Partner Preferred But Not Required; No Experience Necessary
A good dance starts with a competent leader who knows what he is doing. Men dance better when they are shown how to lead the woman through various moves step by step. Women follow their partners best when they are taught how to follow, stand, turn, and land spins (without getting sick). Since a man who can lead well is priceless and a women who can follow him is a gem, Couples Dance lessons are simply invaluable.
WHERE CLASSES ARE HELD:
Pre-registration is required for Park District classes (none offered at this time). When browsing, the dance classes will be listed in the Adult Brochure under Recreation or Continuing Education. We hope to see you in a class soon!
WHAT THESE DANCES LOOK LIKE
In Lead & Follow dances (like Two Step), you’ll learn about a dozen moves to do during the dance to keep it moving and interesting. With Pattern dances, the movements are a set of steps that keep repeating for the duration of the dance. Pattern dancing is the best way to start couples dancing, as it takes the pressure off of the man to continually think of things to do.
|Type Of Dance||Name Of Dance||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Barnyard Mixer||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Cha Cha Del Rio||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Cotton Eyed Joe||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Cowboy Rhythm Mixer||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||El Paso Stroll||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Fourplay||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Lynn’s Mixer||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Renegade Mixer||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Schottische||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Shadow||Demo Video|
|Partner Pattern||Stationary Cha Cha||Demo Video|
|Lead & Follow||Cha Cha||Demo Video|
|Lead & Follow||Double Two||Demo Video|
|Lead & Follow||East Cost Swing||Demo Video|
|Lead & Follow||Hustle||Demo Video|
|Lead & Follow||Night Club||Demo Video|
|Lead & Follow||Two Step||Demo Video|
|Lead & Follow||Waltz||Demo Video|
|Lead & Follow||West Coast||Demo Video|
I am delighted to get you started couples dancing. When you are ready for more intensive Couples Dance Lessons, I have two local recommendations. Just mentioned you were referred by Dance With Janet.
Julie & Kat chilling on the ocean!
“Just want to thank you for the couples lessons tonight. We had a lot of fun, and I think this will be something Jim and I can keep doing together. You are a great teacher!!!!!!!”
“Thanks again to you and Gary for all the fun this year! We’re lucky to have you two teaching us. We’ll definitely be in more classes.”
“Jim and I really enjoyed being in your dance class with Gary in Wheaton.”
“You are a good teacher and Jerry and I are really enjoying the class.”
“Just wanted to say “thanks” for the 2 Step class; I had a very nice time learning with you and look forward to the Patterns class, too. Janet, you really make learning fun and enjoyable; I love the way you teach, step by step, no rushing thru. And you put in just the right touch of light-hearted humor as well….makes it much more fun like that. ”
“Thanks Gary (and Jan)!! I’m really enjoying the classes and learning a lot.
You both are great about spotting problem areas and helping to correct them!!”
“Thanks so much Jan. I felt out of it for the first 3 times but Wed was a hoot. The common steps are coming together.
Thank you for helping Patrice and I learn to country dance for a lifetime of fun.”
“This dance thing is one of the most enjoyable things I’ve gotten myself into. You and Gary and that tiny initial class gang is like a marshmallow right in the middle of my life.”
Last Updated: May 28, 2021