Want to get carried away with music and learn the technique of different dance styles? The Ballroom courses will train you in just that! Learn the standard dances from the European ballrooms of yesteryear, like the Quickstep and Slow Waltz, as well as Latin American dances like the Cha-Cha-Cha, Jive and Samba.

Beginners course I:

During the Beginners I course, you will learn the basics of both Ballroom Latin and Ballroom Standard dances in a fun combination. You will dance with a partner, and learn how to lead and to follow. You will learn to recognise the different rhythms, music and dance styles.

This beginners course is perfect for you if you have no experience at all in this type of dancing. In seven lessons you will learn the basics of 4 dances. After completing this course, you can move on to the next level, Beginners II.

 

Beginners course II:

During the Beginners II course, you will learn new dance steps for the Slow Waltz, Quickstep, Jive and Cha-Cha-Cha. We also focus on improving the execution of the steps you learned in Beginners I course. You will spend time working on your technique, which will help you to master the movements and perform them with ease.

The Beginners II course is perfect for you if you have followed the Beginners I course at X or have already gained 3-9 months of experience in ballroom dancing elsewhere. The content of the course varies per course, so you can take the course  several times.

Schedule & enrolment

Teachers

Kaspar van Lierop

Kaspar has been a competitive dancer since 2003. He participated at several championships on Dutch National (NADB) and international (IDSF/WDC) levels. Since 2009, he is member of the International Olympic committee as a dancesport athlete. In 2012, he won the WDC Dutch National AL Masterclass championship with his dance partner Polina Abdoulina. He has been working as a dance teacher, trainer and coach since 2010. In 2013 he started teaching the Standard and Latin Ballroom dancing courses at X.

www.kpdanceworks.nl

Polina Abdoulina

Polina has been a competitive dancer since 2001. She participated in several championships on Dutch National (NADB) and international (IDSF/WDC) levels. Since 2009, she is member of the International Olympic committee as a dancesport athlete. In 2012, she won the WDC Dutch National AL Masterclass championship with her dance partner Kaspar van Lierop. She has been working as a dance teacher, trainer and coach since 2010 and joined X as a teacher of the Standard and Latin Ballroom dancing courses in 2014.

www.kpdanceworks.nl

During the Intermediate course, you will learn new dance steps for the Slow Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Jive, Cha-Cha-Cha and Samba. We also focus on improving the execution of the steps you learned in the Beginners II course. The course devotes a lot more time to technique, especially to your posture and the “dance frame" with your partner. You will also spend a lot of time working on partner connection and communication.

The intermediate course is perfect for you if you have followed the Beginners II course at X or have already gained 9+ months of experience in ballroom dancing elsewhere. The content of the course varies per course, so you can take the course several times.

Schedule & enrolment

Teachers

Kaspar van Lierop

Kaspar has been a competitive dancer since 2003. He participated at several championships on Dutch National (NADB) and international (IDSF/WDC) levels. Since 2009, he is member of the International Olympic committee as a dancesport athlete. In 2012, he won the WDC Dutch National AL Masterclass championship with his dance partner Polina Abdoulina. He has been working as a dance teacher, trainer and coach since 2010. In 2013 he started teaching the Standard and Latin Ballroom dancing courses at X.

www.kpdanceworks.nl

Polina Abdoulina

Polina has been a competitive dancer since 2001. She participated in several championships on Dutch National (NADB) and international (IDSF/WDC) levels. Since 2009, she is member of the International Olympic committee as a dancesport athlete. In 2012, she won the WDC Dutch National AL Masterclass championship with her dance partner Kaspar van Lierop. She has been working as a dance teacher, trainer and coach since 2010 and joined X as a teacher of the Standard and Latin Ballroom dancing courses in 2014.

www.kpdanceworks.nl

Open practices
Delft Student Dance Association (D.S.D.A.) Blue Suede Shoes organizes open practices for Ballroom.
Every quarter, you can take Ballroom courses at X. During the open practice evenings, you can rehearse what you have learned during the course and ask fellow dancers for tips. The practices are a place where people socialize and train.

Everyone is welcome, from beginner to advanced dancer. Even if you are not a member of the association, you are very welcome to drop by; the first time is free of charge. We will take care of the music, so the only thing you need to bring is your enthusiasm and, if you have them, your dancing shoes.

See the Blue Suede Shoes website for location and times of the practices. Signing up beforehand is not required but is appreciated.

Technique lessons
D.S.D.A. Blue Suede Shoes organizes technique lessons, in collaboration with X. The only way to participate in these lessons is as a member of the association, so make sure you have registered with the association in advance. Subscription for the technique classes is on a per-semester basis. See this Blue Suede Shoes website page for details, schedule, location, costs, and dates.

The technique lessons are for Ballroom dancers who want to further develop themselves and want to focus on the details of the ballroom dances. In these lessons you will not learn any new steps, but we will focus on how to perform the steps you already know in a better, nicer way. The lessons are divided into Ballroom Standard and Ballroom Latin lessons, which are each given every other week. Members can choose if they want to do either or both. You do not need to subscribe with a partner, since the lessons mainly focus mainly on everyone’s personal development and only a small part is danced in couples.

A lesson usually starts with a good warming-up. After that, a specific subject will be introduced on which the lesson will focus. Examples of specific subjects are: posture and footwork in Standard or correct use of hips in Latin. Most lessons will start with learning some general technique, thereafter some exercises are done to get the right feeling for that technique and the lessons end with implementing the technique in the dance itself. At the end of a semester, all techniques will be briefly repeated and practiced.

The members that take the lessons have already highly improved in their technique and are very enthusiastic about their increased results in competitions.

Rates

You need a valid X year subscription and association membership to participate.

X subscription

Practical Information

All levels
Association training
Wear comfortable clothes in which you can move freely and shoes on which you can dance.
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