The monotonous style of grinding is almost the only style seen at dances today. While there are those who like grinding, there are also those who may want to know how to dance in a uniformed fashion.
To those who want to learn globally recognized dances sophomore Sarah Whitehead is teaching bi-weekly dance lessons for her civic engagement project. She aims to help people learn how to dance in ways that not only make partners look great, but also to give people the opportunity to be classy and show off their moves.
The goal of Whitehead’s project is to help those who want to learn how to dance and to help people have fun with the classic styles of dance. The ballroom lessons are different each day. She has been teaching the cha cha, swing, waltz and the salsa to name a few.
“Going to dances here at school you can’t really call what kids do dancing,” said Whitehead, “Back in the 50’s and 60’s people actually knew how to dance.”
For her civic engagement project, Whitehead knew that she wanted to do something that involved dance because she is majoring in dance. She has been dancing ballet for 12 years and has recently moved onto learning other dance styles such as hip hop, jazz and hula. Being as diverse with her dance style as possible is something that is important to Whitehead.
The dance lessons aren’t just for people who live on campus. They are also for people around the Forest Grove community. She wanted the lessons to be something that would be fun for the entire community to become involved.
Whitehead will be teaching lessons every Tuesday and Thursday nights between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Once the classes are finished, there will be an opportunity for the students to show off what they have learned at a ballroom dance event. The dance will be held April 6 p.m. at 7 p.m. in the Milky Way.