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 three levels of classes throughout the week: Beginner classes teach fundamentals and basic patterns for the newer dancer; Intermediate classes stress more intricate patterns and technique to make you look and feel great on the dance floor; Advanced classes are for the hobbiest who wants to take dancing to the highest level possible.
If you have questions about your level, please see the descriptions below, or contact Chris at email@example.com.
For information about weekly workshops, check out our Workshop Page.
WHAT LEVEL AM I?
Summer Sampler Beginner Group Classes
Brand new to dancing? Try our Summer Sampler classes every Friday at 7:00pm and Saturdays at 9:00am. You'll learn some basics in two new dances each week. These classes are different from our regular curriculum classes as there is no need to enroll in a series since the dances change each week. Perfect for your spontaneous summer schedule and a great introduction to all the dances!
The Beginner Level Group Classes
Don't be misled by the term "Beginner". Our Beginner level is comparable to Intermediate Bronze at many schools. These classes will teach you all the fundamentals needed to become an accomplished dancer. We focus on the most useful and popular dances - Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Triple Swing, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, Salsa and Hustle. Our classes stress not only patterns but also: lead and follow, dance frame, posture, and stylings that define the unique character of each dance.
It takes 4 four-week series (16 classes total) to complete all the material taught in each dance at the Beginner level. Students are expected to complete all classes in a dance before advancing to the Intermediate level. Students may progress faster with supplemental private lessons or with permission from Chris or Lee.
Intermediate Level Group Classes
At the Intermediate level, dancers begin to move out of the mechanical phase of learning and start to develop a more natural, spontaneous appearance. Fundamentals such as lead/follow, posture, frame, Cuban motion, alignments, footwork, etc are still stressed while more advanced patterns and techniques are introduced. We recommend that students spend a full year at the Intermediate level but may move ahead faster with regular private lessons or with permission from Chris or Lee. Intermediate level classes move much faster than the beginner level as we assume students have achieved solid fundamentals in our Beginner classes.
Advanced Level Group Classes
Students are encouraged to stay in the Advanced classes for years as we constantly review the fundamentals, upgrading technique in everything from the basic to the most complex competitive pattern. Wednesday at 7:00pm is an open bronze class where students learn hundreds of new combinations, always improving the techniques that make dancing fun, comfortable and beautiful to watch. Friday at 7:00 is a Silver level class which introduces continuity styling and more intricate patterns for the hard-core enthusiast! Students who take regular private lessons may move to the Advanced level with permission from their primary teacher, Chris or Lee..
Some Thoughts About Taking Group Classes…
Would you take a karate class and expect to be a black belt in six months? Would you take cooking classes and call yourself a gourmet chef after a year? In the same way, learning to dance is a process that takes time.
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 at least 6 months in Beginner, 12 months in Intermediate and 2 years in Advanced group classes. Without private lessons to reinforce good habits and technique a student should expect to linger in the various levels even longer. 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, USISTD, and NDCA American style syllabi 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.