Social Dance at UT Austin
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We're excited that you want to join us in learning social dance!
Here are a few notes that will help you register.
Beginning Social Dance (TTh, 12 pm or 1 pm)
Beginning (12 pm): Leads: 13365 or 12365 Follows: 13385 or 12650
Beginning (1 pm): Leads: 13370 or 12640 Follows: 13390 or 12655
- No Experience Needed: For beginning social dance, no experience is needed! Come as you are! Even if you think you have two left feet, we'll disprove that on the very first day!
- Register for the Role You Want: There are two different roles in social dancing: Lead and Follow. (In this video, Nick is leading and Melissa is following.) You're welcome to choose whichever role you want. HOWEVER, whichever role you want to do, that's the role you need to register for. If you want to Follow, don't register as a Lead, thinking, "oh, they'll just be able to switch me over to the other role later." We MIGHT be able to switch you over, but to keep things fair, we'll need to switch you over to the end of the waitlist for that role. Therefore, if your preferred role isn't open, your best chance of getting into the class is to get on the corresponding waitlist as early as you can.
- Register Early: These classes always fill, so register as soon as possible during your access period to have the best chance of getting in.
- Classes Are Only 50 Min: Despite what the Course Schedule says, the class is only 50 minutes long (i.e., 12 to 12:50 and 1 to 1:50). If you have another class at 1 or at 2, you can still take the class, you'll just need to fill out a Time Conflict Form and .
- Classes Are Only TTh: The Friday "Social Dance" section is a way to give our class assistants credit for assisting, not an actual Beginning Social Dance class.
Intermediate (2 pm): Leads: 13395 Follows: 13375
- Beginning is an Absolute Prerequisite for Intermediate: Having taken Beginning Social Dance at UT is an absolute prerequisite for taking Intermediate Social Dance, just as much as Calculus I is a prerequisite for taking Calculus II. We do twelve different dances (and more than 100 variations thereof) in Beginning, and it's not fair to anyone (yourself, your peers, or the teaching team) if you don't know them. So please don't register for Intermediate unless you've already taken Beginning, or else we'll simply ask you to register for Beginning, which will put you at the end of the waitlist. (We have a list of everyone who's taken Beginning, and we check.)
- Beginning is All You Need for Intermediate: On the other hand, if you've taken Beginning with us, there are no other requirements: you're totally ready for Intermediate! Even if you don't feel totally confident as a dancer yet, that's what taking Intermediate is for. We'll start right where Beginning left off, and continue building your confidence from there!
- Classes Are Still Only 50 Min: Despite what the Course Schedule says, the class is still only 50 minutes long. If you have another class that conflicts, you'll just need to fill out a Time Conflict Form and .
- No Overlap with Spring 2022 Intermediate: If you took Intermediate A or B in the Spring, everything we teach in the Fall will be new (we unofficially call this Fall Intermediate class Intermediate C). Some of the dances will be the same, but the variations you learn will be totally different.
Social Dance Traditions: 100 Years of Tango (TTh, 3 pm)
100 Years of Tango (3 pm): Leads: 13400 Follows: 13380
- Not Actually Intermediate Social Dance: This class is listed as "Intermediate Social Dance," but it's actually an all-levels class called "Social Dance Traditions: 100 Years of Tango," in which you'll learn how Tango has evolved from its debut on the world stage in the 1910s to present.
- No Experience Needed: For this introduction to all forms of Tango, no experience is needed! Come as you are! Even if you think you have two left feet, we'll disprove that on the very first day!
- Totally New Content: Even if you've taken all of the classes before, what we teach in this class will be totally new, so you'll definitely want to check it out!
- Classes Are Still Only 50 Min: Despite what the Course Schedule says, the class is still only 50 minutes long. If you have another class that conflicts, you'll just need to fill out a Time Conflict Form. It's easy to do this the first week of class, but if you need it earlier, .
Teaching Social Dance (TTh 4 pm)
- Audition to Be a Class Assistant: At the end of the semester, we'll have auditions for anyone who wants to join the teaching team. Your main duties as a class assistant involve helping our students learn by giving them personalized feedback, teaching one or more mini-lessons for Dance Lab, producing a Dance Lab set list, and learning more advanced dances and concepts. You can get anywhere from 1 to 3 credit hours for CAing, and can attend any of the classes you want to.
Whatever class you're registering for, we hope to see on the dance floor soon!
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