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Sapphire Ballroom News - December, 2018
One year’s close leads to another year’s start...

DecemberWe truly hope that this holiday season is a time of peace and rejuvenation for all of you: a time to enjoy the end of the year and all that we have around us as well as to prepare for an awesome new beginning right around the corner.

With 2018 coming to an end, we want to give you all the information you need to dance your way through the holidays as well as how to start your new year moving and grooving. Rounding out this year, we have a dance party, workshops (beginner and advanced), and just a few more group classes. The Holiday Gift Package Sale will continue until the end of the month, but if you want to be sure have your gift in hand for Christmas day, please contact us before Dec 22 ( And next year’s schedule of group classes, lessons, parties, and workshops is already on-line and available at the Studio. Be sure to check out the Sweetheart Special, a brand new group class just for couples who want to learn to dance before Valentine’s Day - it would make a great gift - hint, hint (

Thanks for dancing with us in 2018 and we look forward to seeing you on the dance floor in 2019. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Sapphire!

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2018: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over

Dancing in December gets a little tricky with holiday festivities around every corner, but never fear - Sapphire is here! The key to keeping your dance habit going through the end of the year is to check the schedules, so don’t let December dancing daunt you.

ULWsThis Saturday at 7:30pm, get the jump on the year-end festivitiies with what will probably be the most exciting holiday party around at the Peppermint Ball Dance Party. Start the evening with a Single Time Swing Lesson, add five different kinds of peppermint candy for the sampling, mix in lots of fun people and great music... Now that's a recipe for a sweet treat! No experience or partner necessary, so come get jolly with us! Details available at or on our Facebook page.
ULWsMonday nights at the Sapphire Studio in downtown Christiansburg will feature a couple of 1-night workshops: East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing as well as the last few weeks of a Viennese Waltz class (contact us if you want to join in). Details on all those are available at
Group classesBlacksburg 4-week Group Classes get condensed into two 2-hour-long sessions to give us one last chance to dance on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before taking a break for a few weeks:
Tuesday’s class will explore the many moves of Level 3 Salsa and Merengue.
Wednesday’s class will combine Waltz and Fox Trot into one, checking out the tricks, dips, and other pieces of flair that will make your dancing shine. Participants should have Level 2 Waltz or Fox Trot experience to participate. More information available at
CTAMAnd last, but never least, Friday Night Beginner Workshops will continue to waltz merrily along through the holidays. Each evening, you can learn two dances from scratch and take a peek at a third, in an environment perfect for beginners, but still fun for experienced dancers looking for a quick review. With no partner, experience or commitment necessary, these workshops are perfect for doing something fun on the fly. Unfortunately, we will have to cancel on Dec 14 and 28, but that still leaves the December 7 and 21 to come out for one of the best Friday activities around:

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2019: A new year, new beginnings

As always, you will have a smorgasbord of classes for different levels and different schedules to choose from in January, February, and onward. But there are a couple of exciting things happening right out of the gate that we don’t want you to miss. With 2019 approaching quickly, here a couple highlights you will want to know about.

SamplerThe first Sampler of 2019 happens on Wednesday, January 9, 7:15pm, at the Blacksburg Community Center. Blacksburg Group classes are a great way for Blacksburg residents to decrease their commute to dance class and for everyone to try learning in a supportive, group environment with lots of review and practice built in. Even if you don’t plan to take a Blacksburg class this semester, the Samplers are always fun, free, and informative. It’s a chance to sample some of the styles we plan to offer, see some styles demonstrated, and meet the instructors and other students.

ValentinesFor the first time ever, we are offering a Monday-night beginners’ class at the Studio in Christiansburg. Running on Mondays, January 21 through February 11, the “Sweetheart Special” group class is geared towards couples new to dancing and an absolutely perfect class for preparing for Valentine’s Day. For only $58 a couple, take this chance to surprise your sweetie with a class so that you can dance together ON Feb 14. What’s more romantic than that?

Back and better than ever, the Senior Social Dance Party on Sunday, January 20, is a great opportunity to enjoy ballroom dance performances by Sapphire students, sample some yummy snacks, meet interesting new friends, and then (if you want) try dancing during the beginner-friendly lesson all to fantastic music from the 40’s, 50’s, & 60’s.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to talk to an instructor about your dancing goals and how to achieve them. We are always happy to talk via email, by phone, or in person and give you guidance on how to get started.

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Coming Events:

Events are hosted at the Sapphire Studio on Main Street in Christiansburg unless specified otherwise.


Friday Night Beginner Workshops (CTAM) - - 12/7 and 12/21, 7:00pm
Come learn the basics of some pretty exciting dances without any commitment, on Friday December 7 and 21 this month.

Dance Party

Peppermint Ball Dance Party - Saturday, 12/8, 7:30pm
Learn how to cope with swing copa turns in this fun and challenging hour! Intermediate Level Workshop: level 2 prerequisite required.

Group Classes

East Coast Swing Workshop - Monday, 12/10, 8:00pm
Learn some new moves to put a new polish on your swing.
Intermediate Level Workshop: Level 2 Prerequisite

Group Classes

Level 3 Salsa & Merengue: formerly Class-By-Request (2-week, 2-hour class) - Tuesdays, 12/11 - 12/18, 6:15pm
Adding tricks to your Salsa and Merengue to make it faster, more exciting, and way hotter. Taught at Blacksburg Community Center

Group Classes

Tips, Tricks, and Dips in Waltz and Fox Trot (2-week, 2-hour class) - - Wednesdays, 12/12 - 12/19, 6:15pm
Previous experience in Waltz or Fox Trot required. Taught at Blacksburg Community Center.

Upper Level

West Coast Swing (1-Night Workshop) - Monday, 12/17, 8:00pm
Intermediate Level Workshop: level 2 prerequisite required.

Special Event

Monthly Milonga - Friday, 12/21, 8:30pm
A monthly dance party dedicated solely to Argentine Tango.

Upper Level

Last Day to Order Gifts and get them before Christmas - Saturday, December 22
Don’t miss out on sharing the gift of dance at the best prices of the season.

Upper Level

Last Day of our Sale on Dance Gifts - Monday, December 31
It’s a great way to achieve so many New Year’s resolutions.


There are many classes and other dance activities starting up in January. So be sure to mark your calendar and be ready to join in after all your New Year’s celebrations!                     

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