Frequently Asked Questions
Ballroom dancing is a form of partner dancing where two people move in harmony together and with the music, usually on a crowded dance floor. There are many types of ballroom dances, generally divided into two major groups: Standard/Smooth dances move around the floor, and Latin/Rhythm dances are danced in place.
Ballroom dancing is a great way to meet new people, maintain fitness, and develop body awareness, grace and poise. In addition, weight control, improved flexibility, higher confidence, better coordination, heart health, and stress reduction are all benefits of ballroom dancing. It’s fun, creative and healthful!
Latin dancing is a form of ballroom dancing characterized by rhythmic movements and syncopated or percussive Latin beats. The movements, usually danced in place, are compact and expressive. Latin dances are popular and fun party dances. Examples include Salsa, Cha-cha, Rumba, and Meringue.
Social dancing is a form of ballroom dancing which occurs at social events such as dinner dances, fund raisers, weddings and holiday parties. The most popular social dances are Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Tango, and Rumba. Social dancers have a repertoire of basic steps and patterns that allow them to dance easily with anyone, even people they have never met or danced with before. They use leading and following skills to communicate with their partners what movements to dance next.
We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Medium to low heel shoes with leather soles are the best. Thick and rubber-soled shoes are not a good idea as they tend to grip the floor and make it hard to turn. Bring some comfortable shoes – you can change them before you leave. Don’t let your shoes spoil your fun!
This varies with your goals, the number of lessons you take, and whether or not you like to practice! You will have fun during your very first lesson, but like all sports and art forms, there is no limit for improvement.
Weddings, parties, fund raisers, black-tie events, corporate functions, night clubs, ballrooms, dance studio social parties, cruises, and supper clubs all provide opportunities to practice your “fancy” footwork. Once you know how to dance, you’ll be surprised at how many opportunities you have to show off your skills!