New dance studio opens
Published on: August 7, 2019
New dance studio offers opportunity to learn/polish skills
By PHYLLIS HODGES
All the health experts agree that dancing is good for you — both mentally and physically — but opportunities to learn from certified instructors are sparse in South Hillsborough County. That is about to improve. Suncoast Dance Center will soon offer dance lessons in Sun City Center at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza (Chamber of Commerce building).
Bernice DuBro and George Hawn will begin offering dance classes at Suncoast Dance Center in Sun City Center in September. There is no residency restriction for participating.
Bernice DuBro and George Hawn, instructors and principal owners of the new venture, are inviting dancers and aspiring dancers—couples and singles—to join them for a FREE open house Tuesday, August 27, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will be offering mini-introductory dance lessons, fun mixers, general dancing and refreshments.
SCC Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lynne Conlan says she is delighted that Suncoast has chosen to locate in the chamber’s recently renovated Events Room. “The public is invited to join us at the chamber for a ribbon-cutting August 28 at 1 p.m. to welcome Suncoast Dance Center as a new member of this area’s business community,” she said.
Beginning September 9, DuBro and Hawn will be teaching Monday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. September classes offered include Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Night Club Two Step, Swing, Tango and Foxtrot. Both DuBro and Hawn are certified ballroom dance instructors and well respected in the South Shore dance community for their expertise and dazzling performances. They are thrilled to have found the chamber’s 3,800 square feet of wood floor space for the new venture.
DuBro moved to SCC in 2006 from Dayton, Ohio, where she had a dance studio. She began to teach classes for the Academy of Ballroom Dance (a SCC Community Association club) soon thereafter. She has had extensive training in the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire method of dance and trained with national and world-class coaches. She has received many awards in dance competitions throughout her career. DuBro is a strong advocate for dancing as a fun, beneficial exercise for all ages, but she promotes dancing as a social opportunity as well. “It is a great way to meet people. I was recently talking to a recently widowed gentleman new to the area. He wanted to learn to dance to help him move forward with his life. We hear stories like this often,” she said.
“We are looking forward to seeing students who have been attending our classes, as well as those from outside the community who now can join us,” said Hawn. “Classes will no longer be restricted to Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents.” He moved to SCC five years ago from Girard, Ohio, (where he also owned a dance studio) and has since been partnering with DuBro for classes. Career highlights include training and coaching with several U.S. and world professional champions, competing in countless competitions and training other instructors.
To enable students to get the most out of lessons, they are offering classes as a sequential series of four 45-minute weekly lessons. Cost for the series will be $30 per person. Visit suncoastdancecenter.com for dates and times for specific dances and more information. No pre-registration is required for lessons.