Ballroom Dancer – I’m Not Cut Out to Be One. (Or, Am I?)

Because watching good dancing is so moving, I feel like you can generally forgive people for believing you have to be special in order to learn it. To be sure, there are many incorrect assumptions about becoming a ballroom dancer.

Indeed, some think you need to have specific qualities to take lessons and become a ballroom dancer. 

As a matter of fact, they are sure you have to be:

  • …a natural performer.
  • …vivacious, outgoing, and comfortable in a crowd.
  • …a high achiever with a type A personality.
  • …physically talented and considered by many to be good at sports.
  • …a musical wizard who has no trouble at all with rhythms.
  • …a fast learner since you took dance lessons as a kid.
  • …born to a family of dancers.

However, after being a part of the ballroom dance community for many years (including time spent as a student), I can tell you it ain’t so! 

This is what I’m sure of; you’re definitely okay to be a student of ballroom dancing even if you:

  • …suffer from stage fright.
  • …are extremely shy and keep to yourself.
  • …are a type B personality. (According to, “The type B personality is basically the opposite of type A. Where people with a type A personality are meticulous; type B people tend to take a much more casual and carefree approach.”)  
  • …are physically awkward.
  • …have a tin ear.
  • …never took a dance lesson in your life.
  • …come from a family following a religion that frowns on partner dancing.

So, what does all this mean?

In truth, what this means is anyone can learn to become a ballroom dancer. Believe me, there’s nothing that can hold you back. Even if you have no skills or background, you still have what it takes to partner dance.

With this in mind, yes, you’re cut out to be a ballroom dancer!

Learn more with this Dance Safari post, “Become a Better Ballroom Dancer Using 5 Simple Tips“.

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  1. The ‘dance’ allows me to be myself, Barbara. I have been, up until the last few years, quite an introvert. When dancing I forgot this shyness. Today I literally ‘don’t care’. I forget I am in company (to a degree) and just enjoy the music and my fabulous partner!
    By the by: Keith had two left feet, no rhythm and no balance. All things change.. 😉 😉
    A great example of your words…

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