Parties and Practices

At Charlottetown's Dedicated Social Dance Studio

Social Dances

Get your dance on! Pull out your moves and try them in a relaxed and friendly social group. The great playlist encompasses all the dance styles taught at DownStreet Dance. This is a great place to practice anything you don’t quite feel ready to demonstrate in a nightclub!

New to the dance scene? Want a refresher before busting out? Join in the beginner lesson at the beginning of the party. No partner necessary. Social dance with lesson, $10. Party only, $6. All prices include HST (Social Dance Parties included free with Monthly Membership)

Student Practice Parties

Demonstrate to the students in other classes what you’ve been learning, and get a feel for dancing in front of a very supportive peer group.

Each type of dance music will be announced and described, and the class groups invited to the floor. Teachers will be present when possible to offer help and encouragement.

Have you been learning choreography for a special event? Here’s your chance to practice in front of an audience before your big day.

Love the classes you’re taking? Show the others how much fun you’re having and entice them to join!

Want to see what other classes you can add to your week? Come see all that DownStreet Dance has to offer! $6, HST included (Student Practices included free with Monthly Membership)

Open Floor Time

The floor is open – for all! The mirrors and a share of the floor are available for you to practice your steps. The studio will be supervised, with no instruction or music provided. Maybe your kitchen floor is too small for practicing, maybe you have no idea what your moves actually look like, maybe the living room furniture is too heavy to keep moving aside.

The studio is a perfect place to practice. $6, including HST (Open Floor Time included free with Monthly Membership)

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Frequently Asked Question

What do I wear to class?
If not specified in the class description, make sure you can move comfortably. You’ll need to be able to take large steps so short, tight skirts are not recommended! Suede soled shoes are the ideal, leather soles are second best, but a flat or low heeled dress shoe that stays on securely will work. You don’t want something that grips the floor like a sneaker because it can be hard on your knees and ankles when you turn, and you don’t want something so slick that you slip and fall.
Are these classes appropriate for someone who has never (ever) danced before?
Absolutely! Any of our beginner classes are designed for both absolute beginners and those new to a particular dance, as well as for those with more experience who wish to review and improve their basics.
Am I required to bring a partner?
No! Students will pair up, switch partners, and rotate through the class. This not only allows individual dancers to participate, it also speeds up everyone’s learning process, prevents you from picking up a single partner’s bad habits (or passing on your own!) and encourages people to get to know their fellow students. This is social dancing, after all!
Are there class etiquette rules?
Let common sense and courtesy prevail here. Please leave outside shoes outside the studio to keep the floor surface ready for dancing, and wipe up any spills promptly to protect peoples’ shoes. Dress presentably and respectfully. You’ll be dancing in close proximity to various partners so deodorant and breath mints are much appreciated. While social dancing involves being, well, social, talking with your partner in class makes it incredibly difficult for the teacher(s) to communicate the information that you’ve paid to learn. Arrive at the studio 5-10 minutes before class so everyone can start together and time isn’t wasted going over material that was already taught. Just common sense and courtesy!

For a deeper exploration of the etiquette of social dance parties, the University of Texas in Dallas wrote an excellent description in 1996 which still applies.

Where are you?
Here’s a visual to help you find our building! We’re on the second floor:

The World is a Dance Floor

DownStreet Dance Charlottetown offers a wide range of instructional dance opportunities, including everything from West Coast Swing to Zumba. Drop in for a class when it works for you. Check out our schedule or learn more about different dance styles!

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