Ballroom dancing is a wonderful experience.
It teaches a man how to hold a woman and it's beautiful when you're able to move across the floor with another person in total harmony.
I think that everyone should have the opportunity to experience it. And now you can easily try out your first few steps.
Ballroom dancing is amazing, it's been around for well over a hundred years and was immortalized by guys like Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray and Gene Kelly.
And everyone can do it - I have students of all ages, all shapes and from all backgrounds. Ballroom is for anyone who just wants to give it a try.
To get you started here are a few tips and insights (and confessions) from me...
Now, I know it can be an intimidating experience to go to a dance studio or even to have a private lesson. A lot of people may think that they don't have the confidence to do it. But there's no reason to feel embarrassed. Remember, everybody who goes to a dance class, goes for the same reason as you.
You don't go there to laugh at the other people in the class, you go there to learn how to dance. Everyone is there to learn, and if you make a mistake, you just try it again. And that's the great thing about these DVDs - your first lesson is in your own home, and no-one will see if you do make a mistake. By the time you decide to take up a live class, you'll be the one everyone else tries to follow.
You don't need to be super-fit for this either – it's going to improve your fitness level, certainly, but you don’t have to be in perfect shape to try it. I've taught people who are in wheelchairs, and I think if the disabled can ballroom dance, being out of shape is definitely not a reason not to try it.
Just imagine being at an event or a function where they're playing some of the great old 'Big Band' stuff; Frank Sinatra being played at a wedding for example. And you've got the opportunity to do a bit of dancing along with everybody else. Rather than hanging back praying nobody will ask you or expect you to join in, wouldn't it be great to know just a few of the basic steps? We're not talking any huge knowledge or ability here. Just enough to be able to join in a simple Waltz or Foxtrot, and feel like you know what you're doing?
That'd be fantastic!
Let me put your mind at rest that learning the basic Ballroom steps really is very easy.
And now that I can teach you in the privacy of your own home, you can learn at your own pace, repeating each step until you're confident.
So now all you have to do is decide which you're like to learn first - because BOTH styles are covered on my Ballroom DVD.
To give you a little bit of background...
The Waltz is a dance that developed in Vienna in the nineteenth century. It's a slower paced dance that is recognized because of its rise and fall and its fluid motions. The music tends to be slower and lyrical and really quite beautiful. The basic steps of Waltz are some of the most easy of ANY dance style to learn, so it's a great place to start.
The Foxtrot is one of my favorite Ballroom dances because of the music. Anything 'Big Band' usually has a Foxtrot style to it. It was invented in America by a man named Harry Fox, hence the Foxtrot name. OK - it can be difficult to do well at the higher level. But at a beginner level it's one of the easier ballroom dances to learn, partly because it has a Slow-Slow-Quick-Quick rhythm which is very simple to follow. Dance it well and you'll soon feel like you are floating across the dance floor.
Why not try a little bit of the Waltz right now?
Yes, that really is the start of a Waltz routine. Pretty easy, eh?
So why not give it a go and learn a few more steps? The next page is completely devoted to this beautiful (and easy) dance...