Welcome to PaperMoon Dance Center! We want to help you to find the classes that will improve both your skill and confidence levels!
Singles or couples are welcome at all group classes. Experience has shown that learning to dance with a variety of partners is the best way to improve your own dancing, as well as your ability to lead or follow, and so we rotate partners throughout all group classes. You’ll meet lots of terrific people who all love to dance, and enjoy the social aspect of this wonderful hobby!
Students are encouraged to attend classes at their skill level as well as lower-level classes. This is a great opportunity to practice leading and following, technique and styling. In beginner classes, instructors will also offer suggestions to higher-level dancers to help maximize their learning experience. Students can mix and match class levels throughout the month, (for example if they are ready for Br2 Foxtrot but only Beg Bolero), and to take as many classes as they are currently ready for. Instructors are happy to advise students regarding the most appropriate current level for them in each dance; and instructors reserve the right to ask students to sit out of any class if it is beyond their current level.
Shoes: Any shoes worn in the ballroom must be clean and dry. Please change shoes in the upstairs viewing rooms and leave street shoes upstairs. Ballroom dance shoes are required for all Bronze 2 and Silver classes; for Beginner or Bronze 1 classes, students may wear shoes with a hard leather or vinyl sole (no sneakers or soft-rubber soled shoes). Students may wear open-toes shoes for Rhythm/Latin classes; closed-toed shoes are required for all Smooth/Standard classes. (Rhythm/Latin classes are: Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Samba, Hustle, West Coast, Salsa. Smooth/Standard classes are: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep).
Dress Code: Dancers may want to dress in layers in case they get warm during class; short sleeve shirts are acceptable but we ask all dancers to refrain from wearing sleeveless tops. Please use perfume/cologne sparingly, if at all. Students may dress comfortably for group classes, but we ask students to refrain from jeans or sneakers for Social Dances.
Personal Belongings: Personal belongings, including water bottles, which are brought into the ballroom should be kept in the bookcase by the stairs only.
The $70 Monthly Unlimited Group Class Pass includes all shaded classes on the schedule that are at your current dance level. Please take a look at the class descriptions and pre-requisites below, to help you to determine the best classes for your current dance level.
Beginner (Beg): An introduction to the basic step patterns with 1 or 2 variations. Appropriate for newcomers – no experience necessary!
Bronze 1 (Br1): For the student who can already confidently dance the basic step pattern and at least one variation in the dance of the evening. One or two new bronze level variations will be introduced. Students who are at a Br2 level in Swing may attend Br1 West Coast; students who are at a Br2 level in Waltz may attend Br1 Viennese Waltz; and students who are at a Br2 level in Foxtrot may attend Br1 Quickstep.
Advanced Bronze: A fast-paced class for the student who can already confidently dance the basic step pattern and at least two variations in the dance of the month. This class will focus on the same dance for one month at a time, and students should plan to attend all four classes in any given month.
Bronze 2 (Br2): For the student who can already confidently dance all Br1 figures in the dance of the evening, with accurate footwork, poise, frame and body action. One new upper-Bronze level variations will be introduced, with emphasis on technique and styling.
Intro to Silver: For the student who can already confidently dance all Bronze figures in the dance of the month, with accurate footwork, poise, frame and body action. Focus will be on transitioning from Bronze to Silver, and at the end of the month students should be ready to take the Silver-level class in this dance.
Silver (Sil): By instructor invitation only.
Intermediate: For the student who can already confidently dance all or most figures in the Bronze syllabus in the dance of the evening, with correct footwork, poise, frame and body action. One new Bronze 2- or Silver-level figure or combination will be introduced, with emphasis on technique and styling.
*Boot Camp: This is a 5-week course for students who are already nearing Bronze 2 level at the dance. The class offers an intense, 90-minute per week focus on posture and poise, movement, connections, rotation, arm styling and other technique and styling elements. Five week Boot Camp: $125.
*Team: This is a performance team that runs for 3-4 months and performs in costume at exhibitions and competitions at the end of the rehearsal period. New Teams generally start in mid-February, mid-June and early November. Formations are $50 per month, and Pro?Am competition fees also apply. Some dance experience necessary – please see Maria or Ray for more details.
*Series: This is a month-long class focusing on 1 dance at a time. Levels vary month-to-month. Please see Maria or Ray for more details.
*These classes are not included in the Unlimited Group Class Pass.
*No partner necessary for any classes.
*Students may attend classes at their current skill level and are also encouraged to attend classes that will review figures they already know. Challenging styling and technique will be offered for all students who are already proficient with the pattern of the evening.
*Look out for specific classes on the Event List Calendar that are included in the Monthly Pass
*Students are encouraged to take as many classes as are appropriate for their level, and to attend the classes which best suit them. For example, a particular student may feel comfortable in a Silver Cha Cha class but only a Br1 Waltz class. Mix and match as you see fit throughout the month!