Marlo Dance
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"I greatly appreciate the style and expertise Maria demonstrated in my private lesson. She was patient and thoughtful in her approach to teach techniques, correcting problems I had with frame, and the steps of the waltz.
With her guidance I have improved in all of the dancing in which I am involved..."
Myrna L. {Adult Student}

ballroom dance lessonsBallroom

Thanks to shows like Dancing With The Stars, ballroom or social dancing has come back into the American cultural spotlight. Couples, singles, teens, and folks in their golden years are discovering the exercise and fun of couple dancing. In response, MarLo Dance Studio began a separate ballroom program to meet this clamoring need.

Classes are structured in 3 week sessions. Enough time for the dancer to have a social handle on the given dance. It is our goal to offer more than just steps, but techniques that will allow social dancers to dance together with ease.

Dances we offer, but not limited to, include: Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Rumba, ChaCha, Hustle, Salsa, Tango, and Night Club 2 Step.

Guest instructors are routinely engaged to give master workshops. Contact us to be notified of these events.

Summer 2019 Ballroom Schedule

American Tango Series - August 7, 14, 21, 2019
7:00 - 8:00 pm
$33 or $12 drop-in fee. No partner required.


Fall 2019 Ballroom Schedule

Session 1 
October 5, 12, 19 
Instructor- Maria Merriam

6:30 Beginners Tool Box  Hustle/Swing
7:30 Latin Technique 

Session 2   
November 2, 9, 16
Instructor- Maria Merriam

6:30   Beginners Tool Box Rumba/Waltz
7:30   Waltz Technique 

Session 3
Jan 11, 18, 25
Instructor- Maria Merriam

5:00-5:50   American Tango Mini-Series:  Ultra Beginning
Learning the basics is fun.  In this 3 class series, you will have enough patterns to get around the floor with confidence. Pre-registration requested.  Class space limited.

6:00-6:50   American Tango Mini-Series: Beginning
Review of the basics delving into advanced bronze.  Class will focus on the footwork, Contra body movement and styling.  Pre-registration requested.  Class space limited.

7:00-7:30  Tango Troupe Rehearsal Continues

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How to Register

Contact us by calling (541) 252-1394 to register and schedule a private lesson, or for more information on our group lessons.


ballroom troupePerformance Troupe

Eight positions (4 leads, 4 follows) with 2 alternates. Interested individuals will be enrolled in fall classes. 2016/17 season has several open positions.

Must be at least 13 years through adult. Ambitious and dedicated beginners will be considered.

» Shown right: The 2016 Youth Ballroom Troupe performs "Jolly Holiday"



** There is no Registration Fee **

per 3-class sessions
1 Class$33$65
2 Classes$65$129

* Couple rate applies to same class enrolling and same household.

All classes have a maximum and minimum enrollment. Individual assistance guaranteed! If a class does not meet minimum enrollment, class length will be adjusted to meet a semi-private structure.

Eligible accounts of regular MarLo program enrolled in 3 or more hours receive an 8% discount. Applies to enrolled students and their immediate families.

Partial student scholarships available.

Private Lessons

Getting married? Going on a cruise? Want to speed up the learning curve? If the answer is yes, private instruction is the answer. Partner not required. $40 hour or 4 hours for $150 pre-paid.

Commonly Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to take ballroom class?
Minimum 13 years old and in the 8th grade.

Do I need a partner?
No, although couple dancing involves both a lead (usually a guy) and a follow (usually a girl), our experience is that our classes end up fairly even. Rotating partners is encouraged, but not required.

Do I have to dress up?
Dress in whatever manner is comfortable for you.

Do I need special shoes?
Yes, you will eventually need suede-soled ballroom shoes. Sock feet are okay while you test drive your first ballroom classes.

Ladies, unless you are accustomed to high heels, opt for 2" or lower heels. Specialty split sole dance sneakers will also be acceptable practice shoes. To purchase try: (Receive a 5% discount when using this link.)

Why do I need ballroom shoes?
Street shoes scratch and dirty our dance floor surface. Secondly, ballroom shoes are designed to aide dancing and not inhibit its movement. Whether professional or recreational, it is a matter of the right tool for the right job!


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