With the popularity of dance shows on television, in movies, and on stage, many are exposed to ballroom dancing at an earlier age. Imagine – ballroom dancing teenagers! It seems as if young and old alike love ballroom dancing.
If partner dancing sparks an interest in your child, congratulations. You’ve found the secret to helping them through, what is for some, an inelegant period.
We all know the feeling of being socially awkward. It’s a part of growing up, isn’t it?
For teens who find themselves sitting on the sidelines, it can be a massive irritation. A few kids will get through this chapter feeling confident and powerful enough to dance right through the phase.
If you have a teen who wants to learn how to partner dance, he or she will sail right through to a blissful adulthood. Dancing with a partner is the key to a stress-free, lifelong connection with the opposite sex.
You can’t put a price tag on the confidence gained by learning how to dance. Ballroom dancing teenagers feel brave and attractive on the dance floor which is so much better than being nervous and invisible.
Junior Dance Programs
A good teen program is designed to help young men and women develop their coordination, confidence, musicality, and social skills. The goal is to get them dancing to a variety of music so they will be ready to show off their new moves!
A dance program made specifically for juniors up to age 17 is the ideal way for teens to get started. These programs are designed to introduce Ballroom, Latin, and Club-style dancing to your children in a loving and nurturing way.
The beauty of it is that ballroom dancing programs for juniors somehow attract the nicest kids. Your ballroom dancing teenagers will make lasting friendships with other teens who share the same interest.
The objectives of a junior program are:
- Learn to identify the dance. It’s a mystery, in the beginning, becoming easier with instruction and repetition.
- Enjoy an introduction to a variety of dances & steps. It’s necessary to know a number of dances and patterns so that you’re not just doing the same thing over and over.
- Learn combinations to make transitions easier. Combinations are three or four steps that you practice one right after the other making the flow of the dance smoother.
- Develop partnership skills to enable you to dance with many partners. Being a good partner means learning how to correctly signal (leader) or interpret signals (follower).
Which dances do ballroom dancing teenagers ask to learn?
They want to learn the dances that go with the music they like to listen to. The following dances are a good place to start:
Salsa, (click to see a short video of Salsa) Bachata, & Merengue Latin music is fast and exhilarating. These dances are filled with turns and spins. Here’s some information about the benefits of learning Merengue, “Fun Easy Dance to Learn“.
Energy and enthusiasm for the music make learning the Latin Club dances a priority for most teens.
Swing and Hustle These two American club dances can be used interchangeably. They use a similar basic step, however, the timing is different. Ballroom dancing teenagers seem to gravitate to the energy and style of these dances.
Hustle is danced more often to Disco or Hip-Hop music. Swing can be anything from Big Band, oldies, contemporary pop, or country.
Nightclub Two-Step (slow dancing) What can I say, everybody needs to know a dance to do when a romantic ballad comes on. Nightclub Two-Step is definitely an upgrade from the ‘prom rock’ using rotation, turns, and spins (just really slow).
Ask your teens today how they feel about partner dancing. Encourage them to try it. You’ll be pleased and surprised as they develop better posture, poise, and expression, both on the dance floor and off.
Try out a few classes and enjoy the one that’s a good fit. Any dedicated dance instructor has but one intention, and that’s to get their students up and using their dancing as quickly as possible.
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