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bullit Which floor is best for dancing? bullit What are the benefits of dancing?
bullit What kind of shoes should I wear? bullit Do I need a partner to learn?
bullit Where can I dance? bullit Is dancing difficult to learn?
bullit What should I wear to dance?    

Which floor is best for dancing?

As Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly showed us, you can dance anywhere: from hardwood, to concrete, to asphalt.  The best floor to dance on is hardwood.  It has the most give while still allowing a bit of slide under your feet.  Tile floors give you the slide but depending on what the tile was laid on, it may be painful on people’s joints.  Concrete floors have no give.  Also, it depends on how, or if, the concrete was sealed.  Some concrete is smoother than others.  Asphalt is probably the most difficult to dance on.  It can be uneven, rough, and if the weather is hot enough, sticky.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

For most dancing you want to avoid tennis shoes, or any shoes with grips on the sole. Dance shoes with leather or suede soles are optimal. However, any smooth-bottomed pair of shoes will work.

That being said the shoes you wear will depend a lot upon the floor on which you will be dancing. For hardwood or smooth floors, dance shoes are wonderful. However, if you wear dance shoes on a concrete floor or on asphalt you are likely to ruin them.

Where can I dance?

The short answer is just about anywhere there is an open space and music. Well, that isn’t completely true, you don’t even need music.

We have danced at big band functions, on the sidewalk downtown, and even in Sam’s Club. Sometimes we get up and dance at home when a song is played on a commercial or during a movie. Those are all examples of times that we heard a song and felt moved to dance. However, we have danced when there was no music at all. When the urge to dance hits you, there is nothing wrong with indulging yourself. Feel free to dance wherever and whenever you feel like it.

What should I wear to dance?

It depends on where you are going. If it is a small get together with friends, wear what you want. If there is a dance with a live band be dressy but still on the casual side. For any formal event you ought to wear formal attire. This means a suit and tie, if not a tux, for the gentlemen and a nice dress for the ladies.

However, I must stress that no matter where you dance, or what you wear, you want to be comfortable in your clothes. Also, clothing should be carefully considered, especially formal attire for ladies. Wardrobe malfunctions can be very embarrassing and/or make difficult dancing. It can ruin an evening. If a dress is too long, it is likely that you, your partner, or other dancers may step on your hem. Also, you don’t want to have to readjust your outfit during, and/or after, each dance.

What are the benefits of dancing?

There are physical, mental, and emotional benefits to ballroom dancing.

First, the physical perks to ballroom dancing. Dancing is great exercise. It keeps you active while being fun and interesting. You will be engaged in an activity rather than just doing monotonous tasks to keep in shape.

Second, studies have shown that ballroom dancing improves memory and can aide in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. With dancing you are not only learning steps, but you must execute steps to the music with a partner. Dancing is good for the brain.

Last but not least, dancing gives you a social outlet. Whether you are taking group lessons or attending a dance, you have a chance to meet and befriend people. As you improve your dancing skills, your confidence will grow.

All of these benefits lead to a healthier, happier life.

Do I need a partner to learn?

That depends on the class in which you wish to enroll. Two Left Feet does not require partners. We hope to teach all who wish to dance, regardless of whether or not they have a partner.

However, most dancers prefer to learn with a steady partner. There are advantages and disadvantages to this. It is nice to have someone you are comfortable with because everyone dances with a different style and that can be confusing to someone just starting to learn. On the other hand, it is advisable that if you ever want to dance with other people that you practice dancing with other people.

Is dancing difficult to learn?

The speed with which you learn dancing depends greatly upon you. Some people pick up dancing quite easily, others do not. Also, some dances are easier depending on the person. Generally, there is no obvious reason as to why. Like learning anything new, learning to dance takes time. As you become comfortable with the steps, dancing will become second nature and will be as natural as walking.

 

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