Hand Dance Academy

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*Notice2 - There will be no dance class on Tuesday, February 14, Valentines Day. Class will resume on Tuesday, February 21 as scheduled.

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Tuesday evenings  9901 Lanham Severn Rd Lanham, MD COVID19 vaccination is required for all classes

Private Lessons

One on one private lessons for individuals or small groups of 4

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Group Classes

Classes of 6 or more students

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Our demo team is available to perform and teach short classes at your event.

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After studying hand dance for more than 10 years, from some of the best hand dance instructors in the DC area, I founded the Odyssey Hand Dance Academy.  My goal is to share what I have learned while making learning hand dancing easy and fun.  You need no prior experience for the beginner level and there is no age limitation.  Learning hand dancing with the Odyssey Hand Dance Academy is a journey of exploration. I invite you to join the ‘Odyssey’ and take your first steps or your next steps with me!

- Carl Davis -
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  • 9901 Lanham Severn Rd, Lanham, MD, USA

Being able to easily and safely turn and spin while maintaining balance is a crucial part of the dance.

The recommended option is to wear a pair of Ballroom shoes with a suede or felt sole.

A standard ladies dance shoe featuring a Cuban heel of 1 to 1.5 inches is a popular choice. The heel height should be comfortable. Anything higher than 1.5 inches could be challenging for beginners. Those who prefer a flat shoe with no heel might consider a slip-on jazz shoe.

Amazon offers a wide variety of shoes for ladies and shoes for men.

The Ballroom Latin Salsa Sneaker Dance Shoes SERO106BBX is a particular favorite practice shoe.

Another shoe to consider is a Women/Men Standard Practice Social Dance Sneaker Beginner Ballroom Dancing Shoes.

If you're not quite ready to buy dance shoes, you can buy suede stick on sheets to attach to a pair of shoes you already have.

Beginner level dancers may wear heavy cotton socks to dance in prior to buying dance shoes.

Outside shoes and bare feet are not allowed on the dance floor.

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