General Dance Discussion > Beginning Dancers' Frequently Asked Questions

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by pygmalion, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Beginning Dancers' Frequently Asked Questions

    Dance Forums -- an information exchange for partner dancers. often gets questions from brand new dancers, just starting out. In order to help those new dancers, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions, with links to pertinent threads attached. Please feel free to browse through the frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, please post and we will make every attempt to get you an answer.

    I'm just starting out. Do you have any words of wisdom?
    What Would You Tell Beginners

    What do I wear to dance?
    Swing Dance Clothes
    Dressing for Social Dances/Parties
    Basic Wear to Practice

    How and where do I find a reputable dance teacher?
    What Makes a Good Teacher
    Dance Instructor Questions
    Does the Sex of the Instructor Matter?

    How do I practice?
    Keeping Practice Exciting
    Practice Makes Perfect … Or Does It?
    Dance Practice Drills

    Do I need dance shoes? Where do I buy them? How do I care for them?
    Help with dance shoe sole issues!
    Shoes and Foot Care

    I only have a couple weeks to learn to dance. What do I do?
    Help! I Have a Wedding in Two Weeks
    Ballroom Lite Please

    What about dance lessons -- how much do they cost? Should I take group or private lessons?
    Cost of Private Lessons
    How Can I Get More Out of My Group Classes?

    Are there rules of etiquette for the dance floor?
    Social Obligations

    How do I find a dance partner?
    Dance Partners

    I need to know the basics of club dancing. Help.
    Club Dancing Index
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  2. Danish Guy

    Danish Guy New Member

    Our forum with an index.

    Nice 8)
  3. dancersdreamland

    dancersdreamland New Member

    Very nice! I'll have to check this out when I have more time. Great job!!! :D
  4. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Thanks! :D :D :D

  5. will35

    will35 New Member

    Here's a question. "What is a break?" "How does one break?"
  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Sorry I missed this yesterday, will. I pulled this definition from, but it applies to non-ballroom dances as well.

    Break: A unit of two steps where the second step is taken in exactly the opposite direction from the first.

    Anybody care to give will some examples?
  7. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    I would really stress the part about not breaking frame . . . the article talks about the elbows, but not why.

    and . . .

    Maybe to feel this, if they are struggling with breaking frame, to get the push/pull . . . practice with a large rubber band to get the feel of what is needed.

    It's hard to say what works. Each student is different . . .
  8. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    the faq

    The one titled "Dressing for Social Dances/Parties" needs a dash put in its url. It currently leads to some other site called danceforums when you click it.
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Thanks, jdavidb. Nice to see someone's using those indices. 8)
  10. Deschain

    Deschain New Member

    I'm relatively new to dancing. I only dance when im in a night club and have never taken dancing lessons. However people have commented on my dancing and have even asked me where did I learn my moves. So I my intrest for dancing grew.

    I came upon this forum by accident and it seems a good place to start :D
  11. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Glad to have you Deschain! :D
  12. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Welcome Deschain! :D

    That reminds me. I guess I should update this index, one day soon. Probably not today, just soon. LOL. :oops: :lol:
  13. Deschain

    Deschain New Member

    Everyone is so friendly here :D . Thanks for the welcome
  14. STUDIO183

    STUDIO183 New Member

    Independent Dance Instructors

    Hi there...I am helping a client launch a new dance studio in the South Chicago Suburbs. I want to network with independent dance instructors in the Chicago area (doesn't matter what type of dance), but it is really hard to find them. Any suggestions? Thanks so much. I'm new, so please go easy on me :p ...d
  15. d nice

    d nice New Member

    I'd suggest doing a search for some of the dances that tend to produce independant instructors. Swing (lindy hop, jitterbug, chicago steppin'), Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, salsa, etc.

    Another option is to take a look at the various dance clubs in the area and see if the social dance nights have instructors. If so chances are they are independants and you might be able to get them to teach at your studio.
  16. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yes. Independents can be hard to find, at least on the web, because not everybody is on the web. Let me think about how I can help with your search. *furrowed eyebrows*

    And yes, d nice is right. Some dance disciplines, such as swing, are a lot more likely to produce independents than others.
  17. macha

    macha New Member

  18. Leggie

    Leggie New Member

    I'm afraid these links don't seem to work any longer - could they be fixed?
  19. dancersdreamland

    dancersdreamland New Member

  20. matttwine

    matttwine New Member

    are these links working? was interested in reading a few of them, will do a forum search see if i can locate them elsewhere

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