The Ballroom Dance Company

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Group Ballroom Dance Classes

Why take group dance class?

How many people are in a group class?

What if I don't have a partner?

How does a group class work?

How much does a group class cost?

What if the group class I take progresses too fast or too slow for me?

The Ballroom Dance Company has exponentially downsized this year, and now only employs owner Sunnie Page. The only group classes Sunnie currently offers are intermediate and advanced international standard group classes Saturday mornings at 8 and 9am.

If you are a Beginner who enjoys group classes, we recommend you sample one of the many weekly group dance classes Shawn Gardner Dancing offers. Shawn Gardner Dancing now operates our facility. Beginning level group classes are aimed at beginners with no dance experience. Participants learn fundamental lead and follow technique and teach basic, easy-to-remember routines which you can use to navigate any social or party dance floor. You may also call (971)998-5120 or e-mail with questions

Sunnie Page's Class Calendars shows dates and times for her classes. You may also call (503)639-4861 or e-mail with questions.

Why take group classes?

1. Group class is an inexpensive means to learn new figures and patterns.
2. Dancing improves your balance, strength, flexibility, and stamina.
3. We provide the most weekly group classes of any dance studio in the Pacific Northwest. We offer over 60 hours of group classes to choose from every week, specific to dance style, student age, and proficiency level.
4. Group class enables you to dance comfortably on any social or party floor.
5. Group class allows your lead and follow to be predictable through repetition.
6. You do not need to sign up for group class in advance.
7. Group class gives participants practice leading/following different partners.
8. Learn the same routines as your friends in group class so they're easier to lead and follow
9. Group class increase your balance and your sensitivity to your partners' balance.
10. Meet new friends in group class and dance with new people in a structured environment.

How many people are in a group class?

Group class attendance varies widely, depending on the time and day, instructor, and style of dance taught.

Because we do not require pre-registration, we do not know in advance how many students will show up for a particular class.

It's possible only 1 person could show up (in which case you'll get a fabulously discounted private lesson!), or 100 people could show up (in which case you'll meet a lot of new people). Either way you'll learn a lot and have fun

What if I don't have a partner?

Most people come to class 'solo,' with no dance partner.

Your instructor will line everyone up at the start of each class, and establish a rotation. By the end of class, you'll have danced with many people, many times.

If you come with a specific partner, we still recommend you rotate throughout class. This will help you both learn fastest. Of course at the end of class, your instructor will send you back to your special partner (if you came with one) to finish out the class dancing with them.

How does a group class work?

Group classes focus on one subject (for example: the international tango) over a series of 5 lessons. In each successive lesson we build on materials learned in the previous class. Class topics (for example: choreography) are pre-determined for each lesson, and are appropriate to that lesson's experience level. We cover the materials at the average learning rate of the lesson. Class content varies in each series, to give students a wide variety of patterns and help them feel comfortable in the dance styles they choose to learn. So if you take an itermediate waltz class 1 month, an intermediate waltz class the following month would cover different choreography.

We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced level group classes. If you are unsure which lesson you "belong" in, ask your teacher. As a general rule, students take beginning level classes until they feel 'bored,' then move to intermediate level classes.

Visit our Class Calendars Page to view many group class dates and times you can choose from this week! You can also call us anytime at (503)639-4861.

How much do group ballroom dance classes cost?

Classes are priced for drop-ins (for example: pay $15 to drop-in to a single day of an intermediate level class). Often 1-month series discounts are available (for example: pre-pay $60 to take a complete 5 week series of a beginners group class). Tuition varies based on class level (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced).

What if the group class progresses too quickly or slowly for me?

Group classes are designed for a particular skill level and progress based on the planned materials as well as the average skill and learning capacity of the group. You may find that a class moves too quickly for you to keep up, or too slowly to challenge you.

If a class moves too quickly for you, try taking the next easiest level of class. If you want to remain with your current lesson, you can take a private lesson to focus on any unclear information you learned in the group lesson. Private Lessons move 100% at your own pace, and focus 100% on your areas of interest.

You will retain more information from class if you practice throughout the week. This is best done with a partner. The easiest way to find a partner is to attend social dances and group classes, where you can 'test drive' potential partners and get to know others who want to practice.

When a class moves too slowly for you, try taking a more difficult level group lesson. For dancers who want to achieve superior technique or choreography, group classes will not be sufficient to cultivate competition-level skills. In fact all championship level competitors take private lessons almost exclusively. If the advanced class moves to slowly for you, a Private Lesson is your most effective learning tool.

The Ballroom Dance Company
503 - 639 - 4861

We lease floorspace & teach at 8900 SW Commercial St, Tigard OR


I-5 to exit 294,
Follow 99W west
Left on Hall,
Right on Commercial
(you'll see Salon Natalia)
Ballroom is on your left


217 to exit 292,
Right on 99W,
Get in far left lane
Left on Hall
(you'll see Salon Natalia)
Right on Commercial


I-5 to exit 292B
(Kruse Way toward 72nd)
Left on 72nd
Right on Hunziger
Left on Hall
Right on Commercial