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Cued ballroom dancing club continues in Red Deer

Circle Chase Rounds Dance Club moves to new location
FILE - Circle Chase Rounds Dance Club is offering dance lessons starting Oct. 15 at Knox Presbyterian Church. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

Circle Chase Rounds Dance Club has returned for another season on the dance floor.

The dance club moved from Innisfail to Red Deer last fall. Weekly Friday night classes during the 2023 fall session run from Oct. 13 to Dec. 15 at Knox Presbyterian Church gym.

The Red Deer church is a new location for the club.

Instructor Cliff Dunn said coming to Red Deer was a good move. Earlier this year about 40 members, mostly 50 and older, attended the session that ran from January to April.

“We did have some dropouts, but we had a decent crowd until the end,” said Dunn about the club where dance partners do the usual ballroom dances, but dances are choreographed and a cuer announces the steps.

After dancers learn the steps, they just follow the cues so they don’t have to memorize dance sequences.

He said the dance method is an easier way for people to learn ballroom dancing.

“General ballroom classes can be quite difficult, especially for the man who is expected to lead. With our style of ballroom dancing we take that pressure off the man. We’re going to tell him what to do,” Dunn chuckled.

The lady also knows what to do because the dance cues are announced, he added.


Cued choreographed ballroom dancing comes to Red Deer

The waltz will be the main rhythm for club members during the upcoming session during the first half of the class. During the second half, the class will focus on basic cha-cha, rhumba, and two-step for those who already know them.

Dunn said it’s a very relaxed atmosphere for dancers.

“You make mistakes, but nobody minds. There’s no competition. Everybody’s on the floor.

“When I first started ballroom dancing, I was a little bit afraid about going on the floor. What will people think? In our environment there are no spectators.”

Dunn said the dance club is a way great place for people to learn to dance, or improve their skills, and they can take what they learn to other dance events in the community.

For more information visit Circle Chase Rounds Dance Club on Facebook.

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