Ballroom Dancing FAQ

Q: Why dance?
A: For starters, it is a lot of fun! Fun aside, dancing has so much more to offer than just a good time. It’s exercise, stress relief, self-confidence, social poise, and a creative outlet are amongst the many benefits you can receive from dancing. Dancing is an activity that you will enjoy for a lifetime.

Q: Do I need previous dance experience to start taking lessons?
A: ABSOLUTELY NOT! The beginner class is for absolute beginners who have never set foot on a dance floor. We will start you off with some basic dance elements, and will have you moving around the floor in no time!

Q: What shoes should I wear?
A: We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. Medium to low heel shoes with leather soles are the best. Thick and rubber-soled shoes are not a good idea as they tend to grip the floor and make it hard to turn. Ladies, do not wear open back sandals as they do not offer sufficient support while dancing; and running shoes should not be worn since they cause too much friction with the floor making dancing very difficult. Don’t let your shoes spoil your fun!

Q: I saw an (obviously) advanced dancer brushing the bottoms of her shoes. Why do you need to keep the bottoms good-looking?
A: Ballroom dance shoes are flexible shoes with soles made from chrome leather (suede). These fuzzy-bottomed shoes quickly attract dirt, dust, and other undesirable substances. Dancers use wire brushes to clean the soles of their dance shoes. Dance stores sell small wire brushes for this purpose. (If you are on a budget, a stiff wire brush for cleaning barbeque grills will also do the job.)

Q: What clothing should I wear?
A: Wear something that makes you feel good and is comfortable and easy to move in.

Q: What if I have two left feet?
A: Not to worry, if you can walk, you can dance. Our dance lessons are taught in a fashion that is simple and easy to learn. We break down the steps to their simplest form and you will be dancing in no time.

Q: If we attend a group course or class as a couple, will we have to swap partners?
A: No, while some dance schools strongly encourage this, we actually believe couples should dance with each other and focus on developing their progress together.

Q: Does it matter if I miss one of the classes in a course or a weekly lesson?
A: No, as we always tend to cover figures learnt from a previous class in the subsequent week. Obviously it enables quicker progress to attend all the classes in a course but it’s not imperative. Students will find it difficult if two or more consecutive classes are missed. In which case we would encourage arranging a private lesson to get back up to speed.

Q: Where do you teach?
A: We teach at a variety of locations, please check our website calendar for up to date locations

Q: How long will it take me to learn how to dance?
A: This varies from person to person—and there’s no easy answer. Some key things to ensure you progress are to practice, take notes, practice some more, and have regular lessons. Whatever your goals are, keep in mind dancing is a lifestyle activity, meaning you can do it forever, and there will always be more to learn.

Q: What is the difference between Social and International Styles of Dance?
A: Social style of dance is a dance style that is common to North America whereas the International style of dance is known worldwide.

Q: Are these styles of dances offered at your school?
A: Yes, we offer both Social and International styles.

Q: Which dances are Latin dances?
A: Cha Cha, Merengue, Salsa/Mambo, Bachata, Triple Swing, Jive, Samba, Rumba are all Latin dances.

Q: Which dances are Smooth or Standards Dances?
A: Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Quick Step, Viennese Waltz are smooth (standard) dances.