Over the past three decades of teaching partnership dance, I have dedicated my life to learning how to become a better version of myself. As I reflect back, I would have never believed my life's path would take me here. I am writing this to let new potential clients know that I am so grateful for offering me this opportunity to serve. As of early 2023 my teaching schedule is full and there will be a delay of about four weeks to schedule with me. If you have an event that requires you to start sooner please leave a message through my contact page. I am connected to a network of other respected partnership dance professionals here in Colorado Springs and can offer you a referral. Thank you for your understanding and patience, I look forward to meeting you.
Partnership dance lessons in Colorado Springs. Thank you for visiting my home page, I hope you'll discover all of the exciting activities that are available to you at Dance Colorado. The styles of partnership dance offered included Ballroom, Country Western, Tango, Club Salsa, Swing, and more. I've been serving Colorado Springs for 30+ years and am excited to assist you in learning this beautiful activity.
The best way to get started is to sign-up for my introductory offer. The Package includes 2-45min private lessons and the cost is $69 dollars. This is available to couples or singles interested in beginning the journey of learning partnership dance, available to adults 25 and older.
All students are taught using the Medal System. The Medal System is a series of programs designed to help you learn to dance. As you progress through the Medal System you will develop the fundamental skills necessary to lead or follow, develop a sense of rhythm and gain the freedom to add your own style and expression. As your skills develop your body will learn to move gracefully, men develop the masculinity and confidence to sweep a women off her feet and women develop the ability to follow a man’s lead which adds passion and excitement to partnership dance.
Introductory Special - Congratulations! You are now beginning a journey of dance that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. This beginning level of dance will give you a taste of what social dancing can look and feel like. I will introduce to you the most popular dances based on where you would like to go dancing. As you progress I will begin to have a good idea of how you learn so that I can make learning to dance an experience you will always remember.
Basic Program - The Basic Program is designed to teach you the basic figures necessary to help you navigate around the dance floor. In this level, you will learn three to four figures per dance, develop a beginning understanding of rhythm, and learn basic leading and following skills. Preparing you for the medal programs.
Bronze Program - This is the first level of our Medal System. The Medal System is a standardized style of dance that is recognized throughout all major countries. The Bronze Program is designed to teach you all aspects of partnership dancing, including learning all fundamental patterns necessary to dance a complete song without repeating a step and learning how to stylize each dance to give it the look of a confident dancer. Also you will develop great partnership skill so you will not be afraid to dance with any person you choose. Finally, you will develop your own personality and learn to enjoy yourself by become more expressive.
Silver Program - This level is designed for people who aspire to be the most advanced social dancers. Silver-level dancers are the people you love to watch on the dance floor. When learning this level, dancers learn figures that allow them more freedom of movement around the floor, giving them advanced floor craft skills and creating the look of being the best dancers on the floor.
Gold Program - This level is designed for the performance oriented dancer, from showcase to competitive dancing. The Gold Program is exhibition program designed for the serious hobbyist. Naturally, these people are fabulous social dancers.
If your interest is in the traditional style of partnership dance, the Ballroom dances are for you. There are two styles the Smooth category, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Vienesse Waltz and the Rhythm category Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero and Mambo.
The fun and excitement of learning Counrty & Western dance is so infectious. There are two categories here as well. The Smooth category, Waltz, Nightclub Two Step, Triple Two Step and West Coast Swing. The Rhythm category, Two Step, Cha Cha, Polka, and East Coast Swing.
This style is for people that attend events like Fundraisers, New Years Eve dances Corporate parties and Weddings, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Hustle, Nightclub Two Step.
If your interest involves Latin Dance music then this style is for you. The dances that make up this experience are Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cumbia.
Learning to dance for your wedding can be an experience you will never forget. As you learn to partner each other, the metaphors of marriage and dance start to reveal themselves. The experience of learning to dance together will deepen your understanding of each other and bring you closer. As we begin, choosing the dance that best fits your song for the first dance and learning the basic steps for that dance are the priority. When accomplished we can add fanciers moves or partnering techniques that will make dancing easier. Depending on your learning style I can customize or choreograph a routine for you. I can’t wait to help bring this ageless activity to your wedding and the rest of your lives together.
The delicate nature of a fathers heart for you his daughter as he gives you to your new husband is an emotional roller coaster ride. A honorable father knows this day is coming and has been secretly preparing for this day. As you consider this part of the reception let your father present to you the song he has always wanted to dance with you. If you decide to learn the dance that best fits the song I can help. I doesn’t need to take very long but a couple of lessons can go along way. The precious moments you have together on the dance lesson can give you confidence and memories that will last the rest of your lives.
Honoring your mother as you lead her on the dance floor will help her understand on a deeper level of the man you have become. Mothers are moved in ways that are hard to understand on your wedding day. She has always dreamed of this day and of how she might feel. Learning a dance that she choses can be such a blessing to her and allow her to express all that she has been feeling. The moments of understanding that you both will gain as you take the dance lessons will help bring clarity and connection to your relationship.
Learning partnership dancing together with the wedding party can be such a beautiful way of creating memories. When everyone feels like they know how to dance, this gives everyone especially the men the confidence to get up during the reception and join the celebration. I have had many wedding parties come in over the years and it is always been an unforgettable experience.
It has been such a blessing for me to open my heart to same sex couples. After years of searching and understanding how vast the kingdom of heaven might be, there no longer remains any doubt that all human hearts are loved. I have had the honor of helping many same sex couples prepare for their first dance, and I would love to assist you in preparing for yours.
The first step in getting started is to try my Introductory Package. When completed you will be fully informed of the process of learning and how long it might take to prepare for your wedding. I have software that can be used to create the perfect cut of you song. The delicate nature of learn for this special occasion is my specialty.
My name is Brad Ackerman and I teach private partnership dance instruction to complete beginners and all levels of advanced dancers. The styles of dance that I offer are Ballroom, Country Western, Night Club, Club Salsa and Wedding preparation. I teach partnership dance to children, teens and all ages of adults. My focus is helping couples find more understanding of each other using partnership dance as the metaphor. Listed here are educational trainings that I have attended to first strengthen my marriage and help me grow as a man. If you find this training courses interesting I would definitely encourage you to consider attending.
I have dedicated my life to sharing the power of connection through the medium of partnership dance. After 30+ years on the floor teaching full-time I have come to a place in my life that sharing this beautiful experience is one of the most important activities of my daily life. My goal each and everyday is to validate where my students are in life and help them from that moment on to achieve the next goal.
The learning experience in the studio will be the most valuable part of your journey. I also offer alternative activities that make practice more enjoyable. From social dance parties to city social dance tours were I take small groups to dinner/dance evenings to learn where the hot spots for partnership dancing are. I help interested dancers in preparing for showcase performances and competitive events. I organize an event that helps students test out of the different levels of dance that they have accomplished.
Here is my favorite dance partner Sarah Ackerman my wife, dancing a Foxtrot at our Christmas showcase to a Michael Buble song. I am so grateful for her presents in my life and all the beauty she brings to this world.
International Dance Club
This will be my fourth event for amateur dancers interested in taking their medal exams. This year I will be adding Silver level Ballroom an...
International Dance Club
Our next social dance is officially canceled. We are looking for a new venue, our previous locations floor needed lots of work for it to be suitable for all ability levels of Partnership Dance.
This collaborative Colorado dance event created to give students the opportunity to become certified and recognized for their achievement in partnership dance. If you are interested in participating or attending to support this event click the link below for more information.
If you have general questions about partnership dance and the programs that I offer, send me a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
1414 Kelly Johnson Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920