Dancing does a body (and a mind, heart and soul) good. Dance is a brilliant way to improve your overall fitness, improve muscle tone and strength and increase endurance. Dance is an effective stress reliever, is a great way to meet new people, and it’s a whole lot of fun!
In the 941 we’re blessed to have so many options from lessons for the beginner who’s been dying to learn to Salsa to the practiced dancer looking to compete in ballroom, the options here are endless. Whether it is ballroom or swing, two-step or hip-hop, cha-cha or samba, there’s a school to learn and a nightclub or venue to show off your skills.
Country and Folk
(Line, Square, West and East Coast Swing, Two-Step, Contra)
White Buffalo Saloon
With lead instructor Tim Schalch couples and singles can learn to line dance or the two-step or West Coast Swing on a Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 and then try it out on the club’s dance floor. And at $5 per person, it’s the best possible deal. White Buffalo Saloon is located at 5377 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information call 941-927-6655 or visit TheWBSaloon.com.
Joyland Country Music Nightclub
The Bradenton hotspot features a 15,000 square foot dance-floor, live music and line-dancing lessons. Take a lesson and then get on the floor. Joyland Country Music Nightclub is located at 5520 14th St. West, Bradenton. For more information call 941-756-6060 or visit JoylandCountry.com.
(Cha-Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Samba, Bolero)
With its tagline, ‘Dance for your mind, body and soul,’ Beyond Dancing provides dance instruction for all folks of all ages and all abilities. Lessons run the gamut from cha-cha to waltz incorporating all Latin and ballroom dancing styles. Weekly dance events in both of their studio locations and student groups often hit local nightspots to test show what they know. Beyond Dancing is located at 7313 International Pl., #100, Sarasota. For more information call 941-907-8183 or visit BeyondDancingSarasota.com.
(Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Quickstep)
Burn calories, increase your heart rate, build confidence and have a great time learning ballroom dances including the waltz, tango, foxtrot as well as Latin dances at Empire Ballroom. Owner and instructor Sid Zydrunas Pocius is a certified World Class Professional Ballroom judge and coach, co-owner and organizer of five-star ballroom events and organizer of Sarasota Challenge Competition. Pocius says “Ballroom Dancing is a journey through cultures, times, social etiquettes, with a destination of selffulfillment and well-being.” Empire features an introductory offer for new students of three lessons for $45. Empire Ballroom is located at 1370 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota and can be reached at 941-922-1444 or visit EmpireBallroomStudios.com
The Ballroom of Sarasota
With U. S. Dance Sport Championship Top Teacher of 2001 John Moldthan and his wife Debbie leading, students know they’re in good hands on the dancefloor. Classes at the Ballroom owf Sarasota, which Moldthan opened in 1993, for both Latin and ballroom dance, are available for groups, couples, singles and private lessons are also available. All the instructors are National Dance Council of America-certified and Ballroom of Sarasota describes itself as one of the top dance schools in the country. There are different introductory specials including six hours of private lesson for $300 and others. The Ballroom of Sarasota is located at 5660 Swift Road, Sarasota. For more information call 941-925-2411 or visit TheBallroomOfSarasota.com.
(Salsa, Hustle, Merengue, Bachata, Hip-Hop)
Dynasty Dance Clubs
Dynasty Dance Clubs in Sarasota is unique in that it is a dance school and a dance social club; one can take lessons and then attend a social dance at the studio to show off those steps. Dynasty teaches nightclub dancing including Latin and hip-hop among other dances. With four certified dance teachers, students—either in groups or in private instruction – can learn new dances, prepare for special occasion events, participate in social dance parties, prepare for competitions or take dance fitness classes. Owner Lyn Enright welcomes folks to “come dance with us.” Dynasty Dance Clubs is located at 2272 Main St., Sarasota. For more information call 941-955-8558 or visit DynastyDanceClubs.com.