Why should I learn to dance?

Not only should everyone learn to move well for social events, holiday parties, weddings, and other occasions, but students have told us that by learning to dance, they gain self-confidence, heightened self-esteem, improved posture, friendships, a place to socialize, and many other benefits. Some couples use it as a "date night" to get away and spend quality time learning something together. Each person finds that dancing has helped them in different, yet similar ways.

Am I too old to learn to dance?

Our students range in age from pre-teen to senior citizens! Moving to a beat and coordinating with your partner are things that are easily learned at any age. Dancing is something that many people choose to begin later in life. Anyone who is able to walk can dance. Dancing is truly a skill that will last a lifetime! What better gift can you give yourself?

How long will it take for me to learn to dance?

This is such a broad question. It really depends on the student's goals. Normally it takes longer than most students may think. They realize that fact very quickly, while taking lessons. If you’re interested in just getting around the floor socially in just a couple of dances it may not take too long. If you're interested in becoming an excellent dancer or a competitive dancer it would take longer. Each student progresses at their own pace. Anyone can learn to dance socially!!

I am very shy and am afraid that I'll feel self conscience about dancing. Is this normal?

Everyone, including professional instructors, started from the beginning! Each time a new student begins their lessons, we remember what our first lessons were like. Our students are constantly telling us how many people compliment their dancing when out at a function. The studio is a safe and supportive environment in which to learn to dance and there is absolutely no reason to feel self-conscious.

What should I wear for my dance lessons?

One of the most often-asked questions by beginners is, “ What should I wear for my dance lessons?" Here is a list of things that may prove helpful.

  • Comfortable Shoes This is important because your feet will feel the brunt of the workout, and the last thing you need are pinching shoes. Click HERE for more detailed description of shoe requirements/suggestions. Sneakers and sandals are not recommended for ballroom dancing because the flat/rubber soles make them difficult to move in on the dance floor.
  • Women: usually wear a high-heeled shoe from one-and-a-half to three inches. But be careful of the high heels...if you can’t walk properly in them, then you probably will have trouble dancing in them, too. It is better to start out with a smaller heel and work your way up. They should have a leather or suede bottom, which is how most proper ballroom dancing shoes are constructed.
  • Men: any dress or casual shoe works well. They should have a leather or suede bottom, which is how most proper ballroom dancing shoes are constructed. No rubber soled shoes.

  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Women: Nice black stretchy pants are perfect. If you like to dress up, dresses and skirts are fine, but some with a straight design/cut are too tight at the bottom and not allow room for enough movement in some of the dances like Waltz and Foxtrot.
  • Men: Slacks that fit well, and a nice shirt or dressy tee shirt, are good choices. Suits or sport coats can be restrictive for learning purposes, and therefore not recommended for lessons, although look great at weddings and other formal events.

How long are your private lessons?

• Private lessons are approximately 55 minutes long, which allows 5 minutes to take notes on the session and schedule your next appointment.

• Group classes are 45 minutes long.

How often should I take dance lessons?

That is entirely up to you. The average student takes a private lesson about once a week, while others come in several times a week. We'll develop a schedule to fit your goals.

Will I need a partner to take dance lessons?

Though partners/couples are certainly welcomed, they are not required. Most students in our group classes are primarily single, and partners are rotated throughout the class if needed. During your private lessons, your instructor may partner you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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