While many couples choose to take ballroom dance lessons in preparation for their wedding, this is certainly not the only situation in which people choose to take lessons. For others, it comes from a pure love and appreciation for the art of dance, or an interest in finding a fun, new way to stay active. Whatever your reasoning may be, remember that it’s perfectly normal to be nervous before your first session – especially considering all of the mistaken beliefs that people tend to associate with ballroom dance.
Luckily however, Dancing for Life is here to debunk these fallacies. Here are a few of the ones that we most commonly hear, and the reasons why you shouldn’t be concerned.
Myth #1: You either have the skills or you don’t.
Truth: Contrary to popular belief, no one is simply born with an extraordinary ability to dance. The people who have these skills have developed them over time through hard work, dedication and persistence. Your instructor is aware of the fact that you may have little to no dance experience whatsoever and will break down all of the variables, from foot placements to the timing of the music. If you struggle during the first session, don’t give up; as long as you make the effort to show up with a willingness to learn, the moves will come with time.
Myth #2: You can easily pick up ballroom dancing from watching a few lesson videos
Truth: While DVDs and how-to videos can give you a general idea of what ballroom dancing looks like and what you need to do, the fact of the matter is that there will never be an adequate substitute for physically attending a dance lesson. Your video is not going to recognize when your technique needs a bit of work and if you don’t understand how something is being explained, you can’t exactly pause the video and ask the instructor in it to describe it in a different way. Ballroom dance lessons with Dancing for Life give you that personal learning experience that is tailored to your specific needs and desires.
Myth #3: All you need is one month to learn everything you need to know
Truth: Can you learn how to speak a different language in one month’s time? How about learning to play guitar? No, but it would be pretty incredible if you could! While you will become more and more familiar with the basic steps after four weeks, why give yourself a time limit if it isn’t actually necessary? There’s always something new to learn when it comes to dancing, which can be an enjoyable process – that’s what makes it so great.
Instead of concerning yourself with what you’ve heard or what you think you know about ballroom dancing, why not experience it for yourself? Visit the Dancing for Life website today to learn more about our private and group class options!