Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Dr Dance, Dec 25, 2013.
Your studio is SOOOO beautiful! You seem to have a color theme thing going on, very good!
The floor at our studio is generally considered fast. Most of us have gotten quite comfortable with it and now we don't like slow floors.
So you like your floors fast and your whiskey...
Or should it be 'floors fast and horses...'
Someone please help me set this up
I like my floors fast and my women slow.
They're easier to catch that way
As in "not too swift"? Ok, I can see an advantage to that. Bwaaaaahahahahahah!
Putting on my flame-proof u-drawers now...
"Not too swift?" Hmmm. I have found that most ladies who dance have above average intelligence. Many are sharp as a tack. Ladies NEED this kind of acumen when they have to deal with the likes of US.
When I take private lessons, I would go to any studio where my instructor teaches, no matter what. It's different when it comes to social dancing or practicing. I am not a social dancer, so I will comment on what I don't like in studios where I can practice, either by myself or with a partner.
There is one studio in my area where the floor is nice and all, but (and it may seem silly) the restrooms are located right in the middle of the long wall of the floor. So if I need to visit the facilities, I need to cross the floor through moving couples and everyone can see: oh year, that lady needs to go to the bathroom. I don't like that. Plus, sometimes suspicious smell creeps out of the restroom to the dance floor, and that's just very annoying.
I also don't like overly friendly staff at studios where I am questioned on my personal and dance life. Like 'oh, so you are married, how come your husband never comes here?', or 'why don't you take lessons with this teacher, he is very good?'. Or my all-time favorite: 'are you in a relationship with your dance partner?'
Don't like studios that encourage people bringing their babies and toddlers and assume other dancers/teachers will take care of them while their parents take lessons or classes. I do have kids on my own, but I don't want to babysit other's kids when I am here to dance.
Don't like zumba classes offered at prime time on the 2nd dance floor with music so loud, I can barely hear my instructor. I just don't get zumba at ballroom studios.
That's pretty much it for me.
I don't like zumba anywhere.
Also, when I have to go to the bathroom, I never cut across the floor, because it's bad LOD etiquette- I do the squeeze-walk around the perimeter of the floor and pray someone else doesn't beat me to it.
And the people who've asked you those questions seem more like the TGIFriday's waitstaff of the dance-world, but those questions ARE a part of human nature, whether they're asked or not. Sometimes, people just want to get to know you. I personally prefer the staff to meet me at the door, call my mom a whore, and punch my lights out, too.
I REALLY can't stand kids (anywhere) at the studio. Some people dance (competitively or socially) to GET AWAY from things for awhile, and it's not possible to do that when it's still right there clomping and shrieking and fiddling with the music and so forth. That, and their kids totally need some manners-training and a book or two to keep busy.
Yes, yes, yes, yes and YES! My feelings exactly.
Aside: I see zumba dying off around Chicago; where once there were 8 studios offering it, there are now maybe 3. Presumably it's going the way of Jazzercise, spinning, CardioBlast (sp?), etc. It won't vanish completely, but popularity and attendance will fall off asymptotically.
Since there's now a hot yoga studio on every corner, I assume that will be the next health fad to fade away.
There are a lot of reasons I hate zumba, but one is when they dance on hardwood, their "Super Special Zumba Expert Endorsed Zumba Sneakers For Zumba" wreck the floor. Why? They wear them all over the place first and then track their crap across the floor. So to tie "why I hate" into "what I like"- When there are a LOT of different disciplines danced on the same floor, the floor quality really suffers if you don't really take care of it. That, and Zumba is glorified line-dancing.
Hot yoga has been around for a while, though. In my small midwest town we've had 2 studios for almost 10 years I think, and at my studio I see no signs of it dying out
I taught zumba for a while...it was great for folks who were easily intimidated by step or other types of workout....but the shoe issue is a real problem, not just because no one should wear their workout shoes as street shoesand visa versa, but also because a zumba shoe that allows lateral movement is also rarely a zumba shoe with enough cushion for propulsion...so you sort of have to pick...as for fitness things coming and going; most things burn hot for a while and then dwindle, but, yeah, they never totally go away...spin and zumba, even step, are still reasonably popular around here but nothing compared to a few years ago...most people are running around whining for insanity right now, or turbo kick or whatever...it is just another person naming something and then threatening to sue you if you do anything even remotely similar...which is why we try to avoid buying into the pre-packaged programs at our gym...as to hot yoga, I love it and would do it everyday if there was a studio nearby...currently, I cannot figure out how to add it to my program...but it makes me feel great
Second the hot yoga...love it
I think 1&2 are my personal most important features and I believe they are strongly linked.
The floor needs to be big enough not to be a nuisance to practice but in the great majority of studios the floor is big enough. In terms of surface getting too used to only one type of surface can be very bad for socials and comps.
other cross training classes (yoga, zumba, etc)...couches, a place to stretch....would be added frills but not top priorities
A place to put your 'stuff'! We dancers carry a lot with us to the studio.
my corner of the studio looks like a bomb went off
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