FAQs

Looking to dance competitively? 
The first step is to come to our classes and see if you might be interested in ballroom dance. We will advertise the team at the beginning of the Fall semester. The best time to join the team is the beginning of the semester (ideally fall, but spring is a possibility). Since we move so quickly it is difficult to join the team mid-semester. However, you can get caught up by attending optional practices and practicing outside of classes with a partner. We have had people join in the middle or even towards the end of a semester and get caught up fairly quickly.

Do I have to have previous ballroom or dance experience?
No, you do not need any prior experience! The coaches will be looking for people with one or more of these attributes: a sense of rhythm, the ability to learn steps quickly, body awareness, and an open and flexible mind set.

Will I have to try out?
The recruitment process will depend on our current membership numbers. Most often, we have more follows than leads, which means that leads are in demand and will likely be welcomed with hugs and cookies. The number of follows that we accept might be less, depending on the number interested. The process will go something like this: potential new members will attend team practice at the beginning of the semester and learn a few dances with the team. After two weeks of open practices, the coaches and captains will meet to decide who they should invite to join the team. You will be notified of their decision in the days following the last open practice.

What if I already have ballroom or other dance experience / really want to join even though it's the middle of the semester?
Send an email to us with your background information. The captains will talk to the coaches. You may also come to one of our classes when the head coach Rommel is teaching and talk to him after class. Everyone's situation is different, and some people would be able to handle jumping in right in the middle of things.

What is the format of the class?
Practice is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Each of the three levels - Bronze (beginner), Silver (intermediate), and Gold (advanced) - are allotted one hour, with Bronze running 7:30-8:30pm, Silver 8:30-9:30pm, and Gold 9:30-10:30pm. Tuesday practices cover the Standard dances, while Thursdays are devoted to Latin. The dances taught change over the course of the semester to give you a chance to learn a variety of dances. Classes have a casual atmosphere that helps beginners learn and keep up with other members who have had prior dance experience.

What should I wear / bring to class?
Something comfortable that doesn't restrict your movement. Tennis shoes and flip flops are not recommended. If you don't have dance shoes, socks are preferable. A water bottle is always a good idea, and bring your SMU ID for free admission into Dedman Center.

What about parking?
Check here for details on visitor parking.

I have more questions / want to get in contact with SMU Ballroom.

We'd love to hear from you! If you have any additional questions please email us at smuballroom@gmail.com.