Whether you’ve never set foot on a dance floor before or you’re an accomplished dancer, this Silver Spring Ballroom has ample opportunities to develop and perfect your dancing skills.
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Types of Lessons We Offer
Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center offers a wide variety of social, club, Latin, exercise, country Western and competition style dances and lessons. Both American and International Style dances are offered. For the sake of simplicity on the website, we always indicate if a dance is International Style. If the dance style could be either International or American and no style is mentioned, we are referring to American Style.
Ballroom Dancing 101
“The best learn-to-dance program ever,” Ballroom Dancing 101 is designed especially for brand-new-to-dancing customers and is a program unique to Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center. Students are taught by a specially trained instructor to master the basic steps of the basic ballroom dances. The class is at 9:00 on Friday nights, at the start of the Friday social dance. After the 45 minute lesson, the students join the dance in the main ballroom. The instructor stays with the students to offer tips and encouragement and to reinforce the steps learned at the lesson. Start anytime; the program is ongoing. No contracts, no commitments. The cost is the admission price of the dance, just $15. Read more or register now.
Complimentary Lessons before Dances
The easiest way to learn new dance steps is to come to the complimentary group lesson an hour before each evening dance.
These lessons may be divided by skill level, or instructors may adapt lessons to the skill levels of the attendees. Either way, our highly trained instructors will teach new figures to the group while still offering individual tips and advice. Then when the dance begins, you’ll be warmed up, with new techniques at the ready, and having gotten to know a few fellow dancers.
The dances taught vary each evening. Both the main ballroom and the smaller ballroom are used as needed. As always, no partner is necessary. To be sure you don’t miss the lessons that interest you the most, please frequently check the Calendar.
Featured Lessons, Classes and Events
Many of our instructors offer classes that meet one evening a week for three, four or more weeks. The classes usually concentrate on one type of dance per class. You’ll find classes from country and swing to traditional American and International style dances.
Classes are available for all levels of dancers—beginners as well as intermediate and advanced dancers. These lessons are a very cost-effective way to learn new steps and new techniques. The cost can be as low as $7.50 an hour. No partner is necessary unless otherwise noted. For the most current selection of classes and for class prices, check our featured lessons and events .
If you prefer more personalized instruction, you’ll improve much faster with individual lessons. Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center has some of the area’s most recognized and sought after instructors. Whether you’re looking for a partner for ProAm competition, want some coaching to improve your styling or you just want to learn how to dance, our instructors can help you to meet your goals. Let us know. We’ll match you with an instructor who will get you on your way. Take as many or as few lessons as you would like. We have no minimums, no contracts and no pressure. Give as a call, send us a note or contact an instructor.
Other Learning Opportunities
Practice sessions offer an opportunity to practice steps or routines on Hollywood Ballroom’s spacious floating floor.
The title of the session describes the type of music that will be played. Instruction is not included. However, instructors hosting the practice session are often pleased to make suggestions when asked.
All dancers are welcome and encouraged to come. However, if a session is an open practice session for International style, please be prepared to be dancing with very serious dancers. The rules of dance etiquette, especially not hindering the line of dance, are strictly followed in International style dances. American styles may be danced, but the tempo will be International. Usually the host instructor will repeat the same song several times in a row so that competitors have an opportunity to practice their routines. Requests for songs specific to a routine may be taken toward the end of the session. For dates, details and prices of sessions, check the Calendar and our featured lessons and events .
Occasionally, our instructors or guest instructors offer specialty workshops. Have an idea or a special request? Please let us know. For events that have been scheduled, check the Calendar and our featured lessons and events .
Our friendly and highly qualified dance instructors have expertise in teaching:
- Competitive dancing, both amateur and professional
- International Standard and Latin styles
- American Smooth and Rhythm styles
- Country Western dances
- Swing Dances
- Hustle/Club dances
- syllabus figures (pre-bronze, bronze, silver, and gold) and open-level figures
Our instructors are encouraging and patient in their approach to helping students achieve their goals in dancing. The continuing classes our instructors teach can be found on our featured lessons and events. Their qualifications and contact information can be found on our page about Instructors.
Listed below are some of the most popular dances we teach.
- Bachata – A fun and energetic Latin dance rapidly gaining popularity
- Cha-Cha – A fast-moving favorite among the Latin dances
- The Hustle – Think Saturday Night Fever and Studio 54.
- Fox Trot – A smooth and elegant style for couples
- Merengue – A fast-paced dance originating in the Caribbean, easy to learn and fun to do
- Rumba/Bolero – Romantic Latin dance with sultry hip movements
- Quickstep – A flowing, syncopated style of ballroom dancing
- Salsa – A spicy, high-energy version of Mambo that is done in clubs all over town
- Swing (East Coast and West Coast) – Rock & Roll on the East Coast, bluesy strolls on the West
- Tango (American and Argentine) – Dramatic Latin moves consisting of sultry rhythms and staccato overtones.
—–Tango is said to be the Dancer’s Dance.
- Waltz (American, International, Viennese) – Graceful and elegant, slow and easy, or fast and whirling
- Nightclub Two-Step/Sway – Easy club favorites in a variety of dance club settings
- Specialty Dances, Line Dances and Fitness Dances, such as Jazzercise and Zumba, round out the dance experience.
“The instructor was great. We feel like we’re dancing at an entirely different level than when we started!.”