Students learn Beginning Waltz, Fox Trot and Swing. This group class runs for 4 weeks, 1 1/2 hours per week. Followed by four weeks of Cha Cha, Rumba, and Tango.
Dance Class Program
Our goal at Ballroom Dance In Frederick, is to provide the student with a philosophy of movement, and the tools and foundation to make dance decisions on the dance floor. To be able to go in different directions with their dance and still be successful.
There are two styles of ballroom dance, American and International. American is more social, but is also competitive; International is more competitive, but is also done socially. We want to educate the student to the differences in these styles.
At Ballroom Dance In Frederick we want you to have a quality experience, and provide you with the necessary tools to be able to dance. Being able to learn a dance pattern is not all there is to dancing. Proper footwork, rhythm, correct leads and ability to follow is also important to feel comfortable to yourself and your partner, and for your dancing to be smooth and pleasurable on the dance floor.
We only work on two dances per month and introduce more technique into the movement. The student is in Level 3 for 6 months moving through each dance two times. It is at this time that the student is solidifying and completing the Bronze Level of the six core dances. When students are in 3rd level, their 5th month of dancing, the workshop classes of Samba, Hustle, Merenque, Mambo and West Coast Swing open up to the students. By this time, the student is ready for new rhythms. The first level of these workshop classes run relatively fast, as many of the patterns are patterns that we were introduced to in the beginning levels, we are just transposing the patterns into the new rhythms.
Level 4 begins the Silver Level steps. These steps begin to feel and look like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and also need more technical expertise to execute the patterns.
Level 2 builds on the Level 1 rhythms by adding more patterns and increasing your comfort level on the dance floor.
We begin the International Style of Dancing, this style is seen on PBS Ballroom Dance Championships and Dancing With the Stars. The Style is not dramatically different from American Style, in some cases we use the same patterns, but because of the body contact, technique is essential, but in the lower level classes we have been building up to these advanced classes.
In 6th Level we continue with the International Silver and Gold Level material in all 10 dances, working on two dances each month. This class may break at times from the syllabus, engaging in rhythm changes and choreographic material. Because we only work on each dance once every 5 months, it is essential that you are practicing the material, dancing the material at dances, and consistently coming to classes. Expectations for this class are the ability to execute heel turns, by lead or follow; execute a spiral, by lead or follow; understand the differences between a natural and reverse turn, understand and use rotation as it applies to turning, outside partner positions, and promenade positions; be able to hold a frame; understand and execute body swing; understand spatial orientation; and engage in private lessons.