Tips for the Beginner
Learning to dance can be scary! Let's face
it--It takes a lot of courage to risk looking foolish in front
of other people. But the benefits of being a good dancer far
outweigh the risks, especially with the proper guidance; here
are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your dancing.
- Don't look down! This is the single most common error of new (and
not-so-good "advanced") dancers. Not only does it distort
your posture, it says "I'm not sure what I'm doing"
to the world. Don't worry, the floor's still down there. Don't
- Use your BEST manners. Dancing is a social activity. A charming and engaging
person is welcome at any event, regardless of his or her dance
skills. No one cares how well you dance if you didn't brush your
- Dance with EVERYONE! See above. It is no longer unacceptable for a lady
to ask a gentleman to dance; however, if either party declines,
it is very poor form to accept a dance with another partner for
the same song.
- Learn several dances. It's a shame to have to turn down a dance with
someone you'd like to dance with because you don't know
that dance. It's as easy to learn many dances as it
is to learn one; rather than learning a dance,
learn to dance.
- NEVER CORRECT YOUR PARTNER ON
THE FLOOR. Need I say more?
- Get off it and on 'em. You already know how to sit, right? And there's
only one way to get good.
- Oh yeah, almost forgot...Take
lots of lessons!