Returning Ballroom Dance Class at Anderson Arts Center | Local News


Geri Dougherty, right, works with a ballroom dance student at the Kemper Center. Dance lessons resume in May in Kemper.

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Ballroom dancing classes are back at the Anderson Arts Center, starting May 11. The first four-week session will take place Tuesday evenings in the Simmons Auditorium at the Kemper Center.

From May 11 until June 1, beginner couples will learn the basic steps including waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, cha-cha, rumba and other classic styles. Advanced couples returning to classes will learn more advanced techniques and familiarize themselves with the movements after a long quarantine.

To ensure that local and state COVID-19 safety regulations are followed and that everyone has a safe and welcoming experience, instructors and students will be required to wear masks for the duration of classes. Capacity will be limited so that couples can socially distance themselves while dancing together.

Former Broadway dancer Geri Dougherty returns as a dance teacher.

No matter your background or age, “Dougherty’s elegant and skillful dance helps everyone climb the stairs with ease,” organizers said.

Dougherty has been teaching ballroom dancing at the Kemper Center for seven 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.”


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