Learn the basics and over 50 of the of the most popular variations of Merengue, a Latin American party dance from the Dominican Republic.
The 12 Days of Social Dance
Learn the basics and most common variations of 12 of the most popular social dances, including swing dances, Latin dances, and waltzes.
Learn more than 50 popular salsa shine steps to spice up your salsa dancing.
Learn 50 popular bachata shine steps to spice up your bachata dancing.
Song Challenge - What Am I
Learn to dance a beginner Nightclub Two Step sequence to the song "What Am I" by Why Don't We.
Why learn to dance?
There are a wide variety of reasons that students take our classes, including: to try something new, to meet new people on the dance floor, to find new ways to appreciate their favorite music, to get and stay fit, to keep their minds sharp, and most of all, to simply have fun!
What kinds of dance do you teach?
Currently, our focus at the University of Dance is on social dancing, also known as ballroom dancing, or partner dancing. Social dances include swing, waltz, tango, and salsa, to name just a few. For a list of dances we currently have available on the site, see the "Courses" page. For a list of some of the other dances we plan teach on this site, see the "Music" page.
Do I need a partner to take your classes?
No. But you're also welcome to take our classes with a partner if you have one. Each lesson will give you tips for each role individually, as well as tips for connecting with a partner, whether that's while you're learning, or later on the dance floor.
How does learning online compare to in-person classes?
While no online class can be exactly the same as one taught in person, Nick and Melissa teach using unique strategies developed in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic to give you the best possible remote dance experience, including opportunities to virtually lead/follow the instructors through each variation, rather than just learning the steps solo.
Do you offer in-person classes?
Currently, we teach a variety of in-person classes for students at the University of Texas (or we will, as soon as the pandemic is over). The University of Dance is our way of allowing even more people to learn from us.
Should I learn to lead or follow?
It's entirely up to you. While Nick initially learned to lead and Melissa initially learned to follow, they now both dance both roles, and enjoy dancing each role equally for different reasons. One benefit to learning online is that you can easily try out each role to see which one you prefer, or, if you're feeling ambitious, you can learn both!