So I left you in my last blog with a few great tips on how to have more fun social dancing. Of course, there are more than just three things to be mindful of when going out social dancing, so welcome to part two of my blog: More tips on a Successful Night Out Dancing. 😉 Here are a few new suggestions that I have for you to make your night out Country dancing or Salsa dancing a blast!
Tip #4: This is my absolute favorite tip, and one that is often ignored until after the fact, but here it is: Less is more. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been out Country dancing in the past few years and watched women being dipped by their pony tails, flipped into oncoming dancers, and tossed around like rag dolls. Some of these gals have smiles on, but more often than not, they are terrified when they can’t stop themselves before being flung into another couple. Guys, or should I say, gentlemen, treat your ladies with respect out there. It should not be dangerous to go out on the floor for a relaxing Two Step dance. Crazy does not equal cool. So keep her safe, stick to moves that do not use a ton of space and respect the other dancers on the floor. If you’re not sure what that means, or how to stay safe and have fun, visit your local dance studio for Country dance classes and get the right information to set yourself up for a successful night of dancing.
Tip #5: Be interesting. This may seem to be the opposite of what I just discussed, but it’s absolutely not. To be an interesting lead on the dance floor means that you have enough simple but fun moves in your tool belt to show her a great time. In your Private Dance Lessons, you should be learning to work smart and not hard by combining those same moves in a variety of ways.
Guys, your challenge is to recall the moves you have when the pressure is on dancing in the “real world”. You will find that it’s not quite the same as dancing in the studio, where everything is controlled. Take a deep breathe and relax. You will forget everything for a minute, then your muscle memory will kick in and you’ll be back on track. Just start by doing the basic a few times, and then layer with one move that you can remember at a time, until you get in your groove and can start to have a little fun. More moves does not mean more fun, so stick with what you know well, and have some fun.
Tip #6: If you are investing in yourself by taking Private Dance Lessons, this last tip will get you major results. I recommend that you take notes. This tip is a two parter. First, I mean to say that you should bring notes with you on your first few times out dancing. Yes, literally write down a few things on a flash card, in your phone, or anywhere that you can, and take a quick peek at your notes just before your first few dances. You’ll be surprised with what you forgot and what those notes will help you to remember before hitting the dance floor.
Also, take notes on what you are struggling with so you can bring those notes back to your instructor on Monday. He or she can help correct the issues you had for your next time out. Jot some things down in your phone, you’ll be grateful that you did.
Going out dancing is an important step in your journey towards becoming a confident social dancer. With the right tools, you will have a wonderful hobby that you can use for many years to come. Take the time to get great information so you can have the best experience dancing ever! You’re worth the investment.