Frequently Asked Questions
Not sure where to start? Here are some of the most common questions and answers to help you. Please contact us if you have additional questions. We are happy to help you.
What should I wear for a dance class or private lesson?
It’s important to wear clothing that is comfortable for movement and something you feel confident wearing. You should avoid anything that is excessively baggy, as your instructor needs to be able to see your body lines. Remember, you want to be able to focus on what you’re learning, so choose clothing that won’t distract you from your goal.
Do I need to purchase special shoes?You do not need to purchase special shoes. Generally, you should wear dress shoes that you might wear out to a club for dancing or to a wedding. Women should wear a comfortable heel, no higher than 2 inches, and the shoes should have an ankle strap and covered heel for support. Absolutely no flip flops or athletic shoes as shoes with rubber soles restrict your ability to slide across the floor and could present a tripping hazard. The most important thing is to change your shoes before your class. Please, no street shoes on the dance floor.
Although special dance shoes are not required, you may find that as you become more dedicated to dancing, purchasing shoes specifically made for dance makes sense for you. We can help you decide what to purchase. Until then, any comfortable dress shoe is fine.
Do I have to have a partner to take a dance class?You don’t need to come with a partner to take any class or lesson. We will rotate partners regularly during class so you will have plenty of opportunity to meet new friends and it’s the best way to improve your dance skills.
Am I too old to learn to dance?No one is ever too old to learn to dance. We have dancers in every age group and every level of ability dancing at our studio. There is always room to grow and learn at any age so if you can walk, you can dance.
How long does it take to learn to dance?This depends on each individual’s goals and level of commitment. We will work with you to help you reach your goals, whether it’s to be prepared for a wedding, feel comfortable at a club, or compete in DanceSport competitions. Ultimately, it depends on you, but we are certain that after your first dance course, you will be moving and having fun on any dance floor.
What ages can attend a group dance class?We recommend our children’s classes for anyone from age 7 to 15 and our adult classes to anyone from 16 and beyond.
Will I be able to use what I learn outside of dance class?Our dance courses will prepare you to be able to ask anybody to join you on a social dance floor or club and have fun.
Why should I learn to dance? what are the benefits?Dancing has numerous well rounded benefits. The physical activity is great for your posture, flexibility, cardio fitness, and your waist line. Clinical research has also shown significant mental benefits that come from memorizing choreography, footwork, timing and learning to work with a partner. Additionally, there are the social benefits of new friendships, socialization, and overall higher self esteem and confidence. Here are some great Links to articles about the benefits of dance.
Top 4 Heath Benefits of Dance
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Why should I take private lessons and how often should I take private dance lessons?Private lessons are great way to reach your goals with one on one instruction from your teacher. Some of our students take private lessons to brush up on things they are learning in their group classes. Others take private lessons to prepare for a special event such as a wedding, showcase, or talent show. Many students take private lessons to prepare for competitions that occur throughout the year. The number of private lessons you take during a week will depend on your specific goals. Your teacher will help you in planning the optimal schedule.
What is the best way to start?We recommend that you start by taking a first level dance course or private lessons. It will help you understand music and basic movement and help you decide on the goals you’d like to achieve.
What does it cost to take lessons?Prices vary based on the type of lessons. Click Here to see our very reasonable rates.
What will I learn?At Kasper Dance Studio, we teach International Style Ballroom Dancing. This includes the Latin American dances such as Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba and Jive and Standard dances such as English Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep. We also teach a variety of night club and social dances such as Salsa, Mambo, and Polka. You will learn the basic steps, figures, routines and basic technique to enjoy all of these rhythms of dance.
I have some experience; can I skip a beginners’ class?We are happy to let you try a class so that we can asses your skills and help you determine which class is best for you. One of our teachers will help you determine which dance course level will be best suited to your knowledge and skills.
Why Should I attend a Kasper Dance Studio Bi-Monthly Party?Our Bi-Monthly parties are a fun social event that allows you to practice the skills you are learning. Dancing on the floor during a party will help you learn how to lead or follow your partner in a crowd and maneuver between other couples on the floor. And it’s also a great way to meet other students from our various dance classes and make new friends.
What is Open Practice?Open practice is time that is available to you for practicing your steps and routines either alone or with a partner. No formal lesson is taught, rather, a teacher is on hand to answer some of your specific questions. This will allow you to work on the skills you are learning and clear up any issues you may be struggling with. Music is played and styles are switched regularly to accommodate all types of practice. Our practice parties are open to the public. Click Here for rates.
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