In the fall semester of 2017, Alex and Kato will instruct a new course in ballroom dancing at the University of Illinois. The course samples and studies combinations from several characteristic ballroom dances, and combines them to form a performance-ready routine. Gender-specific roles are not applied. All students are expected to learn and perform both lead and follow roles.
Alex explores basic steps and concepts of popular ballroom dances including the waltz, cha cha, foxtrot, and swing in an 8-week course for OLLI members.
Alex and Kato teach a mix of students and community members (mostly students), covering the syllabus of ballroom (standard), smooth, latin, and rhythm dance styles. Collectively, these four styles of competitive partner dancing are called “dancesport.” Semester long classes are offered in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Illini Dancesport classes are open to all students and community members (Illini Dancesport membership is required).