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Cha-Cha-Chá to Harmony School of Creative Arts for Ballroom Dance Classes

Taylor Grey and Sherry MacFarlane of Taylor Grey Dance are teaching adult ballroom dance classes at Harmony School of Creative Arts in Marble Falls beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

MARBLE FALLS — The constant phone calls prompted Amber McHose, executive director of Harmony School of Creative Arts, to make a phone call of her own.

People kept asking McHose if the school offered adult ballroom classes. When McHose decided to add to the curriculum, she asked people about possible instructors. A parent of one of the school's students suggested she contact Taylor Grey of Taylor Grey Dance and his partner, Sherry MacFarlane.

“We wanted to offer enrichment for adults,” McHose said about the new classes.

Grey and McFarlane will teach a variety of ballroom classes at the school on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 2. The classes will cover the two-step, or Texas waltz, as well as the foxtrot, waltz, swing, cha-cha, rumba, and tango. Students will learn the two-step at 5:30 p.m. and the other dances at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $65 per person or $100 per couple for four classes per month. Register at harmonyarts.org or by calling the school office at (830) 693-1791.

The classes are for adults of all skill levels, whether you're going for a refresher, getting ready for an event such as a wedding, or wanting more exercise. No matter the reason or ability, Grey and McFarland will turn anyone willing to learn into a dancer.

Research has shown that dance can help people in a variety of ways, including weight loss, flexibility and balance, stress reduction, cardio health, improved relationships, and memory.

“Dance gives them a break from all the stress in the world,” McHose said. “It gives them a chance to do something that’s physically great. It gives them an outlet to be someone else. It gives them that creative outlet.”

The activity is especially beneficial for couples because it requires them to bond, she said.

It also helps with self-esteem and discipline.

“It brings body and mind together,” Grey said.

“People are so hesitant, initially, to even come to class,” MacFarlane said. “But once they do, they really enjoy it.”

Grey and MacFarlane epitomize the type of instructors for which Harmony is known: knowledgeable, engaging, professional, reliable, and passionate, McHose said.

“We’re known for our quality of education,” she said. “They fit right into that.”The school is also offering adult ballet classes along with a number of arts programs for children.

Harmony School of Creative Arts is located at 1503 Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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