Classes held at the
War Memorial Building
102 E. German Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
(503) 309-7250
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a partner?

No partner is required. Students rotate through the line of partners during each class. This enables each student an opportunity to practice what they are learning with an actual partner and serves to make each person a better dancer. This tecnique builds the confidence and self-esteem of each student in the class and creates camaraderie among the students.

What should I expect in the Ballroom For Beginners course?

The beginners course is designed to get you moving in the right direction. Over 7 weeks, each class will focus on just 2 dances. There is simply not enough time to cover more than two dances. Think of this course as your dancing Kindergarden. You must learn your ABCs before you can start writing! Additionally, you don’t get much in the way of steps. In each class you’ll learn only 2 or 3 patterns in each dance (maybe more depending on how quickly the class is learning). This course is more about the “how tos” and “what ares”. For example, “How do I let the lady know when I want to do this?" “How do I know when the man wants me to do that?” What is a slow step? What is a frame? And, "How do I keep from getting stepped on?” All these questions get answered in this course.

What do I wear?

There is no dress code at ABC DanceSport. However, we do try to discourage the men from wearing jeans and T-shirts. After all, Ballroom dancing is considered a gentleman’s sport, and the ladies tend to enjoy dressing up! Men are encouraged to wear casual khakis and a nice shirt.

What kind of shoes do I need?

Dance shoes are not required for the beginners course. There is only one rule when it comes to shoes; no rubber soles. As a beginner, you are already going to feel a little stiff and clumsy and we don’t want to compound that with your being stuck to the floor. So, no rubber soles. Try to find the lightest pair of dress shoes you can find. For the ladies, preferrably something with a heel, no stillettos, and definitely, closed toe for added protection.

What is a private lesson?

A private lesson is either a one on one, you dancing with your instructor or a couple, you dancing with your partner while being instructed.

There is a great deal of value in private lessons. Students taking private lessons will find that they advance much more quickly with the indivdualized attention and focus. Many of our students prefer private lessons over group lessons for this reason and are happy with their advanced progress.

With this individual attention the student will learn much more quickly than in group classes.