CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


New Group Classes! New Format!
2017 Promises Fun and Learning!

DanceSMART at The Ballroom Dance Center!

Returning and new students to The Ballroom Dance Center will enjoy our new two-month format for all group classes. The instructional week will offer Shag on Mondays, Intro to Ballroom and Rhythm on Tuesdays and West Coast Swing as well as Argentine Tango on Thursdays.

Intro to Ballroom and Rhythm I and II
The Tuesday Intro to Ballroom and Rhythm I and II will give dancers an overview of 12 to 14 dances at a beginner level over 12 months. You’ll learn the basic social dance patterns in dances such as Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Salsa, Hustle, Night Club Two Step and Slow Rock, to name a few. The classes include instruction, practice and socializing.

Ballroom/Rhythm Technique
Our newly designed Tuesday night Smooth and Rhythm Technique class will be a drill oriented, movement-to- music based class with some conceptual material as well. It is recommended that dancers have completed the introductory level classes so you have the context and framework to build upon before beginning Technique class.

 

Bachata
Bachata is an energetic Latin dance from the Dominican Republic. Characterized by sexy body movement, syncopated footwork and free style 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 very vast range of music. The Ballroom Dance Center has been a leader in the CSRA in bringing authentic West Coast Swing to the region. This specialty class will consist of a two-month Beginner Class which dancers are encouraged to repeat two to three times (four to six months) to develop essential, building block muscle memory.

Dancers move on from the Beginner Level to the Intermediate Level with the teacher’s permission. This Intermediate class will consist of three or more, two-month modules that are stand alone and element based so that new dancers, when ready and teacher approved, may join that class. To rotate through most of the Intermediate class essential material will take six to 12 months.

Argentine Tango
Learn building block elements and patterns in this beautiful and dramatic style of Tango. You will receive an introduction to walks, frame, posture and the hold, as well as basic components that you will continue to use in your dancing. This specialty class will consist of a two-month Beginner Class which dancers are encouraged to repeat two to three times (four to six months) to develop essential, building block muscle memory.

Dancers move on from the Beginner Level to the Intermediate Level with the teacher’s permission. In this class, you will build more style, flair and technique into your Argentine Tango, as well as fine tune partnering and develop greater skill to be used at Milongas and other Argentine Tango events. You will continue to develop your musicality as this dance is highly improvisational with the use of the building block elements. All Intermediate classes will consist of three or more, two-month modules that are stand alone and element based so that new dancers, when ready and teacher approved, may join that class. To rotate through most intermediate class essential material will take six to 12 months.

Carolina Shag
A phenomenal dance craze that started in Myrtle Beach in the 40 and 50’s, Shag is being offered at the Ballroom Dance Center on Monday evenings. A growing phenomenon, Shag has become a way of life for so many people. This specialty class will consist of a two-month Beginner Class which dancers are encouraged to repeat two to three times (four to six months) to develop essential, building block muscle memory.

Dancers move on from the Beginner Level to the Intermediate Level with the teacher’s permission. This Intermediate class will consist of three or more, two-month modules that are stand alone and element based so that new dancers, when ready and teacher approved, may join that class. To rotate through most of the intermediate class essential material will take six to 12 months.

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.

Wiggle, Jiggle, Giggle
This is a women’s only class to help dancers become more comfortable with moving their bodies to the music and expressing sassy and sexy (in a classy way) through dancing. The aim of this class is to have fun and to get a little more expressive with our movement. All sizes and shapes are welcome as we explore another important element – learning to love ourselves just as we are and not putting “life on hold” until we are that perfect shape!

Teen Competition Class
Teen dancers will learn demanding technique and competitive routines in the nine major American style dances. Participation in the Augusta Dance Challenge in August is one of the major goals of this class. Students have the option to participate in competitions in other cities as well. Levels range from Intermediate Bronze to Intermediate Silver.

Teen Performance Class (Formation)
Teen 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.

Teen Intro to Ballroom/Rhythm
Learn your basic social dance patterns in a six-month rotation. Each month you will focus on two styles that you would hear most frequently at a dance. This course includes classic and contemporary dances such as Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Salsa, Salsa Rueda, West Coast Swing and Hustle. Learning to dance involves repetition as with learning any new sport or musical instrument, so it benefits teens to go through the six-month rotation at least two times.

For dancers with special interests or a desire to learn more slowly or more quickly than the group, private lessons continue to be 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.