Frequently Asked Questions
When can I start?
Registration are held twice each year.
The fall semester (Semester 1) commences in September
The winter semester (Semester 2) begins in January
Do I need to join the club to take dance classes?
Yes, dance classes are only one of the many benefits offered to RBDC members.
Do I need a partner to take dance classes?
Not at all, many people join the club as singles and find dance partners in class.
How difficult are the steps?
Dance instruction ranges from basic steps for the beginner to challenging routines for the advanced dancers. Instructors will help you select the best level for you.
Many students take each level more than once. This is recommended for Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2. In the first year students will learn the steps. In the following years, more effort can be devoted to step precision, lead and follow, plus styling.
How long are the lessons?
Each lesson is one hour long. There is a 15 minute practice session available each night to review the steps you have learned.
Will I get help in class?
The class sizes range from 20 to 40 members per class. Each class has two head instructors and most classes have assistant instructors so that help is always available.
Do I need any special clothing?
You should have leather soled shoes to dance, but dress is informal in class.
Who teaches the classes?
Each class has a "Head Instructor" and "Instructor Assistants", who volunteer their time to teach. However, due to the nature of the advanced class, the instructor(s) is paid, as per a negotiated contract with the clubThe Instructor Group is made up of 3 parts:
1. Instructor Representative (elected by the Instructor Group to be a member of the executive)
2. Chief Instructor Group
3. Head Instructor and Instructor Assistants
Each year, the Chief Instructor group selects instructors from the instructor applications they receive from members of the dancing club. Once selected as an instructor, the Chief Instructor Group assigns them as either a Head Instructor or as an Instructor Assistant for the class and provide them professional training as required.