But whether the tempo is fast or slow, the attitude should always be the same – polite, cooperative and sensitive to one’s dance partner, whether a familiar one or someone new.
Dancing is a staple of activities conducted in public – weddings, parties, dinner dates – and as such obeys the usual social conventions. Grace and charm are part of dance, and your personality as well.
So here are some dance do’s and don’ts that will make your experience on the dance floor more enjoyable …
Do plan on dancing to the whole song – it lets your partner know you value their time! And don’t forget to follow line of dance when traveling around the floor – always counter-clockwise!
Don’t just extend a hand and say “Wanna dance?” You get one chance to make a first impression. The old standbys are the best when asking a woman to share the floor with you. “Care to dance?” “May I have this dance?” Or, if the music indicates a particular style of dance coming up, a “Would you like to mambo?” is fine. And the same goes for declining a dance – be pleasant about it. A simple, “Thanks, but I don’t know the dance” or “I’m going to sit this one out” should work. And declining an offer means not dancing that dance no matter who might ask you next.
Don’t use this dance opportunity to become an expert and “teach.” Especially if your partner hasn’t asked for any help. Dances have different styles. Be accommodating of any differences.
Do be considerate of others on the dance floor. Don’t swing your elbows, don’t steer your partner wildly across the floor. Be mindful of the space in which you are operating.
Don’t blame your partner. No finger-pointing or blaming for a misstep. This is dance, not the Olympics. It’s social, not anti-social. Be kind and move on with the dance. It’s all part of the learning experience.
Do consider taking dance lessons at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. The time spent with the finest professional ballroom dance instructors will teach the proper steps and technique and you will also learn from their demeanor how to work with a dance partner. Find a studio near you!
Don’t forget to smile – it makes everything and everyone feel more comfortable!
At its best, life yields a comforting feeling of togetherness, of partnership and synchronous motion. Life actually becomes a dance, a couple moving seamlessly and in rhythm.
In a relationship – especially as it mirrors dance – there’s a coordinated effort between the masculine and the feminine. Most women love to dance, simply feeling the music and moving to it. Most men want to lead, and dance provides them the opportunity to fulfill that role while “sheltering” the woman in their arms.
This might be a slight oversimplification of inbred impulses, but it is also part of what can be a powerful attraction. Dance joins two people in an intimate way and, like life, builds tension and allows for release.
The American Psychological Association, in reviewing a scholarly paper on dance and movement, noted that dance likely began as an accident of evolution that has become an important cultural force, one that gives us insight into selecting mates and tools for cooperation. It quoted University of Maryland University College psychology professor Ahalya Hejmadi this way: “Dance is such a universal phenomenon. People all over the world love to dance, so there must be some reason for it.”
We know many of the reasons. Dance is a healthy and creative outlet that draws people together. A joint activity requiring such close cooperation between a man and a woman helps build a unique camaraderie that can spark a romance. Is it any wonder that dance –especially the first dance between the newlyweds – is such an integral part of so many wedding ceremonies, in so many cultures?
William Michael Brown, a psychologist and dance researcher at Queen Mary University of London and the University of East London, says dance doesn’t just help you attract a mate, it also may help you keep one. Couples dancing together in a tightly-coordinated fashion, indicates the strength of their bond and commitment to one another, to the exclusion of others. “So committed that you don’t have a chance to get with this person, no matter how good-looking you are,” he said.
Dancing draws people together, gives them a common goal and a shared passion. These are the elements of a strong, compatible relationship that may result in that fabulous first dance at a wedding.
For the finest in ballroom dance instruction, visit one of our Fred Astaire Dance Studios. We offer private lessons and group classes in all forms of ballroom dance, from the waltz to the tango, and we’re waiting for you to drop by and become part of our family.
Have you been dreaming about dancing, but have been hesitant to take that first step?
Then join us for our Champagne Guest Party, on Friday, June 16th at 7pm.
It is a wonderful opportunity to visit the studio, see some incredible dancing by the areas top Ballroom and Latin Dance Performers- plus, enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres!
To Attend: Call the studio, Monday – Friday, 12pm to 9pm at (330)788-3200.
The summer months have passed and now as we embark into the chilly months of late fall and early winter, why not make the most of your time indoors?
Join us on Friday, November 18th for our Champagne Guest Party. A fabulous evening of dancing, during which you will have the opportunity to visit the studio and see the area’s top Ballroom and Latin Professionals perform- it is an unbelievable night that you will not want to miss!
To attend or for more information: contact the studio at (330)788-3200.
Enjoy an evening of LIVE dancing and treat yourself to a night you’ll always remember!
As season after season of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has shown us, the American public is enamored by the excitement, joy and passion that ballroom dancing creates; however, the thrill of the dance floor is not limited to the stars alone.
It’s your turn.
Join us on Friday, November 18th for an incredible evening of Ballroom and Latin dancing. The event is FREE to the public, and will provide you with an opportunity to see the area’s best Ballroom and Latin Dancers perform.
Interested in attending? We kindly ask that you call to RSVP (330.788.3200) so that we can ensure there are plenty of refreshments and hors d’oeuvres for all. Please feel free to bring a friend, a group of co-workers and your neighbors. A community event welcome to all, we can’t wait to see you here!
Fred Astaire Youngstown teamed up with our Warren Studio, to host an incredible show with Ballroom and Latin Dance performances by Students and the area’s top Professionals.
The show featured over 25 Ballroom and Latin dances that left a packed theater in cheers.
If you missed last Saturday’s performance, there will be upcoming events to fit into your schedule. Check out our Upcoming Events page- or to get the inside scoop, call our studio: (330)788-3200.
Looking for an evening of LIVE entertainment? Then mark your calendars and call today to reserve your tickets for the Fred Astaire Youngstown and Warren 2016 Showcase!
The show will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Showcasing a “Hollywood” theme throughout the evening, performances will spotlight Ballroom and Latin Dances- along with a few comedy routines thrown in.
For more information on location and ticket pricing, call our studio today: (330)788-3200.