FAQ

What Should I Wear?

Ladies, come in something that you can move easily in. Nothing too constricting like tight pencil skirts/tight body dresses. Leggings/shorts are fine, but feel free to dress up! A flowy skirt/dress would be welcome and most dancers generally wear spandex under skirts/dresses. For shoes, most people come in flats. Nothing that doesn’t stick with the bottom of the foot such as flip flops, but sandals are usually fine. You will see some team members in ballroom dance heels, but flats generally are the best for your first time (and regular heels don’t have a dance sole).

Gentleman, wear what feels comfortable. For new dancers we recommend a pair of slacks, dress shoes, and a button-down shirt.  A tie might be “overdressed” but a t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers would be a tad under-dressed (and difficult to dance in).  It’s not critical, of course, and if you’re more comfortable in sneakers, by all means, come as you prefer! 
We also ask that everyone wear shoes for the entirety of the lesson. In other words, NO BARE FEET.

Do I need to be a Student?

You do need to be a student to join the ballroom dance TEAM.  But, we do have a ballroom dance CLUB that is open to EVERYONE.

Do I need to bring a partner?

No, there are plenty of people for you to dance with!  If you do want to bring a special partner, that’s cool too.  You can rotate with the other people, or keep your special someone to yourself.  Either way is fine.

Are there Tryouts?

Only if you have previous competitive ballroom experience.  If you don’t, just come to the newcomer classes, learn, and have fun :).

What if I have two left feet and no rhythm?

That’s fine!  Actually, most of our best dancers started with ZERO dancing experience.  We started by tripping all over each other.  We’re good at teaching people from scratch.

Will I be competing on Dancing With The Stars?

No, but you can say you did.  Also, who knows what the future holds?

How much does it cost?

Your membership dues for the team will cost $60 each semester. The membership fee is the only expense for beginners. If you are on the A, B, C or Pre-C team you are also responsible for additional lesson fees (see below).

Membership dues are highly subsidized by the University and the generosity of our coaches. The $60 gets you approximately 20 hours of lessons from our Olympic-level coaches, access to expensive practice space, and a number of fully-paid-for social events throughout the semester.

Where does my money go?

The money you pay for A, B, C and Pre-C lessons goes directly towards paying for your lessons. The membership dues are used to cover the expenses of renting dance spaces for the team to use.

How do I join?

Just show up to any general lesson or practice session! The schedule of the lessons and practices can be found on the home page. Feel free to contact the board for more information.

How do I get on or off the team mailing list?

You can get on/off the mailing list immediately: If you would like to be added on the mailing list, just subscribe yourself. To unsubscribe follow the instructions at the end of the e-mails.

How often do I need to practice?

General lessons are once a week on Saturday (from September to April). Although there is no requirement, new members are encouraged to attend practices, especially the two coached practices on Mondays and Thursdays at DTS.

What are the available levels?

Newcomer, Pre-C, C, B and A. General breakdown of levels:

Newcomer – Newcomer, Pre-C/C team – Bronze, B team – Bronze/Silver, A team – Gold/Novice/Pre-Champ/Champ

What are the requirements of each level?

Anyone is eligible for the Newcomer level. In order to enroll in levels C, B and A, couples must try out at the beginning of the semester. For more info, feel free to contact us.