is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States. The Triangle chapter has been providing dance opportunities to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area for over 20 years. In addition to running our monthly ballroom dances, we support our local college ballroom dance clubs, provided public demonstrations at events like the North Carolina State Fair and for over ten years have hosted a free New Year's Eve dance, with lessons, at First Night Raleigh.
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November 16 Jonathan Medlin International Foxtrot
December 21, Daniel McCain *** Hustle
January 18 Winter Ball No teacher
February 15, Carla Perkins*** Samba
March 21, Wes Boz *** East Coast Swing
April 21, TBA
May 16, Raquel Reynolds ***Country Two Step
June 20, Chad Stall *** International Rumba
July 18, Teacher TBA **** American Foxtrot
August 15, Robertas Malekis ***Viennese Waltz
September 19, Jordan Jewell ***Cha Cha
October 17, Jonathan Medlin ***American Waltz
November 21, Andre Avila *** Salsa
December 19, Carrie Smith *** West Coast Swing
Dancing on a floor is done in a counter clockwise direction, known as the “Line Of Dance”. This applies to traveling dances including Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz, as well as Polka and two-step in the country western repertoire. Latin and Swing dances are more or less stationary and have no line of dance. Sometimes it is possible to dance more than one type of dance to the same song. For example, some Foxtrots can also be swings. In that case, swing dancers take the middle of the floor, and the moving dancers move along the periphery in the direction of the line of dance.
Getting on the floor:
Some caution should be exercised when getting on the dance floor, especially if the song has already started and couples are dancing on the floor. It is the responsibility of incoming couples to make sure that they stay out of the way of the couples already dancing.
At the end of the dance:
After the dance is finished and before parting, thank your partner.
If you enjoyed the dance, let your partner know.
Remember that dancing too many dances with the same partner and booking many dances ahead are both violations of social dance rules.
Leaving the floor:
Responsible usage of the floor requires that one stays out of the way of others. Some figures require a momentary movement against line of dance. These figures should be executed with great caution on a social dance floor, and only when there is no danger of collision.
Another aspect of sharing the floor is to match one's speed to that of others.
The only thing to be said about aerials on the social dance floor is: don't do them