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About SDC

Social Dance Club (SDC) is a student-run organization that focuses on bringing students together to enjoy social dancing.

No dancing experience is necessary! We encourage anyone and everyone to come, regardless of how much they have danced and whether or not they have taken the social dance classes. Typical attire is whatever you happen to be wearing that day, and most people dance in their socks (no street shoes allowed on the dance studio floors). There are no assigned "partners": everybody dances with everyone else, regardless of level, and many people switch back and forth between leading and following over the course of the evening. If you have questions or concerns or want more information, please feel free to contact any of the officers: flowersn, sturdn, or sauerm.

We meet on Wednesdays from 9-11pm in Weitz 168 (large dance studio), and on Saturdays from 6:30-8pm in Cowling (dance studio). The first 45 minutes on Wednesday (9-9:45pm) and the first half hour on Saturday (6:30-7) are lessons.

We mainly do the following dances:

  • Waltz
  • East Coast Swing
  • Rumba
  • Cha Cha
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • West Coast Swing

But also often have a couple of these: 

  • Hustle
  • Night Club Two Step
  • Samba
  • Lindy
  • Salsa
  • Merengue
  • Quickstep
  • Mambo
  • Jive

If you know another dance well enough to teach it, we would love to have you come teach a lesson, informally or formally! For those seeking structured social dance instruction, we recommend Social Dance I and Social Dance II, which can be taken for PE credit.

If you are interested, please join the Social Dance Club email list (either add yourself at lists.carleton.edu or email an officer and they can add you) to stay updated on current events. Feel free to show up to any lesson or club anytime! There will occasionally be lessons geared toward more intermediate dancers, so if you have no experience you may want to email an officer ahead of time to check if the upcoming lesson is for beginners, or be willing to watch during the lesson.