Park City Social Dance Club is on the move
November 1, 2016
The essence of dance is movement and the Park City Social Dance Club is on the move literally and figuratively.
After nearly 12 years at the Park City Dance Academy building at 6554 N. Creekside Lane, the club is moving across I-80 to the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse at Newpark.
Dance instructor Cindy Rae said the relocation was eminent after Ballet West acquired the Park City Dance Academy building and turned it into the Peggy Bergmann Ballet West Academy.
The Park City Social Dance Club rented the building after hours each Wednesday to hold its ballroom dance sessions.
"Unfortunately, the availability to hold the Park City Dance Club there had slimmed down to later in the evening," Rae said. "I wish I could stay there, but late nights don't work with some of the people who want to come."
The partnership with Basic Recreation starts Nov. 2, and will include a name change for the Park City Dance Club.
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"Since the club falls under the umbrella of BallroomUtah, we switched the name to BallroomUtah in Park City," Rae said. "However, the goal will remain the same. We want to get people exposed to dancing on a social level.
"That way they can have a little fun and learn some dance steps that they can go out and use when they go out to a big social event or someone's wedding or things like that," she said.
The sessions, which will focus on a different dance every six weeks, will still be held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
The first session at the Basin will run from Nov. 2 to Dec. 14. Session two will run from Jan 4 to Feb. 8, and session three will start on March 1 and end on April 5. The cost is $70 for individuals and $130 for couples.
The format will start with professional instruction from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and then a free dance practice period will follow from 8:30-9 p.m.
The sessions will be progressive.
"We won't hold six weeks of swing and then hold another six weeks of swing," Rae said. "We can teach whatever we want to and if people want to so salsa, we'll do salsa and if they want to do waltz, we'll do waltz."
The idea of hosting ballroom dance classes at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse stemmed from an idea that was planted last year.
"Someone who danced with BallroomUtah in Salt Lake who worked at Basin Recreation started a group called Fun Over 50, because she thought a social ballroom dance class would be a fun activity for that age group," Rae said. "I guess there had been some people who wanted to learn to dance, so BallroomUtah went up and held a session last fall and continued after Christmas until April."
When the Ballet West Academy facility became unavailable, it was natural for Rae to approach Basin Recreation.
"It's a very nice facility," Rae said. "They have a room they use for zumba that has mirrors and it works well for dance. It's right off the lobby and easy to get in."
Rae thanks Basin Recreation Fieldhouse and facilities manager Matt Strader for his help.
"I hope there is enough interest to expand the sessions, because what I would like to see happen is that we get enough people to hold one class at 7 p.m. and another class at 8 p.m. that is beyond the beginner stage," she said. "We hope people like it and if they don't, I would love to know why. If people don't like it, I would like them to tell us what they would like us to do differently. That would be beneficial for us."
The Park City Social Dance Club, which operates under the BallroomUtah umbrella, will move from the Park City Academy building to the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse, 1388 Center Drive at Kimball Junction, starting Wednesday, Nov. 2. Registration is $70 for individuals and $130 for couples. Registration can be done online at basinrecreation.org/adult_dance.html#top, by phone at 435-655-0999 or at the Fieldhouse service desk.
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