Melissa's Ballroom School of Dance
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are lessons?
Private lessons are 45 minutes.
How long does it take to learn to dance?
This is a question that cannot be answered entirely. Each person has different abilities and experiences and goals for their dancing. In one lesson you will likely learn the basic patterns of 1-3 dances. It takes time to develop knowledge, skill, and ultimately confidence. I usually recommend that students give it one year to determine where they want to take their dancing.
What should I wear?
You should wear something that is comfortable and easy to move in. Your shoes are really the only “equipment” you need. I am a distributor of Very Fine Dance Shoes and recommend that you purchase a good pair of dance shoes right away. However, for your first few lessons a shoe with a smooth bottom (leather or suede are the best) will work. Try to avoid athletic shoes because they intentionally grip the surface of the floor, which may cause discomfort and stress in your joints. Ladies, if you wear a dress shoe, you will want to make sure it is secured to your foot. It is difficult to enjoy the lesson if your toes are gripping with all of their might to hold your shoe on.
How often do I need to come in for a class?
One lesson per week is sufficient in retaining information and progressing steadily. However, the rate at which one learns is increased based on the time spent with the subject/activity.
Do I need a partner?
No, you do not need a partner. Your teacher can dance both the leader's and follower's parts and will be your partner whether you are male or female. Couples are even recommended to take some one-on-one classes with their teacher to improve communication, sensitivity, and skill.
Do you teach groups of people?
Yes. Sometimes friends enjoy forming their own groups and taking lessons that way. It is a way of socializing and sharing expenses. This is also a great way for youth to learn.
How do I get started?
You can call or email me to schedule your introductory lesson!
Does the $15 cover just one person or a couple?
The $15 introductory course is the same price whether you come alone or with a partner.
What are the benefits?
Partnership dancing is such a unique and healthy pursuit because it addresses so many of our human needs. People who enjoy this hobby boast of the physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits. Just thirty minutes of moderate social dancing can burn about 150 calories. However, the level of intensity can easily be increased or decreased depending on weight loss goals and physical ability. Like other weight bearing activities, dancing strengthens bones, tones the entire body, improves posture, balance, and flexibility, increases stamina and energy, and wards off illnesses like diabetes.
Dancing provides a great mind-body workout and keeps you healthy as you age. Not many activities can compete with the brain boosting power of ballroom dancing. It has been proven time and again that learning and recalling sequences of step patterns in association with physical activity improves memory and boosts nerve cell growth. It is so important for adults to keep learning as a way of warding off dementia.
Moving in time to music can breathe new life into a tired soul. It is important to pay attention to emotional needs and actively pursue interests that provide freedom to express and create. Dancing dramatically reduces stress and tension, builds confidence, and wards off depression!
Many people get involved in partnership dancing purely for the social benefits involved. Generations are united, and social graces are learned and honed. Meaningful friendships with others who share similar interests are grown, new romances are inspired and old ones reignited, and all participants become part of the larger dancing community!