For a history of Ballroom/Standard dances, visit
History of Modern Ballroom dance.
Dance Attire and Shoes
For all dance classes
When attending the classes, wear comfortable clothing. Try not to wear shoes with rubber soles since they stick to the floor when doing turns. You may click on to see what our students typically wear.
Please don't wear street shoes on the dance floor especially when the shoes are dirty or wet (eg, due to rain or snow). Please don't wear flip-flops since they tend to slip off.
For Tap dance classes
Shoes: Here are some recommended shoes (see above link for store locations):
If you mention you are taking classes from Toronto Dance and Swing and Tap Academy, you get 10% off. Tap shoes that have a flexible sole are not recommended for beginners since they give very little support.
For Irish Step dance classes
Shoes: Wear shoes that don't stick and without a high heel. If you already have taps with a low heel (these can be purchased at Malabar), you may use these. The official shoes are Irish Jig shoes with a fiberglass tip (these can be purchased at Gold and Shamrock). See the above link for store locations.
Clothing: You can wear exercise clothing, T-shirts, shorts, or leggings.
Read about Dance Etiquette. Topics covered are:
It is very important that you practice at least once a week, even if it is just for 5 minutes. It will help you to remember what you've learnt. Our group classes are progressive meaning that it builds on top of the previous week's class.
Here are some tips: