Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need a dance partner to start?
No! A partner is never necessary. In fact, you will often learn faster on your own. Private dance lessons allow you to partner with a professional, encouraging rapid development of proper technique. Alone, the dance instructor's attention is focused entirely on you. The value of beginning with a partner allows you the opportunity to practice and review material at any time.
2. What should I wear to my first dance lesson?
Comfort should be your first priority. When selecting shoes, look for a pair in your wardrobe that offer good support and will allow you to slide on the floor (leather soled shoes are ideal!) Ladies might want to consider something with a bit of a heel.
3. Do I have to be a dancer already to learn partner dancing?
Absolutely not! In fact, partner dance is often called "social dance" because it's geared more toward moving comfort and finesse in social environments than the "performing" most often associated with other forms of dance. If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm! All you need is a qualified dance instructor, well trained in teaching beginners to identify the different rhythms existing within the music. (It's easier than you think). At Dance Times Square our dance instructors specialize in this process; every day we teach people how to partner dance who never thought they could. Of course everything has its place: if you are an aspiring dance phenomenon, there are plenty of opportunities for performing experiences as well.
4. How can I get started?
It's easy. Simply call Dance Times Square at 212-994-9500 to schedule an introductory 1/2-hour private lesson. Click Start Today for more detailed information.
5. What is the difference between private dance lessons and group dance classes?
Private dance lessons give you the most for your minute, as they are a one-on-one with an instructor customized to suit your own pace and goals. They are also far easier to manage for students with hectic schedules. If your budget is limited, group dance classes are a more affordable option. They are also ideal for those seeking a more social learning experience.
6. Do you offer Smooth and/or Standard?
Yes, of course! We have several highly qualified Smooth and Standard competing professionals on our impressive staff. For those interested in private dance instruction, we encourage you to call for more specific information and availability.
7. Do you offer dance socials or practice parties?
Absolutely! Join us the last Thursday of every month at 9PM for a night of Dancing $5.00 Per Person.
8. How long does it take to gain dancing skills?
The answer to this question varies with each individual. The beauty of our introductory offer is the accompanying dance evaluation and consultation. This allows us to assess your background and get a clearer understanding of your goals so that we can structure a program that will allow you to gain the skills you want at your own pace. Better yet, much like learning to ride a bike, once you own this skill, you have it for life and can enjoy it well into your senior years.
9. Where can I use my dance skills once I own it?
A better question would be: "Where can't I use this skill?" Unlike seasonal sports, and due to the vibrant nature of New York City, you can go partner dancing every night of the week, in nightclubs, black-tie functions, weddings, private parties and local hot spots. From dancing under the stars at Lincoln Center's Midsummer night's Swing to the elegance of the Rainbow Room, the possibilities are endless.
10. Which dances would be most useful to learn?
During your initial lesson, we will help you determine which dances are most practical for you based on your specific goals, needs and musical tastes.
11. What is the age range of the student body?
Most of our students are between the ages of eighteen and sixty, but no one is too young or too old to get started. This sport is truly universal in accessibility and enjoys a greater longevity than most others.