At the beginning of most dances, be it blues or swing, there’s usually a lesson for beginners to learn the basics before the social dancing starts. These lessons are a great way for beginners and newcomers to get comfortable on the dance floor and with some basic moves before trying them out in a social setting.
That’s not the only great thing about these lessons, though. More often than not, instructors will also throw in some dance vocabulary even for those who have been dancing for a relatively long time. I actually went to such a lesson just last night at Bluesy Tuesy, where I learned some very cool call and response blues moves. Learning new dance vocab at these “beginner” lessons is a fun, easy way to expand one’s repertoire of moves (something I myself need to work on). And because everyone else is learning the same moves during the lesson, you’ll have plenty of people to practice your new moves with. 🙂
And learning new moves in one form of dance can benefit all of your social dancing. In my experience, I’ve found that most moves can be “translated” from one style to another, with relatively minor modifications. This can lead to some fun moments on the dance floor when you surprise your partner with some cool moves they haven’t seen before. And learning new dance moves helps keep dancing fresh and exciting, both for you and the people you dance with!
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!