Our group classes are a fun and affordable way to learn dancing, so bring your dance shoes and a sense of humor while you learn and make lifelong friends! We offer six levels of classes throughout the week: Level 1 is for beginners while Level 6 is for the long-time hobbyist. We also have a new "Social Variety Class" which emphasizes small-space social dancing.
We use the Dance Vision Syllabus for teaching our group classes so students can purchase videos as study aids.
For information about weekly workshops, check out our Workshop Page.
Description of Levels
Some Level 1 classes include 2 dances in one series, while others allow for a more intense approach in only one dance. In Level 1 students learn basic steps in the six major dances, fundamentals of lead and follow, dance frame and posture, and the character of each dance. Students should complete all six dances in Level 1 before advancing to Level 2.
Level 2 classes include 2 dances in each series. Here students learn additional steps in each of the six major dances, while continuing to improve their lead/follow, dance frame, and posture. Students can move to Level 3 in a dance they have completed in Level 2 without completing all the Level 2 dances.
In Level 3 dancers begin to move out of the mechanical phase of learning and start to develop a more natural, spontaneous look. Fundamentals are still stressed while more advanced patterns and techniques are introduced. We recommend that students spend a full year in Level 3 as there is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ section for each dance. Students who take regular private lessons may move to Level 4 faster with permission from their primary teacher, class teacher, Chris or Lee.
Level 4 classes include some of the most challenging material on the DVIDA bronze syllabus. A solid foundation in Level 3 is required as Level 4 classes move fast and assume proficiency in lead/follow, posture, frame and techniques associated with each dance such Cuban motion, alignments, footwork, etc. We recommend that students spend a full year in Level 4 as there is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ section for each dance. Students who take regular private lessons may move to Level 4 faster with permission from their primary teacher, class teacher or Chris or Lee.
Once arriving in Level 5, students are encouraged to stay in this class for years. In Level 5 we are constantly reviewing the bronze syllabus, upgrading technique in everything to the basic to the most complex social pattern. Even silver level and International style students take level 5 classes continuously to reinforce fundamentals required for all styles of ballroom and rhythm dancing. Students who take regular private lessons may move to Level 5 faster with permission from their primary teacher, class teacher or Chris or Lee.
Level 6 is a silver level class and should only be taken upon completion of the bronze syllabus or with permission from your private instructor or Chris or Lee. We continue to follow the Dance Vision syllabus and cover a variety of silver level patterns chosen from this syllabus.
Recommended for students in Level 3 thru 6. This class should have a broad appeal to most students, teaching usable, leadable, fun, off-syllabus figures, with a focus on small-space floor craft. This class is perfect for students who want to dance on cruises, at weddings, at clubs or local dives!
Social Variety Dances in January, 2018:
Week 1: Tango Week 2: Swing Week 3: Waltz Week 4: Samba
Social Variety Dances in February, 2018:
Week 1: Viennese Waltz Week 2: Merengue Week 3: Foxtrot Week 4: Cha Cha
Check out our workshop page for information about international style and non-syllabus classes.
Some Thoughts About Taking Group Classes…
It is possible to become a good dancer only taking group classes, but one must “enjoy the journey” and not rush through the levels. Even with regular private lessons, a student should expect to spend 18 -24 months in Level 1-5 group classes. Without private lessons to reinforce good habits and technique a student should expect to spend at least 3 years or more in Level 1-5 classes. Our best dancers have spent a minimum of one full year in Level 1 and 2, and continue to stay in bronze level classes 5-6 years later. Classes are not just about memorizing patterns – they are about training your body to look natural, comfortable, and attractive on the dancefloor, and making your partner look and feel just as good!
Our group class system takes a student through the Dance Vision American style syllabus in a structured manner, allowing patterns, technique, form, and style to develop together over time. As Vince Lombardi once said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect”. We urge our students to allow their bodies and minds to “practice perfectly” by progressing methodically through the group class levels.