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Let’s Dance to host Jan. 10 workshop

Let’s Dance! congratulates Deb Aspen on her graduation in Silver and Gold dance categories with Arthur Murray’s Dance School in Albuquerque N.M. in November.

Not only has Deb completed the Bronze syllabi in 20 dances, full Silver in 12, and full Gold in eight, she completed it in under five years and with limited long distance instruction.

We in southwestern Colorado are fortunate to have the caliber and dedication of Pagosa Springs resident Deb Aspen’s passion for dance and teaching others to dance. And if being certified by the World Professional Dance Teacher’s Association in January 2008, competing with her husband, Charles, in Gold Level Amateur competitions, entering Arthur Murray’s Master’s Program for 2010, and studying more in the International Style dances is not enough — can you believe she has time to teach monthly dance workshops beginning Jan. 10?

Deb started dancing in February 2000 with Richard and Debbie Love who started ballroom dancing in Pagosa Springs. After the Loves moved away in 2003, Deb organized In Step Dance Associates and started teaching beginning classes in the major ballroom dance styles as well as including country western dance styles.

Since 2003, she has studied intensely at Arthur Murray Dance School in Albuquerque, N.M. under some of the nation’s best teachers: Bob and Cindy Long (former national champions & current franchise owners), along with many other professionals and visiting clinicians.

Her husband, Charles, (a previous Arthur Murray Gold Medal winner) and she compete as a Gold Level Amateur Couple in Albuquerque and Denver showcases, and have danced in International Dance-O-Ramas in Costa Mesa, Calif., Banff, Canada, and Miami, and plan to attend the Superama in Las Vegas, Nev. Along with many first-place finishes in the Freestyle Divisions, they have three Top Full Silver Couple, six Top Full Gold Couple, three Top Full Gold Solo, and four Top Students Awards to their credit. Deb has also created the exquisite costumes for the dance competitions.

In addition to dancing in competitions with her husband, Deb also dances in the Professional/Amateur Categories, with Bob Long and other Arthur Murray instructors from Albuquerque and Denver; earning mostly first place in the Freestyles. She and Long have won three Top Solo Awards, and three out of four of the Scholarship Divisions in International competitions.

Let’s Dance! will host Deb’s Beginning and Intermediate Country Western Workshop Sunday, Jan. 10. Registration is at 2:45 p.m., class is from 3-6. Cost is only $20 per person. For more details on monthly dance workshops, contact Deb Aspen at 731-3338 or instep@centurytel.net.