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Old 11-13-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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I'm a 23 year old guy living in northern NJ. I'd really like to be able to go to a club and dance, mostly so I can meet new people (girls, really) and impress my friends. Most studios I search for offer dance lessons for ballroom dancing or salsa dancing. Does anyone know of a place that teaches..social/club dancing? Any advice on how to learn if not in a class?

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Old 11-13-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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I'm a 23 year old guy living in northern NJ. I'd really like to be able to go to a club and dance, mostly so I can meet new people (girls, really) and impress my friends. Most studios I search for offer dance lessons for ballroom dancing or salsa dancing. Does anyone know of a place that teaches..social/club dancing? Any advice on how to learn if not in a class?

Thanks
If the purpose is to meet girls and impress friends, you want ballroom/salsa dancing. Club dancing is fun, but, everyone is more focused either on being self-conscious about themselves and/or trying to find someone cute to dance with than with what you are doing -- and anyway, it's not really structured in the first place. Furthermore, picking up girls in a 'clubbing' environment is actually HARDER than other places, whereas finding girls for more formal dancing is EASIER. Formal/latin dancing is also far more impressive when done well.

With that all said, I don't really have the answer to your question - learned club dancing by doing and from friends' pointers, would love to take more formal classes but have neither the time nor the knowledge of where to do so.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:57 PM
 
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I'm a 23 year old guy living in northern NJ. I'd really like to be able to go to a club and dance, mostly so I can meet new people (girls, really) and impress my friends. Most studios I search for offer dance lessons for ballroom dancing or salsa dancing. Does anyone know of a place that teaches..social/club dancing? Any advice on how to learn if not in a class?

Thanks
Ballroom is cool at weddings and such, and it can never hurt to learn it. However, you are 23, so I would also learn more athletic club/urban and house dancing. Set up a floor and a mirror somewhere in your house, then youtube "learning urban dancing", "learning house dancing", "jerk tutorial", etc. There are a million videos on line to copy and you will start to get it pretty quickly. You need to be able to do both. Club/urban/house dancing is really fun and a great way to get in shape. It also looks sick if you get good at it and you will be the envy of all your friends. But don't neglect ballroom. It is very disciplined and very stylish and will serve you well at parties and weddings. You need to be able to do both, and learning one reinforces the other. And by the way, very few guys pull this off, and it is true: girls definitely dig a guy who can take care of himself on the dance floor.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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I understand what you mean - the problem is, club dancing isn't really "teachable" because it's not specific steps, it's free-form. What you really need to do is try to increase your sense of rhythm and decrease your self-consciousness (it's appearing "stiff" because you're in your head that makes you appear to be a less-than great dancer). First try some club line dances, like the Cuban Shuffle, they are all on you tube. Also, dance by yourself and in the clubs, so that you feel less self-conscious. I was going to borrow my nephews X-Box with Kinect (i think that's what it's called) because they have dancing games where you have to copy whatever pop/rock star is dancing - I think it'd be a fun way to get more comfortable with it. I do think even ballroom dance classes would make you more comfortable on any dance floor, though, too.
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