- Portland locations: Social Dance on December 21st is canceled. Our next Dance Party Social is on January 4th. Join our Socials in the New Year. Have a Great Holliday Season!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I really learn to dance?
Yes, if you can walk, you can dance. We've been teaching people to dance for over 15 years and have yet to find a person who couldn't learn.
2. How long will it take me to learn to dance?
If your goal is to simply to be able to dance to the song, most people take from three to five private lessons to master this or a 6 weeks session of the group classes, although you will be able to dance after just one lesson. As well, we offer the combination of the private lessons and the group classes, which will help you to get to the desirable level much faster.
3.What dances do you teach?
Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Cha Cha, Swing, Rumba, Salsa, Merengue, Quickstep, Hustle, Bolero, Samba, Mambo, Polka, Paso Doble, Argentine Tango, Two Step, etc. are taught at our studio.
If you would like to learn the dance which you didn't see on that list, simply contact us - we probably forgot to mention it.
Dance are broken down by the following skill levels:
- Foundation classes are designed for people who have never previously received formal dance instruction. In the first six weeks you will learn basic steps of Waltz, Foxtrot, and Swing as well as Salsa, Mambo, and Merengue. You do not need to have a partner to join.
- Pre-Bronze classes are designed for people who have completed the first six weeks of the foundation class. You will continue learning the dances started at the foundation level as well as learning new ones such as Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha and others. You do not need to have a partner to join.
- Bronze I classes are designed for people who have completed two preceding levels of instruction. You will continue improving the technique of lead and follow. All Ballroom and Latin dances will be added at this level. You will learn the first half of the Bronze syllabus of all the dances. You do not need to have a partner to join.
- Full Bronze classes are designed for people who have completed three preceding levels of instruction. You will continue improving your technique and skills of partner dancing and learn the second half of the Bronze syllabus. You do not need to have a partner to join.
- Full Silver and Gold level classes are designed for people who completed the Bronze syllabus classes. Full Silver and Gold syllabus will be taught at this level and all aspects of technique will be covered.
4. Which level classes will be most suitable for me if I never had dance classes before?
If you never had a formal instruction you might want to start at the beginning and pick any Foundation classes during the week.
Though we never restrict people from trying more advanced level classes. You can try and see for yourself - if you get bored in Foundation Level, you can always move to the next level up (Pre- Bronze or Bronze classes)
5. Can I join a more advanced Ballroom / Latin group without completing the Foundation level first?
Yes, this is possible because during group classes we often come back to the basics so you won't feel that you are playing catch up during the class. However, the foundation sessions will give you more time to become familiar with the studio, and the instructor. Foundation classes allow you to build your confidence level because the basics are gone over more thoroughly.
6. What will be best for me- private lessons or group classes?
A combination of group and private lessons is the most effective and fast way to learn how to dance.
Private lessons allow you to work at your own pace and pick the dances you want to work on the most.
Group lessons allow you to review your steps and learn the social aspect of the Ballroom. They are great way to learn new steps and meet new people. Plus when you take private lessons, group classes come as a free bonus (see our Prices).
7. What if I don't have a partner?
You don't have to have a partner at our place. If you have one, bring him (or her) along, but otherwise we always sure to balance our classes. So, you will always find somebody to dance with. Plus we constantly change partners during our group classes, which allow people to get used to the social dancing and learn from each other.
8. What if I want to dance only with my own partner I came with?
Even thou we encourage people to change partners as a part of their progress, we never push people towards changing partners. If you decide to stay with the same partner during the class, you can always do so.
9. Where can I practice my dance steps after I've learned them at your studio?
You can enjoy social dancing and also practice your dance routines right at our studio during our dance parties. We hold them every other Saturday from 8pm to 10:30pm. Come and try it out. Plus, you don't have to have a dance partner or a dance experience, our staff and students would be happy to dance with you.
10. What if I miss a class or two during the session? Would I loose my money?
Not at all. If you paid for 6-weeks session, you will have your 6 weeks doesn't matter what. Even if you missed several classes you can always extend your session, or make up with other classes during the week.
11. If I miss a class in one of your locations, can I make it up in your other location?
Yes, our policy and prices are the same in all of our locations and if you missed a class and would like to make it up, we would be happy to see you at any of our places.
12. My parents (or friends) also want to learn to dance. Can you accommodate them?
Yes, they are welcome to take either the group classes or private lessons with you or by themselves. We can arrange semi- private
classes for you and your friends. Look under Prices on our page.
13. I would like to participate in the dance competition. What should I do?
We have been on the competitive circuit for many years and will be sure to make your performance successful. If you don't have a partner, we can partner you up and teach you anything you need to know about competitive side of Ballroom.
14. We have chosen the song for our wedding dance, how do we now learn to dance to it?
After you bring it and play it for us, we will determine which dance is appropriate for it, and choreograph the appropriate steps. We will then teach you everything you need to know to perform at your reception: How the man should lead his bride onto the dance floor, how to find the beat in the music, how to take dance hold, how to dance the steps with style and grace, how and when to end the dance and how to dip the lady and escort her off the floor.