Here at Arthur Murray's we specialize in teaching individuals and couples to dance. Teaching couples is different from teaching individuals and requires special care. Teachers are trained to make learning fun and easy, and you can help by remembering the following:
1. Let your teacher do the teaching. This means avoid finding fault with each other, which can be distracting.
2. It's not how many steps you know; it's how well you dance them. (You always notice good dancers by how they move, not by how many patterns they do.) Learning too many steps too soon results in bad habits and causes frustration at not dancing them properly.
3. In teaching couples we have learned that men typically progress slower because they have more to do and tend to be more analytical or mechanical. Women on the other hand, feel movement quicker and therefore, THE LADY MUST REMEMBER TO BE PATIENT AND NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH TOO SOON.
4. It's important to keep your lessons close together and more importantly to use them in close conjunction with group lessons and practice parties. Ideally each visit should be scheduled to include more than one activity. This will aid you in making speedy progress and gaining confidence in your dancing in a shorter period of time.
5. Communicate with your teacher so that he or she will know what to teach you and the way you like to be taught. The more we know about your dance needs the better we can plan your lessons now and prepare your future program.
Learning to dance is an investment that pays dividends for the rest of your life. Of all the hobbies you may have, dancing is the most portable...it goes with you wherever you go in years to come.