American Ballroom Dance Charlotte
American Ballroom Dance Charlotte

We Offer - A FREE PRIVATE LESSON

American Ballroom Dance Charlotte is a leader of dance instruction in the Charlotte NC area. 

Dances We Teach: 

American Smooth and Rhythm:

Foxtrot - Waltz - Tango - Cha Cha - Rumba - Salsa - Bolero - Mambo - Merengue - Pasa Doble - Samba - East Coast Swing - Shag - West Coast Swing - Hustle - Argentine Tango - Two Step and Night Club 

Browse the following pages to learn more about what we offer, or download our weekly schedule. You can call 704-821- 2582 to speak with one of our dance instructors or fill out the contact us form.

We tailor our programs to fit your individual needs and desires. Taught by the famous three-way system of instruction used by American Ballroom:

1.  Individual Lessons: designed and personalized just for YOU!
2.  Group Classes: a fun way to learn new patterns and dances while meeting new people.
3.  Practice Sessions: the FUN way to practice your new dancing skills. American Ballroom staff members are available to assist you while dancing in a “party-like” atmosphere.

Dancing lessons are made much more affordable using our famous system. Group classes and Practice sessions are free for our students. Dance Lessons in Charlotte NC average about $99.00 per unit of instruction. Corporate Franchise Studios will average $125.00 per unit while independents will average $85.00. All studios offer specials for you to try it ouṭ. We usually begin with a free sample lesson and move into a Beginner's Program. From time to time we offer various special , coupons etc. however we do not combine promotions so you can check for any current promotions or just ask us. If you want to know more about lessons after the Beginner's program you can get complete details from the Slideshow found below.

Top 10 Reasons to Take Private Lessons

1. Privates enable you to learn the most advanced figures and technique.
2. The fastest way to improve your dancing is through private lessons.
3. You select the dance and details you want to work on in your private lesson.
4. Private lessons progress at your own pace.
5. Privates are booked to meet your scheduling needs.
6. Privates allow you 100% individualized attention from your teacher.
7. Your teacher can customize your choreography to maximize your strengths.
8. Private lessons provide a discreet environment where you can ask questions you may not want to ask in front of a large group
9. Privates enable you to feel the highest quality technique, instead of just listening and watching.
10. Private lessons are your most effective tool to taking your dancing to a performance/competition level of proficiency.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are the most effective way to learn how to dance. Either as an individual or as a couple, you will be given one on one attention by a professional instructor. Our instructors are able to customize a lesson plan to meet your needs. This includes tailoring a program to focus on the dances you are most interested in learning, progressing at the right speed for you and accomplishing your goals as a dancer whether you want to be a fun social dancer or a competitive champion. Contact us today to schedule your first free private lesson!

Group Classes

 

Group classes are also a necessary part of the dance lifestyle. They are a great way to begin and experiment with different dance styles. An instructor will teach the ladies and the gentlemen their parts separately, and then pair couples up to try out their new moves! You do not need a partner to attend.

 

Practice Parties

Practice Parties are great way for you to practice what you have been learning with other students and instructors.  We provide a friendly and relaxed environment to dance. No matter what your skill level, you are welcome to join and encouraged to participate. 

Showcase and Dance Challenge/ USSDC

Our dance instructor's  have swept the dance floors of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, the Caribbean and many of the United States, and they would love to share her experiences with you.

Wedding Program

Create the dance of a lifetime! Let the professionals at American Ballroom design a program to make your special day a dance to remember for a lifetime! Programs for the bride and groom or the entire bridal party!

Frequently Asked Questions

At the American Ballroom Dance Charlotte, we’ll work with you to pick a plan that best suits you based on your goals, time and desired level of expertise. We offer several levels of dance beginning with a introductory program designed for beginners all the way to our gold standard designed for those wanting to perform in exhibitions. If you’d like to review more information about the different program levels of dance, contact us (for contact page).

 

We receive several inquires about our dance studio. Below we have tried to answer the most common questions asked, if you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at 704-821-2582.

 

How long will it take?

You will be able to begin dancing after your first lesson. The length of your training depends upon how many dances you would like to learn and how proficient you would like to become in each dance.

 

How much do lessons cost?

Each individual has his or her own goals and motivation for dancing. We will work with you to create a custom package that fits your needs and your budget! Cost usually depends on a number of factors; how proficient you want to be; which dances you want to learn; the number of days and weeks in your dance schedule, etc. Ask about our lesson offer for new students! After that, your instructor will recommend the most suitable program so you have better knowledge to make an informed choice.

 

What types of dances can I learn?

You can learn the very latest steps in any or all social and nightclub dances like Swing, Salsa, Samba, Merengue, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Tango, Waltz, Country & more. Check out some of the dances that we teach here at American Ballroom Dance Charlotte below.

 

Will my lessons interfere with my busy schedule?

You may take lessons any time you wish. We have American  Ballroom professionals available all day and into the evening for your convenience. Our studio is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm each weekday and we offer special group & private lessons on Saturdays. Just call us at 704-821-2582 to schedule a lesson or check out the calendar for upcoming group classes!

 

Do you offer any additional activities?

Not only do we provide dance lessons at American Ballroom Dance Charlotte, but we engage our students in a variety of 'extra-curricular' activities, outings and special events that you won't find anywhere else.

 

What other activities are offered?

Taking trips to watch or dance in competitions
Coaching lesson opportunities with top coaches
Studio 'Night Out' dance parties on the town
Practice Parties and Guest Parties
Showcases, Exhibitions, Medal Balls Exclusive dinner and dancing opportunities
Access to Special Theater events
Access to Special vacation trips and cruises

Dance Styles

Learn 12 Popular Dance Styles, History, Basic Moves, Steps & Songs

They say that dance is a great way to express your emotions. While this may sound like such a cliché, the quote seems to have endured throughout the years mainly because there’s truth to it. It’s wise to choose an activity that encourages you to express your very own creativity. Now it all boils down to that one question: So you think you can dance? Definitely! And that’s because there’s a style available for anyone who wants to overcome the problem with their two left feet. As you glide across the expanse of the ballroom, you can now let your innermost emotions shine forth with a step that is truly representative of whom you are as a person. There are several styles to choose from and you need to know how each dance is unique from the other.

 

Rumba

If passion is your thing, the steamy music that goes with the rumba will certainly set you in the mood for dancing. The dancers announce their innermost emotions to the audience with a series of powerful moves that match the passionate tempo of the music. The steps are slow and deliberate, as if the two dancers are out to show intimacy. Also known as the dance of love, the music is written with four beats to each step as the footwork is counted once slowly as it is followed by two quick steps. Only a small space is required with the rumba because it is, after all, meant to express true passion. Learn more about Rumba.

 

Cha Cha

Some dance steps can be little confusing because they can be very similar with the other styles of dancing. The Cha Cha, however, is hard to miss. There are three distinct steps involved, and usually, partners are either asked to face each other or stay side by side. This is usually danced using upbeat sounds as both the man and the woman must exude flamboyance and playfulness. Those new to dancing may have an easier time learning it when they consider the rock-rock-side-close-side count. Dancers are usually asked to change weight only between beats, bit if lively is what you want, you’ll certainly get this with the Cha Cha. Learn more about Cha Cha.

 

Swing

Dancing the Swing usually involves the male dancer and his partner to begin the steps standing at about a 45 degree angle to each other. This means that they mirror each other’s stance before the music begins. Basic footwork entails the first triple step, then the second triple step, and the last rock step to conclude the movement. Although it may not be as passionate as the other dances, it is definitely gaining resurgence because of its fun and playful nature. Plus, you can incorporate a lot of styles to the dance, depending on how you want to look. And as simple as it may seem, the Swing has a certain appeal to those who want to express their talent. Learn more about Swing.

 

Foxtrot

For those who want to learn ballroom dancing, the foxtrot always makes the perfect choice as the first lesson. The performance looks simply graceful and elegant, and this is why it has never lost its appeal over the years. It has four basic elements: glides, slides, long steps, and short steps. Once you learn the various movements, you’ll soon see that it has been the basis for other ballroom dances. While the movement looks simple and linear, there are turns that call for greater skills. It’s a seemingly simple dance that can become complicated. Nonetheless, people take to its romantic and emotional appeal. Learn more about the Foxtrot.

 

Waltz

If there’s a dance that simply looks classic, that would be the waltz. Bridal parties and formal events usually include this in their repertoire. What it lacks in passion and fizz, it more than makes up for its romanticism. There is a simple and easy-to-follow pattern that helps you move gracefully and effortlessly throughout the dance floor. This is the most common dance choice for weddings because no other dance can provide the dreamy fairy tale feel that is just purely and utterly romantic. Many believe that this is the perfect dance to symbolize the life in store for those who have decided to live in harmony and in perfect union. Learn more about Waltz.

 

Tango

No other dance shows as much passion as the tango. This the most sensuous dance of all because it requires both dancers to work in unison while keeping close proximity. The dance has its roots set in brothels and massage parlors as the paid women entertained the men who were waiting in line. The dance raised eyebrows back then and was even banned by the Catholic Church. But the dance started reappearing South America and in Argentina, its birthplace. Moreover, the dance looks better if a lot of legs and stockings are shown, hence its unmatched sensuality. You may call it erotic or promiscuous, but there’s no doubt that this is the ultimate dance for couples. Learn more about the Tango.

 

Merengue

The Merengue originated in the Dominican Republic and is danced with music that relies heavily on drums, saxophone, and guitars. Its early years was said to have begun in brothels and bars in a city called Santiago. Some also believe that it had been the dance of slaves because the footwork resembles the steps that chained people take as they walk together. Learning the Merengue is particularly important to a Salsa dancer because the steps are fairly simple. The hips move a lot here, and while the tempo of the music may be slow, the upper body looks perpetually majestic. Learn more about Merengue.

 

Hustle

Hail in the disco years, and as the song says, it’s time to “do the hustle.” These dances were very popular at the height of the disco, the 70’s. It has features that are similar to the swing, but it also has a salsa-like rhythm to it. The dance peaked after the famous movie, Saturday Night Live. The dancer usually jumps forward and backward, and then clicks their heel after. While most dance steps require a partnership, the hustle is a line dance that can be done either as a group or as a couple. This is especially popular for themed parties and big groups that pour in the dance floor all in legions. Learn more about the Hustle.

Get PDF's of Curriculum

Bronze Curiculum
American Ballroom Dance Club's Bronze level Curiculum
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Where to Find the Studio

Located in Ballantyne: at Ballantyne Ballroom-  in the BiLo Shopping Plaza on Elm Ln.

8610 Camfield St, Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: (704) 821- 2582

Email: kim@abdancecharlotte.com

Or use our contact form.

Studio Hours

By Appointment only

Lessons offered

Sun, Mon, Wed-Sat :

10:00 am - 10:00 pm

All Private Lessons are by appointment only!!

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