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DANCE CLASS QUESTIONS
What clothing should I wear to Dance Classes
As we teach in venues such as RSL's and clubs it is important that we respect each individual venue's dress regulations. Generally, they will not allow patrons to enter if they are wearing football jumpers/shorts, lycra bike pants, singlets, very short shorts, stubbies, dirty or untidy work clothes. We suggest to keep it casual/keep it comfortable. Ladies, skirts, dress pants, jeans and gentleman, jeans or dress pants with collared shirt or T-shirts.
What footwear should I wear to Dance Classes
We need to respect each individual venue's dress regulations. Generally they will not allow patrons to enter if they are wearing scuffs or rubber thongs. We suggest that you wear shoes that will slide/spin on a dance floor. You do not have to go out to buy special dance shoes when you are first starting. Please avoid wearing joggers as students have found them difficult with the rubber and tread to spin with. Also open shoes with no backing should be avoided as ladies tend to find these difficult and lack support when spinning or practising difficult moves. Ladies, court shoes or dress shoes should be fine. Gentleman, your standard office/wedding party black/brown shoes will be fine.
Do I need to bring a partner to Dance Classes
Our classes are designed for individuals and couples. So, you don't need a partner. We structure all our classes so that we have people who regular rotate and people who do not rotate.
The only exception is when children are participating and in this case they should be partnered with children. So, we encourage families/parents to try and partner brothers with sisters or cousins or other friends or parents partnered with their child(ren).
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Club rules must be respected and adhered too.
Do I need to book in advance for lessons
You may purchase your single lessons or passes online
via our website or simply turn up on the night and pay at the door. We ask all students to arrive at least 15minutes prior to class starting to ensure that we can process everyone at the door and start our classes on time. We provide a mobile EFTPOS facility that will allow you to use your debit and credit cards (Mastercard and VISA) should you not carry cash. A 2% surcharge is passed on for all EFTPOS transactions.
Warm Up and Warm Down should also be factored into your arrival and departure time, so please allow yourself enough time to stretch before you begin your lesson(s).
Do I need to be fit to Rock 'n' Roll dance
Rock 'n' Roll dancing may be strenuous to some people, so a reasonable level of fitness would be desirable, although, our beginner class is structured for people who have no dance experience and is generally practiced to slower music from 80 - 135 BPM.
Should you have any medical conditions it is always best to seek the advise of a medical practitioner or your local GP. Dancing should be fun and should not hurt or cause pain, so if it does, then take a break or stop.
Can I have a private lesson instead of attending group dance classes
Yes, private lessons are available for couples, individuals or groups for various reasons including choreography, wedding dances and other special occasions or for fun, fitness or extra learning. Petar and Amanda try and make themselves both available for each private, otherwise Amanda is available for both leader and follower tuition. We encourage our students to continue to attend group classes whilst they are receiving private lessons as this will improve their dancing, enhance their knowledge and reinforce learning.
I have never danced before and have two left feet, can I Rock 'n' Roll
Yes, our beginner course (FUNdamentals 1) is structured for people who have never danced before. Through the beginner course you learn the FUNdamentals, footwork, technique, get time to practice and revise each week. We just ask that you relax, keep smiling, have an open mind by trying what we show you, have fun and a laugh when you vary your actions (make a mistake). Some of our beginners repeat the course 2 or 3 times and others continue with the beginner course whilst they participate in other classes such as the intro-intermediate class and intermediate/open classes.
How long does it take to learn Rock 'n' Roll dancing
Anything you learn for the first time takes time. So it is important to attend our classes with a smile and an open mind to try, try and try again. We aim to have you dancing your basic on the first night and by week five enjoying a social dance with your partner. Please give it a go and give it some time and please try not to make up your mind about Rock 'n' Roll dancing on the first night as it is so much more! We try and foster an environment of fun, patience, perseverance, practice and SMILES!! The more time you give something like Rock 'n' Roll dancing the more you will gain, the better you will get and the more friends you will make!
What if I don't have a partner
At all our dance classes we have dancers that are learning without a regular partner. For that reason and many more we provide the opportunity for couples and singles to decide whether they stay together to learn or rotate amongst other dancers throughout the class. That means our class is structured and split to allow this freedom of choice. It is highly advantegous to learn whilst rotating and dancing with others as it improves communication, leader and follower actions. Please bear in mind that we cannot exactly meet the same ratio of individual leaders to followers every week so some times when you rotate you will practice the movements and time on your own until the next rotation. We also ask that you double check with the principals before commencing whether there is a rotational line as 1 or 2 venues are newer and may not have a rotational line as yet.
What if my dance partner doesn't get it
Believe it or not but this is one of the most common questions for varied reasons and situations. The best approach is to maintain patience and try to allow your partner time to figure it out. Should they ask you for advise, then it is probably better not to give it, unless you can do it without frustrating them further. Ask the trainer or instructors on duty to help out and give the advise. Other examples to handle the situation is to organise 1 or 2 private lessons sometimes 1 on 1 learning is better or keep going through the Fundemental classes for 2 or 3 repeats to really help the partner feel confident and comfortable. We also have lots of couples who prefer to rotate for the variety of the dance learning experience and to help master the skills and techniques. Giving feedback as an individual, student or partner is tricky as it is usually not welcomed and probably will be taken on negatively rather than for the positive intentions that you may be trying to give it. We understand that people have no intentions of harm but talking, giving advise and not paying attention to what is being passed on, demonstrated, instructed during a group class can be extremely detrimental to someone's learning environment and learning experience.
What if nobody asks me to dance
This has happened and will continue to happen from time to time. You cannot control someone elses mind or actions only your own. There are many dancers in our community who are not shy to ask others for a dance and then usually everyone gets 1 or 2 dances a night or more. We generally have more followers then leaders at dancers and if you feel as though you are being overlooked there is probably a few things to be thinking about 1) Do enough people know me? 2) Have I made enough of an effort to particpate at dance classes and get to know others before and after class and at socials and events 3) Have I ever asked someone to dance and maybe it is time to start asking others. Most of our dancers are happy to dance with you and the only time you might hear no is if they are all danced out and need a break or would prefer a slower song than a faster song or vice versa.
Don't ever be afraid to ask someone for a dance because we promote a positive and friendly environment where dancers and members of LMNG should be able to enjoy an environment that is free from harassment, bullying, violence, unsocial, immoral and unethical behaviour. Any said behaviour could result in that person being refused entry by the club or by the principals of LMNG.
I've danced before can I skip the Fundamental blocks
If you have previously done at least two beginners blocks at another school and can competently
dance a basic, Lady Turn Out, Return, Man Change hands behind the back, Neck-Breaker, Man Change positions, american spin, cuddle left side and right side, Rolling off the arm using 6 beats in either pressure step, tap step or triple step footwork.
Then you should be fine, however if you have never danced rock 'n' roll dancing before, you will need to complete at least two fundamental blocks before you can move on to the next level. Please don't put at risk yourself or other students in the higher levels to compensate for your lack of competency with dance knowledge, skills and timing.
There is no shame in repeating the fundamentals as we go over different concepts as well as reinforce the fundamentals. In fact the longer you stay at one level the better the dancer you will become and this will enable us to make the next level as exicting as possible when you are finally ready for more complex mooves and concepts. The other students in the class will thank you for it.
When do I get to throw my partner in the air
Air steps, or "Aerials" as thery're more commonly called, are acrobatic dance steps done in the air.
Aerials are not recommended on the social dance floor, especially when it is crowded. In fact, many social dance venues actually prohibit aerials because of the potential dangers.
Aerials are usually only
done during performances or dance competitions, and only
by partners who have extensive experience practicing with each other in a controlled environment.
It is also important that you posses a strong foundation in rock 'n' roll or swing dancing before attempting aerials or lifts for the first time. We do not offer lessons in aerials as these types of classes are usually reserved for special workshops where you have brought along a specific partner to learn.
Note:- One must learn to dance on the floor before one attempts to dance in the air.
Can I sit and watch a dance class
No, you cannot just sit and watch for the entire duration of the class or the evening. If you are undecided as to whether you would like to try Rock n Roll or Swing dancing then we generally ask that you respect the privacy of those learning and limit disruptions and distractions by only staying 10-15minutes for the first class with the permission of the dance instructors. If you regularly attend our dance classes and are coming early to catch up with friends then we ask respectfully that you do this in another area of the club for example the lounge areas, café’s or bistro’s, or ensure that it is before or after dance classes and leave the dance class free from distractions or disruptions as this will enhance the confidence and focus of those actually learning to dance. Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Can I pay later?
No. Prior to you commencing your dance class, it is a requirement that you either have your class pass marked notifying us of your attendance and to keep track of how many lessons you have used up or you pay your casual rate of $15pp. Our classes are at a low cost and to keep them low we trust that people will do the right thing and not take advantage.
I forgot or lost my class pass
Class Passes are valid for 12 months from date of purchase and are only valid when presented.
Should you forget to bring your class pass with you to your lesson we reserve the right to charge you the casual rate of $15pp. If you have lost your class pass, we reserve the right to charge you an administration fee of $5 to re-issue a new pass and only in situations where we can be assured when you have purchased your last class and can determine how many have or have not been used. In difficult circumstances where we are unable to track previous history or use of card, we reserve the right to charge for a new class pass. Please understand that their our numerous fees, charges and costs associated with running a business and to keep our prices low we would hope that you do the right thing.
Should your class passes be lost or stolen, please ensure you notify Let's Moove N Groove Dance & DJ as soon as you become aware.
Can I record the dance classes
No. Under no circumstances can our dance classes, workshops or events be voice recorded or video-tapped using any device including and not limited to voice recorders, tape recorders, video cameras, mobile phones and laptops. Please respect the privacy of those that are learning, especially those that are Under the age of 18. Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
If you need help remembering the dance moves then write them down at home
or record yourself at home
. Otherwise we are available for private lessons also check our upcoming workshops
My child wants to learn, do you have Kids Classes?
Yes, from Monday, 4th February 2013 we will be running a Kids Rock 'n' Roll and Swing Dance Class for children aged between 8 years and 15 years at Penrith RSL from 5pm - 6pm. The Dance Classes for kids will run by the school term.
For those parents/guardians that are wanting to learn with their child then you will need to learn with your child in an Adult Dance Class. Kids dance classes are reserved for kids aged 8 years - 15 years. If you decided to learn with your child in an Adult Dance Class then you will not rotate and remain with your child for the duration of the lesson.
SOME OTHER QUESTIONS
Do I need to become a member of the club or RSL
Each club and RSL sets out their own Conditions of Entry. Due to legislation patrons who reside in a 5km radius of the club or RSL must become a member to utilise the facilities and services of each venue. Some RSL's allow you to sign in as a temporary member if you are a member of another RSL. Please check with reception at each venue.
We do encourage our students to become members of their local clubs and RSL's as usually their are benefits such as discounts and member raffles.