Why Dance?

Even if you have 2 left feet 

 

We Saraleno Dance Company strive to promote dancing as a way to improve lives and to experience joy and happiness. Our mission is to create a welcoming space, to connect the bridge between individuals and groups of all levels.

 

We always aim to lead with love, compassion, understanding and acceptance. We build connections through creativity, respect, learning and having fun with a great community that feels like family.

Our welcoming and supportive environment always creates a light and at ease feeling that helps the students, whatever level they are at to learn effectively with less pressure. 

Whether you are looking for a new hobby, honing your skills, getting your exercise, social interaction, and self expression; our supportive dance family is always ready to welcome you

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*So* lucky to have Sarah and Galeno here in So Oregon teaching Authentic Bachata! I highly recommend learning from them.
~Amy A
Sarah & Galeno's dance classes are a very healthy environment where everyone encourages each other and wants to see you empowered and succeed. so uplifting!
 
~ Sharon H 
I am so grateful for Saraleno Dance Company.  They bring so much love, passion and compassion to the dance community.  If you have not been to a class, please go and enjoy your first experience releasing stress and picking up an abundance of love and fun!
~Nicole F
The first time I attended a dance class taught by Sarah and Galeno I was very unsure about it because I had never danced before and didnt know anyone there. They were extremely welcoming and made the entire process of learning fun and enjoyable. I’ve been attending their dance classes/events regularly for three months now and it’s been such a life changer, not only have my dancing skills and confidence gone way up, but my overall attitude has changed for the greater by leaps and my sales production at work has tripled. Whether you’re looking to learn a new dance skill, freshen up on an existing one, meet new people or just plain have a good time, I 1000% recommend taking some Latin dance lessons from them.
 
~Brett R.
I have just recently started taking classes with these two, and I absolutely love it! They are very patient and encouraging. I feel very blessed to have them in Grants Pass sharing their energy.
 
~Mari Jane P.
I've taken a few of their classes and loved it! Ready to go back for more.
~Sarah R.
Thank you both so much for all of your patience and passion in our classes and in my lessons.  I never thought I would ever love dancing this much - let alone be decent at it!
- Kate A.
I'm so thankful to be a part of Sarah's belly dance classes. Belly dancing has been so awesome for both my physical health and mental well-being! It brings such joy to my life, and it's been the perfect exercise during pregnancy. It's super low impact and many of the movements are very smooth, so I've been able to keep dancing even at 8 months pregnant! All of the hip movements are so good for my pelvis and lower back, and I'm convinced belly dance is the reason I haven't had back pain this pregnancy! It really has been the perfect prenatal workout for me.
~Ariel K.
Thank you so much Sarah Jane and Galeno Navarro for having so much patience!! Learning to dance can be intimidating but you two really take the time to create a comfortable learning environment.

I always leave wanting to learn more and grow! You’re both amazing!

~Kayleen L.

Hey, Just a special shout out to Galeno for his leading Tuesday night. This guy works hard to give every partner the best dance she can have. His dance with Kayleen was top-notch professional-grade beautiful. Kayleen really shined under his musical and caring lead.

~Paul D.
Dance has excelled me in reading and math as each one relates, reading by using words to remember the moves by name and math using numbers to remember how long to do the moves.  I love dance because it is my escape from reality whatever is going on, I can get away and think about me for a bit.  I want to say Thank you for being my escape.
~ Lacee (Age 10)
Belly dancing lessons with Sarah is one of the best things I’ve done for my body this pregnancy. It feels so good to move my hips and belly in that way and I’m sure my growing baby loves it too. Belly dancing has strengthened and stretched the postural, pelvic and abdominal muscles I will need to use soon during labor and birth. I believe belly dance movements have also helped encourage my baby into the correct head-down position. Sarah has been belly dancing for years and her knowledge of the dance is vast. She understands how the pace and rhythm may need to be slowed down for pregnant women and how certain movements can be safely altered. Belly dancing with Sarah is a blast and I highly recommend it to any woman, pregnant or not.
~Jenny B.
 
Sarah and Galeno are two excellent dancers and very talented instructors.  After eight lessons they have given me the skill and confidence needed to go on the dance floor and I know I have the ability to perform the dance moves I can be proud of.  I would recommend them to anyone interested in learning how to dance and being taught correctly.  They are very caring and patient while teaching class and I am glad to have met them and have them as my instructors.
` ~Frank N

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Our Team

Sarah Melville

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Sarah was born and raised in England and had a natural love for dance from a young age.  She found a strong connection with Bellydance which grew into teaching and performing around the World. With her love of travel she spent many visits to the Dominican Republic where she studied, learned and fell in love with the dance Bachata.  A few years after transferring with her employment to America, she decided to give up her job and follow her Dance passion. 

Galeno Navarro

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Galeno was born in the Philippines. At the age of 17 he moved to America having no interest in dance.  That was until he took on a counseling job in a summer camp requiring him to participate and help the youth perform ballroom dances on stage.  Unexpectedly, he found he liked Salsa. The students told him that he can really shake his "hips" and even though he was embarrassed he always remembered that moment. From there he decided to pursue his new found passion.