Curious About Ballroom Dance Lessons? “Just the FAQs, Ma’am”

When I meet someone and tell them I teach ballroom dancing, the never-fail response is, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to learn ballroom dancing.  It looks like so much fun!”  

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I’ve yet to meet a man or woman who wouldn’t want to be a good dancer.

But why…what’s in it for them?  

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 are loving the 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. simply moving around socially to the music 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 prepared for an event that will likely include dancing. Unlike children, who delight in being enveloped by the music, most adults feel the need to be more prepared 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.  crime-999066__340

“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’ll feel out of 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 because you don’t want to sit on the sidelines because you only know one dance.

“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 fast you learn 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 take ballroom dance lessons.  Anyone who wants 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, and know right from left? 

Be aware that 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.  Most 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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