TIPS AND INFO FOR BEGINNERS.

Ask questions! Ask for a step or sequence to be repeated if you don’t ask you don’t get. Don’t be embarrassed by asking. Others probably need the same help and may just be too self conscious to ask! Instructors want to help. The speed and detail in which we may be teaching at any class varies depending on the level of the class. Always try to come to an appropriate level class.

Be patient! You would be one in a million if you walked onto the dance floor for the first time and could instantly do it perfectly. Take home step sheets, if offered, or obtain copies from web sites (see link on my website, listed above). Practice the dances, repetition helps. No one is perfect. Just think of those little ‘errors’ as new variations. Don’t give up!

Come often to classes! If you really want to become proficient, come on a regular basis. If you can find a class or a place to dance, try twice a week.

Take the alternative! If you’re new to line dancing, I will at times give easy alternatives for more intricate steps. Take them. Add the original steps back in when you’re more comfortable with the dance. Keep your steps small. You will be able to maintain your balance better and be able to ‘fix’ your problems more easily. Keep your knees ‘soft’ (don’t lock the knees). You will be able to make transitions more quickly.

Turn technique! Learn good turn technique. Turning takes practice. Sorry, there’s no easy way to learn except ‘do it’.

Learn terminology! It will seem like a foreign language at first. And of course there is that pesky lag time between when you hear the words and the meaning gets to your feet. And then you still need to actually ‘move your feet’. Don’t worry, it will come. Be patient.

Music variety! Line dancing is no longer just ‘country’. It’s done to all kinds of music from pop to Latin with plenty in between, you name it and there’s probably a line dance to it.