Ballroom dancing is the collective name for ten partner dances, which are danced both recreationally and competitively all over the world. Ballroom Latin covers five dances: Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. Ballroom Standard covers the other five dances: Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep. The main difference between Latin and Standard Ballroom is that the Standard dances are more rigid and stiff compared to the looser Latin style, but also more elegant. 

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During the beginners 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. You will also spend some time working on your technique, which will help you to master the movements and perform them with ease.

The beginners course is perfect for you if you have no experience at all in this type of dance. In seven lessons you will learn the basics of this dance. After completing this course, you can move on to the next level, intermediate. If you feel you have not yet mastered the basics, you can of course register again for the beginners course.

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 and Samba. We also focus on improving the execution of the steps you learned in the beginners course. The course devotes a lot more time to technique, especially to your posture and the “dance frame" with your partner. You 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 course at X or have already gained 6-12 months of experience in Ballroom elsewhere. The content of the course varies per course and can therefore be followed 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

In the advanced course, you will solely focus on Ballroom Latin dances. You will go deeper into the technique involved in each of the five Latin dances, and correctly execute them.

The advanced course is perfect for you if you have more than a year's experience in Ballroom. The content of the course varies per course and can therefore be followed 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, in collaboration with X, on Tuesdays from 20:45 to 22:45.

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.

Please note: due to the coronavirus, it is currently not allowed to come to X spontaneously. Would you like to participate in the open practice evening? Then book a spot in advance via Blue Suede Shoes.

Technique lessons
D.S.D.A. Blue Suede Shoes organizes technique lessons, in collaboration with X, on Mondays from 21:30 to 23:00. 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.

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 start 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 technique 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.

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