FAQ

What is a lead? What is a follow?
Traditionally, the man is the lead and the woman is the follow. At Century Ballroom, we don't feel constricted by these roles, and you will see women leading and men following (many dancers do both).

Do I need a partner?
No. We work to keep an equal number of leads and follows in our classes so that you will have someone to dance with. We rotate partners throughout class so you will have a chance to dance with everyone. If you prefer a non-rotating environment, check out our “Couples Only” classes.

Why is the class I want only open for leads (or only open for follows)?
In order to keep classes as balanced as possible we sometimes have to restrict a particular role. Definitely get on the wait list, though, as we are able to let people in as others register.

What should I wear to class?
Wear comfortable clothing and keep in mind that it does get warm in class.
Wear shoes that are comfortable and stay securely on your foot. A leather or a suede sole is ideal so you can easily spin.
For Tap classes: Tap shoes are not necessary for the first week of Tap 1 so you can try it out before committing to buying shoes. If you're planning on attending the whole session, you will need Tap shoes, which can be purchased at Center Stage in the University District.
 
What if I don't want to rotate?
Begin by seeing if there is a “Couples Only” class offered because we don’t rotate in those classes. If there isn’t you may choose to dance with the same person unless the class is very out of balance on a given week, in which case we will ask everyone to rotate. (Just FYI the instructors agree that you will generally learn faster by dancing with different people.)

How do I register for classes and workshops?
You have several options:

  1. Register online!
  2. Mail in your registration using the form in our monthly flyer (double check that the class is open before sending in your registration)
  3. Call us at 206 324-7263 between 10:30a-4:30p, Mon-Fri
  4. Register at class (but be sure to show up early and remember we cannot guarantee there will be space for you)

I'm having problems registering online
Here are some tips that you may find useful:

  • You must set your browser to accept cookies. If you are blocking cookies our system will not work, though you may not receive an error message.
  • Some of the screens in our registration process open in new windows. Because of this you may need to disable popup blockers for our site.

You are always welcome to call or email us with any problems you may be encountering. The more detailed information you can provide about how far you got before the problem started, what type of computer and internet browser you are using, any error messages you received, etc., the easier it will be for us to help you, and prevent the problem from occurring in the future. Failing that, we can always cancel any registration that was started and handle your transaction over the phone.

Can I get a refund for classes?
Yes.  There is a $5 fee for all class refunds, and you must contact our office to cancel.  You can avoid the fee by instead receiving a credit towards a future class or workshop.  You will be refunded or credited the amount you paid, prorated at the drop in price for your class for the number of classes attended.  Just call us at 206 324-7263 or email Classes@CenturyBallroom.com.

Can I pay per class?
You may drop into any of our classes if you have already taken the class, and if there is room for you in the class that day.  Couples may drop in if they have not taken the class before provided they don't rotate partners. We do not recommend dropping into a class after week two. Please check in with the instructors upon arrival.  Drop-ins generally are $15 / 1 hr class and $20 / 1+ hr class.

Why can't I bring a water bottle to dances?
We are subject to Washington State Liquor Control Board and Health Department regulations, therefore we can’t permit outside food and beverages to be brought onto the premises.

Do I need to buy dance tickets in advance?
Generally we don’t sell dance tickets in advance. For major touring bands we generally do offer advance tickets. For these dances you may want to purchase in advance to ensure you are able to get in and to take advantage of possible discounted advance sales.

What is the difference between a "dance" and a "social"?
Our socials are more informal dances with no intro lessons beforehand. Our dances have an intro lesson and usually a more club-style feel.

I haven't redeemed my paper gift certificate yet. Is it too late?
Nope, you're fine.  We will still honor any gift certificates that have not been redeemed.

Can I purchase a Gift Card good for Private Lessons?
Sorry, we can't offer gift cards for private lessons, since those are paid directly to the instructor.  Consider asking an individual instructor if they are able to offer a gift certificate directly.

How do I purchase a Gift Card?
You can purchase them in person at The Tin Table, at the door at any of our events, or by calling our office at 206 324-7263, and we will arrange for you to pick it up. We prefer not to mail them since they are like cash and cannot be replaced if lost.

Can I purchases a Gift Card good for dinner and a dance?
Yes! Our new gift cards can be used for any combination of our products or services.

I received a Gift Card for a series of classes.  How do I redeem it?
Using our online registration system, select the "pay by other method" option.  At the end of the registration process is a comment field where you can add a note that you are using a Gift Card.  Be sure to bring the Gift Card to the first day of class.  You can also call our office at 206 324-7263 and register with a gift card over the phone.  We are generally in the office from 10:30-430, Mon-Fri.  If you miss us, please leave us a message and we will call you back.

I lost my card. Can I replace it?
Sorry, gift cards are like cash and cannot be replaced if lost, so be sure to keep yours in a safe place.

My gift card is damaged. Can I replace it?
Yes, if you surrender a damaged gift card to us we can transfer the balance to a new card.

Is my card reloadable?
Yes, you may add value to your card and continue to use it.

Where is the Century Ballroom?
Here are the Map and Directions.

What about Parking?
There is street parking throughout the neighborhood.
If you are unable to locate a spot, we recommend using the Seattle Central Community College Garage two blocks west of us at E Pine and Harvard Ave E. They normally charge $5/evening.

Is the Century Ballroom Handicapped Accessible?
Yes! There is an elevator in the building, and restrooms which are fully ADA compliant. In addition, the 10th Avenue East entrance to the building has a ramp. Please ask us for any assistance you may need.

Didn't answer your question?

E-mail the Century Ballroom or call us at 206 324-7263.

What is a lead? What is a follow?
Traditionally, the man is the lead and the woman is the follow. At Century Ballroom, we don't feel constricted by these roles, and you will see women leading and men following (many dancers do both).

Do I need a partner?
No. We work to keep an equal number of leads and follows in our classes so that you will have someone to dance with. We rotate partners throughout class so you will have a chance to dance with everyone. If you prefer a non-rotating environment, check out our “Couples Only” classes.

Why is the class I want only open for leads (or only open for follows)?
In order to keep classes as balanced as possible we sometimes have to restrict a particular role. Definitely get on the wait list, though, as we are able to let people in as others register.

What should I wear to class?
Wear comfortable clothing and keep in mind that it does get warm in class.
Wear shoes that are comfortable and stay securely on your foot. A leather or a suede sole is ideal so you can easily spin.
For Tap classes: Tap shoes are not necessary for the first week of Tap 1 so you can try it out before committing to buying shoes. If you're planning on attending the whole session, you will need Tap shoes, which can be purchased at Center Stage in the University District.
 
What if I don't want to rotate?
Begin by seeing if there is a “Couples Only” class offered because we don’t rotate in those classes. If there isn’t you may choose to dance with the same person unless the class is very out of balance on a given week, in which case we will ask everyone to rotate. (Just FYI the instructors agree that you will generally learn faster by dancing with different people.)

How do I register for classes and workshops?
You have several options:

  1. Register online!
  2. Mail in your registration using the form in our monthly flyer (double check that the class is open before sending in your registration)
  3. Call us at 206 324-7263 between 10:30a-4:30p, Mon-Fri
  4. Register at class (but be sure to show up early and remember we cannot guarantee there will be space for you)

I'm having problems registering online
Here are some tips that you may find useful:

  • You must set your browser to accept cookies. If you are blocking cookies our system will not work, though you may not receive an error message.
  • Some of the screens in our registration process open in new windows. Because of this you may need to disable popup blockers for our site.

You are always welcome to call or email us with any problems you may be encountering. The more detailed information you can provide about how far you got before the problem started, what type of computer and internet browser you are using, any error messages you received, etc., the easier it will be for us to help you, and prevent the problem from occurring in the future. Failing that, we can always cancel any registration that was started and handle your transaction over the phone.

Can I get a refund for classes?
Yes.  There is a $5 fee for all class refunds, and you must contact our office to cancel.  You can avoid the fee by instead receiving a credit towards a future class or workshop.  You will be refunded or credited the amount you paid, prorated at the drop in price for your class for the number of classes attended.  Just call us at 206 324-7263 or email Classes@CenturyBallroom.com.

Can I pay per class?
You may drop into any of our classes if you have already taken the class, and if there is room for you in the class that day.  Couples may drop in if they have not taken the class before provided they don't rotate partners. We do not recommend dropping into a class after week two. Please check in with the instructors upon arrival.  Drop-ins generally are $15 / 1 hr class and $20 / 1+ hr class.

Why can't I bring a water bottle to dances?
We are subject to Washington State Liquor Control Board and Health Department regulations, therefore we can’t permit outside food and beverages to be brought onto the premises.

Do I need to buy dance tickets in advance?
Generally we don’t sell dance tickets in advance. For major touring bands we generally do offer advance tickets. For these dances you may want to purchase in advance to ensure you are able to get in and to take advantage of possible discounted advance sales.

What is the difference between a "dance" and a "social"?
Our socials are more informal dances with no intro lessons beforehand. Our dances have an intro lesson and usually a more club-style feel.

I haven't redeemed my paper gift certificate yet. Is it too late?
Nope, you're fine.  We will still honor any gift certificates that have not been redeemed.

Can I purchase a Gift Card good for Private Lessons?
Sorry, we can't offer gift cards for private lessons, since those are paid directly to the instructor.  Consider asking an individual instructor if they are able to offer a gift certificate directly.

How do I purchase a Gift Card?
You can purchase them in person at The Tin Table, at the door at any of our events, or by calling our office at 206 324-7263, and we will arrange for you to pick it up. We prefer not to mail them since they are like cash and cannot be replaced if lost.

Can I purchases a Gift Card good for dinner and a dance?
Yes! Our new gift cards can be used for any combination of our products or services.

I received a Gift Card for a series of classes.  How do I redeem it?
Using our online registration system, select the "pay by other method" option.  At the end of the registration process is a comment field where you can add a note that you are using a Gift Card.  Be sure to bring the Gift Card to the first day of class.  You can also call our office at 206 324-7263 and register with a gift card over the phone.  We are generally in the office from 10:30-430, Mon-Fri.  If you miss us, please leave us a message and we will call you back.

I lost my card. Can I replace it?
Sorry, gift cards are like cash and cannot be replaced if lost, so be sure to keep yours in a safe place.

My gift card is damaged. Can I replace it?
Yes, if you surrender a damaged gift card to us we can transfer the balance to a new card.

Is my card reloadable?
Yes, you may add value to your card and continue to use it.

Where is the Century Ballroom?
Here are the Map and Directions.

What about Parking?
There is street parking throughout the neighborhood.
If you are unable to locate a spot, we recommend using the Seattle Central Community College Garage two blocks west of us at E Pine and Harvard Ave E. They normally charge $5/evening.

Is the Century Ballroom Handicapped Accessible?
Yes! There is an elevator in the building, and restrooms which are fully ADA compliant. In addition, the 10th Avenue East entrance to the building has a ramp. Please ask us for any assistance you may need.

Didn't answer your question?

E-mail the Century Ballroom or call us at 206 324-7263.

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915 E Pine
2nd floor
Seattle WA 98122
Century Ballroom
(206) 324-7263

The Tin Table
(206) 320-8458