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by Linda Springstead

Professional Instructor Training


Ballroom dance and Teacher Training Program. This is a structured Program of learning and instructor Training if desired in Ballroom Smooth, Latin Rhythm, Swing, and Nightclub Dances.

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Tigard location.

Teaching dance is a career option for anyone who loves to dance. This extensive training program will allow you to become a certified Ballroom Dance Teacher should you choose. It is also ideal for those who simply wish to quickly improve their dancing and have a professional knowledge of all partner dances. No partner is necessary. To enroll contact us!

In this highly-interactive course you and your classmates will learn:

  • To become excellent dancers as both leader and follower
  • Any and all of the 17 dances of the DVIDA Bronze American Syllabus for Smooth, Rhythm, and Night Club dances
  • Technical elements of all the dances
  • Musical elements and history of all the dances
  • How to effectively share your knowledge and teach private & group lessons
  • How to prepare for DVIDA* certification

*DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association) is a member of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), which is the governing organization for Ballroom Dancing in the United States. DVIDA certification is highly recognized and sought after in the United States by dance studios, boosting your potential for employment and giving you the opportunity to receive a higher salary.


Attendance & Class Time

Intensive classes meet two hours each week. This is a lead/follow, as well as a professional level course, and we cover a lot of material at a fast pace. Missing class is not advised, as you can easily fall behind. If you do have to miss a class, you can generally arrange to work with one of the other students to help you catch up or to schedule private lessons (for an additional private lesson fee) to make up any work you miss.

In a two month period Figures 1-15 of a chosen dance (Waltz for example) are presented in seven classes. This includes all the varying elements of each step, the sway, the lead/follow. The eighth class is the exam, with a presentation of dancing skills and knowledge of theory and an open-book exam.

Dancing Both Roles

In order to share or teach a specific dance or figure, you need to be able to articulate and demonstrate both the leader’s and follower’s part. We spend equal time in class working on both parts, and every student is expected to dance with every other student as both leader and follower, regardless of gender. This is standard practice for professional dance instruction.

Presentations (Homework) & Exams

Because this is also a teaching class, there is a strong emphasis on presentation. You will frequently have the option (homework) to present material to the class or demonstrate a figure. Exams for the course are scheduled once every two months.

We encourage all trainees to attend the exams. There is much to learn even watching and giving feedback. If you wish you may simply audit the course, avoiding all exams and homework. *See below under Additional options for Training. If you miss an exam, you may schedule a make-up exam with Linda (for an additional private lesson fee, usually one-half hour).

Additional Training Preparation and Practice

Doing well takes dedication and practice. This rigorous curriculum involves a great deal of practice to discover your own personal style and professional manner, and to gain confidence. An additional one to four hours of practice and study each week for those committed to the process is highly suggested.

You are encouraged to attend a weekly 1-hour supervised group session with an exam coach, as well as to take advantage of the free general practica at DanceWell Social classes and parties, along with your own personal study time.


Tuition & Additional Required Textbooks

Tuition for the current 4-Month session is $265/4-weeks (around $33 per hour). Tuition is due the first class of each new month and incudes all other DWBI social classes and parties. Students who make a late tuition payment will be accessed a $15 late fee. Tuition can be paid in class by check, or with VISA or MASTERCARD.

Not covered in your tuition are the Individual manuals required for each dance style: Smooth, Rhythm, and Nightclub. You will order these through DanceVision (see below).

There is also a one-time charge of $ 59 (including shipping) for the Ballroom Teachers College Workbook This workbook includes materials for ALL 17 dances of the program and is ordered through Dancewell Ballroom.

And it is strongly suggested that you order the book “Teach Like a Pro” from DanceVision.
This book is $69.95 (not including shipping)

*Please note that tuition may be increased every January to reflect the current market.

Dress & Shoes

Having a professional look is always important. All students will be expected to have proper dance shoes by the second class meeting. This is not an arbitrary aesthetic or a fashion consideration. To teach dance, you need the “right tool for the job,” and proper dance shoes are literally the foundation for your dancing!

There are different styles of dance shoes for different styles of dancing, but most students wear a basic “practice shoe,” a practical and durable suede-soled dancing shoe that is made to be comfortable and wearable for long periods. Some students wear flashier shoes or high heeled dance shoes, but this is a matter of personal comfort.
You can purchase dance shoes from any dance shoe retailer.


Auditing the Course:

Students are welcome to audit the course, for the current tuition charge of $265/4 weeks If you choose to audit the class, presentations and exams are not required and a Certificate of Completion for the course is not presented. You are requested to be present at all of the exams.

One-to-One Training

Tuition is currently $90 per hour for private teacher training instruction. This one-to-one training follows the same class plan as the group program, while the benefit of One-to-One Training is that of having less time commitment. Students can schedule at their convenience and finish whenever the lesson plans are complete.

Employment Opportunities

The DanceWell Program offers Teacher Trainees the opportunity to assist in classes and top graduates may be offered teaching positions based on the needs of the studio at that time.


Group Classes

Your tuition entitles you to most of the classes, parties and workshops offered by DanceWell. This can include 6 parties monthly and up to 11 group classes weekly. Your free entry for group classes, parties and workshops will require you to fill in as leader or follower as needed. You must have the proper skill level for the classes you attend and be able to dance as either Lead or Follow.

A complete list of classes and workshops can be found on the CALENDAR page. Celebrity guest workshops taught by visiting teachers are not included.

Reduced Rates:

Other benefits are reduced rates for private instruction and unlimited practice time at the studio.


As well as the Training Workbook ordered through DanceWell Ballroom, here is your list of materials, required and optional:

The following manuals can be ordered through DanceVision.com
Click on DVIDA Manuals and Charts

Bronze Smooth Section – 4-DANCES

Learn how to dance and teach Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz.

Required Class Materials: DVIDA Bronze Level American Style Smooth Manual.
The DVDS are optional, but recommended for the course

Bronze Rhythm I –4 DANCES

Learn how to dance and teach Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero, and East Coast Swing

Required Class Materials: DVIDA Bronze Level American Style Rhythm Manual. THIS MANUAL INCLUDES ALL DANCES FROM BOTH RHYTHM I AND RHYTHM II SERIES.
The DVDS are optional, but recommended for the course

Bronze Rhythm II — 4 DANCES

Learn how to dance and teach Merengue, Mambo, Samba, and West Coast Swing Exams one each 2 months.

Required Class Materials: Same manual as Bronze Rhythm I above. DVIDA Bronze Level American Style Rhythm Manual.
The DVDS are optional, but recommended for the course Bronze

Bronze Nightclub Dances — 5 DANCES

Learn how to dance and teach Salsa, Hustle, Nightclub Two-Step, Lindy Hop & Argentine Tango.

Required Class Materials: DVIDA Bronze Level Nightclub Two-Step Manual. DVIDA Bronze Level Salsa “On 1 and On 2” Manual. DVIDA Argentine Tango Manual. Bronze Level Hustle Manual
The DVDS are optional, but recommended for the course