Social Dancing – Learn to Dance
Social Dancing for All – Singles, Couples and You Too
Throughout the world, as well as here in the southern portion of the African continent, people of all cultures and civilisations have been dancing for many centuries and for numerous reasons – purely social or ritual, cultural, religious, or simply as a spontaneous expression of happiness and great joy, too powerful to contain.
Although sophisticated people tend to think of dancing as that which takes place only at parties, balls and other social occasions, most of South Africa’s indigenous peoples continue to perform age old dances, passed down through the generations.
Dancing for Rain
Some 25 or so kilometres beyond the town formerly known as Duiwelskloof in Limpopo Province, lies the village of Modjadji, the locally revered tribal rain queen. According to the tribe, they have had a rain queen since time immemorial, and always will.
She and her maiden followers dance for rain in times of drought and her people still firmly believe that she controls rainfall. Native Americans famously also danced to produce rain in the distant era before the American West was occupied by white settlers and cattle ranchers.
Back in southern Africa, in the arid areas of Botswana, the Northern Cape and Namibia’s Namib Desert, the Khoisan perform a variety of dances by firelight, at tribal social gatherings. They dance in thanks to the gods of nature and in praise of the ancestors whom they worship, for luck and good fortune when on the hunt for game animals, and to tell stories and tales of past hunting expeditions and hunters’ prowess.
During these latter dances, the San’s depiction of the animals on which they rely for sustenance is a remarkably accurate art form, one which children learn through watching and copying seasoned, older dancers.
Learn Popular 21st Century Dances
If you’re really lucky, your parents may have taught you to dance, but if not, don’t despair. After just a few fun lessons at our internationally renowned dance studio, you’ll be on your feet when the music begins playing, enjoying social occasions as never before, instead of watching others longingly.
It’s interesting to note that some of our students who have danced previously, have nevertheless joined our studio, not only to improve their existing abilities, but also because dancing is such great fun, especially since we host free weekly socials at the studio.
At these informal gatherings, you have the opportunity to practice everything that you’ve learned in various disciplines – the waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, mambo, cha-cha, rumba and samba, whilst meeting new people, dancing with other students and teachers, and having lots and lots of fun.
Steps and Techniques
Learning to dance is a progressive process. Once you’ve mastered the essential steps of each style, you’ll be taught the relevant techniques which are so characteristic to ballroom and Latin American movements. Foot placement is a major aspect of all. By simply angling the ankle and foot correctly, you’ll learn to perform the undulating hip movements which are so distinctively Latin American.
Learning onto which part of the foot you should step and when to drag the foot instead of lifting it for the next step will ensure a floating ballroom or firm Latin American movement. Before long, you’ll assume ballroom’s graceful posture, as soon as you take the floor for a waltz or foxtrot.
Initial Introductory Lesson
Book now for your free introductory lesson, at the end of which you’ll have learned the basic steps of several popular dance forms and how to recognise which musical beat best suits each one.
You don’t need special clothing or footwear. You don’t even need to bring a partner, since this introductory class, (and socials and subsequent lessons), is suitable for both singles and couples. Say goodbye to the frustration of sitting out each time the music begins. Dancing is a fun, healthy form of exercise, a great way to keep fit and a most enjoyable social activity for all ages – and for you too.