Ballroom dance classes return to the Kemper Center | Local News


Ballroom dancing classes are back at the Kemper Center in October.

The introductory courses take place on Tuesday evenings and the technical improvement courses take place on Thursday.

For four weeks, beginner couples will learn basic steps including waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, cha-cha, rumba and other classic styles. Advanced couples returning to class will learn more advanced techniques and familiarize themselves with the movements.

Classes are held in the Simmons Auditorium in Kemper with enough room for social distancing.

Former Broadway dancer Geri Dougherty is enthusiastically returning as a dance teacher. Dougherty has been teaching ballroom dancing at the Kemper Center for nine years and previously was Arthur Murray’s dance teacher for 12 years.

In her youth, she won first place in the All American Dance competition in Madison.

“I love the art of dance because of its energy and precision,” she said. “I love helping others share this pleasure and see the results both in body and in spirit.”

Dougherty’s Broadway experience is vast; she has appeared in musicals such as “Guys & Dolls”, “My Fair Lady”, “South Pacific” and “How to be successful in business without really trying”.


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