Frequently Asked Questions
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I've never danced before. Can I still join?
- Of course! No experience necessary. Many of our dancers joined without any dance experience, so you're not alone! You can start in our beginners lessons. Check out our lessons page for more information.
- Our Latin and Rhythm lessons are taught by Helle Rusholt-Yi from Extreme Dancesport in Cambridge.
- The Standard and Smooth lessons are taught by Amanda Clark.
- Dress comfortably! Wear clothes that you can work out in. Some prefer looser fitting tops and leggings, while others opt for skirts or work out shorts to show leg and body movement.
- Jeans and baggy sweatpants that hide leg movement would not be appropriate for a fast-paced dance class.
- Beginners are more than welcome to dance in whatever they feel comfortable in, such as socks, sneakers, or flats. If you desire to compete, it is recommended that you invest in ballroom or Latin shoes. Please see the competition section below for more information.
- Yes! Any BU student, graduate or undergraduate, may join. However, dues are different for graduate students.
Is it okay if I don't want to compete?
- Absolutely! We have many members who only attend lessons and/or open practices, or enjoy the social dancing scene that Boston offers! West Coast Swing and Salsa are popular choices.
- Many BUBDC members feel that the competition aspect of ballroom dance is a great way to take their passion to the next level!
- Competitions provide members with a way to bond with their teammates outside of practice and lessons! Competitors dance against teams from Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Tufts, NYU, Columbia, UConn, and more!
- Any questions regarding competitions can be directed to our captains, Daniel Aguirre and Bella Bierezowiec at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively.
- Come to lessons and introduce yourself!
- You never know who you may end up with. If you're from another team in the area or need additional help finding a partner, feel free to contact Bella Bierezowiec at email@example.com
- At the beginning of the fall semester, we often run "partner matches" to assist our newer members with finding a potential partner that fits his or her needs, whether it be for socials, competitions, or performances.
- Generally, costumes are suited for levels bronze and higher, depending on the competition. For newcomers/beginners, we suggest wearing a shorter dress (generally above the knees) for Latin/Rhythm, and a longer dress for Smooth/Standard. A skirt and cami/simple top works great for Latin/Rhythm as well. Our team has a small communal wardrobe with dresses that can be rented for competitive and performance purposes. These rentals generally cost $10-$15 per dress.
- At the beginning of each semester, we travel in groups to Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear in Burlington, MA to buy shoes! We recommend purchasing a shoe brush as well as suede heel caps if you plan to compete. Suede heel caps are required at most competitions so we do not ruin the floors. Senior and executive board members will attend these trips and can offer valuable advice to help you find your perfect pair of shoes!
How much are dues?
- Please refer to our policy page for more information about dues, and how to pay them. Any further questions can be directed to our treasurer, Vincent van Mierlo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Registration fees typically range from $30-45 per competition for syllabus level dancers (newcomer-gold). For those that are open level, fees may be waived/are usually less expensive than syllabus fees. Competition fees must be paid to our treasurer, Vincent van Mierlo, or our assistant treasurer, Beixi Jia, before registering for a competition.
- Non-BU undergraduates may need to register and pay for registration fees separately. Please contact Daniel Aguirre at email@example.com for more information.