WELCOME TO UCONN BALLROOM DANCE
We are a ballroom dance group located on the UCONN campus in Storrs, CT that provides affordable ballroom dance lessons to any and all who are interested! For more information about who we are and what we do, feel free to check around our website or contact us!
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BEGINNER FRIENDLY LESSONS
Our lessons are heavily geared towards absolute beginners, since that's how most of us started our own ballroom journeys! Our instructors are professionally taught and passionate about sharing what they know and love about ballroom!
A big concern for a lot of us was coming in without a partner, but we've got you! Our lessons are taught using a rotational system that makes sure everyone has a partner and can meet lots of new people. And of course, we more than welcome any friends you'd like to bring with you!
We wouldn't be a proper ballroom community without hosting events for us to hang out and dance together, so you can be sure there will be lots of opportunities to do just that! Ballroom is a uniquely social hobby that is based on meeting and connecting with people of all walks of life, so if there's anything we like more than ballroom, it's making new friends!
Okay, but what is ballroom dance?
To give a brief introduction, ballroom dance encompasses a variety of partner dances that are used in both social settings and competitive sports. Ever heard of Salsa, Hustle, or Country Two-Step? These are popular social dances, along with ones like Tango, Cha Cha, and Swing. And while each dance has it's own set of steps and flavor, ballroom dance's overarching theme is the ability for people to dance with others, with or without a planned routine!
If you've never seen ballroom dancing before, here are a few videos of how it looks in both a social and competitive setting!
FEELING CURIOUS? We offer Two Membership Options for you to choose from!
Whether you're a student or non-student, use the buttons below to REGISTER and JOIN OUR MAILING LIST if you'd like to stay updated with UConn Ballroom Dance news!
Do I need to register before going to the lessons?
Not at all! Our first three weeks of the semester are a trial period for all members, so no commitment or registration is required! Just stop by for the lessons, and, if you are interested in joining, we will let you know how to register afterwards! (Note: Now that our trial period is over, please don't hesitate to contact our Board (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any interest in taking lessons with us!)
Do I need prior dance experience to join?
Not at all! We are open to anyone from a complete beginner to Open level dancers and everyone in between. Most of our dancers have started with little to no experience. If you have some prior dancing experience of any sort, you will certainly be at an advantage, but you will still find that our newcomer classes move at an appropriate pace.
What is ballroom dance?
Ballroom dance refers to a variety of partner dances across several different styles and speeds. Partnerships consist of a leader and a follower, so that skilled couples can dance together without planning routines in advance. Each dance has its own unique mood, style, appearance, and dance moves. If you'd like a more thorough introduction, feel free to check out our "A LITTLE ABOUT BALLROOM" page!
Do I have to come with a dance partner?
Not at all! In fact, all of our classes (at all levels) rotate through partners so you can have the experience of dancing with different partners.
What's the difference between club and team?
While the Team is meant for those who want to pursue competitive ballroom dancing, Club is meant for those who want to learn ballroom without the pressure or time commitment. Club is socially oriented and progresses at a pace that is ideal for those who are attending lessons only once a week. See our SCHEDULE page for more info!
Do I need to compete?
Not at all! Competing is an added bonus for joining Team, but not a requirement. If you'd prefer not to compete, but still want to learn more dances than in Club, you can absolutely still sign up for Team!
What kind of clothes or shoes should I wear?
The dress code for lessons is more casual. What you would feel comfortable moving in, like gym wear and sneakers, is appropriate.
What if I can't afford membership?
We don't want anyone to stop dancing because of financial issues. Please come talk to a board member privately if you need assistance.
So, Why Choose Ballroom?
For most of us at UConn Ballroom, ballroom dancing was an unknown. We knew very little about it, and had little to no general dance experience. So, why try it out?
On paper, the benefits of ballroom dancing include things like: providing a creative outlet, being a way to socialize with friends or meet new people, being a fun option for exercise, etc.
However, we thought it'd be fun to hear a few of the reasons why our own members gave ballroom a chance and what they found along the way!
"I started with UCBD as a Freshman at UConn in 2015 and have loved every minute of it! I started with no prior experience, and with the resources and opportunities of this club, I've been able to enjoy an amazing journey of self discovery and development. Dancing has always been a great stress relief for me, and I will be forever grateful for the connections and friendships I've made through our organization."
"UConn was a very new and stressful experience for me. I decided to take a chance and went to see what UConn ballroom was like. I was so happy to be welcomed like I was, even without any dancing experience, and am so glad to meet so many kind people who later became wonderful friends. Ballroom really helped me come out of my shell and help me come to terms with who I am. I would definitely not be the same without the club."
"Having moved from out of state, I didn't know anyone in CT and needed something to recharge from the work and home routine. By chance, I ran into UCBD members when I was still very new to the ballroom scene. Their energy and excitement about dance inspired me to join - a decision I consider, to this very day, one of the best I've ever made. I made friends, found an incredible passion, learned about myself, and grew the courage to try a variety of dance styles for the first time (even though being some years out of college). I can't imagine my life without dance now, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that UCBD gave me to try something new in a supportive and fun environment."