Getting Started: Entering the World of Ballroom Dance
Learning to dance can be a life-changing experience. However, like anything worth doing, learning to dance takes time and dedication. Having a great attitude, choosing a dance instructor, following their lead (literally!) and believing in yourself are the first tools of the trade you need.
Now, when you choose Arthur Murray for dance lessons, you can rest assured you will be taught by the most patient, experienced instructors. We use the patented Arthur Murray Teaching Method; it’s a step-by-step journey from walking to dancing! It doesn’t matter your skill level today. We love to say: “Walk in, Dance Out!”
Beyond taking the chance and signing up for your first lesson (it’s free at Arthur Murray!) patience is key. You won’t become a dance sensation overnight; it takes practice. However, class after class , your confidence will soar and soon you’ll be ready to join friends and family on the dance floor at upcoming social occasions. (Imagine not having to “sit this one out?!)
Ready to get started? Here are some tips that will have you “dancing with the stars” in no time.
Step one: Set goals
Every dancer has a different goal. Some may want to become very active in the dance community, others may only want to learn to dance the basics. Before you even enter the studio, create a goal that can blend in seamlessly with your lifestyle.
Step two: Prepare to sweat
On average, a 150-pound person burns about 240 calories per hour when dancing. Ballroom dancing is an incredible cardio exercise, you'll have some days at the studio where you will be covered in sweat, and you'll just have to embrace it!
Step three: Create a routine
No, we don't mean a choreographed routine! We mean a routine where you practice and come to lessons each and every week. The number of lessons you take depends on what you'd like to achieve, so we recommend sitting down with one of our Arthur Murray dance instructors to figure out what works best.
Step four: Have realistic expectations
There definitely is a learning curve when it comes to dancing, so just make sure not to get frustrated and give up. We promise you will enjoy every step of the way, just learn to embrace it!
Step five: Have fun
Don't forget, having fun is the best part about ballroom dancing. This is a hobby that will challenge you and make you laugh all at the same time, so please just enjoy the journey!
Interested in learning more? Grab your dancing shoes and come on down to Arthur Murray for your free first lesson; we can't wait to meet you.