Contra dance classes offered

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Dancers Dan and Barbara Clark will teach a five-week introductory contra dance class from 7-9 p.m. Sundays starting Jan. 13.

Following the introductory course, a five-week advanced class for experienced dancers or those who wish to continue from 7-9 p.m., beginning Feb. 17.

Tuition and registration is $29.70 for either the beginning or advanced course, or $50.20 for the full 10-week series. Classes will be in the Dietrich Dome dance studio at Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way.

Students will learn traditional American contra, square and circle dancing to the music of lively jigs and reels, along with the waltz, polka and schottische.

The class will prepare dancers to take an active part in public contra dances as well as the Victorian balls held in Walla Walla and throughout the region.

The dress for class is informal. The Clarks describe the dancing as full of zest and it tends to build community among dancers because of their interaction throughout the dance.

The instructors have been teaching, performing and dancing socially in the community for many years.

Both are callers for Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music contra dances, were participants in Walla Walla’s first Victorian Ball and are members of the Living History Company at Fort Walla Walla Museum, where they portray Walla Walla historical figures from the 1800s.

To register call the WWCC Extended Learning office at 527-4443.

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