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Classes in rumba, known as the “dance of love,” will be offered by LARPD in January.

A new session of social dance classes begins Thursday evening, January 9 at the Veteran’s Building in downtown Livermore, offered by Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD).

Professional ballroom and social dance instructor Joallyn Bohn will teach Beginning Rumba, starting at 7:15 p.m. The session runs for four consecutive Thursdays, ending January 30, and costs $48 for residents, $53 for non-residents. Those wishing to further develop their skills can take the Level 2 Rumba session for 4 weeks in February starting at 8:15 p.m. Bohn describes Rumba as “the dance of love. A slow, rhythmic, hip moving Latin style dance. Easy to learn the basics and great fun. A very popular dance on the social dance floor.”

For anyone just learning to dance, Rumba is a perfect starter dance. Sign-up by calling LARPD at (925) 373-5700 and ask for Class 5100.101, or at www.LARPD.org.

Bohn teaches two classes each Thursday, a beginning class and a Level 2 class. The Level 2 classes are always a continuation of the prior month’s Beginning classes, and begin at 8:15 p.m. The next Level 2 class is Viennese Waltz, for those already experienced with the basics of the dance. In February, she will teach Beginning Tango, in March West Coast Swing, and in April Foxtrot.

Partners are recommended but not required. Smooth soled shoes are recommended.