Ballroom dance class offered in May and June at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer a ballroom dance class Mondays from May 13-June 17.

This class will meet from 6-7 p.m. in Breese Gym.

Instructor Heidi Turlington will cover the basics of leading and following in a social ballroom dance setting. Participants will learn dance styles such as the waltz, tango, cha-cha, swing and fox trot.

Partners will rotate throughout the class and participants need not have a partner to attend. Comfortable, soft-bottomed shoes are encouraged.

Turlington has taught dance to all ages, from preschoolers to adults. She has a bachelor’s degree in dance education from Meredith College and a master’s degree in physical education from WCU. Her dance background covers a variety of styles, from swing and ballroom, to ballet, tap, jazz, modern and African dance. She recently performed with the Asheville Ballet and performed and choreographed for the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater.

Ballroom dancing can be traced back to the early 20th century and not only is still very much alive today but also is gaining popularity thanks to television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The cost of the class is $59 (or $49 for WCU students, faculty and staff).

For more information and to register for the class, go to and select the “conferences and community classes” tab or call the Office of Continuing Education at 828-227-7397.