Check out this information on choosing a ballroom dance instructor -- from a downloadable brochure at ndca.org (thanks smoothdancingirl! ) You have to have adobe acrobat reader on your computer, to access the brochure in .pdf format. Great information for questions to ask a potential ballroom instructor. Oh yes. I should have mentioned that NDCA is a US-based organization. So if you're in the UK, Asia, etc. some things may not apply. I'm pretty sure ISTD has a similar information page on selecting an instructor.