Group Class Q & A
Here is a breakdown of some of the most common questions about your group class. Find what is best for you!
Most Common Questions
Are group classes or private lessons best?
The best answer is to use both. Use your group class to learn new material and private lessons to refine. Ask about our discounted mini enrichment private lessons for group class students.
What is the difference between pre-beginning and Bronze?
Although a couple with no dance experience can start with a bronze class, pre-beginning has a clearer focus on lead, follow and connection. Both follow the Bronze (Beginning) Syllabus.
Is it easy to learn?
Most couples will report it to be a more cerebral activity at first, but soon the body will take over with the newly acquired muscle memory. From that point, it becomes a very enriching activity for everyone. This makes a wonderful date night.
What is the best protocol?
It is best for new dancers to start off with a pre-beginning class in preparation to moving into a Bronze class. Because everyone in each class has different needs, it is strongly suggested that you book one mini supplemental private lesson per month to address these.
Pre-beginning classes run from late fall to late spring.
How do we dress?
Wear what you feel comfortable and provides a free flowing movement. Street shoes are not permitted on the dance floor. If you are a pre-beginner, you may wear socks as the patterns you will be learning will be simplified. Those dancing in a bronze level class and above are required to have dance shoes. Most are ordering these off Amazon. A brushed sued bottomed shoe is best.
What about dance events?
Dance events are provided to students on a monthly basis during the dance season (Fall-Spring). This is the perfect way to dress up and have someplace fun to go and use what you have been learning. We want our dancers dancing outside of class. Besides getting to know other couples, it is the best way to continue your dance education.
Your Map To Success
1.) Start with a pre-beginning or Bronze class. If you are starting with a pre-beginning, remember that is is only to be used as a stair step into Bronze. It isn't created to stay in for a long period.
2.) Don't feel like you have to remember everything. You only have to relax and use what you can remember. The rest will come to you in time.
3.) Don't neglect a mini private lesson. These are priced at $45 for group class students only; but will give you the personal attention to those issues that apply to you and your partner.
4.) Ask questions! Your question could also be something someone else needs to know.
5.) Some people believe that you learn gradually. This isn't true. You learn in "spurts". If you are having trouble one week, rest assured, your learning spurt is just around the corner.
6.) Don't skip the dance events. This is one of the most common mistakes that beginners make. If you are not using what you have learned, you will soon forget everything.
7.) Shoes. If you are on the fence about picking up a pair of dance shoes, I say go get them! Even as a beginner you will find that they will provide a better traction and the way ballroom dance shoes are designed, you will have your weight pitched a little more forward to give you better balance.
8.) Dance levels.
Pre beginning is offered to focus more on lead, follow and connection and to prepare you for the Bronze level.
Bronze is offered to give dancers more material to use. It covers both beginning and intermediate syllabus material.
Silver is currently offered in private lesson format only. This is advanced 1 level for those who are ready for a more fluid movement and challenge.
Gold is currently only offered in private lesson format only. This is advanced 2 material for those who are skilled in the previous levels.