New to Ballroom Dancing? Here’s What You Need to Know

When you take up a new hobby, it helps to have someone who’s willing to share their insider’s knowledge of your latest interest. Dance Safari is here to take you by the hand and assist those of you who are new to ballroom dancing.

Expectations of a new dancer who is just beginning lessons…

If you’re new to ballroom dancing, you probably don’t have any idea about what to expect.

Here’s the lowdown; it’s not as hard nor is it as easy as it looks.

First things first…$$$.

To begin with, even though you can learn on a budget, you’re gonna need to buy some lessons. You don’t have to have a ton of money to learn ballroom dancing – but it helps to have some. Most ballroom dance studios offer a variety of ways to learn that can fit just about anybody’s pocketbook.

If you're new to ballroom dancing, try some group classes.
Group classes are an affordable way to learn ballroom dancing.

Don’t let the absence of a partner keep you from beginning lessons.

Another thing to know if you’re new to ballroom dancing is, you don’t need to bring a partner to take lessons. But, it helps to have someone to practice with. Check out this Dance Safari post, “I Have No One to Practice With Problem Solved“.

On the other hand, if you’re single and working with an instructor, you’re gonna get all the attention. And, that’s a good thing. Either way, getting to a studio and beginning lessons is an experience you don’t want to miss.

When it comes to ballroom dancing, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Anyone can learn to dance.  There’s no such thing as a disability when it comes to ballroom dancing, just different ways of expressing the music.

  • Deaf people will feel the vibration of the music.  It may be the bass rhythm or the downbeat of a repetitive series of notes.  For example, Waltz is 1 – 2 -3, 1 – 2 – 3 with the downbeat on the 1 followed by two upbeats.  Even if the deaf person is new to ballroom dancing, he or she will usually be able to pick up the rhythm quite quickly.
  • A blind person would have to work to trust his or her partner and be a part of the team. They will become very sensitive to gentle indications from their partner to safely navigate around the dance floor.  Here’s a post that proposes that blind people have a better sense of direction. That’s quite an advantage.          
  • Wheelchair dancing was introduced in Sweden in 1968.  When users and trainers realized the directional movements used in partner dancing could be done in wheelchairs, a new hobby/sport was born. Beginning dance lessons are available for wheelchair users of all abilities.

In conclusion, what I’m trying to say is, don’t let any excuse get in the way of you learning to dance. Put yourself in the hands of a professional instructor and watch them work miracles. Make ballroom dancing a part of your life and you’ll have forever to reap the rewards.

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