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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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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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Kristin
Wedding:
7/30/2016
5.0/5.0
My favorite part of wedding planning was dance lessons. My now husband and I were lucky enough to work with Lydia on our first dance and she is amazing. Not only does she know what she is doing on the dance floor, she is a phenomenal teacher and a great person. Our time at the dance studio always involves laughter, some hard work, and a lot of fun. We got more compliments on our first dance than we could have dreamed, and are currently continuing dance lessons with Lydia every two weeks just because it is so much fun!
My favorite part of wedding planning was dance lessons. My now husband and I were lucky enough to work with Lydia on our Read more...
My favorite part of wedding planning was dance lessons. My now husband and I were lucky enough to work with Lydia on our first dance and she is amazing. Not only does she know what she is doing on the dance floor, she is a phenomenal teacher and a great person. Our time at the dance studio always involves laughter, some hard work, and a lot of fun. We got more compliments on our first dance than we could have dreamed, and are currently continuing dance lessons with Lydia every two weeks just because it is so much fun! Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
Cathy is the absolute best. I am not what I would call naturally graceful, and she made our first dance at our wedding incredible! She helped us work through song choices, she completely choreographed our dance and had us looking like pros on the dance floor. Cathy got to know us individually and built us a routine that just worked. I'm significantly taller than my wife and I really feel like Cathy turned that fact into an asset with our dancing, taking advantage of the height differential rather then letting it be a limiting factor.

The local beer and wine during practices was pretty cool too :p Thanks for everything Cathy and team!
Cathy is the absolute best. I am not what I would call naturally graceful, and she made our first dance at our wedding Read more...
Cathy is the absolute best. I am not what I would call naturally graceful, and she made our first dance at our wedding incredible! She helped us work through song choices, she completely choreographed our dance and had us looking like pros on the dance floor. Cathy got to know us individually and built us a routine that just worked. I'm significantly taller than my wife and I really feel like Cathy turned that fact into an asset with our dancing, taking advantage of the height differential rather then letting it be a limiting factor.

The local beer and wine during practices was pretty cool too :p Thanks for everything Cathy and team! Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
Cathy was so wonderful to work with! We were pretty skeptical in our abilities since we'd had no prior dance experience but after about 6 weeks of 2x per week we did a full choreographed first dance at our wedding. The lessons were so much fun and a great way to connect with each other and de-stress during the wedding planning process.
Cathy was so wonderful to work with! We were pretty skeptical in our abilities since we'd had no prior dance experience Read more...
Cathy was so wonderful to work with! We were pretty skeptical in our abilities since we'd had no prior dance experience but after about 6 weeks of 2x per week we did a full choreographed first dance at our wedding. The lessons were so much fun and a great way to connect with each other and de-stress during the wedding planning process. Read less
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Grant
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough great things about Ballroom Dance Chicago. My wife and I were hesitant about creating a first dance for our wedding, but are so glad that we stopped in at BDC. Matthew and the team won us over from day one and our dance nights were by far the most enjoyable activity leading into the wedding. We worked with Matthew who partnered with us to create a dance unique to us that we both loved and which also stylistically matched our song choice. We went 2x per week for about 2-3 months and we're ready and prepared for wedding day. The atmosphere is really friendly, welcoming to all dance abilities (I have two left feet), and they even offer snacks (pretzels/jelly beans) and/or adult beverage to put the cherry on top. They offer wedding showcases to practice dancing in front of others (was really helpful) and always are planning/doing fun social events for their clients. Matthew even went above and beyond by suggesting a local wedding boutique to my wife when she was struggling to find her shoes and jewelry – which she then went to and found everything she needed! We loved it so much we have continued classes after the wedding! Highly recommended for any couples nervous about their first dance and are looking for amazing teachers in a low stress/fun place!
We cannot say enough great things about Ballroom Dance Chicago. My wife and I were hesitant about creating a first dance Read more...
We cannot say enough great things about Ballroom Dance Chicago. My wife and I were hesitant about creating a first dance for our wedding, but are so glad that we stopped in at BDC. Matthew and the team won us over from day one and our dance nights were by far the most enjoyable activity leading into the wedding. We worked with Matthew who partnered with us to create a dance unique to us that we both loved and which also stylistically matched our song choice. We went 2x per week for about 2-3 months and we're ready and prepared for wedding day. The atmosphere is really friendly, welcoming to all dance abilities (I have two left feet), and they even offer snacks (pretzels/jelly beans) and/or adult beverage to put the cherry on top. They offer wedding showcases to practice dancing in front of others (was really helpful) and always are planning/doing fun social events for their clients. Matthew even went above and beyond by suggesting a local wedding boutique to my wife when she was struggling to find her shoes and jewelry – which she then went to and found everything she needed! We loved it so much we have continued classes after the wedding! Highly recommended for any couples nervous about their first dance and are looking for amazing teachers in a low stress/fun place! Read less
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jaclyn
Wedding:
4/23/2016
5.0/5.0
A first dance was not even being entertained as a possibility for the first 9 months of our engagement - I am FAR from a natural on the dance floor, and had made a mission of avoiding it at every wedding/bar/club/gala/etc it I'd ever attended. The thought of changing that with 100+ sets of eyes looking on actually made me sick.

My now wife had accepted that a first dance wasn't going to happen but I knew how much it meant to her so ended up surprising her with a package of 5 private lessons from Ball Room Dance Chicago. In retrospect, doing so was one of the best decisions I've ever made. We ended up enjoying them so much and found them to be so helpful that we bought 5 more lessons after that. With all of the expenses involved in a Chicago wedding, I was initially reluctant about cost - it's not cheap, but it was ABSOLUTELY worth it in the end.

We worked directly with Lydia who was truly FANTASTIC. She (along w/the entire BDC team, and the delicious beer ) made us feel totally comfortable from day 1. She was extremely patient, took the time to understand our personalities, and listened to what we wanted (and didn't want), even when we weren't sure ourselves. Lydia's very knowledgeable, and had an exceptional ability to articulate things in a way that made sense to both my wife and me, despite the fact that we learn very differently. She also has a great sense of humor, which we enjoyed and appreciated, especially in the heat of the planning process.

I could go on but will sum it up by saying that Lydia and the BDC team are amazing..possibly even miracle workers. We ended up a with a beautiful first-dance that had multiple spins, and a dip at the end to boot!

BDC took something I literally dreaded and turned it into our favorite part of the wedding planning process. We are beyond grateful for the experience and the memories made, and highly recommend Ballroom Dance Chicago!

Kristi & Jaclyn
A first dance was not even being entertained as a possibility for the first 9 months of our engagement - I am FAR from a Read more...
A first dance was not even being entertained as a possibility for the first 9 months of our engagement - I am FAR from a natural on the dance floor, and had made a mission of avoiding it at every wedding/bar/club/gala/etc it I'd ever attended. The thought of changing that with 100+ sets of eyes looking on actually made me sick.

My now wife had accepted that a first dance wasn't going to happen but I knew how much it meant to her so ended up surprising her with a package of 5 private lessons from Ball Room Dance Chicago. In retrospect, doing so was one of the best decisions I've ever made. We ended up enjoying them so much and found them to be so helpful that we bought 5 more lessons after that. With all of the expenses involved in a Chicago wedding, I was initially reluctant about cost - it's not cheap, but it was ABSOLUTELY worth it in the end.

We worked directly with Lydia who was truly FANTASTIC. She (along w/the entire BDC team, and the delicious beer ) made us feel totally comfortable from day 1. She was extremely patient, took the time to understand our personalities, and listened to what we wanted (and didn't want), even when we weren't sure ourselves. Lydia's very knowledgeable, and had an exceptional ability to articulate things in a way that made sense to both my wife and me, despite the fact that we learn very differently. She also has a great sense of humor, which we enjoyed and appreciated, especially in the heat of the planning process.

I could go on but will sum it up by saying that Lydia and the BDC team are amazing..possibly even miracle workers. We ended up a with a beautiful first-dance that had multiple spins, and a dip at the end to boot!

BDC took something I literally dreaded and turned it into our favorite part of the wedding planning process. We are beyond grateful for the experience and the memories made, and highly recommend Ballroom Dance Chicago!

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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
We took private dance lessons with Lydia at Chicago Ballroom Dance in preparation for our first dance at our wedding. Were so happy with our instruction, and the dance turned out beautifully. Lydia customized our dance, and was flexible and patient with our limited abilities going into it. I can't recommend them enough
We took private dance lessons with Lydia at Chicago Ballroom Dance in preparation for our first dance at our wedding. Were Read more...
We took private dance lessons with Lydia at Chicago Ballroom Dance in preparation for our first dance at our wedding. Were so happy with our instruction, and the dance turned out beautifully. Lydia customized our dance, and was flexible and patient with our limited abilities going into it. I can't recommend them enough Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Ballroom Dance Chicago was such a great experience. We worked with Lydia on the first dance for our wedding, and over the course of five sessions she made us (mostly me) feel much more comfortable about everything. I loved that we were able to learn a lot of basic steps that we could even apply outside of the song we had practiced. We've even now been back for the Friday Night socials - each time we've come it's been a lot of fun.
Ballroom Dance Chicago was such a great experience. We worked with Lydia on the first dance for our wedding, and over the Read more...
Ballroom Dance Chicago was such a great experience. We worked with Lydia on the first dance for our wedding, and over the course of five sessions she made us (mostly me) feel much more comfortable about everything. I loved that we were able to learn a lot of basic steps that we could even apply outside of the song we had practiced. We've even now been back for the Friday Night socials - each time we've come it's been a lot of fun. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
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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