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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any question that this page does not address. We will do our best to get an answer out to you. We often get calls regarding wedding dances, so letís address some of these first.

Do you have Wedding Packages?

Our Wedding Packages are made up of private lessons, group lessons, and practice sessions. They are perfect for couples, who have enough time to make use of all of these activities before their wedding day. The package is a great way to get a lot of dancing in for a little bit of money. In this manner, you can learn the basics in a group setting, fine tune skills to learn new steps in private lessons, and practice them in practice sessions.

What is the benefit of a Wedding Package (private/group class combo) over just private lessons?
The benefit is more dancing for less money.

Can we just take private lessons for our wedding?

Yes, you can. For many reasons, couples prefer to take just the private lessons and not join the group class experience. The benefit here is that our instruction is geared specifically for them. Additionally, private lessons can be schedule to fit your agenda. We suggest 4-6 private lessons.

Can we just take group classes and design our own wedding dance?
Yes, we have had some of our more advanced couples forgo private lessons and just took group classes to prepare their wedding dance. These couples graduated from the AB101 class and then enrolled in our AB201 workshop multiple times, culling amalgamations taught in class to choreograph their own number. Incidentally, the AB201 class is beyond basics ballroom class.

What are practice sessions?
Our Wedding Packages include practice sessions for couples to come to the studio and put what they know on the dance floor. Dancers practice on their own without instruction. We have seen vast improvement in technique and recall when couples simply dance. Practicing reinforces what you’ve learned and brings up things that need to be either cleared up or improved upon. Coming to the studio helps you focus, whereas dancing at home can give way to the TV and the refrigerator. As they say, practice makes perfect.

How far in advance of our wedding should we start our dance lessons?
Time is the major obstacle to deal with when it comes to getting a dance ready. We can make you better, but we can’t give you more time. Keep in mind that your lives will get more hectic as your wedding day approaches, so set aside more time for lessons knowing some weeks will just be impossible to come in to dance.
We recommend that couples start dancing months before the wedding day. It is not uncommon for couples to have a prenotion of their dance only to come in to the studio and realize that performing the number from Dirty Dancing may require more than two lessons.
We know that sometimes in this perfect world there are imperfect moments and hectic schedules dictated by unforeseen events. If you are one of these couples, no worries. Give us a call and we can decide on a plan of attack that will get you onto the dance floor with very little bloodshed.

Do private lessons include our wedding choreography?

Yes. Our approach to your wedding dance is to get you onto the floor, give you choreography to navigate around the floor, work you back to the center for your dip, and then get you off the floor with a grand exit (to the bar).

Which song should we dance to?
Your wedding song should be special to both of you. Make a list of songs you both like and have meaning for you. We can narrow down that list on your first lesson and then pick a dance style that fits it.

Can we dance to any song?
Not all songs are composed with dancing in mind. Some have irregular tempos and beat distributions. More often than not, we can find a style of dance style that best fits a song. However, you may want to nix that song with the 10-minute drum solo.
Two popular songs are “At Last” by Etta James or “Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Couple pick them, because they appear slow and so should be easy to dance to. In actuality, they have quick 6/8 timings and so are best tackled in a 3-2-1 fashion (1st step in 3 beats, 2nd step in 2 beats, and 3rd step in 1 beat). That’s a lot of stuff going in in a single measure! Is it impossible to dance to? No, but not as easy as a more user-friendly Waltz or Foxtrot.

What are some good dance styles for wedding couples?
Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Bolero, American and International Rumba look good danced in a suit and wedding gown. However, don’t let me talk you out of a Swing if that is what your heart’s desire.

Do we need to dance to the entire song?
You entire routine could conceivably include a walk-on, the actual dancing, a picture line dip, and the walk-off. All this is going to chew up a lot of time. Plus, the deejay can always fade out the music as you walk off the floor. We suggest your dance, walk-on to walk-off, be roughly 3 to 3 1/2 minutes. If you have your heart set on dancing to “American Pie” from start to finish, we suggest snacks and nudity be involved.

How do I pay for classes and lessons?
We have no problem with CHECKS... unless you have a problem with checks. CASH is King (and a great pugilist) and is most welcome. If CREDIT CARD is the way you roll, we accept card payments on this website as well as in the studio.

Is there a discount available if I buy a lot of lessons?
No.

Seriously, what if I buy a lot of lessons?
No.

Lots and lots of lessons?
Our group classes and private lessons are priced so most people can afford them. Our group class rate is $12 per hour, and even cheaper if you take a 6-week workshop. Our private lessons are $75 per hour.

How many classes do I have to take before I can debut my moves on the dance floor?
It all depends on how much you practice. What you learn in class quickly dissipates into the nether world unless you practice and commit it to muscle memory. If you are serious about learning, we suggest you jot down the steps you have learned and then practice them on your own. A big part of the learning is in understanding what you're doing; i.e., why is it called an "open left turn"? or what is the difference between a "Twinkle" and a "Spiral"? Our better students network with others and practice after class. They make time and come in to practice on their own or come to our Friday Practice Nights.

When are your Friday Practice Nights?
We have socials every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday of the month, from 8-9:30pm. The cost is $5 per person. We play a mixed selection of Ballroom and Latin songs.

Can I go right to the Adult Basic 201 without taking the Adult Basic 101 workshop?
If you have formal Ballroom dance experience and know the basics of the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and Swing, talk to us about skipping AB101. If you are a beginner but the scheduling of the AB101 is the issue, we suggest you take 4-5 private lessons to prepare you for AB201.

Do I need a partner for the group classes?
No, we switch partners every few minutes, and so everyone gets to dance with someone.

Do I have to switch partners?
No, however, you will learn faster if you switch partners. Ultimately, you will be a better dancer, because you will learn to adjust to the way other people dance.

Can I practice at your studio?
Yes, the cost is $5 per person per hour. The only time you cannot practice is when there is a group lesson. Check the Ballroom Blitz Dance Schedule or call the studio (323) 258-0029.

Where can I dance what I learn from class?
Ballroom is making a comeback. Slowly but surely, you can find places to dance. We have Friday Practice Nights here at Ballroom Blitz. These dance socials are held on the first, third, and fifth Friday of every month unless otherwise noted. Check out our website or give us a call. The Cicada Room in downtown L.A. is a great place to strut your Foxtrot and Swing. Pasadena Ballroom Society holds weekly dances where you can exercise your ballroom demons. Argentine Tango is probably much more accessible than International Tango, so surf the web for Milongas and Congrejo your heart out.

Should I learn one dance first before moving onto another style?
You can, but it's better to open yourself up to all styles. Like food that complement one another, learning various styles will actually sharpen your dancing skills as you will begin to realize how basic steps relate to one another.

Can my Ballroom or Latin dance teacher give me lessons at your studio?
Yes, floor rent is $12 per hour. Have your Ballroom or Latin instructor call our studio for more information. For teachers of other dance styles (ballet, tap, flamenco, jazz, etc.), our studio will probably not work for you. Ballroom and Latin students normally take their lessons and even practice together, sharing the floor space and music together.

What other kinds of dance lessons are available at your studio?
We specialize in Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz) and Latin (Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Samba, International & American Rumba, Mambo, Bolero) dances. We also offer lessons in East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Triple-Time Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop, and Argentine Tango. Yeah, we’re busy!

I don't live anywhere near Eagle Rock, are there any other studios you recommend?
NO! Other studios may say they are as good as us, but they’re all liars and have no morals to speak of. I also have photos of them with barn animals to prove it.
Honestly, recommending is tough, because we aren’t familiar with other studios’ staffs or policies. We suggest you call or drop-in to check out a class. If they offer a free class, go for it. If there’s a nominal fee but the studio seems like a nice place, bring just enough cash to pay for the first class. If you feel like you’re getting fleeced, walk out the door. Do not bring checks or credit cards when visiting studios ... seriously, don’t.

What should I wear to dance at your studio?
We are super casual here at Ballroom Blitz. However, common sense and the rules of etiquette apply. Dancing is a close contact exercise. You will get warm and break into a sweat, so dress comfortably. If you just won a garlic eating competition or just put in a 72-hour shift on a pig farm, you may want to take some measures before coming to class.

What kind of shoes should I wear?
Wear what you normally wear to go dancing. We do recommend dance shoes or at least a pair of leather soled shoes. PLEASE, check the bottom of your shoes for any lodged debris, nails (yes, nails), or any other protrusions that would scratch and damage our floor. But to restate, we recommend dance shoes, and when you get a pair you'll immediately feel the difference.

Where can I get a pair of dance shoes?
Champion Dance Shoes and Elegance are local and have great selections. And we have to say that the quality is superior. However, for the money, Very Fine Dance Shoes in El Monte can't be beat. They have a "2 for 1" special..
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for the coupon. We have bought shoes from all of the abovementioned places and found them all to be great. Also check out The Red Shoes located in South Pasadena. They carry a wide selection of shoes and dancewear. Their number is (626)-799-8615. We've recently had an opportunity to try Capezio's ballroom and latin line and were impressed. They were well made and competitively priced.

BUT I'm a guy, do I really have to get shoes?
Quit your sniveling, crybaby. Crack that wallet open and get some dance shoes. You wouldn't hit the links in Converse. You wouldn't shoot hoops in bowling shoes. Dancing is a sport which requires specific equipment, namely shoes.

What is the benefit of a private lesson?
Students taking private lessons have a better understanding of dance fundamentals: character, technique, style, rhythm, and body control. Private lessons teach “how to dance”; whereas, a group lesson will teach “what to dance.”

What is the easiest dance for a beginner to take?
The best way to answer this question is to ask where are you planning to dance? Salsa is a very popular style presently. In years past, everyone seemed to be swinging. If you love music from the 70’s, the Hustle and the Nightclub Two-Step may be the dances of choice. If you’re going to a wedding, you may want to consider the Foxtrot or the Waltz. Conversely, you may have always wanted to Tango. If this is the case, don’t take Salsa. Go with your heart and take Tango.

Why do your rates differ greatly from other studios/teachers?
We know that other studios have different prices. Some studios actually have rate plans and incentives. There are studios with package contracts for you to sign. Not to besmirch them in anyway, but it has always been our goal to make ballroom dancing accessible to everyone. Of course at the same time, we do have to make a living from the studio so we’re not going to give it away. We are in the business of teaching dancing not selling it.

Do you have any dance packages for wedding couples?

We try to keep it simple at Ballroom Blitz, so our Wedding Package Special includes private lessons and a group class. It is designed for couples wanting to get a head start on their dancing by keeping them dancing till their wedding for a little bit of money. If you are starting your lessons 2 months prior to your wedding, just stick to private lessons. If you have 6 months, save by taking our AB101 class, which will introduce you to the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, and Salsa. By the time your big day rolls around, you be versed in several social dances plus have had the benefit of time to really hone down that wedding dance choreography.

Are there Ballroom and Latin Dance competitions?

There are three primary types of competitions: Professional, Amateur, and Professional-Amateur (Pro-Am). Professionals dance for purses and rankings, which in turn improves their teaching demand. Almost all professional Ballroom/Latin dancers teach. Their students include amateurs and lower ranked professionals. The broadest category is the Amateur level. The entry level Amateur competitions might include dancers with only a few months under their belt. So if you and your partner are amateurs and want to compete, there is a forum wherein you are pitted against other amateurs. Additionally, amateurs can also dance with their teachers and compete against other teacher-student pairings in the Pro-Am's. There are various dance styles and dance groupings one can compete in. For example, the American Smooth Division is made up of the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz. Dancers are scored in each dance and then placed accordingly. Competitions are held all over the country and the season for the most part is year round.

Where do I find out about these events?
Check out the National Dance Council of America's website (NDCA.COM) and open up "Events" to find out where and when the next competition is going to be held. Competitions are held all over the country. At any given time if willing to travel, you can find a dance competition.