Hello everyone. I've been looking for an online dance forum to be a part of. Glad I found this one. I started exploring the world of ballroom dancing about a month ago. I've had no prior dance experience. I've only had a few private instructions and group classes so far. I felt a bit overwhelmed and clumsy at first, but with every lesson and practice I grow more in confidence. I was looking for a new interest to grow with. To be a part of a community. Something interactive. A friend mentioned ballroom dancing and so I just went with it. I didn't really know what to expect and it was beyond my comfort zone, but I'm glad I did it. It's hard work and lot's of practice, but it's definitely rewarding and fun. I'm not sure how far I can go or if I want to compete in the future, but I'm giving it my all and I'm curious to find out. Most of my relationships have been ending or moving on. I'm single and the only other thing in my life that takes up time is my full time job. So I'm pouring most of my focus into this. I'm creating a new life for myself. I want to put myself in situations where things can happen. Where new things and relationships can grow. At the studio I'm surrounded by amazing, positive, and supportive people. I want to do my best and gain the skills necessary for me to be able to give back to this community. To be able to contribute. To share the struggles and the victories. I was very happy when I was able to do a boxstep and lasted a whole song doing it. I enjoy learning the basics. Dancing has helped me express myself. It helps me become more of the better person that I want to be. I'm failing while doing something interesting. Something that has no guarantees and might not work. I'm facing fears and uncertainties. I have the feeling of not wanting to let down all the people that has been helping me and investing in me. I want to attain the skills necessary to participate. I have the desire to be noticed and applauded. My forum name is entheos. It's the greek word for enthusiasm. It translates to "the god within". When you feel enthusiasm, that's when you're closest to your best and most powerful self. Entheos is what I feel for ballroom dancing. I'm curious to see how far I can go, how much I will continue to grow as a person, and all the interesting people I'll meet along the way. I look forward to participating in this forum and asking a lot of questions as time goes on. ---------------------------------------- Right now I'm able to do 1 private class and 1 group class per week (1 hour each). On weekdays I practice about 2 hours a day. On weekends outside of studio instruction I practice around 3-4 hours a day. I also learn from online instructional videos (good ones, not random youtube clips) to learn things the studio hasn't introduced to me yet. I realize that what the studio will teach me might end up different, but I can at least get familiar with various techniques. A little test I like to give myself to see if I've got what I learned so far down pat is I freestyle the various techniques for that dance style for about 30 minutes. I love taking notes after each studio class and practicing as soon as I get home in order to memorize what I learned that day. Any advice on training / studying is welcome. I'm not sure how much dancers usually practice for.