At Ballroom Addiction, the staff members' credentials are as impressive as their synchronized steps. For example, director Ron Yee has won two championships at United States Ballroom Championships events, and hip-hop teacher Gene Lopez has worked with celebrities from Michael Bublé to Flavor Flav. Their impressive resumés don't imply exclusivity, however—guests of all skill levels, from beginners to aspiring award winners, are welcome to rehearse on their three floating floors. Along with other trained instructors, they draw from years of competitive experience to school students on four main categories of dance: American Smooth, International Standard, American Rhythm, and International Latin.
These categories cover several styles, including fox trot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, and cha-cha. The instructors impart poise in both private and group sessions, as well as coach pupils in social dance sessions that cover nightclub moves and country western choreography. To supplement lessons, instructors host Friday-night parties that allow protégés to practice their form while mingling with other students. Wedding-dance seminars coordinate romantic routines set to the couple's favorite song, or, for more complex performances, the sound of every guest clinking a fork against a wine glass.
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