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Two Step Tidewater Virginia

 ( 01/16/2009 wh)

Places to dance - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Places to dance - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!  Many of us dancers who have been around awhile know some but not all of the places where we can get out dancing. This is a guide, helpful I hope, for all the new dancers. Any details can be asked by coming to our Sunday dance.  This, after all, is the best place to dance!!

 

Dance Studios

Closed Studios ** To my knowledge there are only two studios of this type left in the area.

 

Good - Most have a planned syllabus set up for teaching. Your package includes private & group instruction and parties. You usually get to hang out, and dance with dancers who are trained in the same dances and methods.

 

These studios, especially older ones, produce many new dance instructors through their training programs. Like any studios they are well maintained.

 

Bad - These studios usually discourage you from seeking out other dance venues. New dancers will usually be taught by one of the "new" [inexperienced] teachers. You only learn their program. You can't just drop in for a party unless you are a member.

 

Ugly - Usually very expensive. Most encourage the purchase of programs [legal contracts to commit to large numbers of dollars] with many advance hours. Like any corporations, they can go out of business and you will lose both your money and advance lessons. (The current closed studios in the area have been in business for many years and are hopefully more stable than most)

 

Open Studios ** Most dance studios in the area are this type [also known as "non-contract studios"].

 

Good - Most have a planned syllabus set up for teaching. Although this varies from studio to studio, lessons are available in a greater number of dance subjects than closed studios. You can purchase group lessons without taking private lessons or vice versa. Parties are open to the public. Costs can be more reasonable than a closed studio. Open studios in this area are supportive of USABDA and other dance events. All of the local studios still in business are owned by local reputable business owners.

 

Bad - Not all studios have a dance syllabus in place. Teaching can become disorganized. Most teachers only rent floor space and are not under contract to the studio. If the teacher leaves, your lessons go also. Conditions are sometimes lacking. It's usually up to the owner(s) to clean, decorate and keep things [like air conditioners] in working order as the teachers mostly only rent floor space.

 

Ugly - A very small percentage of teachers still try to oversell lessons in advance.

Nightclubs ** Country-Western, Hotels, and other clubs.

Nightclubs ** Country-Western, Hotel, and other clubs.

 

Good - Some of the larger clubs (mostly C/W) have good size, quality dance floors. Most large clubs offer [free] introductory dance lessons. If you want your night out to include drinking and dining, clubs are where to go. You can pick your type of dancing. Social dancing is available most nights for a small cover charge. Try out some of the small clubs once-in-a-while. They have smaller dance floors but they use a DJ and usually have not too many dancers on the floor.]

 

Bad - Sometimes the music is not for dancing although it is advertised as such. Most clubs are too smoky even for dancers who smoke. The music is always too loud. Far too few serious dancers. Sometimes too crowded but, most clubs have "off nights" that are not bad.

 

Ugly - Without proper security women seldom feel secure and a "hit on" far too often. If a club is not managed well you encounter too many drunks, lounge lizards and other similar types.

Private Clubs and social organizations

Private Clubs and social organizations ** Moose, Elks, Private country clubs, etc.

 

Good - These places can have a large well maintained dance floor. Members can have input into the dance events. Dues and admission is usually very affordable. Dining and special parties are usually very well done. You become a part of the organization.

 

Bad - Some dance floors are used for other events such as bingo and are left dirty and sticky. Club obligations may become too much of a burden. Some clubs only have special dances not regular ones. During dances there are a greater number of non-dancers on the floor.

 

Ugly - In-fighting can leave club members out of touch. Not enough dancers in a club can eliminate the dances and dance floors. Too many non-dancers try to organize dances.

Government Groups, Military Clubs, Recreation centers, Senior centers, Churches.

Government Groups ** Military Clubs, Recreation center, Senior centers,

Churches.

 

Good - Some clubs and centers have surprisingly good but small dance floors. Military clubs have professional musicians. Municipal centers and Churches have recorded music but are usually good for dancing. Military clubs are set up like other clubs and have social dancing with maybe a short group class. Municipal centers are set up for some type of economical lessons and occasional social dances. Some Churches have occasional or regular lessons open to the public. All of the above are very economical.

 

Bad - Teachers are sometimes not well trained and only able to teach basics. As in private clubs, the floors are sometimes maintained by non-dancers.  Military Clubs are hard to get into without a good contact.

 

Ugly - There is so much variety in these venues I can't pinpoint any problem areas although each has some. Both the social dancing and lessons are so economical it's best to check each out and don't return if it is not up to your liking.

Dance Groups ** USABDA, Swing Clubs, Lindy Clubs, Shag Clubs, Salsa Clubs, Round Dancing, Square Dancing, Folk and Contra Dancing, etc.

Dance Groups ** USABDA, Swing Clubs, Lindy Clubs, Shag Clubs, Salsa Clubs, Round Dancing, Square Dancing, Folk and Contra Dancing, etc.

 

Good - They are set up by dancers and for dancers. They usually meet somewhere with a proven good dance floor and good music. If you join you get to meet and dance with the same group all the time. The dances and dues are very affordable. Most members are willing to help new dancers.

 

Bad - It's up to the members (you) to keep the club going and you may need to invest time other than dancing time. Sometimes in-fighting can pull the club away from it's purpose. Most of these clubs are devoted to one or a few types of dancing. You will need to belong to several if you like variety.

 

Ugly - Not much can go wrong when you join one of these clubs. Dues are low or non-existent. If the club doesn't suit you, you don't need to continue.  

 

Judy and I take lessons at dance studios, go out to night clubs, hotels and military clubs to dance. We belong to a fraternal organization with a weekly dance and belong to a swing club. We are also members of USABDA. We have found that there are many places for dancers in this area. Some are great, some are tolerable. We like our TwoStepTidewater.com Sunday dance the best.

 

 

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