How do I get started?You need to do a few things:
- Decide what style of dancing you want to learn.
- Check the class schedule to see which day your desired class is being taught.
- Get a Getting Started Package.
- Download our New Student Registration Sheet.
- Show up to class!
- Sign up for our weekly newsletter announcements.
What dance should I learn first?
My best advice is start with thinking about what music you like. For example, if you don't like Salsa/Latin music it doesn't make sense to start with something you'll never use. If you start with the music you like, you're more likely to use it with friends, practice more, and ultimately enjoy it more. Almost all music genres have a dance that goes with them. A lot of Baby Boomers grew up in the 50's,60's & 70's. The music of that generation was more rock than waltz. While there are hundreds of waltz songs (i.e., Journey's Open Arms, Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle), there are thousands of songs that would work to West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Cha Cha or Hustle. If, on the other hand, you want to learn something new, then by all means pick whatever sounds like the most fun.
Music Genres and Dance Styles
|Music Style||Starts With||And|
|Latin (Cuban, Puerto Rican)||Salsa||Cha Cha|
|50's Rock||WC Swing||EC Swing|
|60's Rock, Motown||WC Swing, Cha Cha||EC Swing|
|70's Rock, Pop||WC Swing, EC Swing||Cha Cha|
|80's (Disco, Funk, MJ, ABBA)||West Coast, Hustle||Cha Cha|
|90's Pop-Hip Hop||WC Swing||NC2Step|
|Jazz, Standards (Sinatra)||Foxtrot, WC Swing||Waltz|
|Country||WC Swing, TwoStep||Waltz|
|40's Big Band||Foxtrot, Jive||Lindy|
How much are the classes?
An adult group class card starts at $70.00. This is good for six group classes. This can be used for any class in your level. Every time you take a class we punch a hole in the card. After six punches the card is used up and you simply purchase a new card. There are discount cards for students and now teachers.
What about private lessons?
Privates are booked on an appointment basis with individual teachers. On that lesson you can work on any of your particular problems. These cost $70.00 to $85.00 with a LDSP director. For a single, a private is equal to about four or five group lessons. If you want to get out there in a hurry, private lessons will accelerate your learning. For more information, please visit our private lessons page.
Do I need a partner?
No, you do not need a partner. 95% of our students are singles. When it comes to leaders and followers LDSP has very balanced classes. Every class has frequent rotations so you will have the opportunity to dance with many partners of various levels.
What if I have my own partner?
It is the unanimous opinion of the best teachers that rotation in group classes with out a doubt accelerates the learning process of everyone in the class. Since many of our upper level students take beginning level classes to improve their own basics or just to help out, by rotating you'll get to dance with them and improve faster. When couples choose not to rotate you have a case of the blind leading the blind. More often than not these couples get frustrated and give up after a few lessons! By dancing with various dancers of different levels you will get a better perspective of what a good lead will feel like. In large classes you may rotate through ten partners or so and then jump back to your partner over and over. Start up the rotation a few steps away from your partner and by the time you rotate to each other you will have an idea what you both need. Invariably, beginner couples that stay together get lost together!
What should I wear?
The most important thing is that you are cool and comfortable. Some people come straight from work and others are in shorts. The shoes you wear are more important. Comfortable shoes that stay securely on your feet are imperative. The soles should be thin and flexible if possible. Thong sandals, platform shoes, and shoes with sticky rubber soles will make your life harder.
What level should I take? / How long will I be in level 1?
Definitely Level One. You will be in this level for approximately three cycles. Typically, your first cycle is just figuring out what your feet are doing, next time you are starting to focus on arms and lead/follow skills, the third time you are adding in rhythm and body action. At this point you will be starting to move somewhat naturally. Also those that stay after and practice or take private lessons will progress much faster than someone who just does this once a week.
Club Dancers New to Let's Dance LA:
Club dancers are sometimes very rhythmical with nice body action. What is missing are the partnering skills that allow them to dance with the good dancers. Also we have standardized names for the skills, elements and patterns. In level 2 we don't teach those things, we just say the name and expect you do what we request. Having the terminology makes everything quicker and easier. It is also unfair to those who have honestly acheived that level to have to wait while we reteach ONE person (who skipped level 1) something everybody else knows already.
Students from Other Schools:
Every school has a different system for determining the levels of the students and classes. One school's level 4 may be equal to another school's level 3 or a third schools level 2. A safe bet is always drop down a level AND to also take the beginners class. Understanding the foundations that the teacher is building upon is crucial to getting the most out of a class.
Advanced LDLA/LDSP Students:
The class you have been promoted to AND the Level one class. All advanced athletes and artists always spend time working on the basic skills of their trade. A golfer continuously works on his golf swing even after they've achieved the Masters Division. True Greats at anything can never be too meticulous in their basics.
"Soy Latino, ya se bailar":
Most Latinos grow up HEARING the music which means they may be more rhythmic- but knowing HOW to LEAD or FOLLOW is not genetic. Yes you probably will zip through level 1 but you will miss the secrets of spinning fast or how to lead which are taught in level 1. Be honest, you came to us because you wanted to get better. The experts at Let's Dance L.A. will make you better than you ever imagined. Tenga fe!
I'm scared. Will this be fun?