“Just the FAQs, Ma’am”. Because there are so many questions regarding learning to dance, here are the basics that 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!” Indeed it is.
What are some reasons to learn about ballroom dance?
Increased confidence in social situations that involve music such as parties, cruises, weddings, or clubs.
Relaxed interactions with the opposite sex that’s good, clean fun.
A 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. For example, 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. For instance, it could be hubby, wifey, girlfriend, boyfriend, or a potential partner.
Some people simply want to be ready for an event that will likely include dancing. Most adults want to know a little about how to 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. As a matter of fact, it’s a game-changer, I promise!
Let’s take a look a some of the FAQs that beginners have before they take lessons.
“What should I wear?”
Be comfortable, but keep in mind that this isn’t 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.
Speaking of couples, enjoy this Dance Safari post, “What is the Best Dance for a Couple to Learn?“
“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 number of different dances is important since you don’t want to sit out all the other 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? Attending group classes and dance parties 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 and take lessons at some point.
“My child wants to learn ballroom dancing. What’s a good age to start to take lessons?”
A good time to start lessons is when your child expresses an interest in ballroom dancing. Does he or she know right and left? Are they attentive and able to take instruction?
It’s a good idea to check with the studio ahead of time as they don’t all have programs 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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