1. Simply do it! A lot of potential dancers have actually convinced themselves, or let others tell them, that they ‘just cannot dance’, so they never even attempt to learn. If you can walk, you can discover how to dance. Ballroom dancing is made up of actions, forward, back, to the side, and in place. It’s the integrating of these steps in different moves which develops the pattern of a dance. The steps are learned one at a time, just like when you were two and discovering how to walk! Don’t let anybody prevent you, you CAN learn to dance!
2. Select a studio carefully. All dance studios are not the exact same. It has been my experience that the best worth the money is with a locally owned, independent studio, instead of among the across the country chains. This is not always the case, however I’ve found it to be factual more times than not. I would likewise highly recommend that you discover a studio that caters specifically to ballroom dancing, not one whose primary interest is ballet, tap, jazz, with just a number of ballroom classes included as an afterthought.
3. Register initially for a beginner group class. I advise this for several reasons. Group classes are fairly priced so there is no substantial preliminary expense of money. Everyone in the group is just like you, a novice, so there’s less chance of feeling ridiculous if you miss a step or two. (And you will, however so will everyone else. You’ll rapidly learn to just laugh it off and keep going.) Whether or not you have a partner will not matter in a group class. Most instructors will turn the partners in a class, partially to look after unequal numbers of males and females, but also to enhance each member’s capability to lead, if you’re a man, or follow, if you’re a female. There’s a great deal of joking and laughing throughout group classes as everybody learns brand-new abilities and makes mistakes doing so. They’re always a great deal of fun, and you’ll marvel how rapidly you start anticipating the next class. Classes usually meet every week, usually for an hour, for a period of 6 or 8 weeks, at which time you can opt to continue with that class or choose another.
4. Don’t get discouraged! You’ll probably come away from that first class feeling a bit overloaded and letting unfavorable thoughts invade your head, informing you that you’ll never get it right. This is not real! You cannot remember back when you were two and first learning how to stroll. How many times do you suppose you fell on your tushie prior to you actually managing to walk? What if you had informed yourself to just give up, this is too difficult, I’ll never discover this? I think we ‘d all still be crawling! No, do not quit. When you get home, try to duplicate a few of the steps you discovered during that first class. Even if you cannot remember them by the time you get to your car, the next class usually begins with a review of the last class. If you’ll stick to it throughout the 6 or 8 week session, you’ll come out of the other end with the understanding of some standard moves under your belt, I guarantee.
5. What should you wear to class? The clothes worn to ballroom dance classes is as varied as individuals who attend them. Some wear denims or slacks, some ladies choose to dance in skirts or dresses. Wear clothing that are comfortable, perhaps a little loose, to provide you the freedom to move without constraint. Another thing to consider when picking your apparel is temperature. A lot of studios are kept a little on the cool side, so you might be lured to wear a sweater or long-sleeved t-shirt. I would advise against this. Believe it or not, your body temperature will increase as you dance, to the point that some individuals really sweat. A short-sleeved, light-weight t-shirt will serve you well. Be clean, casual and comfortable.
6. Your option of shoes can make the difference between delighting in ballroom dancing and not being able to even master the steps. Please do not make the error of wearing rubber-soled shoes. They don’t have the proper traction for moving, spinning or turning. A loafer-type, or any shoe with a smooth sole. For women, a shoe with a heel produces good movements, however this certainly isn’t really a need when you’re first beginning. Later on, you might want to consider buying a set of dance shoes. These are specifically developed for the dance floor and no place else. The soles are suede, allowing them to move quickly, makings turns and spins almost effortless. Some studios use dance shoes for sale, or there are numerous websites online from which you can buy them. I likewise do not suggest wearing open-toed shoes, such as shoes or flip-flops. Remember you’re in a beginning class, and there is constantly the possibility of somebody inadvertently stepping on those toes!
7. Arrive a couple of minutes before the time the class really begins. There is usually a sign-in sheet and many studios provide name tags to help you learn your fellow dancers names. If you have dance shoes, you’ll require those extra minutes to change from your street shoes. Getting here early likewise gives you the opportunity to mingle a bit with others who are there for the very same class. Nothing disrupts a class more than somebody rushing in late while the trainer is showing a new action.
8. Commit to practice. You will never ever become skilled in ballroom dancing, (or anything else, for that matter) without practice. If you’re having a problem with a particular step or pattern, it’s completely acceptable to spend time a few minutes after class and go through it more with your partner. Practice the actions in the house one or two times a day, you’ll be astonished how much better you retain them throughout the week and it will make the next class that much easier. This is another benefit of getting here early for class, it affords you the time to practice those actions once again prior to the trainer starts. Many studios also use a ‘practice celebration’ or ‘studio dance’ weekly or month-to-month. These are excellent for practicing exactly what you’ve found out as well as seeing the more accomplished dancers, which is exactly what you’re aiming to become! I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the studio dances and the function they play in honing your dancing skills. Make plans to attend whenever possible, even when you’re new and simply starting. Perhaps even ESPECIALLY when you’re brand-new and simply beginning! The skilled dancers are constantly happy to assist a newbie and the dances offer a best complement to your classes.
9. Enjoy all the non-dancing advantages of ballroom dancing. Through your dancing, you will find an increase in self-esteem, a boost in balance and an improvement in posture. Through your dancing, you will raise your heart rate, thus enhancing your cardiovascular health. Through your dancing, you will fulfill brand-new individuals, make brand-new good friends, enhance your social abilities, and possibly develop brand-new organisation contacts. The dance flooring is a fantastic equalizer. In a starting class, everyone is a beginner, whether they’re a medical professional or legal representative, a building and construction worker, waitress or school instructor. For that hour each week, the tensions of life merely disappear as you immerse yourself in learning the steps and paying attention to the music and connecting with your partner. It’s great therapy and a lot cheaper than a psychiatrist!
10. Most significantly of all, HAVE FUN! It’s not a race or a competition, everybody comes to the same place eventually, dancing with their partner and having a terrific time. You might experience minutes of aggravation with yourself or your partner, but don’t let that eclipse all the benefits of becoming a ballroom dancer. If you find you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, think about a another type of dance. Perhaps the foxtrot or waltz is not your cup of tea, try the cha-cha, tango or the swing. Provided time, you’ll find your favorite and you can concentrate on that. My guess is that you’ll wind up like most ballroom dancers, liking them all and not wishing to stop until you’ve learned them all!
Welcome to the magical world of ballroom dancing!