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Class Schedule

Fridays: 7:30 pm & 8:20 pm
Sundays: 7:00 pm & 7:50 pm

Doors open at 6:45 pm both nights.

Special Dance Times
See monthly schedule for dates when our dance space will be closed or dances held at an alternate location.

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"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals." - Charles Baudelaire



Many ballroom dances MOVE around the floor. To enable safe dancing, dancers should follow the line of dance: the counter-clockwise direction of dance around the dance floor. The diagram on the right indicates the rules for the dance floor.  By following this convention, all the different dancing skill levels can enjoy dancing on the floor at the same time.


When not dancing, move well away from the dance traffic.

1 - Outside lane: for couples comfortable with the dance style and tempo.  Do not stop or dance across the flow of traffic.  Be aware of other dancers to avoid collisions!  Dances which progress around the line of dance are Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Samba, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Two Step and Polka.


2 - Inner lane: for couples praticing new steps or executing steps performed in counter direction. Forward movement is the line of dance.


3 - Floor center: for couples dancing in place or who need to stop from time to time while practicing new steps.  In place dances and steps include Cha-cha, Rumba, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Salsa, slow dancing, free style, West Coast Swing, spot turns, fleckerels, position or dance poses. Please do not execute in-place steps in the outside lane.


Asking/Being Asked to Dance 

It is reasonable to assume that those attending a dance are interested in dancing.  Men and women are encouraged to invite someone to dance.  Most people will accept an invitation to dance unless they do not know the dance or are sitting the dance out entirely.   It is, after all, an invitation for one dance.

Other Tips 

  • Thank your partner for the dance.
  • Men lead and navigate around the dance floor.  No collisions please.  Should you be injured, please report the details of the incident to a Board Member or to the cashier.
  • Don't teach.  Leave that to our talented professionals.
  • Have fun!


House Rules 

The following rules and regulations have been established to ensure that groups using the ballroom will assist in protecting and preserving this beautiful facility for years to come.
  •  No food or beverage will be allowed in the Ballroom or the War Memorial Building rooms.
  • Entry to the advanced class for new participants is closed after the first three class nights to keep the class moving.
  • Cigarettes must be extinguished in appropriate containers outside.
  • Please take your water bottles home or discard in the recycling bins in the lobby.
  • No gum chewing allowed in the building.
  • No shoe or foot powder allowed in the building.
  • City and Club staff members are not responsible for any personal belongings left unattended or behind in the facility.
  • Those parking in any red zones are subject to parking tickets and/or towing.




Did you know? Dance is important in education, health, social cohesion and regeneration. People dance for fun, recreation, social reasons and for health. Research undertaken by the Foundation for Community Dance identified over 573,000 participatory projects, engaging over 31.7 million people in 2000.