As part of the Festival of the Arts, Diane Jones will be hosting a “Basic Line Dancing Class” on Friday, February 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Artworks. Line dancing is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps. People dance in one or more rows, performing the dance at the same time. It is practiced in a variety of settings and has evolved to include dance styles and steps from Latin, nightclub, pop, country, and folk dances. Line dancing is most directly descended from the 1970’s disco era, when many new dances emerged, such as the Electric Slide. The popularity and growth of line dancing has been tied to country western music, but continues to expand its boundaries to all types of music.
Diane Jones, an instructor with Big Rapids Parks and Recreation, will focus this participation class on adapting simple steps to three different styles of music – participants will learn basic steps to dance a Latin Cha Cha, a country dance and a nightclub pop dance. No partner is required, and no prior dance experience is necessary. Appropriate for all ages, especially the young at heart. Please wear shoes that are comfortable and clean soled for dancing on a dance floor.
Diane took dance lessons as a child, but had no formal instruction beyond that. She took her first line dance class at age 55 and enjoyed the people and the music, but admittedly found that she was not a “natural.” She continued taking classes and began instructing at 62, becoming a wonderful hobby and retirement pursuit for her. She brings an instinctive and adaptive approach to her instruction that keeps it enjoyable for the participants, and believes that all of us have the ability to express ourselves through dance.
For more information, please visit the Festival of the Arts webpage.