Smooth Sailing Ballroom offers lots of different group classes every month. Group classes are both an introduction to the experience of dancing with different partners, and a chance for the students to become familiar with a variety of patterns. Rotation of partners allows dancers to practice steps with different partners, which promotes comfort in dancing with others as well as the camaraderie that goes along with sharing a learned experience. Switching partners is not required though.
The dance styles that are taught at Smooth Sailing Ballroom are listed below:
What to wear? Dancing is very a physical activity. With this in mind, wear comfortable clothing that will allow your body to move. Smooth Sailing Ballroom will host themed parties throughout the month, so please check out the events calendar for attire details. Dance shoes are always helpful but not required. For your safety, please do not go barefoot in the studio unless otherwise instructed to do so.
A word on personal hygiene - Please remember that most dances within Smooth Sailing Ballroom are partner dances. This means you will be up close and personal with instructors and other students. Please remember to attend to personal grooming before stepping onto the dance floor.
Asking/Refusing a Dance - We encourage everyone to dance with others. Always ask if someone would like to dance. If they accept, offer your hand and begin leading by entering the dance floor. If you refuse a dance please do so politely with a smile. Also, many couples come with their partners and only want to dance with them. If you are refused a dance, don’t take it personally. There are plenty of other people to ask. Keep trying... they’re out there waiting for you to ask them.
Common Courtesy in Navigating the Dance Floor - We all share the ballroom dance floor, please be mindful of others and share the space around you. A collision is always unpleasant and interrupts everyone’s timing and concentration. If you DO have a collision, apologize. Men: As leaders, it is your responsibility to keep your eye on the floor traffic and use your peripheral vision to keep your dance partner away from others while moving down the line of dance. However, occasionally the lady partner will need to warn her partner of an impending collision when the leader’s back is to the line of dance.
Smooth Sailing Ballroom Policies - All individuals dance and otherwise utilize the Smooth Sailing Ballroom facilities at their own risk. No videotaping is allowed without the permission of Smooth Sailing Ballroom management and dance instructors. Music played during general practice time should not be monopolized by individuals and will be determined by management if an issue arises. All tickets, admissions, class fees, special event admissions and other fees are non-refundable. Smooth Sailing Ballroom is not liable for lost or stolen items or personal effects. Smooth Sailing Ballroom reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.