Sapphire Ballroom
Sapphire Ballroom News - March, 2019
The Wedding Series & Monday Night Workshops

MarchWe have some big plans in 2019 for wedding couples. Help us spread the word: new classes tailor made just for couples ready to make their first dance incredible! Please forward this email to any of your friends getting hitched.

This email has stuff for everyone else, too, so don’t stop reading if your future doesn’t involve a wedding.

As the year “Marches” on and we continue to add to our already packed schedule, we know that navigating which class to take can be daunting. We don’t always make it easy when we offer so many options. Know that we offer such a variety of classes because dance is not a “one size fit all” activity. The variety is there for the many different schedules, budgets, goals, and personalities that we are so fortunate to serve.

When you boil all of it down, there are essentially 3 ways to learn. You have either a Private, Group or Social setting. And they are as simple as that. You can learn in a private lesson where you have an instructor to yourself and get their undivided attention. Or you can join in a group and enjoy the learning process among friends (while sharing the cost!). And once you get your dancing feet in order, there are social dances where there is always a spiffy pre-dance lesson or you can pick things up on the fly from your friends in the dance community.

As you read on below about a brand new series we are offering for Brides and Grooms (or really any interested couples), the variety of workshops we have for you on Monday nights, and scan all of our coming events, please know that we are here to explain each class and help you decide how to approach your dancing goals. And at the end of the day, they are all an important piece of the learning process and you really should try to sample some of everything!

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A new group of Sweetheart Classes: The Wedding Series

bridalSapphire is here year-round to attend to the needs of Brides & Grooms... and father’s & daughters, mother’s & sons, and anyone attending a wedding and wanting to dance! But with wedding season right around the corner, we have a special series of classes for couples preparing for their first dance.

While these classe are actually open to any couple interested in them, they are tailor-made to help wedding couples create a magical and memorable first dance. In these classes, we will spend time talking about all the little things you have to keep in mind when dancing in front of people so there are no surprises. We will teach some flashy but easy ways to dress up your dance and give you some WOW factor. And, of course, each class will teach you a dance style that is perfect for wedding couples.

The three classes are separated into different dance styles, but more importantly they each offer a different effect. When we ask wedding couples how they would like their first dance to be described, the most common responses are “Classic”, “Romantic,” or “Fun.”

Ballroom Ballroom = Classic. Saturdays, April 6 - 27, at 10:30am.
The first class will focus on Ballroom dances to achieve that classic look. This is for the couple that is looking for a timeless, elegant first dance. Waltz and Fox Trot are tried and true for weddings. Some songs that would work are "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra (Fox Trot) and "Come Away With Me" by Nora Jones (Waltz).
Latin Latin = Romantic. Saturdays, May 4 - June 1, at 10:30am (skipping Memorial Day Weekend).
If the feeling you are going for is romantic and sweet, a slow Latin style like Rumba is just the ticket. Rumba can be danced to many genres of music and it’s approachable basic makes it a wonderful choice for your first dance. Some great Rumba songs include "Better Together" by Jack Johnson and "The Way You Look Tonight" by Michael Bublé.
swing Swing = Fun. Saturdays, June 8 - 29, at 10:30am
Many wedding couples choose something non-traditional and fun for their first dance, or want to learn a second style to dance during their reception. Swing styles are perfect for more upbeat songs, and might express the couples’ personality better than something slow or traditional. Single Time Swing and Hustle can be a great choice when gravitating towards songs like "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen (Swing), "L-O-V-E" by Nat "King" Cole (Swing), and "Can't Stop The Feeling" by Justin Timberlake (Hustle).

Quick facts about all three classes:
Each 4-week class is $72/Couple.
You do not need to have your song picked out before signing up for a class.
If you sign up for the “wrong” class, it will still help you learn the next dance style, and you’ll have fun in the process.
More details are available at

We hope one of these three classes will be a perfect fit for you, your song choice, and your big day. If not, we also have private lesson packages to help you work on your dance, including one package designed just for wedding couples. Talk to an instructor to make a plan!

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Monday Night Workshops: March is high energy!

ULWsTake a look at the March schedule for one-night, blast of material, upper level, super fun, Monday Night Workshops, and you will see a line-up full of energy and pizazz! Since we schedule Monday nights primarily by taking requests and gauging the interests of our dance community….what does that say about you?! ; )

In this month you are going to see some peppy Single Time Swing, the sassy Cha Cha, get a hit of Hustle, and groove with West Coast Swing. All the dates, times and prices can be found at

April is still in the works but East Coast Swing and Charleston will make an appearance, as well as American Tango and more West Coast. Talk about keeping the high energy up! If you have something you would like to see, do let us know.

Monday night workshops are for dancers with some experience and a lot of our more advanced dancers come to all that they can. But don’t let that scare you away! If you have completed Levels 1 and 2 of any one of the dance styles being featured, these workshops are for you! The material we choose is always multifaceted, with good information for many levels. If you have never tried one but are curious, talk to an instructor to find out more. You never know until you try!

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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) - Every Friday this month, 7:00pm
Come learn the basics of some pretty exciting dances without any commitment, every Friday this month. New styles featured every week!

Dance Party

Playing Favorites Dance Party - Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm
Of course we have favorite songs and favorite dances to go with them.  Join us as we play our favorite tunes for you.

Upper Level

Single Time Swing Intermediate Workshop - Monday, March 18, 8:00pm
Add more flair and get fancy with your footwork in this one night only workshop.  Single Time Swing Level 2 prerequisite.

Upper Level

Cha Cha Intermediate Workshop - Monday, March 18, 8:00pm
It’s time to spice things up in this fun Latin dance; why don’t we add dimension? Cha Cha Level 2 prerequisite.

Upper Level

Hustle Intermediate Workshop - Monday, March 25, 7:00pm
Give your brain a break from all those spins. Parallel breaks seem like a great start! Hustle Level 2 prerequisite.

Upper Level

West Coast Swing Intermediate Workshop - Monday, March 18, 8:00pm
Expand your dance horizons with a studio favorite. West Coast Swing Level 2 prerequisite.

Upper Level

American Tango Intermediate Workshop - Monday, April 1, 7:00pm
Give your Tango even more flair with this exciting workshop. Level 2 prerequisite.

Upper Level

East Coast Swing Intermediate Workshop - Monday, April 1, 8:00pm
Find new ways to bop with your baby with the big daddy of swing styles. East Coast Swing Level 2 prerequisite.

Group Classes

Learn to Hustle, a 4-Week Class for beginners - Tuesdays starting April 2, 6:15pm
Come out and add another swing style dance to your dance repertoire: You won't regret learning this jem. No previous experience or partner required. Taught at Blacksburg Community Center.

Group Classes

Intro to Carolina Shag, a 4-week class for ambitious beginners - Wednesdays starting April 3, 7:15pm
This dance is like a day at the beach in dance form! No previous experience required. Taught at Blacksburg Community Center.

Group Classes

Salsa Spins, a 4-week class Salsa Dancers - Wednesdays starting April 3, 8:15pm
Spice things up in your Salsa with some fun spins! No chips required. Taught at Blacksburg Community Center. Level 1 Prerequisite required.

Group Classes

Sweetheart Special: The Wedding Series - Saturdays starting April 6, 10:30am
Haven’t decided on a song or a style to dance to for your wedding? That’s okay! These group classes are tailor made for couples getting ready for their first dance. We’ll be kicking off this series with Ballroom styles like Waltz or Foxtrot.


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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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