Frequently Asked Questions
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.
How long will it take?
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.
Do I need a partner in order to take lessons?
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 to refine their skills, meet new people, and make new friends.
What kind of shoes should I wear for ballroom dance classes?
The best shoes for ballroom are shoes made specifically for dancing that has 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.
What is the quickest, most effective way to learn to dance?
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.
What is a group class like?
A group class is where one instructor teaches a group of students a single dance.
What is a private lesson like?
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.
Should I take group classes or private lessons?
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.
How do I register for a class?
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 class time and our front desk staff will take it from there.
Do you have classes for children?
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.