Oregon offers a wide variety of dance classes, as well as fantastic live shows ranging from ballet to hip hop to modern and ballroom. Since the team at Travel Oregon is celebrating the arts this month, it seemed only fitting to share a personal dance class experience.

I’ve been in love with dance for as long as I can remember- I was “that girl” who choreographed routines to country music for the second grade talent show. And I loved every minute of it. My adolescence and early college years were filled with memories of dance team, and a few moments under the spotlight. Not to mention a few memories of torn muscles and mysterious bruises, commonly referred to as “war wounds”. Since then, it has become slightly more difficult to leap from one side of the gym to the other, and splits are something I only dream of. Luckily, after months of searching for an adult dance class to sharpen my moves, I was ecstatic to find a hip hop workout class through the community courses at Chemeketa Community College.

Chemeketa’s Hip Hop Workout is taught by Trinisha Wyatt, a former Blazer dancer. Her energy and passion for dance make this class enjoyable, and very easy to learn. This class is perfect for first-time dancers as well as veterans, as the class contains a mix of choreographed dances and technique. The dances are taught with options to simplify the movement or increase difficulty, based on each dancer’s preference.

If you’re an Oregonian looking for a fun, fast-paced workout, give this class a try. Or if you’re just visiting for a few weeks, stop by and see what Oregon dance classes are all about. Each set of classes run for 5-6 weeks, which could be the perfect accent to a relaxing vacation. Trinisha also teaches single day hip hop classes at the Courthouse Athletic Club in Salem. You’ll have a blast, and even pick up a few moves to show your friends.

Join us and bust a move!

For more information on dance in Oregon, please visit our Trips We Love section. To find out about participating in one of Trinisha Wyatt’s dance classes, please visit Chemeketa Community College.

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