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Posted on: November 14, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Dance Lessons--Winter Session

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Choose between Beginner Swing/Foxtrot or Beginner Cha Cha/Rumba! 8-week session January 19 & 26, February 9-March 16 (no class Feb 2). $150 per person/session.

At the door sales are NOT available. Must register and pay through Eventbrite. Drop ins for lessons are NOT available.

6-7pm Beginner Swing/Foxtrot Lesson Description:

East Coast Swing is a fun, upbeat dance, distinguished by its "rock step" and swing hip motion. We will be covering both single time east coast swing and introducing triple step east coast swing. You will learn basic turns, leading and following. 

The foxtrot is a smooth dance where the dancers travel across the dance floor. The long walking movements contribute to the iconic sway motion. We will focus on being able to move around the floor with our partners, moving turns and connection. 

7-8pm Beginner Cha Cha/Rumba Lesson Description:

The Cha Cha is a playful and flirtatious dance known for it’s vibrant energy. Although it is traditionally danced to up-beat music with a Latin or Cuban beat, today it is common to dance the Cha Cha to many current styles of music including Top 40, Pop and R&B. The Cha Cha is a great dance to learn for weddings and social events. We will focus on the American style of Ch Cha. 

The Rumba is considered to be one of the most beautiful Latin style dances, earning it’s nickname as “The Dance of Love.” It is characterized by swaying hips, a still upper body, and close partner connections. Although it is traditionally danced to slow Latin music, it is now common to dance the Rumba to current, popular ballads. Because of this, the Rumba is a popular style choice for a wedding dance and slow partner dancing. We will focus on the American style of Rumba. 

Note: In case of Instructor Illness/Bad Weather cancelation, classes may be rescheduled to March 23/30, 2023.

About the Instructor, Kristen Renshaw

Kristen discovered her passion for ballroom dancing in 2005 after starting at SwingTime Ballroom. She has choreographed countless dances for wedding couples, introduced dozens of people to Ballroom Dancesport competitions, and developed a youth ballroom track for dance students and recreational dancers. 


Is jitter bug the same as east coast swing? The jitterbug is very similar to single time east coast swing, but it may include a variety of regional influences.

Do I need a partner? No, you do not need a partner to learn the dance. However, when waiting for a practice partner or instructor, please be patient and continue to practice your part. 

All event updates/communication will be made by email to the email provided upon registration. 

Refunds will not be given for missed sessions; prorated option not available. 

Release of Liability

By making a purchase, this Release of Liability is hereby agreed to by all Participant/Registrants herein referred to as Releaser, to the Town of Bel Air, Maryland, herein referred to as Releasee.

Releaser shall indemnify and hold harmless the Releasee and its officials, employees and agents from and against any and all liabilities, judgments, settlements, losses, costs or charges (including attorneys fees) incurred by the Town of Bel Air and/or any of its officials, employees or agents as a result of any claims, demands, damages, debts, costs, loss of services, expenses, compensation and causes of action of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, arising from or by reason or action, or suit relating to any bodily injury (including death), or loss of property arising out of, related to, or associated with the following events: Ballroom Dance Instruction/Community Dance at the Bel Air Armory.

The Releaser shall indemnify and defend Releasee against, and hold Releasee harmless from any and all claims, actions, damages, liability or expense, including reasonable attorney fees, in connection with any and all injuries to or deaths of persons, or damage to property, suffered by Releasee or its officials, employees or invitees, or any other person or entity, arising out of participation in the aforementioned events, facilities, and/or arising out of the exercise of use, passive or active, on Town property.

Releaser, its agents, employee or invitees, indemnifies the Releasee for damage or injury caused by any negligent act or omission of Releaser, its agents, employees or invitees, except caused by any negligent act or omission of Releasee, its officials, employees or invitees.

Releaser further states that he/she has carefully read the foregoing release and knows the contents thereof and agrees to this release as his/her own free act.

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