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Re: Beginner Group Lessons - What Focus?
Posted by nloftofan1
3/19/2018  8:53:00 AM
I'm surprised that "No dance party plays a waltz -ever" hasn't gotten some challenges already. I go to dance parties every week where waltzes are played. But I go along with the recommendation to concentrate on foxtrot/swing. In many cases you can dance either (or both) to the same song, and the majority of songs are in 4/4 time. Foxtrot is a little trickier than Waltz because it mixes slows and quicks, but not really very tricky. Probably the best advice is to pick the dances that go well with the type of music you like best.
Re: Beginner Group Lessons - What Focus?
Posted by terence2
3/22/2018  5:24:00 AM
I don't know where you are located, but, I've been DJing for many many moons ( States, many cities, and UK). and Waltz is always on my and other DJs list play list. The size of a room should not prevent dancing any of the travelling BR dances, unless it's extremely small in which case, why bother to hold a BR event.

And the question was, which would be more suitable for a beginner ? which reads to me, to get a guy ( ladies adapt better ) interested . Swing and Cha win hands down. I've taught 1000s of beginners classes, and I have used W and FT but both cause more initial problems for "lead " .
Re: Beginner Group Lessons - What Focus?
Posted by Ladydance
3/22/2018  4:32:00 PM
Just to clear up any misunderstandings - what I meant is that any non-ballroom dance will not play waltzes. Of course, studio dances and ballroom events will. Dancing at clubs, events and weddings will not play waltzes. You are lucky if you can find a cha cha or a swing in the techno crap and pop played most often.
Re: Beginner Group Lessons - What Focus?
Posted by nloftofan1
3/25/2018  5:11:00 PM
It's hard for me to understand why someone who would like to dance rumba and cha-cha (and foxtrot and tango) would go to a place that only plays "dance" music, and where the people on the floor are doing a creditable imitation of two-year-olds having a tantrum.
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