What it is...
The Academy of Intelligence is a non-formal educational organization designed for the students and alumni of Rīga Stradiņš University. The Academy of Intelligence is supported by RSU alumnus and Maecenas Boriss Teterevs and his spouse Ināra Tetereva, also a great supporter of art and culture. The RSU Alumni Association has set up the programme and organized the Academy of Intelligence for four years. In its fourth year, the module Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dances of the Academy of Intelligence is offered to foreign students. Some of the knowledge and skills that academic education does not provide is important to be successful in profession and life, therefore we are looking forward to giving our students the basis of knowledge and skills for further development.
First of all, you have to develop the attitude that you are doing it for yourself rather than for the purpose of collecting points, getting some paper, etc. It is going to be a mind-opening experience!
Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dances
In the module of Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dances we will teach you the basics of ballroom dancing and Latino dances to help you get ready for the annual RSU Academic Ball in the spring. Until the great event, we are going to have a few ‘training balls’ specifically for the participants of the Academy of Intelligence. We will teach gentlemen how to lead the dance, while ladies will learn how to follow and listen to the dance partner. You will get a great portion of portliness and fun!
The module of Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dances will be held in the sports hall of the Red Cross Medical College of Rīga Stradiņš University, 5 J. Asara Street. The starting time is 6:00 p.m. During the academic year, there will be offered 21 dancing classes including 1 training-ball. At the end of the course we will all come together in a good company and eventually shine on the dancing floor of the RSU Academic Ball. This module starts on 3 November at 6:00 p.m.
The participants are offered to master the most popular dance steps of polonaise, waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha-cha, tango etc. The dance classes are conducted by Evita Pavasare, dancing conductor an experienced professional dancer and dancing conductor Ilgmārs Stopiņš.
Please take your dancing shoes to the classes (no special dancing footwear required)! The shoes should have sliding soles. We recommend ladies to wear closed toe shoes with heals of medium height. Boots are not suitable for dance classes!
The Academy of Intelligence does not offer dance partners. We will first accept those who come in pairs. You may attend classes together with your dance partner from outside Rīga Stradiņš University. Registration must be made for each of the couple. Having no couple should not be the obstacle to register for this module. Single applicants will also be accepted as far we have an equal number of male and female applicants.
Latvian is the language of instruction for Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dance classes offered by the Academy of Intelligence, however, dancing does not require any words: dance itself is a means of expression. Having said that, some of the most frequently used phrases in Latvian are given below, so try to memorize them. As far as possible, we will ensure translation.
Key phrases for dance classes:
- Pa labi – to the right
- Pa kreisi – to the left
- Uz priekšu – forward
- Atpakaļ – back
- Sānis – sidewards
- Apgrieziens – turnround
- Viens, divi, trīs, četri, pieci, seši – one, two, three, four, five, six
- Roka – arm
- Kāja – foot
- Galva – head
How to register...
The registration for the Module of Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dances must be done separately. The participants will be accepted by the order of registration. Registration is needed if you are only planning to attend some of the classes.
For the Module of Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dances, symbolic charge of EUR 5 will be appreciated right after filling out the registration form. The charge can be transferred to the bank account of RSU Alumni Association, denoting the purpose of payment (“Charge for Academy of Intelligence”); charge may also be given in the first dancing class.
Please be careful when filling out the online registration under the link below. If you are registering for the Module of Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dances and have a dance partner, please tell us the name of your dance partner. Remember that registration of your dance partner has to be done separately. Expect a confirmation e-mail message within five working days, if you have registered for the Module of Theory and Practice of Ballroom Dances as a couple.
All the information regarding class schedule and updates will be e-mailed to the participants' addresses specified in the online registration form.