BEGINNERS COURSE on NOW!!! next course starting SEPT 24!!
NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO START- FIRST HOUR IS ALWAYS BEGINNERS
SPECIAL AT THE MOMENT!!!! SECOND LESSON FREE FOR NOVICE BEGINNERS
2 DAY AND 2 EVENING BEGINNER CLASSES IN VARIOUS AREAS
SEE TIMES AND VENUES IN CLASSES SECTION
CHIN UP - ODE TO BEGINNERS
you are finding it hard but just give it a chance
you must keep on trying to master this dance
your stompin' and clappin' is all out of time
you shuffle and slide instead of doing a vine
you feel clumsy but please don't give in
don't let it be over before you begin
you turn the wrong way and come face to face
with the person behind you but that's no disgrace
just smile & say "sorry i got in your way, my head knew the steps but my feet went astray!!"
you sit on the side for the dance you can't do
the way you feel now you haven't a clue
but i really don't know why you're in such a plight
Goodness!! What do you expect on your very first night.....
BEGINNERS COURSE NOW!!
If you have not been for a while, come back and try again, the course is done 3 times a year and i do the same dances each time ....so don't give up if you can't come for a few weeks, it is always beginners for the first hour and just come when you can!!!tell your friends, rellies..
BUT REMEMBER YOU CAN START ANYTIME AS THE FIRST HOUR IS ALWAYS BEGINNERS
2ND LESSON FREE FOR NOVICE BEGINNERS!!!
BEGINNERS - PLEASE READ!!!
If this is your first time at linedancing, we all welcome you!
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this also applies to linedancing. The fun is in learning something new that will benefit you in different ways.
This is very IMPORTANT. Please don’t be too hard on yourself in the first six weeks. It takes about that time for a little co-ordination to kick in and for brain cells to start to work. So many people give up just when they are really starting to improve; that is AFTER SIX WEEKS!!!!!!!! It definitely starts to get easier.
This is very, very IMPORTANT AS WELL. If you can’t come for a couple of weeks, don’t give up. Just come when you can and learn the dances that are being taught at the time. I keep repeating the beginner dances every few months, and what you miss out on the first time round, you’ll pick up the second and third time you do the beginner’s course.
Practice, practice, practice! Practice may not make perfect, but it will increase your confidence and help you learn a dance. Don't just practice the dance in class - run thru' it at home, at work, at school ... anywhere and anytime you have the chance (and the room). Also practice the basic steps ... vines, shuffles etc. Grab a copy of the dance sheet from the instructor to help you practice.
Don't be discouraged if you seem to be the worst dancer in the class - everyone started off as a novice. Today's two left-foot stumbler may be tomorrow's champion.
Proper footwear is very important. No, I don't mean y'all have to all wear cowboy boots. Rather, you need to wear shoes or boots that are comfortable and provide just the right amount of traction. Leather (or smooth) soled footwear is best, but not compulsory - especially for beginners. For my first year or so, I wore a pair of sneakers where the tread had been worn flat. If there is too much traction (i.e. grip), then your ankles will be quite sore afterwards (this is also the case if the floor is in a poor condition). If there is not enough traction, then you'll be slip-sliding all over the floor. Oh, and the rest of your outfit is entirely up to you (comfortable, cool clothing with layers in winter).
If you bump into someone, briefly apologise and keep on dancing. Bumps, and worse, are a fact of life on the dance floor. No matter how good you may be, you'll still occasionally bump into people.
At the moment I teach 16 Beginner dances in about 15 weeks. I teach these in block form, 3 times a year(exactly the same dances EACH TIME!!!). If you aren’t satisfied that you have learnt one well, you know I will be teaching the same dance again in the next course.
We learn the dances for 5 weeks in a row at least and then dance them regularly after that, so don’t worry if you don’t pick them up immediately.
When you feel ready, you can stay for the Early-Intermediate session, held after the Beginners' class. The dances are beginning to be more varied and interesting. The cost of the Beginners' class entitles you to stay on after beginners for as long as you wish.
The dances that I teach in the early-intermediate session are regularly put on at the back of the Beginners’ session, so that eventually you can pick and choose the dances that you want to do, depending upon your pace of learning.
Also, if you can come twice a week, you will pick the dances up far more quickly, and remember them. But of course that it is not imperative. At least try and come to my socials once or twice a month. I have a beginner/early intermediate party on a Saturday afternoon once a month where I walk thru all of the dances at least twice - and we do them twice!!!
Once a month I have a night party where I split the floor and do the beginner (with one walk-thru) / early intermediate dances at the front.
Now for three extra reasons for learning linedancing:
- Exercise. You can do as much or as little as you want and sit down when you think you need a break. Remember it takes time to build up your fitness and because you are dancing on your own, you know when you’ve had enough (you won’t be affecting anyone else). Please remember to drink water regularly throughout the class as this aids in concentration.
- Mental exercise. We are all at different stages in our life and are all individuals. The ability to learn linedances is affected by age, regularity in learning, and the stress we have in our life. Some people just have better memories than others. Hurrah for them!!! If you come regularly to classes and maybe go to a dance party once a month, the dances go from the short-term memory into the long-term memory. We usually don’t realise that we know the dance, and I usually do walk-thrus to help jog the memory. Everybody always makes mistakes, so don’t feel embarassed; others are too busy concentrating on their own dancing.
- Social reasons. It’s a great place to meet new friends, of all ages. I hope everyone is welcoming to you.
Remember, everyone has been the beginner at some point in time.
Please, if you have any feedback on classes, don’t hesitate to ring me at home in business hours (9-4pm). Please check my class times - of course I won’t be home then!!!
If you have an email address, please give it to me, as it is an easy way for me to contact you about parties and happenings in class, etc.