Dance fever
Winder holds ballroom classes

WINDER - Winder's Cultural Arts Department held its first ballroom dance class this past week, but anyone interested in participating will most likely have to wait until next year.

The Tuesday evening classes, which had 20 to 25 people at two separate sessions, filled up about two weeks ago, said instructor Natalie Grier Cox.

The good news is Cox said she has begun trying to arrange another session in January or February because of the first class' popularity.

"I think people here are ready for this," Cox said. "It's good to have something in Winder so (residents) don't have to drive to Athens or Gwinnett."

This first round of classes will meet for six consecutive weeks and cost $90 per couple or $60 per single dancer.

Two different classes will be taught: a ballroom sampler with the waltz, foxtrot and tango, and an introduction to Latin basics with instruction in swing, cha cha and rumba.

Cox said most of the people at the first class on Tuesday night were beginners and had never attended a ballroom dance class before.

"It's becoming a much more popular thing thanks to help from television," she said.

Cox, 26, grew up in Statham and went to the University of Georgia for her undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees. While in school she was involved in the UGA Ballroom Performance Group.

Cox now works for a Winder law firm and has begun teaching for fun.

"I grew up in Barrow County, so it's very exciting for me to be back and doing this here," she said.

Anyone interested in future classes can e-mail Cox at ballroomlessons@gmail.com, or Don Wildsmith, Winder's cultural arts director, at don.wildsmith@cityofwinder.com.