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Grand Strand ballroom dancers invite newcomers to free event this Saturday

A ballroom dancing event this weekend invites beginners and newcomers to try different dances.  It's Saturday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Base Recreation Center. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

'You should try it!' That's what ballroom dancers on the Grand Strand are saying, and right now it's National Ballroom Dancing Week.

Dancers say moving to music will positively impact your life. But, people do it for different reasons.

"Why do I dance? I love music," said Rosemary Farrell, a ballroom dance student. "I love the personality of the dance and I love learning to dance different dances according to the music."

"You need a hobby, so this is our hobby" said Rosalie Drust, USA Dance Grand Strand Chapter president.

Donald Spadaro's reason to begin dancing was one founded in sorrow.

"Four years ago, I tragically lost my wife after 47 years of marriage, and I was in the dumps," said Spadaro.

He found solace on the dance floor.

"I got a new family with the dance community down here," he said.

Dancers say ballroom has made their lives better in a way they want to share with others.

"I just think people are missing out if they don't give themselves an opportunity to dance," said Farrell.

"There's so many people who want to come, but they're afraid or shy or intimidated," said Spadaro.

So, the Grand Strand ballroom dancing community is holding a non-intimidating, "perfect for newbies" event Saturday, Sept. 23 with class demos and performances.

"We go out and we dance, and it makes life simple and it makes life fun," said Drust.

"People want to dance, they just don't do it," said Farrell. "So, I want to grab them by the hand and say, 'Hey, come try a few steps.'"

So, if you want to try a few steps, they'll be waiting arms wide open [or in frame] to welcome others to the dance floor.

The Ballroom Jamboree is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Base Recreation Center. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the event starts at 6:30 p.m.

There will be basic lessons every half hour for dances like the Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Fox Trot and Salsa, and it's free for newcomers.

For information about the Dance Jamboree, as well as ongoing dance events along the Grand Strand, click here.

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