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.
A:There are a lot of variables at play here, but simply put, it depends on what your goals are. Do you want to just "get by" with a few patterns, be a good social dancer with a variety of dances, or do you have aspirations of looking like a professional? Whether you want to learn one dance or be a well rounded dancer with many dances under your belt it does take time to learn to dance.
Students at Booth's have a vareity of goals. We work with each individual to come up with the best lesson plan to help you achieve your personal goals. We have had students reach their goals in 5 lessons and others find learning at Booth's so fun that they have been clients with us for over 10 years.
A:You do not need a partner for private lessons or group classes at Booth's. Private lessons have a built in dance partner with your instructor acting as your dance partner and instructor. This is one of the best ways to learn as you will not only be able to see how to do the dance correctly but also feel how to dance correctly as you dance with your instructor.
In group classes we will switch partners often so everyone will have an opportunity to dance with others if they wish.
A: The most popular way to check out our studio, dance teachers, and teaching methods is with our Introductory Special: 2-25 minute private lessons for $40. These lessons will get you introduced to the basics, timing, and dance holds to at least two dances of your choosing.
A: Dress is business casual or casual, wear something comfortable that you can easily move in. Shoes should stay on your feet and be comfortable. If you can do the "twist" on your kitchen floor and your shoes don't stick to the floor they should work. Never wear boots or shoes with heavy tread, or flip flops to your lesson.
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.
For a full list of dances we teach at Booth's click here
A: If you are wanting to learn one dance for a special occcassion, 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 Constultation 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.
Basically 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 and time/money campabilities.