The Richmond Register

February 5, 2014

Ballroom/social dance classes start Feb. 10


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — If you have ever wanted to learn how to dance, now is your chance!

Learn ballroom and other social dances at the Richmond Area Arts Center!

Patrons have the opportunity to take classes taught by a renowned instructor in the beautiful, historic Richmond Area Arts Center, 399. W. Water St.

The types of dances covered include: waltz, rumba, cha-cha and swing. This class is the perfect opportunity to learn to dance or refresh your steps.

The classes will be conducted Monday evenings 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 through March 31.

Tuition is $75 each and includes all eight sessions.

To register or for more details, call 624-4242, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or e-mail debbie@artsinrichmond.org.

The instructor is Jim Johns whose interest in ballroom dance began in the early 1980s when he took a class at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lexington.

All he wanted was to be able to dance at social events, but he ended up studying for nearly 10 years and became an accomplished ballroom dancer.

After leaving Arthur Murray, Jim decided to share his skills with others in the Madison County community.

He teaches many popular dances, but says his favorite dance is swing because “it is a really fun dance that can be done to such a wide variety of music and at many different types of social events.”

When asked what has caused him to continue teaching for so long, he said, “It gives me great pleasure when a couple who started out knowing nothing about dancing leaves my class able to enjoy dancing together. Some of my students also have become my friends and have returned to class year after year to practice and learn new steps.”

A native of Richmond and graduate of Madison Central High School, Jim works in the Conferencing and Events Department at Eastern Kentucky University. In his spare time between dance sessions, he enjoys polishing his golf skills or spending time with his granddaughter.