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Newton County Arts Association offers ballroom dance

COVINGTON — The Arts Association in Newton County is encouraging adults to break out those dancing shoes and sign up for the second series of four-week ballroom dance classes.

Dance instructor Maria LaNave Johnson said she’ll go over the steps for the foxtrot, rumba, swing and even some salsa.

“The idea is to teach the steps that are practical but also inspire people to try new and different things,” Johnson said. “If people want to focus on different steps, I’ll be more than happy to incorporate that into the lessons.”

She’s been teaching ballroom dance the past 25 years and entered the profession by learning African dances.

“I love dance so much that I love to share it with people. Ballroom is such a social dance because it’s very accessible for a wide range of ages and easy to learn,” Johnson said. “You don’t have to think of yourself as a dancer, but can still accomplish a lot within the four weeks. And seeing them have fun learning, that brings me joy.”

The four-week class begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 and costs $54 per person or $74 per couple. Stephanie Wilson of Arts Association said they decided to bring back the ballroom dance lessons due to the popularity.

“We really wanted to work hard to extend our adult programs. We started with the dance lessons last month and within two weeks we had reached our participant limit,” Wilson said. “We’ve had a tremendous response and are super excited to continue to offer the classes.”

For more information about the ballroom dance sessions, contact Wilson at 678-625-0042.