Check out some videos and descriptions of each dance in our "New to Ballroom?" tab in the menu!
Unsure About Class Levels?
We recommend that all newcomers (and those with non-ballroom dance experience) start with our beginner classes. Here, you'll learn the fundamental techniques and floorcraft of ballroom and Latin dancing. It's always better to have a good foundation!
Depending on the dances offered and your skill level, we recommend that you take intermediate lessons only after you have a good mastery of the beginner steps (at least one term).
If you've been away (for example, due to co-op) and feel rusty, we often run open practices before our classes start. You can use this time to refresh your memory and see if you're comfortable with the beginner steps before moving up to the next class.
We rotate dances at the intermediate level, as well as the steps we teach. You'll definitely learn new things, even if you repeat at the intermediate level.
The only exception to this is when we offer Paso Doble, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz as we won't assume prior knowledge (but expect some ballroom dance experience).
We recommend for you to have two or more terms of experience at an intermediate level (or equivalent) before moving on to advanced classes.
There is a much stronger focus on technique at the advanced level.
Otherwise, you should regularly go to practices to catch up and make the most out of the class.
If you've taken ballroom lessons before and know what levels you've taken:
In general, we teach Beginner and Pre-Bronze steps in our Beginner classes,
Pre-Bronze and Bronze in our intermediate classes, and
Bronze and Silver steps in our advance classes. Gold and Open steps may be introduced depending on time and class progression.
Talk to an exec if you're unsure!
All UW Athletics COVID regulations apply to our club. All participants must have submitted the proof of vaccination and completed their daily COVID check-in survey. As per the current Athletics' policy for in-persons activities, participants may remove their masks when participating in their activity, but must resume wearing a mask when taking a break or in the hallways. Participants are of course free to wear a mask the whole time if they prefer.
No shoes that have been worn outdoors may be worn at any of our dance events. This includes classes, practice sessions, social dances, and workshops. You are welcome to dance in socks if you have no suitable shoes. Dance shoes are not required.
Under normal circumstances, we ask that dancers rotate partners throughout the class in order to give everyone the opportunity to dance with different people. However, we are not currently requiring this due to Covid. Dancers will be free to dance alone, with their own partner, with one person for the whole class, or rotate with others who would like to do the same.
As a general rule, we do not accept requests for a refund. For details, please consult our refund policy.
Any behaviour that makes any of our other members feel uncomfortable is unacceptable. A warning will be given on first occurrence. If the behaviour is repeated, your membership will be revoked and you will be banned from all club events. No refund will be given in this case.