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THE FLOOR ~~~ Our floor is made for dancing and your comfort. Strict  adherence is essential for proper care and preservation of our  dance floor.

SHOES ~~~ No stiletto, Kitten heels, or Shoes that may mar the floor. Shoes with heel diameters smaller than 1/2 inch are not allowed unless the shoes have heel protectors available from dance shoe stores. If you are in doubt about your shoes, please call.

Lessons/ Workshops 
Wear Comfortable Clothing. No Cowboy Boots. Flip Flops are not good. Dance Shoes with heel protectors ok, socks ok, street shoes ok.Dance Sneakers ok. Athletic shoes ok. Ideal shoes are dance shoes or shoes with a leather sole. Ask if you are in doubt. Athletic shoes or socks are common in workshops.

*  Group Classes are 50-55 minutes except as noted. All classes may not be listed. Classes Times, and Dates are subject to change Private Lessons - Available for Couples or Singles.

What is The Difference Between International Style and American Style Dancing?

There are two different styles of ballroom dancing: International and American. Ballroom dancing can also be classified as either Ballroom/Standard/Smooth dancing and Latin or Rhythm dances. American style is danced primarily in America and tends to be more social. International style is recognized all over the world and is more predominantly competitive. However, this does not mean that you cannot compete in American style or are unable to dance International style socially. Knowing both styles makes you a more versatile dancer and international instructors tend to focus on technique...which makes you a more sound and visually-appealing dancer.

International Style Dances

International Style is danced in closed position for the entirety of the dance for the Standard dances where the Lady's right hand is in the gentleman's left, her left hand is on his right shoulder, and his right hand is on her shoulder blade. During Latin the partners may separate. International Ballroom is all about maintaining the connection with your partner. The dancers keep close to each other and the lead and follow operate around a common center as they move. The open position that happens in American Ballroom does not happen at all in International Ballroom.  Dips, turns and side-by-side moves that are perfectly acceptable in American Ballroom are not allowed in International style.
Below is a list of the 10 International Competitive Dances:

Standard -- Waltz (W), Tango (T), Viennese Waltz (VW), Foxtrot (F), Quickstep (Q)

Latin -- Cha Cha (C), Samba (S), Rumba (R), Paso Doble (PD), Jive (J)

American Style Dances

American style is danced in closed and open position. The dancers are free to separate from each other.
Below is a list of the 9 American Competitive Dances:

Smooth -- Waltz (W), Tango (T), Foxtrot (F), Viennese Waltz (VW)

Rhythm -- Cha Cha (C), Rumba (R), East Coast Swing (Sw), Bolero (B), Mambo (Ma)