La Puerta Dance Studio celebrates five years of gettin’ down in Grand Junction |

La Puerta Dance Studio celebrates five years of gettin’ down in Grand Junction

Brittany Markert
Ben Smith, an instructor at La Puerta, and Sierra McQuistion, a student, perform a dance routine at the studio's last showcase event.
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WHAT: La Puerta Dance Studio

WHEN: Varies

WHERE: 523 1/2 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: $8-12 per group lesson

INFO: Call 970-712-2552 or visit their website

Twirl, dip, hop, shake, shimmy, and groove the night away with your significant other at Grand Junction’s only ballroom dancing studio.

La Puerta Dance Studio — located at 523 1/2 Main St. — is celebrating its fifth year being in downtown Grand Junction.

“It’s not as hard as people think it is,” La Puerta owner David Riley said. “It’s kind of like singing; you don’t have to be good at it to be able to enjoy it.”

La Puerta currently offers partner dance classes for all levels including swing, salsa, and foxtrot.

“One-on-one is really nice for couples doing a date night,” Riley noted. “It’s a nice connection for couples and a fun shared hobby as well.”

Private lessons are the fastest way to learn a new dance, he added. These sessions are available, ranging between $57-$990 depending on the amount of classes.

Group lessons are also offered as drop-in classes or as a series. For group lessons, cost varies from $8-$12 depending on class type and level.

Riley explained that classes are open to both couples and singles.

Plus, a practice party is held every Friday to test out newly learned dancing skills in a relaxed and social environment. From 7-8 p.m. at least two different levels of a dance type are taught, and from 8-10 p.m. the floor opens to a dance party. The cost for Friday’s party is $10.

La Puerta’s members additionally attend competitions and host two showcases a year with couples showing off their learned skills of couple dancing, like Bill Walters and Jennifer Diaz who are heading to Denver soon for a competition.

David along with his wife, Nealy, opened the dance studio five years ago in May because they saw a need. David started dancing when he was 20 and has taught for more than 10 years. Nealy studied dancing in college with a modern and jazz background.

According to Riley, they named their business La Puerta not only because it’s a step in the tango, but also to try something new.

It’s suggested to call ahead for private lessons and group classes.

For those who are scared to dance, Riley said to “come and try it.”

For more information, call 970-712-2552 or visit their website

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