Salsa social dances its way into Paolucci’s
Dance is more than just an artistic form of expression.
Engaging in dance can yield a chance at social interaction, high tempo exercise, weight control and can even prevent Alzheimer’s disease, said Dave Burchfield, owner of Rebellion Ballroom in Boone.
Burchfield recently opened the ballroom after arriving in Boone a year ago.
“I spent a year checking to see if there was anything going on related to ballroom and to see if anyone would be interested,” Burchfield said. “I found out it was pretty well received.”
The studio offers various forms of ballroom dance instruction from rented space at Appalachian Rhythm Studio on Wilson Road near the Boone Mall.
In addition to private and group lessons, the studio offers wedding choreography and anything associated with gracefully presenting one’s self in the ballroom.
“In my years of being an instructor, I’ve taught children as young as 5 or 6 to couples and ladies in their 80s and 90s,” Burchfield said.
There is also salsa dancing, a Latin American form of dance that is associated with what is known as an eight-count rhythm.
Rebellion Ballroom currently offers salsa dancing at Paolucci’s Italian Bar and Grill every Wednesday at 9 p.m. The cover charge is $5. A ballroom basic dance will be offered for early arrivals.
So far, the dance socials have been “well received,” Burchfield said.
“We’ve had a lot of college-aged students and a couple of older adults,” he said. “I would love to see a large cross section.”
The first night of the salsa section was held about three weeks ago, Burchfield said, adding, “We had a good group that night, and then the second night, it grew.”
The reasons to explore dancing are numerous. For Burchfield, he began to dance after he became single and wanted to branch out to meet new people. He has been a dance instructor since 2001, he said.
Burchfield said he lets the students’ schedules dictate the time of lessons. For more information or to sign up, call (803) 448-9489.