Looking to learn some slick dance moves to impress your friends or significant other, or maybe just wanting something fun to do on Monday nights? Being a part of the UConn Ballroom Dance Club is a great way to do all of those things (as well as putting to rest your curiosity about what the heck a "foxtrot" is). Our Club is geared toward the social dancer, teaching you moves that you can use anywhere and anytime there's music playing! We'll teach you from the ground up, so don't worry if you don't have any previous dance experience. In the first few weeks of lessons we work on the basic movements of each dance, and continue to build your repitoire of steps throughout the semester. What dances do we teach? The Club generally focuses on teaching the American waltz, tango, foxtrot, cha cha, rumba, and swing (although we usually try to get salsa and hustle in there as well!).
The Club meets Thursday nights in the Storrs Congregational Church from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Two dances, one smooth (waltz, tango, and foxtrot) and one rhythm (cha, rumba, and swing), are taught each night. The Club splits the time into two one-hour segments in which each hour is dedicated to one of the dances you will be learning that night. More detailed information about what dances are being taught each night are posted in the schedules section of our website. Although we do not require people to make every Thursday night, it's in your best interest to come consistently. The more often you come, the more you can learn and therefore get out of being a member of our Club! At this point you may be thinking, "Learning how to Ballroom dance sounds like a lot of fun, but won't I need a partner? What if I don't have one?" Don't worry, our lessons are structured so that no partner is necessary. Whether or not you come alone or with ten friends, everyone will find someone to dance with. You also don't need to wear any type of special clothing or footwear (whatever you wore to class is fine). The only suggestion we have is that you wear shoes that stay securely on your feet (i.e. no flip flops). Jazz or character shoes are great if you have them, but not necessary for those of you who don't. And also don't think that if you have participated in our club in previous semesters that we will just be covering the same steps and dances; we now have a system to encourage returning club members to stick with us. For returning members, you can participate in our more advanced group lessons and learn even more cool and exciting steps to through into your dancing.
Hopefully you'll consider joining us this semester. To join our Club you'll need to register online. To do so, click the link in the gray box on the left side of this page. Once you've entered in all of your information it'll give you a piece of paper to print out that you can bring with you to the next Club lesson. In order to be officially considered a Club member you'll need to pay dues, which are $30 a semester for students ($40 for non students). After the third week only paid and registered Club members will be let into the Ballroom each Thursday, so please make sure you take the time to do so!