Why Choose Online Instruction for Your Ballroom Dance Journey?

If you’re the type of person who likes to self-direct your learning, then teaching yourself to ballroom dance by taking online dance lessons is perfect for you.

Let’s look at the advantages.

It’s convenient.  

This is the number one reason that people choose to take online dance lessons.  The biggest benefit, above all, is that you’ll be learning at your own pace in the comfort of your home.

Online dance lessons make it easy to review.  

If you’re unsure of something, simply go back to the spot you want to check and take a second look…or 3rd, 4th, or 5th look.  Due to the fact that you chose this format to learn, you can check it out as many times as it takes for you to feel comfortable.  Consequently, learning to ballroom dance will be an enjoyable experience.

You’ll have lots of choices as to instructor and series.  

Go ahead and Google “learn to ballroom dance”.   Because of the abundance of videos available you’re sure to find the pace and teaching style that suits you.

Access to online instruction makes real-life dance lessons easier to practice.  

When you’re taking dance lessons with an instructor, it’s essential that you practice between lessons.  For that reason, isn’t it nice to be able to go online and refresh your memory about a particular step whenever you like?  online dance lessons use any device

Access your instruction on any device.  

You’ll be able to take your online dance lessons with you and view them on any device that has internet access.  As a result, no excuses for missing a lesson!
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The price is right!  

Almost all videos are free for you to use as often as you like.  However, some will charge a monthly or yearly membership fee for more in-depth instruction or advanced material.

What are the lessons like?

Online dance lessons are kind of like group classes.  Please check out this Dance Safari post for more information on “Learning Ballroom Dancing in Group Classes“.

Similar to a group class, most of the time is spent teaching you where to put your feet.  There are a few popular formats.  Many times there’ll be two professional instructors – a male and a female.  They will:

  • demonstrate the step together so you have an idea of where you’re going.
  • the male will teach the man’s foot positions, followed by timing, and dance position.
  • the female will teach the lady’s foot positions, timing, and dance position.
  • the instructors will usually touch on partnership skills – leading and following.

Sometimes the online dance lesson is taught to a group of people.  This is very much like going to a group class in person.

First of all the instructor lines the men up on one side, the ladies on the other, facing the men.  The teacher will instruct from the center, initially demonstrating the man’s part, then turning around to show the ladies their part.

From there the same skills are touched on:

  • demonstrate the step
  • the male will teach the man’s foot positions, timing, and dance position.
  • the female will teach the lady’s foot positions, timing, and dance position.
  • the instructor will usually touch on partnership skills – leading and following.

What are the disadvantages of online dance lessons?

Clearly, the biggest problem is that there’s no instruction geared to you as an individual.  We all have different abilities and issues when it comes to learning anything.  This could make it a more difficult task than it would be with an actual instructor present.

Online lessons are designed to offer a generalized sort of instruction meant to be of some value to many different types of learners.  Consequently, personalized instruction is not available in the group class setting.

Here are 2 online courses that demonstrate the class styles that are outlined above.  Check them out and see what style of teaching appeals to you.

Passion4Dancing.com offers basics in a number of dances free of charge.  Besides that, they also offer a monthly or yearly membership giving you unlimited access to advanced steps and techniques in 250+ HD videos.

These videos use the first method of teaching with two professionals doing the instructing.  The instructors are Leon Turetsky and Kim Le, owners of Leon’s Dance Center in Boston.

The instruction is very detailed and easy to follow.  Therefore, if you’re serious about becoming a good social dancer, these lessons will be a valuable tool towards helping you achieve your goal.

DanceClass.com offers a variety of dance styles from ballet to modern and hip-hop to belly dance.  Simply click on the ballroom section to be taken to the social dance lessons.

The ballroom instructor is Brian Fortuna, “a former pro dancer on both Dancing With The Stars (in the USA) and Strictly Come Dancing (in the UK),” who declares, “it’s safe to say that I absolutely LOVE teaching people how to dance.”  

Most importantly, please note that Brian uses the group class format to instruct.

Brian calls his series Partner Dance With Brian’s Beginners and says he’ll cover a few basics in a 30-60 minute online class.  Higher level instruction is available on 2 DVD’s he offers on his website.

Due to his easy-going style, this is likely to be a fun class for everyone!

Learning to dance using videos available online is a cost-effective and convenient way to get you moving on the dance floor.  Why don’t you give it a try?

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