Online Ballroom Dance Lessons – Pros and Cons

Some people like to be in charge of their learning.  If that’s you, then teaching yourself to dance by taking online ballroom dance lessons is perfect for you.

Let’s look at the pros first.

It’s convenient.

The number one reason that people choose to take online ballroom dance lessons is that it’s convenient.  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, you can check it out as many times as you like.  So learning to ballroom dance will be less frustrating and more fun.

When it comes to instructors, you’ll have lots of choices.

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

Access to online instruction makes it easy to practice.  

When you’re taking dance lessons with a private instructor, you’ve got to practice between lessons.  For that reason, isn’t it nice to be able to go online and refresh your memory whenever you like?  

Access your instruction on any device.  

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You’ll be able to take your online dance lessons with you and view them on any device.  

The price is right!  

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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 advanced instruction.

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“.

Sometimes there will be two instructors – a male and a female.  Other times it’s taught like a group class with one instructor.

Either way, the men line up on one side, the ladies on the other, facing the men.  The teacher or teachers will instruct from the center, first showing the man’s part, then the ladies part.  They will:

  • Demonstrate the step so you know what it looks like.
  • Show the man’s foot positions, followed by timing, and dance position.
  • Show the lady’s foot positions, timing, and dance position.
  • Teach a bit of leading and following.

What are the cons of online dance lessons?

We all have different abilities when it comes to learning to dance.  Above all, online lessons are designed to offer general instruction meant to be of some value to many different types of learners.

Clearly, the biggest problem is that there’s no instruction geared to you as an individual.  Consequently, personalized instruction is not available in the online course.

Here are 2 online courses that demonstrate different class styles.

Check them out and see what style of teaching appeals to you. offers basics in a number of dances for free.  In addition to that, they also offer a monthly or yearly membership giving you unlimited access to advanced steps and techniques in more than 250 videos.

These videos have two professionals doing the teaching.  They are Leon Turetsky and Kim Le, owners of Leon’s Dance Center in Boston.

The lessons are very detailed and easy to follow.  Therefore, if you’re serious about becoming a good social dancer, they will be a valuable tool towards helping you reach your goal. 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.  In addition, higher-level instruction is available on 2 DVD’s he offers on his website.  Due to his easy-going style, it’s 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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