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You Gotta Dance at CSM

Dance at CSM
Posted for College of Southern Maryland

Leonardtown, La Plata Campuses Offering Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Lessons

Get off the couch and put on your dancing shoes! The College of Southern Maryland has a number of dance courses to help you learn to cut a rug.

Classes are offered for all skill levels, and for individuals or couples, starting this month on the La Plata and Leonardtown campuses. Among the styles offered this fall include ballet, ballroom, Latin, hand and swing dancing. Students will learn the dance’s basic concepts and techniques.

You don’t need to have prior experience or even a partner for dance classes at CSM.

Dance is a great exercise. The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) says dancing is good for the body, strengthening bones, toning muscles, improving posture and balance, increasing stamina and flexibility, reducing stress and tension, building confidence and warding off illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and depression. You can vary the level of physical exertion, allowing dances to be tailored for any age.

You can register for dance classes until the day prior to the start of class; do it online, through walk-in registration at any campus and the Waldorf Center or by mail using a downloadable form.

For information about classes in Charles or St. Mary’s County, visit here or contact 301-539-4760 or conedops@csmd.edu.

Upcoming classes at the Leonardtown Campus

“Ballroom Dancing.” 7:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 24–Oct. 29, Wellness & Aquatics Center, Building D, Room D-113. Learn the Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba and Tango as well as variations of the dances. Different leading and following techniques will be covered. No previous dance experience or partner required. $89.

“Latin Dancing.” 8:30-9:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 24–Oct. 29, Wellness & Aquatics Center, Building D, Room D-113. Learn Rumba, Cha Cha and swing to use in social settings like weddings, cruises or dance parties. The focus will be on footwork, timing, rhythm of the music and partner connection. No previous dance experience or partner required. $89.

“Swing Dance.” 7:30-8:30 pm, Tuesdays, Oct. 6–Nov. 24, Wellness & Aquatics Center, Building D, Room D-113. Learn the basics of partnering technique as well as the basic step of East Coast Swing and a few minor turns. This swing dance class is a progressive class and each night builds on the other. No previous dance experience or partner required. $99.

“Ballroom Dancing.” 7:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Nov. 5–Dec. 17, Wellness & Aquatics Center, Building D, Room D-113. Learn basic ballroom dances like the Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba and Tango as well as variations of the dances. Different leading and following techniques will be covered. No previous dance experience or partner required. $89.

“Latin Dancing.” 8-9 pm, Thursdays, Nov. 5–Dec. 17, Wellness & Aquatics Center, Building D, Room D-114. Learn different Latin dances such as Rumba, Cha Cha and swing to use in social settings like weddings, cruises or dance parties. The focus will be on footwork, timing, rhythm of the music and partner connection. No previous dance experience or partner required. $89.

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