Frequently Asked Questions

8Joining

Lessons

 Competitions

 

 

Joining

How do I join?
Visit our LUSU website (http://lusu.co.uk/groups/ballroom-dancing-c032) to sign up and get your membership for this year! Come see us at Freshers’ Fair if you need any help or ask any of the exec for help at lessons. Alternatively, you can try before you buy! All our lessons in week one (Michaelmas term) are FREE – come along to these, and join later! back to top

How much does it cost?
Joining costs £12 (membership to be paid on our website or in cash at lessons). Lessons then cost £3 each for 1 hour or £5 for 2 hours! back to top

Can I try out a lesson before I join?
Yes! We have special try-out lessons in week one (Michelmas) which are FREE! Please come along to these lessons, you’ll have an opportunity to join at the end, and EVERYONE is very welcome! back to top

What if I’m not a student?
You need to purchase a non-student’s purple card, from the Students’ Union. This is all done online – check out the LUSU website for more details. back to top

What if I don’t have a purple card?
That isn’t a problem! You just need to log onto our account with your purple number (available on your emails from LUSU) and go through the website normally. back to top

I go to the University of Cumbria. Can I join?
Of course, but you need to (ironically) purchase a non-student’s purple card, from the Students’ Union website. More information about the card hereback to top



Lessons

Do I need a partner?
No you don’t need to come with a partner, there will be plenty of people to pair up with. back to top

What do I need to wear?

Something that’s comfortable and not too restrictive, generally people dress fairly casually for lessons. back to top

Do I need special shoes?
No, any shoes are fine. However, flip-flops, wellingtons and hiking boots may not be such a good idea… We do shoe orders in term one for anyone that would be interested in dancing specific shoes! back to top

What if I’ve never danced before?
It doesn’t matter, most of us have never danced before coming here, so you’ll be in good company! back to top

What if I’m an advanced dancer?
We have advanced classes which you may attend. Check the class timetable for details about when these will be held. If you are advanced you may also be interested in competitions, and information about these will be posted on the website. back to top

What styles of dance do you teach?
Allthough we are primarily a Society for Ballroom (Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep) and Latin American (Samba, Chachacha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive) Dancing, we also do lots of other styles such as Rock ‘n’ Roll, Salsa or Argentine Tango and many many more. back to top

Do I have to come to all the lessons?
You do not have to attend all lessons, you can stay for as many as you fancy on a single evening and come on as many evenings as you like. back to top

Can I start midway through term?
That is not a problem, you may start whenever you wish to in a term. back to top

Do I have to dance competitively?
No! Dancing competitively is great fun, and you can take it as seriously (or casually!) as you like. However, many of our members prefer just to come along to the lessons, and learn for fun! back to top

I have two left feet, and I can’t even manage to dance in the clubs. Surely ballroom dancing isn’t for me?!
Yes it is! We have never come across anyone yet who can’t learn a basic cha-cha-cha! So come along and give it a go, what have you got to lose?! back to top

Which classes should I come to?
Our beginners classes are aimed at complete beginners, people who have never danced a step before in their life! People with some ballroom experience, a year or so, should come to the Intermediate (improver’s) class. In medalist terms this equates to people dancing at Bronze level. It may also be suitable for people with experience in other dance styles (e.g. contemporary, ballet, tap etc). People with over a year of experience should be able to keep up with our Intermediate/Advanced classes, or anyone that is dancing at silver level or above.
If you’re finding the beginners’ lessons too easy, do stay on and give our Intermediate class a go (reminder: £3 for one hour, £5 for two hours). back to top

Do you do any dance styles other than latin and ballroom?
We run a selection of workshops throughout the year giving you the opportunity to learn some different dance styles such as Rock and Roll, Salsa and Argentine Tango. We also have an Offbeat squad which you can find out more about on our website. back to top

I have paid for a block of 10 lessons but haven’t used them all. Can I get my money back?
We’re afraid that under normal circumstances we can not offer a refund.

Competitions

What is a dancesport comp?
A dancesport competition is a friendly competition where the universities get together and compete against each other. There are no compulsory dances in which you have to take part, so it is entirely up to you what you dance and therefore no pressure. It is a chance to gain experience, a chance at winning some medals, a chance to represent and support your university and a chance to enjoy yourself and have a good time. There is always a beginners category and an advanced category, and often ones inbetween, so you’ll always be dancing against people of a similar standard! back to top

Do I need a partner to do comps?
In a competiton you do dance with a partner. However, it is not essential for you to have a permanent partner. As long as you can find someone who you can practise with before a comp then you can enter with that person. Girl girl couples can enter a competition, you do not have to dance with a guy. If you are in a position where you cannot find anyone to dance with, come and ask the exec and they will be pleased to sort something out for you! back to top

What should I wear?
A competition is not just for dancing it is a chance for you to dress up and show off. You do not need to have competition wear to take part, and it is normally forbidden at Beginner and Novice levels. However, girls normally wear a long skirt or dress for ballroom and a shorter one for latin. For the guys, white shirt and tie or bowtie with black trousers for ballroom (and maybe a waistcoat?), and for latin black trousers with a black shirt, t-shirt (only suggestions though). Just speak to one of the Exec, they’ll sort you out. You’re also very welcome to use stuff from the team kit, please speak to the Team Captain. back to top

Do I need special shoes and where can I buy them?
It is not essential for you to have actual ballroom shoes, but you’ll probably find most people do. If you don’t want to buy any, then it’s simply any suitable flat shoes for the Ladies and smart shoes for Gents. Please note that it is dangerous for ladies to wear normal heels when dancing, as they don’t offer the flexibility that purpose-made dance shoes do, so they could hurt you. If you’re looking to buy some, we’re afraid we’re not aware of anywhere in Lancaster that sells them. If you’d like to try them on before you buy them and don’t mind a day out shopping, Blackpool or Manchester are probably your best bets. However there are great online shops from which we usually do a bulk order in first term. back to top

How much does it cost to compete?
This varies on the competition, but usually around £8, and then you can enter all the dances you like! Transport is usually around the same amount, and with all your food and drink thrown in, the day usually costs around £20.back to top

What do I need to bring with me?
Water is a good idea, as are packed lunches, as competitions usually mean a long day. Other than that its just yourself, your dancing shoes, and a positive attitude. We go through everything you might want in pre-competition workshops and you can ask any of Exec for help! back to top

Can I come along just to spectate?
Yes, and this is highly recommended! Dance comps are a great day out, and even if you don’t want to formally compete, there are fun dances to join in with, (and watch – all male rumba is always good for a laugh!) and the atmosphere is always brilliant. Also, we like to take a crowd just to join in with the cheering! back to top

What is Roses?
Roses is the big sporting tournament between Lancaster and York that takes place every year. It comprises pretty much every sporting event under the sun, and is always a great laugh. Every society taking part competes against York’s equivalent society and tries to win points towards the grand Roses total. In the end, the Uni with most points wins that year’s Roses.The Ballroom Dancing event is worth 4 points. 1 each for Beginners Ballroom, Beginners Latin, Advanced Ballroom and and Advanced Latin.back to top