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    Argentine Tango (All Levels)

    They say it takes two to tango, but baby steps -- let’s start with YOU. You are but one, but by the time you take this class you'll be moving so fast onlookers will think there are four of you. So become the Jamie Madrox of dance and step into the groove today. Argentine Tango is known to be a dance of passion and connection. A highly individualistic and improvisational dance, with endless possibilities in its intricately woven steps, this dance provides freedom for musical expression via movement through time. A true social dance, based on the art of leading and following, tango allows the opportunity for layers of connection, creating a lovely present moment Zen between dancers. Some say that tango should have a warning label for how highly addictive it is. Who are these “they’s” and “some’s?” They’re spot-on, if you ask us.
    Argentine Tango (All Levels)

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Discover the sensual steps and turns of one of the great social dances of all time
    • Practice leading and following to dance with partners of any skill level
    • Learn to make motions second nature so you can improvise on the fly and focus on fun
    • Experience the uplifting joy of dancing an expressive and energetic dance
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    Country Party

    Yee-haw! Put your busted pickup troubles aside for awhile with a little down-country song and dance. If you’ve been yearning to bust out your two-step, this is your chance during an all-out country party. If you don’t know how to dance a two-step, no worries! In addition to hours of dancing, Duke’s country party features instruction in popular styles of country dancing. So if you’re new on the scene, you can still have all the fun. Featuring DJ’d music, this is a perfect opportunity to let loose with some of the best music in the business, while sharing good times and a few brews with a few fellow country lovers. Cowboy boots never go out of style at Duke’s! Or anywhere else for that matter.
    Country Party

    14601 SE Division St, Portland

    • Break out your best two-step during a high energy country dance shindig
    • Listen to some of the classics and current favorites during this DJ’d event
    • Pick up a few new dance moves thanks to the included dance lessons
    • Let loose while you meet and socialize with other fans of country music
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    West Coast Swing

    Are you often overcome by uncontrollable fits of dancing? Channel your spastic energy during this high tempo dance class featuring West Coast Swing. An offshoot of the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, WCS is a back-and-forth partner dance that features heavy improvisation. As such, it's a fun dance with for showing off your creative side. You'll learn some of the classic steps and passes, developing your ability to read your partner’s intent and play along, no matter the differences in your skill level. This is a great opportunity to meet some new friends to hit your local swing scene with, and to keep in shape while having a blast. No more dancing fits for you!! Well, okay. But only on the dance floor.
    West Coast Swing

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the basics of West Coast Swing, including 6-count and 8-count footwork rhythms
    • Step in time to the music, using the appropriate weight changes for the pattern
    • Understand and demonstrate compression and extension, proper body position, continuous motion, and how to lead preps for an inside turn
    • Get handsy when you learn proper hand hold, hand positions, and hand connection
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    Brazilian Zouk

    Brazilian Zouk is a contagious dance form-- once everyone sees how much fun you’re having, they’ll all want to join in! Spend a joyous hour affirming your freedom and your harmony with the universe, engaging in Brazilian cultural expression, and performing an elegant, sexy dance style. This class is ideal for students with little to no Zouk training. You'll learn new moves, get a great workout, and enjoy an incredibly fun, welcoming environment. Working out shouldn’t be this fun, but somehow, it is!
    Brazilian Zouk

    700 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

    • Learn about Brazilian Zouk, the dance form that expresses joy, freedom and harmony
    • Practice new moves while getting a great whole-body workout
    • Meet new people in a welcoming and fun environment, led by expert teacher Nathalia Carbajal
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    Salsa

    Despite everything that Portland has going for it, it's never really had too strong of a Salsa Dancing scene. Help change that by attending this class, based on expertise from salsa’s birthplace, the East Coast! Learn the fundamentals of this intense dance style, strongly influenced by the dances of Cuba and Puerto Rico. This is a great way to spice up a relationship, or meet new people. So get ready to learn some new moves in a warm, welcome environment, where everyone is encouraged to let loose!
    Salsa

    700 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

    • Learn the fundamentals of salsa dancing, as taught on the East Coast
    • Spice up a relationship or meet new people in a comfortable, inviting place
    • Get a great workout while learning a new skill
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    Salsa and Latin Dance Sampler

    Trying to edge your way into the salsa dance scene can be a tricky affair without the proper training. Especially if your background is limited to old [i]Sweating to the Oldies[/i] VHS tapes that you bought for 50 cents at your neighborhood thrift store. But we digress. Immerse yourself in the world of Latin dance with this sampler class, and you'll never be on the outside looking in again! While the focus of your instruction will be salsa, you'll also spend time in class exploring elements of other styles as well, including merengue and bachata. You'll dance under the guidance of an experienced instructor, working on elements of posture, motion, and partnering as you move across the dance floor. Your instructor will delve into both technical and attitudinal aspects of each dance, teach you how to cover up mistakes, and boost your performance confidence so you can focus on having fun, rather than thoughts of tripping over your own two feet! Latin dance is not only a great way to meet others, but a wonderful tool for stress release and fitness as well! With the elements you pick up during this dance class, you'll be opening doors and gifting yourself with an enriching new hobby!
    Salsa and Latin Dance Sampler

    720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland

    • Learn the fundamentals of salsa and other Latin dance styles during an introductory sampler class
    • Grasp the forms and embellishments of each dance under the guidance of an experienced instructor
    • Partner with other students to develop your abilities in leading, following, and improvising
    • Develop your confidence and skill while dancing in an energetic and supportive dance environment
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    Intro to Pole Dance

    You don’t need to wait for the New Year to make a resolution for a new fitness regimen. If you’re stuck in a fitness rut, you need to climb out of that rut and up a pole, with this awesome introductory class at the Pole Palace. You'll spice up your workout routine while learning how to twist, twirl, spin, and shimmy your way to a better you. In fact, there's nothing “routine” about this! With just one class, you will soon discover the grace and elegance it takes to succeed in pole dancing. And your workout will quickly become an artform -- you'll work the pole like a painter works a blank canvas. We’ll call you Pole-Casso.
    Intro to Pole Dance

    2034 N Kilpatrick St, Portland

    • Discover the new, adventurous world of pole dancing through this intro class
    • Learn beginner dance moves that will bring fun to your new exercise sessions
    • Lose yourself in the music while enjoy an evening of fun
    • Explore a new world of fitness that seems effortless
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    Zumba

    Running? Running is for suckers. Get a workout that’s as fun as it is effective! Zumba is part dance party, part exercise regime, featuring a series of non-stop dance moves that will shred calories and leave you toned and powerful. You'll be dancing to some fantastic beats, utilizing Latin-inspired dance moves to get a full body, heart-pounding workout. Even as the sweat pours from your body, you'll be having a great time in a social, high energy setting that will leave you feeling charged. While fast moving, zumba is accessible to all, whether you’re a dancer with years of experience or hobble around like you’ve got your shoes tied together. All you need to do start reaping the benefits from this fitness regime is keep moving - the finesse will come with practice! Revolution your exercise routine never look at fitness the same way again!
    Zumba

    1829 NE Alberta St, Portland

    • Enjoy a Latin-inspired dance and fitness class with a friendly, motivating instructor
    • Dance to some spicy Latin songs to keep your workout as fun as it is effective
    • Increase your strength, stamina, and overall health as you tone your entire body
    • Execute easy-to-follow moves anyone can benefit from, no matter what your fitness level
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    Lyrical Jazz

    What does “jazz” mean to you? If you said “stuffy elevator music,” get OUT! Jazz is actually more of a term for knowing all of the rules so that you can break them. So jazz dance (commonly simply referred to in the dance world as “jazz”) is a style of dance that combines ballet, tap, African, modern dance, and hip-hop, and can be performed to almost any type of music. The versatility of this dance style allows room for creativity and personal expression. In a jazz dance class at Dance With Joy Studios, you'll learn basic jazz technique, and develop fun, feel-good choreography to apply to a wide variety of music! So you'll learn all of the styles, and apply them when and wherever you want. But please, no dancing in the elevator -- it's already pretty cramped in there!
    Lyrical Jazz

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the fundamental techniques of jazz such as basic turns and combinations
    • Add a variety of different skills to your dance repertoire as you stretch and improve your footwork
    • Grow as a dancer by expanding your balancing capabilities and your ability to master movements and routines
    • Skills of all levels are welcome
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    Jazz Dance

    What does “jazz” mean to you? If you said “stuffy elevator music,” get OUT! Jazz is actually more of a term for knowing all of the rules so that you can break them. Jazz dance (commonly simply referred to in the dance world as “jazz”) is a style of dance that combines ballet, tap, African, modern dance, and hip-hop, and can be performed to almost any type of music. The versatility of this dance style allows room for creativity and personal expression. In a jazz dance class at Dance With Joy Studios, you'll learn basic jazz technique, and develop fun, feel-good choreography to apply to a wide variety of music! So you'll learn all of the styles, and apply them when and wherever you want. But please, no dancing in the elevator -- it's already pretty cramped.
    Jazz Dance

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Discover a jazz dance technique created to improve the body without hurting it
    • Develop increased physical awareness of your body as well as incredible strength and flexibility
    • Build small muscle groups to protect your knees, hips, and back
    • Get a great workout in a supportive and fun environment
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