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 (quickstep, English and Viennese waltz, ballroom tango, slow foxtrot) 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 are interested in ballroom dancing, you can also check out On this website you can find information about ballroom dancing all around The Netherlands!

Ballroom at the USC

Wednesday Dance hall  20:00 – 20:55 Beginners
Wednesday Dance hall 21:00 – 21:55 Semi-advanced
Wednesday Dance hall 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 lessons, seeing them move around in the group with so much more confidence. The personal and sometimes physical development of a (starting) dancer is truly what makes our field so much fun!





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