Group Classes:

FAQ

 

I’m afraid of looking ridiculous…
The most important thing to remember is that everyone feels that way. Also, when you come in to our class, we’re going to take care of you – we’ll work to your level, and build your confidence and knowledge from there. Remember – once you have even ONE class, you’ll know more than most people! In that first class we’ll start giving you techniques to make you a more elegant dancer. And even with one class, you’ll feel more confident about hitting that dance floor!
Do I need a partner to learn Ballroom or Latin dancing?

No! You never need a partner for any group class, party, workshop, or lessons. We encourage all our students to learn to dance with a variety of partners. Everyone rotates in our group classes so you can experience dancing with many different people. This has been proven to be the best way to learn to dance, and it’s a lot of fun, as well!

What should I wear to dance class?
 Our dress code is fairly casual for our group classes.
What is important right now for you is that you wear clothes that allow a freedom of movement. For men, loose slacks and a loose, comfortable shirt is the best. Jeans, by the way, tend to bind. For women, styles vary, so just make sure you have something comfortable on, like a dress or comfortable slacks.
Do I need to buy dance shoes for my beginning class?

Not at first. Just be sure you wear leather-soled shoes that fit well and stay on your feet.
Sneakers or other rubber-soled shoes are not a good choice. They are very difficult to dance in and can put a lot of strain on your ankles and joints. Don’t wear clogs, wedges, slides, or any shoes with an open back – you’ll be thinking more about your shoes than your dancing!
For women, flexible heeled shoes that are not too high (what you would wear for a night on the town is best). Flat dress shoes are also common.  Important that you can walk backwards in the shoe without any struggle to keep them on.
For men, flat-soled (dress) shoes are a good idea. Thinner soles give more flexibility with your movement. This will allow you to spin without effort.
Should I learn one dance, or many?
There are advantages to both paths, but predominantly our group classes focus on many types of dances – Foxtrot, Waltz, East Coast Swing, Salsa and more. Why? Learning multiple dances helps you in many ways to be a better dancer…
– You have more opportunities to dance when at a social event (and dance the right dance for each song)
– You will start to learn the overall theories that are so important in learning all types of dance; you’ll not only understand certain moves in each type of dance, but understand how to move like a dancer
– One dance will help you learn faster in another dance.
– Many times after learning one dance, you will find similar moves within another dance, making it easier to learn new moves. And many times our students have told us that by starting another dance and practicing for a while, they seem to ‘magically get’ moves that stumped them in previous dances.

Private Lessons

How many lessons do I need? What is the frequency of lessons?
Since you are starting, it is important to take one (or even two) lessons per week. This will allow you to rapidly build upon what you have already learned the previous week. You’ll ‘lock down’ what you have already learned and integrate it into future lessons. Also, we’ll show you how to practice at home, easily and effortlessly – this will build your confidence even more!

Do I need a partner to learn Ballroom or Latin dancing?

No! You never need a partner for any group class, party, workshop, or lessons. We encourage all our students to learn to dance with a variety of partners. Everyone rotates in our group classes so you can experience dancing with many different people. This has been proven to be the best way to learn to dance, and it’s a lot of fun, as well!

What should I wear to dance class?
Our dress code is fairly casual for our group classes.
What is important right now for you is that you wear clothes that allow a freedom of movement. For men, loose slacks and a loose, comfortable shirt is the best. Jeans, by the way, tend to bind. For women, style vary, so just make sure you have something comfortable on, like a dress or comfortable slacks.
Do I need to buy dance shoes for my beginning class?

Not at first. Just be sure you wear leather-soled shoes that fit well and stay on your feet.
Sneakers or other rubber-soled shoes are not a good choice. They are very difficult to dance in and can put a lot of strain on your ankles and joints. Don’t wear clogs, wedges, slides, or any shoes with an open back – you’ll be thinking more about your shoes than your dancing!
For women, flexible heeled shoes that are not too high (what you would wear for a night on the town is best). Flat dress shoes are also common.  Important that you can walk backwards in the shoe without any struggle to keep them on.
Platform soles or stilettos come later! For men, flat-soled (dress) shoes are a good idea. Thinner soles give more flexibility with your movement. This will allow you to spin without effort.

 

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