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How to Start Ballroom Dancing

Get your feet moving with this advice.


  • Step 1: Do some research Research different types of ballroom dance styles. Choose one you want to learn.
  • Step 2: Call local dance studios Call local dance studios or community education centers and sign up for a beginner's class.
  • Step 3: Wear loose clothing Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • TIP: Proper ballroom dance shoes will not be required at your first class but your instructor may recommend a pair later on.
  • Step 4: Show up to class Show up at the first class and bring your confidence. Each class will get easier once you have mastered the basics.
  • TIP: Usually you will not need a partner. You will switch off during the class and end up dancing with everyone.
  • Step 5: Continue to improve Keep attending classes to continue improving your skills. Eventually you'll be swinging your partner around the floor with ease.
  • FACT: Fred Astaire earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1981 from the American Film Institute.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Dance instructor
  • Confidence
  • Ballroom dancing shoes (optional)

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