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Lessons at Supershag:


  • Please see the classes page for the updated schedule.
  • Everyone who fulfill both criteria listed below (besides being a Brandeis student) can take free Ballroom Dance Team lessons taught by professional Supershag instructors at the Supershag studio in Waltham!
  • You must commit to the classes and attend them all, except in emergency cases. This will ensure each dancer's ability to keep up with the progress of the class and not hold the rest of the class back. You are encouraged to try both styles and shop around for the class that suits your level at the beginning of each term since different dance styles appeal to different people!
  • Our second requirement for all members of the team is the attendance of at least 2 organized or promoted Team events a year. While we encourage you to take active part in an event (eg: dancing in a competition or performance), you can satisfy this requirement by attending any team performance, coming to any Team sponsored, publicized or organized event or social gathering, or watching a competition. This is only meant to expose people to the many beautiful and exciting aspects of Ballroom dance and to encourage people to meet their fellow team members - thus the requirement functions on an honor-code-based system.

  • What is Ballroom dance?


  • International: Style of competitive ballroom dance developed in Europe.
  • Latin: Dances include Cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive and Paso Doble
  • Standard: Dances include Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Viennese Waltz
  • American: Style of competitive ballroom developed from social dancing in the U.S. The following ones are most often found at competitions.
  • Rhythm: Dances include Cha-cha, Rumba, East-coast Swing, Mambo, and Bolero
  • Smooth: Dances include Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
  • While both categories cover similar dances, the difference is in the technique, style and steps.

  • Individual Practice:


  • In order to make significant progress in your dancing, simply attending lessons will not be quite enough.
  • We have some rooms reserved so that dancers can make use of them on their own time. Also, there are many rooms on campus that are not often used that are good for practice.
  • Please refer to the practice page for the most updated schedule of available rooms.

  • Group Practice:


  • Supershag Membership:
  • If you would like to utilize the extensive facilities of the Supershag studio beyond our team lessons, such as floor practice time, a Supershag membership must be purchased, at a reduced student rate of $75. This membership is not mandatory, but is recommended as a supplement to the team's services offered. All members of the Brandeis team may also use Brandeis the spaces on campus reserved for team practice.
  • Details: $75/year ($6.25/month) allows dancers to use the Supershag floor space for unlimited practice time. The membership also includes master classes at half-price (normally $20), free entry to Classic Ballroom nights, and $5 attendance fee for the studio's Sunday competitors practice.

  • Studio Hours:


  • This is an opportunity for any dancer interested in extra help with any aspect of Ballroom Dance. These sessions will be one-on-one with an advanced dancer, to be scheduled exclusively by appointment. This is a great opportunity to work on anything from dance steps, technique, partner work, syllabus, flexibility, stage presence, or talk about concerns related to dancing or the team. Please refer to the Practice page for the most updated available hours.

  • Performances:


  • Dancers who attend the Formation class are expected to take part in scheduled performances, and thus should also be prepared for extra practice in preparation for performances. Concerns/suggestions about formation should be voiced to the Formation Class Rep.
  • Couples that have routines are always welcome and encouraged to perform whenever the Ballroom Dance Team is asked to perform, or at team events.

  • Competitions:


  • Please see Events Page for a list of upcoming competitions
  • No team member is obligated to compete in a certain number of competitions, or at all, but everyone is highly encouraged to try one out and to do as many as possible! The Competition Coordinator will register all couples for the competitions. Please pay attention to announcements regarding the registration times.
  • Due to the uneven male/female ratio, dancers will occasionally dance with same-sex partners in competition.
  • Dancers should be aware that there are late fees for missing registration deadlines or dropping out of a competition that are specified by each host school. Since we are running on limited funds, the team will pay for registration, but any late or drop-out fees will be the responsibility of the competitors.

  • Attire:


  • There is a team dress code for lessons taken at Supershag:
  • All dancers will come wearing black. Guys: Black pants, black top, preferably black shoes. No cargo pants, they should be as tight fitting as possible. Remember - Tight = Sexy! Sexy = Sexy! Don't be sheepish! Girls: Skirts are recommended, but pants are acceptable. Just as for the guys, all clothing should be black, and well fitted, but comfortable.
  • Standard: Guys: Dress pants, Button-down shirt, tie, Standard Ballroom or dress shoes. Girls: Long, flowy skirt, fitted top, Standard Ballroom shoes.
  • If you do not have dance shoes, just wear footwear that will not fall/slip off your feet and that is as flexible as possible. NO Flip-Flops! The soles should also be the least sticky possible - dance shoes have suede soles so you can slide across the floor, so see if you can find shoes that mimic that texture.
  • Competitions also have dress codes! It is important to wear dance-appropriate clothing, that is also appropriate for the level you will be dancing. Check out the Costumes page for a list of team-owned pieces available for borrowing. If you have any questions, please email our Competition Captains April Hou and Lisa Xu .
  • Purchasing Ballroom shoes:
  • Having the proper shoes (more so than other clothing) will make a notable difference. Keep in mind that shoes for Latin and Rhythm are different from those for Standard. A great place to purchas shoes is Take the Lead Dancewear. Feel free contact an E-Board officer or other experienced dancers for advice on purchasing shoes.