Unfamiliar with Ballroom Dance? So were most of us!

So we've put this page together to give you a brief introduction to this unique and fun activity that we've all grown to love!

The World of Ballroom Dance involves the learning, teaching, and enjoyment of a variety of partner dances that are practiced around the world as both a social and competitive activity. It uses patterns of established steps to teach dancers how to communicate with a partner using the inspiration of a wide range of music. The true beauty of ballroom dance is the ability to meet someone completely new and be able to dance with them even without prior practice!

STYLES OF DANCE

The world of ballroom dance contains four main styles, each with their own set of dances and steps:

Smooth

Waltz

Tango

Foxtrot

Viennese Waltz

Standard

Waltz

Tango

Foxtrot

Viennese Waltz

Quickstep

Rhythm

Cha Cha

Rumba

Swing

Bolero

Mambo

Latin

Cha Cha

Rumba

Samba

Paso Doble

Jive

At UConn Ballroom Dance, we gradually learn all of these dance styles between our Club and Team lessons and get to socialize and practice at our events and open practice days! Our Club lessons are focused on the Smooth and Rhythm styles, while our Team lessons cover the Standard and Latin styles. ALL styles are typically practiced at ballroom socials in and around UConn, and we love getting the chance to visit other studios and colleges to connect with dancers outside of our own community! We even like to throw in some lessons for other partner dances such as Bachata, Country Two-Step, and Salsa!

And while we could explain at length what ballroom is and how much we love it, there really is no replacement for seeing it in action! So here are a few videos of what ballroom looks like on both the social and competitive floor!

DANCE LEVELS AND EXPERIENCE

Like most hobbies/activities, there are ways to track how much you are learning and growing in your craft! Ballroom lessons and competition brackets are categorized as Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Open (Pre-Champ and Champ).

NEWCOMER

The Newcomer level is typically for those who are learning ballroom for the very first time, and will generally last for one semester of lessons.

BRONZE

Once you have one semester of lessons as a Newcomer, you'll most likely be ready for Bronze! Where Newcomer is more like a prepatory level, Bronze is where you learn the solid foundations for each of the dance styles.

SILVER

Silver is like the Intermediate level of ballroom. You've gotten the basics down and now want to learn more! The silver level will teach a mix of new steps along with some technique to make your communication and movement on the dance floor easier!

GOLD

In Gold, you get to spread your wings even more! There's a chance to not only learn more fun and slightly more challenging moves, but you can start to experiment with your personal dance style and expression!

OPEN (PRE-CHAMP/CHAMP)

Pre-Champ and Champ are both included in the Open category. Open is the final and most advanced stage for dancers and is a place where they can truly tap into who they are as dancers, what they want to express as a partnership, and the beautiful and fun intricacies of ballroom dance!