What if there were a fun way to start off 2020 learning something active and new? No resolutions here, just an opportunity to energize your winter and pique your interest in the international dance, music and art showcased at the Kentlands Mansion in January and February. Events Coordinator Lisa Kim and her team brainstormed community events for the winter months―”something outside your comfort zone, but still safe!” Through partnership with the Kentlands studio Two Left Feet, the Mansion presents two evenings on Jan. 25 and Feb. 29 to coincide with “Let’s Dance,” a dance-themed art exhibit featuring the work of well-known local artist and professor of art Allen Bentley, whose works explore intimacy of connection through motion with a specific focus on dance movement.
The five most popular ballroom dances in the world are foxtrot, waltz, rumba, cha cha and swing. Those skilled in these five dances can cut a rug with partners from any part of the globe. With that in mind, the Latin beats of salsa, merengue, bachata, cha cha and rumba will be the stars at the Jan. 25 Dance Fiesta. Two Left Feet instructors will guide you through the steps of these fun and engaging rhythms. Two Left Feet owner Christina Vidovich brings a background in developmental psychology and couples communication into her love of dance—”a perfect marriage of head and heart,” she said. Her background facilitates development of a curriculum for teaching beginner children and adults, and her passion ignites the desire in others. Vidovich said that, “merging the two disciplines in her life felt so natural because dancing is really just learning to communicate through movement.”
“Jump, Jive & Leap Year” will give a nod to the every-four-years’ event on Feb. 29, featuring the modern and traditional steps of swing, foxtrot and waltz. Four instructors will be on hand for each session so that everyone is assured of receiving personalized attention. Sessions will feature instruction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a dance party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tickets for these evenings are available through the Kentlands Mansion website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/about-us/city-facilities/kentlands-mansion/kentlands- mansion-calendar/dance-evenings. Call Lisa Kim at the Mansion at 301.258.6425 for additional information