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.
New Student? Start with any BEGINNING-1 (BEG) levels. Classes are slow-paced and focus on rhythm, timing and partnering, with very simple patterns. BEGINNING-2 classes are quick review and continuation from BEG-1 classes and contain more patterns and foundation skills. INTERMEDIATE-1 & 2 (INT) classes include more advanced material, variations and technique and build on earlier skills. ADVANCED (ADV) classes are for those comfortable with leading and following well and want more variation.
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 $$ by Pre-Registration
Check the Pricing Page for Pre-Registration discounts. To Pre-Register simply send an email prior to class day listing name(s), phone number, the class, month and day you wish to register for prior to class day NO NEED FOR PREPAYMENT.
A Contact Information Form (link below) can be printed and filled out at home to save you time on class day. Or you can fill one out at the studio. Every year we ask for a new registration form for insurance purposes, and to keep our records updated. (if you have issues with pdf, download Adobe PDF Reader >)
IMPORTANT : RE: Fillable Student Contact Information Form
Download this form, fill out, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org by clicking on the email “letter” at the top of the form, and then “send copy”. Use your default email with the attachment. In the email list the class(es) you want to take and your full names. We are working on an online payment system as well, but currently Payment is first night of class.
You can register for most classes at the studio on the day of your class. Note: If the class is full or the gender balance is off you are welcome to learn the material through private lessons if you like and then join the class the next month.)
First day of ClassSome dances are easier to learn than others. NOTE: This does NOT mean you should not learn the dance you want -- just that it may be a little more difficult until you have developed movement and partnering skills.
Give your name at the front desk in the lobby; you will be directed to the correct ballroom. Then check in attendance & make your payment at the DWB registration desk , get your name tag and enjoy your class.
For your convenience on the 3rd & 4th of class series a PRE-REGISTRATION SHEET is available for you to register for your next month’s classes --or you can Pre-register via email. This Pre-registration saves $$ 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