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Brewers Ballroom Basics classes to be offered at Pine Island Dance

April 3, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

A couple that recently moved to the island from Indiana is offering four-week session ballroom classes at Pine Island Dance. The pair will teach six different dances.

Beverly Brewer of Brewers Ballroom Basics said her and husband Terry's love for dancing bloomed after she told him she thought it might be fun to take ballroom classes.

Once they started they were hooked and after 10 years of private instruction, they decided to spread their wings and begin instructing others on how to perfect the craft of dancing by giving American Social Ballroom classes.

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Terry and Beverly Brewer of Brewers Ballroom Basics are offering ballroom classes at Pine Island Dance.

They began teaching in Lafayette, Ind., in 2010.

"It's amazing how much there is to learn," she said of ballroom dance.

Beverly and Terry have been dancing for about 17 years.

"It is great exercise, physically, mentally and emotionally," she said. "When you are learning and dancing, you let everything out of your mind."

Terry said dancing is relaxing as well.

"When you are in the learning process, everything else gets blocked out," he said.

The mental aspect also comes into play, he said, because the individual is focused on the steps.

Terry said it is about getting your feet to do what your brain is telling you to do.

The first four-week session will begin Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. Individuals interested must pre-pay for the session, which is $50 per couple or $30 for a single.

Beverly said each four-week session will teach a different dance - the waltz, fox trot, swing, rumba, cha-cha and one-step. She said she wants to give her students the steps they need, so they can go to weddings, bars and any other place that may offer music, and feel comfortable dancing.

The Brewers could easily teach 10 couples due to the space Pine Island Dance provides.

"We are interested in both couples or singles attending class," she said.

She said they will pair the singles up with other dancers. Those who do not have a partner may also be paired up with the instructors.

The classes will instruct the basics of that particular style of dance and as everyone becomes familiar with the steps, the Brewers will add more.

"We will work with people at their speed," she said. "You learn to adapt to people's needs."

The classes will run for approximately 45-minutes.

"At the end of four-weeks, someone can easily learn three to four steps and get out there and dance better than 95 percent of the people on the dance floor," Beverly said.

Those interested in registering for the ballroom classes are encouraged to call Pine Island Dance at 239-283-4600.



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