Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Blogs

Dancing Tips for Beginners

Novice dancers usually go to their first lesson not quite knowing what to expect. A few basic instructions, such as what clothing to wear and which shoes to wear are given before you even arrive, although there are other things that you should know in order to make your first few dance lessons go smoothly. These five are just the beginning:

Make Eye Contact With Your Dance Partner

You may be tempted to look down at your feet to make sure that they are moving correctly or to keep from tripping over your dance partner’s feet, but this can actually make things worse. Making eye contact with your dance partner and keeping your head up while dancing will make it easier to concentrate and learn the correct moves. Plus, your proper posture will make dancing easier.

Don’t be Afraid of Looking Silly

Everyone else is learning, too! It’s rare to have someone come in for their first lesson and look like a professional within minutes, unless they’ve taken plenty of lessons before. It will take time for a group of true beginners to catch on, and in the meantime, there will be plenty of tripping, stepping on of others’ feet and general mayhem.

Count Out Loud if it Helps You Stay On Beat

Staying with the music will help you get the steps right, so if you need to count out loud the first few times you do a particular dance, then go ahead and do so. Just make sure that the only people who can hear you counting are you and your partner – otherwise you may drown out any directions being given out by the instructor.

Ask for Help if You Need it

Don’t be too embarrassed to ask the instructor for further clarification. If you don’t feel like you are doing a move right or are confused about the order of the steps, then feel free to ask. That’s what the instructor is there for!

And of course, relax and have fun. After all, you’re learning how to dance because it’s fun, right? Contact Elite Dance Studio today to sign up for your first class!