Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a partner?
No partner is necessary to participate at The Dance Studio. On group lessons we rotate partners and during private lessons you will dance with your instructor.
What should I wear?
Casual clothing is best. You want to wear something that is comfortable to move in. While we do not require specialty footwear, choose a shoe that fits snugly to your foot. Backless sandals are an inappropriate choice because they are difficult to keep on while dancing. Shoes with leather soles are generally a better choice than shoes with rubber soles. The rubber tends to stick to the floor.
How long will it take to learn to dance?
There are many factors in learning to dance. How many dances to you want to learn? How often will you take a lesson? How frequently will you practice? How good do you want to be? It is impossible to tell you exactly how long it will take to meet your dance goals. What we can say is that you will be dancing by the end of your very first lesson!
What are some of the benefits of learning to dance?
Learning to dance is an investment that will last a lifetime. It is a fun, exciting and creative hobby. Ballroom dancing is very social and will give you an opportunity to meet new friends. It will improve your coordination and self-confidence. Finally, it is a form of exercise you can enjoy year round.
What is the quickest way to learn to dance?
We recommend a program that includes private lessons, group classes and practice parties. Private lessons are great for one to one instruction, group lessons help you learn more patterns quickly while improving your ability to lead and follow and practice parties are where you learn to put it all together in a fun party environment. And, instructors are always at the parties to dance and answer questions.
How long does a lesson last?
Currently all our lessons are 50 minutes long, beginning on the hour and ending 10 minutes before the hour unless other arrangements have been made with your instructor.
Will there be others in the studio during my lesson?
On private lessons you will have your own qualified instructor, but there may be other students in the studio taking lessons during our prime hours. This is the norm for all professional schools. You will quickly find that sharing the dance floor with others can be part of the fun as you make new friends.
Do we have to change partners during group classes?
While we appreciate your concern, we change partners in all our group classes that are open to the general public. Rotating partners an important method of instruction that increases the student's ability to lead and follow. Our experience shows that those who dance with just one partner frequently develop bad habits or more awkward movement than those who dance with multiple partners. Also, ballroom dance is a social activity. Rotating partners encourages interaction and camaraderie with others in the class. If you still do not wish to change partners we recommend private lessons that are more expensive but offer one on one attention from an instructor or a private group class that is set up just for you and your friends. While we still recommend rotating partners in a private group you make the final decision.
How do I get started?
The very best way to start is with an Introductory Private Lesson. During this lesson you will work one to one with a qualified instructor and learn the basic steps in two or three dances. This is a great way to gain confidence in your ability to dance. To schedule a private lesson just call the studio at (812) 232-1490.
If you prefer to start with a group class you may register on line, by phone or just show up on the first night of class. The Wednesday night "Absolute Beginner's" classes are a great place to start. They meet every week at 6:00 PM. A minimum of five students is required or a group is subject to cancellation, so pre-registration is appreciated. If for some reason a group is canceled after payment, you may choose to have the tuition refunded or applied to a different class.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express Cards. We also accept debit cards, checks and of course, cash. Lessons must be paid for in advance. We do make payment arrangements for private lesson courses.