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How to learn to ballroom dance
How I did it: I signed up for a ten week course at a local college where various evening classes take place.
I had to practice the steps during the week-this didn't always happen. The weeks flew by!
A friend signed up with me.
Lessons & tips: Ok I don't mean to put people off by saying 'don't forget you need a partner'...it may happen that you want to learn to ballroom dance but none of your friends do, and you'll have to go it alone. If that's the case, do check out the class beforehand..or ask someone else who has been what it's like. The reason I warn potential dancers about this is that when it comes to ballroom dancing, as opposed to tango/salsa/any other type of dance, you're likely to share the class with young couples simply learning to waltz for their wedding. This is what happened when I attended the class. I had to partner up with my female friend the whole time (so that means two girls dancing all the time..one of us kept having to be the 'guy'!) because the engaged couples were only interested in each other. Which was a pity, not much fun, and well, a tad unfair! In most dance classes, partners would swap around, but in ballroom, where the class is popular with retired couples/engaged couples, this isn't always the case.
Saying all this, dancing is a wonderful hobby, and ballroom isn't all about waltzing-we also learned the tango which was my favourite and lots of fun :)
By the end of the course, I came to realise that I do prefer slightly more energetic dancing such as tango rather than the slower foxtrots etc.
So my main advice..if possible bring a friend, or you may end up dancing with the teacher. But most of all, enjoy!!