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Established in 2008, SMU's latin dance club, Ardiente aims to bring an old dance form into a modern light. The club specializes in 5 genres- Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba and Paso Doble. Apart from competitions and workshops, SMU Ardiente also puts up a production annually- Un Paso, to present Latin Ballroom artistically.


With a mixture of dazzling footwork and sizzling moves, we strive to bring passion to the Latin Ballroom Dance scene by reinventing boundaries and presenting Latin Ballroom in a modern light!


SMU Ardiente is the home of SMU latin dancers. We specialise in 5 types of Latin Ballroom Dance - 

Cha-Cha-Cha | Rumba | Jive | Samba | Paso Doble

Discover your passion for latin dance no matter your dance background. You can look forward to a fun-filled latin dance fam! We also have numerous performance opportunities, be it internal (SMU) events or external commissioned events

Exposure to various opportunities ranging from Competitions, Performances, and Annual Dance Productions (Un Paso), to CCA Bonding Activities such as Camps and Parties!

Date, venue and timing of regular meetings / trainings per week:

  • Q1. Are Latin costumes and dancewear flashy/revealing?
    A1. Competition wear is often vibrant to capture attention, but it is entirely up to you.
  • Q2. What is the dress code for training? Do I need to purchase latin heels/shoes for training?
    A2. Any comfortable active/dancewear will do, with latin heels (girls) and shoes (guys). Yes, latin heels/shoes will be required, but don’t worry, there is a range of pricing so you won’t have to break the bank.
  • Q3. What is the level of commitment required for the CCA? Will I be able to cope?
    A3. Newcomers would only attend 2 classes; 1.5hr on Tuesday and 1hr on Saturday.
  • Q4. Do we have fixed partners?
    A4. No, we do not assign fixed partners. We typically rotate partners to allow everyone to learn how to dance with different people. This also promotes flexibility in partnering for competitions, and gives everyone an equal learning opportunity. Of course, we understand that it is natural to have a preferred partner for competitions/performances and we don’t place any rules on this.
  • Q5. Who conducts regular training for the club?
    A5. We have 4 qualified professional latin dance instructors from Aquilia Dance Academy that will guide you every step of the way. They are: 1) Rosario : Principal and main teacher of Aquilia Dance Studio 2) Joy: Certified teacher by United Kingdom Alliance who specialises in basic to advanced techniques and ladies styling 3) Nicolas: Professional competitor and teacher who specialises in on advanced techniques and competitive latin ballroom 4) Azri: Singapore’s top Amatuer Latin Competitor (SBDTA 2018), specialising in adult beginner, styling and performance


Ardiente allowed me to form valuable friendships that I hold dearly to even after graduation; they are the ones whom I would love to keep in my life.  Ardiente also honed my people management skills and boosted my confidence which is helpful even in the workplace. (Leong Wan Yi, Alumni) 

Although it was initially daunting to step out of my comfort zone, the members welcomed me with open arms and Ardiente quickly became my home away from home -- not just the physical dance studio, but the people I am proud to now call my closest friends! (Ashley Lum, President, SOSS, Y2 for AY2020-2021)


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