Find the Best Dance for Your Personality

If you dance, or you want to dance, you know that there are plenty of dances from which you can choose. You also know that you could enjoy dancing any one of them. Have you ever wondered which you might enjoy most? Like any other art, dance has the ability to reveal a part of your personality, and there may just be one that is the best dance for your personality.

The Waltz

Beautiful couple in active ballroom dance, indoorsDo you love Victorian romances? Do you enjoy classical music and the idea of grand ballrooms? Perhaps, you’re even addicted to historical dramas on BBC. If these sound like you, then you might just be well-suited to the Waltz. This dance is a well-known classic, and many people consider it the one of the most important dances for a beginner to learn. It has been danced for centuries, and was even once considered risqué by some societies since it involved men and women dancing in one another’s arms. If you love the idea of glamorous dresses floating and spinning on the floor, you may be thinking of the Viennese Waltz—the version in which the dancers spin on the floor gracefully. It is suitable for almost any occasion; you would have plenty of opportunities in your life to dance the Waltz. It is also a graceful dance, and a great way to get a slice of that classic romance you love so much.

The Tango

Do you love passion and flairs of drama? Does Latin influence in music excite you? The Tango might be a great dance for you. This Latin dance is a popular and dramatic dance full of passion. It is punctuated with sharp movements, in time with staccato music, and is a great way to learn leading and following better. The two dancers must be well-tuned to one another and anticipate movements well because they’re so sharp and sudden. You could have a wonderful time with this exciting dance.

Are you interested in what other dances might suit your personality, or the many aspects of it? Come to Dance Passion Studio. Let us get to know you and we can help you find and learn the perfect dance style for you.

Tips to Help You Lead a Dance Like a Pro

Professional ballroom dance couple preform an exhibition danceWhen two people move together well during a dance, it’s a beautiful thing to watch; it’s almost seamless. To achieve this, those two people need practice together to learn more than the basic steps. They have to learn how to step with one another, to communicate without words, and grow accustomed to one another’s individual personality in movement. Leading involves some additional responsibility for helping this connection happen and go well. So, here are some tips to help you lead a dance like a pro.

Practice Strength of Frame and Surety of Steps

A strong frame is part of what holds dancers together as they move, making it an important thing. A weak frame, like drooping arms and shoulders, can make it more difficult to stay connected smoothly to your partner, particularly when you move. When your frame is steady and strong, your connection to your partner is stronger. That person has something steady onto which she or he may hold, making it easier to sense the next movement and follow.

When it comes to steps, accidents will happen, particularly in the early stages of learning. What makes a great leader is certainty in steps—meaning, a lack of hesitancy. When you’re hesitant, you’re more likely to make mistakes and step on your partner’s toes. The first step to overcoming this is learning the basics. Then, you practice.

The ability to lead like a pro can only come with time and practice. With each correct step, you build confidence, which is essential for leading well, too. The more you practice, the better your steps and confidence, and the easier it is to focus on the surety of your steps and strength of your frame. Better posture, level arms, shoulders rolled back, and a firm core throughout the dance—all parts of a strong frame—need practice, too; your body has to become accustomed to staying in this position over time.

At Dance Passion Studio, we will do more than teach you to dance; we’ll teach you to lead a dance like a pro, and follow just as gracefully. Sign up for classes today.

Practice Makes Perfect Dance

Dance classes have a great deal to offer you. The more you dance, the better you will become, and the more you will benefit. Of course, you cannot take classes constantly, and your busy life may not allow you to take more than one or two per week. So, what can you do to get the most from what you learn in your classes? For the perfect dance, it is helpful to practice outside of class.

Start by practicing what you know.

Dancing FeetYou can practice anything you learn in class. All you need is space and a way to view what you’re doing, like a mirror. It also helps to have a partner who knows at least as much as you do, but it’s not necessary.  Even just practicing your footwork on your own can be very helpful.

Take your at-home practice one step at a time. Start by practicing the dance one part that you can remember at a time. If you have forgotten any part of the dance, the chances are that your memory will be triggered when you practice the parts you do recall. So, it makes sense to start with what you know.

Be patient with yourself; in the beginning, it can be difficult to remember your steps, but all the classes and private lessons are structured in a way to help you start remembering your steps. So, after a few lessons, you will be able to practice your steps outside of those lessons, or classes.

Talk to your teacher about how to practice.

In private lessons, your teacher can guide you. She or he may have tips on where to begin and how to proceed. You can find out what areas are best for your focus, and more than just general ideas. Your dance teacher may know the best things to help you, specifically, based on your performance in class. She or he may also prefer that you practice according to certain teaching methods.

You don’t have to lose any of what your learned in dance class. Practice dancing at home to make it perfect. Come to Dance Passion Studio and get started today.