Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a partner?

For the majority of our lessons – no! At all of our social classes, you will rotate between different partners in order to get the chance to dance with new people; even at technique classes, there is nothing prohibiting you from coming alone to hone your individual skills. A partner is needed if and when you decide to compete in national competitions as part of our teams. However, there is definitely no need to bring a partner with you to try out the classes – bring a friend along instead for some extra fun!

If you are an experienced ballroom or latin dancer looking for a partner, the best place to come is the Main Team trials at the start of the year. If you missed it, just come to one of the technique classes – you will find other people of similar level to yours at these classes. However, to be part of the Main Team and attend the additional Main Team practices, you will need to have a partner.

There is no need to have a fixed partner to join the Salsa and Bachata Team regardless of level, unless you are selected to be in a formation dance; in this case, a partner will be assigned to you by our instructor during training.

Where does it take place?

All Classes take place in the Junior Common Room (JCR) in the Sherfield building.

(Note that without membership you will only be able to attend scheduled lessons and won’t be able to use these as practice spaces.)

JCR: The Junior Common Room is number 20 on the South Kensington campus map; the entrance is opposite number 15. It is on the 2nd floor of the Sheffield building, next to the Senior Common Room (SCR).

Occasionally, we hold lessons in other locations; additional instructions on how to get there will be released via the respective Facebook group.

How do I get membership?

Membership flowchart

Imperial College students and Union members can become members of IC Dance Club by purchasing membership online. Remember to sign into Imperial College Union website to purchase the membership and our products. Membership is £20 for the whole year, which allows you to access all of our social classes at a discounted package, and to join our competitive teams. Once you’ve done that, bring a copy of your confirmation email to any class and we will give you a membership card. The membership is valid for the entire academic year.

What if I am not a current IC student?

Other Further or Higher Education students, as well as Imperial ex-students and staff, can also join and will need the following: Imperial College Union Membership AND IC Dance Club Membership. Instructions on how to buy Imperial College Union Membership can be found here.