Learn to Dance with

Gabia Ferguson

 

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Weekly Classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Sundays

~ Private Lessons Also Available! ~

Student Reviews

My fiance and I were planning a 50's themed wedding so, of course we wanted to learn swing for our first dance! Gabia taught us to dance - and not a choreographed, repetitive dance - but *real* partnered, in the moment dance, in 2 months. That's talent! Gabia went above and beyond our expectations. We would highly recommend her expertise and commend her for being able to teach us so quickly. Thank you again Gabia!
Mark & Tamara Cobourg
I stumbled into a Swing dancing class of Gabia's after a lifetime of being a non-dancer. Her skills at both dancing and teaching, her obvious joy at being able to pass on her passion to others, and her desire to dance at every opportunity with both dancers and dancers-to-be, make it impossible to stop going back for more. She is a true inspiration and a great example of the many ways that dancing can enhance ones life.
John Aisbitt Cobourg
The regularity of the classes is perfect since I tend to forget moves if not practiced regularly. I love the fact that I do not need a partner, and that I can just show up and learn new steps. I also enjoy rotating and dancing with different partners during the classes. The best part is Gabia herself as instructor. She puts us all at ease with learning something new in front of strangers.
Beth Rhind Roseneath
Gabia is an exceptional Dance Teacher and a choreographer. In every class she teaches, the students learn and become fluent in moves that seemed to be impossible to perform before she walked them through every step. She has a talent to inspire people to dance and enjoy dancing.
Mikhail Ioff Cobourg

10-Lesson Dance Cards

Get Your Dance Cards Here For Only $120!

We utilize Dance Cards as a super flexible way for students to enjoy our classes. Simply purchase a 10-Lesson Dance Card and start a course or mix and match lessons. Perfect for those who:

  • take Gabia’s courses start-to-finish
  • doing more than one type of dance class
  • need a flexible schedule
  • share with a partner

Dance Cards are only $120, which includes 10 dance lessons!

Dance Card Instructions

When you purchase a Dance Card through this website, simply fill out your details, print the receipt, and bring your receipt to class to get your physical Dance Card.

Dance Cards get clipped at each lesson, so you’re not losing lessons when you can’t make it to a class.

We currently accept multiple forms of payment including PayPal. All PayPal payments happen using their secure payment gateway. We do not handle or store credit card details.

Special Note: For beginners with no prior dance experience, it’s important to start with the first class of the course. Please call us at (905) 396-0572 or fill out our Contact Form for class start info.

Events Calendar

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UPCOMING CLASSES & EVENTS
Dec
14
Fri
Street Latin Christmas Party/Dance @ Frank's Pasta and Grill
Dec 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Come and party Latin style at our Street Latin Christmas party where DJ’s Power Surge and OziG will be playing non-stop dance music so that you can strut your favorite Salsa, Bachata and Merengue dance moves. It’s also a great place to have dinner so bring your appetite and bring your friends for this fun night out.

Dec
16
Sun
Swing Beginner Classes – Cobourg @ Saint Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Dec 16 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

In this beginner’s Rock ‘n’ Roll swing class you will learn the basics of partner dancing to the infectious tunes of the 1950’s and beyond. This is one of the easiest partner dances to learn and is very versatile with lots of fun moves to help you look great and to have fun at any social event.

There is a half hour of social dancing and practice time after the class from 1pm-1.30pm which all beginners are welcome to attend.

No partner or previous experience required.

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Swing Intermediate Classes – Cobourg @ Saint Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Dec 16 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

This class is open to all students who have completed the beginner’s Rock ‘n’ Roll swing classes. In this class you will learn more moves, sequences  and styling to help you enjoy your dancing even more.

This class is preceded by a half hour of social dancing and practice time and a beginner’s class which we welcome all intermediate students to attend free of charge.

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Jan
13
Sun
Swing Dance Class – Beginner’s @ Saint Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Jan 13 @ 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

In this beginner’s Rock ‘n’ Roll swing class you will learn the basics of partner dancing to the infectious tunes of the 1950’s and beyond. This is one of the easiest partner dances to learn and is very versatile with lots of fun moves to help you look great and to have fun at any social event.

There is a half hour of social dancing and practice time after the class from 1pm-1.30pm which all beginners are welcome to attend.

No partner or previous experience required.

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Swing Dance Class- Intermediate @ Saint Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Jan 13 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

This class is open to all students who have completed the beginner’s Rock ‘n’ Roll swing classes. In this class you will learn more moves, sequences  and styling to help you enjoy your dancing even more.

This class is preceded by a half hour of social dancing and practice time and a beginner’s class which we welcome all intermediate students to attend free of charge.

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Jan
14
Mon
Lindy Hop Dance Class -Intermediate @ Saint Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Jan 14 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This intermediate Lindy Hop class is for dancers who have completed the beginner’s class and can dance the basic moves confidently. In this class we explore more advanced moves utilizing both 6 and 8 count variations, learn how to interpret the music and it’s structure, and add breakaway moves and styling.

All intermediates are welcome to also attend the beginner’s class for no extra charge.

Ask about our 10 lesson dance cards for only $120

Lindy Hop Dance Class – Beginners @ Saint Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Jan 14 @ 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Learn the basics of Lindy Hop (see description below) in this fun and relaxed class for beginners. No prior dance experience required and you don’t need to bring your own partner.

 

Lindy HoppersThe Lindy hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Lindy was a fusion of many dances but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway, and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family.

In its development, the Lindy hop combined elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of black dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances – most clearly illustrated in the Lindy’s basic step, the swingout.

Lindy hop is sometimes referred to as a street dance, as it is improvisational and social in nature.

It is a fun, loose and expressive dance with a lot of character!

Jan
16
Wed
Street Latin – Salsa, Bachata, Merengue Dance Class – Beginner’s @ Saint Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Jan 16 @ 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Learn the basics of Salsa and Bachata. These sexy latin social dances are found in many Latin night clubs, so if you enjoy the upbeat rhythms of Latin music, this class is for you.

You will learn the basic footwork and some simple sequences to get you looking good on the dance floor and up enjoying these fun partner dances. You don’t need any prior dance experience or your own partner.

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Street Latin – Salsa, Bachata, Merengue classes – Intermediate @ ST Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Jan 16 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

This intermediate class is for more experienced dancers who have mastered all the basic moves from the beginner’s class and can dance with a partner with confidence. This class will teach you some more advanced moves, styling and fun sequences to help you  shine on the dance floor.

 

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Jan
20
Sun
Swing Dance Class – Beginner’s @ Saint Peter's Church (upstairs, back entrance)
Jan 20 @ 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

In this beginner’s Rock ‘n’ Roll swing class you will learn the basics of partner dancing to the infectious tunes of the 1950’s and beyond. This is one of the easiest partner dances to learn and is very versatile with lots of fun moves to help you look great and to have fun at any social event.

There is a half hour of social dancing and practice time after the class from 1pm-1.30pm which all beginners are welcome to attend.

No partner or previous experience required.

rock 'n' roll dancers

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A place for Northumberland County’s Swing Dancers and Lindy Hoppers to find each other, with upcoming event postings and community members sharing fun experiences!

Meet The Instructor

Gabia Ferguson

Gabia has been an instructor & owned a dance school for numerous years, first in Australia and now in Canada. A dedicated teacher of various social dance styles including Street Latin, 50’s Rock n’ Roll, West Coast Swing & Lindy Hop, her passion for dancing is obvious and infectious. These fun & relaxed partner dances, suited for all ages, are a great way to exercise & socialize.

About Gabia

Gabia was passionate about dancing since she was a child, but it was when she discovered Swing that her dance passion was truly ignited. She was fortunate to be a part of the initial resurgence of Lindy Hop, having the privilege of taking several workshops with Franky Manning himself. She went on to win many competitions, both as an amateur & professional in a variety of swing dance styles, passing on her passion to others when she commenced teaching.

Later, when Street Latin began to emerge as a popular social dance, Gabia soon fell for the excitement and earthy expression of these night club dances and added them to her teaching syllabus.

In Australia, Gabia drew the local dance communities together by organizing Social Dance Events, Workshops & Competitions, which brought in people from all around the country. A highlight of her dancing life was being chosen to dance in the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games.

When Gabia moved to Canada a number of years ago, she couldn’t find any adult social dance classes for Swing or Street Latin in her area, so she decided to start teaching again. The classes have grown in popularity as more and more people discover the joy of partner dancing and have the opportunity to practice their new skills at the many social events that are now on offer in the area.

Gabia empathizes with people’s nervousness of learning to dance as an adult, so she works hard to create a comfortable, supportive and friendly environment for learning, knowing that with practice and patience anyone can become a confident dancer. Her goal is to bring the joy of dance to as many people as possible. Both singles and couples enjoy the classes and social benefits of this wonderful pastime.

Select photographs courtesy of Walton St. Photography