FAQ

 

Did you know?  Bruce Lee was a Professional Ballroom Dancer and crowned the Cha Cha Champion in Hong Kong 1958 before he came to the USA. He opened a Ballroom Dance Studio in LA when he arrived in the USA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

  • I’m afraid of looking ridiculous…
  • The most important thing to remember is that everyone feels that way. Also, when you come in to our class, we’re going to take care of you – we’ll work to your level, and build your confidence and knowledge from there. Remember – once you have even ONE class, you’ll know more than most people! In that first class we’ll start giving you techniques to make you a more elegant dancer. And even with one class, you’ll feel more confident about hitting that dance floor!
  • What about injury?
    Dance classes aren’t obstacle courses – this is a relaxed, controlled atmosphere. If you can walk without injury, you can dance!
  • What are group classes?
    If you’re a beginner, and start out in group class. With several of our instructors on the floor at the same time, we can assure you the attention you require to get started regardless of others more experienced that may be in the same class. We do not separate couples that come to learn together. We know that when a couple comes to learn they do not want to be separated to dance with someone else.
  • What is private instruction?
    Private dance lessons are one-on-one learning. You (or you and your partner) can learn in a private environment that is fun, anonymous, and responsive to your specific needs.
    We always suggest that if you take private lessons, you also take group classes as well. This gives you rapid advancement combined with real world experience. Contact us for more information!
  • Should I learn one dance, or many?
    Learning multiple dances helps you in many ways to be a better dancer…
    – You have more opportunities to dance when at a social event (and dance the right dance for each song)
    – You will start to learn the overall theories that are so important in learning all types of dance; you’ll not only understand certain moves in each type of dance, but understand how to move like a dancer
    – One dance will help you learn faster in another dance.
    – Many times after learning one dance, you will find similar moves within another dance, making it easier to learn new moves.
  • How many lessons do I need? What is the frequency of lessons?
    Since you are starting, it is important to take one (or even two) lessons per week. This will allow you to rapidly build upon what you have already learned the previous week. You’ll ‘lock down’ what you have already learned and integrate it into future lessons. Also, we’ll show you how to practice at home, easily and effortlessly – this will build your confidence even more!
  • Do I need a partner to learn Ballroom or Latin dancing?
    No! You never need a partner for any group class, party, workshop, or lesson at TDI Ballroom Dance Studio.
  • How do I sign up for the classes?
    You do not need reservations for our group classes. Just walk in and we do not hold you to contracts. Although it is always nice to hear from you if you will or will not be attending a class.
  • What should I wear to dance class?
    Our dress code is fairly casual for our group classes. You might want to dress up a little for our Dance Social Parties, but again – make sure you wear something that you’ll be comfortable and happy dancing in.
    What is important right now for you is that you wear clothes that allow a freedom of movement.
  • Do I need to buy dance shoes for my beginning class?
    Not at first. Just be sure you wear leather-soled shoes that fit well and stay on your feet. Sneakers or other rubber-soled shoes are not a good choice. They are very difficult to dance in and can put a lot of strain on your ankles and joints. Don’t wear clogs, wedges, slides, or any shoes with an open back – you’ll be thinking more about your shoes than your dancing!
    For women, flexible heeled shoes that are not too high (what you would wear for a night on the town is best). Platform soles or stilettos come later! For men, flat- leather soled (dress) shoes are a good idea. This will allow you to spin without effort.
  • I have no dance experience and two left feet. Will I be able to keep up in the beginning group class?
    Yes! We have years of experience teaching students of all ability levels and our group classes are designed to help everyone master the basic steps. We encourage you to come to our class and try it out. If you still feel uncomfortable, we are always available for private lessons to go over concepts that may have been confusing in a group class.
  • What is the best way to learn to dance – group classes or private lessons?
    We recommend both. Group classes will help you learn the steps and become comfortable dancing with a variety of dance partners. They are a lot of fun and a great place to meet potential dance and practice partners.
    Private lessons are essential for anyone who is serious about dancing. They will really help your dance technique, and support you in any areas that you are having trouble with in the group classes. Your instructor will be able to work with you in detail on your frame, your balance, your ability to lead and follow figures, and will help you become a light and responsive dance partner. You’ll be able to work at your own pace on your own particular dance strengths and challenges. Regular private lessons will propel your dancing to a new level.
  • How do I find a dance partner to practice with and go out dancing?
    You’ve already made a good start! The best way to meet people interested in dancing is by attending dance classes and parties. As you become friendly with our students, you can see if there is someone in the class who is also looking for a practice partner.

 

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