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Ballroom Dancing at Rhapsody Ballroom

Group ballroom dance lessons at the Rhapsody Ballroom. 2 sessions, 7:00pm and 8:00pm, $7 per class. Progressive lessons every Monday through August.  Please bring cash. Lessons are paid for at the end of the 7:00 lesson. Feel free to take one or both!

August Dances:  First class Tango, second class Salsa!

Dance like Arnold, Al and Jamie Lee

“There are no mistakes in the Tango. Not like life.” (Scent of a Woman)

“A prostitute. A man who falls in love with her. First there is desire. Then passion. Then suspicion. Jealousy, anger betrayal. …. Jealousy will drive you mad!“  (Moulin Rouge)

The Tango is a steamy, sultry dance of lovers. It originated in Argentina in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo.  It is a dance popularized in film:

· Scent of a Woman

· True Lies

· Moulin Rouge

· Chicago

The Tango has many styles and you will not likely hear it played in a nightclub unless you are at a milonga. But it can be fun.

Stick around after the Tango for a lively Salsa lesson and add to your repertoire of moves on the dance floor. Salsa is a handy step to know here in Tampa Bay.

Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico. The movements of salsa have its origins in Cuban Son, Cha cha chaMambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with the salsa music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York(Wikipedia)

Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. Shoes that have smooth soles that slide some are better than athletic shoes and should stay firmly on your feet. No flip flops.

Beginners as well as people with experience are welcome. We always have a lot of fun. No need for a partner as we switch dance partners every few minutes as we learn the steps and figures.

AND we are usually short on ladies! This is the only dancing I have EVER gone to where there are more men than women on a regular basis.

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  • Joyce Z.

    We have 11 people signed up, so I put it to you . . . we can try it out in August and schedule another session in September, OR cancel the August session and schedule another session September. I am game for either one! I will add the September session now.

    July 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Charlie(and any others), Thanks for posting about WHO is teaching(and which dances). Although I am focused on learning Waltz and Foxtrot, I might like to come and get a lesson from Daria(and assistants). Exposure to multiple pro-teachers is interesting and beneficial. I saw a younger women teaching a teenage boy a few weeks ago at Rhapsody and when they danced together, she was awesome to watch(the young lad was doing pretty good as well). I wonder if that was Daria or another instructor?

      July 27, 2014

    • Charlie

      Will be glad to have you. I believe Foxtrot and Bolero will be September. It's a fun group.

      July 28, 2014

  • Suzanne E.

    Ok....Let's Reschedule!

    July 23, 2014

  • Sherrie

    Yulia (the dance instructor) will be on vacation for much of August. She will have someone teaching the classes while she is gone but would prefer if TBA would plan to come when she is here to teach.

    July 23, 2014

  • Charlie

    The dances in August will be Tango and Salsa...

    1 · July 14, 2014

  • Paula G

    Clarification: What I meant is on 8/4/14 are the 2 sessions the same?

    July 5, 2014

    • Sherrie

      Sorry I was confused and thinking about the July lessons. There are always 2 different dances taught. A full 55 min on each one. I do not know what the Aug dances are yet.

      July 5, 2014

    • Charlie

      Each month they have different lessons. During the month, the lessons are progressive - new steps/styling each week. The last class us usually mostly practice and review. There are two lessons each month. This month, they are West Coast Swing (7) and Cha Cha (8).s

      July 5, 2014

  • Paula G

    Are the 2 sessions progressive or a repeat of the first one? Also are there any dances to use these skills after? I assume you don't need a partner??

    July 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      On Friday there is a ballroom dance as well, with a break early in the evening for a lesson, then back to open dancing. Rhapsody Ballroom is a great venue to learn and enjoy dancing!

      July 5, 2014

    • Sherrie

      Several of us that take the lessons go to the American Legion Post 101 on Thursdays at 8pm to dance to the Johnny Charro Band and practice what we have learned. Mainly East Coast Swing but some songs that you can dance rumba and west coast. Usually a cha cha or salsa and even a waltz. This is the American Legion on Florida Ave almost to Sligh (in Tampa)

      July 5, 2014

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