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Words of Wisdom: The Keys to an Enjoyable First Dance Lesson

So you’ve signed up for your first dance lesson… Wonderful! Whether you are pursuing Swing, Salsa, Tango, or Cha Cha, here are some things to expect on your first lesson and tips to help you succeed in your dancing!

Singles often worry about going to ballroom dance lessons alone, fearing that all the other participants will be couples. Believe it or not, there are many singles who
enjoy taking dance lessons. In fact, they may attend group lessons and practice sessions in order to meet other singles.

On your first lesson expect to learn lots of things and remember nothing all at the same time! At first, this may be overwhelming, but do your best at staying focused on the lesson, and try to pick up as best you can. If you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry about it, it will happen over time, and that’s why you are taking dance lessons!

Most individuals who take dance lessons have heard of a dance by word of mouth. “You should take salsa lessons,” or “Swing is such a fun dance,” are things most of us have heard somewhere and from someone. If those dances don’t mean anything to you, don’t fret. Let your teacher suggest dances for you to try out. You never know what you will like until you have experienced them all.

A lot of new dance moves and terminology will be thrown at you all at once. This may be intimidating and uncomfortable at first, but if you go in with an open mind, willing to try it, then you will succeed! If you are negative and say “I will never be able to dance like that” or “I can’t do this step” then you making a decision prematurely. Instead, stay positive and be open to learning the new steps.

The point is to learn, have fun, and just give it your best! In any given first dance lesson, there will be other students at the studio with all types of backgrounds. Don’t compare yourself to other students. Set some goals for yourself personally, and don’t compare your progress to another student’s.

We all have different learning techniques and paces. Set targets and realistic goals for yourself, whether that’s to be able to perform at the next event or party. Set goals that you can look forward to, and put in your best effort during each lesson and group class!

Lastly, make sure you follow directions and take your “medicine” as prescribed. The dance studio has many different activities for you to take advantage of, so be sure to participate when it’s offered! Your instructors are not suggesting you take the groups and practice sessions because they have to. They are suggesting you enjoy them for YOUR benefit. Who knows, you may actually realize this is something you want to do for the rest of your life!

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