Join The Team!


Haven’t you always wanted to learn how to ballroom dance? Well here’s your chance! MSUBDT is a friendly and fun environment in which to learn this unforgettable social and competitive skill. Come to a practice, a lesson, or one of our events and check us out! No audition needed to join!

Practice Times


Practices are held in Demonstration Hall from 10 PM – 12 AM Monday – Thursday. Please check the “Calendar” to check for professional lesson schedules and altered practices schedules due to holidays, etc.

For directions, please click this link:
http://maps.msu.edu/interactive/index.php?location=dh

Dances


MSUBDT is a primarily American style team, but we also dance International styles. American styles are known respectively as smooth and rhythm, and International styles are known as standard and latin. American is typically freer and focuses more on individual expression while International focuses more on precision execution within a partnership and clean technique. Some dances are similar between styles, such as the American and International Waltz, while some dances are drastically different, such as the American and International Rumba. You will have the opportunity to learn them all!

American smooth dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American rhythm dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo
International standard dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz
International latin dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive

Here are some video examples of professionals in each style:

American smooth – Gary McIntyre and Susan Kirklin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrTp5_-qvcI

American rhythm – Decho Kraev and Bree Watson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf1hO7sxcYg

International standard – Victor Fung and Anastasia Murayeva:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMREPBFb3l0

International latin – Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MF1REzg7GQ

Team Structure


The team is broken up into three miniature teams: Pre-Bronze (beginner), Bronze (intermediate), and Silver/Gold (advanced). These designations correspond with levels at competitions. For more information, read our “Competition Information.” All team members attend general practices. Team members attend the professional lessons specific to their level, and/or the lessons for the level(s) below them. Student taught lessons are taught by students a level above the class they are teaching (i.e. Bronze teaches Pre-Bronze, Silver/Gold teaches Bronze). Please note that student taught lessons are simply to review and reinforce techniques learned at professional lessons. Dancers may audition for a higher level at any time throughout the year. For more information, please see “Level Placement Materials.” Student coaches will be determined at fall auditions.