It has been said that dancing is conversation set to music. Simply put, it is deliberate movement to music. Whether you dance alone or with a partner, it is one of the oldest forms of self-expression and communication. Although it can be challenging, it is meant to be fun and rewarding.
Dancing builds poise, self-confidence, and grace. It helps in many other activity you may like to do, even all kinds of sports. Dancing teaches your body to do what your mind tells it to, therefore developing coordination, as well as balance. Dancing extends your social network, drawing you closer to your dance partner and helping you make new friends. It is also an excellent form of exercise. As an added bonus for guys, it's one of the few times we get to be in charge.
If you can walk to the refrigerator, you can dance. Dancing is for all ages and all types of people.
You may take classes as a single or as a couple. Couples receive a discount in price and have a steady partner, but singles learn just as well. If you want to dance, there will be someone who will dance with you.
One benefit to dancing without a steady partner is that you more quickly become a better leader or follower. By dancing with many different people, you not only make more friends, but you also develop self-confidence more rapidly.
You may take as long as you like. Some people are content with the basics and a few moves. Others take months or years in order to develop technique and learn complicated patterns.
We suggest always being patient with yourself and with the process of learning. Think of dancing like learning to play a new instrument. It takes time, practice, and dedication. While both fun and rewarding, it still takes some work.
While we recognize that some people are naturally more gifted when it comes to movement, it is our strongest desire for you to know that if you want to dance for any reason, you should not let anything stop you.
Oftentimes people quit dancing before they get started, thus missing out on the many benefits that dancing offers. Perhaps this is because they’ve been convinced of their inability to coordinate movement. However, our bodies were meant to move, designed to express; there are no exceptions.
After years of working with all skill levels, we are convinced that the number one inhibitor to dancing and enjoyment of life is fear. Often the fear that keeps people from trying new things is tied to self-confidence, comparison, potential embarrassment, and perhaps ridicule. There issues can be heavy burdens to bear, but we believe dancing helps lighten the load. The first step is often the most challenging, but once you have Momentum on your side, things get easier.
Anyone who tries something new is a hero in our book. Just stepping onto the dance floor, we believe, is an act of bravery. Regardless of how many left feet you have, we suggest you “Put Your Best Left Foot Forward,™" which we will glad you help you do.
Wear what you are comfortable in. At some point you may want to get a pair of dancing shoes, but they are by no means necessary starting off. When you start spinning, shoes that slide are recommended (leather or suede bottoms). My favorite dance shoes are a pair of tennis shoes with suede glued to the bottom (rough side down).
Never fear. Oftentimes people associate aerials (flips, throws, and tricks) with swing dancing, since they are often highlighted on television and in the movies. However, aerials are only a small part of swing dancing (or any dancing).
Actually, most dances (including swing) are meant to be danced on the ground. They can be dances fast, true, but they can also be danced slow. Therefore, swing (and the majority of dances) are meant for people of all ages and abilities.
Truly, we have a nice variety. Most students are from high school age up. We have several students in their 60s and 70s, though most are in their 40s to 50s. A wonderful fact about dance is that age truly does not matter. We all dance with one another and support each other, regardless of age or skill.
Although we highly recommend changing partners, you are certainly not required to. Rotating partners is a great way to meet new people and refine your leading and following skills. Often it is easier to learn with others of different skill levels, as it forces you to truly lead and follow.
However, there are certainly benefits to dancing with the same person on a regular basis. The choice is up to you.
For group classes, feel free to just show up, especially if it’s the first class of a series. If you’d like to join in the middle of a series, it’d be a good idea to contact the studio first.
Private lessons must be scheduled in advance. Everyone is welcome to the monthly studio dances, and no notice of attendance is needed.
Most likely, it's not a problem. As of March 1, 2008, Momentum Dance Concepts has a new cancellation policy regarding private lessons:
If desired, appointment cards will be available as a reminder of upcoming appointments.
If it seems necessary, your instructor will call you the day before your scheduled appointment as a reminder.
24 hours notice is required for cancellation or change without charge.
Cancelled or missed appointements may be made up by attending a group class.Â If your instructor cancels without sufficient notice, you may attend a group class in addition to rescheduling your private lesson.
Of course, exceptions may be made for unforeseen circumstances such as spontaneous ingrown toenails or projectile vomiting (it happens). So let it be written, so let it be done.