How to Dance

Do You Know What Dancing Is?

I ask all my new dance students: what do you think is a dance? Mostly they think it is something that looks like “Dancing With the Stars”.

My take on it is: In its pure form, dance is a rhythmic movement to music. Always was, always will be. Everything else – like those great looking dance steps on TV, turns, lifts, dips, etc. is just an icing on the cake.

Many folks claim it is hard to learn to dance. I do not believe it is true – you Can learn how to dance! It is not as hard as some of us imagine, or others claim; and it doesn’t have to take a long time either. First, we need to turn on danceable music. Then we simply start moving to this music, while staying on the beat. This will be a basic dance. All we need to have, or develop is a rhythm. You can check out my dance students testimonials here. They were taking Wedding Dance lessons, but How To Dance method is pretty much the same.

Dancing made easyGranted, everybody would want to go beyond this basic way of dancing and get those fancy moves behind our belts. With a little persistence and work these advanced steps and elements would come rather easy regardless how sophisticated or intimidating they might look at first blush. We just have to get our dance fundamentals down.

These fundamentals are the most important part of learning how to dance, and, unfortunately, often times the most overlooked one. Do you know why? I think it is because some folks want to “get there from here” right away. It is especially true now – in our time of instant gratification.

They just say: show me some cool steps. They think they can wing it. They forget one Very important thing – it takes Two to Dance (and not only to Tango). While They may be able to do Their steps, what about their Partner?? Yep, such “small detail”, that makes all the difference in the world (the world of dance, that is). And this is where I come in…

New Proven Method How To Teach Dance

A few years ago I developed a unique method to teach people how to partner dance. Since then I applied it to dozens and dozens of couples – from all walks of life and of all ages – and it worked each and every time. Without a fail. All they needed to do was to come in to their lesson and be willing to learn. Sounds easy enough? It should, because it is.

You can learn how to dance“Why is your method unique?” – might you ask. Here is why:

Unlike most (or almost all) regular Ballroom dance teachers, I have a different dance background/training. In addition to studying Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, and some other common dances (common – meaning what you’d expect to find in dance studios), I also studied a very different dance (or family of dances, to be exact). I studied it seriously, since 2003, even traveled across the ocean to take special Teacher Training courses (I teach that dance, “walk the walk” by dancing it, and still continue to work on it myself). Almost no dance studio/Ballroom instructors have that expertise.

It was that particular dance that inspired me to develop my own method of teaching people How To Dance in a natural way. Surrounded by TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Dancing With the Stars”, as well as dance classes in Ballroom studios, almost everybody thinks they have to dance a certain dance – like Rumba, or Salsa, or Fox Trot, or Cha-Cha, etc. Yet, if we decide to step out (pun intended) of that thinking pattern, we Don’t Have to dance a certain specific dance. When we hear the music, we can simply dance to…that music! Just think about it for a second – you do not even have to choreograph anything – one of you will lead, another will follow, and you both will enjoy the result :)

When you and your partner are trained in my method, you can dance to any music (or song) which has a danceable beat. From that point, should you decide to learn a specific dance, e.g. Rumba, all you need to do is to memorize a few patterns (or dance steps) that are specific to Rumba. That’s all. You’ll be dancing Rumba with each other, or anyone else who knows how to dance Rumba. Same goes for any other dance.

The amazing result of taking my training is that even if a (dance) leader forgets a part of a step, or makes up a “new” one, his follower is able to follow him anyway. Which means the dance continues its natural flow, uninterrupted, without any embarrassment or awkwardness. I find this are the reasons most folks avoid dancing even after they took some classes in dance studios, yet still are at a beginner level.

My method instills confidence in couples very quickly. No longer do they have to miss all the fun, that others, who know how to dance, might be having. A number of them mentioned to me that even before they finished their basic package (about 6-6.5 hours of training, or 5 sessions), they were able to show their new skill at friends/relatives weddings or other parties where there was dancing.

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