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Tips for Choosing a Group Dance Class

Selecting group classes is important, especially for beginners. Group sessions can be progressive, where the material builds from week to week, and purchased as a set (typically meeting once a week for a month) or "drop-ins," where classes are taken and paid for one at a time.

Make the Most of Your Ballroom Dance Class

Learning to dance is itself a learned skill. Aside from simply learning the steps, you need to learn how to lead, follow, move your body and read your partner’s signals. It’s a lot to remember, but there are some things you can do to make your experience go a little smoother: Practice, practice, practice: We use the P-word a lot at Chicago Dance, but only because it’s so important.

What to Wear to Ballroom Dance Class

Instructors are always surprised by how inappropriately people will dress for their ballroom dance classes, especially in the beginner classes. At Chicago Dance, we are pretty casual—the days of ties are long gone. But come on—are shorts, sandals or flip flops really appropriate or comfortable when learning how to ballroom dance? On the other hand, it is surprising how many people wear tight fitting clothing and think they are going to be comfortable in ballroom dance class.

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Learning Dance and Musicality

Dance is a learned skill. Dance is similar to language in that we all have an innate ability. However, the actual development of how to learn how to dance is environmentally determined. We can all learn a language easily when we are children, but for adults it is more difficult—the same is true for dancing.