Students start with the basics of many dances that can be used socially in
Latin clubs, Country clubs, Ballroom clubs, weddings & parties.
If students are interested in progressing into the higher levels, they are welcome to do so with instructor permission.
WHEN TO START?
It's always best to start on the 1st or 2nd week of the month as most dance classes are run in a progression. We do not recommend starting on the 3rd or 4th week of the month unless you have previous experience. See calendar for current offerings.
The below skill level chart can be used in general with most styles to guide you in what level to attend. If you are not sure which skill level to attend, please call us. You are always welcome to try the classes one time, however you will need instructor approval to stay in the higher level classes.
LEVEL 1: 0-4 Months experience. Great for Beginners
LEVEL 2: 4+ months experience
Class 1-2 times a week, starting to attend social dances. Great for the new social dancer.
Many students will stay in level 2 and continue learning long term. This is the best level for students looking to meet people and dance socially.
LEVEL 3: 12+ months experience. Class 1-2 times a week, attend socials on a regular basis. Great for the social dancer at a higher level. Patterns & technique for the social dance floor. Students in this level must have timing of the dance mastered.
TEAMS are also offered for those students looking to perform.
COMPETITION is available through private lessons.
Salsa & Bachata
Our Salsa & Bachata program is one of the biggest around and offers 3 levels to choose from plus team opportunities.
We ask that you please follow the above skill level chart and stick to your current level only. If you would like to learn faster, we highly recommend private lessons or semi-private lessons with a group of friends. We offer lots of options for Salsa/ Bachata social dancing at our facility as well so check out our calendar for the current offerings!
West Coast Swing
Our West Coast Swing program is super popular and taught by some amazing instructors. Classes are quite large and lots of fun! We offer West Coast Swing social nights as well so see our calendar for current offerings.
Ballroom, Latin , & Social Styles
We currently have some of the best teachers in the Northwest on our teaching staff. Check our calendar for International Standard & Latin, American Smooth & Rhythm, Social dances and more.
Casino Rueda is Cuban Salsa in a circle. There's a caller (typically the instructor) that will call out the moves that students then dance together. This is a great style for people looking for something fun and high energy with a great sense of community. We offer 3 levels of Casino Rueda,
Country Partner & Country Line
We offer both Country partner and Country Line classes.
Permanent country classes on our calendar include Country 2-step and Country Swing. Horse shoe, Line dances and other pattern dances are also taught at our Friday Fusion Social nights! Check out our social calendar on UPCOMING EVENTS with a different Country class at each event!
With the expansion and acquisition of the Diva Den Studio in November 2021, we now offer over 20 fitness classes a week! We have been growing our fitness program with high energy classes, great instructors and amazing equipment options. Check out all our fitness classes on our calendar from Tone & Stretch, Barre, 503 Cardio Groove, Comin in Hot and so much more! We will continue to use the Diva Den Studio name but it is an official add on to Shawn Gardner Dancing!
Private lessons are available 7 days a week for all ages and skill levels. Students are welcome to use the private lessons how they'd like, however they are mostly used for:
Learning the basics
Pro/ Am Competition or show dance.
Students are welcome to share private lessons with up to 4 people. Private lesson schedule is based on the individual and instructor's availability.
Wedding Dance lessons
Is your BIG day coming up? We can help you prepare your special dance as Husband & Wife, Father & Daughter, Mother & Son. Your wedding dance lessons will be designed to fit your needs. Perhaps you are looking for a couple lessons just to look confident on the dance floor or maybe you have plans for something bigger - whatever it is, we can help you design the wedding dance to best suit your needs. This day will be magical for you and we know exactly what you need to enter/ exit, dance with grace and even finish with a beautiful picture pose. Contact us today for more information.
Pro/ Am Competition & Show Dance
Several of our Professionals are available to partner with you for Pro/Am Competition as well as show dance competition or performance. Our focus is for your success and ensure you reach your dance goals; whether that be to participate and have fun or place the best you can. Competitive and non-competitive options are available in both competition and show dance.
Private lessons are required for Pro/ Am competition and show dances and it's suggested that you also practice on your own. Pro/Am competition starts at the beginning level. Learning and competing with the instructor is the fastest and most efficient way you can learn.
Some of our instructors specialize in creating award winning show dance choreography in Ballroom, Swing, Salsa and more. Looking to create a show to remember for a lifetime? Want to perform on a stage or in a competition? Casual shows are also available for your church functions, family gatherings, reunions and more. Contact us to discuss your goals. Whether that be to learn a simple Waltz or Foxtrot, create a competitive show dance routine or focus on traveling to compete in the biggest competitions, the sky is the limit! Contact us today to discuss your dancing goals and to get started!
Ladies Latin Team
The Ladies Latin Team is a group of female dancers who work together on a show routine and perform locally. We are always looking for new dancers to join in fun. It's a great place to come learn sassy Latin styling and flair for your own individual dancing too. Some previous dance experience is required. The team practices 1-2 times a week depending on the session. A commitment is required. The team performs at local dance festivals and events as well as takes occasional trips out of town for bigger opportunities. Sessions are offered throughout the year. Message us if you'd like info on how to get started! Click here to see a previous ladies team choreography.
Couples Latin Team
Our Couples Latin Team is a great social activity for people interested in performance and working together as a team. The team learns a fun show number to perform locally around the community. Practices vary from once to twice a week.
Message us if you'd like info on how to get started.
Click here to see our most recent choreography.