About the Club

The University of Calgary Ballroom Dance Club is Calgary’s longest running and biggest dance club, averaging around 500 members annually. We have been in existence since 1975, offering a friendly, social place to learn and to dance. As stated in our bylaws, the purpose of this incorporated not-for-profit Club, is to encourage and promote ballroom dancing, through instruction and practice in a social atmosphere. Many of the Dance Instructors in Calgary started and received most of their training as members with our club. Some have gone to become successful professional Instructors and judges. David Joseph and Doug Davidson are two such professionals.

We teach many different classes each week: 3 levels of Social classes (Levels 1, 2 and 3), International classes (preBronze/Bronze, Silver, and Gold) ; 3 levels of Country classes (levels 1, 2 and 3), West coast Swing (WCS) class with an instructor who is very well known in the WCS community, and an Argentine Tango class this fall with our own club instructor specialist. All of our level 3 classes are taught by professional instructors, as are the International Silver and Gold classes. Levels 1 and 2 classes are taught by trained volunteer instructors. This year, we return to an old format of teaching two dances per 1.5 hour period in the social and international classes. It helps members stay focused, provides variety, and allows members to learn more dances in a shorter period of time.

The club does not require members to register with a partner. The classes are run on the basis of switching partners often during a class. It is therefore quite important to have members register in the appropriate class for their actual skill level. The goal is to avoid the situation where a member is far below the skill level of the class as that negatively impacts the class. The club will ask members to transfer to the appropriate class and provide such transfer at no additional charge.

Our Club uses Teaching Assistants in most of our classes. This is what makes us different from all other clubs in Calgary and where we believe we offer tremendous value to our members. Our teaching assistants are trained to help students and to assist the instructor. At most levels, our classes have teaching assistants who can help members with more personal attention. Members learn faster and have a better opportunity to improve.

Each year we typically hold seven theme dances (once per month) where people can socialize, dance, and have fun with the skills they have learned in classes. We also hold two special dinner dance galas: our Christmas and Primavera balls which are semi-formal events that include dances performed by professional dancers.

We will have combined workshop and practice sessions every other Friday where the workshop will be taught by professionals or club instructors. Dances such as Salsa, slow foxtrot and country waltz will be introduced in these workshops.

Finally we have training sessions every Sunday staffed by Teaching assistants to help those with levels 1 and 2 in social and country. These are typically held from 10-12 at Thorncliff Community Centre.

Notifications, with details, costs and schedules will be will be sent by email so register with your email and we will send you the information.

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