Vantaan Kilpatanssijat ry, Vakita, is an active dance sports club located in Vantaa and is a part of the Finnish Dance Sport Federation. Vakita will turn 30 years in 2017 so we are a very experienced and well-established club providing high-quality services for ballroom and social dancers around the whole Helsinki metropolitan area.
Vakita has received a Nuori-Suomi recognition from the Valo organization showing that we do great work in paying special attention to supporting children and youth in their dancing hobby.
We specialize in latin and standard ballroom dancing. With us you can also dance without a partner in our Solo Dancing course or improve your social dancing skills in our Lavatanssit group.
We teach students at all levels in all possible age groups - everybody is welcome to join Vakita!
We have our own practise studio in Myyrmäki Vantaa, very easy to access with public transport. We also arrange some courses outside our dance studio as well as provide other locations in Vantaa for practising purposes on a weekly basis.
We have a weekly schedule of classes at different levels during the autumn and spring seasons - our autumn 2016 season starts on Monday 29th August. In addition to that, we have several slots for free practising in our studio as well as "hosted" practise sessions. We also frequently arrange additional group lessons and camps hosted by guest teachers. Our dance studio's weekly timetable can be found online (in Finnish).
Our teachers, either Vakita's own or from outside the club, are all well trained, with long experience in dance sports and enthusiasm to help you learn!
Vakita also arranges dance sports competitions on a regular basis - this autumn 2016 we will host a national latin & standard competition in Vantaa in October. In 2017 - our year of celebrating Vakita turning 30 years - we'll be the proud host for the Finnish Championships for Standard dances in February.
Dance courses (Autumn 2016)
Youth and adults
- Ballroom basics for youth and adults on Sundays at 15.30-16.30
- Ballroom E-D level group for youth and adults on Wednesdays at 19.00-20.30
- Ballroom C-A level groups for 10-dance couples on Mondays at 19.00-20.30
- Groups for latin dancers competing in levels C-A (even weeks); group 1 on Thursdays at 18.00-19.15, group 2 on Thursdays at 20.00-21.15
- Groups for standard dancers competing in levels C-A (uneven weeks) group 1 on Thursdays at 18.00-19.15, group 2 on Thursdays at 20.00-21.15
Juvenile and junior groups
- "Pörriäiset" group for small children at the age of 4 to 6 on Tuesdays at 18.00-19.00
- Ballroom basics for juvenile on Sundays at 14.30-15.30
- Ballroom group for competing juvenile and junior dancers on Mondays at 18.00-19.00 and Wednesdays at 18.00-19.00
Social dancing and solo dancing
- Social dancing group on Sundays at 18.00-20.00
- Vaki-Baila solo dancing group on Tuesdays at 13.00-14.00
- "Kehonhuolto" session preparing your body for dancing (mainly for ballroom dancers), on Tuesdays at 18.00-18.45
Prices of courses and membership fee
- You need to pay the Vakita membership fee in order to enroll to our courses:
* Juvenile and youth under 16 years 30 € / person / whole year 2016 -> 15 € / person when joining in Autumn
* Adults 60 € / person / whole year 2016 -> 30 € when joining in Autumn
- Prices per course per season vary between 80 - 110 €, ask for more details!
- You can also practise at our studio paying a one-time fee 6 € / person / day, no membership required
Location and contact details
- Vakita home page: www.vakita.fi
- Vakita is in Facebook with the name Vakita ry: https://www.facebook.com/VantaanKilpatanssijat/
- Vakita dance studio address: Kivivuorenkuja 3, 01620 Vantaa
- More information on ballroom dancing from the Finnish Dance Sport Federation's site (in Finnish): www.tanssiurheilu.fi
Ballroom dancing in short
- A total of 10 ballroom dances: latin dances are samba, cha-cha, rumba, paso doble and jive, standard dances are waltz, tango, viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep
- Several age groups starting from Juvenile all the way to Senior 4 group with the 60 years age limit.
- Different skill levels in ballroom dancing, starting from E all the way to A.
* One usually starts with basics and after "graduating" through a test called F review you may enter E level competitions and start earning your points towards the following levels
* At level E you have the repertoire of 6 dances, two more are added at level D and you will master all 10 dances from level C onwards.
* Later on in your career you can also decide if you wish to specialize in latin or standard dances only