The Answers You Need
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
A great place to start is with our Introductory Special. Our instructors can teach you a few the popular ballroom dances, see which ones click with you, and recommend a path for more learning (we offer nightly group classes, practice dance parties, and private lessons Monday-Friday. You can schedule that lesson anytime from 1pm-9pm Monday - Friday.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We recommend wearing whatever you feel comfortable moving in (and possibly getting sweaty in) for lessons and group classes. For our social dances and special events anywhere from business casual to semi-formal is normal. Wear whatever shoes you feel comfortable in as well.
For shoes, we ask gentlemen to wear dress shoes or loafers and we ask ladies to wear flats or heels that are secured to your foot. We also ask that you designate a specific pair of shoes that are cleaned off and you bring those shoes with you to the studio to change into.Sandals and tennis shoes are not recommended as they can cause injury.
WHAT ABOUT GROUP CLASSES? HOW DO I JOIN?
Our beginning group classes are open to everyone. You don’t need any experience to have a great time and learn something new. You can also drop in for Argentine Tango classes, or register ahead online for any other class. The instructor will start with the very basic step, add a move or two, and have everyone switch partners throughout the class to practice their steps with a variety of people. By the end of class, you’ll have learned the basic patterns of one dance (and hopefully be able to retain it). You can register ahead online at vagaro.com/madisonballroomcompany/classes. Classes are generally taught in a four week series and are $48 (this does not apply to Argentine tango classes). If there are 2 or less people in a group class, a half of a personal lesson will be taught or the series will be cancelled for the month and you will get a credit or refund.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY LESSON?
We do enforce a 24 hour cancellation policy. To avoid being charged for your lesson, we ask that you give 24 hours or more to cancel or reschedule. We do understand that mistakes happen so the first time is a freebie. Afterwards, we will waive your cancellation fee if you reschedule within the same week. Please be aware that our instructors can have full schedules, though, and you may not be able to reschedule within the same week and therefore you will still be charged for your lesson.
WHAT ABOUT WINTER WEATHER?
As we are located in Wisconsin, please be prepared to give yourself extra time when the weather gets a little uncooperative. Cancellations are up to the individual instructor so if you are unsure if your lesson will be happening or not and you have not heard from them yet, please contact your instructor.
ARE YOU LGTB FRIENDLY?
Absolutely! We welcome anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to ballroom dance.
WHEN CAN I GO TO INTERMEDIATE CLASSES?
The short answer on “how to get into intermediate class” is to take private lessons. They’re the easiest way to be prepared for more advanced classes with the foundational information that makes more difficult moves easy. The longer answer is: if there’s an Intermediate class you’d like to go to, if you can name the basic timing for that dance and the last few patterns of the beginner syllabus associated with that dance, then you’re prepared.