1.How do I get started?
Getting Started is easy. The first step is to schedule an introductory lesson with one of our certified instructors.
Call the studio at (865)357-5770.
During the lesson your instructor will introduce you to two or three of the most popular social dances. At the end of the lesson he or she will help you determine a balance of private lessons, group classes, and practice parties that work best for your schedule, budget and goals.
You are under no obligation to continue, but we believe you will have so much fun you will want to keep learning.
2. What if I have “two left feet”?
Most students are concerned they have “two left feet” or no rhythm. Some have tried classes before with little to no success.
The “two left feet syndrome” is cured by learning to understand shifting your weight from foot to foot. This usually isn’t something you think about on a day to day basis. Part of learning to dance is creating that awareness and rediscovering your right foot!
Our instructors are trained to find out how your brain and body prefer to learn, and teach by whichever method works best for you. This makes learning to dance fun and easy, instead of complicated and frustrating.
3. What if I have no rhythm?
Everyone has rhythm or they would not be able to walk! Anyone who feels they have no rhythm hasn’t been taught how to listen for a beat in the music. Part of learning to dance is training your ear to hear the beat , and learning how to match your steps and body movements to the beat.
You are not required to have rhythm to learn to dance. Dancing is a learned social art form. We don’t just teach you steps. We teach you how to move your body and dance!
4. How much does it cost?
How much you choose to invest in your dance training is entirely up to you! We operate on an a la carte system. This means you pay for each lesson, class or party as you take it. There are no hidden costs, contracts, or membership requirements.
Group classes; Beginning to advanced levels, $10 per person for a 45 minute group class. Typically there are 6 to 15 students in each class.
Friday Night Party; All levels, $10 per person. 8:15 to 10p.m. (Sometimes we dance until 10:30) Be sure to look on our calendar for special theme parties and Spotlight Exhibition shows.
Saturday Bronze Social ; $15 per person, includes a 45 minute group class at 7:30 p.m., and a practice party from 8:15 to 10 p.m. This is for beginning or social dancers, covering the 6 major dances.
Private Lessons; The first private lesson is $25 for a 45 minute lesson. Lessons afterwards vary from instructor to instructor based on their experience and training. Most instructors offer discounted lessons if you purchase a “block” of five or more to accomplish a specific goal. We can confidently state that our private lessons are competitively priced, and the quality of your lessons ensure you are getting the best value in town.
5. How long does it take to learn to dance?
This is a tough question. The simple answer is: you can start dancing after your first lesson. Most people can have enough skill to dance basics socially after a few private lessons and 2-3 months of practicing at parties.
The more accurate answer depends on a lot of factors; How good do you want to be? How often will you be taking lessons? What is the ratio of private lessons, group classes, and practice parties you will be attending? How often do you practice on your own? Unfortunately there really isn’t a guaranteed answer we can give you.
The best we can do is a range based on past experience. We have found that it takes an average student 1 to 3 years to complete a Bronze program depending on the above factors. At the end of this time you will look and feel comfortable socially with patterns, styling, and be able to lead or follow almost any partner.
6. When can I take lessons?
You can take lessons whenever you want. Most instructors teach from 12 to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. If you prefer mornings or other times please let us know when you schedule your first lesson. One of our 14 instructors will be happy to accomodate you.
7. Do I need a partner?
No, a partner is not necessary. While you are learning your instructor will dance with you as your partner. You will also be introduced to other students you can practice with in group classes and at dance parties. We even encourage couples to occasionaly take a private lesson one-on-one with an instructor to work on lead and follow techniques.
8. How often should I take a lesson?
We recommend at least once a week you either take a private or group class. This prevents you from forgetting too much in between and becoming frustrated.
The best way to learn is to do as much as you can comfortably in the beginning to get the basics in your brain and body. After that you can spread out your lessons and attend groups or parties to practice and keep it fresh. Then add in a private every now and then to add a new step, check your progress, or answer questions.
9. Will I have a good teacher?
Yes. All of our instructors must complete an intense training program and pass certification exams. They are required to meet yearly criteria to ensure they are always current on teaching methods and material. Your instructor will be selected to best suit your needs and learning style.
10. What should I wear?
We have a more relaxed atmosphere at Absolute Ballroom. Our students wear anything from blue Jeans, to shirt and tie, sometimes it’s whatever they wore to work that day.
Friday and Saturday parties are a little more dressy. Blue Jeans are still allowed, but most people dress as though they were going out to a nice restaurant.
Occasionally we will have a dinner, dance, and show. On those evenings we dress up a lot more, and request semi-formal attire.
We recommend soft soled dress shoes for footwear. Athletic shoes are fine for your first few lessons. Ladies be aware that flip flops, or slides are not recommended, it is difficult to walk backwards in them. We suggest you not spend your money on dance shoes until you have decided you want to continue dancing. Your instructor can recommend local and internet shoe vendors we trust, and help you choose a pair that’s right for you.