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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I need a partner?
A: No, our group classes, private lessons, and Friday party events are designed for both singles and couples. In group classes and parties we change partners so that you experience dancing with a variety of different people. By doing this you will learn faster than dancing with one person.

Q: What if I don't want to change partners?
A: 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.

Q: Should I take group classes or private lessons?
A: It is best to do both, as our group lessons are designed to compliment your private lessons. If you are a beginner or new to our dance studio we recommend that you start with the Newcomer Special. As individual learning styles differ the Newcomer Special is structured to introduce you to three different styles of learning: private lessons, group classes, and dance parties. You may then choose which method or methods are best for you.

Q: What should I wear?
A: You should wear something comfortable that allows you to move freely. More importantly you should wear a leather or suede soled shoe. Please do not wear rubber soled shoes. Rubber soles will stick to the floor making it harder for you to move. Please - no flip flops.  We have specially made Ballroom and Latin shoes with a suede sole for sale in our shoe salon. Feel free to come in and try on some dance shoes!

Q: How long will it take me to learn how to dance?
A: Dancing is a continuous learning process and each individual learns at a different pace. Each person also has different goals in mind when they come to our studio. If you want to learn a few steps of a certain dance, one session of our group classes will get you on your feet. If you want to learn more than just a few steps and would like to feel even more comfortable dancing, a combination of private lessons, group classes, and party events will be the fastest way to learn.

Q: What dances should I learn first?
A: Swing and Salsa are the latest trend, however of the more traditional Ballroom dances you will want to learn Foxtrot, Rumba, Waltz, and perhaps Tango, and Cha-Cha.

Q: What is the average age or your students?
A: We have a variety of ages of dancers. Our students are anywhere from 10 through 85 years of age. It is never too early or late to start dancing and we think that you will feel comfortable here whatever age you are.

Q: What is the difference between International and American Style?
A: American Style of Ballroom dancing was invented in the United States primarily for social dancers. 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 of Ballroom and Latin dancing (also known throughout the world as DanceSport) was designed in England primarily 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 want to take on a challenge or perhaps participate in DanceSport competitions.

Q: What is the difference between East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Lindy Hop?
A: East Coast Swing is the basic of all the Swing dances and we suggest starting with this dance if you are a beginner. 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. Lindy Hop was invented in the 20's and is similar to the dances of the 20's like the Charleston and is a blend of other swing dances. Lindy Hop is danced in a circular motion like the East Coast Swing to mostly fast big band music.

Q: Do you have programs for children?
A: We have programs for children and are looking into a year round class provided there is an interest.

     

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