Beginner dancers, learning a new hobby as cool as Salsa, Swing or Country Two Step dancing is amazing! As you may also be discovering, though, it can take a little time to get to looking smooth and natural on that dance floor. Keep plugging along…knowing how to dance is a timeless and extremely useful skill. But, on those days when you feel like throwing in the towel (and we have all had those days), here are a few tips on what to do.
1. Think less. Yes, believe it or not, over-thinking has lead to the death of many dancers with great potential. It makes sense to think that if I just obsess over my dance moves, surely they’ll sink in, right? Wrong. In fact, when you are getting stressed about that challenging step, you are sure to not recall it at all. Our tip? Just walk away and let it go. Wait for another time when you can approach your dancing with a clear mind. From there, you’ll be surprised at how much you actually did retain in your private dance lesson. Keep in mind, the muscles do remember, even when the brain seems to forget. 🙂
2. Remind yourself that Rome wasn’t built in a day. That’s right. While Country Two Step dancing, for example, may seem like a breeze, those out there who are stealing the spotlight have put in their time training. While everyone would love to be great instantly, knowing how to dance just doesn’t happen overnight.
If you want the shortest route to becoming a confident dancer, then take private dance instruction. Without a doubt, you will learn more in one hour of a private Country dance lesson with a qualified instructor than you would in 5 to 10 hours of group dance classes.
3. Invest in yourself. This is the biggie. It’s not only your time, but there’s a financial investment to learning to dance. Those “free” group dance classes in the bars are free for a reason. Set aside some funds for this new venture as you begin learning to dance. It’s truly a great investment in yourself and, if you have one, your partner. Social dancing has so many wonderful benefits, from weight loss to stress relief to improved balance and coordination, that knowing how to dance is probably one of the best investment that you can make in you. So stick with it when you begin climbing that first steep hill as a beginner and remind yourself that anything that is worth doing takes time and effort. Then, once you get that ball rolling, you’ll have people waiting in line to dance with you! (Trust me, it will happen.)
If you are willing to put a little time and energy into taking care of you, and you happen to live here with us in Phoenix, Arizona, come enjoy time learning to dance at Dance FX Studios in the Phoenix East Valley. We can help you to explore popular dances like Salsa, Country, Swing and Argentine Tango. Our New Student Offer is a great way to check us out for just $25! So, what are you waiting for, strap on your dancing shoes and let’s get this party started!