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Q: Good social dance to start with ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Good social dance to start with
Category: Sports and Recreation
Asked by: mnapier70-ga
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Posted: 02 Nov 2006 12:06 PST
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Question ID: 779493
Well, I'm interested in learning to dance, but I have two left feet. I
like the idea of meeting people in the dancing scene, and it seems
like good exercise, but I need something relatively easy to start
with. Can you give me recommendations for good dances I should start
with? I'd like to sign up for some lessons. Thanks everyone.
Subject: Re: Good social dance to start with
Answered By: umiat-ga on 13 Nov 2006 10:32 PST
Hello, mnapier70-ga 

 I think it is awesome that you want to learn to dance. In fact, you
have me inspired!

 First of all - I think you need to determine what style of "social
dance" you want to learn. The waltz is a far different entity than the
swing or the rumba. I mean - do you want to have fun at a swing-dance
club? Or are you looking to go to a formal dance event to do the
foxtrot or the cha-cha?

 Most good dance studios will have an array of classes. Once you
narrow down the type of dance style you would like to learn, it will
be far easier to start with the easiest of that group.

 Dance Passion has a good overview of the different types of dances.
Several of the dances listed on their site are described as easy for
beginners to learn. Suprisingly, they cover an interesting array of

The Merengue is described as "probably the easiest dance you will ever learn." 

The Foxtrot is described as feeling like "a stroll in the park - with
some rhythm thrown in. Foxtrot is a slow, easy dance during which a
couple can even have a pleasant conversation. This is the classic
dance for wedding receptions and social events."

The Texas Two Step is considered "a simple dance that is very easy for beginners." 

See descriptions of other dances on the Dance Passion site


The RpMerleon Studios website also recommends the following dances for

Square Rumba - Street Partner Dance

 "Very easy to learn, the name implies dancing the steps in a
dimension no bigger than a box. A street/club version, it involves
holding both hands, twirling and turning with the followers. Simple
and elegant, dance to any slow 4 counts music by popular super star

* Recommended as a first dance for beginners. Can be learnt in 1 lesson.

Street Cha Cha - Street/Club Partner Dance

 "Evolved from Mambo with its origin from Cuba, Cha Cha Cha is
characterised by 2 slow steps follow by 3 fast chasses. It became a
sensation in the 1950s to dance on the off beat instead of the common
down beats. Also known as the "Triple Mambo Steps", it is danced to a
distinct sound in the music and soon became a dance by itself. Some
did say that the name Cha Cha Cha is derived from a plant that
produces "Cha Cha" sounding seed pods being used by a band leader to
produce a rattle metronome to keep the music pace! Most versatile and
easily learnt & form an excellent base for other Latin dances. Dance
Cha Cha with partners or in groups, many opportunities to dance at
discos, clubs and parties.

* "Recommended as a first dance for beginners."


East Coast Swing (Jive) is described as one of the easiest dancers for
beginners on the UrbanBeat Dance company site. (Just hover your cursor
over different styles for a popup description)


 As you can see, there is a beginner dance you can learn for most any
atmosphere of social dance you want to partake in. Here are some
directories of dance studios that might be of interest.


 Also - don't discount some of the local dance bars. They often offer
instructional classes on specific nights - especially if they have a
country-western bent! They might be more fun and immerse you in a
group of singles of all ages who want to get to know one another after

 Have fun! Go for it!  



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Subject: Re: Good social dance to start with
From: markvmd-ga on 02 Nov 2006 19:51 PST
Any beginner class should be fine. Easy steps to learn from a video
would be the basic waltz and foxtrot.
Subject: Re: Good social dance to start with
From: bigbaldboy-ga on 10 Nov 2006 21:34 PST
As a matter of fact, the Waltz is the basic of all dances. Geberally
speaking, once you learn the waltz, you actually know several dances,
the foxtrot, rumba, samba and all the others roots lie in the Waltz.
The waltz was one time banned in the United States as it was
considered lude or brazen. It was after all the first dance where
partners took dance position and therefore touched!

Learning to dance is a wonderful and rewarding experience. The social
contact,the music, the attire and the teachers all come together to
make magic. There is nothing so delightful as inviting a woman to the
dance floor and moving gracefully around the dance floor, think of
this as the woman being a beautiful piece of art, the man, stong and
frim, leading his partner, as if he where a frame, to support her
beautiful piece of art.

Go to a Fred Astair, Murray's or the local university to find a class

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