Whether you believe that you have rhythm or not, it turns out that everyone can dance. All you have to do is look at small children listening to upbeat songs to see that we all have a desire to move to music.
This isn’t to say that everyone is a good dancer, but when you pair a desire to participate in this social activity with proper training, absolutely anyone can learn to dance. The more you learn, the more comfortable and relaxed you’ll feel, and the greater opportunity you’ll have to express yourself through dance.
When you’re first starting out, though, you may agonize over the decision to join a group class or attend private lessons. Whether you have a partner or not, it can be difficult to decide which learning environment is right for you.
Before you decide, it’s important to understand what you might gain by choosing one or the other. Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you take private dance lessons instead of joining a group class.
When you’re just starting out with dance lessons, you have a lot more to learn than just the steps that comprise the tango, waltz, or cha cha. You also have to learn proper form, how to move with a partner (i.e. lead or follow), and how to move to the rhythm of the music.
It’s a lot to remember, and beginners are bound to forget a variety of components along the way. If you take private lessons, the spotlight is solely on you and your partner. An instructor can offer you undivided attention, watch your every move, and correct you as you go.
Although you’ll get some amount of instruction during group lessons, the teacher’s attention will be understandably divided among the many couples in the class. You’ll get a lot more instruction out of every hour when you opt for private lessons.
Everyone learns at a different rate. Some students are bound to need more time to learn form and steps while others will excel more quickly.
It is just as undesirable to spend most of the lesson twiddling your thumbs while others repeat steps as it is to be the person holding up the rest of the class. With private lessons you neither have to feel rushed nor bored. You can learn at exactly the pace that works for you.
Most dance studios have a set schedule for group classes. This means you must either take whatever class is available when you have time or you have to rearrange your schedule to take the class you want.
Private lessons, on the other hand, allow you to select not only the specific dances you want to learn, but in many cases the time that is convenient for you. Plus, if you feel like you need additional lessons one week, if you need extra practice for an upcoming event like a wedding or a dance competition, for example, you can always schedule extra time for private training.
If you plan to dance socially at events, competitions, or clubs, you will eventually have to learn how to navigate the dance floor when other couples are present. You don’t necessarily want this added distraction when you’re first learning to dance.
One thing that holds many people back from dancing is the thought that others are watching and judging them. In a private dance lesson, only the teacher will watch, and his/her judgment and critique is necessary to help you improve.
When you don’t have to stress about other sets of eyes on your every move, you can focus on the task at hand – learning how to dance.
Good Foundation for Group Lessons
If you want to take private lessons for the many benefits they offer, there’s nothing to stop you from taking group lessons at a later date or even concurrently. As a beginner, you stand to gain more from private lessons, but once you have a strong foundation, you’ll gain additional benefits by joining group classes.
Group lessons allow you to expand your knowledge of dancing to include interacting with other couples on the floor. In addition, you may feel comfortable enough to switch partners, which can only help to improve your own performance. So once you feel like you’ve reached your pinnacle in private lessons, throw in group classes to continue learning.