Questions?

What is Ballroom Dancing?

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    Ballroom Dancing is a beautiful dance form which is based on of partner dancing.  Unfortunately, many people may say about themselves " I have two left feet", " I have no rhythm", "I can't dance" when they should realize that partner dancing is a learned activity and the only way to feel and know you are dancing is to learn how to do it.

    Ballroom Dancing also known as Dance-sport is open to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.  It is a great venue for meeting people and making new friends while at the same time reaping the benefits of exercise, improving one's posture, self-confidence and overall well-being.  You'll never know how much it is until you just give it a chance and try it.  You may surprise yourself

What is the length of a class?

A monthly class is usually 4 to 5 weeks. For example if you signup for a beginning Ballroom class on Wednesday and pay the stated rate: You will meet once a week for that month unless there is a “Holiday” or other interruption.”

Missed classes cannot be made up.

**Just Dance defines a month as “averaging” 4 weeks. Some months may contain 3 weeks, because of holidays, while others will contain 5 weeks. Please note we do not prorate classes. Attending a single class is $10.

How long do I have to take lessons to be any good?

    After only a few lessons, you will know a basic pattern or two and may even feel comfortable dancing socially. Once you master the basics, you can continue to take lessons to learn new and more advanced patterns. The more you practice outside of class, the faster you will progress as a dancer.

Do I have to have any natural grace, rhythm or athletic ability?

    The majority of people who take dance lessons are NOT naturals. Although some students do have more natural ability or dance experience, anyone can eventually learn enough to feel competent in social dance situations. If you feel you need more coaching, you can repeat classes or take private lessons.

Do I need a partner for lessons?

    Singles and couples are equally welcome. Class participants rotate partners to help everyone develop lead and follow skills.

What happens in a class?

    An instructor or pair of instructors will demonstrate patterns to participants, who will practice in class with the instructor available to guide and coach. Students will also practice to music.

How much time is involved in taking dance lessons?

Weekly classes are 55 minutes, but most students choose to supplement their lessons with additional practice.

Class Attire

    Dress comfortably by wearing non-constricting clothes in layers. (You will get warm when you start dancing!) Please bring your dance shoes with you to class; street shoes are not allowed on the dance floor. If you do not have ballroom shoes, please wear non-marking, slick soled shoes. You should be comfortable, I don't require formal type clothing.

Group Lessons

    Group classes at The Just Dance Studio are a great way to learn to dance. Our groups are open to anyone. You don't have to take private lessons to take advantage of our classes. This is a great way to exercise, meet new friends and just have lots of fun. No partner is necessary for any of our groups unless specified.

Private Lessons

    One on one coaching with a couple or single with emphasis on the technique and styling of the individuals.  These lessons can be a regular event or may be scheduled as needed to help with something you may not be getting in class.  Also if you find that classes aren’t your style, give private lessons a try.

Can I take just private lessons?

    Yes, many people chose group lessons because the group may be too fast or slow.  You may want the to participate in showcases or competition.  You may not feel comfortable in a group setting.  Many chose private lessons to accommodate a busy schedule.

    A combination of group and private instruction would be the best way to become an outstanding ballroom dancer.

Where can I practice?

    The studio offers practice parties on Sundays. Social dances at the studio and out in the  community are also good opportunities to practice.

What kind of events does the studio sponsor?

    The studio's many events are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays such as; Studio parties,  potluck dinners and the annual Toys For Tots fund raiser dance; Theme parties like a Halloween costume party, the Harvest Moon ball, the Margaritaville party and rodeo party with featured dances and lessons; and special workshops, some featuring guest instructors. Outings to other studios and dance clubs and local dance venues and shows.

Where can I use what I've learned?

    Besides social activities at the studio, clubs and groups throughout the city regularly offer dances. You may also find your new dance skills to come in handy at wedding receptions and events such as company parties. Some students eventually decide to perform in showcases or even compete.

Syllabus

Each dance has a list of recognized steps associated with it. This list of steps is known as the “Syllabus”. The syllabus for each dance is broken into three parts - the bronze steps, silver steps, and gold steps.

Generally, the steps of a given level are grouped together because of the level of difficulty. For example, the bronze level steps are fairly basic and provide a good grounding and understanding of the nature of each individual dance. The silver level comprises all of the bronze steps plus a few more, slightly more advanced steps. Predictably, the gold level incorporates all of the bronze and all of the silver steps, with the addition of more advanced steps. At all levels, attention to technique will always aid in the execution.

Level Key or Where do I fit in?

Beginning - for dancers with little or no dance experience.

Beginning/Intermediate - for dancers who have progressed beyond the hesitant stage and are starting to feel comfortable with standard dance maneuvers.

Intermediate - for dancers with some working knowledge and experience of musical rhythms and the ability to perform slightly intricate dance patterns.

Intermediate/Advanced - for those who are coming into their own as polished dancers and are able to follow most dance patterns and rhythms.

Advanced - for dancers familiar with the various rhythms and with abilities to perform intricate moves and patterns and improvise freely with them.

Budget

    Best of all, our group classes will fit anyone's budget. Be sure to look at our monthly calendar and decide which class or classes you want to take. Classes are limited in size, so give us a call to pre-register and reserve your spot in class at The Just Dance Studio.

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