Welcome new Caltech students!

CBDC is proud to offer a series of orientation classes to welcome the new members of our Caltech community! We're pleased to offer West Coast Swing classes, which teach fun and easy-to-learn dances to contemporary pop music, as well as a Ballroom Taster lesson. Each class is friendly to beginners: come to any one or collect them all! Then come to our Orientation Party on Saturday October 4, with free food and performances by your new classmates and by other colleges from around Los Angeles.

Thurs, Sept 25: Grad Orientation: West Coast Swing Beginner Lesson and Social, 8:30 PM, North Cats Rec Room
Sun, Sept 28: Ballroom Dance Taster Lesson, 1:00 PM, Winnett Lounge

Wed, Oct 1: West Coast Swing (Beginner Lesson and Social), 8:30 PM, Winnett Lounge
Sat Oct 4: Orientation Party! Lesson at 8:00 PM, Dancing at 9:00 PM, in Dabney Hall Lounge. (Not Dabney House!)

The Caltech Ballroom Dance Club aims to promote the growth of dancing at Caltech. We want to build an energetic and viable dance community on campus, and hope that you will join us! As a first step, sign up for our mailing lists to stay updated on what's happening.

In addition to our classes on many ballroom and social styles, we also host many special workshops and fun parties, as well as organizing trips to nearby events. We also have a competitive ballroom dance team that travels to regional ballroom dance competitions.

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Graduate Orientation Lesson and Social: West Coast Swing

When: 
Thursday, September 25th, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Instructor(s): 
Magnus Haw, Sophie Banholzer
West Coast Swing, is a fun and easy-to-learn dance to contemporary pop music. This introductory class will welcome new graduate students to Caltech and to the Ballroom Dance Club. An introductory lesson will get you ready to dance, and social dancing and snacks follow to give you a chance to meet your fellow grad students.

Ballroom Dance Orientation Taster Lesson

When: 
Sunday, September 28th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Jay Daigle and Diana Ardelea
Come learn how to dance! Whether you're new to Caltech or just to ballroom, this class will get you started. The taster class features a sample lesson in the Cha-Cha, one of the dances we'll teach in our Beginning Ballroom class this term. Spend an hour learning to dance, then hang around after to chat about life and dancing at caltech. No prior experience or partner necessary. There might be cookies. This is a Caltech/student-only event. We ask the general public to instead come to one of ou...

West Coast Swing Social

When: 
Repeats every week until Wed Dec 11 2013 .
Wednesday, October 1st, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Guest DJ(s): 
Magnus Haw
Join us for Wednesday night's swing dance social from 8:30pm-11ish in Caltech's Winnett Lounge. We start with a short lesson covering various bits of WCS technique. Magnus will primarily DJ West Coast Swing, plus other social dances by request. If you're new to dancing, or know somebody who's just starting with our classes, please invite them along! It's a great opportunity to try out what you've learned in our dance classes and ask questions about what we've covered. If you haven't been t...

Orientation Party!

When: 
Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 PM - 11:55 PM
Where: 
Dabney Lounge
Come enjoy a night of social dancing as we kick the year off with our Intro Night Party. It's the perfect opportunity to meet new people! A free introductory dance lesson to get you started, a nice spread of refreshments, and an excellent mix of music to entertain late into the night. Don't worry if you've never danced before--the night starts out with a free lesson, and we'll have a teaching corner running for most of the night to help you get up to speed. Everyone's welcome to our first eve...

Beginner International Ballroom: Quickstep and Cha-Cha

When: 
Repeats every week until Mon Oct 27 2014 .
Sunday, October 5th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Jay Daigle
This class series is an introduction to international ballroom and latin dancing, suitable both for dancers interested in learning ballroom and for students with no prior dance experience. The class will cover choreography and routines in Quickstep and Cha-Cha, as well as technique for both performance and lead-follow social dancing.

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Ballroom Dance Orientation Taster Lesson

When: 
Sunday, September 28th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Jay Daigle and Diana Ardelea
Come learn how to dance! Whether you're new to Caltech or just to ballroom, this class will get you started. The taster class features a sample lesson in the Cha-Cha, one of the dances we'll teach in our Beginning Ballroom class this term. Spend an hour learning to dance, then hang around after to chat about life and dancing at caltech. No prior experience or partner necessary. There might be cookies. This is a Caltech/student-only event. We ask the general public to instead come to one of ou...

Beginner International Ballroom: Quickstep and Cha-Cha

When: 
Sunday, October 5th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Jay Daigle
This class series is an introduction to international ballroom and latin dancing, suitable both for dancers interested in learning ballroom and for students with no prior dance experience. The class will cover choreography and routines in Quickstep and Cha-Cha, as well as technique for both performance and lead-follow social dancing.

Summer Ballroom: Rumba and Tango

When: 
Repeats every week until Mon Aug 18 2014 .
Sunday, August 3rd, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Deborah Kull
This summer CBDC is offering a series of introductory class series in a number of different dance styles, suitable for those with little or no experience with social dancing. This three-week series focuses on Rumba and Tango. Classes will focus on leading and following in social situations, teaching both dance moves and technique for better social connection.

International Cha Cha Workshop

When: 
Sunday, August 3rd, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Nadia Eftedal
Cha Cha technique workshop with professional instructor Nadia Eftedal. Topics to be covered include basic foot, leg and hip actions as they pertain to the most common figures used in open and closed routines and a discussion of the music and how to create a more dynamic performance. If time permits, there will be Q & A on individual questions and concerns.

Summer Ballroom: Triple Swing and Waltz

When: 
Repeats every week until Mon Jul 28 2014 .
Sunday, July 13th, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Deborah Kull
This summer CBDC is offering a series of introductory class series in a number of different dance styles, suitable for those with little or no experience with social dancing. This three-week series focuses on Triple Swing and Waltz. Classes will focus on leading and following in social situations, teaching both dance moves and technique for better social connection.

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Graduate Orientation Lesson and Social: West Coast Swing

When: 
Thursday, September 25th, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Instructor(s): 
Magnus Haw, Sophie Banholzer
West Coast Swing, is a fun and easy-to-learn dance to contemporary pop music. This introductory class will welcome new graduate students to Caltech and to the Ballroom Dance Club. An introductory lesson will get you ready to dance, and social dancing and snacks follow to give you a chance to meet your fellow grad students.

West Coast Swing Social

When: 
Wednesday, October 1st, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Guest DJ(s): 
Magnus Haw
Join us for Wednesday night's swing dance social from 8:30pm-11ish in Caltech's Winnett Lounge. We start with a short lesson covering various bits of WCS technique. Magnus will primarily DJ West Coast Swing, plus other social dances by request. If you're new to dancing, or know somebody who's just starting with our classes, please invite them along! It's a great opportunity to try out what you've learned in our dance classes and ask questions about what we've covered. If you haven't been t...

Intermediate West Coast Swing Workshop with Doug and Nicki Silton!

When: 
Monday, October 13th, 8:45 PM - 9:45 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Doug and Nicki Silton
Join instructors Doug & Nicki Silton as they teach you brilliant connection techniques and new footwork and styling to add to your West Coast Swing repertoire.

Beginner West Coast Swing with Doug and Nicki Silton!

When: 
Repeats every week until Mon Nov 24 2014 .
Monday, October 6th, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Doug and Nicki Silton
Beginning West Coast Swing (An 8-Week Subscription or Drop-In Series) with Nicki & Doug Silton www.TheSiltons.com Class dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 Class will start promptly - please arrive early to check-in and warm-up You do not need to sign up for the series - you can drop in for class by class. This is the final group West Coast Swing series from The Siltons in Southern California before their move to Portland, Oregon!

Beginner Lindy Series

When: 
Repeats every week until Mon Aug 18 2014 except Mon Jul 21 2014.
Monday, June 23rd, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: 
Winnett Lounge
Instructor(s): 
Heather Martelle and Eric Eltringham
This 8 week series is a fun-filled focus on the foundations of Lindy Hop. It is perfect for beginners and will include extra tidbits for those with more experience.Our goal is for you to safely navigate the social dance floor and feel comfortable with the basics of the vibrant swing style. We will work on technique, footwork, spins, musicality, music appreciation and more. Come get inspired!
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