Introduction to Ballroom

If you’ve never danced before, it can be confusing to know where to begin. The best place to start is in a group class that focuses on the new dancer, our Intro to Ballroom Class. In the class you will learn everything you need to know to understand ballroom dancing and be able to practice outside of class. In addition, you’ll meet new friends and enjoy the welcoming environment of the dance studio.

Getting Started


All new students should register for the Intro to Ballroom Series Class. This class addresses the vital theory of how to learn to ballroom dance and puts everyone on the “same page”, allowing the classes to move forward evenly. Each class is 1 hour in length. Series begins the first Wednesday of every month and continues each Wednesday for four Wednesdays (for some months, the series may be only three weeks due to holidays and have a pro-rated price – please see our calendar).

What’s Required?

  • Pre-registration (call 408-824-0074 or sign up online below)

  • You must be 16 years old or older to dance with ADC

  • Dance shoes (We will instruct you on what shoes to purchase during the first week of class. Please bring socks to dance in.)

  • No partner required


Book Online

We'll update this section once we are able to resume in-person group classes! For now, we recommend one of the following options:

  • Register for an introductory private lesson - outdoors behind our studio, in your own backyard, or online. Once we receive payment, one of our instructors will reach out to schedule your lesson. (Cost: $50)

  • Join our special FREE online intro to ballroom classes! Once you register, you'll be emailed the Zoom link to join your class. (Cost: FREE!)

  • Pay for a monthly pass providing unlimited access to our online group classes. Once we receive payment, you'll be provided a document containing all Zoom links for the month. (Cost: $220/month/person)

Frequently Asked Questions

The information below will help put your mind to rest about the biggest fears of new dancers:

Help! I have two left feet!
Learning to dance well depends just as much on intelligent, well-paced instruction as a student’s capability. Your instructor is responsible for making sure that the speed of the class allows for you to enjoy the class, socialize with others, and also physically master the movements. If you can walk, you can dance. Two left feet and all. In addition, the class is repeated until you have full confidence in the material.

Is everyone going to laugh at me?
New dancers often worry that everyone will be looking at them, evaluating their every move. The truth is that other students in the class are completely focused on what they are doing and don’t have enough attention to give to anything else. No one will laugh at you-they probably won’t even notice what you are doing at all. Add to that our commitment to keeping our environment friendly and welcoming. We simply do not allow an environment that is not open and friendly to all students of any level.

What about these dance shoes I’m hearing about? Where do I get those?
Every sport or activity requires certain tools in order to perform it. One of the tools for dancing is dance shoes. They have a special sole that allows one to dance better, and they don’t scuff or mar the floor like “street shoes”. In your first class session you may dance in socks. Your instructor will give you all the information you need to purchase dance shoes. It’s best to wait until you have come to the first class before purchasing dance shoes. Your instructor will also let you know where to get them.

What dances do you do in the Intro to Ballroom Class?
One ballroom dance and one Latin dance are the focus for each 4 week series class.

Do I need a partner?
You do not need a partner to take any of ADC’s ballroom dance classes. We do rotate in class frequently, which enhances not only the social aspect of the class, but it also has been shown to increase the dance skills of the students.

I have NO rhythm! Can I still attend?
Having good timing and musical skills are sometimes born, but most often learned. The Intro to Ballroom class begins by teaching these basic music skills: finding the beat, counting, and how to put those things to the movement of the body. Don’t worry if you have “no rhythm”, we teach that too!

How do I keep on progressing after this beginning ballroom dance class?
The teachers here at Areté Dance Center can keep you improving and advancing from a beginning ballroom dancer all the way through advanced with the variety of ballroom dance classes and workshops we offer continually throughout the year. Learn more about our ballroom dance classes here.

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