Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many lessons will it take to learn to dance?
A:There are a lot of variables at play here, but simply put, it depends on what your goals are. Do you want to just "get by" with a few patterns, be a good social dancer with a variety of dances, or do you have aspirations of looking like a professional? Whether you want to learn one dance or be a well rounded dancer with many dances under your belt it does take time to learn to dance.
Students at Booth's have a vareity of goals. We work with each individual to come up with the best lesson plan to help you achieve your personal goals. We have had students reach their goals in 5 lessons and others find learning at Booth's so fun that they have been clients with us for over 10 years.
Q: Do I need a partner?
A:You do not need a partner for private lessons or group classes at Booth's. Private lessons have a built in dance partner with your instructor acting as your dance partner and instructor. This is one of the best ways to learn as you will not only be able to see how to do the dance correctly but also feel how to dance correctly as you dance with your instructor.
In group classes we will switch partners often so everyone will have an opportunity to dance with others if they wish.
Q: Where should I start?
A: The most popular way to check out our studio, dance teachers, and teaching methods is with our Introductory Special: 2-25 minute private lessons for $40. These lessons will get you introduced to the basics, timing, and dance holds to at least two dances of your choosing.
Q: What dances should I learn first?
A: With over 30 dances to choose from figuring out where to start can be daunting. We will ask you a couple of questions on your first lesson to help make recommendations on dances to learn. Dances that are popular to start with: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Rumba, Foxxy, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Salsa.
For a full list of dances we teach at Booth's click here
Q: Should I start learning one dance first, get good at it, then move on to other dances?
A: If you are wanting to learn one dance for a special occcassion, or because you have always just dreamed of dancing a particular dance than by all means concentrate only on that dance. If you are wanting to learn multiple dances than we highly encourage you to get started learning those dances at the same time. When you start to dance your body is learning new ways to move, so two or three dances at one time can speed up this process and in the long run allow you to learn to dance much faster.
Q: What should I wear to my lesson?
A: Dress is business casual or casual, wear something comfortable that you can easily move in. Shoes should stay on your feet and be comfortable. If you can do the "twist" on your kitchen floor and your shoes don't stick to the floor they should work. Never wear boots or shoes with heavy tread, or flip flops to your lesson.
Q: I am learning for a special occassion when should I start my lessons?
A: Whatever the case may be, ASAP! At least take an Intro Special or Wedding Constultation lesson early to give you and the instructor an idea of what dance(s) need to be taught and how long it may take to learn a variety of patterns and techniques.
Basically the earlier the lessons start, the more opportunity you give yourself to feel comfortable and confident with your dancing. Wedding couples especially, even if something simplistic is on the agenda, come in early to evaluate your needs and time/money campabilities.