We offer a wide variety of dance lessons

  • American and International Dance Styles
  • Youth Ballroom Program
  • Teen Ballroom Program
  • Youth Hip Hop Program

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Avant Garde Ballroom

Dance Styles

There are two main styles of ballroom dancing:

 American Dance Style & International Dance Style

 American style is danced primarily in the USA, although the American Smooth dance is now gaining popularity all over the world.  It’s also not as standardized as International style, which is danced and known worldwide. Here in the USA, American style is practiced more for social dancing while International style is primarily seen in competitions. People will dance either American or International style socially, and competitions may include both styles.

In American style, the categories are called Smooth and Rhythm and in International style, they are called Standard and Latin. For the most part, the Standard and Smooth categories contain the same dances and the Latin and Rhythm categories contain basically the same dances. These are listed in the order that they are danced in competitions.

American Style
  • Smooth — Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
  • Rhythm — Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo
International Style
  •  Standard — Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
  •  Latin — Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
Social Dances at Avant Garde

There are also other social styles of dances that are not ‘strictly ballroom’ but rather “fun” and  “non-traditional.” They include the Hustle, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing, and Bachata.

Youth Programs

Juniors American Dancesport (Ages 8–12)

This class will cover the basics of popular social, ballroom dances: Swing, Tango, Waltz, and Cha-cha. Social etiquette, manners and ballroom technique will be taught in a structured, yet fun environment.

Taught by Jennifer Christophel

  • Group Lessons:
    • $15/lesson (by purchasing a Full Session)
  • Private Lessons:
    • $90/lesson for 60 minutes
    • $75/lesson for 45 minutes
    • $50/lesson for 30 minutes

Juniors 1: Wednesdays @ 4:30 pm | Juniors 2: Wednesdays @ 5:15 pm



Teens (Ages 14+)

Because this is an often awkward age, our classes will help teens develop better body coordination through ballroom dance movements. Lessons will be structured on the basic foundation of the more social dances.

Taught by Olga Yarashevich  

  • Group Lessons:
    • $20/lesson (by purchasing a Full Session)
    • $25/lesson Walk-In
  • Private Lessons:
    • $90/lesson for 60 minutes
    • $75/lesson for 45 minutes
    • $50/lesson for 30 minutes

Wednesdays @ 6:45 pm

Hip Hop (ages 8-14)

Dance Fierce!
Hip Hop: a very rhythmic and creative dance that will work on muscle strength, flexibility, and creativity.

Learn the hottest moves from South Beach and New York City. We will break down the ABC’s of basic Break dancing, Popping, Locking, Funk and other unique Hip Hop combinations.

We will create routines that can be used for any dance in the future.

*No dance experience required*
Taught by Avril Hernandez and Ashlee McKinnon

  • Group Lessons:
    • $15/lesson (by purchasing a Full Session)
  • Private Lessons:
    • $90/lesson for 60 minutes
    • $75/lesson for 45 minutes
    • $50/lesson for 30 minutes

Hip Hop: Saturdays @ 2:30 pm

Upcoming Group Lessons

Bachata I Winter Session

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Bachata I – Six Weeks: $108

Learn the latest dance and burn the floor!
Bachata classes are essential to becoming a well-rounded Latin dancer.
All Latin students are encouraged to attend at least this Beginner Bachata course to add to your Latin dance repertoire.
Fast, easy and fun to learn. No previous experience needed and no partner required.

Salsa Club Dancing II Winter Session

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Intermediate Salsa – Six Weeks: $108

It’s time to kick it up a notch!
You’ve mastered the foundational beginner Salsa steps.  It’s time to move up and explore our Intermediate Salsa steps and the various patterns that complement them.  By expanding your fundamental techniques, you will become a more versatile dancer.  How far you go up, is all up to you.  The sky is the limit.

Beginner’s Salsa Club Dancing Winter Session

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Salsa Club Dancing – Six Weeks: $108

Learn today’s hottest dance!
This dance sizzles with rhythm and movement making this dance a fun and Popular dance for beginners.
The class includes partner dance, solo free style and the basic techniques of lead and follow.
Make your next night out special!
Students will change partners frequently.
*Program does not require a partner to attend*.

West Coast Swing I Winter Session

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West Coast Swing for Beginners – Six Weeks: $108

Learn the latest dance trend!
Best known in the Country/Western world but is taking over the social dance scene and is becoming one of the most popular dances for all ages.
Learn the basic patterns in WCS, defined as: Sugar Push; Left Side Pass; Right Side Pass; Tuck Turn; and Whip. Virtually all other moves in WCS are variations of these basic patterns.
It’s never too late to learn something new. Come join us!

Beginner Social Dance Winter Session

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Beginner Social Dance – Six Weeks: $108

The Cruise, the Wedding, that special event; it can be a jungle out there without the right dance moves.  Beginner Social dance is a ballroom dance class offered to individuals or couples.  Designed to teach you the basics of the Foxtrot, Swing and Salsa the most popular event dances.  This class will surely get you in shape for your next special occasion. This is a beginner course
*No partner required*

Wedding Ready Winter Session

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You’ve been planning it a long time and we won’t disappoint!
Learn the steps and footwork to get you ready for the “big” day…and let’s not forget the Wedding party.
Wedding Ready is a six-week class offered
to not only the Bride and Groom,
but also to Mom, Dad, and anyone
in the bridal party.
Designed to help you learn basic footwork,
it is the best first step in perfecting your “First Dance.”

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Avant Garde can help you with

any of these styles

Email us at dance@avantgardeballroomdc.com or call us at 1-(301)-881-1436



White Flint Plaza
5268-M Nicholson Lane
Kensington, MD 20895