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Ask Bailar: I'm new to social dancing... HELP!

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

We feel you!

We've all been there, it can be so hard to put yourself out there on a dance floor full of complete strangers. ⁠

But don't worry, we have a few handy tips to help you get over the social dance jitters 😬⁠

Start small and slowly stretch your boundaries⁠

If you're a beginner who's nervous about taking that first leap, try going to a practica or event that's held by a dance school. This way, you can just concentrate on dancing instead of worrying about random people staring at you or drunk people creating a disturbance around you. ⁠

As a bonus, people at dance events tend to be a bit more relaxed and social; take the opportunity to get to know the people you're dancing when you're both taking a breather between dances. ⁠

👯‍♀️ Call a friend ⁠

It's not as daunting to hit up the club when you know other dancers who will be there. ⁠

If you know someone who is more experienced at social dancing than you, ask for help. Most experienced dancers are happy to help introduce you to their friends - we all remember what it was like when we we first starting out and we all want our dance community to grow. ⁠

✔️ Set a goal ⁠

As clinical as this sounds, sometimes setting a goal helps. Start with half an hour (or if you prefer a number of dances) and slowly increase it as you build your confidence. ⁠

😁 Smile⁠

Did you know that smiling can trick your brain into being happy? Even a forcing a smile can reduce the stress you feel in the moment. Plus, who wouldn't want to dance with someone with a bright smile on their face? ⁠

🤡 Have fun with it⁠

Mistakes happen to the best of us. If you mess up on the dance floor, move past it, laugh it off, turn it into a chicken dance! Social dancing is meant to be fun so pursue in that spirit! ⁠

We hope these tips have helped. If you're an experienced dancer, what other words of wisdom would you add? Hit us up in the comments below 😘

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