Can I learn to dance?
Dancing is as easy as walking once you are taught by our Dare To Dance instructors. There is no age limit. Our oldest students are over 70, our youngest in their early teens. The great majority is between 25 and 60.
That varies by person. It also depends on how many dances you would like to learn and how proficient you would like to become in each dance. However, you will be able to dance after your first dance lesson.
Absolutely not. If you have a spouse, partner, or friend that you want to take lessons with, that's fine but it's not required. In private lessons, your instructor can teach you equally well by yourself or with a partner. In group lessons, where there is often a mix of singles and couples, we rotate dance partners frequently. This helps everyone refine their skills, meet new people, and make new friends.
Dress code is casual. Some of our students come straight from work. Come as you are, but make sure you wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. For our fitness classes you can wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. For any class, make sure to remember to bring water.
The best shoes for ballroom are shoes made specifically for dancing that have either suede or leather soles. There are a wide variety of styles to choose from. If you intend to dance regularly, we strongly encourage you to buy a good pair of dance shoes, your feet will thank you. Worst of all are rubber-soled shoes. Sneakers, canvas deck-shoes, tennis shoes, or anything else with a rubber sole should be avoided. Rubber soled shoes grip far too much for comfortable dancing. It is also best to avoid flip flops, open back shoes, and sandals.
We recommend a comprehensive program of private lessons, group classes, and practice parties. If possible, taking private lessons and/or group classes one or two times a week is one of the best ways to learn quickly and retain what you learn.
A group class is where one instructor teaches a group of students a single dance.
Private lessons are a valuable tool for those who wish to get the most out of their dancing. During a private lesson, one of our professional instructors will be your partner and/or your teacher, depending on whether you are taking lessons by yourself or with a partner. In these lessons, your teacher will instruct you on elements of partnership, technique, and style, in addition to learning various dance steps. Those who take the time and effort to study partner dancing through private lessons learn more effectively and efficiently than through any other method of instruction.
There are advantages to both forms of study, and ideally you should experience both. Group classes afford a student more opportunities for social interaction and social dancing (i.e., dancing with several different people), thus improving "real-world" lead and follow skills. Group classes are also a good venue for learning basic patterns. Of course, the drawback to group classes is a lack of personal, one-on-one attention. If you are preparing to learn to dance to a specific song, for instance, your wedding song, you will of course need private lessons. Private lessons are also ideal for developing and improving your dance posture, basic movement skills, and "fixing" whatever elements are in need of improvement in your own dancing.
We hold weekly dance parties to give our students an opportunity to practice what they have learned in their lessons in a "real world" setting, and to provide the general public with a fun dance venue. Our instructors are present during practice parties, available to answer your questions, and help you have fun on the dance floor. Aside from practicing your skills, practice parties offer an important element of learning that cannot be simulated in ordinary lessons. During our parties, you will have the opportunity to dance with people of all skill levels, which is very important for developing your partnership skills. Good partnership skills allow you to tailor your movements to your partner so that you both get as much enjoyment from your dance as possible. If you're thinking about taking dance lessons, or just want a great dance experience, our practice parties are an excellent opportunity for you to check us out and see what we're so excited about.
The dance studios at Dare To Dance are available for students to come in and practice what they have been learning. Our members do not have to pay for this benefit. The Practice Fee is the charge that non-members pay for studio rental.
Registration is a simple process and takes just a few minutes to complete. You will find our schedule on our website. Pick the class you want to come to, arrive about 15 minutes before the class time and our front desk staff will take it from there.
The registration fee is a one time fee. If you purchase a membership, you pay the fee one time only. If you want to come in and pay per class without a membership, you do not have to pay the registration fee.
We currently do not have classes for children, though we may add them if there is enough interest. If your children are 13+ and can handle the maturity and pace of an adult class, they are welcome to attend.