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In Step Dance provides chance to dance, learn, party

Get ready to dance and learn from some of the world’s best certified dance instructors at the second annual Pagosa Springs Dance Camp on October 3, 2009, at the PLPOA Clubhouse 230 Port Ave.

This week’s article features Bob and Cindy Long from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Albuquerque. They have both taught several workshops here in the past, and helped to head up our first dance camp last year.  In Step Dance Associates is pleased to bring them back once again. 

Besides leading outstanding individual dance careers, with multiple dance credits before teaming up; the Long’s are former North American Professional Ballroom Champions, and Arthur Murray Professional Ballroom Champions.  They are co-authors of most of the dance syllabi including Country Western dances, swings, and most of the Latin styles, as well as ballroom smooth dances.  The couple travels extensively to consult, coach, teach, choreograph, and judge all levels of dance, including the World Championships; and are trainers and examiners for Arthur Murray dance teachers.  As a dance team, they are still internationally sought after to perform demonstrations and shows, and are co-franchisees of the studio in Albuquerque.  Bob is currently the chairman of the Arthur Murray National Dance Board, and is on the board of the National Dance Council.

The classes for this year’s camp will run from noon to 5 p.m.  There will be two, 50-minute classes going on at the same time.  You won’t want to miss anything, so please come 10 minutes early to get registered, and change shoes if necessary.  The times and classes will be as follows:

• Noon to 12:50 — Beginning Country Western Waltz and Advanced American Waltz.

• 1 to 1:50 — Beginning Rumba and Intermediate Night Club Two-Step.

• 2 to 2:50 — Beginning American Tango and Intermediate Rumba.

• 3 to 3:50 — Beginning Lindy Hop and Advanced East Coast Swing.

• 4 to 4:50 — Beginning Country Western Polka and Intermediate Bolero.

Each class is only $10 per person, and students can sign up at the door for up to five classes.  The proceeds cover expenses.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that have smooth or suede leather soles (something that does not leave black marks or mud).  Rubber or lugged soles are inappropriate and very hard to dance in.   

There will be a break between 5 and 6 p.m. when everyone will be able to change into something more formal.  Yes, you read correctly ... formal (okay, at least semi-formal).  Guys, put a crease in your jeans, and don a dress shirt, tie and sport jacket; or if you are so inclined, dig out that suit or tuxedo.  Ladies, here’s your chance to dress up in all the sparkles you wish.  If you are traveling from afar, there will be clothes racks in the restrooms for your convenience.

The ’50s “Reel to Real” Dinner and Dance will begin with cocktails at 6.  Wine, coffee, teas, non-alcoholic punch and water will be provided, but if you prefer something else, please BYOB.

A wonderful ’50s-style dinner prepared and catered by Christine’s Cuisine will begin at 6:30.  Roast beef, potatoes, carrots and gravy or sweet and sour chicken breast, wild rice pilaf and green beans amandine are on the menu, with a mixed field green salad.  Dessert will include Deb Aspen’s homemade apple pies, peach crisps, and an ice cream bar.    

There will be lots of general dancing to a variety of CD music as well as some great dance exhibitions put on by some of the professionals and their students.  Come and dance with the stars!

The cost per person for the dinner, dance and show is $40 per person; just to cover expenses. Where else can one wine, dine, dance and be entertained in style for this great price?  There will also be a chance to win one of several exciting door prizes with your ticket for the evening. 

Tickets can be purchased at Higher Grounds or from Deb or Charles at 731-3338, but seating is limited.  Call to reserve your spot no later than Sept. 24 for the caterer’s count, or for more information.