Dance Lesson FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Dancing at Ballantyne Ballroom

Where are you located?
Our dance studio is conveniently located just minutes from I-485 in the South Charlotte / Ballantyne area. Our location is easily accessible from Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, and other surrounding Mecklenburg cities.

I’ve never taken ballroom dance before, what do I do?
The best way to start is to sign up for our Introductory ballroom dance Special. You’ll get 2 private lessons, 2 group classes, and a practice session and you’ll see what we’re like, and what we have to offer.

What will I learn in the Introductory Dance Program?
In the Introductory Dance Program, you’ll learn the basics of cha cha and swing, foxtrot and tango OR waltz and rumba. You’ll decide, if you want to take more lessons!

When does the dance program start?
We have group classes for beginners every Monday at 7:30. That way, you may start anytime you want and we get to keep our class size small and intimate. After your group class, you should schedule your private lessons to follow up on what you learned.

How many dance lessons will it take me to become a good dancer?
Good is a relative term. Most of our clients are satisfied with their dancing after the social foundation program. We recommend at least 25 lessons to be able to hold your own on the dance floor.

What do I wear to my dance lessons?
Ballroom dancing is a chance to dress up. The better you look, the more confident you’ll feel. We ask that you do not wear jeans or sneakers. Please, no rubber sole or black bottom shoes. A leather sole shoe is the best. No sweat pants or shorts and tee shirts please!

You teach ballroom dance, do you also teach the Latin dances?
We consider ballroom dance to be any dance where you get to hold your partner in your arms, and lead and follow. We teach all the SMOOTH dances, waltz, foxtrot, tango, Viennese waltz and quickstep. Yes, we teach RHYTHM AND LATIN dances too : cha cha, swing, salsa, mambo, meringue, hustle, rumba, bolero, jive, samba.

Do you teach hip hop or ballet?
No, we do not currently have any other forms of dance besides ballroom dancing.

What’s the difference between American Dance and International Dance?
American Dance Smooth – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, incorporates steps done with your partner in dance position, along with side by side work, open work, underarm turns and lots of Fred and Ginger type styling. American Dance is used only in America.

International Dance Standard or Modern – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, are danced always in closed dance positions. Partners remain in contact the whole dance. Tempos are usually slower. International dance is reserved for people who are serious about their dancing.

American Dance Rhythm – Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, West Coast Swing, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, Merengue, Hustle, Bolero, Single Swing- Characterized by natural hip and body rhythms, more bending and straightening of the knees.

International Dance Latin – Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive-Characterized by trained hip, rib and body action, in depth study of Latin American Dances. A quicker straightening action is noticeable.

WE TEACH ALL OF THESE DANCES!!

Is It Difficult to Learn to Dance?
It’s actually easy to learn. As with any physical activity, it takes the body approximately 5 hours to learn to “muscle memorize” any new activity. It will therefore take time to learn the various dances and develop a repertoire of steps. Keeping your lessons close together will help ensure your success and satisfaction.

I have a very busy schedule. How will learning to dance fit into it?
We offer flexible hours, so most students are able to comfortably fit one or two hours per week of dance time into their lives. We offer lessons by appointment weekdays from 1:00 pm to 9pm. Also, a variety of prescheduled group sessions are available throughout the week!

I don’t want to take Group Dance Classes. I’m afraid to embarrass myself in front of other people!
It helps to remember that everyone in your dance group class is at the same level as you. Some people learn quickly, some more slowly. Remember that everyone in the dance group is concerned about what others think of them. No one is going to have time to worry about how you look! Their thinking about how they look! So, relax, take your time and have FUN learning. Anyone who can walk can dance!

Can I learn to Dance like the ballroom dancers I see on TV?
Why Not?! What you see on TV is actually Dance Sport. Consider the difference between ice-skating at Rockefeller Center and the Olympics. With dancing it’s the same. The people you see on television train for the sport of Competing. About half of our student body is currently active in Competition. They too, want to look like the professionals, and they’ve realized on their own that Competing is the fastest way to improve your dancing skills. If you have the time and the determination, you can become as good a dancers as you’d like!!!

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Call us today to discover the benefits of dancing and to find out more about current specials.

704-208-4228 | 8610 Camfield Street, Unit C | Charlotte, NC 28277