How to Find a Dance Partner for Ballroom Dancing?

Ballroom dancingIf you are very keen on joining our Monterey dance classes, but don’t have a dance partner yet, you may be assured that we will do everything possible to find you a dance partner. We have many students just like you who are looking for a dance partner for ballroom dancing Monterey.

So, we can always arrange to have a dance partner for you. In the unlikely circumstance of us not being able to find you a dance partner on a particular day, you can always dance with the instructor. This way you will learn dancing faster.

What’s important is that you should enjoy your dance lessons, whether you are taking tango, swing or salsa classes in Monterey, Ca. There are other ways to find a dance partner as well, if you are looking for a dance partner to participate in a dance competition.

Here’s where you should NOT look for a dance partner. Don’t go looking for one on classifieds or online bulletin boards. A lot of people who list on online ballroom dance bulletin boards or classifieds are not really interested in finding a dance partner and are not serious about at all – they are just looking for opportunities for romance or someone to hook up with. The chances of finding a decent dance partner this way are minimal. Instead, follow the guidelines given next for finding a partner for your dance classes.

Contact your local USABDA or United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association. The USABDA lists all dance competitions to be held in your area and lists dance studios such as ours too. You can visit these competitions or studios, observe the group classes in your level and find someone who is close to your skills.  You can meet with them and interview them on the spot. You can always watch the group classes in our studio; observe our students from up close and decide if there is someone you want to partner with.

If you are a ballroom dancing professional who competes in major dance competitions and are looking for a dance partner, we suggest going to the various dance competitions in your area as a spectator and identifying someone of your level, who you can partner with. You can talk to the instructors in our Monterey dance studio and ask us to introduce you to a potential dance partner, who is just as talented as you are.  We would be happy enough to make the introductions for you, and offer great suggestions on who would make a perfect dance partner for you, keeping a long-term perspective in mind.

Another option is to participate in dance competitions yourself and make a great impression. Make no mistake; you will be approached by several talented dancers asking you to be their dance partner. There are a lot of people besides yourself who are looking for a talented dance partner. You will be helped in this by the competition judges who would be happy enough to make introductions.

The last point – when you introduce yourself to a potential dance partner, be very explicit about what you are looking for. Find out if they are as serious about ballroom dancing as you are and if they are willing to commit their time to hundreds of hours of dance practice with you. We hope the suggestions given here are useful to you. If you are unable to find a dance partner yet, do visit our dance studio, we will find someone great for you.

Challenge Yourself in Ballroom Dancing

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Dance classes

How do you challenge yourself in ballroom dancing? Most of our students who spend some time learning ballroom dancing with us, ask us that question – what next after having picked up the basics. Now that you have spent time in taking lessons, or participating in classes. What should be the next item on your checklist?

Okay, here’s what we would like to know first. Do you see yourself as a competitive dancer or as a social dancer? How important is dance to you? What do you hope to achieve in ballroom dance and how far are you willing to go to get there? Are you willing to commit yourself to achieving excellence in ballroom dance? What you do next in your dance life depends on your answer to these questions.

If your goal is to become a good dancer socially, then, if you are a guy, you should challenge yourself to learn how to lead a lady in a way that seems absolutely effortless. If you are a woman, you should learn how to follow a man’s lead in the most elegant manner possible.

If you want to become a competitive dancer, you will need to commit yourself to hundreds of hours of dance practice and strive to improve yourself by participating in dance competitions. Regardless of what you want to achieve as a dancer, you will get all the support you need from our dance instructors – the best dance instructors in California.

So the question is how can you challenge yourself to be a better dancer? The simple answer to that is that you must work hard to find the right approach, one that is tailor-made for you. Taking your dance classes seriously is the first step. Not only will you improve your dancing skills and become a much better dancer, you will also become a more accomplished person.

So, to challenge yourself in dance, you must establish a sense of positive identification with ballroom dancing and get obsessed with your goal of becoming a much better dancer. You must learn how to evaluate yourself as a dancer; set the right goals and introspect about what dance means for you.

Becoming really great at dance requires more than just talent or hard work – it requires focus, determination and a commitment of your time. It begins with setting the right goals.

For this, you will need to decide how important it is to become a good ballroom dancer, and have a clear idea of how to get there. Once you have a good idea of your goals, assess yourself as a dancer. Talk to your instructors about this and find out where you are right now in terms of your current dancing ability. Then put a systematic plan in place with your instructors’ help to decide on the steps to be taken to achieve those goals.

How long does take to become a really great dancer? Well, each one has their own learning curve, depending on the learning style, natural talent and ability, and the amount of time spent learning the right skills. What seems easy and natural to some can be daunting to others.

But you can certainly become a much better dancer than you are today with the right application of hard work, discipline and focus. But more than anything, you will need to be serious about how you go about it.  You cannot afford to be lax when taking classes.

You cannot afford to get distracted, because that would stop you from achieving your goals as a ballroom dancer. And yes, you will need to pay attention to everything your instructors tell you. Your instructors have been through it all and know what it takes to be phenomenally good at ballroom dancing.

Benefit from their vast experience as teachers and practitioners of ballroom dance across North America and Europe, and do your absolute best in practice. Excellence in ballroom dance is within your grasp.

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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.

Fun or Hard work in Dancing?

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Monterey Dance classes

Is ballroom dancing fun or is it hard work? Or is it a bit of both? Ballroom dancing is a terrific way for people of all ages to stay fit and get in shape.  It is a wonderful social activity with lots of benefits for your mind, body and spirit.

Joining dance classes will do wonders for your health and fitness and improves your mental acuity. Taking swing, tango or salsa classes is a great way to socialize and make connections with new and interesting people, make new friends and does wonders for your self-esteem and self-confidence.

It gives you a more positive outlook over life and reduces stress and tension. Participating in dance classes makes you feel better about yourself and more enthusiastic about life in general. But is dancing all about fun or is it about hard work too? For example dance classes at our Monterey studio include both fun and hard work. That’s why they are so popular and a hit with people across Monterey County.

Why are hard work and dedication important to dance? If you want to succeed at anything, whether it is dance or something else, it takes determination, hard work and self-discipline. You should be prepared to give it all in your practice.

Whether it is life or ballroom dancing, you should be prepared to give it your all.  Nothing comes easy in life; you must make a real and concerted effort to get what you really want and desire. If you are willing to put in the hard yards, you will reap the rewards later.

So push yourself to the limit in your dance lessons. Get out of your comfort zone. Find out a place in you that you never knew existed. Put everything into your training. It is not easy to grow as a dancer if you are not willing to work hard for it.

Not everyone has a natural talent for ballroom dancing, but it is a skill that can be acquired from hard work, focus and determination. You will need to persevere and you must be disciplined. Blood, sweat and tears – be prepared to shed them all in your quest to achieve excellence in dance.

And yes, be humble about it. The greatest ballroom dancers are always humble about their abilities because they always know that there is someone who is better than them. They are ever willing to share great advice with those who are new to ballroom dancing and willing to learn.

But our dance classes are not just about hard work – they are a lot of fun too. Dancing is the perfect social activity, where you get to interact with new people and form a connection with so many. It enhances your life in more ways than you can think of right now.

Dancing adds excitement to your life. You will always be surrounded by cheerful and artistically minded people, who enjoy dancing just like you and like making friends too!

You will have so much fun at our ballroom dancing classes. We have a very friendly, low-pressure and encouraging environment in our dance studio, where you will find friendship and who knows, maybe even romance!

Finally, we suggest taking wedding dance lessons with your fiancé, as it’s the most romantic and fun thing you can do before your wedding.  We live in a very fast moving world and often we fail to take a moment for ourselves. Ballroom dancing offers an escape from your routine activities, a chance to de-stress, relax a little, make new friends and simply have a bit of fun!

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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.

Finding Inspiration in Ballroom Dance

How to find inspiration in ballroom dancing? There’s inspiration to be found everywhere – there are many who get inspired by great music alone and it helps them to perform better.

If you are like most of our students, you will probably watch shows like “Dancing with the Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance” for inspiration. Many of the students in our small town Monterey also visit dance competitions and watch performances by major dancing stars to get inspired.

But it is the popularity of dance-based reality shows on TV such as “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” has led a lot of people of all age groups to join our tango classes and swing classes. While these dance shows are not the only reason for the renewed enthusiasm for ballroom dancing in Monterey, California as well as in the rest of America, the fact it, they are responsible for a large part of the inspiration.

Dance based reality shows have certainly created a lot of interest in ballroom dance across the country. Monterey dance school such as ours have been the direct beneficiaries of the popularity of these dance shows.

The numbers in our dance classes go up every month, and there is no doubt that at least a part of the reason for this new craze for ballroom dancing are the popular dance-based TV shows. A lot of people, especially young people, are inspired by watching the phenomenally talented performers on TV and want to join the fun.

It’s not just children who want to show that they can dance, a lot of parents are joining too. Of course, with dance being just a popular social activity, we get a number of single men and women joining as well. We have a plenty of young couples taking wedding dance lessons with us, and for them learning dance together is one of the most romantic things in the world.

Certainly, there is an increase in the number of people who want to pursue competitive dancing since the popularity of these shows. This has had an impact on the entire industry and at our dance studio, we just love having more people –young and old – join our ballroom dancing classes.

However, it is important to warn our prospective students that it takes a lot of time and effort before they can achieve the professional levels displayed by the incredibly talented dancers on TV. They should not expect to get instant results. They must learn the basics of dance first, such as adopting the right posture, for a start.

And it is important for our students to take care of themselves – this means eating well, avoiding junk food and exercising regularly. Dance itself is a great cardiovascular activity, and you will burn 300 calories in every session of ballroom dancing.

Another way to find inspiration is to watch the various Dancesport competitions on TV, no matter where they are held in the world. Pay attention to the international dance scene. There are a number of talented dancers in Latin America and Europe, where ballroom dance is even more popular than it is in the U.S.

So as you join tango classes or salsa classes, be prepared to give it everything. Enjoy your sessions and take inspiration from the best. Get exposed to new dance styles such as cha-cha, samba and rumba and more.

Find inspiration everyday interact with the other students during general dancing, learn from them and get inspired from them. Just have a great time and enjoy yourself!

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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.