NOTE: This group thrives on participation. After 2 months of non-activity, you will be automatically removed from the group. Please only RSVP to events if you are certain you can attend. No shows will be removed from the group.
Welcome! This is a group for anyone interested in social dancing including Latin dancing (salsa, bachata, cumbia, merengue, cha cha), Swing dancing, Kizomba, and other social dances. All skill levels are welcome. If you've always wanted to learn to dance but felt intimidated or didn't really have anyone to go with, this group is for you. If you've been dancing for many years and love going out showing off your dance moves, this group is for you. I started this group to meet others who are passionate about social partner dancing. This group is for ACTIVE dancers, meaning you love to dance and go out dancing or take dance lessons in a studio at least once every 2 weeks (or more!) If you like to go out and just watch people dance, that's fine but this group is not for you; there are plenty of other groups for those that don't want to really dance but enjoy being out in the festive atmosphere.
We will meet up and dance mainly in the Chicagoland area. We are not affiliated with any one dance studio or location. We will be posting events that occur daily, weekly, and monthly. As I can not be everywhere all the time, I will be looking for Event Hosts to host events that are in other areas where I am not able to attend due to being at another event on the same day. If you are interested, please send me a PM.
We will take lessons at area clubs and dance studios; pricing varies and will be listed in the details of each event. No dance partner is necessary. Partners usually rotate throughout the lesson. In group classes, the method is to teach leads and follows basic steps, techniques, and patterns, and to rotate partners throughout the class. In this way, you learn to dance with different kinds of partners and you get to meet new people so by the end of the lesson you know and have many people to dance with. We will attend special social dancing events like Salsa Congress, Ladies Styling classes, dancing centered cruises, etc... I will also host private workshops once in a while catering to what interest our group has. I will also try to get us discounted pricing at certain events and venues. There's power in numbers!
Thank you and please contact me if you have any questions!
Looking forward to meeting everyone. I'll see you on the dance floor!”
What should I wear? Do I need special shoes?
Wear clothes in which you feel comfortable moving. Street shoes are fine in the beginning, but we recommend leather-soled shoes that cover the entire foot. Rubber soled shoes may stick to the floor and sandals and sling-backs may not give you the support you need for dancing. As you progress, you will likely want to purchase dance shoes. These are specialized shoes designed for dancing, with heels for better balance, suede soles for easy movement on hardwood floors, and designs that keep your shoes tightly on your feet while dancing.
I’ve been told I have two left feet and no rhythm. Can I still learn to dance?
Yes! Anyone can learn to dance. Instructors work with beginners all the time. They can explain and demonstrate dances in a way that makes it easy for people with no prior dance training to understand. They will also help you hear the rhythm in the music. If you can move, you can dance!
How long will it take me to learn to dance?
You can go out dancing right after your very first lesson, and we encourage this. The more you practice the better you will become! That said, depending on your goals it usually takes a few months to feel truly comfortable and confident on the dance floor. We encourage you to practice as much as possible — go out and have fun! To help you progress, some studios provide weekly practice sessions, in which you can take your first dance steps out on the floor in a supportive environment.