Getting Started: Ballroom and Social Dance Classes
DanceWellPDX classes are taught in 4-week progressive series
New Student? Start with any NEWCOMER INTRO or BASICS class.
INTRO classes are slowest-paced and focus on rhythm, timing and partnering, with very simple patterns.
BASICS classes are quicker-paced than INTRO classes; and contain more patterns and foundation skills.
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 parties are for practicing what we’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 dates/times/details. Questions? Call Linda at 503-241-0460 ext.0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Classes usually begin the first week of each month.
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.
Drop into a Class
You are welcome to enroll on the day of class without notice; a “drop-in”.
Note: Classes progress each week, building on prior lessons.
Every year we ask for a new registration form for insurance purposes, and to keep our records updated. A Contact Information Form (link below) can be printed and filled out at home to save you time on class day. Bring it with you or email it to email@example.com Or you can fill one out at the studio.
Pre-Register for Class Discounts
To Pre-Register, Save $$ and hold a spot in a class, send an email prior to class day listing your name(s), phone number, the class, month and day you wish to register for NO NEED FOR PREPAYMENT. Check the Pricing Page for discount amounts
Prepaying for Your Classes - A New Option
Through email you can request and pay your class invoice via E-bank [ACH bank transfer] There is a .50 cent fee. Then on class day, check in at the classroom, get your name tag and enjoy your class.
TO NEW STUDENTS: re Yearly Fillable Student Contact Information Form
If you are pre-paying for your class, fill out the Info form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the email “letter” at the top of the form, and then “send copy”. IN THE EMAIL: list your class(es), your name(s) and phone number.
You can register and pay for most classes at the studio on the day of your class.
Each Day of Class
BEAVERTON STUDIO: Check in attendance & get your name tag. You’re welcome to prep for class by practicing when you arrive.
TIGARD STUDIO: Give your name at the BDC front desk in the lobby; you will be directed to the correct ballroom. Then Check in attendance with DanceWell & get your name tag. You’re welcome to prep for class by practicing when you arrive.
On the 3rd & 4th Class a PRE-REGISTRATION SHEET is available for you to register for your next month’s classes --or you can Pre-register via email or phone. Pre-registration saves $$ 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)