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What do the levels on the schedule mean?

Beginning Ballroom Class Levels

Intro. 1 Level (Introduction to Bronze 1):
Introduction classes focus on Bronze 1 material from the ballroom dance syllabus, basic elements such as timing and lead & follow techniques.

Intro 2 Level (Introduction to Bronze 2):
Introduction classes focus Bronze 2 material from the ballroom syllabus, continuing to develop basic elements such as timing, lead & follow techniques, as well as introducing techniques used to clean up footwork.

Skilled Level (Bronze 3 & 4):
Skilled classes are a combination of Bronze 3 & 4. In a skilled class, dancers are expected to know the Bronze 1 & 2 syllabus as well as the basic elements taught within the Intro classes. Skilled ballroom classes work the full Bronze syllabus with a bigger focus on the Bronze 3 & 4 patterns, techniques, and other technical elements that help bring the dance together with continuity.

Intermediate Ballroom Class Levels

Dancers entering Silver level must have a clear understanding of the Bronze syllabus and the elements that make the dance function such as lead & follow technique (frame), timing, proper foot placement, along with style and continuity execution.

Intro. to Silver (Silver 1 & 2):
Syllabus Patterns and technical elements of each dance.

Full Silver Silver (Silver 3 & 4):
Syllabus Patterns and introducing advanced technical elements of all four levels.

Advanced Ballroom Class Levels

Dancers entering Gold level must have a clear understanding of the Bronze and Silver syllabus and the elements that make the dance function as listed above.

Intro. Gold (Gold 1 & 2):
Syllabus Patterns and advanced technical elements.

Full Gold (Gold 3 & 4):
Syllabus Patterns and advanced technical elements of all four levels.


Do I need a dance partner?

No. Learning to social dance is like learning a new language. When learning a new language we need to communicate with many other learners from beginners through advanced, this helps everyone to progress a little faster. In-group classes, teacher’s will ask dancers to change partners and will also step into the rotation to help dancers feel the correct way to lead and follow, but you will always end with the dancer you came with. Dancers who are too shy to change dance partners are asked to dance at the end of the line and when the rotation comes to them then they should say, “pass.”


Ballroom Sampler Class VS 101 Classes

A ballroom Sampler class will run for 4 consecutive weeks.  Each week the dance educator will select a new dance to introduce but will not review the following week so that a new dance can be the main focal point for the second class and so on. In doing this, the Ballroom Sampler class is a fun way to give dancers a better understanding of how each dance works in relation to movement on the floor, music selection, and usability of the dance in one’s life.

In a 101 Class, the dance educator will introduce multiple dances throughout the 8-weeks while reviewing, adding to, and cleaning up the previous week’s lesson. In the 101 class, dancers gain a better understanding of putting the dance patterns, rhythms, techniques, and lead and follow skills together and give more materials to use on the dance floor. If a class is listed as a 101 class with a specific title, such as hustle then the focus will remain on that one dance throughout the 8-weeks.


What is the Educational Series?

While anyone can register for the Educational Series, this is a great way for those who travel during the week for work or for parents who want to learn to dance but are driving their kids around all week to take lessons. The Educational Series is an 8-week group class doubled up into 4 Saturday sessions offered at 3 different times slots each Saturday. Dancers enrolled have 3 windows of time to drop in each week and take a class. The class times run for 110 minutes each and run from 10AM to noon, 1PM to 3PM, and 4PM to 6PM. One week you can come to class at 10AM and the next week you can come at 4PM if that better fits your schedule that week. Each week dance educators will follow the same class outline so that dropping in is easy and fun. No more conflicts with soccer games, ballet class, or other activities that fill up your Saturday. This is sure to be a fun way to add ballroom dancing to your date-night, exercise routine, or fun experience.


What is the registration and check in procedure?

Registration can take place at the Center or on our website. There is a one-time registration fee of $10 for each dancer over the age of 18 and $10 registration fee for dancers through 12th grade. Upon registering, dancers will receive one complimentary practice session dance pass. If you would like to register at the Center, please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled class start time. If you register on the website, please stop at the front desk with your receipt to pick up your complimentary practice session dance pass.

Please make sure you check in either at the front desk or check in at the ipad check in station before the beginning of each class. If you are using another class time as a make up please indicate that when checking in.


What is the registration fee for?

Every dancers enrolled in our program is entered into our database. The registration fee helps to cover the cost of the data entry, any mailers, and other avenues used by the Center to reach out to dancers.


Can I make up a class?

Dancers are encouraged to make up all missed classes and can do so by dropping in to any of the open group classes. This is a great way to try out a new dance style and to meet more dance educators who work for the Center.


What is Ballroom Boot-Camp?

No partner needed! This is yet another fun way to add exercise to your day. Dancers will enjoy learning various ballroom, Latin, and swing dance moves and techniques while working out. Dancers will learn “side-by-side” work; “shine” work, and more in this fun high-energy class. Workout clothes and water bottle are recommended.


Do I need to purchase dance shoes?

No; however, we ask that dancers clean the soles of their street shoes and carry them in for class. This practice will help us keep the dance floor in the best possible condition as well as keep our floor at an appropriate “speed”, this term is used to indicate if a dance floor is too slippery (fast) or too sticky (slow). Shoes with a rubber bottom such as sneakers are not recommended unless they are specifically designed for dance.


What is a Practice Session?

A Practice Session is an open dance designed to help students learn to dance in a more social setting. During a practice session, dancers may move around the room and ask each other to dance so that they can better develop their dancing skills. Practice sessions will have more dancers then a group class and this will help dancers learn to “work” the dance floor and try patterns designed to cut corners, go on a diagonal, and more. Practice sessions are on most Friday evenings and also come in the form of Tea Dances, and Spirit Night dances.


What is the difference in Tea Dances, Spirit Night, and Practice Sessions?

Tea dances follow an 11AM adult ballroom dance class and are held from noon to 1:30PM on Tuesday afternoons. Yes, there will be tea served!

Spirit Night is a practice session on a Wednesday evenings from 9PM until 10:30PM and dancers are encouraged to wear their favorite team shirt and NO we cannot serve spirits.

Practice Sessions are on most Friday evenings from 9PM until 10:30PM.


What should I wear to class?

Clothing that is easy to move in.


How long will it take me to learn to dance?

Of course everyone is different, that being said we recommend first time students register for an 8-week introductory session and give themselves 3 or 4 weeks to pull the dance patterns, techniques, and concepts together. After the first few weeks, the patterns, concepts, and techniques really do start to pull together and dancers are on their way to great dancing!


I make my children practice piano an hour a day; how much practice time do I need?

Ask your children.


Can I video the class?

This is at the discretion of individual dance educators.


Is there food and drink allowed at the studio?

Yes. There is a kitchen available but we ask that you keep it as you found it and to help keep our ballroom floors in the best possible condition we ask that no food or drink, other then a water bottle be taken into either ballroom dance spaces.


What are special events?

Corporate team-building experiences, both in and away from the workplace; holiday dances such as Halloween, New Years Ever, The Sweethearts Tango Ball, the Bunny Hop, to name a few, as well as our highly celebrated guest artist are just a few of our special events offered at the Center. Please check out our website for updates and more information on these great experiences and to see what’s next.


What is the Social Dance Project?

The Social Dance Project is the youth outreach program and has been the driving force behind the Center for Social Dance opening. The Social Dance Project believes that all children should have a change to experience the art of social dance. Each year, the Center for Social Dance reaches out to school districts that have little or no funding for such programs and then raises funding so that the program can be offered to them at no charge. The program is then taught during the school day and is tied to the teachers current lesson plan so that every child has the opportunity to experience social dance. Some school districts that have the funding will sponsor their own program through the PTO or PTA, or a business owner in the community may sponsor a program at a nearby school, or a parent group may decide to offer an experience in honor of a teacher retiring.


What are some of the programs the Social Dance Project can offer in the schools?

Examples of events at the schools have been around Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Social Studies, Economics, and more. Students will be able to use these social dance skills for homecoming and prom or just for fun as well as help them gain additional strengths in team building and leaderships skills.

For those who wish to experience social dance after school, the Center for Social Dance offers ongoing afterschool social dance programs and camps for school-aged children. The Center also offers family ballroom, Latin, swing dance nights, adult classes, and more.


Can I schedule a private Group?

Yes, however a private group may share the dance floor with another lesson or class. If a private room is needed then let the front desk know at time of registration, the Center cannot guarantee a private room but will do its best to accommodate the group’s needs.