FAQ

May 19, 2016

How do I join the team?

See the “Join Us” page for more details, contacting us or coming to a practice is the best way to start

What benefits are there to being a member?

Many of our perks are listed on the membership information page. Any of our board members are also happy to tell you about benefits in more detail.

Is previous dance experience necessary?

No. Dancers at all levels are welcome! No previous experience with any dance is required. Join us!

Do you have tryouts or auditions?

For Stanford students, no tryout or audition is necessary to join the team. For community members, we may require you to participate in a tryout depending on the ratio of student members to non-student members. As a Stanford student group, there are constraints on the proportion of non-student members we can accept. These constraints notwithstanding, we warmly welcome community members to join our team, and we do our best to accept as many members as possible.

Where does the team compete?

We compete primarily in collegiate dancesport competitions, as well as other local and national competitions. Our team also hosts the Cardinal Classic, a large competition each spring in which most of our team members also compete. 

What kind of dances do you do?

We train our members in 10 competitive dances: Standard (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz) and Latin (Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive). While American Rhythm and Smooth (5 dances each) are not professionally taught, several team members compete in these styles as well

Many of our team members also dance various other social dances as well, such as Salsa, Swing, Hustle, and more. Being an assistant at one of our social classes can be a great way to pick up some of these styles as well.

How is Stanford Ballroom different from other dance groups on campus?

  • We teach our members 10 different types of dances, whereas, most other dance groups only teach 1.
  • We are a competition-focused team, which means our goal is to train our members to dance at the highest level they want. We do fewer shows, but our members have as many opportunities to perform as in other groups.
  • Our classes are taught by professionals, people who have been dancing these styles for over a decade or for decades.
  • We train as a team, which means that we frequently train each other, too.
  • Couples tend to have different routines from each other.
  • These dances are danced on every continent.

Are you affiliated with the Dance Department? Or the PE Department? Are you a Varsity sport? Can I get units for this?

No. Stanford Ballroom is a Voluntary Student Organization (VSO)! In short, we’re a club, run by Stanford students alone, though are members compete in competitions sanctioned by larger federations. We receive funding from the the school and from generous donors such as ASSU, GSC, and The Stanford Fund to run our team and our annual ballroom competition, Cardinal Classic.

I’m a non-student member. How do I get access to the practice facilities on campus?

There is a process by which we can obtain a pass for you which grants you access to practice facilities for free. Talk to our space coordinator for more details and to get the process started. In brief: you will need to fill out a short application form, provide us with a passport photo and pay a nominal fee.