Getting Started: Ballroom and Social Dance Classes
(Today is the day to start dancing)
The DanceWell Ballroom Program is taught in 4-week progressive series.
ENTRY LEVEL classes are either INTRO or BEGINNING (BEG) levels. INTRO classes are always at the slowest pace and focus on rhythm, timing and partnering, with very simple patterns taught. BEGINNING classes contain the foundations for your dancing and are continued for 3-4 months. INTERMEDIATE (INT) classes are for more advanced material, variations and technique. Progression of levels is INTRO, BEG, BEG, BEG, INT, INT, INT
Come to our our weekly parties to practice what you learn. View directions to the studios, and photos of the buildings on our Contact Page
How to Begin
First decide what dances to learn - Descriptions of Dance Styles - Then check the Current Two Month Class Calendar to see dates/times/details. Pre-Register for your class via email or phone. Questions? Call Linda at 503-241-0460 ext.0 or email.
Note: If the dance you want to learn is not on the schedule then look at the Future Classes Calendar to see when the dance will be taught. Questions? Call Linda at 503-241-0460 ext.0 or email.
Save $$ by Pre-Registration
Check the Pricing Page for Pre-Registration discounts. To Pre-Register simply send an email prior to class day listing name(s), phone number, the class, month and day you wish to register for prior to class day NO NEED FOR PREPAYMENT.
You can register for most classes at the studio on the day of your class. Note: If the class is full or the gender balance is off you are welcome to learn the material through private lessons if you like and then join the class the next month.)
A Contact Information Sheet (link below) can be printed and filled out at home to save you time on class day. Or you can fill one out at the studio. Every year we ask for a new registration form for insurance purposes, and to keep our records updated. (if you have issues with pdf, download Adobe PDF Reader >)
Contact Information Sheet HERE
Updated and required each year
First day of ClassSome dances are easier to learn than others. NOTE: This does NOT mean you should not learn the dance you want -- just that it may be a little more difficult until you have developed movement and partnering skills.
Check in attendance at the registration desk, get your name tag and enjoy your class. On the 3rd & 4th classes a PRE-REGISTRATION SHEET will be ready for you to register for your next month’s classes, or you can Pre-register via email. This Pre-registration saves $$ and ensures your spot in the next class as current students.
Class Recommendations >
New Students FAQ >
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)
Salsa or Mambo
East Coast Swing
Nightclub Two Step
West Coast Swing
International (Slow) or American
International Cha Cha