Getting started with your ballroom dance lessons is sure to be an awesome experience. Just take a little time to get to know your options. Four of the most popular ways to get moving are:
- ballroom dance studios
- series of group classes
- online or video lessons
- lessons at a bar or dance club
Whatever your choice is, get out there and enjoy yourself!
Full-Service Ballroom Dance Studio
Craving structure and personalized instruction? Private lessons are geared towards your individual abilities. For this reason, getting started with your ballroom dance lessons at a studio is the best way to go!
Whether a franchise studio like Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire or an independent ballroom dance studio, you’ll likely encounter a three-way system of teaching meaning private lessons, group classes, and dance parties.
Here are some “Quick Tips for a Great Ballroom Dance Lesson“, a recent Dance Safari post.
A private lesson is a teacher and one student or one couple working together. Lessons are usually held Monday-Friday afternoons and evenings by appointment.
A group class has one or two instructors and a number of students. During the class, the leaders line up on one side, the followers face them with the teacher in the middle.
Group classes are an efficient way to teach steps. That’s because there’s lots of repetition. First, you’ll dance on your own, then with a partner, and finally, you’ll move on to a new partner. To be sure, these classes are great for practice and, as you know, practice makes perfect!
Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly socials are where you practice dancing with other students and instructors. It’s similar to how you learn to drive. You know, practicing in the parking lot before you hit the highway.
If you’re not in a hurry to learn, try taking some group classes. In fact, getting started with your ballroom dance lessons with a series of group classes is fun and economical.
These classes are designed to introduce the basics of social dancing. Enter your weekly dance lesson into your calendar so you can schedule your other appointments around it.
Some community-minded organizations offer group classes in ballroom dancing. Ideally, they would consist of a 4-8 week series.
A few places where you might find group classes are:
- Community Centers
- Elks or Moose Lodge
- County Parks
Videos or Online Learning
If you are a visual learner and want to self-direct your dance education, then videos and online courses may be the thing for you.
You can expect a male and female instructor, each demonstrating their part. They’ll dance the step as a couple, then separately show the man’s part and the woman’s part. After every few steps, they’ll put together groups of steps so you can see how they flow.
One benefit of this type of instruction is availability. Because you have access to these lessons 24/7, you can repeat any part whenever you need to.
Bar or Dance Club
Another way of getting started with your ballroom dance lessons would be at a local bar or dance club. Many times a venue that has live music will have a dance lesson before the music starts. The cost can be free to as much as $15 and will usually run from 30-60 minutes.
These classes tend to be more social than educational, but are a fun way to test the waters of learning to dance.
So there you have it. Depending on your time and budget, there’s a place for you to learn to dance. Don’t hesitate to give it a try.
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