Course Description

AHS students continue to expand their skills in American and Latin social dances through this intermediate course, which builds upon the foundations established in the previous Etiquette & Social Dance class. They refine their social etiquette and practice important communication skills, fostering a genuine enthusiasm for social dance.

Starting in eighth grade and continuing through high school, students explore more about themselves as they develop formal dancing techniques. This practice is an increasingly rare art form. However, over the years, our instructors have found that preparing students for formals, family gatherings, and even professional and adult events enhances their social grace and etiquette.

The course concludes with a dance showcase at the end of the year, allowing students to demonstrate their newly acquired skills and confidence in a festive and engaging environment.

Course Details

Interm. Social Dance

Eighth Grade
Ninth Grade Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade

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No texts are required for this class. 

Dr. Elizabeth Nielson

Although Elizabeth’s degrees are in Communications and Instructional Psychology & Technology, her favorite hobby/sport has always been ballroom dancing. She began dancing and teaching with her father and mother over 35 years ago. She finds great joy in dancing, but also loves the technical details that allow dancers to truly embrace freedom of expression through dance. Elizabeth believes that social dance is a perfect vehicle for developing confidence, improving relationships with others, enhancing social skills, while learning a healthy life skill—all in a fun and wholesome environment. Additionally, Elizabeth:

  • Toured with the BYU Ballroom Dance Company for five years to over 25 countries;
  • Competed both nationally and internationally as an amateur and as a member of the BYU Standard Formation Team
  • Judges local ballroom competitions;
  • Earned High Honors Medalist in Gold Bar Latin, Gold Bar Standard, and American Styles;
  • Is a former faculty member at BYU Department of Dance;
  • Directed the BYU Back-up Performance Team;
  • Was a student dance instructor at BYU for over 8 years;
  • Directed national championship junior formation standard and Latin teams;
  • Currently teaches elementary, junior high, and high school students in private and group settings; and
  • Has been a choreographer of numerous team and individual performance numbers for BYU performance teams, church groups, and schools.

Most of all, she loves the gospel of Jesus Christ; teaching and living principles of truth, righteousness, and freedom; and being a wife and mother.