Frequently Asked Questions

What dances do you teach?

American Smooth:

International Standard:

American Rhythm:

International Latin:


How do I decide where to start? What dance do I learn first?

A doctor would never ask their patient to diagnose and treat themselves, and neither should a dance instructor. ABDI instructors are trained to sit down with their students and help them decide what dances will best suit their lifestyle and give them the benefits they are looking for. Based on the type of music you listen to, where you would like to use your dancing, and any specific goals you are looking to achieve, your instructor will help you to come up with one to four dances that will be best for you. As long as you can navigate your way to the studio your instructor will help you navigate the dance floor “one step at a time”!

What do I wear to my lesson?

There is no specific dress required for students, but it is important to wear clothing that is comfortable and allows for movement. Many students wear clothing based on the benefits they are looking to achieve. Students who are looking to achieve weight loss and improve their physical health will often wear athletic and breathable clothing, while couples looking to have a romantic date night may dress up.

While ballroom shoes are a necessity for advanced students they are not required at the studio. Beginning students are encouraged to wear a light weight dress shoe. Shoes that grip the floor are not recommended as they make it difficult to turn and swivel the foot on the floor. Flip flops, sandals and all other strapless shoes are discouraged as students tend to dance out of them when moving backwards.

How long will it take me to learn a dance?

All students learn at different rates making it almost impossible to pin point how long the process will take an individual. While ABDI instructors are trained to teach students at the fastest rate at which the student can absorb the material, each student has a large influence over their own absorption rate. On average, students who practice for as little as 10 minutes every other day will learn twice as fast as those who don’t practice at all. In addition to physical practice, a student’s mental attitude will severally impact their learning abilities. Students who have a positive outlook on their dancing and allow their instructors to challenge them will learn drastically faster than those who have a negative connotation with learning to dance. As the saying goes “you are the captain of your fate and the master of your destiny,” so grab those dance shoes and steer your ship on over to the studio!

How much will it cost me to learn how to dance?

Unfortunately without a magic ball it’s impossible to say exactly how much it will cost a person to learn how to dance. That said, ABDI strives to assist all students to reach their goals in the most efficient way possible. By allowing students to purchase group classes and private lessons separately, students can tailor their dance schedules to fit their budget. In addition, instructors at ABDI are trained to teach their students at the fastest rate in which the student can learn. ABDI belongs to its students. If the students aren’t successful, neither is the studio.

What if I have two left feet? Am I a lost cause?

No!! Anyone can learn to dance so long as they are taught correctly. ABDI instructors pride themselves on their ability to teach any step 8 different ways, allowing them to tailor their instruction to each and every learning style. And if all else fails ABDI keeps all sizes of right feet in stock.

What if I don’t have a partner? Can I still learn how to dance?

Yes!! In fact there are many benefits to learning without a partner. In a private lesson the student will spend the entire time dancing with their instructor. This will allow their instructor to tailor their lesson to fit the student’s needs and learning style with the instructor’s full and undivided attention. In group classes students rotate partners so that everyone has a chance to practice leading and following with a variety of dancers.

Many students make the mistake of waiting for a partner to learn with them, and as a result they never end up learning to dance at all. Don’t sit on the side lines any longer. Everyone deserves to benefit from learning to dance. Swing into the studio today, we can’t wait to be your dance partner!

What if I have a busy schedule? Will that prevent me from being able to learn how to dance?

Where there’s a will there’s a way! ABDI is open for private instruction Monday through Friday from 10 am to 10 pm to accommodate the busiest of schedules.

What if I’m out of shape? Do I need to get in shape before I can learn how to dance?

No!! Dancing is an excellent way to get in shape and feel great. With 20 different styles of dance offered at ABDI, any student can find a dance that will meet their needs. Because dance is so much fun students rarely realize they are also getting a great work-out. Drop the thigh master and tell Richard Simmons so long,

What if I’m over 70? Will I feel out of place?

Not even close! Students range in age from 8 years old to 80 years young. Dance is a great way to keep the mind and body healthy, and has been proven to help patients with Parkinson’s as well as Alzheimer’s. Just don’t forget your hearing aids!

What is the difference between private lessons and group classes?

Private lessons and group classes are both highly beneficial and should be used by students to maximize their learning potential. Private lessons are 45 minutes in length are catered to each individual’s goals. Private lessons allow the student to select the style of dance they would like to learn, and allow the instructor an opportunity to teach the student techniques and skills that are difficult to learn in a group setting. This individualized approach will held a student achieve their dance goals in the fastest way possible. Group classes are one hour in length and are designed to introduce students to a variety of dances in the most cost effective way. By learning in a group setting students are able to quickly develop their leading and following skills while being taught a large variety of patterns. Ideally students should combine both private and group instruction when learning to dance. Waltz on by the studio and an ABDI instructor can help create a dance schedule tailored to help you meet your goals!  

What should I expect at a group class?

Group classes are a great way to be introduced to a variety of dance styles at a very low cost. We offer drop in group classes as well as series classes for both beginning and advanced students.

New Student Drop-In Class: Consider this class a crash course in the necessary survival skills, with each class focusing on a different style of dance. Beginning with the basic elements of movement, by the end of the hour students will have learned two to four basic patterns that they can dance to music. This class is open to all students, both couples and singles.

New Student – Beginning Bronze Series Class: This series is intended to provide students with the foundational skills of a specific dance over the course of the month. Anyone can learn to dance when it is taught in a simplistic way. The first class of the month will cover the most basic skills of the dance, and each of the following classes builds on skills learned in the previous week. By the end of the month students will have a full routine that they can dance with confidence. This class is open to all students, both couples and singles. Participants are asked to attend all of the classes in the series.

Intermediate – Advanced Bronze Series Class: This series is designed to take students from an intermediate bronze level to an advanced bronze level in one specific dance. The first class of the month will begin where the previous month’s beginner series left off. The course will cover more advanced patterns and teach students more complex techniques and skills needed to support the patterns. Students must meet beginning bronze standards to participate in this series. Beginning bronze standards require students to dance the first three patterns of the dance correctly to music without assistance

Do I have to rotate partners during group class?

Students are asked to rotate partners during group class but it’s not required. Because the instructors take part in the rotation, students who don’t rotate partners will not have the benefit of dancing with the instructors during the class and will miss out on an opportunity to practice leading and following a variety of dancers. Students who don’t wish to rotate partners will not be tarred and feathered, your instructor will be more than happy to accommodate you and welcome you into the class regardless.

What are the benefits of learning how to dance?

Physical Benefits:

Lose weight, gain flexibility, improve cardiovascular health, enhance posture, and increase energy

Personal Benefits:

Improve self-esteem, overcome shyness, gain satisfaction from learning a new skill, relieve stress, meet new people and make friends, find more fun and enjoyment in life, never say no to a dance invitation again, stand out on the dance floor for all the right reasons

Additional Benefits:

Make a special person happy, renew romance and rekindle passion with your significant other, prepare for a special event

What is Zumba? Is it for me?

Zumba is a dance based cardio workout that fuses pulsating Latin rhythms with easy to follow dance steps. This is an excellent class for anyone ready to shimmy and shake their way to better health. While this does incorporate high impact cardio, there are different levels of difficulty to all students to tailor their workout. No experience is needed and drop-ins are always welcome. Tennis shoes and workout clothes are recommended.