Ballroom Academy

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The curriculum at WDA has been developed by World and European Champion, Ekaterina Vaganova-Yachmennikova. The Academy is separated into four levels: Petite Ballroom, Junior 1 & 2. Students are carefully placed into each level according to their skill level and experience - not by age. Placements are determined exclusively by the Artistic Director. We offer Group Classes and Private Lessons for ages 4+

 

WDA are the premier Ballroom Academies in Brevard for kids, teens and adults to learn the competitive art of DanceSport. We have built the largest team of preteen & junior age groups ballroom dancers in Brevard, giving our kids and adults a place to train, compete, achieve results and perform with showcases. Our couples and solo dancers have already won gold, silver & bronze medals at National DanceSport Competitions in Florida & Georgia. 

 

​With world-renowned professional teachers in-house, we guarantee a world-class quality instruction and learning experience:

  • Ekaterina Vaganova, Professional Ballroom & Latin Dancer, graduated from the Moscow University of Culture in promotion and production of cultural public programs. Ekaterina herself is a three-time World Champion ballroom dancer, WDC European champion, multiple champion of Russia, Italy, Ukraine and Spain. She won her first World Cup at the Under 21 age category in Los Angeles, USA in 2006. She was the winner of the prestigious Festival of Dance in Cervia, Italy; the Imperial Dance Championship; and Universal Dance Competition in London, England. She has been a pro teacher on Dancing With The Stars in Italy for five seasons and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance in Russia. She brings the highest level of ballroom experience to the Space Coast. She has several competitive ballroom students who travel from across Florida to train with her each week. These talented and fortunate dancers have already become winners of several ballroom dance competitions in the state of Florida. 

  • Nadezhda Rudovich, Professional Ballroom & Latin Dancer, Master of Sports of Republic of Belarus in ballroom & latin dancing since 2006!Nadezhda is finalist and prize winner of numerous national and international ballroom dance competitions (Latin and Standard) in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Austria in 1998-2008.She is the Finalist of the National Championship of Belarus (Latin and Standard), Member of National Formation team of Belarus “Mara” (Latin and Standard), multiple finalist and prize winner of World and European Championships. From 2007 to 2009 Dance instructor at ballroom dance studio “Step”, Minsk, Belarus (teaching kids of 4-17 years,Latina solo and couples ).​

Whether you seek the best summer training for competition, or long-term investment in your dancing development - We Dance Academies ballroom program is for you!

Baby Ballroom

This 45 minute class is designed for 3 & 4 year old boys and girls as a precursor to Ballroom programs. Students in this level do not need to have any previous dance experience. Classes include a warm up, stretching, introductory basic technique, multiple routines designed to improve coordination, balance, rhythm, musical phrasing, counting, self-confidence, muscle isolation, partnering and development, taking turns and following directions. Students will be exposed to multiple movements and musical styles. Students also learn simple choreography that they will have the opportunity to perform for family and friends at year's end. Classes occasionally include age appropriate dance based "games" to give our youngest students a chance to rest and have fun before the  next combination is taught. Interactive dance activities designed to help young children learn socialization and to reinforce the lessons are also an important part of our classes.

 

WDA's students are also given multiple performance opportunities through competitions, annual dance recitals and events. 

Petite Ballroom (Under 11 year old)

We believe that every child has the grace and elegance of a ballroom dancer within them waiting to be developed. Let Melbourne City Dance Center help them discover the ballroom dancer within them. Who knows! Your child might be the next Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers! Students are introduced to basic movements and figures of the Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Jive, Slow Waltz, and Tango. They learn how to dance with a partner as both the leader and the follower. Each class includes a 10 to 15 minute warm up and dance interaction designed to create a fun and positive environment for students while also teaching the technical aspects of Latin American and Standard dancing.

 

Instruction is geared towards competition and performance, although neither are required. WDA's students are given multiple performance opportunities through competitions, annual dance recitals and events. 

Junior 1 Ballroom Ages 10+

This 60-min class is designed to teach students to latin and standard basic dance figures of Bronze and Silver level with or without dance partner.  Every class includes a 10 minute warm up and practice sessions that review and advance the material learned in the previous class. Instruction is geared towards competition and performance although participation in either is not required. Students will have multiple performance opportunities during the year at festivals, fundraisers, and the end of the year recital.

Junior 2 Ages 12+

Students will concentrate on graceful movements, expression, and musical understanding. They will build strength, coordination, partnering skills and technique while being introduced to advanced steps and figures, including Silver and Gold levels.

tudents learn advanced dances such as the Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Pasodoble and Quickstep among other ballroom and latin dances. 

 

Instruction is geared towards competition and performance, although participation in competition is not required.