Dancing is an experience in movement.  Whether accompanied by words, music sounds or silence, bodily movement represents an important means of expression.  For many generations and in many cultures, people have danced socially to entertain one another, communicate their deepest feelings and emotions, and celebrate their humanity.  Although some may think that dance amounts merely to “learning the steps,” they should acknowledge that to become conversant with the ideas and expressions that embody dance, students must develop certain skills.(California State Framework for the Visual and Performing Arts).

Classroom Sessions: Dance Styles

Ballroom

Steps To DanceSteps To Dance Studio
Jolene Alquist and Ian Nandhra of the Steps To Dance studio are the area’s only Professionally trained and Professionally Qualified Ballroom Dance instructors. They teach both American and International styles;

  • Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep
  • Swing (East and West Coast), Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Bolero, Meringue, Mambo, Paso Doble
  • Night Club Twostep, Salsa, Hustle

to dancers from absolute beginners to showcase and competition. Technique and inter-personal etiquette feature in all classes enabling students to understand what they are doing rather than mimicking demonstrated steps.

Jolene and Ian continue to study and work closely with the world renowned Diane Jarmolow.

Co-producers of the highly successful community Dancing With the Tuolumne County Stars events, founders of the Foothills Dance Teachers Academy and founders of the Sierra Foothills Dance Club (501c3 non-profit chapter of USA Dance), they have a proven track record. Learn your Steps To Dance in confidence!

$10 per person group classes. $55 / hour private classes.

Contact:
Ian Nandhra
209 533 2384
studio@stepstodance.com
www.stepstodance.com
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Foothill Dance Teachers Academy
Founded in 2009 by Jolene Alquist and Ian Nandhra to train Ballroom Dance Instructors. We are conveniently located in the California foothills away from the commute to the Bay.

It’s no longer enough to take lessons from enthusiastic amateurs showing “what they do” rather than “how it should be done”. Students demand the best which is why you owe it to them become Professionally Qualified.

Teaching dance is a career option for you. There are thousands of studios through the United States looking for qualified dance teachers. In fact, its difficult to find any respectable studio employing unqualified instructors.

No prior dance experience is required! We will train you from the very beginning how to become a dance teacher and prepare you to get your professional certifications. We will teach you everything you need to know to maximize your career in the ballroom world. We are a formal vocational program that supports you at all stages of your careers. This program is ideal for adults who are considering changing their career or looking to get a new career as dance teacher as well as for individuals who like to improve their own dancing skills.

Contact:
209 533 2384
www.FoothillsDanceTeachersAcademy.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Line Dancing

Solo dancing in groups: Country-Western, Swing, Ballroom, Latin. Marching, Country Hip Hop, Arm Swings &: Turns, Lunges, Irish Step Dance

Arno Lascari

5-12 / no limit on # of students / 30-60 min / $40 per hr.

Contact:
209-588-8071
lascari2003@yahoo.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Traditional Dance

Lively steps, hops, jumps and turns based on traditional dance forms-social, marches, folk, ballet, ballroom, jazz, modern, Latin and western-comprise this class. Students will learn and perform a short routine in addition to across-the-floor patterns. Special emphasis upon request: understanding of the music or rigorous exercise to music.

Arno Lascari

5-12 / no limit on # of students / 30-60 min / $40 per hr.

Contact:
209-588-8071
lascari2003@yahoo.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Social Ballroom, Latin or Western Dance

Solo or solo/partner basics of traditional and culturally important social dance styles-waltz, swing. Latin, foxtrot and requests-are offered in this class. Upon request, emphasis can be given to an exposure to a variety of dance styles or a learning of one or two. Sufficient sessions may enable a learning of competent leading and following, plus dance frame technique and etiquette.

Arno Lascari

5-12 / no limit on # of students / 30-60 min / $40 per hr.

Contact:
209-588-8071
lascari2003@yahoo.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS

 


Early American Dance – New England Dancing Masters

Using the CD’s of the New England Dancing Masters, students will learn developmentally appropriate early American dances. They will also learn the songs and games that accompany them.

Louise McPeeters

K-4 / 28 students / 60 min / $30 per session

Contact:
209-928-1515
louisal@frontiernet.net
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Choreography

Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dancing: Ileen Tassano

Dancing is a great way to exercise, stimulate the brain and learn social skills.  Students of all ages will learn dance steps, including frame, technique and styling.

The instructor, Ilene, has had 18 years of dance experience and has taught the Ballroom and Swing dance classes at Columbia College for 10 years, danced in showcase performances and judged at local events.   Ilene teaches with her husband, Jim, so both leader and follower parts can be observed in relationship to the dance.

We teach the following American Style dance forms:

Ballroom:  Waltz and Foxtrot
Latin:  Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa and Samba
Swing:  East Coast Single and Triple Rhythm Swing, West Coast Swing, and Dips and Tricks
Other dances on request

Group dances for younger children will also be incorporated.

Classes at the Studio:  $5/person/hour;  $35/hour for private lessons.
Schools and Groups of Children, at the school, gym, or studio:  $20/group/hour
No limit on number of students; All ages welcome

Contact:
Ilene Tassano
209-532-1859
wingstodance@yahoo.com
www.TheDanceCastle.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Residencies

Basic, Traditional, and Social Dance Styles

Traditional Dance
Lively steps, hops, jumps and turns based on traditional dance forms-social, marches, folk, ballet, ballroom, jazz, modern, Latin and western—comprise this class. Students will learn and perform a short routine in addition to across-the-floor patterns. Special emphasis upon request: understanding of the music or rigorous exercise to music.

Social Ballroom, Latin or Western Dance
Solo or solo/partner basics of traditional and culturally important social dance styles-waltz, swing, Latin, foxtrot and requests-are offered in this class. Upon request, emphasis can be given to an exposure to a variety of dance styles or a learning of one or two. Sufficient sessions may enable a learning of competent leading and follOwing, plus dance frame technique and etiquette.

Line Dancing
Solo dancing in groups:

  1. Country-Western
  2. Swing
  3. Ballroom
  4. Latin
  5. Marching
  6. Freestyle
  7. Arm Swings & Turns
  8. Lunges
  9. Irish Step Dancing

Performance Dance Groups-for clubs or voluntary participation
Dance routines based on traditional dance forms or any of the line dance categories (listed below) will be selected by collaboration with the students and school. Open to boys and girls of all shapes and sizes, as teams, clubs or voluntary participation groups.

  1. Country-Western
  2. Swing
  3. Ballroom
  4. Latin
  5. Marching
  6. Freestyle
  7. Arm Swings & Turns
  8. Lunges
  9. Irish Step Dancing

Arno Lascari

5-12/ 40-60 min., for 8+sessions/ Fee $30/hour

Contact:
209-588-8071
lascari2003@yahoo.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS