Monday, April 03, 2006

Number One Tip for the Beginner Ballroom Dancer

Just do it! Too many would-be dancers have convinced themselves, or let others tell them, that they 'just can't dance', so they never even attempt to learn. Have the words "I've got two left feet" ever come from your lips? If they have, I've got great news for you! If you can walk, you can learn to dance. That's a fact.

Now, that doesn't mean that you'll be proficient after your first lesson. But it does mean that anyone who has mastered the art of walking is capable of mastering the art of ballroom dancing.

Ballroom dancing is composed of only a few basic steps. Forward steps, just exactly like the ones you use to walk. Back steps, and who hasn't taken a step backward at some point? How hard is that? Side steps, the kind you use when moving down a crowded row to find your seat at the theater. Lastly are steps taken in place, like marching without moving forward.

It's the combining of these steps in different ways and to the rhythm of a particular music style that creates the pattern of a dance. The steps are learned one at a time, just like when you were two and learning to walk! Don't let anyone discourage you, you CAN learn to dance!