Dance Lessons

Group Lessons

All formal attendees are required to take group dance lessons before the actual event. Dance classes are offered at various levels and cover a variety of line dances as well as popular partner dances.  These are a great opportunity to sharpen your skills in social dancing, meet new friends, and have some fun!  Our wonderful dance instructor, Valerie Ryan, has taught classes for the Christian Home School Formal since its creation and is committed to making it a fun and educational experience for each student. 


All music is chosen before the event and pre-screened for appropriate lyrics and how well it fits our various dance styles: salsa, tango, two-step, etc. Music is chosen from a variety of genres and time periods.  Students are welcome to make music suggestions before the event!

A list of dance steps and styles taught and songs used during dance classes can be found HERE.

Dance Class Information:

Location: Austin Uptown Dance Studio

8868 Research Blvd #706, Austin, TX 78758

Before you are assigned to a dance class, you must pay the dance class tuition, upload a profile photo to your registration form, and upload your completed waiver for Austin Uptown Dance.  We will assign students to specific classes on a “first-come, first-serve” basis once all these requirements are fulfilled. Because space is limited in each class, we cannot guarantee you your first choice of dance class day/time. For the best chance of getting your preferred dance class, we recommend you pay for dance lessons at the same time you pay your registration fee.

Dance Class Dates for 2024:
(Note: We will take one weekend off for Spring Break this year. No classes will take place on Easter weekend.)

  • March 1-2
  • March 8-9
  • March 15-16
  • April 5-6
  • April 12-13

In the case of a student absence, make-up classes are required.

Lesson Types and Overview

Beginner Classes

This class is ideal for students who are attending the Formal for the first time, or who want to gain confidence in their skills. Class size will be limited and girl/boy ratios will be closely balanced. Instruction will be slow and methodical, with an emphasis on repetition. More experienced students are welcome, but all students registered for this class are expected to attend the same class at the same time EVERY WEEK.

  • Ideal for first-time attendees
  • Good for building confidence
  • Attend the same time every week

Friday Beginner

Flex Classes:

These are for students with busy schedules, who may need to miss class on some weekends and double up on classes other weekends. Students of various skill levels are welcome in these classes, making it ideal for siblings or friends to carpool. Because attendance levels will vary from week to week, girl/boy ratios will not be balanced, and students will need to take turns dancing. All the basic dance steps will be taught and reviewed.

  • Best for busy students who may need to attend class at different times from week to week
  • Students of any skill level are welcome
  • Great for carpools and siblings
  • Choose one class time to be your primary and schedule make up classes as needed

Flex A Fridays 3pm-4:30pm
Flex B Fridays 4:30pm-6pm
Flex C Saturdays 9am-10:30am
Flex D Saturdays 10:30am-Noon

Senior Refresher Dance Lessons:

A 3-hour refresher class for seniors who are attending the Formal for the fourth or fifth time. We will check our records to make sure that everyone who registers for this option is eligible. Choose ONE of these times to attend:

Friday, April 5 3pm-6pm

Saturday, April 6 9:00am-NOON

Friday, April 12 3pm-6pm

Saturday, April 13 9:00am-NOON