He Said… She Said…
Learning to dance with your partner should be fun, easy, and stress free. That being said, there are times where, as couples, we tend to lose sight of what’s really important – having fun! There are a few things you should consider when learning with your partner…
First… Make sure you don’t find fault with each other. Try and avoid pointing something out wrong that the other person is doing – remember, they’re learning too.
Second… It’s not how many steps you know – it’s how you execute them! Don’t get impatient and make sure that you’re both executing the original steps well – don’t take on too much too soon. It will make you much better dancers in the long run!
Third… Ease up ladies. In teaching couples, we’ve learned that men typically progress slower because they have more to do and tend to be more analytical or mechanical in their approach. Women, on the other hand, feel movement quicker and therefore it’s critical that ladies don’t get too impatient with their partner.
Fourth… Keep your lessons as close together as possible! Using your lessons in conjunction with group classes and socials is so important to ensure you make speedy progress and gain confidence as quickly as possible.
Fifth… Communicate with your teacher! If something is feeling uncomfortable or you’re not understanding something, ask your teacher FIRST before laying blame to your partner. Nine times out of 10 it isn’t solely our partner’s fault – It takes two to Tango!!!
All in all, we want to make sure our couples have fun learning with each other. Like anything in life, it will take time and dancing is a constant learning process. Dancing is like fine wine – it gets better with age… Just enjoy the journey because when you learn to dance with your partner, it should be fun!