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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 4 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.


Performance 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 2017 Youth Ballroom Troupe performs "The Prince & His Friends", a waltz for Sleeping Beauty



Fall 2017 Ballroom Schedule

Session 1 
October 7, 14, 21, 28
Instructor- Maria Merriam

6:30 Beginniners Tool Box  Hustle/Swing
7:30 Latin Technique (no class on the 14th)

Session 2  
November 4, 11, 18
Instructor- Maria Merriam

6:30   Beginners Tool Box Rumba/Waltz
A series geared to ultra beginners or for those who suffer from, “it’s been so long we forgot”.  A toolbox class includes common patterns shared between different dances; in this series, Rumba/Waltz.  Participants will have less to memorize, but learn twice as much, thereby getting a good social start.     
7:30   Waltz Technique 
Class assumes participants have a comfortable social handle on waltz but are ready to add some elegance and grace to their waltz.  Class will explore footwork, rise and fall technique, along with learning a few new patterns.


How to Register

Contact MarLo by calling (541) 252-1394 to register for group classes or to schedule a private lesson.



** There is no Registration Fee **

SESSION-  3 weeks
1 Class$27$54
SESSION-  4 weeks
1 Class$35$65
2 Classes$65$125

* 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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MarLo Dance Studio

205 Ohio Avenue S.E.
Bandon, OR 97411

88216 Hwy 42 South
Bandon, OR 97411

(541) 252-1394

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