Private dance lesson locations?
Most of our private lessons we teach at Carilion Wellness, formerly known as the Roanoke Athletic Club. There are two exercise studios with nice wood floors. Studio A is approximately 48×48 therefore 2,300 square feet and Studio B is 33×43 therefore 1,400 square feet. We set aside Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7:30 or […]
Other dance instructors in the area
Most of our private or semi-private dance lessons are taught at Carilion Wellness, formerly known as the Roanoke Athletic Club. Other possibilities are your home or business. An example of that is a series of private lessons we are doing now with a couple who have 3 young children. We go to their home after […]
Different Dancers, Different Motivations
Jose Zuniga from Danville comes almost every Sunday to teach private lessons. Likewise Bonny Branch is another great instructor in the Roanoke area. If you are interested in lessons with either let us know and we will provide contact info.
Songs for Different Dances
We often hear dancers wish everyone would rotate partners or that folks would dance more and talk less or that some folks would not request line dances or mixers, etc. The obvious but forgotten truth is that everyone is so different. Therefore, everyone’s motivation for dancing and what they enjoy at a dance also is […]
To give you an idea of the types of music suitable for the various dances, we’ve included examples of songs below. Each dance includes a few oldies songs, a country song when appropriate, and several contemporary songs. You will find some songs work for a variety of dances. For example, you can dance a slow […]
Dance Dress Codes
Just as in all other areas of life, there are rules of etiquette that govern the dance environment and community. Here are a few of the basics which if followed, should avoid hurt feelings, blunders and embarrassment. Follow the correct line of dance which is counter clockwise in the smooth dances. If you are a […]
Order of Learning Dance
Many dances often specifiy the type of attire appropriate for that dance. In case you get confused, we are here to help explain the definitions. White Tie means ultra-formal. Men wear full dress with white tie, vest, shirt and cumberbund. Ladies wear long gowns. Black Tie means formal. Men wear tuxedos. Ladies wear cocktail, long […]
Tutting…the art of finger dancing!
First learn the steps. This is where the body and feet are moving: forward, back, side or diagonally and the number of steps in each direction. Don’t worry about learning arm styling or Latin motion at this point. Next learn the timing. Some dances are slow, quick, quick such as rumba, bolero, mambo, salsa, silver […]
What is the Tango?
This Samsung ad really shows off finger tutting.
Take a look at this routine from So you think you can dance.