One might assume there is a clear-cut way to learn/teach dancing but, that is FAR from true.
Since there is a limit to the amount of time within a week that you will devote to learning to dance, knowing the
studio's FOCUS (...their definition of an "ideal" result), should be important when choosing
The instructors goals + their "ideal" = Their method, style & content of instruction.
A competition teacher certainly has the skill required to teach a beginner, but the student should not be
surprised if the competition instructor devotes much of your time & energy to the aesthetic
details that would be unnecessary &/or out-of-place in a social dance setting.
our perspective ...the more a couple resembles a mannequin, the further
they have strayed off the path.
We want our couples to look & feel as though they enjoy dancing with each other
and not, as if, they're trying to put on a "show".
If our clients learn to dance comfortably to a variety
of music styles, and they have learned, the confidence & skill to lead/follow whomever
their partner is at that moment... they have reached our definition of "ideal".
a number of years to reach our ideal, and not everyone wants to devote a "number of years" to improving
their dance skills. But the time they do spend with us, is all towards reaching a practical result.
Note: Our comments are not intended to be disparaging to competition dancers
in any way.
We respect the thousands of hours and thousands-upon-thousands of dollars
that competition instructors have
spent on themselves and their dancing.
It's just not our "thing".