Learning Ballroom Dancing in Group Classes

When you make the decision to learn to dance, you have a number of choices in terms of what types of lessons are available.  You can take private lessons, group classes, even video or online lessons.  Let’s look at learning ballroom dancing in group classes.  

They’re a popular way to stick your toe in the water.

learning ballroom dances in group classes is a good way to stick your toe in the water

They’re a convenient and affordable option. Here’s what to expect.

  • When you’re learning ballroom dancing in group classes, you’ll have one or two instructors and a number of students.  Men line up on one side, ladies on the opposite side, facing the men.  Your instructor will be in the middle.
  • Most of the time it’s not necessary to bring a partner to the class. Teachers will have you rotate partners so you can get a chance to practice with a mix of people.  
  • Ideally, you’ll register for a series of classes meeting once or twice a week for anywhere from 4-8 weeks.  This will allow for good continuity.
  • Often, each lesson will focus on one dance to allow plenty of time for repetition.  An exception would be an introductory class where a number of dances are touched on so you can get a sense of what they’re like and what the classes will be like.
  • When you’re learning ballroom dancing, the group sessions will focus on steps or where to put your feet.  Occasionally, group classes will focus on technique and style.

Ballroom dance levels are classified as Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  

A new dancer will do best in a series of beginners classes (sometimes known as Pre-Bronze).  This will get you started the right way by developing good habits as you learn.

An experienced dancer will probably need to be evaluated for proper placement.  It’s a good idea to speak with the instructor or another knowledgeable person if you have any questions as to which class to take.

Group classes are a very social way to learn so there’s no need to be self-conscious.

Furthermore, everyone starts out the same. To be sure, you’ll be in a class with people who are at the same level as you.  

One of the best things about group lessons is that you’ll make friends with your classmates and you’ll always have something in common – your dancing!  

From time to time students from your group class will go to a club or studio dance party. The good thing is, you’ll never have to worry about not knowing anyone when you get there.

One major drawback of taking group classes is that it takes longer to become proficient.

This is primarily due to the lack of personalized instruction.  When you have a number of students in a group setting the instructor can make only general corrections.  That’s why practice and faithful attendance are important.

If you’re looking to save money while you improve your dancing, attending group classes is a time-honored way to do it.  Just make sure you take the time to enjoy the side-benefits of meeting people and making new friends.

Please check out “Getting Started with Your Ballroom Dance Lessons” for more helpful information about learning to dance.

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