What age do I have to be to learn Rock 'n' Roll dancing?|
Can anyone learn to dance Rock n Roll?
- Rock 'n' Roll can be danced by any age from 5yrs to 65+ years. At our National Competitions we have competitors as young as 5yrs old and even some competitors who are over 70yrs old.
- At Gracelands we are NOT currently running Junior (under 18yrs) specific lessons, but we welcome any age to come along to clubnight and learn. For younger children its best if an older family member also learns with them.
What if I forget the moves that were taught the previous week of lessons?
- Yes, we often say if you can walk you can dance, it just takes some practice.
- Rock 'n' Roll has 4 steps to 3 beats of music, which means the last two steps are quicker than the first two. Some people compare it to the timing of the fox trot which is slow, slow, quick, quick.
If my Child is under 14yrs and wants to learn to dance, what do I need to do?
- During the lessons, we re-cap the previous weeks moves to help the moves and timing sink in.
Do I need to have a dance partner to do your lessons?
- We encourage young dancer to learn Rock n Roll, so bring them down to lessons, but a parent or guardian needs to remain in the hall the child(ren)
What if there arn't enough males to dance with?
- No. While it is great if you have a dance partner you can bring along, it is not necessary to bring a partner as there is always someone to dance with
- If you are intending on doing a set of lessons, please register and let us know so we can make sure we have enough available partners for everyone.
What shoes and clothing do I need to wear?
- While the male typically dances the lead role in a dance partnership, it is not uncommon for our female dancers to also dance the lead which helps balance out partnerships
- We even have a sesction at Nationals designed specifically for this situation, as there is often more female dancers than male dancers.
Can I still do the Beginners/Improvers Lessons if I miss a week?
- Wear soft soled shoes (light sneakers, ballet flats) just make sure they are comfortable to move around in and not too heavy.
- Wear comfortable clothing that does restrict your arm movements (especially the ladies).
How often do you run lessons?
- Yes, we can catch you up on what ever it was that you missed. The price of $20 per person for the 4 weeks still applies
- Please let us know if you have registered for lessons and you have to miss one of them.
What is the difference between Beginners and Improvers lessons?
- This year (2019) we are aiming to run either a Beginners or Improvers set of lessons (4 weeks blocks) each school term.
Do you also teach moves on a normal clubnight?
- Beginners lessons are designed to get you started with your rock n roll dancing. It is not uncommon (highly recommended) to do 2 sets of beginners.
- Improvers Lessons are designed to build slightly more differcult moves than the Beginners but still easy to learn
I'm not interested in competing, can I still learn?
- Yes, we try and teach a move each clubnight, these are often more intermediate level moves (depends on who is at clubnight).
- We often get in guest teachers from other clubs to help teach a variety of moves.
What is a Hop?
- Yes, most of our Club are not competitive dancers, we come along to socialise with friends and enjoy our dancing in a relaxed environment
What is a workshop?
- A Hop is the term used to describe a Dance. In Rock 'n' Roll these are usually Birthday Hops or Xmas Hops or Mini Hops held on a Saturday night, where there is great music(possibly a band), lots of people and lots of fun dancing. This is not where Dancing lessons are taught.
- From time to time we will run a Rock n Roll workshop usually on a Saturday or Sunday. These workshops are designed to help dancers improve thier dancing, so it might be new more differcults moves, or it might centered around styling and lead an follow, etc
- When we run a workshop we will say what level of dancer it is designed for.