Frequently Asked Questions...
- What Should I Wear For My First Class?
The most important thing when you come to your first class is that you feel comfortable! If this means wearing trainers, you are welcome to do that. In general though, I suggest wearing a shoe with a low heel for the ladies, as this changes the balance slightly and moves your weight more forward. For ladies and gentlemen I suggest wearing anything that doesn't have a rubber sole, as this can make it harder to move and turn on the floor. Regarding clothing you can wear anything you would wear everyday, as long as you can move comfortably in it. Usually we learn to dance because we want to use the steps when we go out and dance socially so anything that you would wear going out socially in, would be a good idea to wear to the class ( although you don't need to be too formal).
If you want, at a later stage, to invest in special dance shoes, or a dance skirt or dress, I am happy to advise you on that and please just ask. You can get dance shoes through Anita Flavina Dance Shoes (https://www.facebook.com/anitaflavinadanceshoes/). Use code KRISTINA10 for a discount.
For your first classes the focus will mainly be on learning steps and what shoes and clothes you wear is not that important as long as it doesn't restrict your movement too much.
-Where Can I Go To Practice Or For Social Dancing?
An essential part of becoming a great dancer, especially if your goal is to be a great social dancer, is to attend social dance events. At these events you will get the opportunity to practice the steps you have learned in classes and private lessons and you will also have an opportunity to dance with other people of different levels. This will ultimately make you the best dancer you can be! Most people are a bit nervous going to their first event, but a great way to do it, is to go as a group or with a friend, and I often organise social nights out where everyone is welcome to join.
I organise Simply Ballroom in Hammersmith, which is a friendly event, open to all levels, with or without a partner, and there are beginner taster classes in the throughout the evening to get you dancing. Go to www.simplyballroom.co.uk for more info of the next event and to buy tickets.
Other venues which have regular events are:
Bishopsgate Ballroom: http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Events/Bishopsgate-Ballroom
Elizabeth Anderson Dance: https://www.elizabethandersondance.com/events.html
Inspiration to Dance: http://inspiration2dance.com/news-and-events/
- Which Song Should We Choose For Our First Dance?
I can make you dance to anything! If you have a particular song with a significant meaning to you as a couple, we can find a solution and adapt a style to make it fit to that particular piece of music, even if it is not one of the usual choices for a wedding song. Some songs have a clear beat which makes it a little easier to dance to. Also the tempo being neither too slow or too fast is an advantage. I am always happy to listen to new ideas and give you my advice.
You can either go traditional with something slow and romantic or surprise your guests with something completely different, such as a first dance I choreographed recently, to “can’t touch this” by MC Hammer, or maybe an upbeat Swing or a passionate tango?
If you decide to go the traditional route, below is a list of the most popular First Dance songs.
To book your First Dance or to get more information give me a call on 07751048369 or send me an email on Kristina@danceballroomlondon.co.uk
- “Thinking out loud” Ed Sheeran
- “L-O-V-E” Nat King Cole
- “At Last” Etta Cameron
- “A thousand years” Christina Perri
- “Better together” Jack Johnson
- “Can’t help falling in love” Elvis Presley
- “Everything” Michael Buble
- “Fly me to the moon” Frank Sinatra
- “Marry you” Bruno Mars
- “Your song” Elton John