As we enter the holiday season, you may be thinking about which style of ballroom dance you want to use to show off your new skills, and if you ask us, jitterbug swing is the way to go! The holidays should be a fun time of year, and what dance is jollier than the jitterbug swing?
For those of you who think you’re not familiar with this style of dance, the truth is that you likely are. The jitterbug has been around as early as the 1930s, achieved popularity in the 40s, and hit TVs in the 50s when American Bandstand came on air. It’s hung steady since, and any recollection you have of swing is likely the jitterbug-specific style of the dance.
Why is it so popular? First, as mentioned, it’s fun. Second, despite its speed, the jitterbug swing is pretty easy to do, only using four steps. Every step hits a beat, so it’s simple to remember, too.
If you’re interested in learning jitterbug swing, be sure to check Dance Passion Studio’s schedule for 2016, and sign up for a ballroom class, where you’ll learn it, among other popular ballroom dances. Jitterbug swing is easy, fun, and we promise not to make you do any lifts or flips – so it’s safe, too. Join us!
The holidays will be here before we know it, and your Dance Passion Studio team is here to tell you – they are a GREAT opportunity for you to sharpen (and show off!) your skills. Holiday parties are plentiful in the month of December so, as dancers, make it the most wonderful time of the year, and be ready to dance with these three tips:
- Dress for the occasion. If this is your first year to really dance at a party, you’ll want to not only consider your wardrobe for its look, but for its function, too. For example, before you put on your shoes, make sure you’re equipped to dance well in them, and know that high heels may prove too treacherous!
- Practice routines. If you’re going to hit the dance floor and do a number with your partner, make sure you have it down pat. All eyes are sure to be on you as soon as people notice you’re no beginner, so practice beforehand and be ready to wow.
- Don’t sweat it! Remember, a holiday party dance floor is not a competition dance floor. You’re there to have fun, and that’s exactly what you should do.
On behalf of our team at Dance Passion Studio, we hope this is truly the most wonderful time of the year for you. We look forward to dancing with all of you in 2016!