Which Dances Should I Start with?

Often New Students worry about how many dances they should take on to first get started. Some want to learn one dance at a time, others want to conquer the advanced syllabus in the competitive nine dances. I find that aiming for something in the middle makes a very happy and well-rounded social dancer. Look to incorporate dances in the following 4 categories.

Something Slow- Examples: Rumba, Foxtrot, Waltz

We all need an upgrade from the “high school hang” for slow dances. Rumba and Waltz share the same box and several turns making it easy for beginners to learn 2 dances quickly and join the fun on the dance floor. Foxtrot, think Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble music, is also a great slower dance because it travels the floor and teaches navigation at a comfortable pace.

Something Fast- Examples: Swing, Hustle, Cha Cha, Salsa

Most Top 40 Music is what we describe as general rhythm, meaning that you can dance a multitude of dances to the same piece of music. For example, you can dance Swing, Hustle and Cha cha to many of the same songs. Swing and Hustle share a lot of the same turns as do Cha Cha and Salsa. Interrelating movements makes it much easier to learn faster and increase your dance competency.

Something Trendy- Examples: East Coast Swing, Country, Salsa, West Coast Swing

Depending where you live, there might be different “trendy” dances that are all the rage. It is a good idea to have at least one of these dances in your repertoire so that you never have to refuse a dance invitation. And they are all very fun!

Something Latin- Examples: Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Tango, Merengue

Sometimes you just need to wiggle your hips! Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba and Merengue can really get your body moving. Our couples love the romance of the Tango and Rumba, and who wouldn’t love all the turns from Cha Cha, Salsa and Merengue. Make sure to pick something spicy for your dance program!

You’ve probably noticed that some dances fall into multiple categories. If you are worried about taking on too many dances this can ease your insecurities and you can learn 3 dances that cover the 4 categories. Or if you know that you are going to be frequenting the Latin Clubs, you might even “double-dip” for a few extra helpings to be able to enhance your dance repertoire. Your dance teacher will steer you towards the dances that will best help you towards your dancing dreams.