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Old 03-02-10, 12:58 PM   #1
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OT: Ballroom dancing

OK, just to keep it somewhat legal- they'll have to ride their bikes to lessons...

My niece and her fiance attend U of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. They're getting married in May, and want to learn enough ballroom dancing to get them thru the wedding dance. But they're poor college students... so they're looking at free online internet lessons.

Anybody know any dancers in the Champaign/Urbana area that might be willing to give them some cheap (read free) lessons, or have any other ideas?

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Old 03-02-10, 01:11 PM   #2
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Well, it's possible that there are Physical Activity courses on campus that are devoted to Ballroom Dancing, and maybe through extension classes. There may also be a dancing club on campus.
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"Ballroom dancing" is not off topic.

I do a lot of ballroom dancing on long rides, esp if I forget the chamois cream!
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Just send them over to the UK. Any over 60's will be down at the Palais on a wednesday afternoon for the Tea dances. They will welcome newcomers.

I grew up in a village and two types of Saturday night "Hop". Pop music for the younger ones or a Full Dance band--------for the younger ones. Late 50's into the 60's and if you could not do a decent Waltz or Quickstep- then you had no chance of getting your arms round the girl of your dreams.

So get them to find out where the old-uns gather and they can get all the "Free" lessons they need.
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There's dance steps in the sidewalk on capitol hill in Seattle. But they need to work the timing out themselves I guess.



Failing the trip to Seattle, a gym class or campus club sounds like a great idea.

google 'Champaign ballroom dancing' and this pops up:

http://jedi.ks.uiuc.edu/~johns/dancing/
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Hardy,
I tried a google search, and either missed this, or had different search terms. Regardless- this may be their answer! Thanks!
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Early wedding gift...wonderful, thoughtful uncle pays for said ballroom dance classes so niece and her fiance can knock everyone's socks off rather than just make do.
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Early wedding gift...wonderful, thoughtful uncle pays for said ballroom dance classes so niece and her fiance can knock everyone's socks off rather than just make do.
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OK, just to keep it somewhat legal- they'll have to ride their bikes to lessons...

My niece and her fiance attend U of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. They're getting married in May, and want to learn enough ballroom dancing to get them thru the wedding dance. But they're poor college students... so they're looking at free online internet lessons.

Anybody know any dancers in the Champaign/Urbana area that might be willing to give them some cheap (read free) lessons, or have any other ideas?

Thanks,
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+1 on the nice uncle hooking up the kids with lessons. I used to ballroom dance with my wife, Arthur Murray has a good program for weddings where they help with picking the song, then work out a choregraphed routine to teach them. It usually runs 6 weeks (1 or 2 times a week). Otherwise they will end up doing the "clutch and sway".
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