Do you teach International or American style? What difference is there?
We teach the International style of dancing, but we do not discriminate for or against either style. In fact, we encourage the variety each style provides.
The main difference in the Standard Ballroom is the American style uses a number of open holds and passing steps, whereas the International style retains close hold throughout and in the Waltz uses predominantly closing steps.
Some Latin figures and terminology are different, and there are different names for some of the same steps. Otherwise, they are essentially the same.
There is no problem if you currently dance American style, since the two styles can be easily mixed within the same dance (the music is the same). Think of it as simply learning new steps and figures that you can add to what you already know.