What do I wear to dancing?
Special clothing is not required for classes, just neat, comfortable, casual clothes and firm-fitting shoes. Thong, slide and slip-on styles and stiletto heels are not suitable for ballroom dancing. Correct Ballroom dance shoes are integral. Your teacher will discuss where to obtain these.
What type of dancing do you offer?
At Penrith Ballroom Dance we offer the 3 styles of Ballroom Dancing:
Standard – Waltz, Quickstep, Slow Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz
Latin American – Rumba, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Paso Doble and Jive
New Vogue – set sequence dances such as Swing Waltz, Merrilyn, Gypsy Tap, Pride of Erin, La Bomba, Merrilyn, Gypsy Tap, La Bomba, Barclay Blues, Excelsior Schottische, Tango Terrific, Twilight Waltz, Charmaine and the list goes on.
Do I need a partner?
Ballroom dancing is partner dancing, however you do not require a partner to come and learn, we partner up with whoever is in the class and sometimes you will be partnered by the teacher.
In group classes, do we constantly change partners?
Generally, if you come to class as a couple, you will dance with your partner. To help you master a more difficult step, we may suggest a temporary change of partner. Of course during a progressive / barn dance partners change constantly.
What age do children have to be to start dancing with you?
We take children from the age of 4 years. We have a specially designed class for 4 – 8 year old children.
What do children wear to class?
Children wear our studio uniform and proper ballroom dance shoes. Information regarding these requirements will be provided in response to your enquiry and can also be found on our “Children’s” page on our website.
Are parents allowed to watch the children’s classes?
We allow parents in the studio during their child’s lesson, we are also happy for parents to leave their child with us for the duration of their lesson. Sometimes having the parent/s in the room during a lesson is too much of a distraction for the child. On these occasions we will ask the parents to leave.
How do I book a group class?
Currently the best thing to do is call us or send an email, we will respond with the appropriate information.
How do I book a private lesson?
The best way to discuss your needs and make private lessons bookings is over the phone. Please call us on 0402 069 576. All private lesson bookings are confirmed in writing via email.
I’m a beginner, can you help me?
Absolutely, that’s what we have beginner classes for. No previous dance experience is necessary.
What age do I have to be?
We take students from the age of 4 years, our oldest student so far was 92 years young!!
How do I progress from Social to Competitive or Medal dancing?
Both competitive dancing and taking your medals would require private lessons. Social dancing is just that, social. Competitive or Medal dancing add a new dimension to your dancing, requiring much more attention to technique and expression. It is something from which many people get a great deal of enjoyment.
Do you do Rock‘nRoll?
We don’t have a separate class for Street Latin, which usually includes Salsa and Rock’nRoll. Our Jive is very similar to Rock ’n Roll and of course we have the other latin dances of Samba, Rumba, Cha Cha and Paso Doble.
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