Singles and Couples Welcome...pay monthly or drop in as you like.
Partner rotation in class is expected
Build a solid foundation in social dancing while developing skill and style. Our classes are provided in four (4) weekly sessions, starting in the first week of a calendar month.
New to dancing? Join an INTRO class first and learn about timing, rhythm and partnering. There is no prescribed order for taking BEGINNING classes. Class progression is BEGINNING- BEGINNING - BEGINNING - INTERMEDIATE - INTERMEDIATE - INTERMEDIATE. ADVANCED classes are taught in either private lessons or small private groups.
Pre-Register for Your Classes
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DISCOUNTS FOR PRE-REGISTRATION PRIOR TO CLASS DAY.
No need to prepay. Email to hold your spot and your discount by sending in your name(s) & phone number, as well as the class, day and month you are registering for. If the class is full or the gender balance off you can be placed on our waiting list. Pricing & Registration info
DanceWell Ballroom group classes run on two “tracks” for students to choose from:
Social Track, which is a very relaxed, general class for social dancing.
Technical Track, which is much more detail oriented.
A group class is typically a 50-55-minute session led by one or several of our instructors, each session covers new material as the month-long series progresses. Students are divided into leaders and followers who rotate partnership through the course of the class. Each month-long class will have practice time built into its schedule.
Entry Level-INTRO classes will have you learn accurate timing, rhythm and smooth partnering as well as basic patterns for your dance style of choice. Our goal is to let you have fun and achieve muscle memory in simple social dance patterns; or enough to “get by” at any dance event at the very least. We encourage students who are brand new to dancing to join an INTRO class first.
Entry Level- BEGINNING classes presents various fundamental concepts and foundational skills, including partnering, lead/follow, precise movement, turning, traveling, twirling and basic steps to use when social dancing. A description of each month’s class content will be posted on our online calendar. There is no prescribed order for taking BEGINNING classes, each month of a BEGINNING class will have a unique set of concepts and patterns.
The number of months for a BEGINNING level dance will depend on the particular dance style. For example, it is possible for BEGINNING WALTZ to be learned in a course of three different BEGINNING classes as follows:
Month 1: 4 weeks of BEGINNING WALTZ: basic fundamentals of smooth movement
Month 2: 4 weeks of BEGINNING WALTZ: fundamentals of left-turning patterns
Month 3: 4 weeks of BEGINNING WALTZ: fundamentals of right-turning patterns and Underarm Turns.
Students who wish to move up to INTERMEDIATE levels of a particular dance style are encouraged to take all the prescribed BEGINNING classes before enrolling for INTERMEDIATE classes.
INTERMEDIATE classes are for those who have mastered the fundamental skills in a particular dance style covered in the BEGINNING CLASSES and wish to learn more advanced variations and improve their skill and technique. INTERMEDIATE students are expected to build on skills learned in earlier classes as they develop more skill, variation and style. Students who wish take INTERMEDIATE level classes are strongly encouraged to take 3-4 months of BEGINNING classes prior to enrolling at these levels.
Instructor Training Program
The "college course" of dancing. Learn to lead and follow and become an excellent dancer and really understand each dance. Learn what the best Pros know about all the steps, choreography, technique, and dance vocabulary as well. This class has a time commitment outside of classtime. More information see Professional Training
Bronze Medals or Competition Programs
Become an excellent dancer and really understand each dance.
more information >
Hip Hop or Jazz / Funk Classes
Hip Hop began through underground movement and dance battles evolved as part of the hip-hop culture. And a hip-hop influenced style of Jazz is called Jazz / Funk.
AS A FAMILY learn the basic partnering dances. PLUS --learn to be really comfortable at social occasions. We request that parents join with their children to learn a social dance but we are flexible. Young adults above 4ft. tall are welcome to join any of our adult classes for just $5/class when prepaid for a series.
Dancewell Performance Team
The team performs different routines at our studio parties and in the general Portland area for Senior Centers, fairs, etc... NOT a formation team, mostly socially danceable material that can be performed by one couple or many.
Qualifications for Performance Group
Time commitment varies with routine choreography, practice and performance dates. Some knowledge of dance vocabulary necessary and a basic knowledge of the dances being performed. Pre-screening and a partner is required. Dance Routines are taught, with performances at various venues as the goal.
Personal attention will ease and speed the learning process by 30% and can be scheduled at convenient times. Check for prices - see Private Lessons
Interested in a dance class not listed on the calendar? Make a request to Linda and we'll add a new class to the calendar. Be sure to check our Calendar Page regularly