Astaire and Rogers were class. Kelly and Caron were cool. Fonteyn was grace. Travolta was attitude. What will you be when you slip on your new dance shoes? Or maybe you’ll go ethnically barefoot with rings on your toes and jangling bells on your ankles. So you’ve always yearned to gyrate in a grass skirt; clatter castanets; slither to salsa music; jump, jive, and glide to a Viennese waltz? It’s not too late. Child or adult. Beginner or professional. With a partner or without. Two left feet or not. There are plenty of local options for dancers and wannabes and plenty of reasons to pound the boards, twist, and twirl. Visit Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa, which offers lessons in many genres, like swing, salsa, ballroom, country-western, square, jazz, and Cajun-zydeco. Or try exotic flamenco, hula, or belly dancing at a dance school. Or just get moving at a bargain-priced class at the JC. “Dancing is a wonderful activity,” says Denny Freeman, owner of Dance Central in Santa Rosa, which offers classes in big-band swing, American tango, salsa, country two-step, and more. “It’s a way to get exercise, to meet people, to relax and listen to music, and to learn the skills of partner dancing.” Plus, next time you’re invited to a wedding, you (hopefully) won’t injure anyone else on the dance floor. See below for dance classes and dance apparel.
Academy of Ballet California 569 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 537-0140.
Ballet Allegro Classical Academy 410 Center St., Healdsburg. 433-2533.
Belly Dance by Rose Productions P.O. Box 182, Occidental. 824-0533.
Cloverdale School of Dance 127 E. First St., Cloverdale. 894-4057.
Dance Center of Sonoma County 56 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 575-8277.
Dance Central 3535 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 545-6150.
Dance Gear 2100 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. 526-5858.
The Dance Shop 19 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 778-3188.
Fantastic Feet Studio 607 Martin Ave., Rohnert Park. 585-9292.
Footloose Dance Center 946 Caulfield Lane, Petaluma. 762-2410.
FlamencoArts 709 Davis St., Santa Rosa. 544-0909.
Healdsburg Ballet 311 Monte Vista Ave., Healdsburg. 431-7617.
International Dance Theatre and School 709 Davis St., Santa Rosa. 544-0909.
John Ross Academy of Dance 977 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 586-1136.
Monroe Dance Hall 1400 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 575-1205.
North Bay Performing Arts Center 424 Payran St., Petaluma. 762-1306.
Petaluma School of Ballet 110 Howard St., Petaluma. 762-3972.
Santa Rosa Junior College 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 527-4237.
Sebastopol Ballet School 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 824-8006.
Shirley Hunter School of Dance 3494-D Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 539-9379.
Silvija’s Dance Supply 569 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 539-7530.
Sonoma Ballet Conservatory Suite B, 561 Broadway, Sonoma. 938-1424.
Suzanne’s Dance School 532 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 763-4827.
Windsor Dance Academy 7862 Bell Road, Windsor. 838-7369.
Wischemann Hall 460 Eddie Lane, Sebastopol. 823-0926.
Academy of Danse 1123 Jordan Lane, Napa. 226-6170.
Back Stage Dancewear 950 Pearl St., Napa. 251-9409.
Napa Regional Dance Company 1527 Polk St., Napa. 252-4615.
Napa Valley Dance Center 950 Pearl St., Napa. 255-2701.
Pepperette Baton & Dance Club 2401 California St., Napa. 224-9198.
Sara’s Studio of Song & Dance 4080 Byway E., Napa. 252-7375.
Silverado Ballet School 617 Wilson St., Napa. 255-9233.
From the July 20-26, 2000 issue of the Sonoma County Independent.
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