Learn the Most Popular Social Dances Online

On the 12 Days of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

A unique opportunity to learn the basics and most common variations in 12 of the most popular social dances around the world, including:

East Coast Swing

Bachata

Fox Trot

Rotary Waltz

Tango

Cross-Step Waltz

Nightclub Two-Step

Salsa

Mazurka

West Coast Swing

Lindy Hop (with Charleston)

Fusion

All on-demand from the comfort of your own home, in a way that is accessible for both couples and singles.

After taking this class, you will feel confident dancing to almost any kind of music. And by learning all of these dances in rapid succession, you will gain a unique understanding of the similarities and differences between the various styles.

All of the lessons for the first dance, East Coast Swing, are provided as a free preview.

What You Will Learn

  • 3

    Bachata

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • Matador and Cradle

    • Dishrag Hand Toss

  • 4

    Fox Trot

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • Outside Turn and East Coast Swing Transitions

    • Pivots

  • 5

    Rotary Waltz

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • Wedding Cake

    • Vis à Vis and Free Spins

  • 6

    Tango

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • Step Out to the Cross

    • Ochos

  • 7

    Cross-Step Waltz

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • He Goes She Goes

    • Pivot Outside Turn

  • 8

    Nightclub Two Step

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • Spot Turns

    • Flip Turn

  • 9

    Salsa

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • Spot Turn, Behind-the-Back Hand Change

    • Cross-Body Lead

  • 10

    Mazurka

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • Pivoting Basic

    • Grapevine

  • 11

    West Coast Swing

    • Introduction

    • Right Side Pass

    • Sugar Push

    • The Whip

  • 12

    Lindy Hop

    • Introduction

    • Triple Step Swing

    • The Swing Out

    • Charleston Kicks

  • 13

    Fusion

    • Introduction

    • Basics

    • Mixing It Up

    • Dip

  • 14

    Conclusion

    • Congratulations!

The Music

In addition to teaching you the dances, we'll provide two different practice playlists for each of the dances, one with holiday-themed music, and the other with year-round music that's popular for the dance. Here's a preview of some of the fun holiday songs you'll learn to dance to:

Your Instructors

Nick & Melissa Enge

Nick & Melissa Enge are social dance instructors at the University of Texas, where they teach hundreds of students how to dance every semester. They are known for their relaxed, fun-loving approach to dancing, which puts even the most terrified students at ease. Given that their in-person classes are always full, with a waitlist, they created this site so that anyone, anywhere can learn from them at any time, and experience the joy of dancing!

FAQ

  • What will I learn in this course?

    In this course, you'll learn the basics and several of the most popular variations in 12 of the most popular social dances you'll encounter around the world. After taking this course, you'll be well prepared to dance to almost any kind of music you'll encounter on the social dance floor.

  • Why should I learn these dances online?

    In our online classes, everyone gets the best view, instead of having to crane their neck to see what the teacher is doing. In addition, when learning online, you can watch the lessons over and over again (now, and any time in the future), as well as rewinding or slowing down the video if you need more help with a particular step.

  • Why should I learn these dances from you?

    In developing this course, we thought carefully about how to arrange the dances so that each lesson builds on what you've learned in the previous lessons. Given that you're learning twelve dances in one course, you'll gain insights about the similarities and differences between these dances that you won't find in any other course. In addition, unlike many other sites that offer online classes, where you might only get a quick demonstration of the steps, in the 10 hours of instruction you will receive in this course, you'll actually get a step-by-step breakdown of each variation as well as many specific tips about the finer points of leading and following them.

  • Do I need a partner?

    No! In addition to teaching the variations in a partnered context for students who are learning with a partner, in each lesson, we virtually dance the steps with you so that even if you're learning solo, you'll have us to dance with.

If you're ready to swing into the holiday season, waltz in a winter wonderland, and tango 'round the Christmas tree...