If you’ve seen ballroom dancing on TV, then you might just think the time has come for you to stand up and put on your dancing shoes.
Or, you might just be wanting to be in better shape, but you’re not keen to waste money on a gym membership that might not get used.
Whatever your motivation, choosing to take up ballroom dancing is a smart choice. On the other hand, if you’ve never before been the dancing type, then you might be afraid and even confused about how to get started.
Keep reading, as the following lines have a number of useful pieces of advice you can use if you want to learn ballroom dancing.
First off, consider the possibility that you’re very shy, and maybe you’re not willing to take a class that other dancers.
If that’s the case, you can try personal instruction individually, although it’s certainly not your only available option.
In recent years, media coverage has put a spotlight back on ballroom dance. It’s grown tremendously, and more people are taking to it than have in decades.
The reason this is important and helps you out is that there are numerous videos and instructional DVDs focused on ballroom dancing.
You can view these comfortably, and along, at home, practicing whenever you want.
They might also prove to be much cheaper than getting ballroom dancing lessons.
You can even scout the online world for websites focusing on instructional materials about ballroom dance.
Some of the better ones have easy to understand breakdowns of each kind of dance, with videos you’re able to watch and follow.
If you’re on a budget, that might be a good way to go about it, since most websites cost nothing except your monthly internet connection.
If physically attending ballroom dancing lessons does appeal to you, check out your community for dance studios.
You might need to look up each studio to see which ones even offer ballroom dance lessons to adults. Some dance studios only focus on things like jazz or ballet or only instruct kids.
Then again, a number of dance studios to provide ballroom dance programs or camps that run for certain intervals of time and don’t cost much.
One of my favorite dance studios in the DMV area is called Crown Dance Studio, you should swing by if you ever around there.
You might want to look into your local colleges and universities for ballroom dance lessons too.
Some educational institutions are now offering ballroom dancing for physical education credits, often inviting the public to join the classes.
They usually run an hour, happening one to two times per week over the course of four to five months.
The cost will depend on each particular institution, but ballroom dance classes here are typically cheap, and maybe even free.
Sharing your dancing lessons with a partner or friend is a great way to keep costs to a minimum. If you don’t have a partner, many classes might offer to pair you up with someone if you’re single.
Tips for Getting Started
Ballroom dancing, with all its elegance and flair, is not all that difficult to learn.
Even those people who have absolutely no rhythm or two left feet can learn to fake the easiest of all the ballroom dances for beginners.
However, there is some debate as to which is the easiest dance to learn.
1. The Paso Doble
There are two reasons why the Paso Doble is considered the easiest dance to learn.
Firstly, there are only two basic steps to keep time to the music and secondly, the more dramatic you can be, the better.
You can even use the theatrics and drama to cover up any mistakes you may make with the steps.
The two-step follows a marching tune and is therefore even easier for beginners to master.
However, it is recommended to first learn this basic two-step before adding the theatrics that is meant to dramatize a bullfight.
2. The Waltz
If you can count to 3, you can Waltz. There are 8 steps to the Waltz, broken up into two parts (forwards and backward), which makes some people believe that it is more difficult to learn than the two-step.
It’s all about learning which foot should go in which direction at which point in time.
The slow nature of the dance, allowing partners to glide across the floor elegantly, makes it easier to learn. There is theatrics involved with the Waltz although turns and dips can add flair to this stately dance.
A few professional lessons or dance videos and lots of practice should find you and your dance partner mastering these two types of dances in no time.
It is, however, important to note that practice makes perfect and the more you do it, the better you will become at ballroom dancing and may even want to try one of the more challenging or formidable dances.
Mirko Gozzoli & Alessia Betti Dancing Waltz
There’s never before been a greater time to take up ballroom dancing, so what are you waiting for? Start learning ballroom dancing today!