Getting Started: Ballroom and Social Dance Classes
DanceWellPDX classes are taught in 4-week progressive series
New Student? Start with any NEWCOMER INTRO or BASIC (BRONZE) class.
NEWCOMER INTRO classes are slowest-paced and focus on rhythm, timing and partnering, with very simple patterns.
BASIC (BRONZE) classes are quicker-paced and more detailed than INTRO classes.
BASICS & BEYOND classes add more foundation patterns and skills, and
INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED classes include more advanced variations and technique, building on earlier skills.
Our Weekly Party Practicums are for practicing what you’ve learned and becoming part of the community.
View directions to the studios, and photos of the buildings on our Contact Page
Decide on a Class or Dance to Learn
First decide what dances you want to learn - Descriptions of Dance Styles - Then check the Current Two Month Class Calendar to see a traditional Calendar view. Note: Classes usually begin the first week of each month
Enroll for $$ discounts: Pay online or at first class
Go to our Registration banner to enroll (the green banner to the right), and either pay online or at first class.
You are also welcome to “Drop in” to a class without notice.
If the class is full, the gender balance is off or you would like to “catch up” to the current class level, you are welcome to learn or the material or “catch up” to the class through private lessons.
Questions? Call Linda at 503-241-0460 ext.0 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Each Day of Class
BEAVERTON STUDIO: Check in attendance & get your name tag. You’re welcome to prep for class by practicing when you arrive.
TIGARD STUDIO: Give your name at the BDC front desk in the lobby; you will be directed to the correct ballroom. Then Check in attendance with DanceWell & get your name tag. You’re welcome to prep for class by practicing when you arrive.
On the 3rd & 4th Class a PRE-REGISTRATION SHEET is available for you to register for your next month’s classes --or Pre-register again through our online system, or via email or phone. Pre-registration saves $$ and ensures your spot in the next class as current students.
New Students FAQ > Some dances are easier to learn than others. NOTE: This does NOT mean you should not learn the dance you want -- just that it may be a little more difficult until you have developed movement and partnering skills.
For descriptions of the dances see Dance Style Descriptions >
|Easiest to Learn||Next Level||More Difficult|
4-count Swing Hustle (also called Disco or Hustle)
East Coast Swing (simple rhythm)