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Synonyms: Lesson. Formal instruction led by a teacher. Classes designated for the Novice are suitable for students with absolutely no previous experience, where they can be sure that they will be learning with dancers with a similar lack of experience. Classes for mixed abilities (including those that are listed to include novices) may be discouraging for the Novice, or alternatively may be seen as an opportunity to learn from their more experienced fellow dancers.
On DanceWeb, this term is used for any separately scheduled dance time-slot, that may be a Class, a Practice or a Social, or sometimes combinations of the above. An event normally has published start and end times, and a published entry charge, although discounts are invariably given to students who attend multiple contiguous events in one evening. An Event may be regularly repeating (usually weekly), or Dated (a one-off).
(of dancing) It is realised that the meaning is subjective, and will vary between dance styles. The following is for guidance:
A student with no previous dance experience, attending their very first classes. Students are only likely to remain in this category for a very few classes. Synonymous with absolute beginner or complete beginner. Strictly structured classes for Novices normally only admit new students at the start of each new course.
A student with some previous dance experience, even if in a different dance style.
A student who at least understands the fundamentals of the dance style, and can attempt many of the steps or movements.
For an established dance style, the majority of social dancers will probably be in this category.
5:Int/Adv (Intermediate/Advanced)
Somewhere between the two!
The top segment of social dancers, with several (or many) years experience, and some technical knowledge of their dancing, as well as the skill to execute the more complex, demanding or fast steps and phrases, or using up-tempo music.
An excellent, experienced and technically knowledgeable dancer, probably competing at a high level, or dancing professionally, and capable of instructing other dancers at advanced and competition levels.
Synonyms: Practica (for Tango), Free Dance. An event where the majority of the time is usually spent dancing to recorded music, normally with a DJ, or with the instructor acting as the DJ. Such events often follow on from a Class, and are an opportunity to practice the new dances taught, although not neccessarily exclusively. As with classes, dress code is normally to be comfortable rather than impressive.

A tangible item that you purchase, such as Dance Footwear, Dance Music CD etc. Dancers will often purchase such products from a Retail outlet; some retailers also sell by mail-order, taking orders by phone, fax, email and/or a web site. Others have no retail premises, and only do mail-order business. Some suppliers do not supply direct to the public, only dealing with retailers; they are designated as wholesale only.
Information (text) or downloadable files that may be of use to dancers (amateurs and professional), andanyone else working in dance (e.g. DJs). This includes choreography, terminology and music. Resource web sites on DanceWeb are given a star rating, to indicate their likely value.
A non-tangible business service, such as a DJ who you may hire to come to your club. Or a dance college that provides the service of running formal dance or stage training. DanceWeb supports virtually all services that have a significant dance content, including performing artists (Bands etc) who can play to entertain dancers.
Synonyms: Block. A set of contiguous events, typically an instruction event (i.e. class) followed by a practice event. An inclusive charge is normally available to students who attend all events within the session.
Synonyms: Milonga (for Tango). An event where the majority of the time is spent dancing to music, (and very often to a live Band, with a DJ between the sets), without any preliminary instruction (unless this is common practice for that particular dance style). The emphasis at such events is often on socialising and having fun. At many events the DJ or MC will take your requests for particular music and dances. Most socials cater for a wide range of abilities (maybe with the exception of the Novice). Some include instruction, often of a more light-hearted or easier nature. Dress code is normally more formal and standardised for the particular style of dance, with "dress to impress" being appropriate if you wish. Similarly the location may be decorated in the appropriate style. Socials tend be held at about monthly intervals, or if held weekly, then at weekends.

For many dance styles (e.g. Ballet), the concept of a Social dance event is meaningless.

The geographical location at which you are searching for a Class or Product / Service supplier.

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Ask DanceWeb

"Ask DanceWeb" is by far the easiest way to conduct a search. It is similar to general-purpose search engines (e.g. Google), but specifically recognises the words and phrases related to dancing. It also recognises many synonyms and abbreviations. See the home page for several examples to get you started. When searching for a weekly class you can even specify levels for the instruction, practice and social events, using the following structure:

[instruction level | "class"][style][practice level | "practice"][social level | "social"]

Find a tango class with practice (any levels):
class tango practice
Find an advanced salsa class with any level social:
advanced salsa social
Find a linedance event with intermediate practice and advanced social:
line int practice advanced social
You will note that in the above examples no location (town or postcode) is specified; DanceWeb will therefore present you with another page requesting you to enter the missing information by clicking on a map.

Dance Event

Select this option if you wish to find a dance "event"; that is a dancing session normally held once a week, or at least on the same day of the week at regular (e.g. monthly) or even irregular intervals.

The "events" within the session may be a Class, a Practice, or a Social (or any combination of these).


Select this option if you wish to find a supplier of a dance Product. The range of Products supported by DanceWeb is very extensive, although the range displayed only reflects those in the current database. If you feel that a new category is justified for a product or service, please let us know.


Select this option if you wish to find a supplier of a dance Service. The range of Services supported by DanceWeb is very extensive, although the range displayed only reflects those in the current database. If you feel that a new category is justified for a product or service, please let us know.


Select this option if you wish to find a web site holding Resources for Dancers, DJs and Dance Musicians.

Login as Different User

Logs you out from DanceWeb, and in again with a different user identity (and related profile of interests and preferences).


Logs you out from DanceWeb, and removes all information about you from the DanceWeb cookie held on your PC.


The home page of the User Registration and Update system

DanceWeb Weekly Dance Finder Page

You should have selected this page if you want to find a dance event; that is a dance normally held once a week. The page consists of a form where you select the options of choice. Sensible options are used as defaults, although you are required to select a few options that cannot be assumed. You will be warned if you do not make a selection from the mandatory options. You can select the options in any order, but you must finish by selecting a location from the Map. The various options are as follows:

Days Of The Week

Here you select those days of the week when you wish to dance (they are "or" conditions). "Not Listed" will select dance events where the supplier of the information has not supplied us with the day(s) when the event is held. "Set All" and "Clear All" just set and reset all the Days options.

Instruction? Practice? Social Dancing?

This area allows you to be very specific about the type of event you are looking for. You can, for instance, request that you must have Instruction, but "Don't Care" about the level, or you could specify that the Instruction must cater (e.g.) for Advanced dancers.

In many style of dancing such levels are rarely used at other than competition level, so you would be advised not to use then in a search initially.

Dance Styles

This where you select the style(s) of dancing of interest. You can select multiple styles, which is recommended if you are not too sure. So if you seeking to learn the waltz, try selecting both "Waltz" and "Ballroom".

Selecting Multiple Styles

How you do this depends upon your Browser's operating environment. The most common options are:
To select multiple individual styles:
Hold down the Ctrl key.
To select a block of styles:
Hold down the Shift key.


Resets all values to their default (reasonably sensible) values.


Resets all values to their values as they were when the page was first displayed. This button is only relevant when the previous page was not the DanceWeb home page. DanceWeb saves values between pages so that you do not have to re-select options.


This dialogue allows you to specify where you wish to dance, by clicking approximately on a map. At this stage, you are only actually selecting a more detailed map that will be displayed next. However, as DanceWeb uses many maps, some overlapping, and at various scales, you should be as accurate as possible, to avoid unnecessary scrolling etc.

Use Last

If you come to this screen from an earlier search, you will have the opportunity to select "Use Last", which will re-use the last location, without displaying any more maps.

DanceWeb Product / Service Finder Pages

You should have selected these pages if you wish to find a supplier of dance services or products. Please first read the help on Weekly Dance Finder (which is very similar); the following information just highlights the differences:

Products / Services

This where you select the service or product of interest. You can select multiple entries, which is particularly advised if you are not too sure. So if you seeking a Dance School, you may wish to select "Dance School", "Dance Studio", "Stage School" and "Weekly Dance Events"

Mail Order

Selecting this option will limit the search to suppliers that will operate in this way. It will not reject "illogical" requests (such as a Mail Order DJ!).


Don't Care

This additional option is provided. Use it if you don't care where the supplier is based, or it is not relevant (e.g. when hiring a touring performer). You will not be presented with any maps.

DanceWeb Map Page

This page allows you to select where you wish to dance, or where you wish to find a supplier. You should click as accurately as possible on this map. If the map displayed is not the one you really need, you can scroll to a different map using the small arrows on the borders.

New Search

This button will take you back to the map of the whole country, without loosing your other selected options.

On Click: Zoom in if possible

(Check Box) By default, if you click on a map in an area for which a larger scale map exists (e.g. London), the system will display the larger scale map automatically. If you wish to turn this option off (and go direct to the search results), de-select by clicking in this check box.

DanceWeb Results of Search Page

The results of the search are displayed here, after a summary of your search criteria. The report is normally ordered in increasing distance from your target location. The direct "as the crow flies" distance is shown. This is only approximate, and takes no account of any geographical features (such as the Sea, or a Mountain) that may make a real journey by road much longer (or impossible!). An indication of the direction to the venue from the "target" location is also given by the green arrow.


Many of the entries displayed are "Hot"; they link to other web sites. The organisation name (and/or its Logo) may link to their own website. An email address may also be active.

Address and Map Links

Various parts of address may link to Maps that help you find the location. In general, links from the start (left end) of the address (e.g. the Venue Name) will link to an accurate large-scale map that may even show the building on a street plan. Links from the end (right) of the address (e.g. "near Town") will link to a small scale map showing the general area of the location.

The interactive maps are provided by third parties, are subject to change, and your usage of them is subject to the supplier's own terms and conditions.

New Search

This button allows you to start a new search, using your existing options as a starting point (including the target location).

New Location

This button allows you to start a new search, using your existing options, but with a new target location.


If more results are available (at an increased distance from your target), this button allows you to display them. If this button is not shown, no more results are available.

Major Change History

01 April 2006

Updated slightly to Reflect DanceWeb 1.0 changes (e.g. Calendar Events).

26 December 2002

Menu help clarified.

8 December 2002

Support for "Practice" events added.

3 April 2001

Polling Station removed.
Web Resource Search added.

15 June 1999

Polling Station: Regional Charts added.

1 May 1999

Finder: Dialogue boxes for Limit to n Events and Limit to n Miles removed. DanceWeb now automatically and dynamically limits the number of events reported by the search and the maximum distance from your "target".

Results: The results display is now broken down into pages, each showing results within a specific search perimeter. "Next" button added to allow the display of the pages.

Advertising: Context intelligent Banner Advertising added.