Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ballroom Dancing?

Ballroom dancing is any social dancing you do with a partner. Most people think of traditional ballroom dances such as Foxtrot, Waltz or Tango, but ballroom dancing also includes rhythm or Latin dances like Cha Cha, East Coast Swing and Salsa. Competitive Ballroom Dancing is referred to as Dance Sport.

Where would I use Ballroom Dancing?

Anywhere there is music and dancing!! Ballroom dancing is appropriate for many gatherings including: weddings, corporate parties, or even a night out on the town. There are also many organizations that plan events specifically for ballroom dancers. If you are interested in finding out more about these organizations, we will be happy to help you.

What type of music do you dance to?

Ballroom music incorporates timeless classics as well as current popular artists. Part of any dancer’s training should be music identification. If you choose to sit out a song, it is because of exhaustion, not because you don’t know what dance to do.

How long does it take to become a good dancer?

This is a difficult question to answer. The term “good dancer” is relative to each person’s goals. The most important thing to understand when developing as a dancer is to be patient and allow yourself time to absorb the material, both physically and mentally. No matter what level of dancing you wish to achieve, it will take time and effort to realize your goals.

Do I need a partner?

No. If you take lessons as a single lady or gentleman you will be paired with an instructor of the opposite gender. Our teachers are trained in both the lady’s and gentleman’s roles and can instruct and dance both.

What do I wear?

We always ask that you wear something comfortable and non-restrictive. The most important aspect of your apparel is your shoes. There are shoes made specifically for ballroom dancing but we do not recommend buying them at first. Gentlemen should wear a dress shoe with a leather bottom. Ladies should wear a low heel or flat with a back. Wear a shoe in which you would be comfortable and on-balance when walking. Please make sure your shoes do not have a heavy rubber sole. This will prevent movement over the floor.