Ballroom Dancing for Fun

Wednesday Evenings
Fall Session Begins Wednesday September 18
Registration Opens Thursday September 5

This ballroom or social dance program will progressively cover several dance styles over a few years and move the student from the basic movements to more advanced figures. You will also learn to recognize music, understand the beat, and associate it with the appropriate dance style. The lessons include a group instruction for each new figure, group practice, practice as couples, and sequences of figures to practice. The instructors provide lots of individual attention and coaching. The group instruction is in English, but the instructors offer individual coaching in French and English.

The Fall 2019 session offers beginner lessons in Cha Cha, a latin style danced to authentic Cuban music, Latin pop, Latin rock, and contemporary energetic music. The footwork consists of a one, two, cha-cha-cha, or often called the Chassé.

Returning dancers who learned the Foxtrot or Waltz with us are invited to return for advanced lessons in Waltz and Foxtrot. The dance figures in these two styles are virtually identical but the count changes depending on the type of music being played.

Click here to watch a promotional cha cha video:

Program Details

Dates:  Wednesday September 18 – Wednesday November 20, 2019

Location:   Benson Centre - MacEwen Room


  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cha Cha – Beginner and Intermediate levels
  • 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Waltz and Foxtrot - Advanced level with lots of review and practice of previous lessons
  • The door opens at 6:30 pm for students to practice and receive individual coaching. 


  • $150.00   Cha Cha and Waltz / Foxtrot – 2 Hours each night 7 – 9 pm, for 10 weeks.
  • $100.00   Cha Cha only 7 – 8 pm, for 10 weeks.
  • $100.00   Waltz / Foxtrot only 8 – 9 pm, for 10 weeks.
  • Beginner dancers may pay after the first lesson to confirm that they are still interested.

Open to couples, friends and family members dancing together, and individuals; we will integrate individual dancers.

Click here for Ballroom Dancing Registration Form.


The Instructors - Tom Manley and Isabelle Masson

Tom and Isabelle have been dancing ballroom for fun for about 18 years and have been teaching ballroom dancing for 4 years. Before starting ballroom, they already enjoyed going out, listening to music, and freestyle dancing. Over time, they started looking for more, beyond the routine bobbing back and forth of freestyle dancing. Seeing an advertisement, they started classes and never looked back. Tom is living proof that anyone can learn ballroom dancing. He was initially clumsy with two left feet, could not hear the beat, and struggled to remember the figures. But Tom caught the rhythm and now leads graciously. Isabelle was a natural as she picked up the beat easily and flowed smoothly on the dance floor. The two are now respected dancers and they relish any occasion to go out and enjoy a band or a party.

For more information about ballroom dancing, please contact Tom at 613-361-2056 or email at tom@tommanley. For more information on recreation programming, please contact the Benson Centre at 613-938-9898 x2 or email at

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Lorne Taillon
Leisure Arts Coordinator
800 Seventh Street West, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
Phone: 613-938-9898 ext. 4012
Fax: 613-938-8855
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