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Old 02-03-06, 09:06 PM   #1
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Dancing classes

There's some place 'round here that does 3 classes for $30. Anybody ever do classes like that? Are these things worth it? I suck at dancing. This might help. Would be something good to know.
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There's some place 'round here that does 3 classes for $30. Anybody ever do classes like that? Are these things worth it? I suck at dancing. This might help. Would be something good to know.
Prom?
Graduation?
Friend's Wedding?
Your Wedding?
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Oh wait, Valentines day. Never mind. *slaps forehead*
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I have but that was in college, and it was worth it.

What kind of classes are we talkin' about? Ballroom? Salsa? Bellydancing?
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Oh wait, Valentines day. Never mind. *slaps forehead*
Too late for Valentine's Day, and no need for good dancing skills for that day anyway.
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Actually, none of the above. Valentine's Day (TM) isn't even a consideration this year.

Just tired of my routine. Need something other than working and drinking in my life. I'm also looking into joining a local photography club.
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Ballroom? Salsa? Bellydancing?
The school advertises as ballroom, but a friend told me they do a lot of different styles. Salsa/Tango are at the top of my list. What kind of classes did you take?
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I have taken ballroom dance for 2 years now. My wife and I love it. I have to admit that I was very hesitant at first. Here is my experience in a nut shell.

1. Make sure you get a good/reputable dance instructor.
2. Dancing teaches you more about yourself than dancing.
3. Dancing is fun, but it takes a lot of hard work to get good at it.
4. It's way more expensive than you think.
5. In order of fun and usefulness combined by favorite dances are
-foxtrot, east coast swing, cha-cha, rhumba, waltz, tango (but I really like the tango, it's just has a low useful rating - not much tango out on the town.
6. I wish I had taken ballroom dance starting at the age of maybe 12.

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Actually, none of the above. Valentine's Day (TM) isn't even a consideration this year.

Just tired of my routine. Need something other than working and drinking in my life. I'm also looking into joining a local photography club.
What more do you need in life other then working, drinking and cycling?
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4. It's way more expensive than you think.
Yeah. That's one thing that's bothering me. Not much money to spend on non-essentials.

I'm not too concerned with becomming really good at it. Mostly just adequate so when I ask someone to dance, or vice versa, I won't make a complete fool out of myself and maybe even impress that (un)lucky lady.
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from what i heard you're more likely to get laid if you can dance...
Alright, now we've hit the real reason I'm interested in these classes...
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What more do you need in life other then working, drinking and cycling?
True. A simple life is more likely to be a happy life. But getting stuck in a routine bugs the crap out of me.
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yeah... from what i heard you're more likely to get laid if you can dance... you shoulda seen the dance accessory that sue johanson (i think that's her name.. the bed talk lady) was showing off on leno last night.
MERTON,

Dancing all by itself can be verrrrrrry sexy. You should see the rhumba. And being from Texas, as I am also, you should know that the reason Baptists can only have sex laying down is that if the did it standing up, someone might think they were dancing.

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Dancing all by itself can be verrrrrrry sexy. You should see the rhumba. And being from Texas, as I am also, you should know that the reason Baptists can only have sex laying down is that if the did it standing up, someone might think they were dancing.

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The school advertises as ballroom, but a friend told me they do a lot of different styles. Salsa/Tango are at the top of my list. What kind of classes did you take?
Honestly I though ballroom was kinda boring... I like more rhythmic and spicy dances. I'd recommend the latin american ones like salsa and my favourite, merengue. In college I took a year of bellydancing (I loved it, it's difficult!!) and some folk dancing. Whatever you chose, don't start by taking it too seriously. Enjoy it and relax.
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get break dancing lessons......they impress the ladies......lol
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I do salsa about once or twice a week and gonna do tango next. Definitely a lot of fun, great way to have a good time with the ladies. Dancing, especially the more sensual latin dances are just pure foreplay in public. There's a certain naughty side to chics on getting away with sexual stuff in public.

But... it's gotta be a lifestyle choice you make, like being fit, biking, healthy, etc. It's who you are as opposed to what you do in life. Look around for the better instructors and classes. You might want to do the introductory city-college classes first to get started. Then move onto the more advanced private classes. Don't think of it as a task, but a pleasant way to spend some time. One of my friends and I ended up drinking and playing with hoola-hoops at her place for hours after class last night. Now I know where she got those hip movements...

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I took ballroom dancing classes a few years ago. My husband tried a couple of times. When we went to a dance studio, the steps were more complicated, and more was expected of him. A small class with senior citizens is a good learning class. They go slow. My husband's favorite classes were at University of Michigan. They were only $3 each and had different instructors from the different area studios. The classes were large and a young crowd of different nationalities. One great thing about the UofM classes, is that they made you switch up partners. That way you learn your part and don't depend on someone else to "help" you. My husband loves it now. His favorite is swing and Latin. He hates the foxtrot. I like them all. A funny thing is that he is the one bugging me to go dancing. It took him a few starts. Guys have a lot more to learn. They have to learn their steps, how to lead, to watch the floor and to think about the next step. Women just have to follow (backwards and in heels).
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There's some place 'round here that does 3 classes for $30. Anybody ever do classes like that? Are these things worth it? I suck at dancing. This might help. Would be something good to know.
I used to know a guy who taught ballroom dancing. The first lessons were cheap and then the price skyrocketed, into the hundreds and thousands of dollars!

Some friends and I used to take lessons from him.The four of us would bring a sixpack for an hour and a half lesson. It was fun, but I wouldn't spend big bucks on it.
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Salsa's where it's at. If you can count to 8, you'll do fine. Just remember 1, 2, 3, pause on 4, 5, 6, 7, pause on 8...BTW, I never bothered w/ dancing shoes. My instructor taught in sneakers so I wore either sneakers or Doc Marten's. Just make sure you have a water bottle or something to drink cuz you'll sweat a lot if you're doing it right.
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So, how expensive can this get? Do you think the 3 classes for $30 is worth it just to get an introduction? I'm not made of money. Mostly water. And meat.
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That's a good price. Here, it was like $50 for four 1 hr classes. 3 hr weekly practice sessions were included and that's really where you get practice and get good. You'll dance w/ a lot of different partners in class and in practice which is where you'll learn to lead (if you're a man) or follow if you're a woman. Leading's important since you determine what the next move is so you have to think about what you're doing next. It's fun as hell though.
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I was going to take hiphop dance classes.....but was hesitant because for the life of me, I can't dance. Don't really want to embarrass myself with a room full of people.
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So, how expensive can this get? Do you think the 3 classes for $30 is worth it just to get an introduction? I'm not made of money. Mostly water. And meat.
A lot of the studios around here rent them out to instructors. I get a 6-week intermediate salsa class for $54. Private lessons are $25 each. Best deal is the university classes at about $15-20 for 6-weeks. You don't need more than a couple of classes, most of your improvements is just in the practice and going out dancing itself. Dances are usually $5-10 depending upon the club for cover. Some places even have free lessons if you show up early.
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I was going to take hiphop dance classes.....but was hesitant because for the life of me, I can't dance. Don't really want to embarrass myself with a room full of people.
If you go to a beginner's class, everyone's new, lots can't dance and everyone looks spastic. You won't be the only one so don't be embarassed.
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