|THE FLOOR ~~~ Our floor is made for dancing
and your comfort. Strict adherence is essential
for proper care and preservation of our dance
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.
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.
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
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
Below is a list of the 10 International Competitive
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
Rhythm -- Cha Cha (C), Rumba (R), East Coast Swing (Sw),
Bolero (B), Mambo (Ma)