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Sapphire Dance News - November 2017

Times, they are a changin’ the temperatures and leaves continue to drop, you can feel “change” in the air. While we at Sapphire are always trying to mix things up and put a fresh, new spin on your dancing, ultimately the wonder of social dance never changes. We are so thankful to be in a business that is all about having a good time, enjoying movement and music coming together, and connecting to those around you. Read on to see what new things will come with this wonderful new season, but remember that dance, which is as old as time, is always there for you to enjoy!

Autumn Dance                
  1. 80’s Explosion Dance Party, Saturday, Nov 11 - read more

  2. November Group Classes and CBR Selections - read more

  3. Upper Level Monday Nights are Swinging in November - read more

  4. Tate Returns to Share More Argentine Tango Magic on November 19 & 20 - read more

  5. Mountain Swing Weekend: Dance through the Decades at Mountain Lake Lodge, November 3-5 - read more


Calendar GraphicDates to Remember:

Friday-Sunday, November 3-5 - Mountain Swing Weekend at Mountain Lake Lodge
Saturday, November 11- 80's Explosion Dance Party with Cha Cha Lesson
Sunday - Monday, November 19-20 - Argentine Tango Magic with Tate
Friday, December 1 - Junior Ballroom TEEN Session starts
Friday, December 8 - Junior Ballroom TWEEN Session starts
FRiday, December 8 - CTAM Beginner Workshop CANCELLED for Chrisitiansburg Parade
Saturday, December 9 - Peppermint Ball Dance Party with Single Time Swing Lesson
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 12 & 13 - Blacksburg Group Classes begin

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Upper Level Mondays1 - 80’s Explosion Dance Party, Saturday, Nov 11

Record PlayerIt’s that time of year to reflect on what you are thankful for...and we are celebrating this special time with an 80’s Explosion Dance party.

...What?! Yes, that’s right! We are thankful for the 80’s and all the great music and big hair it produced. What better time of year to pull out those leg warmers and warm up to a totally radical Cha Cha lesson. The lesson will start at 7:30 with basic steps and fundamentals, but will have even the experienced dancers trying something new by the end of the hour. Then stick around to dance your favorite dance styles to awesome 80’s hits.

And if you want the chance to win the dancing chef prize, make sure to bring a snack to share. Maybe some Doritos and Bubble Yum bubble gum? Hm. No, I don't think that's a winning combination. Maybe something chocolate instead.

Check out the full list of dance parties and special events at 2018 Dances will be posted soon!

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Group Classes2 - November Group Classes and CBR Selections

Blacksburg Classes A new set of classes begins November 7 & 8 with lots to choose from! If you are just getting started you have Swing, Fox Trot, and Bachata to choose from… a Swing, a Ballroom, and a Latin style! We also have two Level 2 classes if you are an experienced social dancer.

Level 1 Swing (Wednesdays at 6:15) will have you movin’ and groovin’ with the happy, up-beat East Coast Swing. You’ll get a personal introduction to both the Single Time and Triple Time variations, preparing you for any speed of music that comes your way! This is the perfect dance to prepare for all those up coming holiday parties.

Speaking of happy and movin’, you could use those words to describe Fox Trot as well. The Level 1 class in this debonaire ballroom style (Tuesdays at 8:15) will have you sauntering around the room with big, smooth steps, ready to “step out” on the town.

Bachata (Wednesdays at 8:15) will introduce you to the sexy leg action and fast turns evident in all Latin styles, but in the framework of an approachable basic and moderately paced music. All of which makes Bachata a great first dance to try. If you like Salsa and Merengue, you will love Bachata!

Blacksburg ClassesFor Class-By-Requests (CBRs), both the Salsa and Merengue class and the Country Two-Step classes from October are continuing on to Level 2. Both of these classes assume that you have seen Level 1 material. If you are ready and would like to, we’d love to have you join in. If you’re not sure, talk to an instructor about your options.

Find all the details at

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Group Classes3 - Upper Level Monday Nights are Swinging in November

SwingMonday nights are always a fun grab-bag of upper level one-night workshops and four-week group classes. Choosing from a variety of dance styles, Monday nights are anything but ordinary!

While the Quickstep Group Class class occupies the 7:00 time slot, 6:00 will be Swinging - literally as well as figuratively: starting Oct 30 with Hustle “New Yorkers Walk This Way,” staying on the eastward side of things on Nov 6 with East Coast Swing “Counting Higher,” and finally bouncing to the opposite coast with West Coast Swing “Stylized Basics” on Nov 13. Which ever “coast” you prefer, we have got you covered!

After Thanksgiving, Monday Workshops and Class will be returning to 7pm and 8pm. At the 7pm time slot in late November and December, take a tour of some favorite Ballroom styles: American Tango, Viennese Waltz, Fox Trot, and a look at Fox Trot and Waltz together. At 8pm… well, what do you want to see there? Something Latin, perhaps?

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Sapphire Special Event4 - Tate Returns to Share More Argentine Tango Magic on November 19 & 20

Tate DiChiazzaHe's coming baaaack! Before you all head off to your Thanksgiving plans come out to Sapphire on Monday, November 20, for 2 hours of Tango Magic with Tate. Details on what will be covered are still in the works but it will be for all levels and will be nothing less that excellent.

Tate will be available for private lessons on Sunday, November 19, as well as on Monday before the workshops.

The 2 hour workshop on Monday will be $30 per person and a private lesson (60min) is $100. Private lessons are 1 to 2 people. Semi-privates are a welcome as well....just add $20 per person.

Contact us at or 540-382-8782 to register for the workshop and to schedule your private lesson.

We are so excited to have the opportunity to continue learning with Tate - don't miss it!

P.S. We are in discussion with both Karen and Tate about another visit in March. Eeeeee!!

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Sapphire Special Event5 - Mountain Swing Weekend: Dance through the Decades at Mountain Lake Lodge, November 3-5

Mountain Swing WeekendWe are so excited to be teaming up with Mountain Lake Lodge for a weekend devoted to to Swing dancing! We will be visiting music and styles of the different eras from the 40’s all the way up to today.

Arrive Friday evening to a Welcome Champagne & Cheese Social in Stony Creek Tavern, a full weekend of dance lessons, and dance party in Mary's Barn and much more included!

Check out their event on facebook,, or the Lodge’s website at

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Thanks for reading, we hope you found something you liked. Until we see you again, happy dancing!

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Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center

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