A long winter in Michigan doesn’t necessarily mean being bored and deformed.
The Let’s Dance group runs weekly ballroom dance classes every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Howell Opera House. Dancers of all levels are welcome, whether they come as a couple or as an individual. The cost is $ 10 per person at the door.
“Let’s Dance” ballroom dance class
Howell is a new home for those learning dance moves.
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The instructors are Colette Simerson of Fenton and John King of Northville.
Organizer Leann Trierweiler-Krugh of Howell said the Let’s Dance group has been around for over ten years. They met at various locations including Bowling in Hartland, Barnstormer’s in Green Oak Township and Shark Club in Howell before starting classes at Howell Opera House on January 8.
âI think we are in the right place now,â Trierweiler-Krugh said. âIt’s big enough that we can grow up. They have a fantastic dance floor. A wooden dance floor is always the best for dancing. It forgives the joints, because you don’t dance on cement. It gives. In addition, you can wear the appropriate dance shoe that allows the foot to glide on the floor. “
Trierweiler-Krugh said that right now classes are focusing on East Coast Swing, “but we also teach cha-cha and partner line dancing and waltz.”
Trierweiler-Krugh said there are all kinds of benefits to dancing and the reasons people attend. Exercise is important.
âIt’s great exercise,â said Trierweiler-Krugh, personal trainer and owner of Body Shaping, LLC in Howell. âI always encourage my clients to find other ways to do cardio. Dancing is one of my favorite ways to get my heart rate up. You can socialize, meet people and have fun without even thinking about it. “
She said some people learn to dance in anticipation of special events like an upcoming wedding, and others are looking for a leisure activity involving their partner.
“I think it’s a good thing to do especially when you get older,” Trierweiler-Krugh said. “It reconnects you with your partner. It’s something fun to do together.”
Even though the dancers come with a partner, Trierweiler-Krugh said they are encouraged to switch partners throughout the night.
“That way you learn to be a better dancer,” she said, adding, “If you don’t want to change, you don’t have to.”
Trierweiler-Krugh said a typical class starts with a warm-up, where people put into practice what they learned the week before. More advanced dancers often dance with newcomers to help them. When it’s time to learn new steps, pairs of dancers form a large circle. The instructor shows one step and the dancers practice it for a while, then everyone changes partners and the instructor shows the next step.
âIn the middle of the class everyone is dancing whatever steps they want, and towards the end we do something like a line dance with a partner that we’re working on,â Trierweiler-Krugh said.
Trierweiler-Krugh said that the first classes of the Howell opera had around 26 dancers between the ages of 40 and 80. She said it was gender balanced, but if there was to be more than one gender, they would just practice without a partner until the next partner change.
Trierweiler-Krugh hopes more people will come and try.
âIt’s a really fun bunch of people, and it’s not like a dance class where we’re going to have the dance police there,â she said. âYou can go out and exercise and enjoy the people. It gets you out of the house and gets you out of the couch.â
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Ballroom dancing classes are held every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Howell Opera House, located at 123 W. Grand River in Howell. The cost is $ 10 per person. For more information, visit http://howelloperahouse.com/ or call 517-540-0065.