1. What dances do you teach?
We have instructors who are well-versed in all the traditional ballroom dances (Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Jive, Samba, Mambo, Bolero and Paso Doble) as well as Salsa, Bachata, West Coast Swing, Country dancing, line dancing and other alternative dance styles. Both singles and couples are welcome in our private lessons and group classes.
2. Do I need a partner?
You don’t need a partner to learn ballroom dancing. In private lessons you’ll be dancing with your instructor and in group classes, everyone rotates through partners to ensure no one gets left out.
3. Should I buy dance shoes?
There’s no need to rush to buy dance shoes. If you’re just getting started, you’ll do fine wearing comfortable shoes, preferably dress shoes, or shoes with a smooth sole to better assist you with moving smoothly across the floor.
Rubber soled shoes, heavy boots, flip-flops, sandals and backless shoes are generally not recommended. For the ladies, if you’re comfortable in heels and prefer them, they make your dance steps even more attractive. But as a beginning dancer, comfort should be your biggest consideration.
When you’re ready, there are several options for where to purchase dance shoes. We have a catalog from Very Fine, one manufacturer of dance shoes. You can order them through us and they’re delivered to the studio. You can also find dance shoes online at Amazon and a number of other sites by simply typing ‘ballroom dance shoes’ into Google.
4. What kind of clothes should I wear?
Just as with the shoes you wear, the clothing you choose should be comfortable and allow you to freely move without constriction as you dance. For group classes as well as private lessons, clean, casual, comfortable attire is recommended. For special events and the Friday night parties, you may want to dress up a bit more, but that’s totally your choice.
On any Friday night, you’ll see everything from tee-shirts to button down shirts, dress or casual pants, jeans, or even shorts, depending on the time of the year, all the way to blingy, sparkly, sequin covered skirts, tops and dresses.
4. What classes should I take?
If you’re brand new to ballroom dancing, you’ll want to start in the beginner class. When you feel ready (and the class instructor can help you determine this), you can move up to the Intermediate class. You’ll probably spend a lot longer in the Intermediate class, but eventually you’ll be ready to move to the Advanced level.
If you’ve had ballroom dance before, but it’s been awhile, you may want to visit a few beginner classes, just to brush up on the basics. You may be surprised to see how quickly muscle memory kicks in and you’re remembering everything you ever learned!
5. Do You Teach Wedding Dances?
You bet we do! Our instructors have choreographed some amazing, memorable wedding dances, including first dances, father/daughter dances, and mother/son dances. We’re also happy to provide special choreography for other special events as well. Talk to your instructor about what you have in mind. They’ll work with you to customize your choreography, help you determine when you need to start and how many lessons you should plan on taking in order to achieve your dancing goals.
6. What if I have two left feet?
Believe it or not, we’ve never met anyone who actually had two left feet! What we HAVE met are people who didn’t think they could ever learn to dance, but who did and actually LOVED it! Dancing is almost 100% composed of…steps. Just basic steps, like you take every single day. They’re just put into a pattern and set to music. Forward steps, backward steps, side to side…c’mon now…you got this!
7. How do I get started?
If you’re new to Dance Tonight, the best way to get started is with our Introductory Offer, one low price that’s good for one or two people. The Intro Offer gives you a great start to your dancing with two private lessons, a group class and admission to a Friday night party. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, so you never miss out on important announcements and upcoming events!
8. Do you have a calendar?
You can always pick up a copy of the calendar from the studio, but there’s also a Dance Tonight calendar on the website you can download or simply refer to as needed.
9. Anything else I should know?
Most of all, be patient with yourself as you progress! Learning to ballroom dance takes time. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t learn as quickly as you would like.
The more you dance, and the more practice time you’re able to put in, the quicker you’ll gain confidence and be comfortable on the dance floor. Remember, perfect dance does not exist – everyone is always learning and the focus is always about the fun of the ballroom dancing experience!
See you on the dance floor!