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Established in 2008, Ballare is SMU’s standard ballroom dance club, specializing in five genres - Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz and Tango. Ballare has won numerous awards in both local and international Dancesport competitions. The club strives to provide a platform for anyone who desires to dance and be part of a family of passionate dancers.


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SMU Ballare has since won accolades in numerous notable local and international Dancesport competitions.


Apart from competitions, Ballare holds annual productions as a platform for our dancers to showcase their talents. We also organise cohesions during festive periods, such as Ballaroween (Halloween event), Chinese New Year dinner, Valentine's Day Workshops and so on.

Beginner Class


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  • 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

Senior Level (By Level)

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I wanted to try something different which was out of my comfort zone and learn something unique and fun. Ballroom dancing was what stood out to me the most as it brought me out of my shell and taught me that anyone can dance.


 If you aren't afraid to try something new and want to be part of a family, join our Ballare family now!- Shubhasheesh Prakash (Year 1, AY2020/2021)

I knew absolutely nothing about ballroom and had zero dance background prior to university. Not only is this dance sport fun and challenging, the people here are 10/10! The bond between members, instructors, and alumni is amazing and it really feels like we’re all just one big family! :) 


So if you’re wondering what new and exciting club to join to colour your uni life, SMU Ballare is definitely one you should try out for! Hope to see you on the dancefloor! 💃😊 -Cheng Yuan Ling (Year 2, AY2020/2021)


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