Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tip Number Eight for Beginners

Commit to practice. You will never become proficient in ballroom dancing, (or anything else, for that matter) without practice. If you're having a problem with a particular step or pattern, it's perfectly acceptable to hang around a few minutes after class and go over it a time or two with your partner. There's almost always more experienced dancers milling around and most are more than willing to help a beginner. (Ballroom dancers, as a whole, are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet.)

Take a few minutes to practice the steps at home once or twice a day, you'll be amazed how much better you retain them throughout the week and it will make the next class just that much easier. This is another benefit of arriving early for class, it affords you the time to practice those steps once more before the instructor begins.

Most studios also offer a 'practice party' or 'studio dance' weekly or monthly. These are excellent for practicing what you've learned as well as seeing the more accomplished dancers, which is what you're striving to become! I can't emphasize enough the importance of the studio dances and the role they play in honing your dancing skills. These dances also benefit you by familiarizing you with the music appropriate for each particular style of ballroom dancing. We'll be discussing music in an upcoming post, so check back here often!

Make plans to attend these studio dances whenever possible, even when you're new and just starting out. Maybe even ESPECIALLY when you're new and just starting out! The seasoned dancers are always happy to help a newcomer and the dances provide a perfect complement to your classes. If you haven't been to a studio dance yet, this weekend would be a great time to start! If you've been attending regularly, have a wonderful time! And please post your thoughts, opinions and experiences right here!