Classes by Cianne McGinnis


Ballroom and Social Dance Classes

Cianne McGinnis

SORRY THIS IS SO DIFFICULT TO READ. THE WEBSITE WILL NOT ALLOW ME TO CREATE SECTIONS OR PARAGRAPHS.Students will be taught the steps and patterns in the most basic of Ballroom dances at first: Foxtrot and Waltz. I will guide them but will allow them to suggest as a group if there is any one special dance or dances that they want to proceed with. I know some of their friends or siblings might have already learned some dances, and they may want to learn those dances better, or do something else. Once they have all learned their basic footwork for each dance, the boys will be taught to lead and the girls to follow the various patterns of the dance. Other topics will include the five basic foot positions used in all forms of dance, how to count the music, how to listen and identify the beats of music, how to determine downbeats and upbeats, and how to know on which beat to start. They will be taught how to properly spin and turn, both alone and with partners. They will also be taught dance floor etiquette, which includes how to properly and politely ask and accept an invitation to dance, rules of direction to progress around a dance floor, where on the floor the stationary dancers must remain, which dances are progressive and which are stationary, how to avoid running into other dancers, and the polite and acceptable reasons to turn down a request to dance, and how to do it kindly and respectfully. The male and female students will continually change partners every few minutes throughout the class sessions so that everyone will have an opportunity to dance with everyone else. This will give them experience with leading and following different partners, and dancing with people who are more and less proficient than they might be, as that is what it will be like in the real-life situations they will experience.   No materials are needed; however, students are expected to wear shoes with leather or plastic soles, as they must dance on carpet and rubber soles do not allow them to slide or spin properly. If they do not have the proper shoes, they may dance in their socks, but be forewarned that is a bit dangerous (especially for the girls, who dance backward 90% of the time), as they may be accidentally stepped on or their toes bumped into until everyone learns the rhythm and the steps properly.  No one will be allowed to dance barefoot. Class Fee and Family Discounts: Cost for one child: $408 yearly fee + $40 HERC fee ($20 per semester) = $448 total. A second family sibling would receive a 25% discount ($102) + $40 HERC fee for a total of $346 for the class. Each additional sibling would receive a 40% discount, ($163.20) + $40 HERC fee for a total of $284.80 for the class.3 Payment Plans: $100 minimum payment due at time of class registration, balance of first semester may be made in 4 monthly payments. You may pay for the first semester by August 29, 2019, and the second semester within 4 months.   A monthly payment plan will be available for those with extenuating financial circumstances. Minimum monthly payments of $ _______ will be accepted only through automatic bank debit set up with your bank to send me a check on the ______ of each month, beginning on October 3, 2019. There are 34 weeks in the school year, so the payments can be arranged so the class fees would be equally divided by month.

  • When: Tuesdays, Period 5, 1:45 p.m. through 3:05 p.m., in the Chapel
  • Cost: See above under "Class Fee and Family Discounts"
  • Minimum Number of Students: 10 boys and 10 girls
  • Prerequisite: Ages 13-17, No dance experience necessary