If you have friends or family in the Niagara area, you’d better tell them to put their dancing shoes on!

Toronto’s most popular swing dance schools is coming to St. Catharines, and it’s getting rid of every excuse to avoid the dance floor.

Can’t dance? “Sure you can,” says Bees’ Knees Dance owner Mandi Gould. “It’s just a matter of finding the right style for you.”

Can’t make weekly lessons? No problem! The school’s unique drop-in classes let you learn at your own pace, whenever you can make a class.

Not sure you’ll like it? Come and try the first lesson for free. Don’t have a partner? You don’t need one.

Located in downtown St. Catharines, with loads of parking and bus access, Bees’ Knees is offering Swing Dance and Rock’n’Roll lessons that will get everyone grooving and moving in no time.

“The key is to have fun,” Mandi says.

“Forget stiff and rigid dance lessons. Explore different styles until you find the one that’s right for you.”

By switching partners throughout the lesson, students gain both a broader ability for social dance, and make new friends.

Plus, as Mandi’s hundreds of students in Toronto can attest, it’s a great way to get some enjoyable, light exercise.

The dance school’s swing classes have been gaining – and keeping – Toronto fans for years. This second school will open in St. Catharines in March, 2010.

“The first class is always free, so people can come and try everything, without any obligations,” Mandi says.

After the first lesson, classes are just $10. The drop-in classes mean there’s no up-front fee, no hassle if you miss a week, and no pressure.

“It’s all about having fun, and learning to love to dance,” Mandi says.

While reality television programs and dance-focused films are littered with young, lithe bodies bounding around, that doesn’t mean it’s too late for non-dancing adults to get their groove on. There’s something for everyone. In addition to Swing and Rock n’ Roll, Amateur Musical Theatre, Dance Fitness and Beginner Movement classes will also be added to the schedule in the coming months.

Plus, there are plenty of side benefits, Mandi says. Dancing adds spice to fitness schedules, broadens social circles, and helps build confidence.

WHAT: Bees’ Knees Dance
WHERE: Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, 85 Church St., St. Catharines
WHEN: Launches March 3rd: Wednesday nights, 7pm Beginner Rock n’ Roll, 8pm Beginner Swing

Contact Mandi Gould at info@beeskneesdance.com or 905-704-0209, or visit www.beeskneesdance.com.