Do you want to feel great on the dance floor? Porterville College summer session has the class for learning to dance while gaining health benefits. No dance partner is necessary to enroll. Dance instructor Luis Aguilar is now teaching “Contemporary Ballroom and Line Dancing” through the Continuing Education Department at Porterville College, Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Room located inside the PC Cafeteria.
Aguilar makes dancing fun and encourages students every step of the way. He explains, “This class is great for beginners, people with both left feet. We will learn simple to complex line dancing as a form of aerobic exercise with breaks of basic ballroom like Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bachata, West and East Coast Swing, Waltz, and Night Club Two Step.”
Dancing has been a lifelong hobby for Aguilar. He won a swing dance contest in college and was hooked. In 2000, Luis trained at the Sheryl Burke Studio, of “Dancing with the Stars” fame, in the Bay Area. He received a broad variety of instruction and encountered many expert dancers. As a professional civil engineer, dancing is the perfect hobby for Aguilar, which he feels we all need for health and longevity.
“I joined Luis’ dance group eight months ago,” shares new dancer Carla Chancellor, “and I have developed better balance, learned many dances, and gained new friends, while laughing and losing two pants sizes along the way.”
Aguilar states, “Dancing provides many health benefits: cardio vascular stamina, greater brain and memory function, better balance, stronger muscles and bones, along with endorphins and mood boosting social interaction.” Many recent medical studies and articles support dance as part of a healthy life style.
When a new career position brought Aguilar to Porterville, he found no forum for his dance hobby. Friends in his church choir asked Aguilar to teach a dance class that quickly grew though his community contacts and organizational involvement.
Aguilar donated his time in his desire to share his love of dance with others. Porterville College’s “Contemporary Ballroom & Line Dancing” continuing education class is a natural progression of Aguilar’s goal to give to his community by active leadership through his knowledge and love of dance.
Students may enroll online at https://porterville.asapconnected.com/ or come to class for assistance in the enrollment process. Fee for the semester is $25. No parking permit will be required. For information call Porterville College Continuing Education at (559) 791-2424.