Ballroom Dance Lessons return to the Anderson Arts Center in May

Updated 3/29/2021 10:54 AM

Ballroom dance classes are returning to the Anderson Arts Center starting May 11. The first four-week session will take place Tuesday nights in the Kemper Center's Simmons Auditorium.

Starting May 11 and continuing through June 1, beginner couples will be taught basic steps including the waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, cha-cha, rumba, and other classic styles. Advanced couples returning to classes will learn more advanced techniques and get reacquainted with the movements after a long quarantine.


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.

To ensure local and state COVID-19 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 the dance instructor. Dougherty has been teaching Ballroom Dance at Kemper Center for eight 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".

Lessons are $75 per couple for all four weeks. Single dancers and all ages are welcome. Following the May 11 session, the next four-week session will begin on June 8.

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

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