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DAN 28 — Learn to Dance: Beginning Cha Cha and Salsa

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Oct 31
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Richard Powers
Limit: 50
Status: Cancelled
Please Note: No class on October 17
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 26—Oct 31
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Richard Powers
Please Note: No class on October 17
Please note: This course has been rescheduled for the upcoming Winter 2020 quarter. The course will meet over 5 Thursdays, January 16 - February 13. Winter Quarter registration opens on Monday, December 2 at 8:30 am (PT).


When it comes to social dancing, do you ever feel that you’re a jack-of-all-trades and master of none? Here’s a chance to take a popular dance form, cha cha and salsa, and truly master it, but in an effortless and enjoyable way. (Why make work out of pleasure?) And since cha cha and salsa are essentially the same dance, with and without a triple step, you get two for the price of one.

The basics are fun and easy, then it gets better from there, borrowing figures from other dances and being spontaneously creative. There are no mistakes in cha cha and salsa, only new moves. This material is useful—cha cha and salsa are frequently danced at parties and weddings, and you can also dance them to other kinds of music.

No dance experience is required, just a fun-loving attitude and enthusiasm. Come alone or with a partner. If you already dance, consider bringing a friend who doesn’t. This is a great way to introduce someone to social dancing.

Richard Powers, Lecturer in Dance, Stanford

Richard Powers has been researching and teaching social dance for forty years. His emphasis is on flexible, attentive partnering, creativity, fun, developing one’s personal style, and adapting to the dancing styles of various partners. He has received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education, and was selected by the centennial issue of STANFORD Magazine as one of Stanford’s most notable graduates of its first century.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.