Dance Lessons at the Wild Horse!

Meet Leslie!

Leslie teaches dance lessons in Durango's Wild Horse Saloon

Leslie Carlson has been a professional dance instructor for over 20 years. She was formally trained under the tutelage of world-renowned dance and choreography professionals at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. She then taught social dance with Arthur Murray Studios in New Orleans for 9 years before becoming an independent instructor. Leslie relocated with her family to Durango in 2005 and has been an instructor at The Wild Horse Saloon since the winter of 2006.

Leslie is versed in teaching a large variety of diverse social dance styles, from dramatic Latin dance variations to Swing, Waltz and Ballroom, Country/Western and more. Everything from Ball Room to Bar Room-- if it can be danced, Leslie can teach it!

Leslie will be taking a break this summer..  So there will be no intermediate class on Thursday nights, Memorial thru Labor Day..  She is still available for private dance lessons for individuals, couples and groups, as well as custom dance choreography for weddings, parties and special events. Call her at 970-799-8832 for more specific information.


Meet Lou!

Lou teaches Salsa Dance lessons in Durango's Wild Horse Saloon

Dancing has been a part of Louvelle’s life, heart and soul from a very young age. Lou has traveled the world taking and teaching various forms of dance.  Though Lou has been dancing and teaching in the Durango community since 2012, she created Salsa Dance Durango in 2016.  The first night of Salsa Dance Durango classes in January 2016 opened to a full house, and the momentum has continued to grow ever since. 

Lou has completed the Black Belt Salsa Instructor Certification Program. In the summer of 2017, she became certified in Dance Business Management (DBM), and trained intensively to become certified as Blue Belt (primary) instructor and an official BBS School Sensei.  Apprentice instructors are currently in a year long training program for Black Belt Salsa Certification. Lou also teaches private lessons and hosts Latin dance demos at various local events. 

If you are interested in booking a class, private lesson, event or would like to know more about instructor training, please visit Salsa Dance Durango or contact Lou at

Meet the West Slope Westies!

West Slope Westside teaches West Coast Swing lessons in Durango's Wild Horse Saloon

West Slope Westies is a West Coast Swing group still relatively new to Durango consisting of members from all walks of life.  West Coast Swing is a highly varied dance with roots in the 30's and 40's.  The dance highlights partnership and improvisations.  West Coast Swing can be danced to many styles of music from blues, rock, hip-hop, country and many more.  Just as connection is paramount to West Coast Swing, the West Slope Westies strive to build community through the connections of dance.

The West Slope Westies coordinators (left to right) are Jennifer Story, Autumn von Flotow, and Connor Elliot, all of whom have been hooked on, and passionate about, West Coast Swing for years.  Connor has been the driving force of building the WCS community in Durango, and lead teacher for classes.  Jennifer and Autumn teach classes and have been essential in establishing the WCS community.

The West Slope Westies offer weekly group classes and social dances, private lessons, as well host a variety of dance events throughout the year.  Contact for information, or to get on their mailing list, and be sure to follow them on facebook.

Meet Steve & Michele!

Throughout the summer months, Steve & Michele, winners of the 2018 Dancing with Durango Stars, will be offering a BASIC COUNTRY DANCE LESSONS on Thursday nights.  From Memorial weekend to Labor Day weekend, they will be teaching one class on Thursdays, from 6:30-7:30pm, and it will be a combo of Two-Step, Waltz, Rumba, and Swing styles.  Something for everyone!  For more information, please contact Steve at (970) 317-9311.




6:30-8:00 Salsa with Salsa Dance Durango
8:00-10:00 Latin Social Dance


6:30-7:15 Intermediate West Coast Swing
7:15-8:00 Beginner West Coast Swing
8:00-10:00 West Coast Social Dance


6:30-7:30  Basic Country VARIETY Class with Steve & Michele
7:30-8pm  Open Dance after class to practice your new moves!