn't want to leave.

- Dancescape, Sapphire Dance Center's first recital, June. Sapphire's new side - the performing arts side - brought all of their hard work and joy of dance together into one spectacular show. It still makes me excited to think about it.

shaggin- Shaggin' @ Sapphire, June. We have some pretty good Carolina Shag dancers and teachers here at Sapphire. This year we decided to put on an event to share our love and skills "Carolina Style" (dancing, not bbq sauce). We met great people, had so much fun, and learned some really good dancing.

Sapphires & Diamonds- Sapphires & Diamonds, July. This might have been the biggest deal of the year for me. I know everyone put in lots of work, effort, heart, and soul to make this happen. And when it was done, I was so overjoyed, I think I might looked a little drunk (promise I wasn't). It was a wonderful way to celebrate ten years in a fantastic dance community, thanks to everyone who participated.

- Ice Cream Social, September. It was just a happy little dance in the afternoon of a beautiful that happened to have ice cream. Do I really need to say more?

RSO Tea Dance- RSO Tea Dance, November. We teamed up with the Friends of the Roanoke Symphany Orchastra for host a Tea Dance as part of their Musical Road Show. There was great food from Mockingbird Cafe, a lesson by Dennis, and as usual, much fun dancing to live music at this excellent, old-fashioned event.

- Karen Jaffe, Argentine Tango, November. Well, this one is hardly history. It was just yesterday that Karen was here, wasn't it?, taking our Tango into totally new, exciting directions.

ChefsAnd don't forget all those excellent Dance Parties! The Winter Luau brought out flowers in everybody's wardrobe. Lucky Draw was a new theme - all about risk taking and betting the odds. 80's Explosion, Vinyl Vibe, and Monster Bash achieved new heights in costumes. And all the rest, each and every one special because the people, the music, the dancing.

Most of these events have pictures up on our Facebook page at Before you head out to your New Year's festivities, take a while to go look though them. I promise they will make you smile.

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