“Slow, slow, quick, quick” are instructions that will be heard from dance instructor Carol Owen as she teaches interested dancers how to foxtrot.
The Marshall County Arts Cooperative is teaming with Owen to offer two sets of dance lessons teaching locals to foxtrot, waltz, and swing.
The lessons will be offered Sunday, March 18 and 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Kansas Army National Guard Armory, Marysville. To register for one or both classes contact Sally Oliver, board member for the arts cooperative, at 785-562-2781 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each set of lessons is $10 per couple; the fee may be paid at the class.
“These lessons are for people who want to learn how to do these dances, but they’re also for people who just want a refresher course,” Oliver said. “We’ll be able to accommodate all skill levels.”
Owen took her first dance lessons at a ballroom dance studio in Topeka, Kan. After high school she attended Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, where she studied dance. She has choreographed fourteen musicals for the Marysville Area Community Theatre including their first production in 1983, “Oklahoma!” Currently she teaches private lessons and choreographs for local 4-H clubs.
“Bring your partner and wear clothes comfortable to learn these three dances,” Owen said. “If you have shoes you like to wear when you dance, wear them.”
The lessons are being offered in preparation for “Marshall County Canteen: Big Band Swing and Dance” which features Presidio Brass and the Marshall County Community Big Band playing selections from the Great American Songbook. The event will be Friday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Landoll hangar, Marysville Municipal Airport.
The USO-style show features the combined bands playing jazz standards for nearly three hours. The song list includes “A String of Pearls” and “Autumn Leaves,” songs ideal to foxtrot, and “Shiny Stockings” and “Mack the Knife,” songs ideal to swing.
“The songs we will hear at the Canteen are songs my mom listened to and danced to,” Oliver said. “This music is a wonderful way to hold onto the past while we make new memories.”
Presidio Brass, a brass quintet from San Diego, Calif., will be in Marshall County for nearly a week. While here they will work with all four county high school bands and they will give a free concert in Frankfort Thursday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Their residency will culminate at the “Marshall County Canteen.”
To register for the lessons or for more information people may contact Oliver or visit the cooperative’s website marshallcountyarts.org.