Because there are so many questions about learning to dance, here’s what you need to know about ballroom dance lessons.
When I meet someone and tell them I teach ballroom dancing, the never-fail response is, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to learn to dance. It looks like so much fun!” And it is.
What are the benefits of knowing all about ballroom dance?
- Increased confidence in social situations that involve music such as a party, cruise, wedding, or club.
- Relaxed interactions with the opposite sex that’s good, clean fun.
- Stress-free way to meet people, especially people with a common interest. You’ll never be lonely when you’re surrounded by others who love dancing as much as you do!
- Engage in exercise that can be low or high impact based on your needs and level of fitness. Preparing for a show or competition vs. simple social dancing will use very different amounts of energy.
- Enjoy a creative outlet that uses your body as your instrument allowing expressive people to be self-assured when moving to music.
- Terrific opportunity to make a particular person happy. That could be hubby, wifey, girlfriend, boyfriend, or a potential mate.
- Some people simply want to be ready for an event that will likely include dancing. Most adults feel the need to know about ballroom dance before they let it all hang out.
For these reasons and others, many people look for information about dance lessons. And, I couldn’t encourage you more. It’s a game-changer, I promise!
Let’s take a look a some of the frequently asked questions that beginners have.
“What should I wear?”
Be comfortable, but keep in mind that this is not a workout so gym clothes aren’t necessary.
“Do I need special shoes?”
No, however, we do recommend that you wear a shoe with a leather or hard rubber sole. A gym shoe’s soft rubber sole will stick on the floor and you could lose your balance.
Also, ladies, you’ll move more smoothly across the floor if you avoid platforms and backless shoes.
“I don’t have a partner. Is that a problem?”
You will have a partner – your dance teacher!
“Can I bring my spouse?”
Of course. A private lesson is one teacher working with a single or a couple. Your choice.
“What dance should I learn?”
You’ll be happy to know that you can learn a number of dances just as easily as one. A slow dance, a faster dance, a Latin dance, and maybe something with turns for the lady would give you some good variety.
Learning a variety of dances is important as you don’t want to sit out dances because you only know one.
“How long will it take me to learn?”
Good question. It’s not possible to tell how long it will take until you get started. It depends on a bunch of things like how quickly you pick up and how much you retain from lesson to lesson.
How will you use your lessons? Are you keeping them close together (especially in the beginning) or spreading them out? Group class and dance party participation will also speed up the learning process.
“What kind of people take lessons?”
All kinds of people want to know about ballroom dance. Anyone who is eager to lead a fuller, more enjoyable life will wander into a ballroom studio at some point.
“My child wants to learn ballroom dancing. What’s a good age to start?”
A good time to start lessons is when your child expresses an interest in ballroom dancing. Is he or she attentive, able to take instruction? It’s also necessary for them to know left and right.
Please check ahead of time as not every studio has a program geared to younger dancers.
“How much will it cost?”
In most cases, your first lesson will be free. After that, it depends on how you choose to get started. Many studios have programs to fit a variety of budgets.
Hopefully, the idea of taking ballroom dance lessons seems pretty good to you. So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at this quote from Eva Young, “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes it’s undoing.”
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