Q: What do I wear to class?
A: Ideally you will want to wear dance/yoga Stretch clothes, and Latin Ballroom shoes with suede bottom soles. To start out I recommend comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that have ankle support and a non-marking sole, or jazz/ballet shoes if you already have.
Q: Do I need a partner?
A: No, you do not need a partner to take the class. We try to have enough followers and leaders when we can and when we don't we rotate and make sure that everyone has plenty of opportunities to dance with a partner in the partner classes.
Q: Do you allow Drop in classes?
A: Yes, drop in students are welcome anytime. It is important to note that in session classes when you do a drop in, you are walking in to a group of students that have already been working on the class concepts. If its possible to sign up for a session or a regular amount of classes, it is much more beneficial for your learning. You will learn, no matter what your class attendance pattern, but regular weekly attendance and repetition/practice is the only way to truly master a skill.
Q: How long will it take me to learn to dance?
A: Loaded question. How well you do you want to dance? What are your goals? I can have you doing the basic step in one class, however, mastering an art form like dance is a life long practice in which you can always keep changing, adapting and learning. Most students take between 3 months and 1 year depending on practice habits and learning pace to feel comfortable going out to a club and dancing.
Q: Can I do the classes and not perform?
A: Absolutely! All of my performance teams start with technique classes, learning the skills that will eventually lead to a performance team. I also try to keep everything that the teams do (with the exception of dips, tricks or special moments) leadable. You are also welcome to stay as part of the team and learn choreography and not perform if you are not comfortable with it. Learning and practicing choreography builds your dance skills exponentially. The repetition alone helps with mastery, and having to remember longer sequences and move in conjunction with a team helps with memory and other brain functions. Plus being a part of a team is fun and you build friendships and a dance support structure.