There once was a dream that was Cal State LA intramural ballroom dancing. A whisper, and it vanished. It was so fragile – it did not survive the winter.
Jim Brownfield, a retired physical education instructor at Cal State Los Angeles, specialized in folk dance and shared his love of dancing with his students. Jim conducted intramural ballroom events at CSULA along with Lisa Wong, a student, but the University eventually terminated the program. However, in 1987 Jim, along with Lisa and other students, organized a campus club, which would provide a wonderful way for CSULA students, as well as people from the surrounding community, to learn and enjoy social dance. With the support of his wife, Shake, Jim created a place where new and experienced dancers could enjoy social dancing. The lessons were free in 1987 and they are free now.
Lisa, who competes successfully in dance competitions across the United States and performs for studios and showcases, teaches the lessons, and Douglas Wood, the DJ, provides the music and harmony. Lisa also routinely invites other dancers as guest instructors.
Where Do We Meet?
Cal State L.A.
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
When: Friday night
Lessons: 8 to 9 pm
Open Dancing: 9 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cal State LA Gymnasium Building, Ballet Dance Studio
Gymnasium Building 10 see campus map
Three sessions are typically devoted to each type of dance (waltz, cha-cha, tango, foxtrot, rumba, west-coast swing, salsa, samba, meringue, or possibly a folk dance). After each lesson a large variety of ballroom music is played, usually concluding with "The Last Waltz."
PARKING: All visitors must purchase parking tickets, which can be purchased at various yellow colored vending machines that are located in the parking lots. The tickets cost 50 cents/hour and CSULA enforces its policy around the clock so please plan accordingly.