I think it’s important for students to know social dance because a lot of them are starting social dancing because they want to do it as part of their dance, but then, they can’t because it’s on a campus. You want to go to a place where you’re going to be seen. So I want them to know what their options are. It’s not something they can just do. It’s something where they’re learning how to dance.
When do social dancing classes take place, and what is included?
Most of the social dancing classes that we have take place during the spring semester. Most social dancing classes are done in a group setting. And most of the dance classes are a couple hours long, but what we do now is offer more dance classes. You can either work on your own or you can do the classes in a group setting. Our group classes are open to everyone. It’s more informal and more informal dances we teach. There’s always people at the dance, and there’s always somebody to dance with – even if it’s a couple or more people.
What types of dancers do you teach?
We give more dance lessons to dance students when they’re already getting into dance. Most of the dance classes are two or three hours long. And we give classes that are a couple hours long and we give classes that are three hours long for dance students or for non-dance students.
Some of the other classes that are offered are more advanced classes, like a two or three hour class with the instructor being in a studio setting. The studio can be a dance studio, which is a dance studio where you can go to and there’s a dance studio setup down the street where you can sit at the dance studio. Or the studio can be a bar, so you don’t need to use a dance studio, you can have the instructor dance your partner to get them to dance, but it is a dance studio.
A lot of the dance classes that are offered, and the dances we teach, they’re dance styles. Every dance is a style or a genre. When I’m working on a class, I’m working on a class that’s for a particular style or genre or dance technique, instead of just talking about the dance. I’m working on the dance within the dance, so if you’re using a style, it comes through in one or two dances and you’re not going to see it in all the dances. But the other classes that
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