I am trying to share with you what I have learned through all the years that I have been doing this. I am hoping that it would help you learn something about what goes into becoming a better dancer. If you just started reading this, I would urge you to perhaps go to the beginning and read all that I have written. I offer an unbiased education and advice, and hopefully it would help make the learning process smoother, more effective, and less painful.
So, the next thing that I would like to discuss with you is the dances that you choose to work on.
When we start with a new student, one of the first things that we need to find out is what dances to focus on. We have learned that often times students do not know that different dances are danced to different tempos of music, and/or that dances even have names. Of course, what type of dance you focus on depends on where you would use your dancing, and what types of dance situations you are going to find yourself at. There are many schools of thought on this issue. If you have an immediate, pressing engagement, then it is important to focus on the dances that prepare you for that. But, in general in any situation where there is music, most often there is dancing.
One dance scenario is where there is loud top-forties music and everyone is dancing at each other. Granted this is (in some cases) age-sensitive, but this type of music is also played at many weddings and office parties. Of course you always have the option of choosing to sit out during a dance. But, since you now have decided to invest the time and the money to learn to dance, and much like formal education, you will only learn to dance once in a lifetime. It is best to do it well, become a well-rounded dancer, and have it under your belt (so to speak), and it is yours to keep, and be a better dancer for the rest of your life wherever you go.