Beginning Dancers' Frequently Asked Questions


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Beginning Dancers' Frequently Asked Questions

Dance Forums -- an information exchange for partner dancers. often gets questions from brand new dancers, just starting out. In order to help those new dancers, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions, with links to pertinent threads attached. Please feel free to browse through the frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, please post and we will make every attempt to get you an answer.

I'm just starting out. Do you have any words of wisdom?
What Would You Tell Beginners

What do I wear to dance?
Swing Dance Clothes
Dressing for Social Dances/Parties
Basic Wear to Practice

How and where do I find a reputable dance teacher?
What Makes a Good Teacher
Dance Instructor Questions
Does the Sex of the Instructor Matter?

How do I practice?
Keeping Practice Exciting
Practice Makes Perfect … Or Does It?
Dance Practice Drills

Do I need dance shoes? Where do I buy them? How do I care for them?
Help with dance shoe sole issues!
Shoes and Foot Care

I only have a couple weeks to learn to dance. What do I do?
Help! I Have a Wedding in Two Weeks
Ballroom Lite Please

What about dance lessons -- how much do they cost? Should I take group or private lessons?
Cost of Private Lessons
How Can I Get More Out of My Group Classes?

Are there rules of etiquette for the dance floor?
Social Obligations

How do I find a dance partner?
Dance Partners

I need to know the basics of club dancing. Help.
Club Dancing Index


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Sorry I missed this yesterday, will. I pulled this definition from, but it applies to non-ballroom dances as well.

Break: A unit of two steps where the second step is taken in exactly the opposite direction from the first.

Anybody care to give will some examples?

Vince A

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I would really stress the part about not breaking frame . . . the article talks about the elbows, but not why.

and . . .

Maybe to feel this, if they are struggling with breaking frame, to get the push/pull . . . practice with a large rubber band to get the feel of what is needed.

It's hard to say what works. Each student is different . . .
the faq

The one titled "Dressing for Social Dances/Parties" needs a dash put in its url. It currently leads to some other site called danceforums when you click it.
I'm relatively new to dancing. I only dance when im in a night club and have never taken dancing lessons. However people have commented on my dancing and have even asked me where did I learn my moves. So I my intrest for dancing grew.

I came upon this forum by accident and it seems a good place to start :D
Independent Dance Instructors

Hi there...I am helping a client launch a new dance studio in the South Chicago Suburbs. I want to network with independent dance instructors in the Chicago area (doesn't matter what type of dance), but it is really hard to find them. Any suggestions? Thanks so much. I'm new, so please go easy on me :p ...d
I'd suggest doing a search for some of the dances that tend to produce independant instructors. Swing (lindy hop, jitterbug, chicago steppin'), Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, salsa, etc.

Another option is to take a look at the various dance clubs in the area and see if the social dance nights have instructors. If so chances are they are independants and you might be able to get them to teach at your studio.


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Yes. Independents can be hard to find, at least on the web, because not everybody is on the web. Let me think about how I can help with your search. *furrowed eyebrows*

And yes, d nice is right. Some dance disciplines, such as swing, are a lot more likely to produce independents than others.

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