No Rhythm, No Problem: Learn to Dance

EV004621You have heard it said that some people just have “two left feet.” It’s often an excuse not to dance. Well, there is simply no excuse not to dance if it is what you want to do. If you find it difficult and feel you have no rhythm, all you need is practice with the right teacher.

Rhythm comes naturally to most people. Even those who feel they have none are typically held back by things that have nothing to do with their ability to sense rhythm. Sure, maybe they’re less inclined to it than some, but that does not mean they cannot learn it if they want.

How can someone learn to have better rhythm?

Like anything, it takes practice. There are few better ways to find your rhythm than learning to dance. First, however, you will have to overcome some of the other obstacles.

Self-consciousness is a rhythm killer. When you’re so worried about how you appear to others, you cannot truly focus on the task at hand. And, when finding the rhythm does not come easily to you, you need that focus. So, you will have to charge forward and resist the temptation to be affected by those around you. Learning to dance can help with this, too. When you take dance classes, you’re surrounded by people who are also learning to dance. They are so focused on learning their own steps that they are unaware of any struggles you may be having.  And of course, your teacher is there to help you along the way, as well.

When you’ve come to the point where that insecurity no longer troubles you, you can focus on changing the way your body does movement. Dance is about movement in patterns of both time and space. Sometimes, your brain understands the patterns in sound and movement, but your body is slow to catch up. That is just fine; that’s why there is dance practice. Your body has the ability to learn these patterns; we all do it from the very first day we learned to walk. Now, you’re just moving in more complex patterns, and like your baby-self learned to walk, now your body is learning to dance.

Ren McCormack taught the rhythm-less Willard Hewitt how to find the rhythm in Footloose. I may have just been a film, but it has some truth to it. Anyone can find the rhythm and learn to dance. Come to Dance Passion Studio and let us help.

Salsa Your Way to Better Balance

Latin danceNot everyone has great balance. Not everyone can hold those yoga poses for the count of ten. That is alright, though. This does not mean that you can’t do things that require balance, or even improve your balance overall.

Salsa is something that requires balance. You have to be able to step and move in various directions, one foot at a time, without falling off of the one foot that sometimes is the only thing keeping you steady as you do the move. You need to be able to step in and out quickly, and sometimes to spin. Does this sound impossible for the balance-challenged? It’s not. In fact, learning to dance can help you improve your balance significantly.

Timing

When to put your foot down and went to lift it is one of the keys to good balance, and not just during dance. Some people just have a hard time when it comes to that instinct to switch feet in order to prevent stumbling. To Salsa, you need to learn that timing. You learn how to sense the beat, and then how and when to place your foot. It takes time to learn, but if you learn when to step, you reduce the risk of being thrown off balance.

Posture

Salsa calls for good posture. It requires strong leg movements with nice, straight backs and shoulders. When your body is in a strong position like this, you’re less likely to stumble because your upper body does not waver when you step and throw you off. You learn to feel the steps rather than look down at them, which is important when it comes to reaching that state of natural balance.

Partners

Your partner is also a key to helping stay balanced. Salsa is about dancing with someone. You rely on each other to communicate and move together. A good partner will help you do more than take the right steps; he or she will provide support and physical guidance. This is a great help when you’re learning when to step and how to step. Before long, you won’t have to rely on your partner much at all, and, instead, your partner will be able to rely on you much more.

Come to Dance Passion Studio to find out just how much Salsa can improve your balance. Sign up for our classes today.

 

Add Some Private Dance Lessons to Your Schedule

Dance classes are fun and useful for many reasons, and for anyone. You can find classes in almost any sort of dance, and in addition to learning, you can make friends. Private lessons have their benefits, too, and some people prefer them. If you cannot choose between the two, there is no reason why you should have to do so. In fact, combining group classes with private lessons could give you double the benefits.

 

Private lessons mean more time for you.

Teachers do their best to accommodate all of their students during classes. The great ones know how to present lessons in ways that work for different learners. Even so, everyone could use more one-on-one time with their dance teacher. Private lessons are the best way to do that. You don’t have to give up the group class if you enjoy it; just add a few private lessons and ask your teacher to spend more time with you on the things you learned in the class.

You can refine what you’ve already learned.

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You can also use the time to practice what you learned in class. That way, you can focus on learning what’s new in your next group class. Or, if things go well, you can sign up for more advanced classes, faster.

You can learn something specific while learning other dances.

During private lessons, you can certainly tackle something new, something besides what you learned in your classes. You can create almost any combination of learning you want. Take Ballroom classes and private lessons for Western dances. Take Salsa classes and private Tango lessons. Or, take any classes you like while learning something special for an event.

Whether you want to take group classes and be social, or take private dance lessons, or do both, we offer it all at Dance Passion Studio.

What Makes a Great Dance Teacher

Athletic dance teacher instructing retired woman in the ballroomOf the many things that make taking dance classes great, having a great teacher is one of the most important. A great teacher should truly love being a dance instructor. This love shows in many ways, including enthusiasm, flexibility, and kindness.

Enthusiasm

Great dance teachers take dance very seriously. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t capable of fun during dance; it means that they truly enjoy what they do. When this is true, their enthusiasm will be palpable. They’ll be energetic and ready to dedicate the time it takes you teach you what you want to know. A good teacher is ready to share her or his love of dance.

Flexibility

Everyone learns differently. This is something that a dance teacher must accommodate and it’s not an easy thing to do when you have a classroom full of people. A great dance teacher knows how to present the dance in ways that work for everyone and how to make sure there’s time for when individuals need a little one-on-one time. This flexibility in teaching can take a lot of work to learn and implement.

Kindness

We have all had a teacher who was less than friendly. As a result, we all know just how important it is to find a teacher with whom you can connect, who is friendly, understanding, patient, and kind. Learning something new, like dance, takes time and effort, and it can be frustrating. Having a kind teacher makes tackling the dance and the frustration much easier. These teachers are also supportive in your efforts; they reinforce your desire to learn and inspire you to continue doing so.

Come find great teachers you love at Dance Passion Studio. We have experience and the love of dance, and we enjoy teaching those who want to learn. Come have fun with us in our group classes, or get more one-on-one time with your teacher during a private lesson. We’re here to share our love of dance with you.

Dance Classes for Social Connection

EV004621Socializing does not come naturally to everyone. Some are perfectly happy that way. Others wish they knew of something to help them improve their ability to connect socially while having fun. Dance classes may just be such an activity.

Gain Confidence

Dance is more than learning steps to music. Among the things a person gains while engaging in a dance class is confidence. Confidence is one of the keys to successful social interaction. It takes self-assurance to push past fears and engage with another person, particularly a stranger. As dancers master the steps, they see evidence of their abilities to succeed. Accomplishment is a powerful thing; it can give almost anyone the boost in confidence they need to do something else, like engage with another person.

Share Something with Others

It also helps that everyone in the class is in the same circumstance; they’re all there to learn. Yes, some may be at a different level, but all will make mistakes and all will learn from them. This makes it much easier to communicate knowing that they share something with those around them. That is how friends are made—common circumstances and interests.

Communicate

To some extent, communication happens naturally in a dance class. It may be physical or verbal, but at some point, a person much engage with another human while learning to dance. There is no real pressure to carry on a conversation, but, as the class progresses, all of those fears take a backseat to the task at hand. Soon, communication comes almost naturally and better socialization often follows.

Have Fun

The best thing about using dance classes for social connection is how fun they are. Fun makes almost anything easier, whether it’s learning the steps, or learning to be more social. Come have fun with us at Dance Passion Studio. We’ll teach you to dance and you will have the chance to become more comfortable with socialization.

To Dance Together

Depositphotos_71735341_s-2015Taking dance classes is a fun way to accomplish many things—learning something new, getting a little exercise, being more social, etc. While it is something that you can enjoy on your own and you don’t have to bring a partner to any dance class, having a partner with whom you can share the experience can be a benefit. When you learn to dance together, the process may sometimes seem easier, the time feels as though it goes faster, and, in the end, you have someone with whom you can share what you’ve learned in the future.

Make an already-fun challenge seem even easier.

One of the great things about learning to dance is that it’s not just a challenge to learn the choreography—it’s an entertaining challenge, like a game. Games, as you know, are even more fun with two people. Plus, when it comes time to learn something, having someone learn with you not only increases the level of fun, it makes learning easier. It helps to have someone whom you know, with whom you get along, and who can help you laugh off mistakes and pick up to try again.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

It goes even faster when you have someone with whom you can share that fun. Once you start a great dance class, it’s over before you know it. The same can be said for enjoying it with a friend. The great thing about having someone with you is that you can continue the fun together, later. You can practice at home and improve together, or go out and use what you’ve learned during a night on the town. When you have someone with you, the fun doesn’t have to end.

It’s easier to find a partner later.

Once you’ve shared the class and learning experience, you’ll want to use what you’ve learned later. It’s not always easy to find a partner. However, someone with whom you’ve taken classes is more likely to be ready to dance later. You will always have that time you shared the fun challenge of learning together.

When you bring a partner to dance classes, you can both enjoy the lessons, the time together, and use what you learned at one of our social dances, or anywhere else you want. Whether you’re with a partner or having some fun that’s just for you, come to classes at Dance Passion Studio.

Surprise Your Valentine with Dance

Couple learning to dance in dancing schoolValentine’s Day can be a fun holiday. It’s an excuse to celebrate your relationships and show your love to your husband, wife, or even family and friends. If you’re looking for something different and special to give them, consider the gift of dance. You can give this gift in several ways.

Gift Certificates are always an option.

You can easily purchase some gift certificates for either classes or private lessons. They can be for the recipient only, or for the both of you to do together. If you give the certificates early, you can spend Valentine’s Day together somewhere special and use all you learned, and dance together. If you have other plans, the gift certificates will last; you can extend the feeling by celebrating Valentine’s Day, and the using the gift later to continue enjoying time together.

You can learn to dance for Valentine’s Day.

Start the fun and love early. You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to take the lessons. Go with your significant other and take some lessons. Have private lessons or classes, and then use them later on the big day. You can make Valentine’s Day even more special by planning ahead together. Or, you can surprise your partner by encouraging him or her to take lessons, and then revealing a special event or night out on the holiday, during which you use what you learned together.

It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Dancing is an activity that couples can do together throughout their relationship. By giving the gift of dance on Valentine’s Day, you do more than celebrate a special occasion; you offer something that lasts. You now have something that allows you to come together, to rekindle the romance from time to time, to go out and meet new people, and to try new things like different types of dance. And, each time you dance, you’ll both remember that special Valentine’s Day when you learned to dance together.

Do something different this Valentine’s Day. Dance has the potential to be so much more than a small activity for the special occasion. You can make it the central gift to your loved one with a gift certificate, or it can be the something special you do together on the day. Whatever you choose, we at Dance Passion Studio are happy to help you make it the best Valentine’s Day. Get gift certificates for classes or lessons on our website, or take lessons with your significant other.

History of the Wedding Dance

wedding, danceYou are probably familiar with the wedding dance, or the first dance. The tradition of the bride and groom’s first dance on their wedding day is classic. The internet is full of wedding dance videos in which couples try their best to be fun and original. Some are perfectly happy to go with the old classics, like a wedding waltz. So, why do we have this seemingly widespread tradition?

The history of the first wedding dance extends so very far and is so widespread that it is difficult to know precisely when it began. Historically, in many cultures, the first to dance at an occasion were special individuals, such as the King and Queen. If royalty did not dance first, then others had to wait for royal permission to do so. Over the years, traditions evolved, but special, celebrated people continued to be the first to dance.

In some cultures, the first dance is very specific. It may be a traditional tribal dance, something people of the culture have been dancing for ages, or it may be associated with the dominating religion. This is not too detached from what many couples do now. Today, many newlyweds select a dance and accompanying music that representative of them as a couple.

With a vast amount of dances from which to choose, and the option of going to a teacher who can choreograph something special, the first dance at a wedding is just as important as it ever was. It continues to be symbolic of the couple’s importance in general, but now, in many cultures, it is more individualized. Rather than represent the overall culture, it usually represents the couple.

If you’re getting ready to celebrate one of the happiest days of your life, consider coming to Dance Passion Studio for dances lessons. We can help you have the most wonderful first dance at your wedding.

Communication and Dance

Couples having dancing classGood communication takes practice; arguably, no one instinctively knows how to communicate well. But, it is an important skill in all aspects of life, including dance. In fact, dance calls for more than verbalization. You use physical cues and try to sense, to some degree, your partner’s need and intentions, and a combination of other forms of communication.

There is a variety of communication during a dance. You not only learn steps and how to take them, you learn to address your partner and surroundings. Additionally, all modes of communication have to be accomplished in sync with the music and dance step patterns.

You still need to communicate verbally.

Over time, you and your dance partner may be able to go without much speaking at all when dancing. You will learn the steps well enough so that they come naturally and you can focus on sensing what your partner is doing physically. However, before that can happen, you must speak to your partner about what you’re doing, what you need in order to learn and dance your best. You must verbalize your confusion, your triumphs, and perhaps engage in some constructive criticism. So, it is essential to learn to speak on these things in positive ways.

You will learn to read and communicate through body language.

Dances have their own moods. They are meant to express passion, love, anger, and more. Every dance has its own character and that allows you to express without words. These dances also have physical cues that partners use to lead and follow. The lead uses physical motions—sometimes big, sometimes subtle—to take a partner into the dance. The partner generally accepts those cues, but sometimes there is resistance. All healthy dance relationships call for this back-and-forth and give-and-take.

Physical movements, expressions, gestures, and even posture make up the silent expressiveness that is dance communication. They display strength and confidence, or the need to withdraw and start again. They express joy and passion, and sometimes sadness.

Part of all this communication is listening and watching.

Of course, none of this expression will work if one partner is not paying attention. A good communicator must truly listen and address what’s being said, or watch carefully and respond to what is being done. Active listening involves both hearing and witnessing, and then responding accordingly, and of course, kindly. This promotes mutual understanding and trust so that each person knows the other is listening and watching, and will be there in support. It is very easy to let this part of communication slide; people get focused on themselves, and their own moves, problems, and enjoyment, and they forget to pay attention to the other person.

When you take dance classes or lessons, communication is essential. If you choose someone you know well as your partner, that helps the growth of trust on the dance floor. Of course, sometimes you end up dancing with someone new. So, it’s important to be ready to try and communicate well with that partner. At Dance Passion Studio, we can do far more than just teach you the steps. We can teach you how to interact with your dance partner and learn to express yourself to them, and listen to them in turn.

 

Give the Gift of Dance Classes

Young couple in love dancing in winter ParkWinter is here and the holidays will follow soon. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, another winter holiday, or you just want to give a gift during the season, give the gift of dance. If someone to whom you want to give a gift might appreciate dance lessons or classes, there are plenty of benefits to giving someone gift certificates for dance.

Dancing is a Fun Physical Activity

Has the recipient expressed a desire to start a new physical activity? Perhaps she or he wants a way to be more active and get more exercise. Dance is a great way to implement fun, low-impact movement into your normal exercise routine. It is also a method for adding a social element to your workout schedule and picking up a new hobby, all at the same time.

The Chance to Dance Together

If you and a friend have plans to go somewhere together, you want to dance with your husband or wife who cannot dance, or you want to have a dance partner for any reason in the future, then give them dance lessons or classes as a gift. You can even join in and take the classes with them. What better way to get in on the fun and prepare for your future fun together?

Dance Any Dance

You don’t have to buy gift certificates for a specific dance class. Your friend or family member can choose any class or lesson. That means if you have a friend who has always wanted to learn the Foxtrot, the Waltz, or Two-Step, they can now learn.

To the Happy Couple

Do you know a couple getting married in the new year? Dance lessons don’t have to be for an established dance. At Dance Passion Studio, we can help a couple prepare for their first dance as a married couple. We can choreograph something special and unique to them. This would make gift certificates for dance lessons both a great wedding gift or Christmas gift for a couple soon to be wed.

Dancing is always a good idea—at any time of the year. There are people all around you who would love to try a dance class or take some lessons. If you’re having trouble thinking of a gift to give, consider giving the gift of dance classes and lessons with us at Dance Passion Studio. They are available online only, so head to our Gift Certificate page to purchase.