Re: teaching beginners Posted by quickstep7 5/7/2014 4:33:00 AM
Good question. If you want to open with standard ballroom I would begin with the quickstep and a very simple routine consisting of:
1) Quarter turn to the right 2) Forward lock 3) Natural turn
Then I would move onto the waltz, which although slower and may seem easier, I feel requires a lot more attention and control:
1) Basic (forward and back) 2) Whisk 3) Chasse 4) Natural Turn (and if time natural spin turn and weave and wing but might be a bit too far).
Foxtrot and Tango would certainly be a bit too far for a first session.
If on the other hand, Latin American is the choice then I would start with Cha Cha Cha and if time potentially a Jive. Cha Cha Cha might be tricky rhythmically but in my opinion is the easiest to teach to a complete beginner:
1) Basic cha cha (forward and back) 2) New York 3) Spot Turn
Jive on the other hand:
1) Basic Jive 2) Change of direction 3) Change of hands behind the back 4) Stop and Go
You can try Rumba and Samba, but I feel these need more control and therefore more time to teach properly then you have.