Dance your blues away with Ballroom Dance classes

Updated 8/24/2020 10:25 AM

Ballroom dance classes are returning to the Anderson Arts Center this Fall with COVID-19 precautions in place. Beginner and Intermediate classes will be taught in the Kemper Center's Simmons Gymnasium in four-week sessions in September and October.

Starting September 15, couples can join the Introduction to Ballroom Dance class on Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm or on September 17 join the Technique Enhancement class on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm.


To ensure local and state safety regulations are being followed, and that everyone has a safe and welcoming experience, instructors and students will be required to wear masks through the duration of the classes. Capacity will be limited so that couples can socially distance while they dance together.

Former Broadway dancer Geri Dougherty enthusiastically returns as dance instructor. No matter your experience or age, Dougherty's elegant and skillful dancing helps everyone to easily pick up the steps.

Dougherty has been teaching Ballroom Dance at Kemper Center for seven years, and was previously a dance instructor at Arthur Murray for twelve years. In her youth, she took first place in the All American Dance competition in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dougherty's Broadway experience is extensive; she performed in musicals such as "Guys & Dolls", "My Fair Lady", "South Pacific", and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying".

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The Ballroom Classes cover basic steps including the waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, cha-cha, rumba, and other classic styles. Perfect for weddings, special occasions, or just as a new hobby, ballroom dance is a great way to get healthy, improve balance and posture, and just have fun.

The next four-week beginner sessions begin on September 15 or October 13, and the next four-week Technique Enhancement sessions begin on September 17 or October 15. Lessons are $75 per couple for all four weeks.

For more information or to sign up for the next session of classes, visit or call (262) 653-0481.