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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

Sara Hand Custer

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

Below is a list of all dance classes offered this spring quarter at JDCAC.  Also check out the Auburn Parks and Recreation Quarterly Brochure.

If you are interested in signing up for one or more of the classes, please do so through MyRec. Registration will begin Monday, Feb. 5 at 8 a.m. Citizens must have an online MyRec account to register for any Parks and Recreation programs. To access the online system and create an account visit

Programs with an associated cost will require payment which can be made online using a credit card. Individuals who wish to pay with cash or check can register and pay in person at the Harris Center, located at 425 Perry St., Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration will only be accepted from participants who live or work in the City of Auburn during the first two weeks of registration, Feb. 5 - 23.

NEW! Preschool Ballet

A fun and positive space to creatively explore and learn simple movement skills which form the basis of classical ballet technique. Students will practice the fundamentals of dance, left/right orientation, musicality, and social skills such as taking turns and respecting others. Girls: pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Boys: black shorts, white t-shirt, white socks and black ballet shoes. Special demonstration on the final day. Must be 3 by March 1st, 2024. $100.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
3-4 S 3/9 – 5/18 9 – 9:45 a.m. JDCAC

Contact: Jenn Travis • (850) 625-0642 •

NEW! Intro to Ballet

An introductory class for children aged 5-6 years old, students will learn classical ballet terminology and technique. Students will engage in traditional barre exercises and age-appropriate movement while celebrating creativity and musicality. Girls: pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Boys: black shorts, white t-shirt, white socks and black ballet shoes. Special demonstration for parents on the last day. $100.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
5-6 S 3/9 – 5/18 10 – 11 a.m. JDCAC

Contact: Jenn Travis • (850) 625-0642 •

NEW! The Joy of Dance

Allow yourself to soar, turn, leap, fall, and fly in this joyous celebration of movement and dance! Each class will begin with a thorough warm-up to awaken, align, strengthen, and stretch the body. We'll follow that with a guided exploration of movement and creativity and end with an explosive journey across the floor. Dancers will leave feeling energized and joyful. Teacher is experienced in differentiating instruction--everyone is welcome; beginners to experienced dancers, all abilities, sizes, shapes, and bodies are encouraged! Mature teens through seniors. Dancers should wear clothing that is comfortable and shows alignment of the spine, hip, knees, and ankles; solid color pants and shirt preferred. Bare feet. $125 for 11 classes, Instructor will accept drop-in dancers for $15/class if minimum number of season-long participants is met and space remains.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
13+ S 3/9 – 5/18 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Jenn Travis • (850) 625-0642 •

NEW! Indian Classical Dance

Explore the rich tradition of Indian classical dance of Bharatanatyam in our dance classes. Immerse yourself in the graceful movements, intricate expressions, and rhythmic footwork of this classical Indian dance form. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced dancer, our classes cater to all levels. Join us to embrace the cultural heritage and artistic beauty of India. Ages 7-17 may participate with a parent present. $12 per class.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
7+ S 3/2 – 5/25 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. JDCAC

Contact: Prachi Bhave • (774) 510-0496 •

NEW! Bollywood Dance

Dive into the magic of Bollywood dance, with dynamic routines inspired by the latest hits and timeless classics. From the sultry moves of Bollywood romance to the high-energy beats of celebratory numbers, our classes cover it all! Pop, hip hop, salsa, classical, folk and many more styles come together under the umbrella of Bollywood dance making it the most popular, fun and joyful dance forms in many parts of the world. It literally unifies the world dance styles! Ages 7-17 may participate with a parent present. $5 per class.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
7+ T 3/5 – 5/28 7 - 8 p.m. JDCAC
7+ S 3/5 – 5/28 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. JDCAC

Contact: Prachi Bhave • (774) 510-0496 •

Square Dance with the Village Squares

Have fun dancing with caller Larry Belcher and the Auburn Village Squares. Our dance program includes mainstream and plus square dancing, and line dancing. Both couples and singles with square dance experience are welcome. The program meets on Tuesdays except when cancelled due to Arts Center events and closings. For more information, please visit our website: $15.00/person/month.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
16+ T 3/5 – 5/28 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Bob and Marcia Locy • (334) 887-2898 •

NEW! Dancer Western Square Dancing with the Village Squares

Learn Western Style Square Dancing with Caller Larry Belcher and the Village Squares. Classes focus on learning the calls for Mainstream Western Square Dancing beginning at the beginning. No previous experience is necessary. New classes begin periodically, and interested dancers should contact the instructor for start date of the next class if they are not currently dancing with class. Ages 12 – 17 may participate with a parent. $5 per class per person, or $10 per person per month, or $30 per quarter per person.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
12+ 2nd & 4th T 3/12 – 5/21 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Bob and Marcia Locy • (334) 887-2898 •

Learn to Swing Dance in the Auburn Community with AUSDA

Interested in learning how to swing dance? Auburn University Swing Dance Association (AUSDA) hosts FREE beginner and intermediate swing dance lessons every Friday night. Lessons are from 7 – 8 p.m. and social dancing is from 8 – 9 p.m. Don't have any dance experience? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Our beginner lessons are designed to teach you from the ground up so we will have you dancing the night away in no time! Don't have a partner? Perfect, neither do we! We rotate partners frequently throughout our lessons to provide the best learning environment and allow our students to meet everyone in the lesson. So, while you are more than welcome to bring a partner, partners are not required. What do I wear? The most important thing is to be comfortable. Wear something you are comfortable in. Ladies if you wear a skirt or a dress be conscious that the turns we do will make the skirt billow. As for shoes, wear closed toe shoes (No flip-flops or sandals). No special shoes are required. FREE.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
13+ F 3/1 – 5/31 7-9 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Chris Olds • (334) 246-1124 •

Argentine Tango Práctica

Join us to dance the most beautiful, elegant, and sensual dance in the world, the Argentine Tango. Tango is drama, passion and romance, a dance of connection and dialogue between partners. Tango is not a series of memorized steps, nor a dance that merely promotes mechanical reactions; rather it is a dance of improvisation where both partners must listen to the music and, more importantly, listen to each other. Members of this group have been dancing the Argentine Tango for at least ten years and are happy to share their tango skills. FREE.

Age(s) Day(s) Date(s) Time Location
18+ R 3/1 – 5/31 6 - 8 p.m. JDCAC

Contact: Sergio RuizCórdova • (334) 444-2857 • •

Make sure to create a MyRec account and register with us!