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!