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Should I wait until I get better before going to a social dance party?

Updated: Mar 9, 2020

Social Dance Beginners are often heard saying that they can’t go to a social dance yet because they are ‘not good enough’, they feel they need to take more lessons. Lessons in partner dancing such as Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba are only the first steps.

Social dancing and practising are absolutely essential from day 1 to improve your dance skills. You need to practice not only what you’ve learned in class but be challenged slightly by moves you don’t know and learn to think on your feet.

The whole point of social dance classes is to prepare you for social dancing. There is no point taking Social Partner Dance classes once a week if you have no intention of getting out there and social dancing.

Of course you may not be able to do much for than a few basic steps. If a higher level leader takes a lower level follower on the floor they will dance to that level. Lower level leaders should ask higher level followers to dance so that they gain the experience of dancing with someone who is easy to dance with, who should be a light follower and then you can really see if you are leading correctly.

The social dance scene is inclusive, everyone started as a beginner, you will soon get to know the nice accommodating higher level dancers in your local dance scene. They are the ones that take the time to dance around the room with everyone, no matter what level and make every partner feel comfortable.

Practice makes perfect, so you need to get out there and practice from day 1.

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