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Beginning Ballroom Latin & Swing Dance Lessons in Tigard Oregon

What is the best dance to start with?

Can anyone learn to dance?

How do I start?

How does a private lesson work?

How does a group class work?

How do I cancel a lesson?

How do I learn the fastest?

What is the best dance for beginners to learn first?

There are MANY styles of partner dance to choose from. Some dances are easier to learn than others. Some dances are also more 'useful' in social dance settings such as weddings & office parties. We highly recommend starting with an 'easy' dance (like nightclub two step or single time swing), that you can use in social settings, like weddings and office parties. We suggest learning more technically demanding dances (like international style foxtrot) after you've mastered the more 'easy' dances.

Though it is OK to start with any beginners class we offer here, the easiest styles to learn first are nightclub two-step or single time swing.

Click HERE for a detailed description of all the styles of dance we teach here. Feel free to call with questions.

I have two left feet and/or no partner, can I learn to dance?

Can anyone learn how to ballroom dance? Absolutely! We have classes designed especially for beginners, kids, seniors and more! Dancing is wholesome fun and great exercise. Most people who attend our group classes come as individuals, not couples. For singles, there's simply no better way to meet people than to be able to dance with confidence at parties. Dancing gives couples a lifelong hobby to share.

We have over 20 experienced professionals here. All of them set up an organized 'rotation' system in class, where individuals (even if you come with a partner) rotate with everyone else in class. If you come with a 'special' partner, you are sent back to dance with your 'special partner' towards the end of class. Structured rotation results in a dramatically increased learning curve. We find couples who do not rotate often have difficulty keeping up with the rest of the class. If you do not wish to rotate, that is your choice -- just tell the instructor at the beginning of class. But please do not be upset with yourself or your instructor if you find you start to fall behind the rest of the class. It is best for couples who do not rotate to invest in private lessons. You'll learn fastest in that environment & have no pressure to "rotate" or "keep up with the group."

The Ballroom Dance Company will get you started quickly and easily, even if you've never danced before.

How do I start?

You can take Group Classes or Private Lessons. Private lessons cost $70/1 hour-$95/45 minutes depending on your Instructor. Beginner's group classes cost $35 for an entire 5-week series (or $30/4 week series), or you can drop into a single day of class for $10. We also regularly teach "Intro to Ballroom" 1-day-only group clases, where participants are introduced to a ballroom, latin and swing dance in 1 hour. Most of our Weekly Dance Parties also start with a pre-dance beginners lesson. Admission is $5-$10.

When you show up to class, wear lightweight clothing and leather-soled dress shoes. Avoid sneakers, rubber soled, or spike-heel shoes. Everyday attire is appropriate for dancing. Stretchy, light clothing will be easiest to dance in.

Private Lessons

In private lessons, you work one-on-one with an instructor. Up to 5 people can share a private lesson (no extra cost for the extra people). Each Private Lesson is 45-55 minutes long, depending on the instructor. Social dance instructors usually charge less than championship level instructors. A social dance instructor has extensive experience teaching beginners and can prepare you for confident social dancing at weddings, nightclubs, social ballroom dances. A championship level instructor can prepare you for social dancing, but can also prepare you to dance in a more aesthetically pleasing way. They teach more elaborate patterns and can prepare you for competition, should you choose to compete. You can choose which dance(s) you wish to work on, or your instructor can choose dances which will best meet your needs and ability. Private lessons allow you to progress at your own speed, without having to rotate in class or ask questions in a group setting.

Arrive 5-10 minutes early. Sign in and pay at the front desk. We have 3 full-size ballrooms, the studio coordinator will direct you to which ballroom your class will be held. Other singles and couples might be taking lessons in the same ballroom as you (with other teachers), however your teacher will be fully dedicated to you.

Private lessons are booked in advance, much like booking a haircut appointment. Call (503)639-4861 to book your appointment. Privates are available 7 days a week, 10am-10pm.

Group Classes

In group classes, you and a group of other people learn together, with one instructor. Group class size could range from 1-60 people. Group Classes usually start the first week of each month, and group classes are 50 minutes - 1 hour long. Usually one style of dance is taught in a group class series. Each week the instructor reviews, then adds on to, what they taught the previous week. So it is best to drop in to the first class of the series, or take the entire series. However, drop-ins are welcome in any class in a series.

Arrive 5-10 minutes early. Sign in and pay at the front desk. We have 3 full-size ballrooms, the studio coordinator will direct you to which ballroom your class will be held. Other singles and couples from the Portland area will come to class as well.

Different choreography is taught in most beginners group class series. Consequently, we recommend taking the entire 5 week course, instead of jumping around from class to class. We also recommend taking many beginners group classes, before advancing to intermediate level class.

Beginners group class tuition is $35 per person for an entire 5-week group class series ($30 if there's only 4 weeks of class in a month), or you can drop in to a single day of class for $10. Group class series tuition ONLY applies to 'that month'-- You cannot pay for a $35 5-week series, then jump around from 1 group class series to another, or jump around month-to-month. The classes we offer change each month, and are largely based on student demand. If you wish to sample many classes, we recommend trying the 1st day of each series, and paying the $10 per class drop-in fee.

Group classes are published in advance, check our What's Happening This Week page to see which beginners group classes are starting this week.

How do I Cancel a Lesson?

When you schedule a private lesson you block out that time in your instructor's day. We request that you give 24 hours notice to change or cancel an appointment - so that we may allow other students to fill that time slot.

You do not have to notify the studio if you are going to miss a group class. We do not offer refunds or make-up classes for any missed group class.

How do I learn the fastest?

The more hours you dance, the more information you will retain and the faster you will learn to dance. Most beginners start with 1 group class or private lesson a week, and add more as they get more comfortable learning. More experienced or competition-oriented dancers take lessons 7 days a week! We encourage you to practice every day, and warmly invite you to attend our Weekly Practice Dances. Admission is $5-$10 and usually includes a pre-dance beginning level lesson.

Experience one of life's most fun and beautiful activities... ballroom dancing!

The Ballroom Dance Company
8900 SW Commercial St, Tigard OR
503 - 639 - 4861


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

Look for the burgundy & gold building with the "BALLROOM" marquee