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Tips for the Beginner

Learning to dance can be scary! Let's face it--It takes a lot of courage to risk looking foolish in front of other people. But the benefits of being a good dancer far outweigh the risks, especially with the proper guidance; here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your dancing.

  • Don't look down! This is the single most common error of new (and not-so-good "advanced") dancers. Not only does it distort your posture, it says "I'm not sure what I'm doing" to the world. Don't worry, the floor's still down there. Don't look down!
  • Use your BEST manners. Dancing is a social activity. A charming and engaging person is welcome at any event, regardless of his or her dance skills. No one cares how well you dance if you didn't brush your teeth.
  • Dance with EVERYONE! See above. It is no longer unacceptable for a lady to ask a gentleman to dance; however, if either party declines, it is very poor form to accept a dance with another partner for the same song.
  • Learn several dances. It's a shame to have to turn down a dance with someone you'd like to dance with because you don't know that dance. It's as easy to learn many dances as it is to learn one; rather than learning a dance, learn to dance.
  • NEVER CORRECT YOUR PARTNER ON THE FLOOR. Need I say more?
  • Get off it and on 'em. You already know how to sit, right? And there's only one way to get good.
  • Oh yeah, almost forgot...Take lots of lessons!

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