Be a better dance partner

How to be a good dance partner:

There’s more to just dancing well than learning the steps. One of the most important parts of being a good dancer is learning to be a good dance partner. At Chicago Dance we structure our classes to let our students learn to dance with many different partners.

Your Wedding First Dance Song

What is your special song? If you do have one, is it 'danceable?' Don't stress about your first dance.  Once you have picked a song, the rest of the decisions flow easily. If you have a special song, use it!  If you are working with a dance instructor, they will help make a dance that is appropriate to your song, whether the song is 'danceable' or not.

The Foxtrot

The Foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance similar in appearance to the Waltz.

American Style Foxtrot (in a social style) is frequently one of the first dances taught to new students. American Style Social Foxtrot is similar to the 'rhythm step' used by many International Style instructors to introduce dancing to beginners.

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.