Getting Started

 

Ballroom is an exciting full-body experience–and a whole lot more enjoyable than going to the gym! It calls on both your brain and body equally…a perfect balance of athleticism and artistry. Do it for fun, to get fit, to get social or to compete with the elite. Our approach to ballroom blends beauty, passion, strength and a fun-loving attitude.

Q & A for Beginners

How do I begin learning?

New students are scheduled for an introductory lesson with an instructor. This practice is recommended for the experienced dancer as well. The instructor will get you acquainted with the studio’s system of teaching. This will also give your instructor the opportunity to evaluate your strong and weak areas, and if you already dance, determine your current level of expertise.

Do I need a partner for group classes and private lessons?

Bring a partner or just bring yourself! Our teachers and fellow students will partner with you.

Which type of lesson is better for me, private or group?

Ideally, a combination of both private and group instruction is the best choice. Since group instruction primarily deals with patterns and steps, the private lesson becomes necessary to develop the proper skills of partnership.

How many lessons do I need?

This depends entirely on your dancing goals. If you’re learning for a specific occasion, plan on a minimum of three to five lessons. By the end of one lesson in any given dance, you’ll have at least a move or two you should feel comfortable with. And of course, the more lessons you take, the better you’ll become.

How often should I take lessons?

Because you are new to dancing, the frequency of your initial lessons is key to your success. When you first begin, we recommend a minimum of two lessons per week. This will help you retain your information and make better progress.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

Shoes with a thin, flexible sole are best for men. Women should wear a heel, since that is the normal shoe of choice when dressing up. Walking shoes with thick soles or rubber soles, sneakers or athletic shoes are not recommended for dancing. Although comfortable, this footwear will impede your ability to use your feet properly for dancing, and may even encourage injury. Special footwear designed for dancing in a variety of styles is available from specialty vendors.

Do I need to wear anything special for my lessons?

Wear clothing that will give you freedom of movement. Many women find loose slacks or a full skirt to be most comfortable. Men find sport shirts or polos and loose slacks work well. Jeans and sweat clothes are not recommended.