Someone on Quora.com asked me, “How long must I take ballroom dance lessons until I feel confident on the dance floor?” Wanting to learn ballroom or club-style dancing is a decision lots of people struggle with. Mainly, because they don’t know what to expect. Here’s the lowdown.
The amount of time it takes to become a confident dancer depends on quite a few things.
What is your definition of confident? Are you thinking just get-by on the dance floor or do you want to be great?
A get-by dancer knows enough to get around the floor with a few steps. They may feel pretty good about the steps they’re doing, but until they put in the time, they won’t be very smooth. The leading or following may sometimes be uncertain, but hey, everybody starts out this way.
A great social dancer knows all the popular dances and has quite a few steps at his or her disposal. Self-assured, well-trained dancers can lead or follow good dancers, as well as, not so good dancers. In addition, they make their partners feel good about the dance.
In order to estimate how long it will take you to feel confident, we’d have to know exactly how confident you want to be. Do you mean get-by, great, or something in between?
What kind of lessons are you taking?
Most ballroom dance studios will recommend that you take a combination of private lessons, group classes, and dance parties. Assuming that’s the case, here are a few ways to make the best use of the time you put into becoming a confident dancer.
- If you keep your lessons close together, you’ll get more out of them. This is especially true for new dancers.
- It isn’t necessary to bring a partner to your dance lessons. The reason we say this is, sharing the lesson will potentially cut your instruction time in half. That means it’s going to take you longer to learn.
- As you work to develop a physical habit, repetition is key. You may choose to do your solo practice at the studio before or after your lessons or you can practice at home. Repetition will cut down on the amount of time it takes to become self-assured.
What about your temperament and ability?
If you’re the type of person who enthusiastically throws yourself into new experiences, you’ll probably love learning to become a confident dancer. This could be your theme song.
However, keep in mind that not everyone is comfortable about moving their body. A shy person may have to put in greater effort to get past their insecurity.
It’s important to realize that some will pick up dancing more easily than others. It’s the same with any activity, isn’t it? If you naturally have a feel for it, it’s going to go easier for you.
Here’s a Dance Safari post that you might enjoy, “Learn Ballroom Dancing? Let Me Wave My Magic Wand“.
…without working with you personally, it’s impossible to tell how long it will take for you to become a confident dancer. I believe that’s a question best answered by your dance instructor. Happy dancing!