Northwestern Ballroom Latin and Swing Team

Comp Team FAQ

Do I need a partner to be on the team?

Yes, but we will help you find a partner! Come to our kickoff events and meetings, and we’ll figure something out!

Do I need experience to be on the team?

Nope! We accept all levels of students.!

How much does it cost to be on the team?

Team members are required to have a full year BLAST membership ($80 for students/$120 for non-students). In addition, members are required to pay a quarterly coaching fee, as listed below: Beginner: $60/quarter. Fall quarter fee is waived for newcomers to our team Advanced: $60/quarter

What should I wear to class and practice?

There is no dress requirement for the newcomer class, however we highly recommend that you wear dance shoes (which we will help you buy!). If you choose not to purchase dance shoes, we suggest that you wear closed toe heels with a heel strap (women) and non-rubber soled dress shoes (men). You should wear something that you are comfortable moving in (jeans are not recommended).

Dress code is required for Sunday practices and lessons for members of the bronze and silver classes, and is highly recommended for newcomers

  • Leads: Latin pants or dark dress pants if you don’t own latin pants
  • Follows: Latin and standard skirt.

Ballroom shoes are highly recommended, although not required. Ladies should first purchase Latin sandals, and then court shoes, whereas men should purchase standard shoes first and then Latin shoes. Bronze and silver team members should have both pairs of shoes- they really do make a difference in your technique!