Group Classes: Line Dance & Partner Dance
Group Classes at Cape Sands are so much fun! You'll meet other dancers, enjoy fine recorded music, and the
low-impact exercise that dancing provides. DVIDA certified instructor Karen Shackleford has over 25 years
of dance instruction experience.
Karen's ballroom classes focus on correct American-Style syllabus technique and figures while promoting a
friendly, social dance atmosphere.
Pop, Rock, and Latin Line Dancing with Karen of Cape Sands Ballroom
If you love pop, rock, and Latin music and if you love to dance, this is the line dance program for you!
Karen Shackleford’s signature Pop, Rock, and Latin Line Dance classes are a great way to meet new friends and get a little light exercise. During a typical 45-minute class you’ll dance a half dozen or more dances. Each dance is taught or reviewed, and voice and visual cues are used to assist with memorization. The students are friendly and welcoming and the class is upbeat and fun. These are solo dance classes. No partner needed.
This program is offered in various levels. The following list is arranged in order of difficulty from easiest to most challenging. For additional courses, please also see Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Line Dancing offered in Dennis, Chatham, and Bourne.
Click here for a list of skills organized by level. This list will help you determine which level class would best suit your dance experience.
In addition to the above mentioned skills list, the following requirements apply to all courses with Karen of
Cape Sands Ballroom: Good balance, good spatial orientation, ability to pivot without experiencing dizziness,
ability to grasp new material with ease and to learn and memorize 32-count patterns from a combination of voice and visual cues.
The Easy Level 1 course is designed for beginner students who would like to learn line dance concepts and line dance elements within the framework of easy line dances. Students who are very new to dance and who would like to start with the basics should inquire about the next “restart date” in order to join on the first week of class. Joining on a restart date, though, is not required. Classes at this level continuously accept any new students who are able to quickly acclimate to material that has already been studied by the class.
Level 1: (Brewster, Dennis and Harwich)
Level 1 course accepts new students at any time as there are no scheduled restart dates. Students should be able to acclimate to new material quickly because the class will have already studied all or most of the dances in the rotation. Over the course of a few weeks most students with a little dance background will start to feel comfortable with the dances. If uncertain about jumping into a class in progress, please consider preparing by taking an Easy Level 1 course.
Beyond the Basics: (Dennis)
The Beyond the Basics course is designed for Level 1 dancers who would like a little more of a challenge. Occasional restarts are scheduled but this course continuously accepts any new students who are able to quickly acclimate to material that has already been studied by the class.
Level 2 Prep: (Harwich)
Please join only on the scheduled restart dates as this course is cumulative. This course is designed to transition students from Level 1 into Level 2. It starts out with easy dances containing many new skills. Then it progresses into a structured study of all of the dances in the Level 2 syllabus. At the conclusion of this course students attend a one-time “Graduation Workshop” to feel the pace of a Level 2 class. It is common to take more than one semester of Level 2 Prep before moving into Level 2.
Level 2: (Harwich)
Level 2 classes do not have restart dates. “Grads” of the Level 2 Prep course are welcomed into this class at intervals as their class graduates. Level 2 classes move relatively quickly because the current rotation of dances has already been studied by the students in the class. New dances are introduced and taught at regular intervals. At this level there is less instruction and more dance time. Experienced line dancers who are not entering this class through Level 2 Prep should ask for a list of current dances to make sure these dances are in their repertoire (or easily learned) before joining.
Level 3 Prep: (Chatham)
This course is designed for students who would like to learn Level 3 dances in order to join the Level 3 class, and for Level 3 students who would like to review and practice Level 3 dances. Current Level 3 students may join at any time. New Level 3 Prep students considering joining after September 3, 2019 should first check with Karen at as this course is cumulative.
Level 3: (Harwich)
This is the highest level Pop, Rock, and Latin class currently being offered. Level 3 classes move relatively quickly because the current rotation of dances has already been studied by the students in the class. New dances are introduced and taught at regular intervals. At this level there is less instruction and more dance time. Experienced line dancers who are not entering this class through Level 3 Prep should ask for a list of current dances to make sure these dances are in their repertoire (or easily learned) before joining.
Ballroom, Latin and Swing Line Dancing: (Chatham and Dennis)
Whether you like the smooth waltz, the energetic salsa, or the upbeat swing you’ll find just what you’re looking for and more in this fun weekly line dance class. Learn and dance all the moves to classic and contemporary tunes. No partner needed. This is a solo dance class! This course has frequent “join dates”. Because the line dances change each semester, dancers can continuously reenroll and always find fun, new material. For information on Cape Sands Ballroom's Ballroom Line Dancing, click here.
Cape Sands Ballroom Footwear Policy:
Carry with you some non-marking, flat, flexible, closed-toe/heel/instep shoes that slide easily on the floor but provide sufficient traction to be safe when turning. Please plan to change into your dance shoes upon arrival. This helps keep the flooring clean and in great shape for everyone to enjoy.
Not permitted in class:
sandals, mules/slides/clogs, platforms, slingbacks, heels, bare feet, stocking feet
Please make sure your shoes have some means of staying on your foot (tie or strap).
Floor conditions vary from classroom to classroom and can be affected by humidity and other factors. Some students carry a dance bag with more than one type of shoe so they can match their choice of shoes to the
current floor conditions.