Dancing isn’t just for Dillon
Dillon’s Amphitheatre has garnered a reputation for the place to dance, especially with its free summer dance lessons. And now, Keystone’s joining the mix.”There’s been more dancing in Summit County this summer than there has been in the last five years,” said local instructor Teresa Moen. “It’s just been great. The desire is there.” In addition to Dillon dancing, every Tuesday night this month, people have been kickin’ it up for free at River Run’s new Warren Station, with free lessons that last 90 minutes. Each week features a different dance style, taught by local and Front Range instructors. The first Tuesday, and every week since, has been a big hit:”We had 50 people,” Moen said, “and that’s when I stopped counting – I was so thrilled.”Both visitors and locals – many from Summit County’s folded dance club – show up to learn country and ballroom steps. All abilities and ages are welcome, and Moen said she’d love to see more young people moving to the beat.Throughout the 90 minute lessons, instructors break down steps and give people time-outs to relax and get drinks. “It really is a lesson, and after and hour and a half, their brains are full,” Moen said.This Tuesday, she and her husband, Roger, teach the “Wild, Wild West,” a couple’s line dance and mixer, and the romantic “Night Club Two Step,” which is a crossover from ballroom and can be done to country western, she said.And, don’t worry about feeling self-conscious.”It’s really friendly and easy going,” Moen said. “Everybody helps everybody.”The series began as a way to “get people on their feet and having fun,” said events director Josh Blanchard. “Since we produce so many events for our guests and residents where patrons are sedentary, such as concerts, theater performances, comedy nights, etc., we thought an active event like a dance series would be fun and different. We have had terrific crowds the first (few) weeks, and the dance instructors have been a blast. To culminate the month-long celebration, Keystone hosts a dance party on Tuesday, Aug. 31 – “a dance celebration for anybody,” Moen said. In fact, it doesn’t matter if you attended any of the lessons.”Just come and have fun, and don’t worry if you don’t know the steps,” Moen said. Steve Manshel & Groove Machine will perform live for the Aug. 31 party.The group is one of Colorado’s most popular professional variety bands, and Manshel is an award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist, as well as a veteran of the legendary group “Firefall.”Its up-tempo hits span every genre, including rock, swing, country, Motown and Latin rhythms. Multiple vocalists take turns belting out tunes like “Brick House,” “Car Wash,” “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Oh, What a Night,” “Rock Steady,” “Time of My Life” – the list of dance tunes goes on. Then there’s the expansive line-up of country songs, jump blues, rock-a-billy, soul and rock. These experienced entertainers know their stuff -and know how to get even the most diverse audience shakin’ it.
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