How Do I Choose the Right Dance Style for Me?

Have you been bitten by the dancing bug but don’t know which dance style is right for you or where to start? Even if you’ve never danced an eight-count in your entire life, you can still learn to dance; it’s all about finding the dance style that aligns with your lifestyle and capabilities.

Follow this guide to help you decide which dance style you’ll most likely enjoy learning and how to get the most out of being a beginner.

What Are the Most Popular Dance Styles?

When you take a beginner’s class, you’ll most likely learn a little about each type of dance and its basic steps. Here are some of the most popular dance styles out there:

Ballroom Dance Styles

  • Tango & Argentine Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Waltz & Viennese Waltz
  • Quickstep
  • Rumba
  • Cha Cha
  • Samba
  • Jive

Latin Dance Styles

  • Salsa
  • Mambo
  • Merengue
  • Bachata

Swing Dance Styles

  • East Coast & West Coast Swing
  • Hustle

Contemporary Dance Styles

  • Modern
  • Lyrical
  • Hip-Hop

Traditional & Folk Dance Styles

  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Belly Dancing
  • Flamenco
  • Country Western Two-Step

1. Why do you want to learn to dance?

Why do you want to take up dancing and join a dance class? Are you looking for a fun way to move your body and feel good? Do you want to meet new people, make friends, or find a romantic partner? Or, is dancing a new-found passion you want to explore?

Pinpointing why you want to learn to dance can help you decide what styles and dance classes will fit your needs.

2. What’s on your playlist?

What types of music move you? Does a faster bpm (beats per minute) get your feet moving, or do you prefer the slower, sultry sounds of ballads?

If a slower rhythm makes you want to sleep instead of dance, then faster-paced dance styles are more your speed. It’s also a good idea to listen to the types of songs played during class. You may decide you actually like classical music after all.

3. How much dance experience or natural ability do you have?

If you’ve never learned how to dance before or want to learn the basics, start with a beginner’s class. These classes teach you fundamental dance concepts with easier dances to help build your confidence.

It might be wise to start with rumba, cha-cha, swing, waltz, tango, or foxtrot since they’re the foundation steps to many more complicated dance styles.

4. What type of class are you looking for?

If you’re an extrovert and want to meet people, taking a Tuesday morning class in a small, suburban studio may not be your scene.

But if you prefer smaller class sizes or non-couple dance styles, it’s good to know that before taking a class that has you up close and personal with another dance student while learning moves.

5. Are you ready to explore different dance styles?

Take a couple of classes before deciding if you like something, and try many different styles.

Many dance studios combine similar techniques for beginners, like the Beginner and Social Foundation Programs at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. It teaches newer students the steps to move comfortably and confidently on the dance floor.

Why Choose Fred Astaire Dance Studios?

Since 1947, Fred Astaire Dance Studios has taught people how to dance and fall in love with movement. We strive to create an exciting, beginner-friendly environment where you can explore the art of dance.

Try our introductory offer to get your feet moving, and then start dancing.

Ready to take a spin on the dance floor? Call Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Carmel at 317-846-3237 to enroll in your first class.