Step in time with the Park City Dance Club |

Step in time with the Park City Dance Club

Social-dance instructor Cindy Rae, who is affiliated with Martin Skupinski’s Utah Ballroom, loves to dance and she wants to introduce others to the art.

That’s why she is kicking off a new season for the Park City Dance Club on Oct. 3, at Park City Dance Academy Studios, 6554 N. Creekside Ln., at Kimball Junction.

The hour-long class will begin at 8 p.m.

"I can stay as long as I want, so as long as people want to stay and practice afterwards, I’m game," Rae said during an interview with The Park Record. "It takes a while for some people to get in the groove, and they can stay to get used to things if they want."

The first dance will be the Foxtrot, which will be learned over the next four weeks.

"I tried to pick something that wouldn’t be too difficult for people to learn," Rae said. "The Foxtrot is the universal social dance and can be learned quickly, so people can learn it and move on to other things."

After the class masters the Foxtrot, Rae will choose a dance that the majority of the club would like to learn.

"I won’t pick the dances I want to learn or my favorites, because I’m not the one who is learning," she said. "I want to pick the ones the students want to learn. If someone says they want to learn samba, we’ll go for it."

Rae’s goal is to recruit enough dancers to split the club in two, so the participants can work on different dances at the same time.

"Last year we had a really great response and we were able to split the class into two groups," she said. "I’m hoping this year we’ll see more of the same."

Still, Rae knows that four weeks doesn’t give people a lot of time to learn and get comfortable with a dance.

"I think, however, it gives them enough time to develop an interest in dance," she said. "And there are a lot of events up here that give people the opportunity to dance. All the nonprofit organizations fundraisers advertise a silent auction, cocktails and live music to dance to."

Rae, who started dancing when she was eight, said a dancer has to dance.

"It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what form it is, if you have dance inside of you, you have to dance," she said. "I’m at a point in my life where I’ve taken up ballroom. I know many people take it seriously and see it as a sport, but there are the rest of us that sees it as an emotional outlet.

"I have to dance, because it fulfills what’s inside of me, including the creativity," Rae said. "I have to keep doing it and get better at it. Sometimes I feel too tired to do anymore, but once I do it, it feels so good. I want people to feel good about it like I do."

The Park City Dance Club meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Park City Dance Academy of Performing Arts, 6554 N. Creekside Ln., at Kimball Junction. There will be no dance club in December, but will continue in January. For more information, call (801) 792-3082.

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