CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Dance SMART at The Ballroom Dance Center by taking advantage of our unlimited group classes!

Returning and new students to The Ballroom Dance Center will enjoy our current format for all group classes. The instructional week for adults will offer Shag, Simply Social Ballroom and Rhythm, Simply Social Ballroom and Rhythm 2.0 and Latin and General Club on Mondays and West Coast Swing on Thursdays.

 

The Ballroom Dance Center also offers group lessons for teens and youth. On Monday teens can take advantage of the Intermediate Teen Competitive Class and the Intermediate Teen Performance Class.  On Tuesday a Beginner Teen Class and a Beginner Teen Performance Class are offered.

 

The features of the group class format include the following:

Flexible CommitmentWith our current format, if you are not in a teen performance class, start when you want and come when you can! You can choose UNLIMITED group classes or pick a single class that’s right for you. Drop-ins are always welcome!

 

Stand Alone Weekly Classes – We have found adults have so many responsibilities that they can’t always commit to every week over several months. This class format allows weekly attendees and drop-ins to get a complete class in their selected dance style each week.

 

Partner Movement Skills – All classes will focus on movement skills, social dance combinations and leading/following. We often hear dancers say, “I just don’t want to look stupid!” All classes will help you develop ease and comfort in social dancing. You may ask if you should focus on just one dance. We have found it often doesn’t matter which dance you do, but rather that you learn fundamental movement skills in partner dancing.

 

More Dance Opportunities – Additional development of your dance skills will happen at the Second Friday Practice Social, the Fourth Friday Dance and on your private lesson.

Shag
This will be taught at the basic level for social dancers to learn the Southern version of swing.

 

Simply Social Ballroom and Rhythm
This class is for beginner/basic level social dancers who want to dance comfortably to a variety of music at parties, weddings, cruises and dance events. (You will learn basic Ballroom and Rhythm patterns in Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, East Coast Swing and some club style dances.)

 

Simply Social Ballroom and Rhythm 2.0
This class is for intermediate level social dancers and will develop from the foundation of the Simply Social Ballroom and Rhythm class. Add some social dance flair and “pizazz” to your dance steps.

 

Latin and General Club
This class is also for beginner/basic social dancers who enjoy Latin, Swing and dance beat rhythms, as well as slow dance and line dancing, to a variety of more contemporary, nightclub style and pop music. (This class will include basic level material in Hustle, Nightclub 2 Step, Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Slow Rock and Line Dance.)

 

Bachata
Bachata is an energetic Latin dance from the Dominican Republic. Characterized by sexy body movement, syncopated footwork and freestyle moves that alternate between closed and open position. Bachata is rapidly gaining popularity across the country. The dance is made up of basic footwork and a series of simple steps that produce a back and forth or sideways motion.

 

West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is a special, widely popular style of swing that can be danced to a vast range of music. The Ballroom Dance Center has been a leader in the CSRA in bringing authentic West Coast Swing to the region. A beginner class is available in which dancers will develop essential, building block muscle memory.

 

Adult Performance Class (Formation)
Adult dancers will learn performance routines that may be danced in our Showcases, at the Fourth Friday Dances, the Augusta Dance Challenge, local dance/arts events and in volunteer settings such as nursing homes or for charities. The goal of the class is to develop showmanship, confidence, musicality and expressiveness and to communicate meaning and beauty through the art of dancing.

 

Advanced Teen
This class is for experienced teen dancers with opportunities to participate in the Augusta Dance Challenge in August.

 

Teen Ballroom and Rhythm (Basic Level)
This class is taught at a beginner/basic level for teens who want to be good social dancers and who want to dance comfortably to a variety of music at dance events.

 

Teen Performance Class (Basic Level)
Teens in this class will learn fun routines for performances at the special balls we have, as well as participate in the annual March show and the Augusta Dance Challenge show in August.

 

Teen Performance Class (Beginner Level)
Teens in this class will learn fun routines for performances at the special balls we have, as well as participate in the annual March show and the Augusta Dance Challenge show in August.

 

Youth Ballroom and Rhythm (Basic Level)
This class is for beginner/basic level dancers from 9 to 12 years old who want to learn to social dance comfortably to a variety of music. They will sometimes learn fun routines for performances. Fun routines may also be a part of the class for performances in the annual March show and the Augusta Dance Challenge show in August.

 

Private Lessons
For dancers with special interests or a desire to learn more slowly or more quickly than in group classes, private lessons are a great option.

 

A NOTE ABOUT PARTNERS
We are delighted you will be learning to dance at The Ballroom Dance Center. Please note that we rotate partners for maximum learning and social practice, but dancers who wish to stay together may do so. Simply let your teacher know you do not wish to change partners.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Updated July 3, 2019

 

Your lesson and well-being are very important to us.

 

Although we do understand that emergencies occur, our private lessons are highly sought after and booked in advance. If you need to cancel a lesson, please do so no later than 8:00 pm the day before your lesson. Monday lessons must be cancelled by 8:00 pm Friday. This will allow another student to take advantage of the opened up lesson block.

 

If you call The Ballroom Dance Center to cancel a lesson and get no answer, please leave a voicemail so that we have a timestamp of your call.

 

All group and private lessons must be paid for before taking your lesson.

DANCE DESCRIPTIONS

American Ballroom (Smooth)

  • Waltz – Elegant, smooth dance in 3/4 time from Austria
  • Foxtrot – Only American ballroom dance; big band or jazzy music
  • Tango – Argentine origin; dramatic, staccato dance; strong drum roll
  • Viennese Waltz – Faster version of the slow waltz

American Style Rhythm

  • Rumba – Romantic Latin dance from Cuba
  • Swing – East Coast Swing; upbeat with triple steps; big band and pop music, huge in 30s and 40s
  • Cha-Cha – Slow Cuban Mambo with characteristic triple step
  • Mambo – Fast Cuban Latin dance; precursor of Salsa, breaking on the “2” beat
  • Bolero – Slow, romantic Latin dance with sweeping movement

Other Popular Dances

  • West Coast Swing – This special dance style originated on the West Coast where dancers adapted swing into a slot to fit better on the screen and on crowded dance floors. This extremely popular style is danced to many types of music, including pop, classic swing, blues, dance beat and, more recently, to slower contemporary lyrical style music. At West Coast Swing events you will see social dancers, competitors and judges on the dance floors until the wee hours of the morning. Also popular are the competitive Jack and Jill events where dancers are paired randomly with partners where you learn to adapt and have a great dance with that person.
  • Argentine Tango – An interpretive, improvisational social dance, it allows the dancers to develop a deep connection between themselves, the music and the environment in which they are dancing.
  • Carolina Shag – Southern style of swing danced to bluesy, pop and beach music
  • Salsa – Popular “first cousin” of Cuban Mambo; smoother, jazzier music, breaking on the “1” beat
  • Salsa Rueda – Salsa “square dancing;” trade partners in a circle.
  • Hustle – Originally a 70s disco dance, it is popular dance with fast, club style movement. It is danced in a slot to a strong beat.
  • Samba – A lively, rhythmical dance developed in Brazil during the 19th century, it is considered the dance of celebration and joy at Carnival celebrations in Rio.
  • Merengue – Originating in the Dominican Republic, it is an easy and fun dance to learn, making it a popular social dance.
  • Bachata – Originating in the Dominican Republic, Bachata is a fun, energetic Latin dance that is gaining popularity across the country.

Teen Dances

  • Advanced Teen – This class is for experienced teen dancers with opportunities to participate in the Augusta Dance Challenge in August.
  • Advanced Teen Performance Class – Teens in this class will learn fun routines for performances at the special balls we have, as well as participate in the annual March show and the Augusta Dance Challenge show in August.
  • Teen Ballroom and Rhythm (Basic Level) – This class is taught at a beginner/basic level for teens who want to be good social dancers and who want to dance comfortably to a variety of music at dance events.
  • Teen Performance Class (Intermediate Level) – Teens in this class will learn fun routines for performances at the special balls we have, as well as participate in the annual March show and the Augusta Dance Challenge show in August.

International Style Standard and Latin

  • Quickstep – A fun, light and fast ballroom dance that incorporates very quick steps with alternating slower steps
  • Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango
  • Paso Doble – A lively, theatrical, dance modeled after the drama of the Spanish bullfight
  • Jive – A lively, uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug with many of the basic patterns similar to those of East Coast Swing
  • Cha-Cha, Rumba and Samba

Please note, other Standard and Latin dances are described above under American style dances.