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Discover the Benefits of Dance...

DanceSport is more than just learning how two people move together around the dance floor… You will be surprised about all of the health and social benefits of dance!

Psychological and Emotional Well-being

Body Language is the Universal Language

80% of all communication is non-verbal. We judge people by how they move and carry themselves. Developing full control of your body can help you send the right message and get your point across.

Overcome Public Performance Anxiety

Dance With Me fosters an environment that allows you to develop your skills and confidence while providing a stage to showcase your newfound abilities. The confidence gained from your performance transcends into your personal and professional life. Now go rock that presentation and get a well-deserved raise!

Better Social Ease

Social dancing expands a person’s comfort zone through an activity admired by all cultures. Dancing provides an opportunity to communicate with others more easily.

Become the Life of the Party

Face it, you’re going to be in a social setting with music many times throughout your life. It is no secret that being able to dance makes you more attractive. Next time the music comes on, don’t be a wallflower. Let Dance With Me teach you all you need to know to be the king or queen of the dance floor.

Personal Development

Learn Essential Skills

Dancing is recommended to people of all ages because it teaches coordination, balance, discipline, social etiquette, grace, sportsmanship, and makes you a more well-rounded individual. It’s never too late to learn something new!

Gain Confidence & Improve Self-Esteem

Confidence is gained through acquiring knowledge, self-improvement, and a sense of achievement. Dance With Me will help you develop personally by providing you with empowering knowledge about your mind, body, and self.

Your New Hobby

Everyone needs a hobby, so why not take on a healthy, fun, and useful activity that will enrich your life?

Improved Physical Health

It’s not a secret that dancing is a really fun workout. It’s a great way to build your confidence, while helping you reach a weight loss goal or tone your physique. If you’ve ever watched Maks, Val, or Tony on “Dancing with the Stars,” you’ve witnessed how celebrity contestants lost weight just by learning to dance.

Get Fit and Healthy 

Ballroom dancing is one of the most fun ways to stay in shape. It’s a fantastic aerobic exercise, builds a strong core, improves balance and coordination, strengthens bones, builds lean muscle, and more. Using your own body for resistance makes it safe and easy!

Fountain of Youth

Nothing brings us back to the joys of childhood more than dancing and prancing to our favorite songs. We can style your moves to any rhythm so you can move to your favorite songs on the soundtrack of your life.

Increase Energy Levels, Elevate Your Mood, Boost Immune System

Dancing is a proven way to raise your endorphin levels, which are responsible for alleviating pain, improving overall well-being, and enhancing immune response. In short, it makes you feel great and get sick less often!

Improve Posture and Relieve Pain

Maintaining proper posture, such as the one used in dancing, strengthens the joints, tendons, and supporting muscles. It also helps prevent loss of minerals in bones. Doctors recommend regular ballroom dancing for osteoporosis, arthritis, and other debilitating conditions.

Increase Flexibility and Mobility

Ballroom dancing increases the amount of synovial fluid around the joints. This greatly improves mobility. Continuous stretching through dance will strengthen and lengthen your muscles, therefore making you more flexible and mobile as you age.

Accelerate Recovery From Injury

Doctors recommend light weight-bearing exercises to help strengthen the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue surrounding the injured area. Many Dance With Me students have recovered from hip replacement, spine surgery, and other injuries in a fraction of the recovery time suggested by their doctors. Just read the stories on our blog!

Social Benefits and Skills

Body Language is the Universal Language

80% of all communication is non-verbal. We judge people by how they move and carry themselves. Developing full control of your body can help you send the right message and get your point across.

Overcome Public Performance Anxiety

Dance With Me fosters an environment that allows you to develop your skills and confidence while providing a stage to showcase your newfound abilities. The confidence gained from your performance transcends into your personal and professional life. Now go rock that presentation and get a well-deserved raise!

Better Social Ease

Social dancing expands a person’s comfort zone through an activity admired by all cultures. Dancing provides an opportunity to communicate with others more easily.

Become the Life of the Party

Face it, you’re going to be in a social setting with music many times throughout your life. It is no secret that being able to dance makes you more attractive. Next time the music comes on, don’t be a wallflower. Let Dance With Me teach you all you need to know to be the king or queen of the dance floor.

Date Night for Couples

It is proven that dance improves communication and interpersonal skills. Not only will you feel individual benefits, but you and your partner get to work towards a new goal together! Why not experience a new hobby that improves your relationship, and ultimately your life?  Many of our student couples refer to our dance classes as relationship insurance, helping tighten the bond between lovers.

Discover DanceSport...

 

 

When Dance Became Sport

 

“Dance turned into genuine sport at the beginning of the twentieth century, when French entrepreneur Camille de Rhynal and a group of superb dancers added the competitive to the social, and when they converted ballrooms into the venue for their contests.

The first Tango tournament with international participation took place in Nice, France, in 1907. Ballroom championships in Paris, Berlin and London were soon to follow. France, Germany and England continued to assume the lead in fostering the emergence of a sport that seemed to fit in perfectly with the roaring twenties.

An inaugural world championship truly deserving of such title was held in Bad Nauheim, Germany, in 1936. Couples from fifteen nations and three continents were involved. Even though World War II then brought most of the competitive dancing to a halt, a new sport was born.  One that succeeded to keep in step with the rhythms of time.”

 

DanceSport Today 

 

“The World DanceSport Federation coined the term “DanceSport” in the early 1980s. While the Sport in the composite aspires to be consistent with the generally accepted definitions, Dance is to remain the distinguishing artistic mark.

 

For some of the styles, DanceSport takes pride in upholding some of the traditions and panache of what was previously known as competitive ballroom dancing. But it has long abandoned the latter’s narrow confines. Today, the most diverse dance styles that have adopted a sports-based culture, and that have established bona fide competition structures, fall under the genus name.

 

DanceSport has become an all-encompassing brand for an activity that is uniquely accessible and sociable, allowing participants to improve physical fitness and mental well-being, to interact, and to obtain results at all levels. Everybody is capable of moving to music. And dance transgresses all barriers of age, gender and culture.”

World DanceSport federation

American Styles

American DanceSport is divided into Smooth and Rhythm styles.  American is by design a more social style of partnership dancing.

Smooth incorporates the “classic traveling ballroom” styles of dance with more freedoms of dance positions and variations available to social or competitive dancers to develop a more open expressive appearence on the dance floor if so desired.

Rhythm includes the “non-traveling” styles of ballroom dances.  Most are danced to higher energy or sultry musical selections.  Just think… Mambo – Dirty Dancing!  Swing – Capitan America or Swing Kids!  

Waltz

The Waltz is arguable the most recognizable of all ballroom dances.  With it’s signature 3/4 timing, airy rise and fall, and music box-like hold, no other dance better conjures images of romance and grace.  As functional as it is lovely, waltz is the perfect dance to improve balance, strength, and softness in your movement.

Foxtrot

If you have ever dreamed of dancing in a long gown or a sleek tuxedo and floating across the floor like Fred and Ginger, then Foxtrot is the dance for you!  Rooted int he music of “The Great American Songbook”, foxtrot is an elegant dance that glides effortlessly across the floor before whisking into a series of pivot turns or picturesque lines.  The classic dance for a wedding or gala, foxtrot is simple enough for beginners to learn quickly and broad enough to challenge ballroom enthusiasts for years.

Tango

Most know that the Tango is the dance of seduction, mystery, and passion.  However, tango can also be hauntingly beautiful and deeply introspective.  Tango’s unique hold and cat like style of movement not only make it a show stopper on the floor, but a great method for learning musicality, sharp footwork, strong body carriage, and powerful leg actions.  An excellent dance to get “lost in”, tango challenges both the body and mind.

Viennese Waltz

Viennese Waltz’s defining characteristic is its whimsical turning.  Significantly faster than it’s namesake, Viennese Waltz harkens back to the grand balls of Austria, and is arguably the “dreamiest” dance of all.  While it is not a common socially in this day and age, it is still an excellent dance for learning grace, agility, balance, and posture.  It is dashing, graceful, and few sights compare to the grandeur of a room full of couples waltzing around the floor!

Cha Cha

Cha Cha is a fun, flirtatious, dance that emphasizes fast footwork, playful hip action, and a strong internal sense of rhythm.  Applicable to a wide variety of music styles, this iconic dance is a great way to raise both your heart-rate and your spirits!

Rumba

Rumba is arguably the most sensual of all latin dances, combing long leg lines, rolling hip actions, and beautiful arm styling.  One of the slower dances, Rumba puts great focus on core strength, balance, and “Cuban motion.”  Simple and versatile for the beginner while offering a fun challenge to the competitor, it is no wonder Rumba, with it’s seductive rhythm, is one of the most popular dances we teach.

East Coast Swing

The East Coast Swing is a descendant of the incredibly popular Lindy Hop style of the American 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.  A great starter dance for those interested in all that swing has to offer, the East Coast Sing can be performed in a simple “single time” form, “double time”, or it’s more common “triple time” rhythm that focuses heavily on energetic movement, a variety of turns and spins and, appropriately enough, a “swinging” action in the hips.  Versatile, fun, and challenging, the East Coast Swing is a great dance to have in your repertoire!

West Coast Swing

The West Coast Swing, so named for it’s Californian roots, is most easily recognized by it’s slick, playful, and improvisational style that is danced “in a slot.”  The West Coast style of swing is more laid back, smooth, and admittedly sexier than it’s bouncer, more energetic Eastern counterpart.  There is virtually no better dance for prating partnering skills as West Coast is extremely versatile, multi-layered, and highly “conversational” between partners.

Bolero

Unique to the American Rhythm style, Bolero is a beautiful fusion of smooth, sultry latin movements and sexy bossa nova based rhythms.  Few dances are as intriguing or alluring.  Sometimes referred to as the “ballroom dancer’s latin dance”, Bolero layers an almost waltz-like rise and fall action on top of the traditional Cuban motion, making it one of the more challenging dances to learn but also one of the most rewarding.

Mambo

Mambo is the quintessential latin dance.  Steeped in afro-cuban musical history, a good mambo relies on exceptional rhythm, coordinated rib and hip movement, and expression.  Differing slightly from the salsa, Mambo “breaks” on the second count of a music measure, which provides an excellent opportunity for the student to improve musicality along with the many physical skills the dance offers. Perhaps most importanatly, Mambo teaches the joyful “sou

International Styles

International DanceSport is divided into Standard and Latin styles.

Standard has by design stayed true to the “classic” styles of partnership dancing  and expression.   Standard exemlifises the poise and expression of what one immagines when they think of classics like Cinderella, Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast which all show a glimpse into a romanticised historical royal culture.

Latin expression is the opposite end of the spectrum exhibiting an energetic, powerful, sensual side of dance.  It’s no surprise due to the rich Latin and African influnces on the Latin dances!   After all when listening to artists like Santana, Enrique Iglesias, Tito Puente, and Shakira everyone wants to move to the music!

Waltz

The Waltz is arguable the most recognizable of all ballroom dances.  With it’s signature 3/4 timing, airy rise and fall, and music box-like hold, no other dance better conjures images of romance and grace.  As functional as it is lovely, waltz is the perfect dance to improve balance, strength, and softness in your movement.

Foxtrot

If you have ever dreamed of dancing in a long gown or a sleek tuxedo and floating across the floor like Fred and Ginger, then Foxtrot is the dance for you!  Rooted int he music of “The Great American Songbook”, foxtrot is an elegant dance that glides effortlessly across the floor before whisking into a series of pivot turns or picturesque lines.  The classic dance for a wedding or gala, foxtrot is simple enough for beginners to learn quickly and broad enough to challenge ballroom enthusiasts for years.

Tango

Most know that the Tango is the dance of seduction, mystery, and passion.  However, tango can also be hauntingly beautiful and deeply introspective.  Tango’s unique hold and cat like style of movement not only make it a show stopper on the floor, but a great method for learning musicality, sharp footwork, strong body carriage, and powerful leg actions.  An excellent dance to get “lost in”, tango challenges both the body and mind.

Viennese Waltz

Viennese Waltz’s defining characteristic is its whimsical turning.  Significantly faster than it’s namesake, Viennese Waltz harkens back to the grand balls of Austria, and is arguably the “dreamiest” dance of all.  While it is not a common socially in this day and age, it is still an excellent dance for learning grace, agility, balance, and posture.  It is dashing, graceful, and few sights compare to the grandeur of a room full of couples waltzing around the floor!

Quickstep

Quickstep is unmistakable in it’s playful gliding, jumping, and sometimes running motion across the dance floor!  This smooth alternative to swing dancing is similarly danced to the classic sounds of the American big band music.  Although quickstep looks intimidating to the social or competitive viewer, the basics of the dance are surprisingly easy and enormously fun!  Quickstep is a wonderful dance to work on smooth movement, proper dance frame, and obviously, fast feet.

Cha Cha

Cha Cha is a fun, flirtatious, dance that emphasizes fast footwork, playful hip action, and a strong internal sense of rhythm.  Applicable to a wide variety of music styles, this iconic dance is a great way to raise both your heart-rate and your spirits!

Rumba

Rumba is arguably the most sensual of all latin dances, combing long leg lines, rolling hip actions, and beautiful arm styling.  One of the slower dances, Rumba puts great focus on core strength, balance, and “Cuban motion.”  Simple and versatile for the beginner while offering a fun challenge to the competitor, it is no wonder Rumba, with it’s seductive rhythm, is one of the most popular dances we teach.

Samba

Samba is an intoxicating dance rooted in the heart-pulsing rhythms of Brazil.  It is an excellent dance to work on body isolation, musicality, and personality on the dance floor.  Sometimes fast and frenetic, sometimes smooth and sultry, once you start to samba, it is hard to stop.

Paso Doble

Paso Doble is the ultimate dance for those looking to escape into the passion and excitement of latin dancing!  Created to mimic the bullfights of Spain, Paso Doble is strong, seductive, and confident.  Though rarely used socially, Paso Doble still has great functional value to the student, requiring a strong sense of rhythm, sharp turns, and powerful movement across the floor.  For the competitor, the boldness and deliberateness of its presentation provides an enormous benefit.  Few dances are more stylized… or more fun.

Jive

Jive is the perfect dance for those with energy to burn or for those who wish they did!  A variation on the classic swing dances of the early American 20th century, Jive emphasizes lightning fast feet, sharp turns, and playful kicks.  There is no better cardio workout in the ballroom dance world than a jive, and many a dancer have found themselves more energized and more fit after learning it.  With music that begs you to dance, jive is the best way to dance away your cares.

Country Western Styles

Country Western dancing is a true American grassroots DanceSport style.  There are several “country” only dances plus a few of the smooth and rhythm dances with a “country” accent.  Like the other American styles it is designed to be very social as well as competitve in nature.  Only since the late 1980’s have organizations like the UCWDC begun to unify country styles across the USA and world.

Two-Step

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Triple Two-Step

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Waltz

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Polka

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Night Club Two-Step

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Cha Cha

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East Coast Swing

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West Coast Swing

The West Coast Swing, so named for it’s Californian roots, is most easily recognized by it’s slick, playful, and improvisational style that is danced “in a slot.”  The West Coast style of swing is more laid back, smooth, and admittedly sexier than it’s bouncer, more energetic Eastern counterpart.  There is virtually no better dance for prating partnering skills as West Coast is extremely versatile, multi-layered, and highly “conversational” between partners.

Street/Club Styles

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Salsa

The Salsa is arguably the most popular of all current partner dances, and for good reason.  The salsa is a fun, flirty, and simple dance designed to accommodate the many different styles of music that make up it’s history.  Usually danced quite quickly, salsa is a fun way to get in shape, work on musicality, and introduce yourself to the “language” of latin dancing.

Argentine Tango

The Argentine Tango, so named in ballroom circles to distinguish it from its more formal counterpart, is one of the most easily recognizable and beloved dances in the world.  Although its more taboo origins are widely known, the sultry, passionate, dance that comes from deep in the heart of Buenos Aires is now seen as a beautiful expression of romance, drama, and sometimes even playfulness.  Noted for its close embrace, improvisational swivels, and quick leg flicks the Argentine Tango is a fun dance to escape into.

Hustle

The Hustle is perhaps the most misunderstood of all partner dances.  It is often associated with the song that bears its name or perhaps the iconic movies of John Travolta.  However, the hustle as a partner dance is a fast paced, quick turning, show stopper on the dance floor that is sure to be a hit.  Hustle takes its cues from latin dancing, but its heart lies in the club beats found ion the 1970’s New York discotheques of its origin!  Hustle is the perfect dance for beginners looking to make a splash!

Merengue

The Merengue is an infectiously upbeat Caribbean dance and the perfect way to ease into the art of latin dancing.  One of the simplest of all partner dances, Merengue focuses on playful “marching” steps, gradual turns, and strong rib and hip actions. However, there are plenty of advanced steps and techniques to be learned from Merengue, and all latin dancers should spend some time taking in all it has to offer.

West Coast Swing

The West Coast Swing, so named for it’s Californian roots, is most easily recognized by it’s slick, playful, and improvisational style that is danced “in a slot.”  The West Coast style of swing is more laid back, smooth, and admittedly sexier than it’s bouncer, more energetic Eastern counterpart.  There is virtually no better dance for prating partnering skills as West Coast is extremely versatile, multi-layered, and highly “conversational” between partners.

Discover the Levels of Dance...

Ballroom private lessons, group classes, and competitions are often broken up into bronze, silver, and gold categories. Learn what they mean!

Ballroom dancers come in all shapes, sizes and ability levels. While some are executing highly complicated and difficult choreography with grace and style, others are content to learn a few steps to get them around the dance floor at the Saturday night dance. There are many levels in between each extreme, and the bronze, silver, and gold designations help to put some order to it all.

Bronze, silver, and gold levels of DanceSport each have their own syllabus of steps, goal for the dancer, and difficulty level. Learning what they mean helps the dancer know where they belong based on their skill level. Many group classes are grouped by these designations.

By starting at the bronze ballroom dancing level and moving up through gold, a dancer gets a good foundation in technique, balance and partnering skills.

Bronze Level

Bronze level is the most basic level of ballroom dancing, and this is where all new students should start. The goal of this level is to teach the dancer good balance, rhythm and how to move their body. They learn how to dance with a partner and work as a team.

In American Style ballroom dances like Waltz and Foxtrot, there is very little “continuity”, which is where the dancers pass their feet and flow into the next step. Instead, they end most patterns by bringing their feet together. The patterns in bronze level tend to be fairly simple, although they increase in complexity and difficulty as the dancer moves from beginning bronze to intermediate bronze and then to full bronze.

Silver Level

When the dancer has mastered the basics of bronze level, they are usually ready to move on into silver. This is when ballroom dancing really gets fun—the steps flow more gracefully from one to the next, and the dancer learns to make bigger movements with more turns and arm styling. They are expected to use good technique, balance, partnering skills and do it all with flair.

While the beginning silver steps are more difficult than bronze, they are still fairly easy and most dancers can execute them with varying levels of success. For example, bronze level dancers often add silver steps to their repertoire, but they do not execute them as well as they should. As one moves up the syllabus toward full silver, the patterns become much more demanding.

Gold Level

Gold level is the highest level that the syllabus goes to. Dancers at this level have even better balance and perform even more difficult patterns than silver level dancers. At this level, it becomes very apparent if the dancer has not established a good foundation in their dancing, because they are unable to perform many of the steps at all, let alone well.

Discover the Types of Entries at Competitions & Showcases...

DanceSport competitions and showcases have many different types of entries/events an amateur and/or professional can compete in.  Closed and Open are the most common for all Pro/Am & Am/Am competitors.  Solo & Showdance entries typically challenge competitors more through the complex choreography and being the only couple on the floor with 100% of the attention and focus of the judges/attendees.  Formation Teams challenge couples on their ability to stay in sync with their teammates in timing, styling, & movement.  Cabaret takes dance to another level of athleticism with “lifts, dips, & tricks”! 

Pro/Am - Am/Am - Professional

There are different Pro/Am categories for competitors:

Pro/Am:  Any time an Amateur is dancing with a Professional

Am/Am:  Both partners are Amateur dancers

Professional (Pro/Pro):  Both partners are Professional dancers

Age Categories - DanceSport

There are different age categories for competitors (USA Dance/WDSF):

Pre-Teen I: up to 9 yrs old

Pre-Teen II: 10 & 11 yrs old

Junior I: 12 & 13 yrs old

Junior II: 14 & 15 yrs old

Youth: 16-18 yrs old

Adult: 19 yrs old or greater

Senior I: 30+ & 35+ yrs old

Senior II: 40+ & 45+ yrs old

Senior III: 50+ & 55+ yrs old

Senior IV: 60+ & 65+ yrs old

Senior V: 70+ & 75+ yrs old

For an added challenge junior competitors can also compete against one age classification higher, where as “Senior” dancers can compete against one age classification lower!

Closed

“Closed” in a ballroom competition means that the students are performing their dances using “School Figures” or social steps learned on their lessons.

Steps will be within the students level of experience.

Closed entries allow students to show their professiency in ther fundaments (Posture, Movement, Connection, & Character) in each chosen dance.  (Pro/Am & Am/Am)

Open

“Open” in a ballroom competition means that the performed steps do not have to adhere to any syllabus. Choreographers for these events are able to either modify syllabus patterns or make up their own. Dancers who do open level choreography should have a firm grasp of all of the syllabus requirements. This allows for a lot of creativity and fun. (Pro/Am & Am/Am)

Solo

Solo Competitve Events are defined as competitive events at which only one couple dances at a time, with a routine choreographed to music.  Couples are judged and ranked in comparison with other couples in the same competitive category, or on an individual basis as compared to the ability expected for the proficienct level at which they are competitng.  (Pro/Am & Am/Am)

Showdance

USA Dance Showdance:

Standard Showdance, Latin Showdance, Smooth Showdance, and Rhythm Showdance

A solo style choreographed medley in Latin, Standard, Rhythm, or Smooth styles of dance.  Latin & Standard allow 3-5 styles, whereas Rhythm & Smooth can include up to all styles of the selected discipline, which must make up 75% of the routine.

Cabaret

Cabaret:

A solo style choreographed dance with”lifts, dips, & tricks” in Latin, Standard, Rhythm, or Smooth styles of dance.  Cabaret choreoghaphy often incorporates two or more styles of dance into one performance.  

(There are limitiations based on age!)

Formation Team - Competition

Formation Teams consist of six – eight couples.

Team dance is choreographed to specific music incorporating 1-5 styles of dance in Standard/Smooth or Latin/Rhythm categories. 

Level, Age, & Time restrictions apply.