Frequently Asked Qustions About
Ballroom and Social Dance Classes
DanceWell welcomes you to the exciting, fun and rewarding hobby of ballroom dancing. To start you off on your dancing journey here’s some insights and answers to the most common questions asked by new students.
There are 4 stages to the learning process:
- Unconsciously Incompetent (a blissful state);
- Consciously Incompetent (very uncomfortable);
- Consciously Competent (Progress!); and
- Unconsciously Competent (WooHoo! Definitely worth the work!)
Descriptions of Dance Styles
- A newer dancer struggling with a pattern or concept benefits from dancing with a stronger partner on an occasional basis.
- Couples who always dance together develop “shortcuts”, leading to often incorrect or inadequate leads, or to the woman leading the man. Changing partners can help break developing bad habits.
- Women improve their ability to follow by adapting to different styles of movement and lead from a variety of partners.
- Men develop better lead skills by recognizing that some women require more precise timing, clearer signals, a firmer or gentler lead than others.
- In social dancing situations, it is expected that dancers trade partners frequently, so the skills learned on the classroom floor will apply in real life.
- Miss Manners on the topic: “Dancing with different partners at parties and celebrations (as opposed to public nightclubs) is such a perfectly standard form of socializing!” In some areas, the etiquette is that a gentleman should dance at least once with each lady seated at his table (while never leaving a woman to sit alone) to give everyone a chance to dance.
If for one reason or another an established couple insists on always dancing together, it is very appropriate to withdraw from the class. Private lessons will obviously be the preferred choice.
Points to consider before moving to a new class level:
- Have I evaluated where I may need improvement?
- Am I consistently with the rhythm of the music?
- Am I clearly leading/following my partners?
If not…any class will help improve your general partnering skills and understanding. Is there another DanceWell class in the same general style (of Smooth, Latin or Swing) available? Will a couple of private lessons prepare me for the next level?
Missed group classes are not refundable. You can either catch up the next week or make up the lost class material through a private lesson.
Note: Though it’s much more fun to dance with men (leaders) and women (followers) who have made the effort to learn good partnering and movement skills, “unasked-for” advice is not appropriate in a social venue.
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