What is Ballroom?

Ballroom dance is a set of partner dan­ces, which are enjoyed both socially and compe­titively around the world. The dances are divided into Standard (Slow waltz, ballroom Tango, Viennese waltz, slow foxtrot, and Quickstep) and Latin dances (Samba, Cha cha cha, Rumba, Paso doble, and Jive).

Ballroom dancing is, when done at a high level, one of the most physically demanding types of dance – it really puts the ‘sport’ into dance­sport.

If you’re interested in ballroom dan­cing, also take a look at On this website you can find infor­mation about ballroom dan­cing all around The Netherlands!

Ballroom at the USC

Every Wednesday in the Dance hall:

20:00 – 20:55 Beginners
21:00 – 21:55 Semi-advanced
22:00 – 22:55 Advanced

More information about the dance clas­ses at the University Sports Centre can be found here.

We hope to see you in the dance classes!

Find a partner

For the semi-advanced and the advan­ced class a dance partner is needed. Haven’t you got a partner yet? Maybe we can help! Just send us an email and we’ll see what we can do for you. And besides that you can always come to our Social Dancing evenings.

About Hem and Leonie

We are Herman and Leonie and we’ve been teaching for many years, among which several at the USC in Leyden. We were asked by the USC and the dance association. Back then we had about 25 students divided over two classes. Along the way, more people came to have a look, became enthusiastic, and the group grew considerably. We saw S.D.A. Lei­dance coming into existence and grow over the years.

After having danced competitions on the high­est level in the Netherlands for years, having had the honor of dancing at European and world championships in different places, we went profes­sional and we love now sharing our knowledge with Leidance / USC dancers. We highly value staying up-to-date as tea­chers. We still train on the dance­floor, attend seve­ral conferences and in the meantime also received our official diplomas as judge at ballroom competitions.

Whatever it is you want to do with dancing, the most beau­tiful thing is see­ing someone en­ter coy and af­ter a couple of lessons, seeing them move around in the group with so much more confi­dence. The personal and physical deve­lopment of a (starting) dancer is truly what makes our field so much fun!