FAQs


If you are just getting into partner dancing or if you’ve never danced with us before, we imagine you have a lot of questions. Read on and, if you don’t find your question, comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

  1. What is Ballroom?vancity4
  2. What is “Partner Dancing”?
  3. Do I have to have a partner to dance?
  4. What kind of music are we dancing to?
  5. How much does it cost and what does my cover include?
  6. I’ve never danced before, what can I expect?
  7. Are there any weird dancing rules I should be aware of?
  8. How should I dress?
  9. What kind of shoes should I wear?
  10. Do you offer private lessons?
  11. What dances can I expect at VanCity Ballroom?
  12. Is there food?

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What is Ballroom?

Although Ballroom includes more “traditional” dances like waltz and foxtrot, Ballroom is actually a  collection of partner dances that can be broken into various subgroups, including:

Standard/Smooth (waltz, tango, foxtrot), Latin/Rhythm (cha-cha, rumba, east coast swing),  Country (Country Two-Step, Country Swing) and Nightclub (salsa, hustle, nightclub two-step).

You can learn more on our Ballroom 101 page.

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What is a “Partner Dancing”?

Partner dancing literally just means you have a partner. One person (traditionally a man) will act as the “lead” and the other (traditionally a woman) will act as the “follow”.  Learn whatever part you feel most comfortable with and, once you feel confident in that role, learn the other! It will help you become a better dancer plus you’ll be able to dance with more people.

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Do I have to have a partner to come to a dance?

Nope! You are perfectly welcome to come solo or with a group of friends. We host social dances, we encourage you to dance with a variety of partners.

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What kind of music are we dancing to?

All kinds! We may play some classical waltz and tangos. But we will also play a lot of modern pop, Latin, R&B, folk, country, and more. If you want to hear more of a certain style or perhaps a specific song, let our team know– we’d love the feedback!

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vancity6How much does it cost and what does my cover include?

The standard cover fee is $8 cash ($8.50 for credit/debit cards). The cover does include an optional beginner’s lesson fom 7pm-7:30pm.

**If we are hosting a potluck event, you can receive $3 off admission by bringing a potluck item to share.**

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I’ve never danced before, what can I expect?

First of all, we’re very excited to have you join us! Be sure to introduce yourself to one of our team members (see the team page)! We strongly encourage you to come to our beginner’s lesson so you can learn the basic steps to one dance before the social dance. We will play a variety of songs so there will probably be some dances you don’t know (yet!), these are a good opportunity to ask for help from another dancer, watch the other couples dance, or socialize with friends. Our team is more than willing to show you the basic steps to other dances after the lesson concludes.

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Are there any weird dancing rules I should be aware of?

Yes, there are some rules. Generally, we just want you to be safe and considerate of the other dancers.

As far as Dance Floor Etiquette, most ballrooms adhere to the following:

  • Progressive or forward-moving dances should always dance counterclockwise around the floor (that way you’ll keep in the flow of traffic). These dances include country two-step, international waltz, and foxtrot.
  • Slow-moving dancers should gear towards the middle of the dance floor while faster, more mobile dancers should tend towards the perimeter of the dance floor
  • Stationary, slot, or otherwise “non-progressive” dances should stay in the center of the floor. These dances include American waltz, swing, or line dances.

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How should I dress?

However you feel comfortable! We don’t care if you come dressed to the nines or wearing your old blue jeans. We just want you to have a good time!

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What kind of shoes should I wear?

We suggest you wear dance shoes or shoes with soft soles (they’re easier to dance in and they’re easier on our dance floor). If you don’t have dance shoes, wear something comfortable that won’t fall off your feet. Please do NOT wear shoes that will mark up or otherwise damage our floor (we’ll be very disappointed).

Looking to buy dance shoes? Shop Local at The Glass Slipper.

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Do you offer private lessons?

We currently do not offer any private lessons- sorry! We only offer a beginner’s group lesson once a week before our social dance.

In the mean time, we are developing a Local Instructor Directory. These instructors are not VanCity employees but we do have their information available if you’d like to contact them directly.

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What dances can I expect at VanCity Ballroom?

Get ready for a long list…

Argentine Tango, Bachata, Bolero, Cha Cha, Country Swing, Country Two-Step, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Hustle, Line Dances, Merengue, Nightclub Two-Step, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Waltz, and West Coast Swing.

If you want to hear more of a certain dance, let our team know or hit us up on our contact page.

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Is there food?

There will be snacks and water available. You are welcome to bring your own water bottle or snacks (especially if we’re having a potluck party!). We only ask that you do not bring alcohol.

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