Welcome to Sedona Dance News, an on line newsletter for dance lovers!
The goal of this running commentary is to keep my dance students at Dana De Luz Sedona Studio and other dance enthusiasts informed of the progress of my dance studio's development, classes, schedules, discounts, special events and great places to dance in Northern Arizona. Enjoy!
Contact: dancingdana64@gmail.com or call (928) 862-0118

Friday, October 26, 2012


Places to go dancing in the Verde Valley October 26th, 27th, & Halloween!

Friday the 26th: 

If you like boppin' to some Classic Pop music, Sound Bites Grille at the Hyatt Shops is the place to be. The band Rythmystic's takes the stage at 8pm. The dance floor is poured concrete so choose a leather bottomed shoe for dancing. Dance 'til you're hungry because the menu is awesome!

The Martini Bar in West Sedona has the Latin tunes of Eric Miller at 9pm. Wear a leather bottom shoe because the floor is carpeted. For more info call 282-9288.

Head over to the Sedona Community Center on Melody Lane for a West Coast Swing lesson with Joe & Adrienne at 7pm followed by a costume optional dance party. $8 per person for lesson and dance or $5 for the dance only. Contact Sam Mackey 928-274-7538 for more info.

Saturday the 27th:

The Dragonfly Lounge at Cliff Castle Casino has their annual Halloween party starting at 6:30pm. Grand prize for the costume contest is $1000! 

Rendevous Restaurant in Cottonwood is having a Halloween Dance Party with LIVE halloween themed music starting at 8pm.  Prizes for the scariest costume and the BEST DANCING! Best of all... there is NO COVER CHARGE!

Halloween Dances on Wednesday, October 31st:

Sound Bites Grille has a Halloween Dance Party from 8-11pm featuring Pocket Five Dance Band. Costume contest prizes and a guitar raffle! For more info call 928-282-2713 or try Soundbitesgrille.com

In West Sedona, the Martini Bar has the Oak Creek Band playing and a 60's theme for their Halloween party and costume contest. There is a cover charge call 282-9288 for more info.

The Ranch House Restaurant in Lake Montezuma is hosting a FREE Halloween Costume Ball from 7-11pm with 1/2 price appetizers, $2 beer & wine and prizes!
Contact them at 928-567-4492 or www.TheRanchHouseRestaurant.com

Need lessons before you got out dancing? Call Dana at 928-862-0118 for info on group and private lessons.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha!

Don't know how to Cha Cha Cha? Let us teach you.

Starting on November 1st at 7:30p our adult social/ballroom class will work on Cha Cha. Non-dancers, beginners, and intermediate dancers are all welcome.

 Call Dana at (928) 862-0118 or email for more info or to register ; )

Friday, October 19, 2012

Big Band, Big Sound, Big Night for Dancing

For 5 months each year the Clarkdale is the place to be for ballroom dancing. Last weekend, October 13th, kicked off the first of these dances featuring the Big Band sounds of Sentimental Journey, a 15- piece orchestra. Jeanie Carroll added her extraordinary vocals to several numbers and as the band played... the people danced. ( All photos courtesy of Bryan Chambers beflyer@msn.com) By night's end everyone went home happy including my husband and I who boogie woogied with the best of them.
If you'd like to join us next time, bring $10 to the Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 19 N. Ninth Street, Clarkdale, AZ. on any of the following Saturday nights: November 10th January 12th February 9th March 9th Dancing begins at 6:30 and ends at 930p. Hope to see you there!

Weekend Dancing in and around Sedona

Friday night: the 19th In Sedona, you can head over to the Sedona Community Center at Harmony Lane and Melody Lane in West Sedona and take a Salsa lesson from 7-8pm with Sam Mackey. Then stay for open dancing until 10pm. It's $8 per person for the night or just $5 if you're skipping the lesson and just coming for the social dance. Marketplace in the VOC has Rosemary Chavez & Jazz a la Mode starting at 6:30p. You can foxtrot, nightclub 2-step, west coast swing, or blues dance to Rosemary's sultry vocals. The floor is tile with deep grout lines so be prepared. Management will move table out of the way if you come out to dance. Also, the Ridge Club in the Prescott area has re-opened under the name of Thunder Ridge and presents dances every Wednesday and Friday evenings from 4-8p. They feature a $10 buffet, accompanied by live music. If you have questions, call the Zinks at 928-771-1493. And I hear that the the Valley View Restaurant in Camp Verde features the Hired Hands band which plays every Friday and Saturday night from 6-9p. They play music that's great for dancing and dinner is also served throughout the evening. Call 928-567-8528 for reservations. Saturday: the 20th Sound Bites Grille in the Hyatt shops will be filled with the Latin sounds of La Cubanitas. You can grab a bite to eat and work it off on the dance floor starting at 9p. Bring your Latin shoes and brush up on your rumba, cha-cha, samba, bolero, salsa, and cumbia. The rhythms are infectious! Clarkdale's 10-12 Lounge has Sammy Davis on stage beginning at 8p. I love Sammy! He's great entertainment and loves getting people to dance. There will be plenty of swing music, R&B, Motown and he'll grant your requests. : ) You might get him to teach you The Wobble too! On Sunday: the 21st you can head over to the Cottonwood American Legion from 2-5p to hear Happy Days. Lots of great music and fun with lead singer Charleah. Bring your dance shoes to swing, jitterbug, fox trot, rumba, cha-cha, waltz... you name it! That's where it's at this weekend. Remember, you can call me for private lessons (928) 862-0118 or to join our adult social/ballroom class on Thursday nights at 7:30p. It's cheap and I make it easy. See you out dancing, Dana