Phone: 949-498-0233


I hold the record for years of teaching various classes through San Clemente Parks and Recreation - over 39 years!  I began in 1977 by teaching cake decorating classes, and several years later added belly dance to my teaching repertoire, earning me the nickname of "Ms. Shake and Bake." Then in 1991 I took over the Ballroom Dance classes where we currently enjoy teaching and helping our students learn how much fun ballroom dance can be.

We teach everything from Foxtrot, Swing, and Waltz to the Latin favorites such as Tango, Cha-Cha, Salsa, and Rumba. The "we" includes my daughter, Melody and her husband Eric, who have been dancing together for over 16 years, and are excellent dancers and teachers. They've been helping me for many years, and really stepped up when I had two joint replacements 5 years ago.  They did such a fantastic job of both explaining and demonstrating that I can't imagine not having them with me.  Melody's quirky sense of humor keeps things light and fun, and her "sound effects" method of remembering steps makes the lessons a delight.

Once a month, we host the Ballroom Bash at the Community Presbyterian Church in San Juan Capistrano, where beginners and seasoned dancers alike have an evening of fun, friendship, and dancing.  The room is festively decorated, there are delicious refreshments, and lots of room to sit and visit with friends and enjoy the fun of ballroom dancing.  

                                                                                              Come dance with us! - Marilyn Dumford

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Marilyn Dumford, Melody and Eric Sandeen.

We strive to keep the attitude light and fun, while teaching basic steps in all the dances.  Join us!  It's fun, it's social and it's good exercise.  You can do it!

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