Dance the night away with Oakland’s Ballroom Dance Club! This year, Ballroom Dance Club President Taylor Born can’t wait to compete.
“We have about five couples looking to compete in the Winter semester, but we are hoping to have everyone in our Competition class compete in Ann Arbor since it is so close to Oakland and a really great experience.”
Born is the founding president of the club and has taken ballroom dance lessons for over a year. She says she fell in love with it, and wanted to bring ballroom dance to Oakland. If you’re new to the ballroom and lack experience, don’t worry. Born says anyone is capable of learning, whether it be for fun or competition.
“Ballroom Dance is so great because it’s something anyone can do, no matter their ability or whether they have danced before or not. It’s fun, and can be for competition or just something to do with your friends, which makes it very versatile. Our dream for this club was to be able to provide this opportunity to all Oakland students, the opportunity to have fun and learn to dance.”
Mondays and Wednesdays are practice nights for the club. They practice at 8:30 in Studio 919 of the Rec Center. If you’re a newbie and want to learn the craft, then Mondays are perfect to start out. This is the night that fresh faces can join in on the fun and learn the moves of the pros. Veterans of the dance floor can also attend to help out and practice for themselves.
Wednesdays are for the competition teams and more advanced dancers, and run a little longer than Monday practices. The club has expanded to two practices a week this semester, compared to only one practice per week over the summer. Each practice is broken up into two parts – each an hour long. The first hour consists of the Tango, Waltz, and the Fox-Trot. Hour two incorporates rhythm dances such as Swing, Cha-Cha, and the Rumba.
It’s a large club with 47 members, but down about 20 people from last year. Of the 47 members, 30 make up the beginners class, and the remaining 17 are more advanced.
This is the club’s first semester with the competition teams and competition based classes, hence the longer practices on Wednesdays. In the competitions, you compete against your own skill level. Newcomers compete against other newcomers, and advanced dancers face off against more skilled dancers. Most of the club’s couples will compete in the newcomers division this winter.
Most people who joined in the beginner classes on Monday nights started a few weeks into the semester, but it’s never too late to start! A few members have joined later, as late as of a couple weeks ago in fact. So check out Studio 919 on Monday nights and maybe you’ll find yourself in a Ballroom competition in the future!
For more information on the club, check out their Facebook page here