Local dance enthusiast teaches Monday night dance class at CUMC

Swing into summer with Dr. Charles Thornburg’s Monday night dance class at Columbiana United Methodist Church.

The class meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s multi-purpose room to learn new moves from dances such as the East Coast Swing.

“Dancing enhances your business, social and professional life,” said Thornburg, who has been ballroom dancing for 6 years.

The 20 or so students in the class range in age from middle school kids to people in their 60s.

Every six weeks, dancers in the class will learn a new set of dances. Currently, in addition to East Coast Swing, students are also learning basic slow-dancing steps.

“If you can swing dance and slow dance, you can dance to 75 percent of the music out there,” Thornburg said.

The class began May 10 and each class builds on the previous one, so new dancers should get there early so they can catch up. Wear casual clothes that are easy to move around in, and leather-soled shoes that will easily slide on carpet.

“Dancing is a stress buster,” Thornburg said. “When you’re cruising the hardwood, all life’s problems are on the sidelines.”