Contemporary Line Dancing isn't just country/western any more! It's the modern take on line dancing. We dance to all kinds of music: contemporary pop, oldies, swing syncopations, flowing waltz and nightclub rhythms, and Latin flavor. We still dance choreography in lines — but with the look and feel of ensemble dancing.
Classes are taught by Joan Price and Brenda Shatto, popular Sonoma County line-dance instructors.
Line dancing is fun, great exercise, and it will free the dancer in you! Here's why we love it:
- Great combination of physical exercise, mental exercise (you get to memorize choreography!), and social interaction.
- No partners needed - perfect for singles!
- Learn contemporary line dances in a comfortable, welcoming, fun-filled class!
- Beginners welcome!
- Teens and seniors welcome!
- Two left feet welcome
What is line dancing? Picture rows of people dancing a set choreography as an ensemble. The dance might be slow or fast, and it might have the look of country-western, Latin, swing, or Broadway. As they dance, they turn to face a different direction, and the choreography begins again. There are thousands of different line dances, ranging from super simple to extraordinarily complex , featuring innovative choreography.
Line dancing originated in country-western bars, but it isn't just fancy footwork to country-western tunes any more. Line dancing has evolved to offer a rich blend of urban sophistication with stylistic expressions influenced by musical theater, Latin rhythms and jazz dance. Line dancing is enjoyed internationally -- England, for example, boasts one million regular line dancers.
Since you dance on your own in an ensemble, line dancing is ideal for singles and for partners of non-dancers. It's also wonderful for people who want a social activity that doesn't involve dating or partnering.
Need one more good reason to line dance? A long-term study indicates that leading a mentally stimulating and physically active life can postpone memory problems. Sedentary living and lack of mental challenge have been linked to higher risk of dementia. In fact a 21-year study done by Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City found that the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing, which reduces risk by a whopping 76 percent! We're integrating mental, emotional, social, and physical activity; memorizing choreography; and making quick decisions. We knew line dancing was fun and felt good -- now we know it keeps our brains fit as well as our bodies!
And line dancing burns 200 to 375 calories an hour, depending on how fast you dance and how much you travel the floor!
No experience necessary! Success and fun guaranteed!
Questions? Need directions? E-mail Joan.
Can't come to class? Bring Joan to your next social function, employee party, or special event! Joan will entertain your clients, staff, or guests at your next business or social event by teaching an easy, energetic line dance. Camaraderie, success and laughter guaranteed! Email Joan.
Coaches' Corner reopened fully!
See you on the dance floor!
7-7:30 pm beginning level (easy to high beginner)
7:30-8 pm improver/mid level (easy improver to low intermediate)
8-9 pm intermediate/advanced level
6-6:30 pm beginning level (easy to high beginner)
6:30-7:15 pm improver/mid level (easy improver to low intermediate)
7:15-8:30 pm intermediate/advanced level
420 Morris St.
$15 ($13 seniors 60+)
The most fun you can have with both feet on the floor!
Line Dancing Testimonials
“I will be forever grateful to Joan Price for encouraging me to take up line dancing. Her enthusiastic, patient, clear, and supportive teaching have sustained me as I’ve enjoyed this delightful pastime over the last 2 years. With well over 200 classes completed, I can finally tell my right foot from my left, and I eagerly anticipate each week’s classes and the social interaction with my fellow dancers. Line dancing’s most important health benefit is ‘the head bone’s connected to the feet bones’: the challenge is mental as well as physical. My head must memorize choreography while my feet master a variety of steps. As a ‘senior citizen,’ this affords me a perfect fitness combination!”
“I have been dancing for 60 of the 72 years of my life. Dancing has always been my first love, my first passion. From professional ballroom dancing to ballet, pointe, soft shoe, jazz, and tap, I enjoyed them all. About 18 months ago, the doctor told me that my knees were gone and the dancing days were over. It was then that a friend told me about Joan Price and her line dancing class. Joan’s love for dance, her enthusiasm in the class, her commitment to her craft, her genuine caring for each student, her patience with those who need the extra help, all combine to make each class a wonderful, happy memory. Now that I am so limited in what I can do, she makes me feel so welcomed and loved that she is making my remaining dancing days pure joy.”
“I am really enjoying your classes! As a beginner I am feeling like I am relaxing more and learning more and more from your clear teaching and — humor! Laughter is always a good thing and keeps it all in balance.”
“Not only do I enjoy the companionship, the excitement, the invigorating, inspiring, and enjoyable exercise for body and brain, but more than that, when I line dance, it becomes a magical time when all things seem possible. It helps me forget my limitations and takes away unwanted fear. I feel the joy of life. Being a participant rather than a spectator is to be alive. I love to line dance because it helps me lighten up and not take life so seriously. Yet on the other hand, there are places inside me where calm has never settled. Line dancing is loosening the knots of endless urging to find inner silence. There is contentment. It is a gift.”
“Joan is such an enthusiastic and talented teacher. I love her classes! Line dancing with Joan in her classes has been such a pleasure. I used to feel too tired to venture out in the evening, but since I discovered line dancing, you can’t keep me at home. I look forward to every class, enjoying the participation, the mental challenge of memorizing, the physical exercise, and the companionship of other dancers. Sometimes I feel as if I am flying across the floor. What a joy Joan has brought to so many!”
Marsha Diane Arnold
“Joan Price is a consummate teacher! She brings dance in a way that allows each person to experience success. Though her large, enthusiastic group ranges from beginner to seasoned dancer, Joan manages to bring something for everyone. Most importantly, she builds a warm, positive social experience in her classes. People get to know and love each other. Newcomers are warmly welcomed and encouraged by the whole group.”
“Joan says that contemporary line dancing is the most fun you can have without a partner. She’s right. I expected country western music with a lot of basic back and forth stepping. Her classes are anything but that. From waltzes to tangos to hip hop – with some country western, too – the music and choreography are varied and range from soothingly simple to intricate and complicated. Great exercise for mind and body. Joan keeps everyone happy and moving from first timers to dancers who have been with her for years. I highly recommend joining her on the dance floor.”
“I have enjoyed line dancing with Joan so much! Her style of teaching makes it easy to put the steps together. We’re always laughing while learning, which adds to the fun! I’ve seen how Joan makes everyone feel welcome and included. From beginners to those with lots of experience, she seems to be able to balance her teaching style so that everyone has a great time!”
“I took my first class with Joan on New Year’s Eve afternoon in 2003 and never looked back. I found myself looking forward to every Monday and Friday night so I could go to dance class, and freeing up my schedule on those night so I wouldn’t miss a class! I love all the different types of music we get to dance to, and the wonderful, friendly people to dance with. Joan’s instruction helps everyone to understand the steps, and build their skills to progress to the next level of dance. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a practiced dancer, you will be dancing and enjoying yourself in no time.”