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Ballroom Dance Chicago

Chicago , IL
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4039B N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613 US (map)

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312-504-5866

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ABOUT US

The thought of dancing in front of people can be nerve-racking or downright terrifying, which is why we are here. We are experts at making you confident and impressive dancers. Our... Read more
The thought of dancing in front of people can be nerve-racking or downright terrifying, which is why we are here. We are experts at making you confident and impressive dancers. Our wedding specialists work with you to customize and polish the first dance you envision. Whether you are looking for basic steps and patterns or full choreography, the patient and encouraging instructors at BDC ensure you’ll have fun learning to dance for your wedding. We teach a variety of ballroom / social and Latin dances, which include: Salsa, Tango, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Mambo, Rumba, Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Hustle and more.


In our dance lessons, we focus on the fun and playful interaction between partners on the dance floor. This isn’t serious folks, it’s dancing! And learning to dance is not about suffering through steps and patterns; learning to dance is about learning how to move in sync with another person. In essence, a dance is a sophisticated mirroring game made simpler by our roles as leaders and followers. When each partner knows his / her role, both can feel confident and comfortable dancing at any occasion.

In our private lessons, you receive full attention and personalized instruction from our staff. Whether you want to learn a choreographed first dance for a wedding or basic steps and patterns for social, we will design the lessons based on your needs, dance experience, learning styles and tastes. Your teacher will also give you detailed instruction and help you develop the skills you need to feel confident on the dance floor. Overall, it’s our goal to create a fun and unparalleled learning environment. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Can't say enough good things about BDC. In about six weeks, Lydia was able to help my husband and I create a first dance that was both memorable and fun despite the fact I have absolutely no sense of rhythm. She is a wonderful teacher, patient and funny, making us laugh all the time and making sure we were comfortable with each part before moving on to the next thing. We've decided to continue our lessons because we enjoy them so much and they are a guaranteed date night each week.

Everyone at BDC is warm and welcoming, making it a great place to spend at least an hour a week.
Can't say enough good things about BDC. In about six weeks, Lydia was able to help my husband and I create a first dance Read more...
Can't say enough good things about BDC. In about six weeks, Lydia was able to help my husband and I create a first dance that was both memorable and fun despite the fact I have absolutely no sense of rhythm. She is a wonderful teacher, patient and funny, making us laugh all the time and making sure we were comfortable with each part before moving on to the next thing. We've decided to continue our lessons because we enjoy them so much and they are a guaranteed date night each week.

Everyone at BDC is warm and welcoming, making it a great place to spend at least an hour a week. Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
6/6/2015
5.0/5.0
My wife and I have had a fantastic experience with Ballroom Dance Chicago.

We began taking lessons with Rachael in the fall of 2014 for our wedding which just happened in June.
I
was not super excited to take dance lessons when my then-fiancé proposed the idea, however, Ballroom Dance Chicago made the environment and experience as enjoyable as possible.

The entire team at BDC is incredibly friendly, funny, and outgoing. Rachael is an excellent teacher who knows how to demonstrate and teach the most novice of dancers (i.e. me) in a way that really enables learning. She is also a good judge of how to push her students to become better, whether that means executing moves that have already been learned more crisply or moving on to more advanced and difficult moves. She is able to do this while cracking jokes and making you laugh the whole time.

Matthew and his team have also made the facility a warm, and welcoming environment. The studio is very nicely renovated and appointed, there is an entire wall of cards and photos from others who have come before you in learning to dance for their weddings from BDC (and they’re all glowing in their praise), and the rotating draft selection on the kegerator is always new and impressive and sometimes just the pick me up you need when headed right to dance class after a long workday (there’s wine too!).

Most of all, BDC provided an environment that allowed my wife and I to spend a full hour on a weeknight every week just focusing on each other, which can be difficult when you’re both working all week.
My wife and I have had a fantastic experience with Ballroom Dance Chicago.

We began taking lessons with Rachael Read more...
My wife and I have had a fantastic experience with Ballroom Dance Chicago.

We began taking lessons with Rachael in the fall of 2014 for our wedding which just happened in June.
I
was not super excited to take dance lessons when my then-fiancé proposed the idea, however, Ballroom Dance Chicago made the environment and experience as enjoyable as possible.

The entire team at BDC is incredibly friendly, funny, and outgoing. Rachael is an excellent teacher who knows how to demonstrate and teach the most novice of dancers (i.e. me) in a way that really enables learning. She is also a good judge of how to push her students to become better, whether that means executing moves that have already been learned more crisply or moving on to more advanced and difficult moves. She is able to do this while cracking jokes and making you laugh the whole time.

Matthew and his team have also made the facility a warm, and welcoming environment. The studio is very nicely renovated and appointed, there is an entire wall of cards and photos from others who have come before you in learning to dance for their weddings from BDC (and they’re all glowing in their praise), and the rotating draft selection on the kegerator is always new and impressive and sometimes just the pick me up you need when headed right to dance class after a long workday (there’s wine too!).

Most of all, BDC provided an environment that allowed my wife and I to spend a full hour on a weeknight every week just focusing on each other, which can be difficult when you’re both working all week. Read less
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Janie
Wedding:
3/7/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I took dance lessons here with Cathy before the wedding. Our goal was to not have a boring first dance and also have fun. We had taken a few lessons at other places before over the years and they were meh.

When we got engaged, I started researching more and found BDC. Cathy took us in and worked through everything we threw at her. I had delusions of pulling off a fast-paced cha cha to Dinah Washington's "Relax Max", and you know what? Cathy believed in us. She was going to take on that challenge.

Once we started dancing, we quickly realized we are horrid. I can't follow, the hubs can't lead, and we had a short engagement. So reality hit and we changed our song to Miguel's "Adorn". Tried that out a couple of weeks and then decided, ugh this is too slow and not exciting enough. So we CHANGED OUR SONG AGAIN to Justin Timberlake's "My Love" about 2 months before the wedding. Cathy was an absolute doll and never got frustrated with us, always stayed positive, and choreographed our dance from start to finish (three times).

The thing I liked most was that Cathy always kept in mind what our "wants" were from the beginning and modified them to fit our skill level, which resulted in a mixture of cha cha, swing, and rumba, to a song we love.

We had an absolute blast learning with Cathy and it made our first dance amazingly fun and very "us." We hope to start back up in the summer just for fun now that the wedding frenzy is over.

BONUS: One of my favorite memories of the experience was dancing cha cha to Lil Wayne's "Mrs. Officer". Seriously, no words to describe the awesomeness of that.
My husband and I took dance lessons here with Cathy before the wedding. Our goal was to not have a boring first dance and Read more...
My husband and I took dance lessons here with Cathy before the wedding. Our goal was to not have a boring first dance and also have fun. We had taken a few lessons at other places before over the years and they were meh.

When we got engaged, I started researching more and found BDC. Cathy took us in and worked through everything we threw at her. I had delusions of pulling off a fast-paced cha cha to Dinah Washington's "Relax Max", and you know what? Cathy believed in us. She was going to take on that challenge.

Once we started dancing, we quickly realized we are horrid. I can't follow, the hubs can't lead, and we had a short engagement. So reality hit and we changed our song to Miguel's "Adorn". Tried that out a couple of weeks and then decided, ugh this is too slow and not exciting enough. So we CHANGED OUR SONG AGAIN to Justin Timberlake's "My Love" about 2 months before the wedding. Cathy was an absolute doll and never got frustrated with us, always stayed positive, and choreographed our dance from start to finish (three times).

The thing I liked most was that Cathy always kept in mind what our "wants" were from the beginning and modified them to fit our skill level, which resulted in a mixture of cha cha, swing, and rumba, to a song we love.

We had an absolute blast learning with Cathy and it made our first dance amazingly fun and very "us." We hope to start back up in the summer just for fun now that the wedding frenzy is over.

BONUS: One of my favorite memories of the experience was dancing cha cha to Lil Wayne's "Mrs. Officer". Seriously, no words to describe the awesomeness of that. Read less
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Marie
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
With just 7 lessons, Ballroom Dance Chicago helped us put together a beautiful and special dance for our first dance that wowed our guests. The instructors are awesome. They work with where you are and are always encouraging. The emphasis was on looking good - not perfect form. There were even hints on how to cover fumbles. On top of this, it was a lot of fun! In fact, we're going to continue taking lessons with them. If you want to look good for that first dance, this is the place to go. We highly recommend them.
With just 7 lessons, Ballroom Dance Chicago helped us put together a beautiful and special dance for our first dance that Read more...
With just 7 lessons, Ballroom Dance Chicago helped us put together a beautiful and special dance for our first dance that wowed our guests. The instructors are awesome. They work with where you are and are always encouraging. The emphasis was on looking good - not perfect form. There were even hints on how to cover fumbles. On top of this, it was a lot of fun! In fact, we're going to continue taking lessons with them. If you want to look good for that first dance, this is the place to go. We highly recommend them. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.8/5.0
We had a great experience at Ballroom Dance Chicago. All of their instructors are so good! They are really good at breaking down the steps for you. We worked with several different instructors. They were all very positive, upbeat and encouraging. Their hospitality is amazing. They take your coat for you when you come in and offer you a drink. It was really a fun experience and a great opportunity for the two of us to spend time together before the wedding. The studio space is huge and really nice. The only constructive criticism I have is that I wish they'd prepared (or rather warned) me for dancing in a wedding dress. I didn't even have a ballroom style wedding dress but it was quite a different feeling dancing in my dress compared to what I'd worn in the studio.
We had a great experience at Ballroom Dance Chicago. All of their instructors are so good! They are really good at Read more...
We had a great experience at Ballroom Dance Chicago. All of their instructors are so good! They are really good at breaking down the steps for you. We worked with several different instructors. They were all very positive, upbeat and encouraging. Their hospitality is amazing. They take your coat for you when you come in and offer you a drink. It was really a fun experience and a great opportunity for the two of us to spend time together before the wedding. The studio space is huge and really nice. The only constructive criticism I have is that I wish they'd prepared (or rather warned) me for dancing in a wedding dress. I didn't even have a ballroom style wedding dress but it was quite a different feeling dancing in my dress compared to what I'd worn in the studio. Read less
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Zach
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
My wife and I decided to take some dance lesson before our wedding and it was probably the best thing we did (beyond getting married). We took 10 private lessons during the 10 weeks leading up to the wedding. It was a great date night and a way for us to get away from family, wedding planning, and work and just have some time with each other. Aubrey taught us how to do the foxtrot and swing dance and then we combined the two styles for our first dance at the wedding. Our guests loved it! We didn't have a step-by-step dance prepared, we just finally knew how to dance with each other and could tell what the other person was going to do. It felt natural and was a ton of fun. We have since been dancing up a storm at other friends' weddings. Dance lessons (and their dance parties) at Ballroom Dance Chicago were well worth it. We will be going back soon to keep learning more!
My wife and I decided to take some dance lesson before our wedding and it was probably the best thing we did (beyond Read more...
My wife and I decided to take some dance lesson before our wedding and it was probably the best thing we did (beyond getting married). We took 10 private lessons during the 10 weeks leading up to the wedding. It was a great date night and a way for us to get away from family, wedding planning, and work and just have some time with each other. Aubrey taught us how to do the foxtrot and swing dance and then we combined the two styles for our first dance at the wedding. Our guests loved it! We didn't have a step-by-step dance prepared, we just finally knew how to dance with each other and could tell what the other person was going to do. It felt natural and was a ton of fun. We have since been dancing up a storm at other friends' weddings. Dance lessons (and their dance parties) at Ballroom Dance Chicago were well worth it. We will be going back soon to keep learning more! Read less
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Renee
Wedding:
9/21/2012
4.8/5.0
We received a gift certificate here for two dance lessons and it was a wonderful gift. Our instructor helped us choose a style of dance for our first dance and then taught us basic moves so that we could actually dance to songs. Then she helped us compose our first dance. It was not too showy but was really fun. We ended up doing only three because of time constraints, and the lessons are expensive, but they were really fun and worth it. I wish we had time to do more, but I think we will take this up as a hobby. I guess they have byob dance parties that we will probably look into.
We received a gift certificate here for two dance lessons and it was a wonderful gift. Our instructor helped us choose a Read more...
We received a gift certificate here for two dance lessons and it was a wonderful gift. Our instructor helped us choose a style of dance for our first dance and then taught us basic moves so that we could actually dance to songs. Then she helped us compose our first dance. It was not too showy but was really fun. We ended up doing only three because of time constraints, and the lessons are expensive, but they were really fun and worth it. I wish we had time to do more, but I think we will take this up as a hobby. I guess they have byob dance parties that we will probably look into. Read less
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