The purpose of dance classes at Pictona is to teach solid fundamentals in an enjoyable atmosphere while participating in meaningful exercise. It is not the number of steps you know, but rather how well you know them … and how much fun you’re having! Ballroom Dancing, or “Partner Dancing,” will feature the “Big Six” dances: the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, and the East Coast Swing. Each month will feature one of these dances as the “Dance of the Month,” and all four classes that month will be dedicated to that specific dance.
In a study of nearly 500 people, dancing was the ONLY regular physical activity associated with a significant decrease in the incidence of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. People who danced three to four times a week showed 76% less incidence of dementia than those who danced only once a week or not at all. Yes, REALLY!
Participants are welcome to come with their partners or as singles – all are welcome and can be accommodated. Join us at Pictona for Ballroom Dancing as we keep our brains healthy, get great exercise, and, most importantly, have an awesome time!
Marta Pascale, a retired educator/administrator for Volusia County Schools, is a certified ballroom dance instructor who has been teaching private and group dance lessons since 2007. She is certified in American Style Rhythm and Smooth Dances, has performed and danced in competitions, and has taught in dance venues, cruise ships, social rooms and clubhouses. Marta has taught dance to children all the way up to adults in their nineties, including small groups and large groups with as many as 70 people!
Marta was the president of the Greater Daytona Chapter of USA Dance for 10 years and also served USA Dance at the state and national levels for several years. “The most difficult thing about learning to ballroom (partner) dance,” says Marta, “is walking through the door of the dance lesson venue. It is often uncomfortable, especially as we age, to try something new.” But Marta is a life-long educator whose forté is breaking down a dance step concept to make it understandable and meaningful. Marta shows you what to do. And, more importantly, she explains “the why” so that her students can carry that concept on to the next step or next dance.
Frequency: One lesson per week for, typically, the first four weeks of the month. Lesson #1 (first week) will introduce the “Dance of the Month,” which will be the focal point for that month. Commitment to all four lessons is key to becoming comfortable with each dance, as students will build on previous lessons as they progress.
Cost: $10 per person per lesson if the student pays for the month’s four lessons at Lesson #1 ($40 total, not refundable for missed lessons). $12 per lesson if you’d like to pay as you go. Cash or Check (no credit cards) made payable to Marta Pascale, accepted before the start of each class.
What to wear? Shoes should fit securely on your feet and allow your feet to move freely on the floor. Clothing should allow your legs to move freely. Masks are required.
Maximum Class Size: 20 participants – first come, first served. Registration is strongly encouraged – priority is given to students who register using the form below.
A student who has paid in advance for all four lessons each month is guaranteed a spot in each class.
Minimum Class Size: 10 participants
Dates: Saturdays in January beginning on the 9th (January 9, 16, 23, 30)
Time: 4 – 5 pm
The Dance of the Month for January is: Waltz
*** To account for safe interaction, participants will not switch partners during class. Please sign up with a partner (spouse, partner, close friend) who you already have close contact with. Singles are also welcome and will simply learn their parts without a partner.