posted on: 05/14/2012 - 3:23pm by Cosmos
BJ and Diesel write: Dear Cosmos, With the Dancing with the Stars finale just around the corner, my family wants to know if there’s someplace they can go in Balboa Park to learn how to execute their own flawless paw-so-doble.
Cosmos writes: Though the dancers on that show spend hours and hours practicing each week so they can perform at such a high level, it’s certainly possible to transform two left paws through the many dance classes offered in the Park.
While canines are naturals when it comes to the four-legged foxtrot, most other dances don’t come so easily to either us or our human companions. Thankfully, the Balboa Park Dancers holds lessons two nights a week, Fridays and Sundays, for any level of ballroom dance experience—and aptitude—in the historic Balboa Park Club.
Each month the lessons, taught by highly trained professionals, focus on one smooth, or ballroom, style of dance and one Latin, or rhythm, style of dance. There’s also a monthly “Party Night” event the second Friday of the month for really getting your freak on.
The Cabrillo Folk Dancers, who meet in the Balboa Park Club on Tuesdays, are a good alternative for us dead hoofers or anyone else seeking more informal dance styles. They offer line dances and partner dances from around the world that are easy and fun to learn for all ages. Other ethnic dance styles are taught regularly at the World Beat Center, so be sure to check their website for a schedule.
If you prefer your folk dance American style, the New Square Dance Beginners is probably more your “thang.” They meet in the Casa del Prado on Sunday evenings, with the next new session commencing on June 3 and 10.
If your pack members still feel intimidated by taking a dance class, just let them know that the motto for most of these organizations is “If you can walk, you can dance.”