You've probably seen it a million times already, “Learn how to salsa dance in 3 easy steps.”
Scouring the internet I've seen countless amounts of "how to" dance lessons claiming all one needs is to simply watch a video and learn. At the surface it all seems fine and even fun, until you actually dance with someone who claims they learned online. UUgh!
The fact of the matter is that learning to dance online without professional hands-on guidance just produces awkward dancers with a lack of fundamentals. Worse yet these videos can create bad habits that could take a lifetime to undo.
Now don't get me wrong, watching videos online is great entertainment and an amazing way to get motivation and inspiration in your own dancing. Maybe you watch videos online to get new ideas for choreography or trying a new step, but it just works better for people who already know how to dance. They already know how to breakdown the count and have at least a conceptual idea of what they are seeing.
People often make the mistake that being a "good" dancer means knowing all the steps. That's just simply not the case. A good dancer is one who can adapt to any social situation and comfortably lead or follow to any type of music. There is a sensitivity and awareness involved that simply cannot be transcribed through video alone. Important elements like weight transfer, body position and timing just don't get translated through a video. You need to have someone help you physically experience these things for yourself in order for you to find the true joy in dancing.
If you truly want to learn how to dance, my recommendation is to simply find a studio and take a professional dance lesson.
And not just any professional will do, make sure you find someone with a proven and established history of taking students from zero to hero on the dance floor. Independent ballroom studios are notorious for this and I would be leery of any franchised ballroom dance studio, as typically they have a hard sales approach and tend to have a lower caliber of professional depending on the city you are located in.
One-on-one instruction or even a group class with a seasoned professional will prove immediate results. They will be able to assess your needs and set you up for success by placing you on the right path to truly becoming a good dancer.
I'm not saying that you need to take out a loan and get private lessons every week, but even one or two hours with a pro here and there certainly would be more valuable than hours upon hours watching videos online to learn.
Remember, the reason you decided to dance in the first place is to have fun and learn something new in your life. Don't steer yourself down the wrong path. Like everything, learning a new skill takes time and requires practice, so do your due diligence and set yourself up for success right away before you find yourself sidelined because nobody wants to dance with you anymore.
If you have questions or would like to find a professional in your area please don't hesitate to Contact us. We can be the first step to set you up for success in dancing!