Ballroom By Request Lessons and Practice Time

Hi Members, for those of you who want to learn or practice, this is a great event. We work with the level of those who attend. We will start with teaching/reviewing the basics and progress through as many moves as time allows. All are welcome! Please introduce yourself so we can welcome our Meetup members. During practice time, Joe plays music for all the ballroom dances, and takes requests.

8:00 – 8:45, beginner/intermediate level lesson in a Rhythm dance,
- 15 minutes for practice/snack/water break
9:00 – 9:45, beginner/intermediate level lesson in Smooth dance
10:00-11:00 Open Dancing
11:00: “So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight”

Hosted by seasoned teachers/musicians/dancers/performers Joe and Julie Donato.
Joe started this unique format four years ago in Philadelphia. He designed "Ballroom By Request" as a unique place where people can come and learn how to do all those great dances they see on "Dancing with the Stars," at any social event/party/wedding reception where popular music is being played.

No membership required! All skill levels catered to! No partner necessary!

$10 for one lesson, $15 for both lessons. Fruit, chocolate & water at no extra charge!

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  • Jo Ann Gair W.

    Hello! I miss Joe , Julie and all of my friends and dancing at the HVDD. Recent X rays show that my knees have declined in the past 6 months. I am having total knee replacement on July 15th at the Peekskill Hospital. As soon as I am cleared to resume dancing I will see you.

    June 15, 2014

    • Julie D.

      Jo Ann! We miss you, too. We were hoping your time off would fix it for you. But I guess this is the best option, it just involves a lot of patience on your part. But, we know you are patient AND persistent and you will be back and better than ever after you finish the rehab. I have known many people that were very happy they went through with the knee replacement so I look forward to the day when you join their ranks. Lots of love to you, and many prayers for the improvement of your health. Let us know when you are coming back so we can have some champagne on hand to celebrate!!!! Love, Julie & Joe

      1 · June 24, 2014

    • Jo Ann Gair W.

      Thank you so much. I miss you and Joe very much. I am nervous about the surgery but at this point there is no other option. I want my life back and dancing is a big part of my life. Thanks for your concern, love and prayers. I will certainly let you know when I have been cleared to come back to dance. We will celebrate!!!!

      1 · June 25, 2014

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