Ballroom Utah Dance Studio is Salt Lake City's best ballroom and Latin dance school. We offer a variety of group classes and private lessons taught by the best, most experienced, and highest certified dance instructors in the city. Our dance classes include waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep, Viennese waltz, salsa, rumba, cha cha, samba, mambo, swing, West Coast swing, jive, merengue, bolero, paso doble, polka, two step, and hustle. Our history includes competing at the following competitions: Ohio Star Ball, Emerald Ball, Nevada Star Ball, Challenge of Champions, Texas Open, Can/Am Open, Holiday Dance Classic, People's Choice, International Grand Ball, Vegas Star Ball, Colorado Star Ball, Arizona Challenge, USBS, Blackpool, San Francisco Open, ESPN Salsa World Championships, California Open, Atlanta Open, Bahamas International, Orlando Nationals, Boca Raton Showcase Competition and many others. Our pro-am dance competition program is one of the fastest growing in the USA. If you are contemplating participating in this fun, festival-like dance community we are the only place for you in Utah. We extend an open invitation to non-dancers, as well, to visit BallroomUtah to enjoy our art galleries during regular business hours. Our art galleries create an atmosphere that continuously, inspire students and instructors, alike, to be the best possible creative dancers. Meet the Business Owner Martin Skupinski. Born in Poland, Martin was selected at a young age to attend a special school for gifted and talented children who were on a professional/Olympic track. This early athletic training proved to be the beginning of his lifelong career as athlete, competitor, coach and instructor. His passion for dancing evolved from this early training as an ice skater and in the theatre to the world of dancesport today. Martin has been the owner and/or manager of multiple dance studios in Europe, Canada and the United States (1986-present). This includes working in Sun City, AZ with those of retirement age to his present role as instructor of children and adults of all ages at BallroomUtah Dance Studio. He moved to Salt Lake City in 1997 in order to develop and promote the nature and scope of Ballroom, Latin, Country Western, Salsa, Swing and all other partnership dance styles. We are not The DF Latin Dance Studio and have no affiliation with that State St. location. BALLROOM: (International Standard and American Smooth) Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz LATIN: (International Latin, American Rhythm and Social) Salsa, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Samba, Mambo, Swing, Bachata, West Coast Swing, Jive, Merengue, Bolero, Paso Doble. COUNTRY WESTERN: Polka, AZ & TX 2-Step, Cha-Cha, Waltz, East-West & Oklahoma Swings. DISCO & CLUB: Hustle, Night Club Two Step, Utah Swing. For More info Call 801-916-4716 "Ballroom dance" refers most often to the ten dances of International Ballroom (or Standard) and International Latin, though the term is also often used interchangeably with the five International Ballroom dances. In the United States and Canada, the American Style (American Smooth and American Rhythm) also exists. The dance technique used for both International and American styles is similar, but International Ballroom allows only closed dance positions, whereas American Smooth allows closed, open and separated dance movements. In addition, different sets of dance figures are usually taught for the two styles. International Latin and American Rhythm have different styling, and have different dance figures in their respective syllabi. Other dances sometimes placed under the umbrella "ballroom dance" include Nightclub Dances such as Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two Step, Hustle, Salsa, and Merengue. The categorization of dances as "ballroom dances" has always been fluid, with new dances or folk dances being added to or removed from the ballroom repertoire from time to time, so no list of subcategories or dances is any more than a description of current practices. There are other dances historically accepted as ballroom dances, and are revived via theVintage dance movement. In Europe, Latin Swing dances include Argentine Tango, Mambo, Lindy Hop, Swing Boogie (sometimes also known as Nostalgic Boogie), and Disco Fox. One example of this is the subcategory of Cajun dances that originated in Acadiana, with branches reaching both coasts of the United States. Ballroom/Smooth dances are normally danced to Western music (often from the mid-twentieth century), and couples dance counter-clockwise around a rectangular floor following the line of dance. In competitions, competitors are costumed as would be appropriate for a white tie affair, with full gowns for the ladies and bow tie and tail coats for the men; though in American Smooth it is now conventional for the men to abandon the tailsuit in favor of shorter tuxedos, vests, and other creative outfits. Latin/Rhythm dances are commonly danced to contemporary Latin American music and (in case of Jive) Western music. With the exception of a few traveling dances like Samba and Paso Doble, couples do not follow the line of dance but perform their routines more or less in one spot. In competitions, the women are often dressed in short-skirted latin outfits while the men are outfitted in tight-fitting shirts and pants, the goal being to emphasize the dancers' leg action and body movements.