Here is what you can expect: you will gain confidence on the dance floor, a sense of accomplishment, new friends, a winning Powerball ticket… woops, JUST KIDDING!
This is what you do
Decide what you want to dance for …do you want to do social dancing or do you want to compete? Do you want to go out each weekend or do you just need to look good at a wedding?
Your reason might require that you learn only a few styles but you’ll want to learn them in depth. If you want a night of casual social dancing, learn basic steps for a number of dance styles (you will pick up more moves as you go out dancing, practice and the basics become familiar).
Complicated dances such as the Bolero and paso doble can be attempted later, but you probably want to start with the rumba, cha-cha, tango, waltz, and fox trot to learn a few core steps.
Go to class. This may seem obvious but it is amazing how often people skip class. It doesn’t matter how good the teacher or dance studio, every time you miss a class, you won’t benefit.
Listen to ballroom music. Get a list of songs in the rhythm you’re working on and listen to them in the background while counting it aloud as the music plays. Many beginning dancers benefit from clapping the beat with the music. Also watch the dancers moving to the music. Feel the style of the dance, in addition to its rhythm.
Practice is an important part. We have practice sessions along with our lessons. GO! Don’t be afraid to ask the more experienced dancers for help. Everyone is excited to help you enjoy dancing to the fullest. You may meet new friends for life.
Dance! You’re in this to learn how to dance so go dancing. Even after your first lesson you can “dance” in your mind as you listen to the music or even to try some steps in a safe corner. If you learn two moves a lesson then by your third lesson you know six moves. That’s enough to go dancing and look like you truly belong on the dance floor