All dancers are required to sign a liability waiver before participating in any activities at the studio.
For beginning level classes, students are not required to wear ballroom shoes. However, ballroom shoes are specifically designed to make dancing more enjoyable and safer, and are thus still recommended. All dancers should keep shoes in good repair. Heel protectors are recommended for ladies. Stiletto or metal heels are not permitted. Shoes that grip the floor, such as sneakers, are not recommended, as dancing in such shoes can result in injury to knees and ankles. Shoes with potential for damaging the ballroom floor, in the judgement of the studio staff, are not permitted.
Attire specific for ballroom dancing is recommended, but not required. For men, we suggest a pair of slacks and a nice shirt. Men may find it helpful to bring several changes of shirts since dancing can cause perspiration. For ladies, we suggest a pair of loose fitting slacks or a skirt and a nice blouse. Dance pants (shorts) are required if a skirt is worn. We recommend that all dancers avoid clothes with heavy or swinging accessories.
Hair and/or Jewelry
We ask that hair be kept back from the face. Long braids are not recommended, as they can strike a lady’s partner when she turns. Ladies are recommended to refrain from wearing large hoop earrings, as they can potentially be ripped out of earlobes during dancing and therefore pose a safety hazard. We also ask that ladies do not wear necklaces with beads or pearls, as these can be hazardous if they break and scatter on the floor.
We ask that all students use the changing rooms for changing only. Please do not loiter within or in front of the changing rooms as there is limited space and we want all students to have quick and easy access to it. Out of courtesy to your fellow students, please keep your items organized and stowed away. Students are expected to pick up after themselves. If you choose to use a locker, please make sure to empty it prior to leaving the studio each day. All items left in the changing rooms will be placed in Lost & Found. Please see below for our Lost & Found policy. Any misbehavior in the changing rooms will not be tolerated.
Lost & Found
Aria Ballroom will keep a lost and found container or area. If you are missing something, please check there first. All lost and found items will be removed and donated at the end of each week. Please feel free to ask any one of the staff if you need assistance finding something since we are here most of the time. If we find an item of greater value (i.e. an iPod, wallet, cash, etc.) we will keep it locked up in the office. The weekly time frame applies to those items as well.Food and drink are not allowed in the ballroom under any circumstances. Dancers are permitted to snack in the reception area, and all students are expected to pick up after themselves. We recommend having a small snack 30 minutes prior to each class or lesson. A water bottle is also recommended and can be filled at the drinking fountains at Aria.
We ask that cell phones are put in silent mode upon entering the ballroom. No devices capable of taking photos or videos are permitted in the changing rooms.
Aria Ballroom Electronics
All electronics belonging to Aria Ballroom (computers, phones, monitors, TVs, etc.) are off-limits to students. Please do not use them without the express permission and supervision of the Aria Ballroom staff.
See also Children & Youth Program Policies. Please do not hesitate to contact us or ask any of the staff if you have any questions, comments or concerns about our policies.