Dance is a huge part of the gay community, whether it is our love of musicals or dancing in the clubs.
With shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars, it has become more popular.
The number of people wanting to start dance classes is growing. Where to start?  This can be confusing for people because there are so many choices.
Let’s start with price. The average casual adult class ranges from $15 – $20 per class. You may find a suburban dance school offering cheaper adult classes.
Most schools will offer a multiple class pass with several classes on the card. This works out to be cheaper per class. Also, ask if they offer a free trial class.
If you’ve never danced before, give it a chance. Some people feel embarrassed when they start because they can’t do it perfectly.
There’s no need to be embarrassed — no one is perfect. Give a few weeks to a particular style and then if you don’t like it, try another.
Some classes can get very big and individual attention is hard for the teacher.
A good teacher will check to see if everone is happy and enjoyng themselves and will ask if there are any questions.
Some teachers will rush through the class and not stop. Some people like this teaching style  — it’s a matter of taste.
There are many dance styles. Here are some of the most popular.
Jazz/hip hop/funk)
If you like Britney’s moves, this is the style for you. It has fast moves with a strong emphasis on technique. It’s good for muscle tone and flexibility.
Ballet
This style is great for core strength, flexibility, and muscle tone in your legs and butt.
Tap
This is great for your legs and ankles. Your calves and thighs will never be more toned.
Hip hop
This is a high-energy fast class. You will always work up a sweat.
House
This is technically a hip hop form that has evolved to its own style.  Mainly danced to house music, it requires some seriously fast stepping.
Salsa
The dance of love requires some down-and-dirty hip-swinging and is great for the abs.
Ballroom
There are numerous styles within this. It is great for posture and is to be danced with a partner.
Lyrical/contemporary
These styles got a facelift, thanks to So You Think You Can Dance. They have slow fluid movements. Contemporary has a strong technique like ballet. Lyrical is influenced by jazz /hip hop and is more relaxed.

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