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 will I need
A: Allow a minimum of five private lessons to learn to execute a basic social dance at a level just beyond beginner.
There are broad levels of abilities in social dancing extending from couples with a single dance to style crossing aficionados.
Which dance is best for beginning
A: Fox Trot is the foundation for partnership dancing. It’s always useful and appropriate. If you don't have a preference for the style of music you’d like to dance to your instructor will guide you through the process.
Swing, Salsa, Nightclub and Country Western dances are a good augment to the 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.