Benefits of Private Lessons in Ballroom Dancing

If you ask experienced ballroom dancers for their opinion of private lessons, most will agree that private lessons are the best possible way to learn how to properly.

Yes, they’re usually more expensive than group classes, but they provide you with an education you will never get in a group, no matter how many classes you take, making private lessons well worth the extra money.

Who Are Private Lessons For?

A diverse group of people take private lessons for a variety of reasons. Yours may or may not be among them, and that’s okay. Sometimes people take private lessons just because they want to. Other reasons can include:

  • The shy beginner, who doesn’t feel comfortable enough to jump into a group class. The shy person will want to take a few private lessons, just so they won’t feel awkward or embarrassed in the group class.
  • The advanced dancer, preparing for an upcoming competition or a showcase. Most special dance events involve learning a routine, and it’s through private lessons the routine is choreographed, taught and practiced.
  • The wedding couple who wants to dance that all-important first dance as husband and wife with grace and ease. Taking private wedding dance lessons for several weeks prior to the big day allows them to perform that special wedding dance in front of friends and family with confidence.
  • The social dancer who wants to learn at a faster pace than what’s usually taught in group classes. Or perhaps they want to improve on their form and technique or learn how to actually perform the dance, rather than just moving through the patterns. This dancer will often take private lessons in addition to group classes, and the instructor can help reinforce what was learned in class.

There are no doubt many other reasons people choose to take private lessons and each one is as valid as the next. Private lessons are really just an investment in your dancing skills, much like going to a personal trainer is an investment in your fitness levels.
 
Benefits of Private Lessons
 
The benefits of private lessons is a lengthy list and would likely be somewhat different for each individual. But some of the benefits are universal, and anyone taking private lessons will experience them. Listed below are some of the top benefits private lessons can offer every student.

Personalized and customized for your unique needs
During your private lesson, you have the undivided attention of the instructor. You can ask questions, talk about your dance goals and together the two of you (or the three of you, if you’re taking private lessons with a dance partner) can develop a plan to meet those goals.

Your lessons can adapt and flow as your goals change. You may start out wanting to improve your social dancing skills, but later decide to participate in a showcase or spotlight routine. Your instructor will change your lessons to match whatever goal you’re currently working to achieve.

Accelerated Progress in Your Dance Skills
Private lessons allow your instructor to focus solely on you, and quickly identify any problem areas you may be having. The instructor can then create lessons consisting of specific techniques and instructions to improve those weak areas.
 
Your entire lesson can be spent correcting a specific turn or perfecting a particular pattern.
Every movement can be broken down and analyzed. You’re able to focus on each position of your foot, the hip action, arm placement and so much more. This allows you to move forward and progress much more quickly than you could ever do in a group class.

Convenience and Flexibility
Group classes typically follow a set schedule, most often meeting in the evenings, with different dances taught on different nights at different times. If you want to learn a particular style of dance, but it’s only taught on Wednesday evenings and you work late every Wednesday, you’d never get to take that class.

With private lessons, you can schedule them according to your schedule and your instructor’s availability, which usually includes daytime hours and in some cases, weekend hours as well. Not only can you schedule the time that’s convenient for you, you can also choose which dance you’d like to work on.

You can work on Rumba for a while, change it up and work on Tango for a couple of lessons, and go back to Rumba if you so choose. You have lots of flexibility with private lessons that group classes just can’t give you.

More Detailed Explanation of Dance Steps and Patterns
Sometimes, especially for beginners, group classes can be a bit overwhelming. You may feel like you get a lot of information given to you quickly, in a relatively short period of time. It can be very helpful to supplement your group classes with private lessons. 

During a private lesson, your instructor can slow down the explanation and literally walk you through each step of any given pattern, then allow you to dance through it until you’re more comfortable and familiar with it. You’ll feel much more prepared for your next group class

You Don’t Need a Partner, But It’s Okay If You Have One
To be fair, you don’t need a partner for group classes either, but if two of you attend a group class, in most cases you’re required to pay for both to attend. In a private lesson, which typically lasts the same length of time as a group class, usually 45-50 minutes, the fee is the same, even if you want to include a partner.

 

 If you’re ready to step up your dancing progress, or just want to give private lessons a try, contact Dance Tonight and we’ll be happy to match you up with the instructor best suited to help you achieve your ballroom dance goals.

 

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All About Ballroom

If you hate to exercise, you’ve gotta read this!

Put down that barbell and head to the ballroom.

Ditch the sneakers and put on your best pair of smooth-soled shoes.

Get off that elliptical trainer and get ready to do the salsa, a foxtrot or a waltz.

You’re going dancing.

Regardless of your sex, generation or fitness level, hitting the dance floor is a great way to get moving.

“It’s better than going to the gym or taking up a new sport because it’s easy, it’s simple and it’s fun,” says Dr. Rita Beckford, a family physician and creator of the fitness video Home With Dr. B. She is medical director of the urgent-care center at the Twinsburg (Ohio) Medical Center.

“Research over the past 10 to 15 years has found that exercise only works if it’s done consistently. So if people are happy and they enjoy what they’re doing, they tend to stick with it much longer than just picking up an activity for the benefit of exercise,” she says.

The U. S. Department of Agriculture considers dancing a moderate physical activity, like walking briskly, golfing (walking and carrying clubs) and bicycling faster than 10 mph. The recommendation for general health is at least 30 minutes of this type of activity a day.

Wanda Deagen, who has been teaching ballroom dance since 1984, says even the most basic elements of dance can contribute to physical fitness.

“In ballroom dancing, it’s all about form, so you’re holding your body and your core so that you have your abdominals tucked under and you’re dancing with a nice long back,” Deagen says. “All of the things that are good for your body posture-wise, stretching-wise, those are all the basics in dance.”

Ballroom dancing, like most dance, is usually a low-impact exercise and provides the same kind of benefits as low-impact aerobics, Beckford says. Other disciplines, including hip-hop with its jumps and turns, are high-impact.

“Regardless of the type of dance, you’ll get benefits like an increase in flexibility, strength training and fat burning,” says Beckford, who lost 80 pounds with a program that included an hour of cardio dance five days a week.

“The more intense and high impact, you’re probably going to build more muscles, you’ll burn more calories. But even with low impact dance, the benefits in your bones are still going to be there, the impact on reducing your blood pressure is there.”

Dance is good not only for the body, it’s good for the mind as well.

A study reported in the June 2003 New England Journal of Medicine found that elderly people who engaged in activities such as dancing lowered their risk for dementia.

About half the fitness clubs that are members of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association offer dance-based classes. One reason for the popularity of these classes is that dance doesn’t feel like work, says Elsa Williams, the group fitness coordinator at the Concord Athletic Club in San Antonio.

“With dancing, the perceived exertion is less than a boot-camp class where you might be working just as hard,” she explains. “It’s pleasurable, and the mood is completely different from a typical fitness class.”

There is also a social component to dancing that can be missing from other activities.

“You’re not only interacting with your partner, but you’re interacting with other dancers,” says Deagen. “Many people after a divorce or the death of a spouse will start dancing.”

And because it can be completely non-competitive, dance can be an enjoyable, healthy and creative outlet for children who aren’t interested in sports.

Open House 2019 – Open to the Public!

Saturday April 13 – Open House 2019 – Free and Open to the Public!

Don’t miss this free opportunity to bring friends and introduce them to the wonderful world of ballroom dancing.

It’s FREE! It’s FUN! There’s FOOD!

The fun starts at 7:00pm. We’ll have group classes, general dancing, demonstrations and refreshments!

Did we mention it’s FREE?

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FAQ

What do you need to know before you get out on the floor? What is ballroom dancing? Merriam-Webster defines it as “any of various usually social dances (as the tango, two-step, and waltz) in which couples perform set moves.” But the easiest definition is: anything you see on Dancing with the Stars!

We have instructors who are well-versed in the traditional ballroom dances as well as salsa, West Coast Swing, Country dancing, and line dancing. You do not need to bring your own partner to take classes at Dance Tonight. Both singles and couples are welcome in our private lessons and group classes. (more…)

All About Ballroom for Youth

Do you have children in your life that could be enjoying these amazing benefits of ballroom dancing for kids?

Dance classes for kids are nothing new. The opportunity has been there for years, allowing children of all ages to learn how to dance. Boys and girls of all ages attend weekly dance classes where they learn everything from ballet to ballroom, from hip-hop to tap and jazz, as well as a number of other dance styles.

Dance classes contribute to many different areas of a child’s growth. They learn body alignment, rhythm, coordination, technical training and discipline. There are several other aspects of dance that greatly contribute to a child’s growth and development…benefits that may not immediately come to mind.

Youth Dance Classes Create Confidence

When children learn a new step or a difficult routine or improve on a technique, it increases the child’s self-esteem. This allows them to feel proud of their accomplishment and gives them the self-assurance to perform it for family and friends. In many cases, it helps the child overcome feelings of shyness and allows them to experience the feeling of appreciation and pride in a job well done.

Youth Dance Classes Provide Good Exercise

Let’s be honest, kids in today’s world are not getting as much exercise as kids in years past, in the days before so many video games and so much screen time. Children attending youth dance classes have so much fun participating in the class and learning new dance moves, many don’t even realize all the other benefits they’re receiving.

In addition to increased physical activity, they also learn about teamwork, structure, discipline, creativity and independent thinking.

Youth Dance Classes Teach Respect

Children who attend regular dance classes learn respect for adults, for their classmates and even more importantly, for themselves. When kids feel good about themselves, it opens their mind to be able to accomplish a multitude of other things that benefit their mental and physical health and enhance their overall well-being.

Almost every adult who took dance classes as a child will confirm the positive experience they had and can tell you how much they helped in various aspects of their life.

Youth Dance Classes Foster a Positive Mindset

There is something special about the environment within the walls of a dance studio. For one thing, it’s a positive energy atmosphere, where encouragement reigns. Over the years, children grow and develop into happier, more well-rounded adults. The transformation is beautiful to watch and an even greater experience to be involved in. There is nothing greater in this world than to be part of a child’s healthy, happy growth and development.