At Walker Ballroom Dance, I teach all of the following dances to a high level, but I specialize in International Standard and Latin, American Smooth, West Coast Swing, Salsa, and Wedding Dances.
Walker Ballroom Dance now offers IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL DANCE LESSONS.
Just ask, and we can accommodate your specific needs as we are able.
Known for their sultry vibe, quick turns, sensual body actions, and percussive latin music, the latin nightclub dances include Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata.
They have emerged as the most popular dances to dance socially throughout the country and in many parts of the world. Thinking about going salsa dancing? These are the dances you'll want to know in order to have an incredible time at one of Philly's latin clubs.
Whether you've never taken a step before or you're already an established salsero, I can help you learn the steps and technique to make you look great on the dance floor. Salsa ON 1 and Salsa ON 2 both available.
Swing is a lively, fun, sometimes upbeat, sometimes slow and sensual, social partner dance originating in 1920's North America.
There are many types of Swing. Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy hop, Shag, Bop, and many more. They all share similar characteristics and are incredibly fun.
Many of the swing dances have their own vibrant social community full of parties, events, and competitions.
You may even have a friend that swing dances and not even know it!
These dances are some of the original partner dances originating all over the world and growing in popularity to become an activity enjoyed by people of all ages all over the world. The ballroom dances are typically divided up into two categories- Standard and Latin
"Derek is the best! Took his online and in-person dance lessons, and both me and my parents (who had never danced before) felt comfortable and right at home. He was always extremely positive and fun. His directions were clear and well thought out. He taught us dance moves and steps that were extremely accessible to beginners, yet also provided neat ways for us to make it more creative and challenging. Most importantly, he brings a great enthusiasm to the lessons, and you’ll be smiling the whole time!"
"My wife and I got married last year and sought out a dance instructor to help us prepare our first dance. We went to a few different instructors that didn't click with us or were well outside of our price range. We found Derek online and he was flexible with our budget and our schedule. Of all of the various professionals we worked with to prepare the wedding, Derek was the most competent and personable. His instruction was always friendly, patient, and supportive. Dancing feels very awkward for me, but Derek made it feel manageable. I'm not particularly nimble on my feet so I was amazed when I saw how natural and beautiful our first dance was. I can speak for all of the nervous, dance illiterate, and rhythm challenged people out there - Derek can make it work"
"Wow! All I can say is I am a ballroom dance convert for life! Derek makes everything so easy. He is extremely creative with choreography and brings so much energy and knowledge to every dance. Dancing with Derek is joyous, effortless and fun. He is extremely talented in identifying strengths and weaknesses and responds to what makes you comfortable but look good! Derek has been all I could ask for in an instructor. You won't be sorry!"