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Are you inspired to start ballroom dance lessons but have no idea where to start? Are you worried that you will turn up at a lesson and have no idea what to do? Have no fear! These are the most frequently asked questions that people have about ballroom dancing lessons.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ballroom Dancing

  • Q. Are group or individual lessons better?

Answer

This depends on several factors. If you are a complete beginner and feel a huge sense of trepidation about setting foot in a group lesson, then private ballroom dance lessons will give you that one-to-one attention that will help to build your confidence. Eventually, you may feel comfortable trying a group class.

 

Group classes are a great way to meet new people so if you are taking up ballroom dance in a bid to widen your social circle then group lessons are the way forward.

 

Cost is another issue. One-to-one lessons will usually cost considerably more than group classes.

  • Q. Everyone tells me I’m a useless dancer. Can you still teach me to dance?

Answer

Of course!! Anyone can learn to dance. Sure, some people will naturally find it easier than others, but there is no reason why anybody cannot learn to dance.  If you can move and walk then you can dance! Ballroom dance instructors are used to working with beginners and are extremely skilled in breaking down dances into small chunks to make them easy to learn.

  • Q. What are the easiest ballroom dances to learn?

Answer

The speed of the dance coupled with the number of steps involved generally determines how hard it is to learn. Dances with a steady tempo and a small number of steps are therefore the easiest to learn.

 

Most dance instructors would agree that the Waltz is one of the easiest dances to learn. It has a slow tempo and the beat is easy to stick to. Although you have to move around the floor the steps are easy and repetitive. Other relatively simple dances include the Foxtrot, Rumba and Cha-Cha.

  • Q. How much will lessons cost?

Answer

You can expect to pay $15-25 for a group lesson, slightly more for a smaller group and then considerably more for a one-to-one lesson ($75 or more). You will get more attention in an individual lesson so may reach your goals faster. Learning in a group atmosphere also has benefits, as well as being good value for money you will meet new people and dance with different partners.

 

The price also may vary depending on the school you choose. Factors such as location and the caliber and qualifications of the instructors will all affect the cost of lessons.

  • Q. How long will it take me to learn a dance?

Answer

How long is a string of sequins?! Everyone learns at a different pace so it is impossible to say how long it will take you to master a dance. It will usually depend on the difficulty of the dance and how much you can practice. Going to a 'dance party' is the perfect way to get some practice and will give you the advantage of being able to watch other people for hints and tips. If you're not brave enough for that yet then just make sure you are practicing regularly at home.

  • Q. Is ballroom dancing good exercise?

Answer

Ballroom dancing is great exercise. As it is low-impact it is easy on your muscles and joints while still giving them a great work-out. You can burn between 200-400 calories in just half an hour of dancing, which soon adds up if you are dancing on several nights of the week.

 

Ballroom dancing is also fabulous for your mental health and well-being. Dancing with a partner, in addition to the social aspect of classes can have a positive impact on your mental health by reducing loneliness. Dancing is also proved to improve cognitive function, especially in the elderly.

  • Q. I am retired and have never danced before. Am I too old to start?

Answer

It is never too late to start ballroom dancing! Classes cater for a huge age range of students so you are sure to find a group that suits you. Starting to dance later in life can have some huge health benefits as well as widening your social circle.

 

  • Q. Where can I find a partner?

Answer

Although some couples do come to classes together there are plenty of people who attend classes on their own so there are always people that you can partner up with. Dragging someone along to a class just so that you have someone to dance with is not a great idea. You’re much better showing up on your own and dancing with other people who don’t have a partner. This gives you the benefit of meeting new people and also it gives you experience in adapting to different partners, rather than getting used to dancing with just one person.

 

Another possibility is choosing to have individual private ballroom dance lessons. This allows you to dance with a professional partner if that is what you would prefer.

  • Q. What is pro-am dancing?

Answer

Pro-am dancing is essentially what you see when you watch ‘Dancing with the Stars’. It is where a professional dancer pairs up with an amateur dancer (you!!) to perform or take part in competitions. So, if you are interested in entering ballroom competitions then pro-am dancing could be a way in. Pro-am dancing is often referred to as ‘teacher-student dancing’ as many teachers will willingly dance with competent students.

  • Q. Isn’t ballroom dancing a bit old fashioned?

Answer

Well, it depends on what you mean by 'old-fashioned'? Sure, ballroom dancing has been around for quite a long time, since the 19th Century in fact, but so has a lot of music and art that is still popular today. Dancing of any kind is a social activity and can offer huge social and health benefits, so it doesn't matter whether people consider it old fashioned or not!

 

The popularity of TV shows such as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ just go to show that ballroom dancing is as popular now as it has ever been. Don’t let other people’s opinion’s put you off. If you want to give it a try then join a class.

No matter what your age or ability level starting ballroom dances should not be something to be afraid of. The benefits to both your mental and physical health are enormous, and it is a great way to meet new people. So, get those dancing shoes on and book some lessons today!