Newcomers: Start Here

Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance is a digital guide to being a beginner student of ballroom dance, as told by the Girl with the Tree Tattoo.

Given 4.6 out of 5 stars by reviewers on Amazon, this book has been called a “must-read!”

Click here to download your copy.


Ballroom has its own language, just like any art or sport.  I’ve put together explanations of some of the most common terms or phrases you might hear at a studio or a competition, or read in my blog articles: Say What? (Guide to Ballroom Speak)

You can also check out’s dance dictionary for more in-depth descriptions of dance technique and step terms.

Learn about four basic elements of dance that can be applied to any ballroom dance: Take Your Ballroom Dancing W.E.S.T.

Thinking of competing? Check out these articles for insight into how pro-am competitions are organized, how to prepare and what to expect when you actually go:

What is Pro-Am? 
Pre-Comp Prep
The Glitz and Glamour of Ballroom Competition