Classes

The first two weeks of lessons each semester are free and open to the UVa community. All other lessons require one to be a member of the club. Membership dues ($40 for new members; $100 for returning members. More information here.) are paid during the third and fourth weeks of lessons each semester.  In addition, those who are interested can pay a $5 flat rate per 45 minute lesson, although this does not grant you access to other events. We will find a way to let you dance!

We encourage coming to as many of the lessons as you can, as well as attending the appropriate technique course and open practice!

NOTE: Lesson times very semester to semester, see our Calendar to see on what days lessons fall. This page has not been updated for the Fall of 2016.

 

Beginner Classes

Newcomer Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, and Latin Classes

Intermediate Classes

Bronze Smooth and Rhythm Classes
Bronze Standard and Latin Classes

Advanced Classes

Silver American Classes
Silver Standard Classes
Silver Latin Classes

Practice

Technique Lessons and Practice

Newcomer Smooth, Rhythm, Standard and Latin

When: Tuesday@ 8:00 pm and 8:45 pm
Location: Slaughter Multi-Purpose Room 1
Experience Needed: None
Instructor: Experienced Veteran Members
Dances Covered: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha-Cha, Rumba, and Swing
Newcomer lessons are intended for those with no previous ballroom dance experience or those who would like to brush up after a period of inactivity. Completing this semester course will teach you to basics in choreography, allowing you to dance in competitive or social settings. These classes serve as a springboard into the intermediate Bronze classes. These classes also prepare you to be able to compete at a newcomer or bronze level at competitions.

Bronze Smooth and Rhythm

When: Wednesday@ 9:15 pm  and 10:00 pm
Location: AFC MP2
Experience Needed: Basic Dance
Instructors: Lee Santos
Dances Covered: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Cha-cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo

Bronze American lessons are intended for those with one or two semester of previous experience. Completing two semesters of bronze should give you experience in a majority of the Bronze American choreography and basic technique. They also prepare you to compete in Smooth and Rhythm events at a Bronze level.

Bronze Standard and Latin

When: Wednesday@ 9:15 pm and 10:00 pm
Location: AFC MP2
Experience Needed: Basic Dance
Instructors: Lee Santos
Dances Covered: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba

Bronze Standard and Latin lessons are intended for those with one or two semester of previous experience, and know the basic steps and counts of the various dances. Completing a semester of Bronze lessons should give you a knowledge of the majority of the Bronze Standard and Latin choreography and basic technique. These classes are also meant to better prepare you to compete on a Bronze level.

Silver American

When: Wednesday @ 11:00 pm
Location: AFC MP 2
Experience Needed: 1-3 semester of ballroom dancing
Instructors: Lee Santos
Dances Covered: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo

This class is for students who have taken the Bronze class for at least two semesters, or have had comparable experience. The class will add silver syllabus steps to the bronze level dances and will emphasize technique and styling. This course is highly recommended for returning dancers who would like to continue and excel in competition. These classes are meant to prepare you to compete at a Silver level.

Silver Standard

When: Thursday@ 9:30 pm
Location: AFC MP2
Experience Needed: 1-3 semesters of ballroom dancing
Instructor: Michael Remchuk
Dances Covered: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Quickstep

This class is for students who have taken the Bronze class for at least two semesters, or have had comparable experience. The class will add silver syllabus steps to the bronze level dances and will emphasize technique and styling. This course is highly recommended for returning dancers who would like to continue and excel in competition. These classes are meant to prepare you to compete at a Silver level.

Silver Latin

When: Thursday@ 8:45 pm
Location: AFC MP2
Experience Needed: 1-3 semesters of ballroom dancing
Instructor: Ana Maria Cernev
Dances Covered: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive, and Samba

This class is for students who have taken the Bronze class for at least two semesters, or have had comparable experience. The class will add silver syllabus steps to the bronze level dances and will emphasize technique and styling. This course is highly recommended for returning dancers who would like to continue and excel in competition. These classes are meant to prepare you to compete at a Silver level.

Technique and General Practice

 

Newcomer Supervised Review
When: Sundays @ 2:00pm
Location: AFC MP 4
Recommended for: Newcomer Dancers
Instructor: Practice Captains

Beginner Technique
When: Tuesdays@ 9:30pm
Location: Slaughter MP1
Recommended for: Newcomer and Bronze Dancers
Instructor: Experienced Veteran Members

Open Practice
When: Sundays@ 3:00pm
Location: AFC MP4
Recommended for: All Members
Instructor: NA

In addition to general reviews and practices, advanced club members will teach additional techniques and give advice, supplementing  lessons. Beginner Technique is open to all members, and is recommended for those still learning basic choreography and technique.

There is open practice space reserved by the club for open on Fridays from 5-6pm, in AFC MP2 & 3, and club members are also encouraged to reserve their own space for practicing (reserve athletic space here). Many of the Multipurpose rooms in Slaughter and the AFC are not reserved during the mornings and afternoons, and dancers can use them for individual or couple practices. All members have access to the open practice time.

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