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Frequently Asked Questions

 
The hardest part about learning to dance is the initial decision to get started. Many people are reluctant to take lessons because they think they have two left feet. This is a widespread misconception. Anyone can learn to dance! It’s as easy as walking. All it takes is time, patience and a good coach. 
 
What would be the best approach to learning?
A combination of private lessons and group instruction combined with practice sessions is the fastest route to proficiency. Our program includes all three.
 
I don't know how to dance at all; will I feel out of place?
No. We strive to help our students feel comfortable and confident by tailoring our instruction to fit the student's dance level and ability.
 
How long will it take me to learn how to dance and how much will it cost?
Dancing is a continuous learning process and each individual learns at a different pace. Each person has different goals and reasons for learning to dance when they come to our studio.
The cost depends on a number of factors: how good you want to be; what dances you want to learn; the number of days and weeks in your dance schedule, etc
 
How many lessons do I need to take each week?
That is entirely up to you. Some students come in once a week while others come in several times a week. We'll develop a schedule to fit your goals.
 
What is the average age of your students?
We have a variety of ages of dancers. Our students are anywhere from 18 through 75 years of age. It is never too early or late to start dancing and you will feel comfortable here whatever age you are.
 
What kinds of dances can I learn?
Ballroom dance can be divided into two main types-- smooth dances and rhythm dances. Examples of popular smooth dances include the foxtrot, waltz, and tango.  Examples of popular rhythm dances include salsa, swing, rumba, merengue and cha cha-cha
 
What dances should I learn first?
Swing and Latin are the latest trend; however of the more traditional ballroom dances you will want to learn Foxtrot, Rumba, Waltz, and Jive.
 
Where do people go to dance?
Weddings, parties, fund-raisers, black-tie events, corporate functions, night clubs, ballrooms, dance studio social parties, cruise lines and supper clubs all provide opportunities for you to practice your fancy footwork
 
Do I need a partner?
Dance Discovery never requires partners for lessons. While we cannot guarantee partners will be available for the Friday group lesson, we welcome and encourage singles to participate. We don't insist but do recommend changing partners during the Friday classes to give everyone a chance to work with different partners.
While dancing is an excellent forum in which to socialize and meet people, a single partner, needs to evaluate the reason(s) for attending classes in the first place. Is it because you enjoy dancing and want to learn how to do it well, or are you attending to "find" or "meet" someone? The answer to that question will make a big difference on how well you do and your commitment to "sticking with it".
 
What if I don't want to change partners?
You don't have to change partners if you really don't want to. Just kindly let others know that you are not changing partners. If you decide not to change partners please keep in mind that we strongly suggest changing partners because it is a proven method of learning and improving at a faster rate than dancing with only one person.
 
What should I wear?
*  Clothing should be comfortable. Dress in layers, so you can peel as you get warmed up
*  For dances parties - Some are more formal than others, but usually nice/casual will do
*  Avoid excessive jewelery (watches, bracelets, rings) that could catch or cut.
Shoes are the most important piece of equipment for your dance attire. Of course, dance shoes are the best shoes to dance in. However, if you are not ready to make an investment in proper dance shoes, here are some tips for dancing in regular street shoes:
 
*  Bring a second pair of shoes and change when you get to class. Street shoes bring in grit.
    Grit chews up the floor
*  Avoid tennis shoes or other rubber soles. They are meant to stick, and they do.
*  Select shoes that are comfortable and will stay on your feet. Use this pair of shoes as your
   "dance shoes". Carry them with you, and change into them for classes and dances.
*  Leather soled dress shoes usually work well for the men.
Flats or low heeled pumps, work for most ladies.
*  Five Inch Spikes or Platforms for the Ladies? ...... Not! You need to be able to move quickly.
    in any direction.  Overly high heels compromise your balance and put you at risk for a
    twisted ankle.
*  Sandals/Birkenstocks? ......... Not a good idea. It’s difficult to keep these shoes from 
    flopping around on your feet.
*  Slip-ons........... Just make sure they don’t “slip-off”!
 
How do you choose a teacher?
Choose a teacher whose personality is warm, engaging, and sympathetic to your personal concerns and issues. No question should ever be brushed aside as too simple. A good teacher should recognize your learning style. Some students learn best through their sense of touch, and a good teacher will be able to show you how a step should "feel". Some learn best through visualization and physical examples. A good teacher will be able to paint a "word picture" for you, which describes how a step should look.
Most important, Find a teacher who is still learning. If a teacher is no longer taking lessons, he may have lost his passion for dancing. Even the current world's champion continues to learn and sharpen his skills every week. For a teacher to teach well, he must continue to learn himself!
 
What are the benefits of dancing?
Social dancing is growing in popularity, not simply because it's fun, but also because it promotes fitness. Fast social dancing can burn up to 400 calories per hour for a 150-pound person, comparable to brisk walking. Dancing conditions the muscles in your legs as well as results in overall conditioning. It can also improve balance and coordination. Since dancing is low in impact, the risk of injury is low. Dancing is a great way to meet new friends and maintain youthful vigor and body awareness. In addition, improved flexibility, heart health, and stress reduction are all benefits.
 
Ballroom dancing opens up a wonderful new world of togetherness and a thriving year-round social calendar!
•  Get more fun and enjoyment out of your •  Enjoy increased self-confidence
    social life •  Overcome shyness
•  Feel more at ease in social situations •  Improve your overall health
•  Meet new people, make new friends •  Relieve stress
•  Discover recreation and entertainment •  Feel refreshed and relaxed
    in a new way •  Improve business relationships
•  Dress up and have fun •  Acquire more grace and poise
•  Make your partner happy •  Stand out on the dance floor
•  Never have to say "no" to a dance invitation  
 
What is the difference between International/Dancesport and American Style?
In American style, the steps are created to be simple and easy to learn for beginners. Although American style is designed for social dancers, the higher-level dancers may choose to compete or do exhibitions. On the other hand International style or Dancesport as it is now called was designed in Europe for competition and for a more advanced dancer. This style of dancing is challenging and emphasizes technique and style. We recommend international style to dancers who have already mastered American style and want to take on a challenge.
 
What is the difference between east coast swing and west coast swing?
East coast swing is the basic of all the swing dances. It is danced in a circular motion and resembles the jitterbug. The west coast swing is California's state dance. The woman dances in a slot and is usually danced to either blues or country western music.
 
I am getting married, what should I do?
We are here to help you feel more confident about dancing on your wedding day.
 
Next Steps
 Phone (250) 372-8080 to make an appointment for your Introductory Lesson.