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May 2019
This newsletter features our program for the month of May
Each month, we feature multiple ballroom and club style dance classes at our studio in Charlottesville. Our group classes are open to the public and are 45 mins in length.  They are progressive classes, no partners required.  These classes are only $8 at the door or $5 with a student ID.  Or ask us about our monthly group class card! 

Urban Kizomba 7:30-8:15pm
Kizomba 101 8:15-9pm
Kizomba/Urban Kiz Practica 9-9:45pm

Tango 6-6:45pm

  Intermediate Salsa 7-7:45pm
Salsa Fundamentals 8-8:45pm
Salsa Practica 8:45-9:30
   Intermediate Bachata 7:00-7:45pm
Bachata Fundamentals 8:00-8:45pm
Bachata Practica 8:45-9:30
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We offer a variety of specialty classes at The Dance Spot through independent instructors.  These classes cover a range of topics including specific dance styles in both social partner dance, ballroom dance and solo styles.  Some of these classes will change topics every month.  Due to the nature of these workshops, pricing is unique to each.  
For specific information or to pre-register, feel free to email us at dancespotcville@gmail.com.

Mondays 6-7:30pm
Taught by Tracy Verkerke

Flamenco 101-Technique and Choreography
We will continue to refine flamenco skills of posture, por de bras and more complex heel work, palmas and castanets. Cost is $100 for 4 class series, payable on first day of class, cash/check, or can work out a charge. There is no drop in rate for this series.  Permission of the teacher or previous flamenco experience required.
Charlottesville Scottish Country Dancers
Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm
Facebook event here

The music is exciting, the dance style is strong, vigorous, and disciplined! The figures and formations are intellectually stimulating! The social interactions are rewarding and can lead to new friendships. 
No partner necessary.  Pre-registration please.
Irish Dance
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00pm
Taught by Jessie Baffa and Emily Cross

Note these classes are geared to children and young adults.
Preregistration required for these classes, available quarterly!
Learn to dance from Jessie Baffa T.C.R.G., Emma Cross T.C.R.G., and Megan Baffa, who all have experience competing internationally and touring the world with Michael Flatley's Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Feet of Flames. 
At the Baffa Academy, students are trained to dance competitively
under the worlds largest Irish dance organization, An Coimisiun Le
Rinci Gaelacha. Dancers are encouraged with professional expertise
to achieve their goals. Experience Irish culture, learn to dance, and
make new friends at the Baffa Academy of Irish Dance.
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm Kids class
Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm Adult class
Taught by Roderick Davis
Roderick J. Davis (Instructor Balanço) began intensive training under the instruction of Mestre Panão in 2005 and within a year through hard work and dedication was able to bring Mestre Panão to his community to start Capoeira Resistência in Richmond, VA. For more than a decade Instrutor Balanço has studied and trained directly with, taught and traveled all over the US and Brazil with Mestre Panão. Through his dedication to training and his commitment to Capoeria Resistência and his Mestre, Balanço graduated to one of Mestre Panão's first American Instructors in 2015. He is continuing his training with Mestre Panão and is now teaching capoeira in Charlottesville, VA.
Tribal Improv Bellydance
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm
Taught byTara Tribal
*no class May 15*
* May is Slow Improv belly dance month!*
Join Tara Tribal Dance in the month of May for moves and technique for slow improvisational belly dance. We will get slow and saucy!!  Starting with the basics- posture, isolation drills, cues and movements. We will end each class with group dancing. This class is beginner friendly. Each class will build on skills learned the previous week but feel free to drop in. $10/class. 

May 19 4pm- 5:30pm 
Group Improv Belly Dance Intensive!! 
One class hyper focused on learning and drilling group belly dance moves to FAST music. We will warm up, drill isolations, learn moves and dance together!  This is a class designed for beginners. $15 per person.

Hip Hop Fridays!

May 31st, 7:00-8:30pm
Taught by Karine Morgan
It's time for another dancehall dance class!!! This will be high energy and fun, just in time to ring in the weekend. No previous experience necessary. Learn dancehall moves followed by choreography. Message Karine with questions.
This is an all-levels dance class. Be ready to sweat and lose your inhibitions in this hour-long choreography-based class. Wear what's comfy, low-traction sneakers recommended, bring a water bottle and a friend !!
Cost: $5-15 at the door sliding scale//cash/check/venmo

May 10th, 7:00-8:00pm
Taught by Dana Taylor
The usual everything-but-usual way to spend your Friday evening!! This is a drop-in, all-levels hip hop dance class. Be ready to sweat and lose your inhibitions in this hour-long, choreography-based class. Wear what's comfy, low-traction sneakers recommended, bring a water bottle and a friend!! Check the Dance Spot Facebook page for themes and updates.  Message instructor Dana Taylor with questions. $5-15 at the door sliding scale // cash/check/venmo
Contact Improv Fundamentals
Saturday, May 18th, from 10am-12:15pm
Taught by Emily Wright
This all-levels class will explore foundational movement skills for contact improvisation, including basic principles of alignment and body organization, standing, falling, and rolling, weight-sharing, counter-balance, and lifting. 

Open to movers of all experience levels. The class is by optional donation ($5-15 suggested), towards our not-for-profit Co-op's expenses (primarily venue rental). ***Invite friends, and see below for more events!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://forms.gle/3215Vt7Mo3TL6aY78

Emily Wright is an experienced teacher of dance for all ages with a passion for the transformative power of movement. Emily has an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and a PhD in Dance Studies from Texas Woman's University. She also teaches classes in modern dance technique for pre-professionals and writes and lectures on dance in society.
Bollywood Fitness
 4th Saturday, May 25th, from 2-3pm
Taught by Kumud Vanderveer
What is Bollywood Fitness? 
It's a dance-fitness program that combines dance choreography with the music from Bollywood. Inspired by a love for dance and Bollywood music numbers, this class combines dance with exercise to equal a fun way to work out!
Class format is a 45-minute cardio workout: changing intensity dance sequences will get you moving, sweating, and having fun at the same time. This workout not only tones your entire body but also burns serious calories. It's such a great way to release the stress hormones from the body and make you feel light and happy.
No prior dance experience req - just a positive attitude & the desire to have fun!
If you have questions or want to pre-register for any of these classes, email us at dancespotcville@gmail.com. And be sure to like The Dance Spot on Facebook to get regular updates on our scheduled classes and events! 
And join Edwin for classes nearby!
Salsa Classes at ACAC Downtown!
Date: Every Tuesday in April
Time: 8-9pm
Place: ACAC Downtown, 111 Monticello Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Kizomba 101 Open Workshops in Richmond!
Dates: Every Wednesday in April, from 7:15-8:15pm
Place: The Ballroom Club, 10960 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA 23233
Be sure to like The Dance Spot  
on Facebook to get regular updates on our scheduled classes and events! 
Kizomba Dance Socials!
Dates: 2 Fridays this month, May 10th and 24th
Place: The Dance Spot, 109 2nd St SE, Charlottesville VA 22901

Literally meaning "party" in Kimbundu (a language native to Angola), Kizomba is a sensual, playful partner dance.  Here at The Dance Spot, we love Kizomba and hope that you will too!
Introductory lesson from 9:00-9:30pm, party until midnight.
We will play tons of awesome Kizomba music with a sprinkling of salsa, bachata, and zouk in the mix!
Light refreshments are provided but BYOB!

West Coast Swing Practica 
Kristin Wenger!

Sunday, May 12th
Place: The Dance Spot, 109 2nd St SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

The Practica is an opportunity to practice your west coast swing dance moves and technique with others in a supportive, casual setting. All skill levels welcome, no partner necessary! Drop in anytime between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. The host, Kristin Wenger, will be on hand to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer help if requested. Or you can just socialize and dance! Beginner-friendly.
$5 per person
Bring your own water, ice and cups provided.

Jerome & Bonnie Subey are back!
West Coast Swing pros at Rocktown Rocks monthly dance

Date: Saturday June 1st, 6-11:30pm
Place: Blue Light Ballroom, 1739-D Allied Street, Charlottesville VA 22903
The Dance Spot and Rocktown Rocks are joining together to host amazing guest artists Jerome and Bonnie Subey the weekend of May 31-June 2, 2019! They will be teaching and dancing at Rocktown Rocks normal June dance at Blue Light Ballroom (Saturday, June 1). There will be two pre-dance workshops and a social dance, with a dance demo around 9:15 pm during the dance! We are all very excited to bring these two highly talented and innovative dancers back to Central Virginia and Charlottesville.

Private lessons are available with both Bonnie and Jerome on the weekend of June 1 - 2, in Charlottesville at The Dance Spot. Email to Barbara Frost to schedule!