Here are a few questions we get asked frequently:
What to wear to class?
If not specified in the class description, make sure you can move comfortably. You’ll need to be able to take large steps so short, tight skirts are not recommended! Suede soled shoes are the ideal, leather soles are second best, but a flat or low heeled dress shoe that stays on securely will work. You don’t want something that grips the floor like a sneaker because it can be hard on your knees and ankles when you turn, and you don’t want something so slick that you slip and fall.
Are these classes appropriate for someone who has never (ever) danced before?
Absolutely! Any of our beginner classes are designed for both absolute beginners and those new to a particular dance, as well as for those with more experience who wish to review and improve their basics.
Am I required to bring a partner?
No! Students will pair up, switch partners, and rotate through the class. This not only allows individual dancers to participate, it also speeds up everyone’s learning process, prevents you from picking up a single partner’s bad habits (or passing on your own!) and encourages people to get to know their fellow students. This is social dancing, after all!
Are there class etiquette rules?
Let common sense and courtesy prevail here. Please leave outside shoes outside the studio to keep the floor surface ready for dancing, and wipe up any spills promptly to protect peoples’ shoes. Dress presentably and respectfully. You’ll be dancing in close proximity to various partners so deodorant and breath mints are much appreciated. While social dancing involves being, well, social, talking with your partner in class makes it incredibly difficult for the teacher(s) to communicate the information that you’ve paid to learn. Arrive at the studio 5-10 minutes before class so everyone can start together and time isn’t wasted going over material that was already taught. Just common sense and courtesy!
For a deeper exploration of the etiquette of social dance parties, the University of Texas in Dallas wrote an excellent description in 1996 which still applies. http://utdallas.edu/~aria/dance/etiquette.html