Why do you want to take dance lessons? This is one of the most important questions to ask yourself before you start. I know people who just walked into a studio and signed up for the first class they saw and wound up feeling so discouraged that they never danced again. They didn’t know that they had inadvertently chosen one of the most challenging dances in existence. They never took stock of what they really wanted. They just wanted to learn to dance. Any dance would do to start, so they thought.
Not everyone wants to make going out dancing a regular part of their lives. I’ve had students who wanted to dance together romantically in their kitchen and nowhere else. Some people want to be able to say yes when someone asks them to dance at a wedding. Some have a special event in mind, like a New Year’s Eve event or their wedding. Some want to meet a potential romantic partner or please the one they already have. Others have friends who dance and they want to be able to join them at private parties or when they go to clubs.
The vast majority of people who know little if anything about social dance think they should start with Ballroom. There seems to be a prevalent myth that ballroom is basic and everything else is built from a ballroom foundation. The truth is that Ballroom is only one genre and there are many other choices that might be way more appropriate for your lifestyle and needs.
Once you’ve answered this question and are clear about your motivation, check out my Sept 13 post, “How to Know Which Dance is Right for You” http://www.stepsontoes.com/2013/09/how-to-know-which-dance-is-right-for-you/ to to move on to the next step!
by LaurieAnn Lepoff
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