Ballroom Dancing Comes to the Hub in January

Ten weeks starting Friday, January 14

By Susan Chase
Laura Kiefer and Gary Stanhope of Hidden Door Dance Studio in Elkins will teach ballroom dance at the Hub in January.

Weekly ballroom dance lessons will be offered at the Andover Community Hub beginning on Friday, January 14, from 7 to 8 PM, and continuing for 10 weeks. Classes will be taught by Laura Kiefer and Gary Stanhope of Hidden Door Dance Studio in Elkins, a husband-and-wife team who enjoy sharing the joys of social ballroom dance with others. They have participated as “pros” in, and choreographed dances for, Dancing with the Stars in both Newport and Sunapee.

The first class will be free to encourage area residents to give it a try.  The lessons will continue on a week-by-week, pay-as-you-attend basis with a fee of $10 per person per class.  Newcomers are welcome at any class.  The series will include a variety of styles of ballroom dance, focusing for two weeks each on swing, waltz, cha cha, foxtrot, and tango (and possibly others).  

As the instructors say, “The only things you need to bring are both left feet, a face mask, and clean shoes with smooth soles!”  Singles are welcome.

If interested in attending or if you have questions, contact the Hub at or leave a message on the Hub’s phone, 603 735-5509.