Things Heat Up at the Centre for the Arts

Latin dances are at the heart of many ballroom competitions and come in handy at dance clubs too. Rumba, the most popular of Latin dances will be taught at the Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts from October 12 through November 2. This is a slightly more advanced Ballroom class aimed at students already familiar with the basic steps. Class begins at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. the classically American Hustle is on deck, for dancers familiar with the basic steps. Ballroom dance classes are held year-round for dancers of all levels. Class fees are $50 for members of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, or $55 for non members. The deadline for registration is October 5.

On Saturday, October 8, a Western themed Country Music Dance Party, complete with cowboy boots and hat, if dancers are so inclined, will begin with an early bird Two-Step lesson at 7:15 p.m. followed by the party at 8 p.m. Dancers of all ages and levels are welcome. Tickets are $10 for members of the Arts Council and Dance USA or $12 for non-members.

Instructor, Amanda Showell has taught at some of the largest dance schools on the east coast, having coached the dance teams of both Princeton University and the University of Delaware. A teacher since 1996, she has won numerous ballroom dance competition titles and trained with World Class dancers such as Peter Eggleton and Charlotte Jorgensen.

The Centre for the arts classes are designed to renew existing artistic interests, and to develop new skills. Registration materials are available at 206 South Commerce St. in Centreville, MD Tuesday-Friday from 9am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm, or by calling 410-758-2520, online,, or request via email at The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts by connecting artists to audiences and the community to the arts. Visit us on the web at