Where do you practice?

Kit05

New Member
#1
Outside of social dances that is.

I just canceled my gym membership because I didn't go enough to justify the cost... although now, a part of my regrets it because it was the best place for me to practice. They have nice (mostly) private rooms with wood floors and mirrors on the wall that made for a perfect environment to practice in.

Now I'm trying to find a cheaper gym or just other options. I guess I should be able to use my apartment if I were to push the couches off towards the side but no mirrors and not as private as I have a roommate.
 
#3
Our FADS studio allows students to use their floor to practice any time they are open. But most of the time I practice in my kitchen, which has a wood floor.
 

Kit05

New Member
#5
I'm not associated with any dance studios any longer. Even when I was, they still charged you a floor fee. I think it was $12-13 for every hour.

I guess until I figure it out, my apt will have to do. It does have wood floors (they're not smooth though, but they still work). I might also invest in a full length mirror. I should have anyways, haha.
 

flashdance

Active Member
#6
At the gym, although not for a while as whenever I go they have classes on... grrr...

Need to start going earlier at weekend so i can get a couple of hours in if I can drag myself out of bed first!
 
#8
in addition to the social dances during weekends we practice in our studio, they do not charge floor fee, also we are using local gym aerobic room, when there are no classes, we both members of the gym. we cannot practice at home because standard ballroom requires sufficient floor space, at least long enough for a half of the short line
 

singndance

Well-Known Member
#9
Welcome Kit05 and Lorenzof! I do almost all my practicing at my dance studio. They have an open door policy, and students are free to come in and practice anytime. You just have to go with whatever music they are playing, but that's ok.
 
#11
The studio, which has 3 areas that can be used. The main floor, which is large and luxurious--and used for showcases and for dance parties. The entrance floor, not quite as large, but still expansive (where the group lessons are held). And a smaller back room.

There is no restriction about coming in, save for courtesy about not interfering with group lessons, nor other people who are having private lessons or are practicing themselves.
 
#12
Since I am a builder, I removed a bedroom wall, and expended my kitchen, living room, and the removed bedroom floor into one space. Then I installed all real hard wood floors thoughout the room to give it that real dance floor feel. Also put some mirrors on the wall and got my own floor. Not big enough for standard dances other then working on figures that are short. But excellent for latin. The only problem is that all my dance partners all live one hour south of me, and they will not drive to my place to practice. Too far they say. Even though I make the trip south 2-3 times a week. To have a TALL dance partner close by that wanted to work hard would be priceless.
 
#13
My partner has turned his apt into a little studio... it's not perfect but it works. Other than that we use the floor space at our studio. Shopping at the supermarket though is always a good place to practice. I often find myself doing rumba walks as I go ;)
 
#14
My partner has turned his apt into a little studio... it's not perfect but it works. Other than that we use the floor space at our studio. Shopping at the supermarket though is always a good place to practice. I often find myself doing rumba walks as I go ;)
Ha ha! I've practiced Rumba Walks while pushing a shopping cart, too!
 

danceronice

Well-Known Member
#15
In my house. The dogs think I'm nuts and there are a couple slick spots on the vinyl tile in the living room, but until I have the money and time for Pergo or hardwood, it works. Back of my wingback chair works nicely as a barre, too.
 

GGinrhinestones

Well-Known Member
#18
I built a dance floor in my house. I drive a long distance for lessons every week, and there isn't a dance studio nearby where I can practice on a regular basis. It's much easier to just wander onto my own floor any time I feel like working on something. It isn't big enough for much smooth or standard, but it's fine for latin and basic technique.

That said, I really end up practicing anywhere - the hallways at work, rumba walks through the kitchen while I'm talking on the phone, hip motion while I'm standing around waiting on people...it's all fair game!
 

Kits

New Member
#19
I practice at the Dance studio and on my Apartment Patio. My Neighboors will sometimes walk by on their way getting the mail and they take double takes of me. :p
 

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