1. Home

Discuss in my forum

Choosing a Dance Style

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Dance Style

By

If you are considering learning how to dance, you have several dance styles from which to choose. Maybe you already know that dancing is great exercise and lots of fun. Or maybe you've heard that dancing is a wonderful social activity, as well as a challenge for the body. Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn, you must first choose a dance style. How do you know which dance style is right for you?

Appeal

If you’ve seen a type of dancing that you particularly liked, you are probably leaning toward that. Many people become inspired to learn how to dance after seeing other people dance, either on television, in a movie, on stage, or out on the dance floor. But before you enroll in a class, take a look at other styles of dance to make sure one isn’t even more appealing to you.

Goals

Consider your reasons for wanting to learn how to dance. Do you aspire to dance on Broadway? Or do you long to be a back-up dancer for Britney Spears? Your dancing goals should help you decide on a style. If you want to dance professionally, you will probably need to enroll in a variety of classes, including ballet. If your goal is to attract attention on the dance floor, a hip-hop class may be all you need. If you danced when you were younger and are getting back into it, you can pick right up where you left off. Some adults decide to resume ballet classes after years of having had them as children.

Preference

If you don't know what kind of dance you might like to learn, the best thing to do is experiment. If you can’t make up your mind between a couple of dance styles, try a couple of classes. You may find that clogging around in tap shoes just doesn’t work for you. Or you may find line dancing with a bunch of strangers invigorating. You’ll never really know until you try, so try and try again. You may be surprised what kind of dancing suits you.
  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Dance
  4. Beginners
  5. Dance Styles - Popular Dance Styles

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.