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All students new to Dancing with the Queers get the first class FREE when you sign up for the month.

All classes: $15 per class or $52 for four weeks when paid on the first day of class.

No refunds are given for missed classes.

Pre Registration required.

  • No partner necessary.
  • The classes rotate partners.
  • No experience necessary for beginning classes.
  • All welcome as long as they are comfortable dancing with partners of any gender.

    Location for all classes:

Lake Merritt Dance Center (Veterans Memorial Building) Map it!
200 Grand Avenue (entrance and parking lot on Bay Street)
Oakland, CA

The classes are designed to build on the previous week's material. While we generally review what we did in the last class, should you have to miss a class, please make an effort to catch up either by asking a fellow classmate to go over it with you or by taking a private lesson. Unless you are familiar with the material, please no drop-ins except on the first day of class.

Also, you are welcome, in fact encouraged, to learn both the leader’s and follower’s roles as that makes you a better dancer and you have to sit out fewer dances. During a month of class however, it is requested that you work on one role or the other.

The classes rotate partners. We believe you learn faster and meet more friends and future dance partners that way. If you absolutely do not want to, you don't have to.

Dancing is physical activity. Please consult your physician if you have any concerns about dancing. If any thing hurts, please stop and tell one of the teachers.

Dancing with the Queers International Standard Program Whats New


Beginning International Standard Ballroom

    Sundays 1:00pm -2:00pm Beginning Ballroom Waltz


    Beginning International Standard Ballroom - This is a class where you learn a routine in Waltz, Tango and Quickstep and are able to take it out on the dance floor, whether for social dancing or for competing.

    We will study technique, floorcraft, styling, footwork and more in Waltz, Tango and Quickstep. We strongly encourage you to take the full bronze class at least twice through. Once you have taken six months, you will have been through all of the basic Bronze steps which gives you a good foundation to move on to the intermediate level.

There are many local opportunities to dance socially and to compete, should you chose to do so. We encourage you to help each other and practice together. This class will rotate partners. If you have a competition partner, it is your responsibility to find time to practice together outside of class.

Beginning International Latin Ballroom taught by Zoe Balfour.

Dancing with the Queers International Latin Program Whats New


Beginning International Latin Ballroom

Sundays 2:00 -3:00pm Beginning Cha Cha Starts 1st Sunday of the month.


Please email to check on the times of the classes as they are subject to some changes.

Each month we will work on a different Latin dance: Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba and Jive.

Beginning International Latin Ballroom taught by Zoe Balfour.

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