10. Clothing: Make sure you are wearing a nice pair of shoes that are comfortable and easy to move in. Dance shoes are ideal. Wear clothing that you look good in and allow you to move without restriction. It also helps to wear clothing that prevents your ... um, personal parts from moving too much or falling out.
9. Grooming: Now that you have the right clothing, we need to make sure that our personal hygiene and grooming is in check. Smell. You can't stop yourself from sweating. Wear deodorant and avoid too much cologne or perfume. Check yourself before you leave your house... nobody likes a stinky dancer. Oh, and if you are sick, stay at home.
8. Now that you're dressed to kill and smell like roses, it's time to get out there. Whether you're a man or woman, you can't wait for someone to ask you to dance. Go ahead and ask. Besides, it's more likely that people will ask you to dance if you've already asked them first. Only decline a dance if you've promised someone else this one or you'll get the next one.
7. So, you're dressed to kill, smell like roses, and have someone to dance with. Now you're face to face. This is a good time to be smiling. You don't want to look like you're concentrating too much. Besides, you're having fun aren't you? Having fun isn't something you feel, it's something you create.
6. Dressed to kill, smell like roses, got a partner and grinning ear to ear, but who the heck is this creature in front of me? Talk to this person. How awkward would it be to stand face to face with a stranger for 3 - 4 minutes without saying a word.
5. Dressed, smelling good, partnered, smiling and talking. Now you can shake your stuff... we're just getting started. Dance at the level that you and your partner can dance at with the most level of success. It's not the level of your dancing that is important, it's how well you can move together. What good is doing step 53 if no one can enjoy it? Believe me, I've done step 53, nobody cares.
4. Everything is in check and you're dancing! That's it, right? Wrong. Dancing is a social activity so don't complain about the music, dance floor, people or temperature. Nothing is ever perfect and you don't have to point it out. It is courteous to thank your partner and continue the evening with a positive mind set. People generally don't like complainers. But, you don't do that, do you?
3. The night is going pretty good, eh? Only if I weren't stuck over here by myself. Don't make yourself hard to approach. Stand in and around the majority. They expect you to. Why make it awkward for someone else to approach you. Just stand close to the pack and say "hi" when someone looks your way. Uh huh, it's that easy.
2. Don't leave without saying goodbye. It's actually quite inconsiderate to just disappear and it tells the people you've met that it meant nothing to you. Say thank you or even a general wave is considerate if you're in a hurry. If possible, thank your partner after each dance.
1. Take your level of dancing to the point that you can maximize the ease in dancing with people at every level. You can do that by contacting us at Groove Studios, where we prepare you for every aspect of social dancing. Look good, feel good and be good.
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