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World class instruction awaits you at Planet Ballroom! Experience amazing personal and class based lessons tailored just for you! We welcome beginners or advanced dancers, singles, couples and teens. And don’t forget, your first lesson is FREE! Call (704) 841-0800 to get started today!

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Join us for an amazing Latin & Ballroom dance lesson experience at our Charlotte, North Carolina dance studio serving south Charlotte, Matthews, Ballantyne, Weddington, Waxhaw and Indian Trail! Learn to Dance Tango, Waltz, Cha Cha, Salsa, Swing and more!

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Here is some of what you can expect when you begin dancing at Planet Ballroom:

World Class Instruction - Expect the absolute best training available in Latin and Ballroom dance at Planet Ballroom! We are the perfect choice for beginners, advanced dancers, singles, couples and teens! Our expert levelinstructors are fun, patient and highly skilled dancers, choreographers and trainers.

More than Dance Steps - While a Dance Syllabus only contains dance steps, our Teaching System provides steps PLUS instruction on how those steps should be used while dancing.

Character of the Dances - Planet Ballroom believes that knowledge of the history and character of each Latin & Ballroom dance is just as important as the dance steps and techniques. Part of the interest with learning to Latin & Ballroom dance is diving into the rich history, culture, and evolution of each dance. It's akin to a trip around the world!

Online Lessons - In addition to providing fun and exciting dance lessons at our Charlotte dance studio, we now offer over 600 dance videos online for popular dances such as Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Salsa and Swing!

Online Shop - Planet Ballroom‘s online dance shop is currently under development. Stay tuned as we will soon begin offering a wide variety of dance gear, dance shoes and dance wear!

Our Dance Community - Planet Ballroom is the perfect choice for new or experienced dancers who are looking for a personal, sophisticated experience. Our close knit dance family enjoys one-on-one individually tailored dance coaching, fun class sessions, out-on-the-town events and much more!

Welcome home to your Planet Ballroom Dance Family! We hope you enjoy learning!

- Thomas Minieri, Founder

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Latin & Ballroom dancing is a wonderful hobby for singles, couples and teens to explore. With so many benefits to dancing, Planet Ballroom offers interesting articles on our Dance Journey Blog filled with dance news, dance health and fitness tips, dance as an art, and the dancer lifestyle. Click below to catch-up on the latest content from Planet Ballroom!

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World Class Instruction

Planet Ballroom offers fun and exciting dance instruction to dancers of all levels. Join us today at our dance studio serving greater Charlotte, NC!

Learn to Dance Online!

Planet Ballroom provides the world's largest collection of FREE Latin & Ballroom dance videos! We offer complimentary beginner level dance videos right here on our website. For higher levels of online video instruction, please contact us for access!

Your Planet Ballroom Dance Journey

Revolutionary Dance Experience

We coined the phrase "Your Planet Ballroom Dance Journey" because this chart guides you along the path that you'll take as you venture into the exciting world of Latin & Ballroom dancing the Planet Ballroom way!

Ballroom Basics - We begin our teaching method with our Ballroom Basics curriculum where dancers learn the basics of Latin & Ballroom dance without getting too heavy into technical elements. A dancer proficient in our Ballroom Basics curriculum will be extremely comfortable in any social setting or in any entry level competition heat.

Advanced Dance Program - Once a dancer has properly completed our Ballroom Basics Program, they graduate into our Advanced Program where they will be exposed to more technical aspects of Latin & Ballroom dance. It is HIGHLY advised NOT to skip ahead! Our method has been developed after years of teaching experience. Be patient and work through the material at your pace. Remember, the "Journey" is as much fun as the destination!

American vs International Style - Generally speaking, American style is suited for social dancing while International style is geared for the competition floor. Today, as dances develop and evolve, there is much crossover between the two styles. American style is highly competitive and International style can, at times, be a danced in social settings; although we would recommend against dancing Quickstep at a wedding!

Our Restructuring Effort - Our unique innovation is perhaps ahead of its time. The mainstream dance world uses two separate and incompatible dance syllabi; one for American style and one for International style. To make it more confusing for EVERYONE, both syllabi use the same level terms: Bronze, Silver and Gold. For example, let‘s say there‘s a Swing step in American style in Bronze level. Often, that same exact figure finds itself in Gold level International Jive. It’s confusing and doesn’t make sense. American style Ballroom tends to drag on forever before you get to the good stuff, the continuity movement steps. On the other hand, International style takes a rookie dancer and tries to get them to dance a Three & Feather on the first lesson. It‘s a mess, but we "stepped" in to fix it!

Our Unified Standard - Our unique and innovative dance method standardizes both American style and International style into one comprehensive Latin & Ballroom dance curriculum! When it's time to learn that Three & Feather, it's introduced across the board in all dances that require the knowledge. Concepts are presented at the proper time and when they are best learned from a dancer perspective. 

Wait! Where's the Rumba Box? - We eliminated the American style Rumba box step because Rumba isn't danced with a box step. It's a Latin dance, similar to Cha Cha and Mambo. The box step was added to Rumba eighty years ago as a sales gimmick to promote ease of learning. The idea at the time was that you could learn one easy step that could be used to various rhythms (Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, and Samba). We believe Rumba should be danced with the forward and back action it was intended to have. We do, however, add the Rumba box into our Bronze 3 curriculum and mix it with the forward and back action. American Rumba does rotate more than its International counterpart, but not enough to warrant a box step basic. New dancers learn Rumba light years faster when they can relate it to Cha Cha and Mambo. The three dances are a set to be learn simultaneously. Rumba for slow Latin, Cha Cha for medium tempo Latin, and Mambo for the fast stuff.

Summary - We introduced a non-style Ballroom Basic curriculum for teaching new dancers the essentials of Latin & Ballroom dance. Then, we standardized American style and International style into one comprehensive and uniform curriculum, while preserving each style‘s technical differences. We are proud to present to you the world's only FREE Latin & Ballroom dance syllabus and teaching system, and the only system world-wide that presents the material in the proper format. Enjoy!

“Planet Ballroom Dance Journey”, Copyright #VA0001812727 dated March 14, 2012
“Planet Ballroom Dance Journey”, Copyright #VA0001812727 dated March 14, 2012