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Group Ballroom Dance Classes

Why take group dance class?
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 offers Beginning level group classes 7 days a week at our custom built ballroom dance studio located at 8900 SW Commercial Street in Tigard, Oregon. Beginning level group classes are aimed at beginners with no dance experience. We cover fundamental lead and follow technique and teach basic, easy-to-remember routines which you can use to navigate any social or party dance floor. Competition dancers will recognize the figures taught in this class from the bronze syllabus. Each class costs $35 per person for an entire 5-week series, or you "drop in" on any single class for $9. If you're unsure of which class or dance is best for you, feel free to call us at 503-639-4861.

We also offer intermediate level group classes. Tuition is $50 per person when you purchase the entire 5-class series, or $13 per person to "drop in" on any single intermediate level class.

We also teach advanced, performance, and competition level classes. Tuition is $60 per person when you purchase the entire 5-class series, or $15 per person to "drop in" on any single advanced level class. Instructor pre-approval is required for participation in all advanced classes. Please call 503-639-4861 in advance, or speak to the class instructor, if you wish to take advanced level group lessons.

Dance Calendar shows dates and times of all group lessons. You may also call 503-639-4861 with scheduling questions. A studio coordinator is on-hand to answer your questions 10am-10pm 7 days a week.

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 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. We vary choreography in most 5 week series, to give students a wide variety of patterns and help them feel comfortable in the dance styles they choose to learn.

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 What's Happening This Week 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?

Beginners Group Classes cost $35 for a 5-lesson series, or $10 to "drop in." Individuals may sit in for free in any beginning level class (meaning: they sit at the side of the room and watch, rather than participate in the lesson).

Beginning II Group Classes cost $45 for a 5-lesson series, or $12 to "drop in." Some of our dance classes do not have a "Beginning II" level. In that case, students progress to the intermediate level class, once they feel they've mastered the beginning level class. Students often prefer to re-take a beginning level class before progressing to the next level. Instructors do not teach 'the same' choreography in every beginning level class.

Intermediate level group class costs $60 for a 5-lesson series, or $15 per person to "drop in." Intermediate level group classes are aimed at experienced dancers with social dance experience. Individuals who wish to keep up with the pace of this class should be familiar with the bronze syllabus figures. Individuals may sit in on any intermediate level group class for $10.

Advanced level group class costs $75 for a 5-lesson series, or $15 per person to "drop in." Advanced level group classes are aimed at individuals who wish to take their dancing to the "next level." Advanced level students may wish to compete, perform, or just dance at a level comparable to individuals/couples who do perform and compete. Depending on the current lesson' interest, we will occasionally offer performance opportunities. Individuals may sit in on any advanced level group class for $12.

Students 22 & younger with student ID recieve a $3 discount on adult group classes.

Kids & Teen classes are usually $12 per class for drop-ins.

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. For help finding a dance partner visit our Partner Search Directory or fill out a partner search form available at our front desk.

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
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