Learn to dance from a variety of options available at the Anchor Room.
Whether you like to work one-on-one with an instructor, learn in a casual group setting, or want experience a social event to meet the community – the Anchor Room is a perfect place to start or continue your dance journey.
Never danced before?
No problem! Our team members are committed to helping you, even if you’ve never set foot on a dance floor or you are sure that “you have two left feet.” We’ve heard every reason before and we can help anyone interested in learning to dance.
Already have some dance experience?
Great! We can help dancers that have any level of dance experience improve their dancing based on the goals that they have, whether you’re simply looking to improve your social dancing skills or you want to start or continue down the path of competitive dancing.
Never danced before and want to get your feet wet to see if you’ll like dancing?
Experienced dancer and want to see what the Anchor Room has to offer?
Try us out with our Introductory Special, which includes private lessons, group classes, and passes to local social dances at an affordable rate to give you a taste of dancing at the Anchor Room!
Types of Dances Available at the Anchor Room
Learn more about the dances that are taught at the Anchor Room. We specialize primarily in West Coast Swing, Country dances, and also provide instruction on all popular social dances from ballroom to swing and to latin.
Types of Dances - Find Your Favorite Dance!
Browse through a selection of popular dances taught by the Anchor Room. If you have questions about any of these dances, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions! If you’re not sure what dance you want to start with, we can give you a sampling of popular social dances during your lesson to help you discover what dance(s) you may wish to start working with.
Swing Dance Styles
West Coast Swing – This dance is one of the most popular swing dances, growing rapidly in popularity all over the globe. It’s known as one of the most versatile dances due to its ability to be danced to a wide range of musical styles. West Coast Swing (WCS) is one of the most creative dances available, allowing each dancer to infuse their own creativity and personality into each dance.
East Coast Swing – Compared to West Coast Swing, this dance is a rotational dance that uses triple steps and rock steps. East Coast Swing (ECS) is a popular social dance.
Jitterbug/Single Swing – For dancers that are fans of big band music and like the types of dancing typically seen in the movies, Jitterbug will be right up your alley. Jitterbug, also referred to as single swing, is a common dance and perfect for beginners looking to get into swing.
Hustle – This dance combines the elegant, effortless looking movement with the speed of faster swings. Sometimes referred to as “New York Hustle” and “LA Hustle,” this dance is commonly danced to disco era music and many music by 4/4 or 3/4 timing can be danced to with Hustle.
Country Dance Styles
Country Two Step (“Two Step”) – Due to its Country music origins, Two Step (or “Country Two Step”) is a popular dance in the area and around the country. It’s a traveling dance with fast turns. It’s a popular social dance and commonly seen in competitive Country dancing.
Nightclub Twostep (NC2) – This dance is a beautiful, romantic dance that is easy to get started with. If you like slow songs and a smooth, romantic dance experience, then Nightclub (or “Nightclub Two Step”) is a great choice to get started with. It’s a common social dance to know in the area.
Triple Two Step (“Triple Two”) – This is country smooth dance combines unique characteristics of country dancing with the elegance of smooth dances like the waltz.
Country Dancing, from the competitive viewpoint (UCWDC), also includes Waltz, ChaCha, Hustle, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Waltz, and more.
Ballroom Dance Styles
Waltz – One of the most classical ballroom dances, alongside the Tango and Foxtrot. The Waltz is a rotational, sweeping dance and one of the most popular social dances to know.
Foxtrot – Similar to the Waltz, the Foxtrot is a commonly known ballroom dance. It’s elegant, yet simple to learn. If you’re a fan of music from Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra, you’ll be quick to fall in love with the Foxtrot. A popular social dance to know.
American Tango – Born in Argentina, this is the most dramatic of the ballroom dances. American Tango (commonly referred to as just “Tango” but most dancers in our area) is another common ballroom dance. It exhibits sharper movements compared to the Waltz and Foxtrot and has a dramatic expression to it and intimate moments with your partner. It’s a common social dance to have in your dance toolbelt.
Quickstep – Influenced by the Foxtrot and the Carleston, the Quickstep is an energetic and upbeat dance that travels around the room like the Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango. If you’re the type that enjoys skipping and sweeping across the dance floor, the Quickstep is a great dance to learn.
Viennese Waltz – An exciting dance choice that comes all the way from Bavaria. Viennese Waltz is danced to 3/4 time music at a fast tempo. If you are looking for a challenge in your dancing and you want to stand out in the crowd, the Viennese Waltz is the dance for you.
Latin Dance Styles
Cha Cha – An energetic dance that fits a wide range of pop music. It’s flirty, high energy, and a lot of fun. The Cha Cha is a popular social dance to know and perfect for beginners.
Rumba – Sometimes referred to as ‘the dance of love,’ this is a classic Latin dance to learn as a beginner. The Rumba is one of the easiest dances to learn and is popular at almost every social dance out there.
Salsa – A popular social Latin dance style that originates from the Caribbean. Salsa is a fast dance and has an easy basic step to learn as a beginner. The Salsa is a popular social dance and perfect to get started with for Latin dancing.
Bachata – Commonly paired alongside Salsa at dance events and clubs. It has an easy to learn basic step, is quick to pick up, and has a unique musical style that accompanies it. Less common outside of Latin or Salsa specific events, it’s a great social dance to know.
Mambo – Very similar to Salsa, this dance has slightly different timing (break away on count 2 instead of count 1). With the similarities to Salsa, it looks like a sharper version of the Salsa.
Samba – This Brazilian national dance goes right alongside upbeat tempos and is a world favorite.
Bolero – Considered one of the “five American Rhythm dances,” the Bolero is a slow and beautiful dance. Its unique properties and techniques create fluidic movements on the dance floor, making it a great dance to watch – and learn.
Learn to Dance at the Anchor Room
Get 1:1 training from an experience instructor.
Private lessons are ideal for first-time dancers looking to learn their basics, build up their confidence, and improve their ability in dancing. Experienced dancers can refine their dancing, whether they’re looking to improve their social dancing or work on competitive dancing.
Private lessons can be done as just one person, a couple, or a small group of dancers.
Learn basics, fundamentals, and patterns in a casual group setting.
Group classes are a perfect compliment to your dancing or a cost-effective alternative to learning the core fundamentals of select social dances.
Each group class is taught by a friendly instructor who will work with the needs of the group. You’ll make new friends while improving your social dance skills.
Our group classes are currently centered around West Coast Swing, Country Two Step, and Triple Two Step.
Check out our calendar to find when the next classes are for the dances you’d like to learn about.
Social Dances + Practice Parties
Learn something new, practice what you’ve learned, and socialize with the community.
Social dances commonly include a group class followed by hours of social dancing.
Attending social dances are a great way to meet new friends, catch up with good friends, practice what you’ve learned in your group and private lessons, and have fun (of course)!
You don’t need to be a member of the Anchor Room in order to attend social dances. The Anchor Room hosts at least one monthly social dance per month. The Anchor Room studio (the venue) is utilized by multiple studios, independents, and clubs, so make sure to check out the Anchor Room calendar to see what events are happening right here!
Wedding Dances & Experiences
Create a unique and memorable wedding dance experience!
We help future brides and grooms create a personalized wedding dance from start to finish.
Whether or not you’ve been on a dance floor before, we’ll help you build the confidence to dance in front of your favorite people, create a memorable experience, and more – guiding you through every step.
Learn to stand in the spotlight and challenge yourself in new ways!
If you’re looking for a new way to challenge yourself in your dance, want to become the best you personally can be, and want to dance among the greatest in your chosen dance style – competitive dancing may be perfect for you.
We specialize in competitive West Coast Swing (WDSC + UCWDC) and Country (UCWDC) dance circuits.
Rent out our beautiful studio for your next event or gathering.
The Anchor Room Studio is a stunning venue for all types of events, from dance events to wedding receptions to family reunions and more.
The Anchor Room features a large, beautiful dance floor, an outstanding audio system, plenty of open space, and seating and tables that can be arranged to meet your needs.
Contact us today to learn more about our flexible rental rates based on your community and event.
Hire an Instructor for Your Next Event
Create a memorable event for your guests by hiring an instructor to teach a dance class.
Bring in an instructor for the Anchor Room for your next dance event, whether you’re looking for someone to teach the majority of your classes, fill in your unavailable instructor, or bring in new variety to your club. We can tailor lessons to meet your community’s needs.
Hiring a dance instructor is a great way to create a one-of-a-kind experience for your wedding reception or corporate party. We’re happy to provide a beginner lesson to meet the needs of your event.