The Ballroom Dance Company

Ballroom Dance Instruction for Singles and Couples

Ballroom Dance Lessons and Classes in Portland Oregon

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THE BALLROOM DANCE COMPANY
YOUTH PROGRAM


We offer dance lessons for children starting at the age of 3. If you are interested in progressing to the next age or skill level of group classes, or performing or competing, please tell your instructor. Our youth program group classes are designed to cultivate balance, teamwork, coordination, self confidence, and above all, a love for dance. Group classes tend to be slower moving and more social in nature than private lessons. For students interested in competition, private lessons are essential. If your child is interested in progressing quickly and excelling in competition, please carefully read our COMPETITION PAGE.


For students who would like to be introduced to competition in a fun and non-rigorous way, we offer Kids Performance Teams. Students can begin with private lessons for the fastest learning method, or begin with group "Intro to Dance" classes, which exposes them to a wide variety of styles and is a low-cost, low-time-commitment path.


We are the only studio in Oregon with multiple championship level accomplished professional instructors who reliably produce Oregonís top competitors, including multiple national title winners.


To maximize potential, we provide age-specific, skill-specific, and style-focused classes for youth students. We offer preschool dance & play for children 3-5, preschool ballet for children 3-7, beginners kids classes for kids 7-12, and beginners teen classes for youth 13-19 years old. Children are also welcome to take our adult group classes. Children younger than teens should dance with their parent in adult group classes (and not rotate with the rest of their group class). Please tell the teacher before class starts that you'll be dancing with your child and not rotate during class, so they can accomodate you.


Beginners will learn:


- At least two styles of dance including but not limited to waltz, samba, tango, west coast swing, cha cha, viennese waltz, hustle, quickstep, foxtrot, paso doble, nightclub two step, folk dance, east coast swing, country two step, rumba, jive, merengue, salsa.
- Choreography and technique
- Lead, follow and teamwork skills

Progression:


- We offer multiple levels of ballroom and latin classes
- Moving to the next higher level of class is similar to skipping a grade (or multiple grades) in school. This will require reliable group class attendance, private lessons and skill. Intermediate and advanced level class students have been taking group classes and private lessons for many years, so catching up to them will require hard work.
- When we have sufficient numbers of similarly skilled kids (or teens), we often create a new group class specific to their skill level. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of these, as well as our competitor and performance team classes, which cultivate the fastest learning curve. Students learn faster through spending as much time dancing as possible. Group classes are the least expensive means to gaining maximum floor time.
- It is OK for students to remain in their current skill level class. If you feel your child has exceptional ability, speak with your teacher about the steps necessary to progress to the next class level.
- We offer performance and competition opportunities for students of all ages and skill levels.

In class, students are expected to:


- Wear closed-toe leather soled dress or ballroom dance shoes
- Students with long hair must wear it pulled back in pony tail or bun
- Treat teachers and students with respect and kindness
- Advanced class students are expected to wear a shirt & tie (boys) and dressy clothing with hair pulled back (girls)
- At competitions, students are expected to wear STUDIO LOGO ATTIRE
- Children who are disruptive to the class will be given a time-out. Children who are tired during class are allowed to sit out and rest for part of the class.

Performance:


- We host semi-annual showcases, open to all students via audition.
- We host public dance parties at least once a week. Students of all levels are welcome to perform at these events.
- Click HERE to learn more about performance opportunities, and how to prepare for performance.

Competition:


- Click HERE to view upcoming dancesport competitions.
- Click HERE to learn more about competition opportunities, and how to prepare for competition.
- If your child wishes to compete, your first step is to find an age-appropriate partner, or find a PRO-AM partner. Experience is not as important as dedication. Group classes are a great place to find partners. We also encourage you to ask friends at school. Even a newcomer can quickly become a successful competitor if they reliably attend classes.
- Superior technique is necessary for success in competition.
- Our intermediate and advanced group classes are pattern-focused, not technique focused. Consequently taking intermediate or advanced level group classes will not be sufficient for achieving great success in competition.
- Couples who compete should take private lessons to learn choreography consistent with NDCA and USA Dance rules, allowable in competition. Rules restrict which patterns couples may execute in competition, and which order they are allowed to execute the figures. Couples are given simple routines, which they will execute at a higher standard of perfection. Though fancy patterns are fun, they are also not allowed in the beginning levels of competition.
- Although private lessons are not required for competitors, dancers serious about winning and rising through competitive levels realistically must take regular private lessons -- at least once a week. Private lessons are more expensive than group classes, because they cultivate the highest level of dance through 1-on-1 specialized instruction. Other competitive youth couples take up to 5 private lessons a week. It is not realistic to expect your child to progress as fast as other competitors, if they do not recieve as much 1-on-1 training.


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




FROM PORTLAND,
VANCOUVER:

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

FROM BEAVERTON,
HILLSBORO:

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

FROM SALEM, TUALATIN,
LAKE OSWEGO:

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" marquis