Questions To Ask Your Dance Instructor Before Your First Ballroom Dancing Lesson

Interested in taking ballroom dance lessons? Lucky for you, dance training can be a fun and exciting hobby that can bring you many different benefits from losing weight to making friends! Moreover, at Arthur Murray’s Charleston studio, we invite you to get involved for FREE! That’s right, your first ballroom dance lesson is on us. Contact our studio at your earliest convenience to schedule your free first dance class.

If you are feeling some hesitancy about heading into your first dance lesson, it’s perfectly natural. When you don't know what to expect, nerves are natural. The quickest way to feel less stressed is to be empowered with information! Here, we answer some frequently asked questions posed to dance instructors. Armed with the proper expectations, you can rest assured that your first ballroom dance class -- and every one after that -- will be fun, exciting and stress free!


Question: What kind of dance am I going to be learning?

The term "ballroom dance" is an umbrella term that refers to the 10 dances of International Ballroom and International Latin. At Arthur Murray Charleston, you can choose the type of style that’s right for you. At Arthur Murray Charleston, we teach waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, quick-step, cha-cha, samba, rumba and jive.

Question: What should I wear when I come to dance class?

Anything comfortable! Typically, once you become more comfortable in the steps it is suggested you buy specialized dance shoes. For women, this includes a strappy heel of about one inch high, and for men, this is a tight fitting dress shoe with about a half an inch heel. But, until you get to this level, feel free to come to the studio in comfortable clothing you can move around in. Closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers, are a good bet for new dancers.

Question: Do I have to stretch and warm up beforehand?

  1. It is important to remember that ballroom dancing is a cardio exercise and if your body is not prepared, you at risk of getting injured. (Think pulled muscles! Ouch!) Therefore, it's always a good idea to walk a few laps around the dance floor before you get started and to lightly stretch out your quads, ankles and calves.

Question: Do I have to get involved in competitive dancing?

At Arthur Murray Charleston, we offer wedding, social and competitive dancing programs. If you feel comfortable with competitive dancing, get involved. Each person's dancing journey is between them and their dance instructor. We will never make you do something you feel uncomfortable with and you certainly don’t have to make that decision upfront. While it is our job to push you to your highest potential, you need to be open with us. If you want to dance for fun, if you want to compete, or if you only are looking to dance for your wedding, this is all up to you. Just let us know, and we will structure your lessons around your end goal.


Interested in learning more? Come on down and talk to our professional dance instructors today! If you haven’t signed up for your free first lesson at Arthur Murray Charleston, there’s no time like the present!

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