A couple tangos to the theme from the movie “Psycho,” ending the dance with the man appearing to stab the woman.
On another occasion that same man dances a fiery paso doble with another partner. They’re dressed as vampires, and their grand finale shows sharp fangs sinking into a neck.
If you’re a fan of “Dancing With the Stars,” you’ve probably seen those Derek Hough specials along with many other theatrical performances, including some that capitalize on the athletic skills of former Olympic champions.
But don’t let any of that intimidate you.
The Wilkes-Barre YMCA has set up a six-week series of ballroom-dance classes for beginners, and the instructor promises to start with something simple.
“I always start with salsa,” course instructor Janet Cecchini of Swoyersville said, explaining the steps aren’t too difficult and the music should be familiar to many people. “It’s encouraging to start with that, and then cha cha builds off of that.”
The six weeks of Friday-evening classes also will cover swing, tango, foxtrot and waltz.
“Mom and Dad can come out and enjoy a nice evening, improve their coordination and skill, but mostly have fun,” Lauranel Banks, wellness director at the Y, said.
While not everyone who comes will be a parent, those who are will be able to bring their children. Child care will be provided for children ages 6 months to 12 years, and there will be an age-appropriate gym class for the youngsters.
The ballroom classes for the adults, set for 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., have been filling up quickly with pairs of student dancers, Banks said last week. If you find the class you want is full, she said, don’t be discouraged. She expects to arrange another series for couples and a class for people who want to enroll as individuals.
“I’m looking for ways to engage and enrich the community,” Banks said.
If you study ballroom dancing, she added, your new skills may provide a lifetime of enjoyment. “It’s the perfect way to add excitement to a relationship, start a new one or just grab a friend for a fun evening.”
Participants may wear any kind of clothing or shoes they find comfortable, Cecchini said.