Ballroom dancing has been around for ages and we hear that many of you think you need a Dance Partner in order to learn ballroom.
I asked our instructors in the studio what they number one question they get asked is… they said it’s… “Do I need a dance partner?”
Let’s take this question on… and you might be surprised by the answer if you keep reading.
Do You Need a Partner to Learn Ballroom Dancing?
This simple answer is “No”.
Both men and women have walked into our studio to learn to ballroom dance.
Let us share with you some of the benefits of being a ‘solo dancer’ when it comes to taking lessons in ballroom dancing.
Whether solo or partnered, this information is for you.
Benefits of being a solo dancer
At Arthur Murray we want you to be comfortable with your dancing. Our instructors work with you to get you moving to the beat. Dancing on your own allows you and your dance instructor to customize your learning experience. Plus you get to choose what dances you want to learn and begin to learn them from day one.
2. Faster Health and Exercise Results
Whether your goal is to lose weight, body sculpting or just fit into an old pair of jeans…
Working with one of our instructors one on one will burn more calories than working with a partner. Your instructor will keep you moving.
This might not seem to be a big deal, but scheduling can be a challenge for couples. Trying to coordinate busy schedules might actually hinder you from stepping into the studio. Dancing with an instructor allows you to learn to dance on your own time.
Whether you are a solo dancer or dancing with your partner, spending one on one time with an instructor can vastly improve your dance skills.
4. Creating You Time
Creating ‘you time’ is important. All work and no play makes for a very stressed life. Taking up dancing can help reduce stress and add a little fun to your day. Plus you get to connect with friends and make new ones. Our students say that coming into the studio is like being part of a family.
As one of our wise dance instructors says, “We all start as beginners.”
5. Improve Your Dancing Skills
If you’ve ever heard yourself say the phrase, “I want to do it the right way, the first time”, then working one-on-one with an instructor is the perfect fit for you. This allows you to work on your dance styling and your role in ballroom dancing. Either the role of Lead or Follow. Each is important in dance.
Basically, one-on-one allows for custom-tailored dance lessons that suit your dancing needs as you learn ballroom dancing.
By being a solo dancer you don’t quit dancing. It’s quite common for couples to have one partner feel like they aren’t making progress. This might lead to both quitting.
The truth is, we all start at the beginning and everyone can improve their progress by grabbing a private lesson with their instructor.
Your instructor is there to help you and create a fun, relaxing environment around your dancing.
7. Personal Satisfaction
Learning to dance is a healthy addiction, just ask our current students! Dancing can improve your mental health, physical health, confidence, muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility.
You get all the benefits of going to the gym and learn a skill that you will have for the rest of your life.
Frequently Asked Questions about Learning to Ballroom Dance
Q: I’m married, but my spouse doesn’t dance, are there options for me?
A: There are plenty of students who choose ballroom dancing as their way of creating ‘me time’. If your spouse doesn’t want to learn, invite them to come to watch and cheer you on. Who knows, they might even want to try dancing. At Arthur Murray, our instructors can work with you one-on-one. There are plenty of options. Come into the studio to find out more.
Q: How am I going to find someone that knows what I am learning?
A: This is a common concern for anyone learning to dance. What we focus on is the role of Leading and Following. No matter what you dance or where — this foundational training can help you look amazing on the dance floor. A man that can lead can show off his partner no matter what level of dancing skill they have. Someone that follows learns to follow and have fun.
This gives both partners the confidence to take the floor and show off their moves.
Q: “I’m a little worried about working one-on-one with a professional dancer, is that normal?”
A: Everyone of our professional instructors is there at the studio for one reason, to help you learn and enjoy dancing. They go through continual training in developing their teaching skills, develop their communication, and how to break down downs moves so that they are easy to learn.
Trust that at every step you take across the dance floor is celebrate by your instructor. You’re not there to become their professional dance partner, you’re there to learn to dance at your pace and at your level. Come have fun
If you are just getting started with us, grab your New Student Offer. It is designed to give you a chance to make an informed decision about your dance lessons. You’ll be dancing within 5 minutes of walking into the Arthur Murray studio.
Now no one ever said, “I’m so glad I waited all this time to learn how to dance”… Partner or Solo now is the time to make your move.