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Holiday HustleIt's the Holidays

It is that time of year, and also it's the song Holidays by Meghan Trainor and Earth, Wind & Fire.

We are putting together a routine to Holidays: simple, fun, and just a little campy (ok - maybe more than a little). The song is a lighthearted, inclusive celebration of all the holidays. And that's what we want this routine to be too! It will have 4 sections, of which you can learn 1, 2, 3, or all 4 parts.

The Solo section will be the easiest - everyone can do it no matter how much you have (or have not) danced before!
The Celebration section requires a small amount of previous experience with 4-count Hustle. If you can dance an entire song and are willing to practice, you can do it!
The Verse and Holidays sections both require a higher comfort level in 4ct Hustle. (More details below).

We're going to teach the dance in 4 workshops on Mondays Nov 28, Dec 5, Dec 12, & Dec 19. Each Monday evening workshop will cover at least one section, possibly two, with the last two focusing on how to make the sections fit together. We will hopefully be able to pull it all together well enough to perform at the December 16 Holiday Cookie Much (Happy Hour Practice Party) as well as video on Dec 19.

If you want to learn the routine and not perform - no troubles! We created this routine to be fun and still improve your technique and musicality in Hustle, as well as introducing you to a few new pattern variations. So even if you have no interest in being part of the performance or our video, it's still totally worth your time.

Location: Sapphire Studio (downtown Christiansburg)
Price: $14/person/workshop or $42/person/4-workshops
     Pay online and register at the same time at Sapphire's Square Store.

Nov 28, 7-8pm - Verse and Holidays. Probably the hardest workshop and the best one to skip if you're not sure you have the prerequisites. The Verse and Holidays sections contain push turns, grapevines, a New York Walk, and multiple partner positions, but you don't need to know all those things already - just be at a point where you can learn them comfortably. Participants should be familiar with Closed, Cape, and Hammerlock positions in 4ct Hustle.

Dec 5, 7-8pm - Celebration and Solo. The Solo section is for everyone - no experience required. The Celebration section requires some previous experience with 4-count Hustle: You should be able to dance entire songs at a moderate speed and be familiar with basic turns like Inside Turn, Belt Turn, etc.

Dec 12 & 19, 7-8pm - Review, Practice, & Assemble. Hopefully at this point you will already know the steps and just need practice, practice, practice. We'll answer questions, trouble-shoot, and decide if we're ready to perform in front of people (I have no doubt we will be awesome enough, but I'm willing to let the class decide).

Please let us know as soon as you can if you're interested and which weeks you would like to attend.

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This time of year gets so crazy, not only in all of our individual lives, but in our family lives and in the studio's availability. So - there are only a few group classes and one Happy Hour left in 2022. But have no fear - 2023 is on it's way with a whole gamut of fun dance opportunities for you. And, in the meantime, there are private lessons and options for private dance parties. Hope you have a safe and wonderful December and that we get to see you at one of the following events!

Big Band Crooners - Date Night Dance Class

Intro to Partner Dance Workshop: Fox Trot and Single Time Swing
Wednesday, December 7, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm

Is there someone in your life who deserves more of your time? Sign up for a shared experience that will have you both swaying and swirling to your favorite music for years to come. Just think - you'll actually have something to do at the next wedding you attend!
With a small class size, you get a fantastic student-teacher ratio and lots of instructor attention. It’s the best kind of date night: a great way to meet people, have fun with friends, and treat your sweetheart.
Please register in advance with the Blacksburg Community Center, Activity Type = "Adult Dance". If you have problems registering, please let us know!

Location: Blacksburg Community Center       Price: $19/person     Details


Line Dance

Line Dancing With Lisa
Take a night to explore your own fun

Line Dance Workshop
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

With an exciting combination of ultra beginner and slightly more challenging dances, this workshop will get your toes tapping in no time. Easiest dances are taught at the beginning of the evening, more challenging dances towards the end. So, if you've never done this before, come early! And we always like to end by dancing everything we've learned one more time.

Location: Sapphire Studio         Price: $9/person       Details.
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Historic Dance

A Casual Evening of Historic (English Country) Dancing

Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the English Country Dancers of the New River Valley Historic Dance Society as we laugh, dance, and enjoy each other's company while learning dance new to us, but old as the 13 Colonies.
Beginners, groups, singles, and families are always welcome. Every dance will be taught by being broken down into simple components and cued while dancing. If you can walk, you can dance, and we'd love to have you join the set.

Location: Sapphire Studio         Price: Tip Jar        Details.

Historic Dance

Holiday Happy Hour Cookie Munch
Bring out your coooookiiiieeees!

Practice Session
Friday, December 16, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There's no alcohol at this happy hour, just awesome dancing to fun music. It's not quite a Dance Party, but it is a nice, relaxed chance to practice some of your favorite dance moves. Looking for a mellow meeting of fellow dancer-people with some marshmallow treats on the side? This practice session is just what you need. As always, feel free to ask for your favorite tunes or dance styles at the party! Cookies of all sorts are welcome. We'll even provide some healthy snacks for you self-diciplined people (go you!).

Location: Sapphire Studio         Price: Tip Jar        Details.

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You can give any of Sapphire's Classes, Workshops, or Private Lessons to your loved-ones this year.

Options start as low as $9/person, with bulk discounts available.

Browse our online store or contact us to get started!




Sapphire's group classes and workshops are always small, low stress, and fun. They are a great way to meet other people who have also decided to learn to dance, as well as get to know our teaching staff. It doesn't take any long-term investment to get started, no special clothing or shoes - just something comfortable to wear and a sense of adventure. So, take the plunge and try it out.

All classes (in person or online) require registration by noon the day the class starts. We are happy to add late-comers if we can, but classes may be cancelled or rescheduled if registration is low.

Five ways to register, just choose one and we'll take care of the rest:
1 - reply to this email;
2 - give us a ring at 540-382-8782;
3 - talk to your favorite Sapphire Staff member;
4 - register and pay at the same time at our online store at;
5 - Blacksburg Group classes are best registered through the Blacksburg Community Center webpage.

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

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