Gainesville Dancing

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New Dancers

New dancers contact us at Gainesville Dance for information on what are the best dance classes for you to start with depending on your interests. Here are some beginning classes you can take.

Dance Classes Via Santa College Community Education

Throughout the year, you can take a variety of dance classes in a 4 or 6 week series designed for new dancers to introduce you to different dances. Series usually start in January, April, June, July, September and November.

These sessions are offered via Santa Fe College Community Education. To register call 352-395-5193 or visit

Argentine Tango

Learn the elegant Argentine tango as danced in Buenos Aires. While Argentine tango is among the most sophisticated of dances, this class is surprisingly easy, because tango is danced slowly, giving you enough time to think about what you are doing.

Contra Dancing

Learn how to contra dance, among the easiest and most sociable of dances. Contra dancing is one of the best ways to start social dancing, because you only need to follow directions, like circle left and circle right. If you have wanted to dance, but did not have the confidence, this is the dance for you to start with.

Israeli Folk Dancing

Dance to a higher purpose, enjoy great music, make new friends, get some exercise, experience Israeli culture and have a fun time. Israeli dancing is like line dancing and international folk dancing, and actually many Israeli dances are done in line dancing and international folk dancing. Most Israeli dances are done in a circle. There are both partner and group dances. I think Israeli partner and circle dances are among the most fun types of dancing, because the music is beautiful and you get to move in great big ways that you do not get to do in other types of dancing. Join our on going Israeli Folk Dance sessions any time.

Line Dancing in Hawthorne

World line dancing to a wide variety of music. Register via Santa Fe College Community Education.

Line Dancing at the Senior Center

Year round line dancing from noon to 1 pm on Thursdays at the Senior Center at 5701 NW 34 Street, Gainesville, FL. Register via Santa Fe College Community Education.

Salsa Dancing

Learn beginning salsa dancing, have fun moving to Latin music and get introduced to how to dance with a partner.

Swing Dancing

Learn swing dancing, the most useful of all partner dances, because of the amount of opportunity you have to dance swing. You can dance swing to much popular music. There are a variety of different types of swing dancing, such as lindy and west coast swing. While there are differences in style, all swing dancing is swing dancing, with the same fundamentals. This class will give you the basics to learn any kind of swing dancing.

Many Other Dance Programs

You have many other dance programs to choose from as well, including ballroom dancing, Brazilian capoiera, English country, international folk, latin, sacred groove, vintage waltz, zydeco and more. Sign up for the newsletters and check the calendar to stay informed.

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