Liz O'Grady and partner, Sebastian Ureste. O’Grady will be teaching beginning and intermediate ballroom dancing at San Dieguito Adult School starting Sept. 10. Photo by Chris Evans
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Ballroom dance classes help build strength, friends

ENCINITAS — Fans of the television show “Dancing with the Stars” can join the fun by learning how to ballroom dance with Liz O’Grady at San Dieguito Adult School starting Monday Sept. 10. 

The course continues through Oct. 22 and costs $62.

The introductory class runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes instruction in the foxtrot, waltz and rumba as well as techniques for leading and following. Afterward, dancers still have enough time to get home and enjoy the 15th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” or “DWTS,” which begins Sept 24.

An intermediate class is offered from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and includes instruction in the cha-cha as well as fun, elegant and practical patterns to enhance one’s ballroom repertoire.

Louise O’Shaughnessy got hooked on “DWTS” four years ago by her 86-year-old mother. After she became engaged, she told her wedding coordinator that she and her fiance wanted to dance the waltz to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” at their wedding reception in October.

“Both of us felt we had no rhythm — my fiancé thinks I have less than him,” O’Shaughnessy said, laughing. “Our coordinator said ‘Go see Liz. She does amazing things. She’s great, especially for your first dance.’”

After four lessons, their anxiety was replaced with joy and anticipation of their wedding dance.

“Honestly, some people at weddings are so stiff, and they don’t look like they are having a good time, or connecting with the music,” she said. “Liz brings that musicality to it. We are enjoying ourselves so much that we want to continue taking dancing lessons after our wedding.”

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1 comment

Eidine Lubbs September 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

I agree! It’s not our physical and emotional aspects that ballet is building, but also our social needs. When I first attended my ballet lessons when I was young, I gained a lot of friends – some of them are actually still my best of friends until now. Imagine how long that is!

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