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Different activities cycle in and out of fashion and everything old is new again. Thanks to competition dance television shows, ballroom dancing has surged in popularity and people are looking at this timeless activity with fresh eyes. Will ballroom dancing lessons be the next big thing in leisure activity? Possibly, especially since it fits into some of the strongest current trends.
Going Low Tech
As we all spend more and more time focused on our screens, people are looking for new ways to connect with each other. For those seeking a change of pace from social media and being wired 24/7, it's hard to beat ballroom dancing lessons. They are a great alternative to electronic socializing. You can't dance and text at the same time! Ballroom dancing is an ideal opportunity to interact with other people face-to-face in a low-pressure environment. Everyone is there to learn and enjoy themselves, and the instructor is there to give guidance and encouragement.
Skipping the Sweats
Regular exercise is part of everyone's health recommendations today and for a lot of people going to the gym is a regular routine. Many fitness enthusiasts stay motivated by trying new things. Activities such as power yoga and boxing have boomed among active people. Ballroom dancing lessons offer the physical benefits of exercise in a stylish and graceful setting. You can take a break from sweats and sneakers while working on balance, coordination and core strength.
Like other forms of exercise, ballroom dancing lessons also help relieve stress. Enjoying yourself is a sure stress buster and dancing is just plain fun. Learning a new dance gives a boost to confidence. It's like an affirmation, but in physical form.
Ballroom dancing is a great person-to-person way to socialize and exercise. It's a timeless activity that may be the next big thing. Contact us today to find out about lessons!
It happens more often than you'd think, but people who are great dancers can even be afraid to take classes. The scenarios vary, but being good at something doesn't mean the nerves or self consciousness magically disappear. Imagine someone who danced when they were young, then life took hold and they haven't been to a dance class for 20 years (give or take). What happens when they step back onto the dance floor?
Discouragement. That's what happens.
When you remember being good at something, it can be discouraging to start back at the beginning. And it keeps people from pursuing something they really love! That's a shame, and what we're trying to combat here at the Quick Quick Slow studio! Here are three tips to get you back on the dance floor and loving your moves again.
1. Give ballroom a try.
Not many people grow up ballroom dancing. (If you're one of the few, then skip to #2.) Even if you were a ballet rockstar or a child dance diva, the moves and choreography in ballroom dancing will be different than your prior training. That's a good thing, because it'll feel different to your body as well. You won't be tempted to think, "But I used to be able to do this so easily!" because it's all new. Dive into the learning process again and you'll pick it up quickly!
2. Focus on the fun.
Dancing is meant to be fun. Dancing enhances the joy of life and creates smiles at every turn. (Don't forget it's great for your health too!) When you worry too much about what you look like or what other people might think, you set yourself up to miss the joyful moment. Truth is, nobody has time to critique you because they're all learning the moves too. When you focus on enjoying the movement and the moment, any self consciousness melts away. Allow yourself to play and enjoy without needing things to look certain way.
3. Bring a friend.
Bringing someone with you can serve two purposes. First, everything is more fun with friends and you'll feel less awkward if you've got a buddy. Second, if you bring a friend (possibly a husband or boyfriend) who is clumsier than you, you'll be able to focus more on helping them than worrying about what you're doing. That might not be the nicest thing to say, but it will definitely take the focus off your own skill level! We've seen it work before, and everyone ends up having a great time. (Just try not to flaunt your skills too much! You want your buddy to stick with it!)
While these tips aren't ground breaking, sometimes it's best to focus on the simple things in a different way. We all resist things we know we'll love, because we want to buffer ourselves against any criticism. If you're someone who's resisted taking a dance class because you used to be good, take a chance and come in for a class. You'll finally answer that call to dance again and end up coming back for more. Click here to learn more about our classes and schedule.
Life has gotten pretty monotonous and predictable for you, so it is time for a change, isn't it? If it is time to consider crossing another experience off of your bucket list, ballroom dancing is a marvelous place to start. No matter your gender, marital status, or experience level, ballroom dance is for everyone.
Maybe there are reasons why you have not tried it yet? Money, time, no rhythm? No partner? Partner doesn't like to dance? I get it. Sometimes I hold myself back too. Now is the time to take the excuses and throw them out the door. Do you want to spend your life living with regret? Get that list out and start from the top.
There is something inclusive and fulfilling about learning to feel the rhythm and match your footing and movements to the music. Coordination and steps take practice, even if you are a natural. Before you know it, you will be sweeping the dance floor as graceful as the rest. Your instructor will guide you and teach you, so that you will feel comfortable. You can partner with a stranger, someone special to you, or just a friend or family member and have fun! You can go once, or you can take classes and compete, there are so many opportunities to explore.
Life is so short, and our culture is fast-paced. It is so easy to fall into the trap of a routine that gets boring and rigid. Working is good; it makes you money. But what good is working to get money if you cannot enjoy it? Self-care is just as important. Dancing and getting your body moving, while being with others is an ideal way to bring some spice back into your life and take care of yourself physically and emotionally. The only thing you will regret is not saying yes to living your best fulfilling life.
There's more to ballroom dancing than the beautiful gowns and competitions you see on TV. Whether you're tempted by Tango or looking for a social Samba, dance has plenty of benefits to go around. Here are six ways dancing can help you live a happier, healthier life:
Losing weight can be so much more than simply burning calories at the gym. If you're sick of dumbbells, Ballroom dance offers a more exciting alternative. With its various styles and rhythms, it's easy to rekindle lost motivation and get back on that fitness track.
Partnered dancing requires more than memorizing a few steps. With the array of twists and twirls, you're bound to develop strength along the way. Ballroom dance works muscles all over the body and really gets the heart pumping. Why swing kettlebells when you can practice dipping your partner instead?
Before you dance, you stretch. Dance classes are a great way to stay in shape and improve your flexibility. Once you've learned the warm ups, you can even adopt the stretches for day-to-day life. Ballroom dance is a great way to socialize, have fun, and loosen up those muscles.
Dancing is great for the mind and body. Every routine has a unique pattern of steps to learn and memorize along the way. The more you dance, the more you'll remember. It's important to challenge the brain as well as the body.
With dance comes communication. Ballroom dance has an intimacy to it that's perfect for couples, but it's also great for meeting new people. Partnered routines present ample opportunity for conversation. Immersing yourself with people can also reduce stress and improve your daily moods.
If fitness isn't enough for you, why not train to compete? Ballroom dance provides a new path for those looking for new inspiration. Turn dance into a passion and a purpose. It's never too late to try new things.
Ready to dance your way into a happier, healthier life? Contact us for more information.
It's scary, it's foreign, and it's with a whole new demographic of people that you don't know exactly how to interact with.
You've signed up for Ballroom Dancing lessons.
Maybe you want a new way to meet people, maybe you want to learn a new skill, or maybe you just want to get a little more movement into your life. Whatever the reason, taking the leap into a new hobby can be scary. But don't you worry, we have some tips to help you get on your feet and boogieing in no time.
A common question we get is "What should I wear to my first lesson?" The answer is always this: whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident! Keep in mind, however, that ballroom dancing is very active - and is in close quarters with another person. So it is best practice to wear close-toed shoes that don't have a hard time staying on your feet (i.e. no flip-flops or sandals) and are easy to move in (i.e. maybe opt for a lower heel, ladies!).
We know a lot of newcomers can feel intimidated and overwhelmed looking at our instructors. Things like "I'll never be as good as them" or, "They won't be able to teach me" run through the thoughts and sometimes out of the mouths of newer students. But we want to let you in on a little secret: Every one of our teachers started out just like you.
Every single dancer you see started out exactly where you are! So don't let their skills (developed after a lot of years of very hard work) intimidate you - stay open to learning and development alongside them.
This is the most important piece of advice we can give you. People take ballroom dance lessons for all sorts of different reasons; everyone is going to have a different goal in mind. The best thing you can do on your way to that goal is to have fun.
We are so excited to help you on your Ballroom Dancing Journey! Contact us for more info on lesson times, pricing, and events.
So you've taken the first step and found the person you choose to spend the rest of your life with. Now the next step you take, should be on the dance floor. Not to revamp old school moves like the sprinkler and running man; those are great as your wedding night progresses, but for your first dance, it's time to bring out the professionals. The professionals of the elegance and style of ballroom dancing.
The Magic of Ballroom Dancing
Everyone wants their wedding day to be special from beginning to end, so it's important to make the in-between parts magical. Magic is just what you think of when you see an elegant couple gliding across the dance floor in what can only be achieved by mastering the skills of ballroom dancing. Ballroom dancing evokes memories of fairy tales and images of royalty. Your wedding day is a very special occasion. Why not make it the fairy tale of your dreams? For your big day, and any other day that you'd like to be, you are royalty. Dance like it.
Creating Timeless Memories
Taking professional dance lessons can take you from two left feet to competition worthy moves. So don't worry if you've never danced before. Professional lessons will have you swaying and stepping in time for your big day, but don't wait too long to start. Give yourself a chance to get comfortable, and allow instructors to bring out the best dancer that's hiding inside of you. You and your partner will wow your onlookers and have first dance memories that you can be proud of for years to come. Ballroom dancing is not only classy but classic. It's absolutely timeless. It's also one of the most romantic ways to express the feelings of your heart through the movement of your body, while your partner is close and in sync with you. Don't let this moment be mediocre; these are the first moves that you will make after saying, "I do."
Sometimes couples are mismatched when it comes to wanting to dance. Someone who loves to swing might marry someone who feels more comfortable running a marathon. One lover lives to tango, but the other can't find the rhythm. Often these couples have great relationships with many other shared interests, but they struggle to find a way to hit the dance floor together.
If you're the one holding your couple back, then what better way to make a romantic gesture than to take some dance lessons?
Dancing can be easy to learn with a great professional teacher. Often people feel uncomfortable dancing because they don't know the "right moves." Taking the time to learn some of the basics will increase your confidence. If you are taking the time to surprise someone you love then you have a great motivation to get over your fears or discomfort, and you will see how much fun dancing can be.
It's a good idea to talk to your teacher to help select a style that you and your partner would most enjoy. If you are looking to be romantic, consider learning the Waltz or Foxtrot, the slower, smoother styles of ballroom dance. If you want something a little sexier, Latin dances would work. Swing dancing and other social dances are also good lesson options, and they make great hobbies for couples wanting to spend time together doing something active.
The last step of your surprise is planning the date itself. There is no need to make it a huge event with family, friends, and professional photography (although if you're up for it, then that does sound fantastic!). For a simple gesture, you could push back the furniture at home, turn on the music, and then just hold out your hand. If you're looking to be more adventurous, try choosing a local restaurant, club or social event with an open dance floor. Whatever your approach, imagining that moment when you see the joy in their eyes can make all the work worth it.
We have special offers for new students, so contact us for more information, and let our professionals help you get started planning a gift your special someone will never forget.
Are you planning a smaller, casual wedding, and wondering how to still have a romantic dance? These ideas might help you plan the perfect wedding dance while staying true to your theme of keeping things simple:
Choose a style you love:
Instead of learning specific choreography or something dramatically different than you're used to, pick a style of dance that you enjoy together as a couple. Whenever the moment is right, you can hit the dance floor and make it fun without a big announcement. Taking lessons to brush up on your skills and learn some new moves can help you feel more confident on your special day. Professional instructors could teach you how to end with a dip or something memorable so that your dance will still feel unique.
Don't worry about "the" song:
Planning a specific playlist or choosing a song full of meaning might feel overwhelming, especially if you are trying to keep things casual. Letting the DJ know what kind of music you like, or asking the band to send you a playlist can take out some of the stress of trying to find "the" song. After reviewing the list together you can get a feel for what songs might be fun to try. Don't forget to check with your dance teacher if you are worried about how your style works with your options!
Dance without a dance floor:
Intimate spaces often don't have a formal dance floor, but that doesn't mean you have to skip this romantic moment. Guests will love watching you take a few minutes to dance together, even if general dancing isn't part of the plan. Use what little space you can find, and remember that this is more about moving together than whether you are showing off your best moves.
If you're a couple choosing to reduce the size of your event, it might make sense to scale down your wedding dance, but that doesn't mean it needs to disappear. With a little planning, you can still make it an unforgettable memory. Contact us for information about our dancing lessons, and how a professional teacher can help you get set for your (smaller) big day.
If you're looking to invigorate your social calendar or ignite your imagination, you could benefit from being a player. We're not advocating that you practice a fake smile or schmoozy lines, but we do know learning new moves will spice things up! It's a well-documented fact that adults who play are healthier, happier, and more creative than those who don't. (And most adults don't, so you'll be ahead of the game.)
Adults who play are healthier, happier, and more creative.
While being a "player" isn't a true form of play, there are many different play types. In Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, Stuart Brown, MD outlines eight main ways to play:
The Joker - pranks rule supreme here
The Kinesthete - your body's got to move
The Explorer - the new and novel lights you up
The Competitor - you find a way to win or lose in everything
The Director - organizing makes you shine
The Collector - you enjoy the hunt and the find
The Artist/Creator - making something new is your jam
The Storyteller - you love crafting tales by the campfire
The dance floor is a perfect environment for play because dancing incorporates multiple play types. Dancing fuels those who play through movement, the Kinesthete, but it also taps into the needs of the Explorer, the Competitor, and the Artist/Creator. While lessons start with basic steps and well-known dances, there's always something new. And adding your own personal flair creates endless possibilities on the dance floor. There's something for the Director, the Storyteller, and the Collector as well. (We promise our instructors aren't Jokers, but there's even room for that too!)
Become a Player in the best sense of the word!
No matter what your play type, dancing allows you to indulge your creative need for play. Both your body and mind will be happier, healthier, and more creative. Best of all, it's fun! Come in for a lesson to explore the possibilities and become a player in the best sense of the word. Contact us here!
Do you want your guests dancing the night(or day) away? You want your guests to enjoy themselves and of course, you want to have a great wedding day. So enjoy these tips and have a ball! Here are some great ways to get your party started and your wedding guests dancing:
Mix it up!
Play different genres of music and make sure the playlist has something for everyone, fast or slow, old and young, and most importantly, something that they can dance to.
If you want your guests on the floor, then you need to be dancing too! Even if you can't dance, you can sure have fun trying. Your guests will gravitate to the bride and groom. Soon all of your guests will be off their seats and dancing along with you.
Dance with your guests
You can also invite your guests to dance with you. They probably won't say no. It will certainly get people on the dance floor. "Hey Aunt Suzy, come dance with your favorite nephew." "Grandpa Joe, I saved this dance for you." How can your guests resist?
A few popular line dances should get people up and moving Some suggestions are the Macarena, Electric Slide, Cotton Eye Joe, Chacha Slideand even the Chicken Dance. You will find that everyone from seniors to toddlers will be trying to mimic the moves. It is so much fun!
Give your dj a few time frames where he can play song requests. Ask guests for their requests and play the most popular ones. This will get some of the guests dancing. When folks are having fun, others will join in.
Have a wedding party dance, and part of the way through invite all guests to come up and dance.
Ask everyone with an anniversary that month, or a birthday, or all single or all married people to come out to the dance floor, and then play a fun song to get things started.
Wedding dance lessons for members of the wedding party or bride and groom
Plan a knockout first dance, wedding party dance or mother/son, daughter/dad dance with some help from QuickQuick Slow.