Dance of Asian America
Photo by James Wiseman, reefpix.org

Oct
01
2015

Thinking about taking partner dance classes? Not sure what to sign up for? A mix of both is recommended for most people. Here's an idea of what to expect from group classes and private lessons.

Group Classes

Benefits:

  1. Practice leading and following with a variety of partners.
  2. Make new friends and practice partners.
  3. Watch other people try new moves and learn from their experience.
  4. Group classes are less expensive than private lessons.


Drawbacks:

  1. Most group classes rotate partners, which means you will dance with others in the class. You may dance with people you do not wish to dance with. Also, dancing with others is not always desirable for couples.
  2. The speed of the class may be too fast or too slow for you.
  3. The schedule is not flexible. If you miss a class, you might have difficulty catching up.


Recommended for:

  • Casual learners
  • Beginners
  • Cost-conscious students


Private Lessons

Benefits:

  1. Receive individual attention and feedback and work on what you want to learn at all times.
  2. Lesson is paced according to your abilities.
  3. Practice with your partner and/or the instructor only.
  4. Schedule lessons as needed.


Drawbacks:

  1. You will miss out on the learning experience and social benefits of dancing with other partners.
  2. Private lessons are more expensive per hour.


Recommended for:

  • Preparing for special events
  • People who wish to dance primarily with a single partner
  • People with busy or erratic schedules

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