Established 1982 in downtown Denver on the 16th St. Mall Dance Denver has been in north central Denver since 1997. The Dance Denver team specializes in teaching all forms of partnership dancing.
Owners Jennifer and Richard Booth have been ballroom dancers and instructors for over 30 years. They have won numerous Top Teacher Awards across the country including Top Teachers at the United States Dancesport Championships. They have trained U.S. Champions and Finalists in all four styles of ballroom dance. Former Professional Standard Regional Champions, they were successful professional competitors in both the International Ballroom and American Style Smooth divisions before retiring from professional competitions.
Jennifer and Richard continued professional competition with numerous amateur partners winning national pro/am championships in American Smooth and International Latin. Both placed regularly in all styles with amateur partners. Additionally, many amateur couples they trained have placed repeatedly and won national titles in multiple styles and divisions.
Jennifer and Richard continue to train generations of dancers and dance professionals both locally through coaching and instruction at Dance Denver and nationally with their work for the National Dance Council of America and professional examinations and exam training for DanceVision International.
Jennifer and Richard are former Presidents of the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Professional Dancers Federation respectively.
Both continue to work with National Dance Council Committees overseeing multiple aspects of standards of dance and competitions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to begin
A: Our Introductory Special is a sample of our basic services; private lessons, group lessons and practice sessions. Start with the private lesson. Call or email to make your first appointment.
What to wear
A: Clothing that moves with you easily. Your shoes should be flexible, fit closely to your feet and fasten securely. A smooth leather sole is best. Heavy tread, rubber soles and backless shoes are not good for your feet while dancing.
How many lessons are be needed
A: The levels of abilities are broad extending from single dance couples to style crossing aficionados. Allow a minimum of five private lessons to learn to execute a basic social dance at a level just beyond beginner.
Which dance is best for beginning
A: Fox Trot is the foundation for partnership dancing. It’s always useful and appropriate. If you haven’t determined a preference for a style of music you’d like to dance to your instructor will guide you through the process.
Swing, Salsa and Country Western are a good augment to classic social dances and there are many opportunities to use them.
Is a partner needed for learning
A: Beginning with private lessons you will be dancing with an instructor; the fastest learning method. Group classes and practice sessions are made up of solos students and students with partners supervised by instructors. Opportunities to practice with other students are built in to the class structure.
I have a deadline
A: If you’re in a hurry we will do our best to accommodate you with appointments with one or more instructors whenever you’re available. Your progress and lesson plans will be discussed to your best advantage.
A: With over 30 dances to choose from figuring out where to start can be daunting. We will ask you a couple of questions on your first lesson to help make recommendations on dances to learn. Dances that are popular to start with: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Rumba, Foxxy, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Salsa.
A: If you are wanting to learn one dance for a special occasion, or because you have always just dreamed of dancing a particular dance than by all means concentrate only on that dance. If you are wanting to learn multiple dances than we highly encourage you to get started learning those dances at the same time. When you start to dance your body is learning new ways to move, so two or three dances at one time can speed up this process and in the long run allow you to learn to dance much faster.
A: Whatever the case may be, ASAP! At least take an Intro Special or Wedding Consultation lesson early to give you and the instructor an idea of what dance(s) need to be taught and how long it may take to learn a variety of patterns and techniques.
The earlier the lessons start, the more opportunity you give yourself to feel comfortable and confident with your dancing. Wedding couples especially, even if something simplistic is on the agenda, come in early to evaluate your needs.