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It depends upon the level of skills you want to attain and how quickly you are able to learn. You need a minimum of 3 hours to master the basics for a single dance or one step for 3 inter-related dances.
You have a full 60-minute hour for your lesson vs. the typical 45-50-minute hour.
Pricing is based on the amount of time and number of people, as well as the number of lessons that you are planning to take. Please call (714) 209-0603 for pricing and scheduling.
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A partner is not necessary for training. In fact, it can be limiting and even hold back your own progress. The most beneficial training is when you are dancing with the instructor. Then you will be able to dance with anyone and attract many partners.
The average time is once or twice per week. It depends on your goal and how soon you want to be dancing socially or attend a special event. You will need more training in the beginning to assure that you can practice correctly as bad habits can form and cause delay.
Dance shoes are best. Ask for a coupon for a free pair on your first lesson. You can also use bowling shoes with suede soles or sneakers with suede soles added. However, they do not have the flexibility needed for ballroom smooth dances. Initially, you will need shoe covers designed for dance, shoe protectors, or socks that go over your shoes until you buy dance shoes.
The very beginning of your training is the most important and becomes the foundation upon which you build. Students tend to develop bad habits without individual correction, as they dance with others in group classes, who also do not know how to dance yet. If private training starts later on, there is much work, time and expense required to correct bad habits and become a skilled dancer who's in demand.
Group class is designed to stimulate interest, give an overview of steps, and provide partners who are also learning. Private lessons focus on how to dance your body, lead and follow, styling, and transfer of the proper feeling by dancing with a professional.
A dance teacher can be anyone, even a beginner dancer. They may be in a teacher training program where they learn to dance and teach at the same time, focusing on steps and patterns. An independent professional instructor is one who has built their reputation through many years of training with national and world champions, who typically endorse them. They also perform professionally and make their living by teaching others to dance.
You need the best instructor possible, such as an independent, experienced professional. The first years are the most impressionable and not easily undone, so it is important to learn correctly in the very beginning. The cost is normally about the same, but it is paid to the professional rather than a studio.
Practice does not make perfect, but it does make permanent. In the beginning of your training, you might practice a few short times per week. The longer you have been training, the more dance material you will have to practice. You will also be more apt to practice correctly and perfect your skills. It is best to go out dancing once a week. You should also take notes to review on your next lesson.
The leader should review steps, footwork and patterns before dancing with a partner. Mental preparedness is essential. Body memory is developed when practicing footwork and rhythm. Followers should not provide back leading help or verbal cues. This is not their part and will cause the leader to become distracted and dependent. Followers should practice familiar steps while focusing on correct rhythm, posture, balance, style and neat footwork, which will result in a good, quick responsive feeling.
Do not be concerned if this happens in the beginning when you are first learning, because you have limited material to work on and may not remember what to do or how to do it. Most students do not practice much, or at all in the beginning. When you are ready to attend social dances, you will naturally be practicing, so it will be fun. If you skip your lesson, which is your quality practice time, this will just result in taking longer to achieve your goal to be out dancing.
It is best to stay on a minimum weekly lesson schedule, with or without a partner. Many couples prefer to take some lessons on their own. By focusing on their part and dancing with a professional, they can speed up their progress.
Schedule in advance as much as possible in order to secure your preferred time, but you may schedule a same day appointment if available. Be sure to cancel your lesson 24 hours prior to you lesson in order to avoid being charged for the time reserved.
American is social ballroom open position dancing done primarily in the U.S. and is easier to learn than International, which is English and takes much more training and dedication. It is the ultimate standard of dancing throughout the world. International is primarily done in Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia. It is also popular in the U.S. as it is designed for the serious competitor.
Ballroom is a long stride, smooth dance with heel leads. Latin is danced through the ball of the foot, taking small steps with Cuban motion for American Rhythm or International Latin hip style. Ballroom Smooth and Standard dances include Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese and Quickstep. Latin and Rhythm dances include Rumba, Cha-Cha, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble, Swing, Bolero, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue and more.
Learning only one dance does not result in becoming a better dancer overall, but it is easier to learn one style rather than a variety of dances. If you learn inter-related steps, you can dance to a greater variety of music and attend many more venues. If you specialize in one dance, you will be sitting out most of the time, or be limited to specific dance groups and locations.
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