Our Ballroom classes cover the 3 styles of ballroom dancing – Modern or Standard eg waltz, slow foxtrot, tango; Latin American eg rumba, jive, samba, cha cha cha; and New Vogue Sequence Dancing eg Merrilyn, La Bomba, Gypsy Tap. The New Vogue dances are set sequence dances to the rhythms of the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot etc.
Classes are on-going throughout the year.
Our Beginner Ballroom classes are held on a Monday and a Tuesday evening in 8 week blocks. We cover 3 dances in each 8 week block. Sample of dances covered: Slow Rhythm, Cha Cha Cha, Quickstep, Evening 3 Step, Samba, Waltz, Georgella Blues, Jive, Slow Foxtrot.
For those who have completed our beginner blocks or who already know the basics for Standard and Latin as well as the easier New Vogue dances, we have a class on a Thursday evening which covers more advanced dances and moves. This class also runs in 8 week blocks and will cover, depending on difficulty, up to 3 dances.
Rock ‘n Roll
Our Rock ‘n Roll classes for Beginners and Intermediate dancers are held on Wednesday evenings, in 5 week blocks.
What to wear and bring to class?
- Clothing – Comfortable smart casual clothing
- Footwear – proper ballroom dance shoes are required for all students in all classes. We ask that you have your shoes by your 4th week with us. Beginners, until you have your ballroom shoes, please wear firm fitting, smooth soled shoes, preferably court shoes for the ladies, no thongs, slip-ons, slides or scuff styles. Joggers, fine stiletto heels and work boots are equally unsuitable. Your teacher will discuss where to purchase your ballroom shoes.
- You might like to bring a water bottle and hand towel along. We do have these items for sale, along with Chill Towels.
Where to go to practice? We hold a Social Practice Night every month on a Saturday evening from February to November. See our Social Practice Night page for information.
What Our Dancers Say About Us
I have wanted to learn Ballroom Dancing all of my life, but somehow the years raced past and life got in the way.
At long last I am delighted to be in the U3A beginner’s Class and would like to say a big “thank you” to Therese Walz for your patience, your sense of humour and your dedication to teaching us how to dance well! Read more...
TheU3A Ballroom Dancing Classes held at the Penrith Ballroom Dancing Studio most capably taught by Therese Walz might also be described as wellbeing classes for seniors as they incorporate many of the skills and activities recommended to improve and maintain the mental, Social and physical aspects of Senior citizens lives. Read more...
Therese, you are a wonderful teacher, you explain things very clearly, take time to help anyone who is struggling, you have a lot of patience and are able to communicate well with both adults and children alike.
As a lot of parents do, we wanted to provide the opportunity for our children to dance from an early age to develop their sense of rhythm and also confidence. Their first dance studio offered jazz ballet, tap and traditional ballet. This was nice at the start but after a couple of years, their routines were becoming a bit inappropriate for their age, Read more...
Eric and Aizeret Lee
When we started with Penrith Ballroom Dance, all we had was a vague idea that we wanted to do more than just move randomly in time with the music and we had looked enviously at those couples who could actually dance. Neither of us had the slightest idea of how to dance, we both had 'two left feet' and we were very nervous at appearing foolish and uncoordinated. Read more...
John and Margaret Boyter
In my experience, learning to dance at Penrith Ballroom Dance has been fantastic. I first joined the studio when I was 12 years old and took part in the children's beginners class. I worked hard and enjoyed every moment of it, progressing through the years and the medals. Read more...
Before starting our lessons with Penrith Ballroom Dance in late 2005 we were apprehensive and somewhat nervous. We did not know the difference between a rumba, samba or cha cha cha. Even foxtrot, waltz and quickstep were just names of dances we had seen in crosswords. However, at our first lesson we were warmly welcomed and found how easy it was Read more...
Neil and Anne Ratcliff
My fiance loves to dance, whereas I could not, and she wanted to dance at our wedding, not just stand there and sway.
Before we started our lessons I didn't think it would be possible for me to learn to dance, until I met the principal of Penrith Ballroom Dance. I said to my fiance that she doesn't know how lucky she was to find a teacher like Therese. Read more...
Jim Mueller, December 2007