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The Academy typically offers two Dance Classes per evening which usually include a Smooth Dance (i.e., Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz), as well as a Rhythm/Latin Dance (i.e., Rumba, Cha-Cha, East Coast Swing, Salsa, Bachata, West Coast Swing).

The Academy offers Beginner and Intermediate Levels in each dance. First, the selected Dance is at Beginner (Newcomer-Bronze) level, then during the following Dance Course period, that same dance will be offered at the Second Level (Advanced Bronze-Silver) as a continuation of the Level One Class. The Instructor introduces new steps to the class based on the majority of the class's ability to learn the given steps.

Professional Instruction ensures that foot pattern, timing, lead & follow instructions and technique to fit Beginner through Advanced levels are given during both Beginner and Level Two Classes, so everyone can learn something new whether they are taking the class for the first time, or the 5th time.

The Academy encourages people of all ages, genders, cultures and such to become students and enjoy the FUN of Ballroom & Latin Dancing! New Dance Courses offers a special Technique Class the first night of classes in the genre of the Beginner Class (i.e., Rhythm/Latin Technique or Smooth Technique). This special workshop should not be missed!

The Academy encourages people of all ages, genders, cultures and such to become students and enjoy the beauty of Ballroom & Latin Dancing! The new Dance Course offers a special Technique Class the first night of classes in the genre of the Beginner Class (i.e., Rhythm/Latin Technique or Smooth Technique). This special workshop should not be missed!

Rita O'Connor, our Professional Instructor demonstrates the step(s) to be learned (with a demonstration partner as available) and then shows and explain the correct foot placement, foot work, timing, alignment, leading/following directions and styling for both the leaders and the followers. Rita then instructs the leaders and followers to independently practice their patterns individually until the class has a good understanding of the pattern. Then the leaders and followers pair and practice the step, while Rita will offer additional information to make the learning process more smooth and enjoyable for both partners!

For those who wish to remain with their partner throughout the classes, they are welcome to do so. For those without partners, or who wish to improve their leading and/or following skills, the Academy has a "Rotation" section whereby, the leaders switch partners upon the Instructor's direction. There are no guarantees as to the equal or unequal ratio of leaders to followers, but Rita takes this into account and will indicate Rotation more frequently if necessary.

The dance series begins with a Social Dance and Potluck Dinner on Registration night. There is a Themed Social Practice Dance midway during the Dance Series and a Review and Practice Dance at the end of the course, along with Guest Night to encourage current students to bring their friends to try out the dance classes for FREE! On Guest Night, there is a special Newcomers-Only class held separately.

Throughout the year, the Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy features special events within their class schedule (special guest performances), as well as semi-formal balls at hotels and resorts on Maui, which are also included on the class schedules when appropriate.

Please be sure to read our "FAQs" and "Dance Etiquette" sections.