If you’re like most people, at some point in your life, you probably wished you could dance just for fun and creativity. If you’re a man, you love to imagine moving confidently across the floor, and leading the couple in a fun dance. Or maybe you dream of looking cool on the dance floor, and your friends and audience watching in awe as you dance effortlessly to classics and dance club favorites with equal ease.
You’ve probably seen another couple dancing at a party, club, or social event and thought, “I wish I could dance like that.” If you’re a woman, you might like the thought of having a great leader on the dance floor and it would be fun to dance in pairs instead of dancing alone – again.
For some, the new year is the perfect opportunity to put some substance behind those dreams and they do. But for many others, especially men, too often the dream is pushed aside from thoughts like these:
- I can’t dance
- I have two left feet
- There’s no way I can go up to the floor
- I’ll look silly on the dance floor
- I will make so many mistakes
- I can’t dance to the beat
- I look tacky on the dance floor
- I can’t possibly learn to dance like that
The good news is that today there are more ways than ever to learn to dance. You can take formal group lessons that teach you dance from time to time. You can take private dance lessons and get one-on-one instruction, which is more expensive but very effective. You can even view dance moves online with videos.
Apart from dancing as a great way to stay in shape and maintain good health, it is also an excellent goal for yourself. Don’t be surprised to learn that you can actually dance and in less time than you think.
One of the best things you can do as a new dancer is to take beginner workshops. You can find dance workshops for all skill levels. Are you completely new to couple dancing or social dancing? Then the modern jive starter workshop is worth considering. In just 4 hours you can change your life significantly.
What is Modern Jive?
Modern Jive is one of the easiest couples dance forms to learn. It draws from many dance forms, including salsa, ballroom, swing and merengue and is less formal which makes it a great introduction to couple dance for beginners. Although newer in Canada, the modern jive has a large following in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and France, having been popular since the late 1980s.
While learning new skills takes time, the way modern jive classes are taught means that men and women can dance competently on dance floors anywhere socially within 6 months and sometimes in as little as 6-8 weeks.
The Beginner Jive Modern Dance Workshop is an intensive small group workshop focused on men and women who want to learn to dance and who may not have danced before. Compared to many other dances, modern jive takes less time to learn because, unlike many formal dances like ballroom or salsa, the focus is less on where to put your feet and more on learning some basic beginner and upper body moves.
Why take a Beginner’s dance workshop if you can learn to dance over time?
Here are 7 reasons why taking a beginner dance workshop is worth considering
1. Beginner’s workshops actually shorten your dance learning curve
You start building your dance foundation early. You spend less time worrying about some of the basics in class and can instead make the most of your leap forward. You can focus on actually dancing faster and this increases your enjoyment, which in turn boosts your confidence.
2. The workshop is a completely different dynamic from the formal evening dance class
A modern jive beginner workshop is a small group, intensive session. This means you tend to receive more attention from the instructor than you would a weekly group class which typically has many more people.
3. Because the workshop focuses on beginner dancers you’ll learn the foundational beginner dance moves
Repetition, practice and linking individual moves are central to a workshop and essential for building up confidence and dance skills. While it’s nice to see dancers execute flashy performance moves, beginners are sometimes discouraged if that’s all they see. In some cases it can actually make beginners think dancing is an impossible goal.
It’s unrealistic to go from zero to expert in a short time, however it is entirely achievable to learn to partner dance socially in just a few weeks or even hours. Remember that every single dancer practices and improves over time, and great dancers take regular workshops themselves to perfect their dancing. The better they are the more mistakes they’ve made and learned from and the more they’ve practiced.
4. Everyone at a modern jive beginner workshop is there to learn something
As dancers, we are always learning. As with anything in life there is always a better dancer than you, which is good because you can learn from them. When it comes to dancing, making mistakes is the way to learn, so in a workshop you will find that you’re encouraged to laugh and your mistakes and move on.
5. Want to work on some specifics?
As a beginner dancer you may wish to work on a particular aspect of your dancing, improve your spins (if you’re a lady) or learn how to lead (if you’re a guy). Guys, perhaps you’d like learn how to transition confidently from one move to the other or you’ve seen a new move that you’d really like to learn. Whatever you want to learn or improve upon a beginners workshop is an excellent way to achieve your goals in a few hours with a group of like-minded people.
6. It’s fun!
All modern jive evening dance classes focus on having fun while you’re learning – the workshops are designed with fun in mind. And from learning to dance with different people, developing new friendships to dancing at regular social events, the social aspect is an integral part of the modern jive experience. So bring your sense of humor to a workshop and be prepared to have a great time dancing to some of your favorite music.
7. A workshop does wonders for your confidence
Attendees leave a modern jive workshop actually able to dance at least 5 moves. This may sound amazing but it’s true. Of course, to build on that ability you’ll want to continue going to regular classes to cement your learning, as you will build your dancing skill through lessons and by dancing in the freestyle (practice) part of class whenever you can. But when you leave a 4-hour workshop knowing how to dance 5 basic beginner moves this is a huge confidence booster and it may be all you need to prop you to the next level. “I can’t” becomes”Yes, I can.”
A workshop is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. Beginner modern jive workshops are usually 4 hours, with teaching, plenty of practice time (freestyle) and regular breaks. Workshop often feel the time flies by because they’re focused and having such fun.
If you feel you can’t dance or that you’d like to learn; if you’re tired of sitting on the sidelines at weddings and social events, or tired of dancing alone at clubs you’ve everything to gain and nothing to lose by trying a beginner dance workshop.