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Dance Lesson, Wine Session ... and Pizza Too!

Please join us for another fun ballroom dance lesson which will be suitable for beginners, with all levels welcome.  The doors will open at 6:00 PM so we'll have a bit more time for socializing before the first lesson begins around 6:30 PM.

With so many people in the Meetup, sometimes it can be challenge meeting/mingling, especially for relatively new members when attending other events at busy art galleries, outdoor festivals, and performances at large venues such as the Benedum. So perhaps a series of fun activities that bring lots of people together would also help with introductions and spotting other members at future events.

After the first 45-minute lesson, people will have the option to continue dancing from 7-9:30 PM or simply enjoy some great pizza, wine, good conversation, and lots of laughs. And there will even be a second 45-minute class for those that are interested!!

This event was so much fun when we had on April 3 and May 8, we just had to do it again while trying a new pizza place and learning different dance lesson combinations. So here are some twists for this one:

  -- We'll be trying this is on a Sunday evening (instead of a Thursday night) as well as starting and finishing a bit earlier. Also, there will be a lot less traffic on a Sunday night.

  -- There will be lots of pizza to go along with the wine! But if you're not a pizza/snacks fan for whatever reason, we still think you'll have a fun time (please skip the next two bullets, and read further below)

  -- This time, the gourmet pizza will be provided by Caliente Pizza & Draft House in Bloomfield (whereas on May 8 we had Angelo's Pizzeria)

  -- There will also be including vegan and vegetarian pizza options, so there will be a nice variety in addition to the usual favorites. What a great way to enjoy different types of pizza with many different wines.

  -- And you can help decide what the dance lesson should be: Tango/Salsa, Foxtrot/Swing, or Rumba/Merengue

 -- Pittsburgh Dance Center will also be open to song requests so please feel free to bring suggestions for your favorite songs for ballroom dances!

   -- And if you really enjoy the dance class on June 29, you can also receive a complimentary pass which you could use at your convenience for your next salsa-swing-or ballroom class lesson at Pittsburgh Dance Center.  This can be used for any of the $8-$10 beginner/mixed level Tuesday or Thursday classes.  What a great deal!

While Pittsburgh has a vibrant cultural scene, including classical and contemporary dance, this is our chance to experience being a bit more than spectators while learning more about the art of dance.

Unlike a restaurant where people spend most of the time talking with those seated nearby, the 'Dance Lesson, Wine Lesson' will be less formal so people should be able to meet many others while enjoying the group dance lesson and sharing pizza/wine.

While there are other Meetup groups and organizations in the region that are specifically focused on dance, this event is also an opportunity for people to see if they might enjoy taking up dance in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. 

Because some might be more comfortable bringing a friend for the dance lesson, guests are certainly welcome. So when you RSVP, please indicate if you'll bringing one or more friends.

This event costs only $15/person -- please bring cash at the door -- and is BYOB wine. The $15 includes complimentary snacks and pizza!  But if you're not interested in pizza/snacks, please read a little further below.

But to make the wine appreciation session more interesting, please feel free to bring either your favorite bottle of wine -- or something you've never tried before -- which costs less than $12.

For those that live close to the larger state stores, this might be a chance to check out one of the Chairmen's Selection wines.

It would be fantastic if this event included a variety of white and red wines, representing different countries/regions, etc. for the group to try. And if you don't drink, that is certainly OK as this event is about having fun, bringing people together, and learning a little more about ballroom dance. 

A thought on pizza/snacks We should respect differing opinions as we all have different tastes in food, but for those who aren't interested in the pizza/snacks for whatever reason (e.g. diet, other dinner plans), please realize that no one is being asked to spend the same amount on whatever wine they decide to bring. So if there are people who don't want any snacks/pizza, maybe to offset this, they can skip bringing wine since I doubt we'll run out. So perhaps $15 for the dance lesson plus complimentary wine would not be considered unreasonable.

Also, please let us know if you have any preferences on the dance lesson --Tango/Salsa, Foxtrot/Swing, or Rumba/Merengue -- as well as wines and pizza toppings. You can share any thoughts and comments by visiting http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Social-Club/messages/boards/thread/43569192 

We hope to see everyone on Sunday, June 29!

For more information on the Pittsburgh Dance Center, please visit http://www.pittsburghdancecenter.com

For more information on Caliente Pizza & Draft House in Bloomfield, please visit http://pizzadrafthouse.com/ and http://calientepizza.eat24hour.com/

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  • Mark

    Hope to see everyone tonight having fun out on the dance floor, learning some new steps, trying some new wines, and enjoying Caliente's pizza -- as we also welcome some new members to the Meetup group.

    And who knows, maybe some of the other people (also taking tonight's class) we meet might also be interested in learning more about our fun Meetup group.

    There is plenty of room -- and so it would be great if you would like to bring friends.

    Please feel free to let Aimee (our instructor) know if you have some dance lesson or music/song requests.

    And there should be a great wine selection for us to enjoy since it is BYOwine.

    And if you like tonight's event, PDC will even give you a voucher for a free follow-up lesson!

    June 29, 2014

  • Mark

    Hope everyone is looking forward to this Sunday's Dance Lesson, Wine Session ... and Pizza Too! at the Pittsburgh Dance Center (PDC) in Bloomfield.

    PDC will be covering Salsa along with other dance lesson or music/song requests.

    Another Meetup group had an event at Caliente Pizza (while our group was at CJ's) -- and so it's great Caliente will be providing the pizza for our event on Sunday as PDC made the Caliente selection a long time ago.

    We should also have a great wine selection to enjoy since it is BYOwine.

    And what a fun way to help welcome some new members! The event runs from 6-9 PM and so it won't be too late of an evening.

    There will also be some PDC clients.

    And if you like Sunday's event, PDC will even give you a voucher for a free follow-up lesson ... What a great deal!

    As always, it is fine if you would like to bring friends.

    June 28, 2014

  • Mark

    Hope everyone is looking forward to this Sunday's Dance Lesson, Wine Session ... and Pizza Too! at the Pittsburgh Dance Center (PDC) in Bloomfield.

    PDC will be covering Salsa along with other dance lesson or music/song requests.

    Another Meetup group had an event at Caliente Pizza (while our group was at CJ's) -- and so it's great Caliente will be providing the pizza for our event on Sunday as PDC made the Caliente selection a long time ago.

    And there should be a great wine selection for us to enjoy since it is BYOwine.

    This should be a really fun event on Sunday as we welcome new members, try some new wines and Caliente's gourmet pizza, learn some steps, and get out on the dance floor!

    The event runs from 6-9 PM and so it won't be too late of an evening.

    There will be many Meetup group members as well as some PDC clients. And if you like Sunday's event, PDC will even give you a voucher for a free follow-up lesson!

    As always, it is fine if you would like to bring friends.

    June 26, 2014

  • Trisha

    Looking forward to a fun night !!!!!

    June 9, 2014

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